Open-world games are some of the most popular titles, especially on Steam. PC gamers in particular can take advantage of some of the best the gaming industry has to offer in this regard thanks to the ongoing Steam 2022 Summer Sale, with plenty of discounts for many different subgenres.
Free roaming experiences, solo or co-op, are also included. From big name IPs to smaller scale titles, there’s something for every type of gamer here. Ready to explore the rich and expansive landscapes of the open-world game?
5 Most Popular Steam Summer Sale 2022 Open World Picks
1) Red Dead Redemption 2 (50% off)
Rockstar’s latest new game is also one of their best yet. Red Dead Redemption 2 was first released in 2018 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
The prequel to 2010’s excellent Red Dead Redemption made its PC debut a year later and is one of the best open-world games available to buy on Steam. Set during the waning era of the Wild West in 1899, players control the charming outlaw Arthur Morgan. He and his “family” find themselves on the run from the law after a failed heist as part of the Van Der Linde gang.
The title expands on the original RDR and offers a large open world to explore, packed with activities. Whether on horseback or on foot, the attention to the smallest details shines through in many mechanisms and elements, such as the Witness system or the very diverse behavior of wild animals. Embark on an open-world narrative campaign with superbly portrayed characters, and it’s a journey not to be missed.
2) Terarria (50% off)
Often described as “Minecraft in 2D”, Re-Logic’s Terarria is one of the most popular open-world survival games. Players will explore a dangerous world in this 2D adventure to scavenge resources.
Crafting, building, and exploring are the core principles of this game. They are free to explore and dig as they wish, however, many of its areas and dungeons are full of powerful enemies.
There are also many different items to craft which will aid them in combat and exploration. Terarria was released a little over a decade ago in 2011 and has come a long way in terms of content since then. As of today, there are hundreds of different enemies, new craftable items, and 8-player co-op. There’s little about this ambitious side-scroller that’s hard not to like.
3) The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Game of the Year Edition (80% off)
The 2015 open-world fantasy RPG, based on the Polish novel series of the same name, is what thrust CD Projekt RED into the mainstream spotlight. As monster slayer and mutant Geralt, players will explore the detailed landscape of the continent. After his adopted daughter is found missing, and worse still, hunted down by the antagonistic force called the Wild Hunt, Geralt must go looking for her.
This story-driven experience offers likable characters, tough choices to make, a vast open world to explore, and engaging RPG gameplay to boot. Players will encounter both non-human and human monsters on their travels, and will need to be dealt with by Geralt and his trusty swords – along with a dash of preparation beforehand with poitions, oils, etc.
The Game of the Year Edition includes the two excellent DLC expansions Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine, as well as other additional goodies.
4) Subnautica (50% off)
Have you ever wondered what isolation feels like in a hostile environment? Subnautica perfectly captures this scenario.
After crash-landing on the aquatic planet 4546B, the protagonist must fend for himself as he must discover the whereabouts of the former Degasi ship’s missing crew. This open-world underwater survival game has nothing to envy in atmosphere, exploration, and craftsmanship.
The open waterscape teems with life even in deep twilight zones, sprinkling a sense of claustrophy over the top for players who also happen to be thalassophobic.
Harvest natural resources for base building, maintain hunger and maintain oxygen levels. and discovering the ancient ruins of a past civilization is what Subanutica is all about. But above all, it is about discovery. There are few games in the genre that can compete with this one.
5) Dying Light: Enhanced Edition (60% off)
Techland’s open-world survival horror hit continues to be a hit, even after the release of the sequel. Dying Light was first launched in 2014, gaining more and more success over the years.
Undercover GRE agent Kyle Crane is dropped into the fictional Turkish town of Harran to recover a sensitive file stolen by Kadir Suleiman. Thanks to a viral outbreak, most of the city has been turned into the undead, something Crane will have to deal with as he fights his way to his goal.
Simply put, Harran is one of the most lavishly designed open worlds to date, an ironic stance given that it’s nothing but a concrete jungle strewn with zombies. The key here is the first-person parkour that feels as fluid now as it did then.
Few things compare to sheer terror when encountering volatile zombies on a night run. The inclusion of four-player co-op alleviates the fear of what lurks in the dark for many. The Enhanced Edition also includes the following DLC expansion, which takes place in a flatter open world for buggy riding.