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Best exploration pc games

1.Elite Dangerous

Paid: $29.99

Elite Dangerous is a space simulation game developed by Frontier Developments and first released in 2015. It lets players explore an open-world cutthroat galaxy where players battle it out to freedom and glory.

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  • Anthony Carroll

    by Anthony Carroll

    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.  More

  • Gerald Price

    by Gerald Price

    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 m More

  • Ridhi Tata

    by Ridhi Tata

    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 environmen More

  • Mark Foster

    by Mark Foster

    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 apartm More

2.Gone Home

Paid: $14.99
Discover the mystery for yourself in Gone Home, a first-person story exploration video game in development by The Fullbright Company.

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Adventure

  • Carl Alexander

    by Carl Alexander

    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 i More

3.Fallout 4

Paid: $29.99
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.

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Action and Role playing game

  • Carolyn Garza

    by Carolyn Garza

    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 j More

  • Tiffany Dixon

    by Tiffany Dixon

    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 More

  • Claudia Olvera

    by Claudia Olvera

    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,  More

  • Alexander Wade

    by Alexander Wade

    If you are looking for a game with exploration this has it. It may not be the best game but it has exploration.

4.The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Paid: $39.99 Check price

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. 

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  • Amanda Carter

    by Amanda Carter

    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 gr More

  • Louis Hawkins

    by Louis Hawkins

    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!

  • by Justin Hayes

    This is an excellent solution for the topic. Skyrim is a vast open world game that offers countless hours of game play.

  • Juan Lewis

    by Juan Lewis

    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 More

5.EVE Online

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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.

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  •  José Juan Sotelo

    by José Juan Sotelo

    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 b More

6.No Man's Sky

Paid: $59.99
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.

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Action, Adventure

  • Howard Pearson

    by Howard Pearson

    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 More

  • by Christian Rogers

    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 t More

  • Laura Graham

    by Laura Graham

    This game looks like so much fun to me. This is the exact thing I was looking for!

7.Terraria

Paid: $9.99 Check price

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.

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Adventure, Survival, Crafting

  • Deborah Medina

    by Deborah Medina

    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 bui More

  • by Melissa Stephens

    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 fu More

  • by Jean Moreno

    This game is not boring! Game play is difficult, but well balanced, in my opinion.

8.What Remains of Edith Finch

Paid: $19.99

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.

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12+

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Adventure

  • Andrea Spencer

    by Andrea Spencer

    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!

9.Starbound

Paid: $14.99

Starbound is a multiplayer sandbox action-adventure video game which is set in a two-dimensional universe. This features story-based missions, and players must explore to obtain new weapons and visit towns. 

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  • Barbara Davidson

    by Barbara Davidson

    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 surpri More

  • Coco Ma

    by Coco Ma

    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 t More

  • Philip Coleman

    by Philip Coleman

    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-ende More

10.Minecraft

Paid: $26.95 with in-app purchases

Minecraft is a sandbox video game developed by Mojang and Markus Persson. Released in 2009, this game became the best-selling computer game with over 29 million copies sold worldwide. Available on various platforms.

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Open World Creation

  • Kenneth Stevens

    by Kenneth Stevens

    Everyone knows this game! My son absolutely loves this game. It really challenges your imagaination which is a good thing.

  • Martha Reid

    by Martha Reid

    One of the best open world games ever developed. Nearly infinite worlds to explore

  • Danielle Carpenter

    by Danielle Carpenter

    Minecraft is one of the all-time best-selling games. It offers endless creativity, but it's not exactly an exploration game.

11.Mass Effect 2

Paid: $19.99 Check price
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.

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  • Patrick Gordon

    by Patrick Gordon

    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. More

  • Jennifer Hernandez

    by Jennifer Hernandez

    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 wi More

  • Muhammad Chauhan

    by Muhammad Chauhan

    In this game I can explore different planets. I can also collect resources as I gain insight on the enemy I must face.

12.Mass Effect 3

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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.

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  • Nathan Fox

    by Nathan Fox

    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. T More

  • Parakram Chatterjee

    by Parakram Chatterjee

    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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    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 More

13.Planet Explorers

Paid: $14.99
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.

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  • by Juan Carlos Antonio

    Planet Explorers is a cool looking role play game available in single player mode to multiplayer online mode. Good story line...interstellar settlers  More

  • Hemant Patel

    by Hemant Patel

    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  More

14.Fibrillation HD

Paid: $3.99
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.

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  • Andrés Ochoa

    by Andrés Ochoa

    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  More

  • Randy Watson

    by Randy Watson

    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 hi More

  • by Ethan Nichols

    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  More

15.Amnesia: The Dark Descent

Paid: $19.99

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.

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  • Timothy Gomez

    by Timothy Gomez

    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 ar More

  • Eugene Bates

    by Eugene Bates

    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 los More

  • Jerry Pearson

    by Jerry Pearson

    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 anyth More

  • Diana Hall

    by Diana Hall

    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  More

16.The Vanishing of Ethan Carter

Paid: $19.99
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. 

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Mystery

  • Ruth Jordan

    by Ruth Jordan

    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 More

  • by Alice Walsh

    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  More

17.Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Paid: $29.99

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. 

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  • Samantha Richardson

    by Samantha Richardson

    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 pu More

  • Daniel Banks

    by Daniel Banks

    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 Resid More

  • Catherine Garrett

    by Catherine Garrett

    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,  More

  • Matthew Ortiz

    by Matthew Ortiz

    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  More

18.The Swapper

Paid: $14.99

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.

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  • Bobby Barnes

    by Bobby Barnes

    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 interacti More

  • Gilberto Morán

    by Gilberto Morán

    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 topi More

  • Ryan Flores

    by Ryan Flores

    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 everyo More

  • Louis Bradley

    by Louis Bradley

    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 More

19.Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc

Paid: $19.99 Check price

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a murder-mystery visual novel video game developed and published by Spike. This centers on student Makoto Naegi who must survive after being trapped in a game of mutual killing among his peers. 

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  • Carl Jenkins

    by Carl Jenkins

    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 murde More

  • Megan Peterson

    by Megan Peterson

    Danganronpa triggers a lot of ecxitement. i looove it

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