Top 12 Engrossing Games Like "Metro Exodus" Everyone Should Play
What Games Are Like Metro Exodus?
Metro Exodus takes the narrative-driven experience of the previous two games and throws some semi-open world action into the mix to create an enchanting experience - something gamers all across the globe have savored.
The only problem with Exodus is that there isn't enough of it. While you wait for the next entry in this post-apocalyptic franchise, let's take a look at all the similar games to Metro Exodus.
Just a little side note before we get into the nitty-gritty, the previous two Metro games aren't included in this list as they're obvious choices for anyone looking for some similar games. With that out of the way, let's get into the list.
Games Similar To Metro Exodus
- Bioshock Infinite
- Crysis 3
- Max Payne 3
- Dead Space 3
- S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
- Alien Isolation
- Half-Life 2
- Spec Ops: The Line
- Doom (Reboot)
- The Darkness 2
1. Bioshock Infinite
It's hard to explain what this masterpiece is about. On one hand, this colorful first-person shooter looks like a straightforward run and gun shooter with not much depth. Still, when you're in for at least a few hours, it's a whole different feeling, as if you've witnessed a work of art.
I usually reserve the word ‘masterpiece’ for RPGs since FPS seldom tick all the boxes, especially when they're narratively driven. It's so hard to balance story with gunplay. Where do you draw the line between free exploration and nudging the story forward? It's hard.
Irrational Games (the developer), however, has balanced both facets meticulously. The moment you set foot in the world of Columbia, which is located in the sky, it's hard to put the controller down as you gasp and marvel at its beauty. Gunplay, in the same vein, remains another strong draw of the Bioshock franchise, taking it a notch above with the latest iteration. There aren't tons of varieties, but it always welcomes you to experiment at your own peril.
If you're looking for a narrative-driven game like Metro: Exodus, Bioshock Infinite should be your best bet.
2. Crysis 3
The latest iteration in the Crysis franchise might not be as revolutionary or demanding as the original entry, but it remains one of the best looking games released on PC and consoles to this date. CryEngine has been utilized in the best way possible to render mesmerizing sceneries with lush treacherous jungles.
It's hard not to gaze at its beauty as soon as you step foot into the semi-open world of Crysis 3. You start with just a gun, but add a variety of weapons to your arsenal as the game progresses. Experimenting with various combat combinations is one of the prerequisites to have a good time with this first-person shooter.
Unfortunately, the gun models are a more or less reskinned version of Crysis 2’s models with new names slapped over it. However, it more than makes up for its unoriginality with solid gameplay.
3. Max Payne 3
In Rockstar’s Max Payne 3, you're not fighting mutated creatures or saving the world, you're saving your own skin. The story revolves around a hired gun, a 40-something alcoholic who has given up on life. In cheap thrills, he seeks redemption and perhaps a merciful death. His adventures take him to various parts of the world where he is tasked with saving a handful of lives in exchanges for taking another few hundred, if not more. Oh, the irony!
It's a shame this game didn't sell well enough to warrant a sequel. Rockstar and its parent company, 2K Games, remains tight-lipped about this game’s performance to this date, but it's evident they expected this third-person shooter to do better.
Disappointing as it may be, Max Payne 3 is probably the last entry of this franchise. It's unlikely we'll ever delve into the adventures of Max again. Enjoy this game. Savor it. Replay it.
4. Dead Space 3
Few games boast an environment as rich and harrowing as Dead Space 3. Permeated with an enchanting storyline, you'll team up for the first time with another person if you choose to play in co-op, as you venture into the uncharted and terrifying corners of the space - a vast, unforgiving place where everything wants to kill you.
Thought the story founders a little bit at the end, it's glued together by some thrilling, adrenaline-fueled combat as you play on the edge of your seat.
The addition of co-op has helped transition this series from a niche horror series to a mainstream title, and it's all the better for it. The dread and paranoia factor is still there, but it's not as effective when someone else is alongside you to take on the challenge.
Dead Space 3 can be slowish at the start, but it's a thrilling ride once the story changes gears.
If not for its sluggish performance on PC, Dishonored 2 would have found its way into this list. Unfortunately, it's not the case. The original entry in this franchise, however, checks all the boxes in terms of gameplay and performance.
This stealth adventure is perfect, allowing players to experience the open-ended story however they prefer. The whole affair can be completed without killing anyone, if you so desire. Though incredibly difficult to pull off, it's entirely possible, or so I have heard.
You play as Corvo Attano, a master assassin on a mission to avenge the death of his queen. Mastered in the art of stealth as well as hand-to-hand combat, he's an unstoppable force - a nightmare for his enemies. The world of Dishonored is more of a playground for Corvo to show off his skills. However, be wary of your choices, for your fate depends upon it.
6. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Clear Sky, the predecessor of Pripyat was a little bit of disappointment, partly because of too much experimenting by the developers. Not to mention that it felt rushed.
