20. Dying Light

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Publisher: Warner Bros / Developer: Techland
Release Date: 27th Jan 2015 (USA) / 28th Jan 2015 (UK/EU)

Unforgivably cliched story aside, Dying Light is a great option if you're looking for open world horror. With the city of Harran overrun with zombies, it's up to you and your first-person parkour skills to save the day. The game does a really good job of making its setting seem quite claustrophobic while also allowing for plenty of freedom, and the best part is that you can enjoy the vast majority of the adventure with up to three other players. Surviving together as a group of baseball bat-wielding free runners is fantastic fun.

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19. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands

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Publisher: Ubisoft / Developer: Ubisoft Paris
Release Date: 7th Mar 2017 (USA) / 7th Mar 2017 (UK/EU)

Ghost Recon: Wildlands is like the mother of all cookie-cutter open world games, packed with map markers and approximately 12 billion things to collect. However, Ubisoft's squad-based shooter really shines when it comes to co-op play with up to three other people. Thanks to its truly gigantic and completely open map, there's always something for you and your buddies to do -- even if you're just looking to cause absolute chaos. With the right team at your back, Wildlands can be an absolute blast.

18. Mafia III (PS4)

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Publisher: 2K Games / Developer: Hangar 13
Release Date: 7th Oct 2016 (USA) / 7th Oct 2016 (UK/EU)

Mafia III certainly isn't the most original open world game on this list, but if you can look past the repetitive sandbox missions, there's a lot to like about the tale of Lincoln Clay's vengeance. The atmosphere is rich and the storytelling is fantastic, while the gunplay is super satisfying. What's more, the 1960s era radio is absolutely top notch, really solidifying the title's tone. This is one of those open world games where simply driving around the city is a pleasure.

17. Days Gone (PS4)

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Publisher: Sony Interactive Entertainment / Developer: Sony Bend Studios
Release Date: 26th Apr 2019 (USA) / 26th Apr 2019 (UK/EU)

Days Gone is a game that’s greater than the sum of its parts. Sony Bend’s return to AAA console development may not bring many original ideas to the open world genre, but its emergent gameplay and gigantic technical feats make for some seriously white-knuckle encounters in one of the PS4’s most lush sandboxes. With a vast, apocalyptic backdrop that’s constantly in pursuit of you, this exclusive’s emphasis on survival gives it a je ne sais quoi that’s made it a real fan favourite.

16. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

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Publisher: Konami / Developer: Kojima Productions
Release Date: 1st Sep 2015 (USA) / 1st Sep 2015 (UK/EU)

Metal Gear Solid V excels when it comes to player freedom -- freedom that's afforded by the game's open world structure. You can have Big Boss tackle missions however you want, with the wide open maps giving you reason to carefully consider your approach. And, when things don't quite go to plan, the open world can become a gloriously chaotic sandbox. In typical Metal Gear fashion, you can spend hours just playing around with enemies and the many gadgets at your disposal.