"Exploring Compact Worlds: 8 Top Small-Scale Open-World Games"

Open-world games have dominated gaming trends for years. While linear adventures have their place, nothing compares to the thrill of exploring vast virtual worlds. 

Liberty City (Grand Theft Auto 3)

Rockstar Games, famous for vast open worlds, surprises with Liberty City's small map in Grand Theft Auto 3, their first 3D game.

Bullworth (Bully)

Bully's small size stems from its school campus setting, unlike expansive open-worlds in other games.

Kamurocho (Yakuza)

Yakuza series, a genre-blending, content-rich experience. Typically set in Kamurocho, a 2 sq. mile Tokyo district, instead of a full city.

Sleeping Dogs: A compact open-world crime game set in Hong Kong (2 sq. miles). Despite size, it celebrates the city with diverse activities.

Hong Kong (Sleeping Dogs)

London (Assassin's Creed Syndicate)

From Hong Kong to London in Assassin's Creed Syndicate, a 1.4 sq. mile map packed with activities and rooftops. The captivating aspect: the time period.

Middle-Earth's richly detailed world, like Mordor, seems vast. In Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor, two areas offer intrigue, though the map remains modest.

Mordor (Middle-Earth: Shadow Of Mordor)

Hyrule's inclusion may surprise, but we're revisiting its early form in The Legend Of Zelda. NES limits limited full kingdom exploration back then.

Hyrule (The Legend Of Zelda)

Gotham's grandeur condensed in Batman: Arkham City, a 0.38 sq. mile section. Cleverly used interiors expand depth and exploration in this limited space.

Arkham City (Batman: Arkham City)

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