A Size Comparison of Massive Open World Video Game Maps

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This is a rather cool image that’s answered a question I had recently. Just how big is Just Cause 2’s map?

The picture pits various open world video game maps up against each other in terms of scale. Surprises include just how tiny GTA III’s map is in comparison (didn’t it seem huge at the time?) and how small Oblivion’s world is compared to Just Cause. I thought JC was bigger, but Oblivion always seemed so damn massive to me (probably because you were hoofing it everywhere), but it’s one of the smaller ones here. I also imagined World of Warcraft to be a lot bigger with 10 million players having to squeeze in. But I suppose they have different servers and all that.

Burnout Paradise is a bit of a surprise, but I suppose its less of a big deal if you get to drive around all the time. As for the other maps that were too big to even be pictured? Are those all really open world or are they cheating somehow. 62,000 square miles for Daggerfall? Could you walk the entire thing? I’m also curious as to where Fallout 3’s Wasteland would be on here. Probably about Oblivion-sized or smaller.

Great job though, unknown person who made this, it was a very worthwhile project.

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