Pripyat, the latest and probably the last entry of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise, thankfully, fixes up most of my complaints with its previous entries. For starters, the game finally embraces a full-fledged open-world design, shedding the semi-open world design of previous iterations. The result is an excellent, free-flowing game that benefits from an eccentric open-world design.
This cruelly difficult FPS will test you on all levels. Every time you wanna hurl your keyboard in frustration, remember that it gets better once you are through the first few infuriating hours. No, it doesn't get easier. You just get used to dying often and learning from it.
7. Alien: Isolation
Developed by Creative Assembly, Alien: Isolation takes place 15 years after the original film. You play as Amanda, a space engineer on a mission to find out more about her mother's wayward ship. Things turn south when she comes across a desolate space-city in her quest. Abandoned for some time, the station draws her attention as she delves deep into its mysteries.
Though there are some action-packed sequences, you'll be running and hiding for the most part, like a hide-and-seek game. Only this time it's lethal.
Your only enemy, the alien, can't be killed. Burn it or shoot it, but it's going to make a comeback, stronger than it ever was. The only way to get rid of that harrowing creature is to trick it - something that'll take a lot of time and patience. Expect to die a lot, especially in the beginning.
8. Half-Life 2
Half-Life series, especially the second installment of the franchise, is quite a transfixing experience. The story hooks you instantly from the moment you set foot in its world.
The gameplay design and graphics might feel outdated by today's standards, but it still packs a solid punch. This game was so successful upon its launch, Valve instantly became a phenomenon - a force to be reckoned with.
Unfortunately, Valve hates number 3. From Team Fortress 2, Dota 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2 to this first-person shooter, they have never moved beyond the second number.
Half-Life 3, despite the demand, is unlikely to ever materialize. Valve, unsurprisingly, has been mum about it. Half-Life 2 set a benchmark for the first-person shooters, and it deserves another chance, even after over 10 years from the last iteration.
9. Spec Ops: The Line
Spec Ops: The Line achieves something not a lot of FPS can claim; its storylines give meaning to firefights. Though the combat is not half bad, the heart-wrenching storyline is its strongest suit. You'll engage in a lot of action-heavy scenarios, but the story is all you'll remember. Unfortunately, combat, for the most part, is uninspired. Thankfully, it's glued together by a strong storyline crammed with twists and turns along the way.
In your quest to save the city of Dubai, you'll make choices, a lot them. Seldom does it feels like a chore though. Every choice you make, however trivial it may be, will impact your gameplay in some way. Prepare yourself for a depressing, self-reflecting journey. Walker, the protagonist, is doomed either way - no matter how you choose to play. Try if you may, but the impending disaster will engulf everyone in the team.
10. Doom (reboot)
Though Doom comes with a barebones multi-player mode, I'm not going to delve into that, particularly because we're focusing on single-player games like Metro Exodus.
When it comes to the single player front, this ID Software reboot delivers in panache. Starting with only a pistol, you shoot and kick your way through bigger and bulkier upgrades. At it's best, Doom is a narrative-driven visual extravaganza - a shooter you'll adore once you ignore its fleeting dumbness.
At its worst, however, Doom can be a little repetitive and vapid. More often than not, you'll be confined to closed doors, constricted encounters with no room for improvisation. It's designed to play only one way, and you'll have to adapt to its style if you want to derive any fun out of it.
The mind-numbing, fast-paced shooting remains one of the strongest selling points of this franchise. Blasting off ugly creatures has never been more fun! Repetitive as it may be, it's one of the best single player shooters in the market right now.
Singularity is perhaps not the best-looking shooter, but don't judge it by its looks. Underneath the rusty exterior lies an explosive run-&-gun shooter that'll keep you in your toes. Forgettable at best, the storyline merely serves as a backdrop to mindless fun for a handful of hours.
Grab a gun and start shooting. There's not much else to it. It might sound monotonous to rinse and repeat, but it's far from that. Once you get used to its gameplay mechanics, the game is tonnes of fun.
Though you can try various combinations of supernatural powers, time-bending is probably something you'll exploit most of the time. Make your enemies age within seconds or just blast their nose off - it's all up to you.
12. The Darkness 2
It's hard to define this underrated masterpiece, for this action-adventure accomplishes a lot of things at once. Balancing a gripping personal story with heavy-handed action is never easy, especially in video games, but The Darkness 2 knows what it's doing.
Though one could claim that it copies bits and pieces of the original game's story, The Darkness 2 comes into its own in the latter half, where it finally roars. Slow-paced gameplay is traded in favor of diabolical action sequences as you exploit the darkness within the protagonist to the fullest.
If you're looking for some games like Metro Exodus, The Darkness 2 should definitely be on your radar. Despite being infuriating at times, there's no denying that it's an absolute gem.
Did I miss out on any other games like Metro: Exodus? Let me know in the comments section.