No gamer can resist the allure of traversing large worlds, choosing your own adventure, or carving your own path at your own pace. Sandbox games will always be among the most popular of any console’s library- and the Nintendo 3DS is no exception. From fantastic open world RPGs to fast-paced sandbox action games- the 3DS is no slouch when it comes to the genre. Just what are the best open world games on the 3DS?
Lego City Undercover: The Chase Begins
Whether you’re playing the immensely satisfying Wii U version or its thrilling prequel on the Nintendo 3DS, you’ll find a huge world to explore with tons of extras to unlock. It’s nice to see a developer willing to give 3DS owners a console-sized world to play in as opposed to the usual bite-sized experiences. The game’s city is huge- very ambitious by 3DS standards. The only flaw you can find in this excellent game is the lake of the franchise’s trademark co-op- though this can be forgiven when the rest of the package is so impressive.
As stated, LEGO CITY 3DS is set chronologically before its Wii U big brother, but can be enjoyed as a standalone title. The game is filled to bursting with missions, side-quests, mini-games, unlockables, and secrets! If you’re looking for an addictive sandbox adventure with endless hours of fun and replay value- your search is over.
Tales of The Abyss 3D
What is there to say that hasn’t been said about this excellent RPG? The open world is spilling over with side quests, dungeons, and secret bosses. The Tales battle system is as addictive as ever and the story gets more fascinating by the minute. Like LEGO, the trademark multiplayer might be missing, but this 3D remake still manages to be an awesome open world RPG without it.
It doesn’t take long for you to find yourself unable to put your 3DS down due to a combination of the compelling characters, excellent combat, and fascinating story. Whether you’re exploring sprawling dungeons, customizing your characters to maximize their potential, hunting for priceless treasure, toppling deadly bosses, or getting to know your party members better- you’ll know your money was well spent.
The Amazing Spiderman
Unfortunately, while the 3DS version has fairly expansive levels- it doesn’t feature a traditional open world like the Wii U’s outing. You’ll find lengthy chapters with plenty of room to explore, but New York isn’t fully realized. If you want to get your Spider-man fix on the go, it’s a fine route to take. Just don’t expect the same huge, immersive world as the one on the Wii U. Thankfully, the combat is highly enjoyable and there are plenty secrets to uncover in the open levels.
Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D
What hasn’t been said about this amazing adventure? The original is considered by countless gamers and critics to be the greatest game ever made and the 3DS remake improves upon it in every facet. As the game that laid the foundation for every modern sandbox game- the title shines with all its former glory and then some. The swordplay is still as fun as ever, the dungeons are all extremely memorable, and the added use of the touch-screen streamlines the controls to perfection. Get ready to explore the breathtaking world of Hyrule as both child and adult Link in gorgeous 3D!
Thanks to Burn-Out and Need For Speed, the bar is set very high for open world racing games. Unfortunately for Driver Renegade, this high standard leaves it constantly playing catch up near the back of the track. That isn’t to say that Driver Renegade 3DS is a bad title- it just doesn’t live up to the greatness of its home console cousins. You’ll enjoy tearing through the open city in a decent variety of cars, but you’ll likely grow bored with the tedious story missions. Fortunately, Driver Renegade can be picked up pretty cheap to cover for its lackluster visuals and hammy dialogue.
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
You would be hard pressed to find a more addictive game than Monster Hunter. Ever since the series achieved gameplay refinement and worldwide popularity on the Nintendo Wii, the series has become an invaluable gem in the eyes of 3DS and Wii U gamers. The series suffered no losses in the jump to the 3DS as it contains all the content of its Wii U big brother. The epic battles, variety of weapons, massive bosses, and overwhelming content are all intact! This action RPG blesses 3DS owners with several varied open areas for awesome monster hunting! Among the best features being the ability to play cross-platform with the Nintendo Wii U version!
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