10 Games Like "The Last of Us"
Is life worth living when there is no hope, and your only purpose is to survive? What would you do when you know that things are only going to get worse?
The Last of Us tackles these questions heads on. People live in military-ruled societies, struggling for survival and identity. It’s the world where relationships feel more like a liability as food and other resources become scarce, descending the whole world further into chaos.
These things can destroy even the strongest of the person like Joel, the main protagonist of The Last of Us. The desperation shows in the way he sadistically stomps over zombies.
Though you will have access to some badass weapons, your best bet should be to save those precious bullets for worse situations. It’s always wise to try to distract your foes or sneak up on them. Of course, nothing prevents you from going all-guns-blazing, but the end result is not going to be pleasant most of the time.
All in all, it's full of emotion, tension, and action. It’s a masterpiece. So it’s only fitting that people would start looking for some other games like The Last of Us once they are done with it. Being a huge fan, I have compiled a list of a few alternatives. You are going to like most, if not all, of the games listed here.
Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – A PS3 Exclusive
It's games like Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception that still makes me want to play video games. From the moment you boot it up to the moment you finally put the controller down, it is a masterpiece.
Drake is back to hop around the world once again on his quest to find more treasures! Only this time, though, things are going to get a bit personal and overwhelming.
The main beauty of this game lies in its expertly designed levels which gives you a lot of option to engage your foes. Grab a shotgun if you want to splatter his brains all over the floor. If you prefer a low profile, you can go for the sniper rifle and wait for the right moment to get the job done. How about choosing a cleaner, but riskier way? Go all stealth if you are a confident little sneaker who can get past dozens of patrolling dudes without being noticed.
Uncharted 3 doesn’t bring anything fresh to the table. It’s more of the same thing, but do I love it! Its versatility, beauty, and cohesiveness certainly cement the Uncharted franchise as one of the best action-adventure series of all time. If you are looking for games like The Last of Us, you should definitely give this game a go.
"Uncharted 3" Gameplay
Tomb Raider (Reboot) – An Action-Adventure Game
Tomb Raider is the oldest action adventure series which is still alive and kicking. It’s been 17 years since the original game was released. Countless other games from this series have been released since then, but none of them has recaptured the magic of the original one. Released in 2013, The Tomb Raider reboot finally quenched out thirst for a worthy addition to this iconic franchise.
The reboot takes you back to those years when Lara was just a regular, fragile young girl. It’s a story about her transformation from a tender lady to a badass treasure hunter. The story starts with Lara traveling with her crew on the Sea of Japan to find out more about the kingdom of Yamatai. Things soon go awry, though, as the ship is torn asunder. Luckily, she finds an island, but that’s when a local rebel group kidnaps her.
Everything and everyone on this island are hell-bent on keeping you trapped. Throughout your journey, you will encounter various traps, surreal cultists, maniacs and wild animals standing in your way. Every shootout feels like a do or die scenario as they are going to fight for their lives till their last breath. They will fall back, hide and/or call for help and when time is right, they will retaliate. It’s a tense, freighting and intriguing journey you don’t want to miss out on.
"Tomb Raider" Gameplay
I Am Alive – One of the Best Action-Platformers
I Am Alive is a game that forces you to do terrible, terrible things to stay alive. What would you do if you were dying from thirst while someone nearby has a bottle of water? Would you steal it? Of course, you would, at least in I Am Alive.
In my journey, I came across a woman who desperately needed help as she was being molested by someone. I could have helped her if I wanted to, but I chose to ignore it and continue on my way. No, I am not a horrible person; I just couldn’t afford to waste my precious bullets on someone who was not a threat to me.
I Am Alive is a grim, dark and selfish game where you’d only be thinking only about yourself. You definitely have an option to be the good guy who puts others’ safety before his own, but you’d be jeopardizing your own safety. How low are you willing to go to make it through the apocalypse?
It’s a well-crafted action-platformer that keeps you on your toes throughout your journey to find your missing family. If you want to play some games like The Last of Us, but with more focus on survival, I Am Alive ticks every box in terms of what you are looking for.
"I Am Alive" Gameplay
Beyond: Two Souls – A Narrative-Driven Game
Beyond: Two Souls is a bit divisive. While most people loved the emotional, but subtle storyline it had to offer, it didn’t sit well with others. If you loved David Cage’s masterpiece called Heavy Rain, though, you are going to love this game, another directed masterpiece by him.
You play as Jodie, a woman who has struggled throughout her life. His only color in his life is Aiden, a spirit who is always desperate to make is presence known to others. The only thing Aiden knows is destruction. Maybe he wants to help Jodie in sorting out her issues, but more than anything else, he wants to be acknowledged.
Throughout the game, you will be shifting your control between Jodie and Aiden, trying to understand everything from their viewpoints. Jodie certainly doesn’t like the fact that an eternal presence is going to be around her for the rest of her life. Over time, though, she has gotten closer to Aiden. Their bond is mesmerizing and heart-touching!
The back and forth banter between them is really hilarious. You grow to care for both of them as you spend some considerable time with them and become invested in their personal issues.
"Beyond: Two Souls" Gameplay
The Walking Dead – One of the Best Adventure Games
Most people should be familiar with The Walking Dead by now. The Walking Dead comic book series, as well as the show based on it, have a pretty huge following all over the world.
Telltale has introduced gamers to the post-apocalyptic universe of The Walking Dead with its own version of the story. While the TV show more or less follows the comic book series, this episodic adventure game has its own share of gut-wrenching stories to tell.
Throughout your journey, you are going to meet a lot of interesting characters. You’d surprised to see how quickly you start caring for a character. They have done a brilliant job when it comes to creating believable characters and making them likable.
You are also going to make a lot of tough choices which will decide the direction of this game. No matter what you choose, one thing is pretty clear—Things will go from bad to worse in any scenario. There is no happy ending. It’s zombie apocalypse we are talking about after all where death is inevitable. The darkness would engulf everything pretty soon, but we must fight it for as long as possible. The characters you love would die sooner or later. And when they do, you actually feel hollow inside.
The Walking Dead is touching and dramatic. If you are looking for some adventure games like The Last of Us, it’s an experience you shouldn't miss out on.
"The Walking Dead: Season 2" Gameplay
Metro: Last Light – A Post-Apocalyptic Game Set in Moscow
Metro: Last Light isn’t your usual post-apocalyptic game. It’s strange and sadistic, yet balanced by pockets of humor.
Metro: Last Light expands on the post-apocalyptic settings introduced in Metro: 2033. Almost every species have been wiped out after the nuclear explosion. Those who survived have made these subway tunnels their homes as the surface is engulfed in radiation. It’s populated by mutated, vicious animals that lurk around in the darkness.
You play as Artyom, a man guilty of wiping out almost an entire race of ‘Dark One’ by launching a missile attack on them. One of them has survived though. His is sent on a mission to find the last remaining ‘Dark One' and get the job done. It’s only later he realizes that they were never a threat to the human race. How is a guilt-ridden man going to put things back on track? Will he do what he is told?
Throughout your journey, you are going to encounter various factions, meet new people, fall in love, and fight vicious creatures. It’s an emotional and captivating journey that keeps you hooked until the credits roll.
"Metro: Last Light" Gameplay
State of Decay
State of Decay doesn’t waste any time in introducing you to the zombie apocalypse. I was hoping that game would take some time to show its true colors. