Open world

I’m a fan of open world games. Going back to the 1990s Terminator game, which had lousy graphics but apparently the entire city of Los Angeles. There was also the top-down Punisher game, which was functionally open world, ditto one of the Ultima games. I like the Spider-Man ones because I like New York and I like Spider-Man. Shame if the games suck, but they’re usually all right for the open world mechanics. Except Ultimate Spider-Man. But I just played Watch Dogs, which takes place in Chicago—not my suburb—but lots of familiar places. I’m convinced my friend’s house (or at least his block) is on there, in fact. It’s an entirely different experience driving an approximation of somewhere you’ve already driven. Very strange. Very cool, but very strange.

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