What are the best exploration PC games?

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    World of Warships

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    Jack Bailey
    Written on October 9, 2018
    "I've loved this game since it came out. It's full on strategy and naval clashes. Maybe it's because i'm really into battleships and stuff but definitely one of my favorite games!!"
    1. 32
      Elite Dangerous

      Elite Dangerous is an action-adventure MMORPG game developed by Frontier Developments. It lets players explore an open-world cutthroat galaxy where players battle it out to freedom and glory. It was released in April 2015.

      Games

      Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

      $29.99

      GP
      Gerald Price
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "I like the unpredictability of Elite's gameplay. I'm a fan of space exploration games. I've played this for about 50 hours yet I couldn't completely master the game. There are..."
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      Gerald Price
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "I like the unpredictability of Elite's gameplay. I'm a fan of space exploration games. I've played this for about 50 hours yet I couldn't completely master the game. There are plenty of surprises in the game which keep me on playing this game."
      AC
      Anthony Carroll
      Written on July 7, 2017
      "A true Space Sandbox game. Do anything you want. Talk to anything you want. Blow up anyone you want, if you've got the superior firepower, of course. Be prepared to be blown up yourself, if not. A good alternative to EvE: Online if you don't want to shell out hundreds of dollars a year in monthly fees and ship upgrades. I know I got sick of that."
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      Ridhi Tata
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "The actual game play is outstanding and the visuals unlike anything else. It can be a very immersive game with the detail in the sounds and environment. Definitely, one of a king at this point."
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      Mark Foster
      Written on March 23, 2017
      "When it comes to exploration on a open word game, Elite: Dangerous is beautifully done. I loved exploring the galaxy from the comfort of my own apartment."
    2. 30
      Gone Home
      Discover the mystery for yourself in Gone Home, a first-person story exploration video game in development by The Fullbright Company.
      Games

      Windows, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

      $14.99

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      Carl Alexander
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "I discovered this game through Dad who always tell me that GH's story is one of the best game stories in his opinion. So I gave this a try myself. It feels so real indeed..."
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      Carl Alexander
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "I discovered this game through Dad who always tell me that GH's story is one of the best game stories in his opinion. So I gave this a try myself. It feels so real indeed especially discovering written and printed materials at home which game me an idea what other family members were like. Now I agree with Dad."
    3. 26
      EVE Online

      EVE Online is developed and published by CCP Games, which is a space MMO in which the players really dictate the game's story. It contains a total number of 7,800 star systems that can be visited by players.

      Games

      Windows, Mac

      Free

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      José Juan Sotelo
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "First of all, handsdown to the dynamics of this game! The fog of war can either be thick or thin, depending on how I play through it. The sense of alliance in this game is so..."
      JJ
      José Juan Sotelo
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "First of all, handsdown to the dynamics of this game! The fog of war can either be thick or thin, depending on how I play through it. The sense of alliance in this game is so strong that me and my friends has to think carefully through our strategy before charging."
    1. 26
      The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

      The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing game, playable from either a first or third-person perspective. The player may freely roam over the land of Skyrim, which is an open world environment. 

      Games

      Windows, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4

      $39.99

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      Louis Hawkins
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "This is an incredible game! So many things I can still explore even after about 80 hours playing this game. I enjoy playing this with my freinds!"
      LH
      Louis Hawkins
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "This is an incredible game! So many things I can still explore even after about 80 hours playing this game. I enjoy playing this with my freinds!"
      AC
      Amanda Carter
      Written on June 27, 2017
      "I was looking for something to satisfy my love of fantasy sagas when I did not want to sit and read a book. This game fit the bill entirely and the graphics were stunning. The time flies by when playing this game."
      JL
      Juan Lewis
      Written on May 26, 2017
      "The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is a classic role playing adventure game from Bethesda Game Studios. The game is open world style that lets you explore at your own pace while leveling your hero."
      JH
      Justin Hayes
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "This is an excellent solution for the topic. Skyrim is a vast open world game that offers countless hours of game play."
    2. 26
      Fallout 4
      Fallout 4 is a role-playing video game created by Bethesda Game Studios. It was released in 2015 and is the fifth in the game series. In the game, the player needs to find his missing son in the monster-infested post-apocalyptic wasteland.
      Games

      Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

      $29.99

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      Tiffany Dixon
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "Ever since my bf introduced me to this game, I can't put this down ever! The side quests really keep me engaged in this game. Not to mention the story dialogs are..."
      TD
      Tiffany Dixon
      Written on August 21, 2018
      "Ever since my bf introduced me to this game, I can't put this down ever! The side quests really keep me engaged in this game. Not to mention the story dialogs are entertaining!"
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      Carolyn Garza
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Fallout 4 is one of the most fun games on the market, as the series has been a favorite through the years, and continues to be. Bethesda did a great job with telling a new story, while involving the same great characters that we love, and intertwining them for a great gameplay, new objectives and stories, and new fun!"
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      Claudia Olvera
      Written on February 10, 2017
      "This game isn't too bad. I could run around and check out how crazy the world got after the disaster. It's honestly not something I would pick first, though, if I wanted exploration. For me it's too structured and I'd rather have more freedom. I'm also not that huge into post-apocalyptic type scenarios."
      AW
      Alexander Wade
      Written on June 15, 2017
      "If you are looking for a game with exploration this has it. It may not be the best game but it has exploration."
    3. 23
      No Man's Sky
      Inspired by the adventure and imagination that we love from classic science-fiction. In No Man's Sky you can explore and survive in a procedurally generated universe with 18.4 quintillion planets.
      Games

      Windows, Xbox One, PlayStation 4

      $59.99

      HP
      Howard Pearson
      Written on February 22, 2017
      "I was really excited for this game to come out, which is why it's a shame that it's such a dog. The newest patches add a lot of content but it's still the same boring..."
      HP
      Howard Pearson
      Written on February 22, 2017
      "I was really excited for this game to come out, which is why it's a shame that it's such a dog. The newest patches add a lot of content but it's still the same boring procedurally generated slog from launch. Even if you're really interested, wait for a sale."
      CR
      Christian Rogers
      Written on May 28, 2017
      "Wow, "a procedurally generated universe with 18.4 quintillion planets." As they used to say back in the day, "That's a lot of meatballs!" Judging by the "mostly negative" reviews on Steam, I think I'm saving my money on this one."
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      Laura Graham
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "This game looks like so much fun to me. This is the exact thing I was looking for!"
    4. 21
      Terraria

      Terraria is a 2D action-adventure sandbox game with the objective of digging, exploring, fighting, and building. Developed and published by Re-Logic, this game is available to play on Windows, Mac, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Android, and iOS.

      Games

      Windows, PlayStation 4, iOS, Xbox One, Mac, Android, Kindle Fire

      $9.99

      DM
      Deborah Medina
      Written on May 21, 2017
      "Terraria is a cool game if you are into sandbox games and exploration games for the PC. I like how I can choose to play an adventure type game, or build a community, such as..."
      DM
      Deborah Medina
      Written on May 21, 2017
      "Terraria is a cool game if you are into sandbox games and exploration games for the PC. I like how I can choose to play an adventure type game, or build a community, such as in Sims and Age of Empires. I like games where you can build up lands."
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      Melissa Stephens
      Written on April 3, 2017
      "The game is really cool in that there is something for everyone, so no matter what kind of game you like, you can get into this. I like that I have full control of what I want to do in the game."
      JM
      Jean Moreno
      Written on June 9, 2017
      "This game is not boring! Game play is difficult, but well balanced, in my opinion."
    5. 19
      Starbound

      Starbound is multiplayer sandbox adventure game for Windows and Mac. You don't have one world to explore but several planets with differents species, ecosystems and dangers. It was developed and published by Chucklefish.

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $14.99

      BD
      Barbara Davidson
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "I love it. Really. For starters, sandbox games are my favorites, so there is that. But the game is really well designed, very creative, full of surprises and cool details that..."
      BD
      Barbara Davidson
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "I love it. Really. For starters, sandbox games are my favorites, so there is that. But the game is really well designed, very creative, full of surprises and cool details that make it endlessly entertaining. There are lots and lots to discover, to play with and to understand. It can be challenging at times, because there are so many possibilities and you want to try them all. I loved that I could reinvent myself as all sorts of mind blowing creatures and really shape my adventures the way I wanted them to be. Beware though: it's a major time waster..."
      CM
      Coco Ma
      Written on February 5, 2017
      "Starbound is a solid exploration PC game that is simple but fun. I enjoy going from planet to planet, going where I want to go, building what I want to build. Simple graphics, but immersive gameplay."
      PC
      Philip Coleman
      Written on April 10, 2017
      "I can explore different planets in this sandbox game. I collect resorces to upgrade my gear to fight harder and harder monsters. The game is open-ended."
    6. 19
      What Remains of Edith Finch

      What Remains of Edith Finch is an Indie adventure game developed by Giant Sparrow. In the role of Edith, you’ll explore the colossal Finch house, searching for stories as she explores her family history and tries to figure out why she's the last one in her family left alive.

