It feels like video game maps keep getting bigger and bigger, and below is a handy graphic demonstrating exactly how much bigger they have been getting.
Long gone are the days where all games were restrictive and took you on one specific path. While the simplicity of that format does still exist today, for a while now games including expansive worlds that players can explore freely is the order of the day. The likes of Grand Theft Auto, The Elder Scrolls series, and World Of Warcraft all have expansive maps for players to enjoy.
Have you ever wondered exactly how big some of those maps are though? When it feels like you have been running for miles through the countryside of Skyrim, or when you're on the highways of San Andreas and it feels as if you have been driving for longer than you would be to get somewhere in real life. Well, recently UNILAD Gaming posted a handy graphic revealing the exact sizes of different maps.
The video, which you can check out above, begins with GTA III which is a measly 9km². As the video continues other GTA maps are revealed and, as you might have guessed, they have been getting gradually bigger over the years. Vice City's map comes in at 14km², that number was more than doubled in San Andreas which has a 36km² map, and last but not least GTA V which has an impressive 81km² for players to explore.
While GTA's maps have been getting bigger and bigger, the map video reveals that the maps featured in Elder Scrolls' games have actually been getting smaller. Daggerfall featured an incredible 161600km² world, Oblivion's came in at 41km², and Skyrim four kilometers less with just 37km² to run around in. If we're honest it does feel like a lot more than that.
The biggest map of all is, of course, Minecraft's. That's because it is really supposed to be endless, although, in reality, it's the next best thing. The UNILAD Gaming video has clocked the Minecraft map in at more than 4 billion km². If that is truly the case then it's highly unlikely any of us will ever see the edge of it, although apparently the game glitches the further out you venture, so we wouldn't recommend you go hunting for it.