ByKen McDonnell, writer at Creators.co
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The open world formula feels completely overused at this moment in time. From Ubisoft handing out a new [Assassin's Creed](tag:437814) every few days, to old franchises, like Metal Gear Solid, joining in on the frivolities (let it be known that I have said nothing bad about [Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain](tag:2683985), the greatest stealth game ever made).

The Legend of Zelda will join the roster in 2016 when it finally gets its release date for the Wii U (or the NX). But in order to save itself from the traps that so many open world games fall into, Nintendo will have to ensure that the title learns from some of the greatest open world games in recent years!

The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 3 Open World Games To Learn From!

The Legend of Zelda Wii U
The Legend of Zelda Wii U

Rather than delve into the past and hunt down the greatest open world games since the dawn of time, I'll stick with the last five years. Additionally, these are just games that I think are incredible and should influence every other title out there! So if you have any other games that you think deserve recognition, stick them in the comments below. PRAISE THE GAMES!

Red Dead Redemption

Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption

This one is obvious, right? There's no one that makes open world games quite like Rockstar, and I think this is their crowning achievement. Red Dead Redemption has varied open lands, fantastic characters, a great script, and some of the most engaging gameplay around! As a complete package I don't think there's a single other open world adventure out there that can top it.

Zelda Wii U needs to take a good long look at one of Video Games real masterpieces and see whether they want a tale as engaging as this, an open world as beautiful as this, and missions as wonderfully engaging as they are in this remarkable package!

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3

You may think it's too recent to be seen as one of the best open world games of all time, but it'd be a difficult argument to defend. The Witcher 3 is one of the finest examples of open world design I've ever seen! The range of freedom and quests to embark upon is bordering on ridiculous. But what Zelda Wii U really needs to capture is The Witcher 3's sense of place.

This is one of the most consistent universes in gaming. Every character and discussion contributes to the overall tone of the world, every new village gives you tons of people to listen to, and every cave hides new secrets and terrifying beasts. Zelda Wii U needs to create a world as interesting and beautiful as this one, but matching this title's charms will be a serious challenge.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

I know, I know! 2015 has been a great year for open world games, okay?! Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain represents the kind of move we want to see The Legend of Zelda pull off on its release date. This series, which often gave us small traversable locations, moved into a remarkably large open world framework and completely smashed it.

The Phantom Pain has some of the greatest gameplay I've ever engaged with and there's nothing we'd like to see more than Zelda Wii U succeed to the extent Kojima's masterpiece has.

The Legend of Zelda Wii U
The Legend of Zelda Wii U

Do You Have Hope for Zelda Wii U's Release Date?

Do you think Nintendo can pull a Kojima with the release date of The Legend of Zelda Wii U? Do you have faith for the franchise's move to an open world framework? If so, let us know in the comments!

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