      Games

      PlayStation 4, Xbox One , Windows

      $19.99

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      Andrea Spencer
      Written on March 19, 2018
      "I love What Remains of Edith Finch. It's an awesome exploration game for PC that leaves you to search around the immense Finch house. It's challenging and interesting!"
      AS
      Andrea Spencer
      Written on March 19, 2018
      "I love What Remains of Edith Finch. It's an awesome exploration game for PC that leaves you to search around the immense Finch house. It's challenging and interesting!"
    7. 16
      Minecraft
      Minecraft is a 2009 sandbox indie and arcade video game. The game involves players creating and destroying various types of blocks in a three-dimensional environment, and it is available in many different gaming platforms.
      Games

      Windows, Android, iOS, Nintendo 3DS , Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, PS Vita, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 4

      $26.95

      KS
      Kenneth Stevens
      Written on March 10, 2017
      "Everyone knows this game! My son absolutely loves this game. It really challenges your imagaination which is a good thing."
      KS
      Kenneth Stevens
      Written on March 10, 2017
      "Everyone knows this game! My son absolutely loves this game. It really challenges your imagaination which is a good thing."
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      Danielle Carpenter
      Written on April 17, 2017
      "Minecraft is one of the all-time best-selling games. It offers endless creativity, but it's not exactly an exploration game."
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      Martha Reid
      Written on January 18, 2017
      "One of the best open world games ever developed. Nearly infinite worlds to explore"
    8. 15
      Mass Effect 2
      Recruit. Explore. Control. Two years after Commander Shepard repelled invading Reapers bent on the destruction of organic life, a mysterious new enemy has emerged. On the fringes of known space, something is silently abducting entire human colonies.
      Games

      Xbox 360, Windows

      $28

      PG
      Patrick Gordon
      Written on February 19, 2017
      "I was bored, and wanted to play a game where I can just travel around and do quests for hours. I remember my friend mentioning the Mass Effect series. I then recalled having..."
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      Patrick Gordon
      Written on February 19, 2017
      "I was bored, and wanted to play a game where I can just travel around and do quests for hours. I remember my friend mentioning the Mass Effect series. I then recalled having played the first game a few years ago, and thought I'd try out the sequel. That was not a mistake, I really enjoyed it, even more than the first game in the series."
      JH
      Jennifer Hernandez
      Written on January 29, 2017
      "I believe this to be a wonderful solution to the problem of not having enough exploration PC Games. This is a fun and beautifully put together game with stunning graphics."
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      Muhammad Chauhan
      Written on April 13, 2017
      "In this game I can explore different planets. I can also collect resources as I gain insight on the enemy I must face."
    9. 13
      Planet Explorers
      In Planet Explorers, it is the year 2287, one of the first colony ships sent out by Earth arrives at the planet Maria, in the Epsilon Indi Star System. During its landing sequence, something appears in front of the massive ship that causes it to lose control and crash into the planet.
      Games

      Windows, Mac

      $14.99

      JC
      Juan Carlos Antonio
      Written on February 5, 2017
      "Planet Explorers is a cool looking role play game available in single player mode to multiplayer online mode. Good story line...interstellar settlers crash land on an alien..."
      JC
      Juan Carlos Antonio
      Written on February 5, 2017
      "Planet Explorers is a cool looking role play game available in single player mode to multiplayer online mode. Good story line...interstellar settlers crash land on an alien planet and have to battle to survive and live in their new home. Aliens, monsters, stress....what more could a guy want?"
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      Hemant Patel
      Written on April 10, 2017
      "Pretty decent exploration game, Im usually not too into these type of games but I thought it was pretty fun. I'd recommend it to anyone with a fairly open mind about fantasy worlds in games, especially space related."
    10. 12
      Mass Effect 3
      Mass Effect 3 plunges you into an all-out galactic war to take Earth back from a nearly unstoppable foe - and how you fight that war is entirely up to you.
      Games

