Evolution of Open World Games 1984-2023 1984 Elite 1985 Mercenary 1986 Turbo Esprit 1987 Sid Meier's Pirates 1989 Vette 1990 Terminator 1991 Hunter 1993 Frontier: Elite II 1994 Quarantine 1996 The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall 1997 Grand Theft Auto 1998 Mizzurna Falls 1999 Urban Chaos 2000 Shenmue 2001 Grand Theft Auto III 2002 Mafia 2003 Lineage II 2004 Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 World of Warcraft 2005 Need for Speed: Most Wanted 2006 The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion 2007 S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl 2008 Grand Theft Auto IV 2008 Fallout 3 2009 Prototype 2010 Just Cause 2 2010 Red Dead Redemption 2010 Mafia II 2011 Minecraft 2011 L.A. Noire 2011 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 2012 Sleeping Dogs 2012 Far Cry 3 2013 Saints Row IV 2013 Grand Theft Auto V 2013 Assassins creed 4: Black Flag 2014 Infamous Second Son 2014 Sunset Overdrive 2015 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt 2015 Dying Light 2016 Tom Clancy's The Division 2016 No Man’s Sky 2016 Watch Dogs 2 2017 Horizon Zero Dawn 2017 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2017 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands 2018 Assassin’s Creed Odyssey 2018 Forza Horizon 4 2018 Red Dead Redemption 2 2019 Days Gone 2019 Death Stranding 2020 Ghost of Tsushima 2020 Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Cyberpunk 2077 2021 Riders Republic 2021 Forza Horizon 5 2022 Horizon Forbidden West Special thanks to World of Longplays (https://longplays.org) and Joy Of Gaming (shorturl.at/yADE3) for providing the gameplay footage Nixian Channel Description: We’re lifelong video game enthusiasts with a passion for showing the world how our favorite hobby has grown with us, from individual series to industry-wide retrospectives. We put significant time and creative effort into each one of our videos, including research, digging into archives, recording voiceovers, and editing. Every video takes as many as 10 hours to produce, because we strive to give our fans consistent, high-quality content. Our popular “Evolution of...” series goes far beyond simply presenting gameplay footage. We take the time to show how a video game property — its gameplay, character designs, graphics, sound direction, etc. — have evolved over time. We include unique voiceover work on each video to enhance the viewing experience. People have been playing video games for decades. In that time, we’ve gone from moving a white line up and down to block a moving pixel, to participating in full-fledged, painstakingly rendered real-time battles with people all over the world. We help older gamers look back on how these experiences have changed throughout their lives, and new gamers to understand the broader context of the series they’re playing for the first time today. The video game medium never stops growing, and we’ll never stop chronicling its evolution. Editing and voice-over were made by me.