Top 11 Gritty Games Like "Uncharted" Everyone Should Play
What Games are like Uncharted?
Uncharted series is undoubtedly one of the best action-adventure series to this date. It keeps the players on their toes from the beginning with its fast-paced gameplay. One moment you’re taking a leisurely stroll and the next you’re taking heavy fire from around a dozen fanatics, barely hanging on to your life. These types of moments define this series as its steeped in adrenaline-fueled action.
The only problem is that these games provide little replayability value. Once you’re done with them, you’ll want to get your hands on something similar. Fret not. I have got your fix. Take a look at some games like Uncharted that will keep you busy for a while.
- Tomb Raider (Reboot series)
- Prince of Persia
- The Last of Us
- God of War (Reboot)
- Assassins Creed: Black Flag
- Quantum Break
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Assassins Creed: Odyssey
- Just Cause 2
- Watch Dogs 2
- Darksiders 3
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1. Tomb Raider (reboot series)
Tomb Raider series is closest to Uncharted series in terms of platforming and puzzle solving. While the latter has higher production value, Tomb Raider isn’t too far behind. If you’re coming on the heels of Uncharted series, it will be a little difficult to adjust to the pace of this game.
Uncharted series feels like an interactive action movie, but Tomb Raider, its distant cousin, is a full-fledged role-playing game. These two games might share some gameplay elements, but their approach to quest designing are different. Tomb Raider isn’t a bad game by any means, but it can feel a little repetitive at times. As long as you keep your expectations in check, you’ll enjoy this series.
2. Prince of Persia (2008)
I still fondly remember the time when Prince of Persia series was alive and doing well. Then Ubisoft shifted their focus to create big, open-world games, and series like Prince of Persia and Splinter Cell were put on ice.
Released back in 2008, Prince of Persia is the last game of the franchise, ditching the tried and tested formula and creating an open-world environment for you to explore along with Erika, your female companion. For the first time ever in this franchise, you’ll also be controlling someone else other than your own character.
Thankfully, it’s easy to control her moments. From double jumps to casting magic spells, everything is assigned to just one button, which feels like a natural extension of the game.
Despite being over 10 years old now, it still is eye candy. The game has stood the test of time. It not only looks pretty, but lives up to the reputation of this series as well.
3. The Last of Us
Developed by the award-winning studio, Naughty Dog and Published by Sony, The Last of Us is an action adventure game released exclusively on PS3. A remastered version was released later on for PS4.
In my personal opinion, The Last of Us is by far the best story-heavy game I have played on PS3. The story is so well-woven around its central characters that it gets you emotionally invested in it in no time.
The post-apocalyptic story is less about infected and more about how the protagonists deal with the situation. The game picks up pace after the first few minutes and never lets up afterward. Going through the journey can be emotionally exhausting and suffocating.
Multiplayer was pretty solid too, but I don’t think you’ll find anyone to play with after all this time. Then again, the single player mode is where the fun lies.
4. God Of War (Reboot)
Developed by Santa Monica Studio and published by Sony, God of War is one of the best games of 2018 to land exclusively on PS4.
Kratos is back to brutally murder more Gods, and this time around, he has brought his son along with him. Santa Monica has shed the tried and tested formula of the God of War franchise to try something brave, and it’s all the better for it.
While the story and graphics are pretty good, combat is one of the strongest draws here. As always, it’s gratifying. It’s not as unforgiving as games like Dark Souls or Bloodborne, but it’s still punishing enough if you’re mucking around. Defeating your enemies need team-work and patience.
Unlike the previous entries, the story gradually picks up the pace. Once it changes gears, it’s a rollercoaster ride all the way through. Stick to it as the payoff is well worth it.
The Game should last around 40-50 hours, depending on your playstyle. For a game of such huge proportions, it’s surprising that there aren’t any fillers. Even the side missions are worth engaging in.
If you’re looking for a story-heavy game with engaging combat, God of War is worth taking a look at.
5. Assassins Creed: Black Flag
Launched back in 2012, Black Flag was the first game to ditch the whole ‘Templar vs Assassins’ storyline. Evidently, that tale was being dragged on way too long for no reason. After the failure of Assassins Creed 3, this series desperately needed a fresh direction. Black Flag did just that, exceeding fans‘ expectations in every manner.
After a very long tutorial session, which lasts for over 2 hours, the game cuts you loose in its sprawling world and let you build the empire of your choice in the golden age of piracy. The story merely works as exterior to wrap all the outlandish fun you’ll have with this game.
You can do the main missions or ignore them in favor of exploring every nook and cranny of its islands galore. There is no holding you back after the initial tutorial section.
There is an overwhelming number of things to do, which should take around 40-80 hours to finish. Even if you’re doing main-quests only, it will still take you over 30 hours to complete. It’s a meaty game that will keep you occupied for a while. Happy sailing, pirate!