      Windows, Xbox 360

      $19.99

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      Nathan Fox
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Mass Effect 3 is an awesome role playing game with plenty of shooting and a good story. The game play is very smooth with a good arsenal of weapons. The missions are tough but..."
      NF
      Nathan Fox
      Written on September 13, 2017
      "Mass Effect 3 is an awesome role playing game with plenty of shooting and a good story. The game play is very smooth with a good arsenal of weapons. The missions are tough but no too tough to be frustrating. You can get lost playing this game for hours on end."
      PC
      Patrick Carroll
      Written on May 20, 2017
      "I can explore different parts of a galaxy as I fight off alien invaders. The decisions I make in game can affect the outcome of all NPCs as I play the game."
      PC
      Parakram Chatterjee
      Written on February 3, 2017
      "I've heard good things about this game. Apparently it's really open-world, so it should be a good exploration game."
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      Fibrillation HD
      Fibrillation is an indie horror, psychological, and adventure first-person game for Windows OS. It takes the player into a psychedelic world where reality doesn't make much sense. It was developed and published by Egor Rezenov.
      Games

      Windows, Mac

      $3.99

      AO
      Andrés Ochoa
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Fibrillation HD on Steam is one of the most unique game concepts I've encountered. It's a first-person horror/mystery story, meant to be completed in one sitting. The game is..."
      AO
      Andrés Ochoa
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Fibrillation HD on Steam is one of the most unique game concepts I've encountered. It's a first-person horror/mystery story, meant to be completed in one sitting. The game is incredibly atmospheric, and there are lots of cool spaces to explore. Some repetition mars the game somewhat, but overall this one is great."
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      Randy Watson
      Written on May 8, 2017
      "In this game Ewan explores mysterious and scary places. It's fun and anxiety-ridden because the main character must figure out where he is and face his fears."
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      Ethan Nichols
      Written on January 5, 2017
      "I tried playing this game but I was really disappointed. It's just another early access indie thing and we really don't need any more of those in the world."
    12. 8
      Amnesia: The Dark Descent

      Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a  horror, action and adventure game for Windows and Mac. Developed and published by Frictional Games, it explores the story in which the memories of the main character are slowly fading away.

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Linux

      $19.99

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      Timothy Gomez
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "The game is a first person shooter for Windows based around a medieval theme. It's fun to explore all the castle rooms trying to figure out who you are since the character has..."
      TG
      Timothy Gomez
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "The game is a first person shooter for Windows based around a medieval theme. It's fun to explore all the castle rooms trying to figure out who you are since the character has amnesia. There are fierce battles and intriguing puzzles to figure out along the way. A very fun game for sure."
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      Eugene Bates
      Written on March 17, 2017
      "Amnesia is the most advanced and experienced exploration game that I have found in the past year. It makes the time go by so fast and you just get lost in the game. Everything about the game is great and really helps you become engulfed in the game."
      JP
      Jerry Pearson
      Written on November 25, 2017
      "The puzzles get old very quickly and their repetitive nature becomes quite frustrating. The screen is so dark that it's nearly impossible to see anything, at all. Dated, boring and not very much fun."
      DH
      Diana Hall
      Written on February 3, 2017
      "Fun game, but I thought it was kind of scary. The game is very dark with creepy things in every corner. It really is the kind of game that might give me nightmares."
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      The Vanishing of Ethan Carter
      The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is an indie first-person mystery game. You're Paul Prospero, a detective who receives a disturbing letter from Ethan Carter who has vanished in the wake of a brutal murder. 
      Games

      Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

      $19.99

      RJ
      Ruth Jordan
      Written on June 22, 2017
      "PC games seem to lagging in being a top platform for gamers with the newer console systems coming out with newer versions. If someone is looking for a great game to get into..."
      RJ
      Ruth Jordan
      Written on June 22, 2017
      "PC games seem to lagging in being a top platform for gamers with the newer console systems coming out with newer versions. If someone is looking for a great game to get into with their computer as their main platform, this game does seem to compete well with console games. The video used for advertisement is was engaging and it made me want to learn more about it."
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      Alice Walsh
      Written on January 8, 2017
      "The Vanishing of Ethan Carter allows players to roam around and explore at will. The player can use paranormal abilities in order to solve crimes and save the world, as it were. It's kind of a "smart kid's first person shooter" game."
    14. 5
      Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

      Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is a first-person survival horror game produced by Capcom Co., Ltd. In the game, players assume the role of Ethan Winters, a young man who receives an email from a woman claiming to be Ethan's wife Mia. 

