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The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now 

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Updated January 27, 2020 5.9k votes 678 voters 10k views 40 items

Gamers everywhere, we're ranking the most popular open-world games in 2020. Featuring both old and new games, this list of the most played open world games right now includes some of the best-selling games on PC. What are the top 10 open-world video games today?

Online open-world games, like GTA 5, Just Cause 3, and Far Cry 5, keep getting new players, thanks to Twitch streamers and YouTube gaming channels. Other good open-world games trending now include The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, and Fallout 4.

Vote up the best open world games everyone should be playing right now, and feel free to add your favorites that are missing from this list. Games from all consoles (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) are welcome, including mobile and PC games. 

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Grand Theft Auto V is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2013
Grand Theft Auto V is an open world, action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 17 September 2013 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox ...more

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Minecraft is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2009
Minecraft is a sandbox independent video game originally created by Swedish programmer Markus "Notch" Persson and later developed and published by the Swedish company Mojang. The ...more

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Red Dead Redemption is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
May 18 2010
This game is an open world, western action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on ...more

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Grand Theft Auto: San An... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
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2004
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 26 October 2004 for the PlayStation 2 ...more

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The Elder Scrolls V: Sky... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2011
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth installment in The Elder Scrolls action ...more

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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2014
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a 2015 action role-playing game developed and published by CD Projekt, based on The Witcher series of fantasy novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. It is the sequel to the ...more

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Far Cry 5 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2018
Far Cry 5 is an action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto and published by parent company Ubisoft for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 ...more

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Assassin's Creed IV: Bla... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2013
Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag is a 2013 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the sixth major ...more
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Fallout 4 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2015
Fallout 4 is an action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. It is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series, and was released ...more

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#15 of 158 The Best Video Games Of The 2010s, Ranked #76 of 454 The Best Video Game Soundtracks of All Time

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Fallout 3 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2008
Fallout 3 is an action role-playing open world video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and is the third major installment in the Fallout series. The game was released in North America, ...more

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Grand Theft Auto IV is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
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2008
Grand Theft Auto IV is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 29 April 2008 for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 ...more

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Assassin's Creed II is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
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2009
Assassin's Creed II is a 2009 historical fiction action-adventure open world stealth video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the second major installment in the ...more

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Assassin's Creed Origins... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2017
Assassin's Creed Origins is a 2017 action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the tenth major installment in the Assassin's Creed series and the ...more

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Far Cry 4 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2014
Far Cry 4 is an open world action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and ...more
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Far Cry 3 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2012
Far Cry 3 is an open world, action-adventure first-person shooter video game developed mainly by Ubisoft Montreal in conjunction with Ubisoft Massive, Ubisoft Red Storm, Ubisoft Shanghai, and ...more

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The Legend of Zelda: Bre... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2017
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an action-adventure game developed and published by Nintendo, released for the Nintendo Switch and Wii U consoles on March 3, 2017. Breath of the Wild ...more

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Batman: Arkham City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2011
Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game ...more

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Watch Dogs 2 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2016
Watch Dogs 2 (stylized as WATCH_DOGS 2) is an action-adventure video game developed by Ubisoft Montreal and published by Ubisoft. It is the sequel to 2014's Watch Dogs and was released worldwide ...more

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Just Cause 3 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2015
Just Cause 3 is an action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix. Announced on November 11, 2014, it is the third game in the Just Cause series and the ...more

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Grand Theft Auto: Vice C... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
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2002
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Rockstar North and published by Rockstar Games. It was released on 27 October 2002 for the PlayStation 2 ...more

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The Elder Scrolls III: M... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2002
The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind is an open world fantasy action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios, and published by Bethesda Softworks and Ubisoft. It is the third ...more

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Ark: Survival Evolved is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
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2017
Ark: Survival Evolved (stylized as ΛRK) is a 2017 action-adventure survival video game developed by Studio Wildcard in collaboration with Instinct Games, Efecto Studios, and Virtual Basement. In ...more

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Metal Gear Solid V: The ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2015
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is an open world action-adventure stealth video game developed by Kojima Productions and directed, co-produced and co-written by Hideo Kojima, currently in ...more

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Horizon Zero Dawn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2017
Horizon Zero Dawn is a 2017 action role-playing video game developed by Guerrilla Games and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment. The plot revolves around Aloy, a hunter and archer living ...more

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Just Cause 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Popular Open World Video Games Right Now
2009
Just Cause 2 is an open world action-adventure video game developed by Avalanche Studios, published by Eidos Interactive, and distributed by Square Enix. It is the sequel to the 2006 video game ...more

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