Horizon didn't sell "solely on its strength as an open world game". The characters, story, combat and even the robot dinosaurs all helped it sell that well! And a linear singleplayer new IP can and has sold that well before. The Last of Us for example...
BOTW being the best selling Zelda "despite its status as a Switch launch title"? It being a Switch launch title is supposed to be a bad thing? You could say that for the Wii U, but the Switch had an immensely successful launch and has just kept on doing incredibly well since then. It being a launch title for a massively popular console is in no way detrimental to its sales.
"the vast majority of AAA single player games are open world"? Are they? prove it!
Anyways, the best open world game for me would be Grand Theft Auto V. It has everything. Fun story missions and interesting characters. Huge, detailed world to explore. Lots of cars and guns and they're both really enjoyable to use. Helicopters and planes too!Last edited by Ka-pi96 - on 02 May 2018
Bet Shiken that COD would outsell Battlefield in 2018. http://gamrconnect.vgchartz.com/post.php?id=8749702