The 5 Most Popular Open World Video Game Characters

Since the birth of video games in the 70s, we’ve been introduced to a multitude of characters, some we love, some we hate and some we love to hate.

Here’s a list of a few characters that we believe impacted the gaming world.

 Ezio Auditore da Firenze

assassins creed Ezio Auditore da Firenze POPULAR OPEN WORLD VIDEO GAME CHARACTERSImage source: Address DB

Ezio Auditore da Firenze (wow, that’s a mouthful) is argued to be the best Assassin’s Creed character of all time.

Ezio first appeared in Assassin’s Creed II and has also appeared in three other Assassin’s Creed installments.

Witty, charming, mischievous and with a great storyline Ezio is full of life and personality. It’s hard not to love this Italian Assassin.


Lara Croft

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The iconic main protagonist for video game franchise Tomb Raider, Lara Croft was first introduced in 1996.

Lara Croft is one of the most successful characters of all time, she holds six Guinness World Records and one of the first video game characters that has also graced the big screen.

Created by Core Design, team member Toby Gard designed Lara Croft to counter stereotypical female characters. Who doesn’t love badass girl power?

Check out our blog post on how to cosplay as our favorite ponytail-wearing treasure hunter. 




Arthur Morgan

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In Rockstar’s new Red Dead Redemption 2 we follow protagonist Arthur Morgan. Sure, he’s a killer and a thief but does that make him a bad guy? Red Dead Redemption 2 follows the fall and split of the Van der Linde gang but Arthur will do ANYTHING for those he considers family.



Image result for horizon zero dawn aloy POPULAR OPEN WORLD VIDEO GAME CHARACTERSImage source: Polygon

Aloy is the protagonist of Guerilla Games’ Horizon Zero Dawn. The bow and arrow wielding heroine was raised by an outcast named Rost and has trained herself to become the skilled warrior she is.

In Horizon Zero Dawn we follow Aloy as she embarks on a journey to stop a cult that is determined on world destruction via an artificial intelligence.



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One of the most popular characters in video game history is Nintendo’s Link from The Legend of Zelda series.

In Nintendo’s Breath of the Wild we follow our favorite Hylian as he awakens from a hundred-year sleep in order to defeat Calamity Ganon before it destroys the Hyrule kingdom.


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Posted by Micaela Estevez on November 26, 2018


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