6. Quantum Break
Developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft, Quantum Break is an action-adventure third-person shooter available on Xbox One and PC.
The story revolves around a physics experiment gone awry, and the chaos that ensues engulfs the entire world into it. You play as Jack Joyce, who has been granted the power to bend time to his will. Things spiral out of control when he embarks upon the quest to find out the truth.
The campaign lasts around 10-12 hours, but that’s not all. You’ll also be watching a live action show that runs along with the game. The choices you make will impact the game as well as the live-action series. Remedy has done a great job of balancing these two aspects of storytelling without sacrificing one medium in favor of another.
7. Horizon Zero Dawn
Developer Guerilla Games have ditched their bread and butter formula, trading it for a new, grandeur approach - an open-world RPG. The inspirations from The Witcher 3 and Skyrim are evident, as it borrows some elements from these games.
Horizon Zero Dawn is one of the best-looking games on PS4 right now. It’s a testament of their technical brilliance that they have crammed so much detail and depth into the world with a limited amount of hardware power.
A gorgeous world needs an intriguing story for it to come alive. Guerilla Games has over-delivered. I honestly wasn’t expecting the overarching storyline to be that impressive. This post-apocalyptic tale has multiple twists along the way that’ll pleasantly surprise you.
If you’re planning to pick it up, get the Complete Edition of this game on the PS4 Pro. It comes with an expansion, which will take you to a whole different continent with a good couple of hours of enthralling gameplay.
8. Assassins Creed: Odyssey
Assassins Creed games have changed a lot since its inception, but it essentially remained the same game, just in a new disguise. Then came Assassins Creed Origins in 2017, which changed the very fabric of this series and fully embraced its RPG roots.
Ubisoft has gone one step further with Odyssey. They have finally ditched the whole convoluted storyline that plagued this series. The result is a full-fledged RPG loaded with an overwhelming number of things to do and places to discover. It’s easy to boot up this game and get immersed in its unique spin on Greek mythology.
For the first time ever, you’ll have choices to make in an Assassins Creed series. The world shapes depending upon who you meet, what you say, and what actions you take. Although the choice-based gameplay is not as deep as The Witcher 3 or Red Dead Redemption 2, it’s still very enjoyable.
It‘s almost unbelievable how Ubisoft can pull off games like this one year after another. Thanks to the collaboration of multiple studios, they do it consistently time and again. And I am not complaining. The more, the merrier.
Even after around 60 hours in, I am yet to finish this game. There are a few side quests left and a few places I still haven‘t been to. This game is incomprehensively huge! Good luck trying to wrap your head around its gigantic map!
9. Just Cause 4
Just Cause series is more outlandish than ever with its latest iteration and the game is all the better for it. Developed by award-winning Avalanche Studios and published by Square Enix, Just Cause 4 brings mayhem to Silos, a South American country.
Rico Rodriguez, the one-man army, once again tackles an overwhelming number of bad guys on his own. Thanks to his innovative tools, wreaking havoc has never been more fun.
Defying the laws of physics and embracing absurdity has always been two of the strongest draws of Just Cause series. Just Cause 4 takes it to the next level with everything. The world is bigger than it has ever been, Rico now has more devastating tools and weaponry at his disposal.
The story can be a bit of a downer. It’s just an exterior to wrap all the violence and mayhem. Although not much has changed since Just Cause 3, but then again why change it if it’s not broken?
10. Watch Dogs 2
Developed and published by Ubisoft, Watch Dogs 2 is an open-world action adventure game that takes place in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I loved the original game. It was flawed but fun all the way through. Everything from puzzles to shootouts was a blast. Apparently, Ubisoft has listened to the community and fixed some of the most annoying gameplay elements of the original game, resulting in the sequel being more refined and polished.
Unlike the first game, the protagonist here is more fun and jolly. He’s relatable. Similarly, the story is improved. You’ll be invested in it within a few minutes. The main and side quests of Watch Dogs 2 provide a perfect canvas for Ubisoft’s brand of open-world gameplay to seep through. It’s huge with tons of things to do. Prepare to invest a good chunk of time in front of your console or PC, depending upon your platform of choice.
11. Darsksiders 3
It’s the most recently launched game in this list. And I have to say, I am somewhat disappointed by the negative reviews the latest game in Darksiders series has garnered.
While it’s a great game, it’s certainly aimed at a niche market. If the player is not familiar with these types of games, he or she will be frustrated with the experience. That’s why we’ve seen some negative professional reviews. This hack-and-slash game has unfortunately become the latest target of the hate train. It’s ironic how a vocal minority can seal the fate of a game like this. I urge you, however, to try this game out, and judge it for yourself.
Yes, the combat could be a little more polished, and the game could have been longer, but it certainly doesn‘t deserve the hate it’s getting. Darksiders 3, mostly, is a solid action-RPG that stays true the franchise while carving out its own identity.
Did I miss out on some games like Uncharted? Let me know in the comments section.