Best open world video games

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1.
Sleeping Dogs (2012 Video Game)
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An Asian-American cop named, Wei Shen, goes undercover in Hong Kong to infiltrate a Triad organization.
Director: Sean Horne
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
2.
The Godfather (2006 Video Game)
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Set in New York from 1945-1955, Players will join the Corleone family as "soliders" and work their way up the ranks through loyalty, fear, and any number of illegal activities. The goal is to become Don of your own mafia family.
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
3.
Grand Theft Auto 3 (2001 Video Game)
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A young bank robber escapes from police custody and works his way up through the mafia ladder of crime-ridden Liberty City, USA.
Director: Navid Khonsari
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
4.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002 Video Game)
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After being released from jail, Tommy Vercetti left Liberty City for Vice City, a city overrun by the mob. Now, Tommy is out to make Vice City his home.
“ Rating: 10/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
5.
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas (2004 Video Game)
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A family tragedy prompts a man to return home, only to find it overrun by crime and corruption, which he must regain control of the streets before it gets even worse.
“ Rating: 10/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
6.
Grand Theft Auto IV (2008 Video Game)
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Niko Bellic comes to Liberty City, America to live the good life, but ends up having to assist his dangerously indebted cousin Roman with his financial troubles, by any (mostly illegal) means necessary.
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
7.
Grand Theft Auto V (2013 Video Game)
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Three very different criminals team-up for a series of daring, yet very profitable, heists in the corrupt city of Los Santos.
Director: Rod Edge
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
8.
Just Cause 2 (2010 Video Game)
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Rico Rodriguez, a CIA agent, travels to the infamous and beautiful island of Panau and joins various tribes bent on destroying each other. What follows is a story of politics, greed and exploration throughout the huge open world of Panau.
“ Rating: 7/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
9.
Fallout 3 (2008 Video Game)
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Centuries following nuclear war, a teen leaves the safety of an underground vault in order to find their father, who left in hopes of creating a water purifier.
Director: Todd Howard
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
10.
Fallout: New Vegas (2010 Video Game)
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After surviving two bullets to the head, Courier Six traverses the post-apocalyptic Mojave desert in search of the men who wronged him, while making an impact on thousands in the process.
Director: J.E. Sawyer
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
11.
Far Cry 3 (2012 Video Game)
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While skydiving, Jason Brody and his friends land on an island overrun by pirates, where Jason is torn between fighting for the Rakyat resistance and rescuing his friends.
Director: Laurent Bernier
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
12.
Red Dead Redemption (2010 Video Game)
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John Marston, former outlaw, is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang.
“ Rating: 10/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
13.
Saints Row 2 (2008 Video Game)
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Several new upstart gangs have been able to sweep in and make their mark on Stilwater. As leader of the Saints...
“ Rating: 7/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
14.
Saints Row: The Third (2011 Video Game)
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After the Saints have transformed from a small town street gang to pop culture giants, they decide to take over another city called Steelport.
Director: Keith Arem
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
15.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011 Video Game)
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After escaping execution, the last living Dragonborn must grow in strength and power to defeat the dragons that have once again begun to plague the land of Skyrim.
Director: Todd Howard
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
16.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (2006 Video Game)
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After being freed by the Emperor of Tamriel, the hero must prevent the gates of Oblivion from spreading throughout the Empire.
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
17.
Assassin's Creed (2007 Video Game)
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A man enters a machine called the Animus that lets him relive the memories of his ancestor, a 12th century assassin named Altair.
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
18.
Assassin's Creed II (2009 Video Game)
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Desmond Miles is trained to become a modern-day Assassin through the resurrected memories of ancestor Ezio Auditore da Firenze, who uncovers a massive Templar conspiracy in Renaissance Italy leading to the new Pope.
“ Rating: 10/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
19.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood (2010 Video Game)
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Desmond Miles continues to travel the memories of Ezio Auditore, bringing him to turn-of-the-century Rome with Ezio rebuilding the assassin order to bring down the tyrannical Borgia rule.
Director: Sylvain Bernard
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
20.
Assassin's Creed: Revelations (2011 Video Game)
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Ezio travels to Constantinople, at the peak of the Ottoman Empire to discover the truth behind his Ancestor, Altair, which will help him retrieve a powerful weapon hidden within Masyaf, the ancient assassins' fortress.
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
21.
Assassin's Creed III (2012 Video Game)
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The American Colonies, 1775. It's a time of civil unrest and political upheaval in the Americas. As a Native American fights to protect his land and his people, he will ignite the flames of a young nation's revolution.
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
22.
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag (2013 Video Game)
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A video game where you play as sailor, privateer and assassin Edward Kenway exploring on and around the islands in the Caribbean Sea during the early 18th century.
Director: Ashraf Ismail
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
23.
Mafia II (2010 Video Game)
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The chronicles of Vito Scalletta, a young Italian immigrant who joins the Italian mafia, but soon gets in over his head when illegal drug dealing and deception take place.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
24.
L.A. Noire (2011 Video Game)
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You play a LAPD detective in late 1940s Los Angeles as you discover dark goings on in the city.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
25.
The Saboteur (2009 Video Game)
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Sean, an Irish racing driver, must help out the French resistance during WWII. The death of his friend Jules, gives him the reason to risk his life.
Director: Trey Watkins
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
26.
The Godfather II (2009 Video Game)
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A video game in which players control a new member of the Corleone crime family who is rising through the ranks.
Director: Si Duy Tran
“ Rating: 7/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
27.
Far Cry 2 (2008 Video Game)
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A mercenary is hired to travel to an African country to eliminate a notorious arms dealer called, The Jackal, only to be caught in the crossfire of a civil war.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
28.
Tomb Raider (2013 Video Game)
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Armed with only the raw instincts and physical ability, Tomb Raider delivers an intense and gritty story into the origins of Lara Croft and her ascent from a frightened young woman to a hardened survivor.
Director: Noah Hughes
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
29.
Infamous (2009 Video Game)
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Control Cole MacGrath as he evolves his newly found ability to control electricity. In a city on lock down due to plague and super-powered psychos, you must choose to act as savior to the people or become the reckless demon of Empire City.
Director: Nate Fox
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
30.
Infamous 2 (2011 Video Game)
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After the Beast destroys Empire City, Cole MacGrath flees to the city of New Marais to search for a scientist, who could upgrade his powers.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
31.
True Crime: Streets of LA (2003 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Loose cannon cop Nick Kang, suspended from the LAPD, becomes part of an elite police unit and defends the City of Angels from a plot involving the Chinese Triad and the Russian mob.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
32.
True Crime: New York City (2005 Video Game)
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Former gangster, now street cop Marcus Reed tries to uncover who is behind the murder of his friend and mentor, Lt. Terrance Higgins.
Director: Mo Davoudian
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
33.
Batman: Arkham City (2011 Video Game)
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When part of Gotham is turned into a private reserve for criminals, all hell is sure to break loose, and the Dark Knight is the only one who can stop it.
Director: Sefton Hill
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
34.
Minecraft (2009 Video Game)
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Welcome to the world of minecraft, you can build, brew potions, enchant your armor and tools, adventure other biomes. Visit the nether, or even defeat the enderdragon in the end.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
35.
Borderlands (2009 Video Game)
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Four courageous adventurers land on the planet of Pandora, a barren wasteland filled with dangerous creatures, in search of The Vault, a mysterious relic that contains untold technology, and only opens every 200 years.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
36.
Borderlands 2 (2012 Video Game)
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A new group of adventurers arrives on the frontier planet Pandora. They are assassinated by Handsome Jack, the most powerful merc on the planet. One of them survives and with the help of a deranged talking robot seeks loot and revenge.
Director: Paul Hellquist
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
37.
Scarface: The World Is Yours (2006 Video Game)
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You play as the ruthless Cuban gangster Tony Montana. Sosa took everything you had and you are going to get it all back. Tony continues too buy buissness'. He continues to deal drugs. He continues on his quest to kill Sosa.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
38.
Midnight Club: Los Angeles (2008 Video Game)
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You play as a driver, who races his way through illegal street races in an open world Los Angeles in this racer from the people that brought you Grand Theft Auto and Max Payne.
Director: John Zurhellen
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
39.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012 Video Game)
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Racing video game, developed British games developer Criterion Games and published by Electronic Arts.
“ Rating: 9/10