      Games

      Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

      $29.99

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      Samantha Richardson
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "Out of all the horror games that have released lately, this one is easily the best. This game feels closer to the original Resident Evil games with puzzles and scarce..."
      SR
      Samantha Richardson
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "Out of all the horror games that have released lately, this one is easily the best. This game feels closer to the original Resident Evil games with puzzles and scarce resources. It feels like a real exploration game. The game has a great atmosphere, graphics, satisfying combat, and although it has a console oriented UI design, it's a great PC port overall."
      MO
      Matthew Ortiz
      Written on October 24, 2017
      "Resident Evil 7: Biohazard had the potential to be one of the best Exploration PC games. Unfortunately, the story is just so bland. It feels like any other horror game. It's not like the past Resident Evil games. It feels like this one was just thrown together for a quick cash grab."
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      Daniel Banks
      Written on May 25, 2017
      "I love to explore when I play computer games and it is even more interesting when the setting is interesting. What could be more interested than Resident Evil? Not only can you explore, but you get to fight for survival while doing it."
      CG
      Catherine Garrett
      Written on April 5, 2017
      "I've played a few of the Resident Evil games and this one is one of my favorites. The story can be quite disturbing at times so proceed with caution, but this is an excellent installment of this fantastic game. Definitely recommend!"
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      The Swapper

      The Swapper is a puzzle Metroidvania video game developed and published by Facepalm Games. Released in 2013, this game is available to play on PlayStation, Windows PC, Linux, macOS and Wii U.

      Games

      Windows, Mac, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U

      $14.99

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      Bobby Barnes
      Written on September 7, 2017
      "If you enjoy serious puzzle games but are tired of them lacking storyline, or love story games but tired of them basically being a minimally interactive movie this game will..."
      BB
      Bobby Barnes
      Written on September 7, 2017
      "If you enjoy serious puzzle games but are tired of them lacking storyline, or love story games but tired of them basically being a minimally interactive movie this game will thrill you. It's just the right mix of amazing graphics and deep story and intense puzzling. I can't wait to see what comes next from this studio."
      LB
      Louis Bradley
      Written on September 26, 2017
      "The swapper is a great example of the exploration game genre. The visuals are stunning and the puzzles are challenging but not impossible. It has full controller support so playing on my tv through Steam Big Picture is a breeze and highly enjoyable!"
      RF
      Ryan Flores
      Written on September 7, 2017
      "The Swapper is an excellent game that has a lot of exploration and has so much too do that you won't be bored playing it! It's a great game and everyone should buy it!"
      GM
      Gilberto Morán
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "In my opinion, this is not really an exploration game. It is a puzzle game with a lot of detail and fun to play but not as good solution for this topic."
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      Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

      Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a murder-mystery visual novel video game developed and published by Spike. The player takes the role of Makoto Naegi, a desperately average teenager who somehow finds himself accepted into Hope's Peak Academy, a prestigious high school normally reserved for the nation's" ultimate" students. But when he arrives, he and the other students soon find themselves trapped in a battle for survival against a twisted mastermind who has taken them all prisoner. You'll have to unmask the villain and uncover the secret of the school, or die trying.

      Games

      PlayStation Vita, Windows

      $79.97

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      Carl Jenkins
      Written on October 24, 2017
      "I like my PC games to be of the open world type so I can explore everything. One of the best I've found is Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. The murder-mystery novel aspect..."
      CJ
      Carl Jenkins
      Written on October 24, 2017
      "I like my PC games to be of the open world type so I can explore everything. One of the best I've found is Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc. The murder-mystery novel aspect of it is really intriguing and gives long term gameplay, well worth your dollars."
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      Megan Peterson
      Written on October 22, 2017
      "Danganronpa triggers a lot of ecxitement. i looove it"

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    Best exploration PC games
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Elite Dangerous Games 32 Paid
    2 Gone Home Games 30 Paid
    3 EVE Online Games 26 Free
    4 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Games 26 Paid
    5 Fallout 4 Games 26 Paid
    6 No Man's Sky Games 23 Paid
    7 Terraria Games 21 Paid
    8 Starbound Games 19 Paid
    9 What Remains of Edith Finch Games 19 Paid
    10 Minecraft Games 16 Paid
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