Note that nearly all of the NFS games have great open world. ” - TheRapDude
 
40.
Dead Island (2011 Video Game)
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A picturesque resort falls into madness after a mysterious zombie outbreak claims its once peaceful atmosphere...
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
41.
Dark Souls (2011 Video Game)
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After escaping an asylum, an undead warrior treks through the dangerous kingdom of Lordran.
“ Rating: 8/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
42.
Watch Dogs (2014 Video Game)
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After losing his niece in an assassination attempt, Aiden Pierce, a street-smart-hacker, uses his phone to take over a new operating system in Chicago to hunt the criminals that killed his niece.
“ Rating: 7/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
43.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002 Video Game)
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Video game version of book II from author J.K. Rowling's famous Harry Potter series sees the young wizard solving the riddle of the Chamber of Secrets.
“ Rating: 9/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
44.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007 Video Game)
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Harry leads dumbledores army and must battle the dark lord himself. Harry also must deal with dark secrets and an emotional loss. Based on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
Director: Matt Birch
“ Rating: 7/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
45.
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009 Video Game)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Hogwarts is no longer a safe haven for students. Dumbledore is more intent than ever on preparing Harry for a battle with Voldemort. Meanwhile love may be in the air, but tragedy looms, and Hogwarts may never be the same again.
Director: Ralph Palmer
“ Rating: 7/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
46.
The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker HD (2013 Video Game)
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A young boy must sail the great sea in order to save his sister from a monstrous bird and become the hero he was prophesised to be, by defeating a dark lord who intends to send the world into peril.
Director: Daiki Iwamoto
“ Rating: 10/10
I highly recommend playing either the original version or the HD remastered version. They're both just as good. ” - TheRapDude
 
47.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (1998 Video Game)
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A young Kokiri boy discovers that his destiny is to free the Seven Sages and save the land of Hyrule from the treacherous sorcerer Ganondorf.
“ Rating: 10/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
48.
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000 Video Game)
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After becoming the hero of Hyrule, Link stumbles into the enchanted land of Termina, where a falling moon will crush the world in three days.
Director: Eiji Aonuma
“ Rating: 10/10 ” - TheRapDude
 
49.
Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (2014 Video Game)
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Set in March 1975, a few months after the events of Peace Walker, players control returning protagonist Snake...
Director: Hideo Kojima
 
50.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess (2006 Video Game)
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Link, a young man from a small farming village, finds Hyrule is being consumed by an otherworldly twilight. Guided by a strange pixie named Midna, he endeavors to return light to the land and confront the usurper king Zant.
Director: Eiji Aonuma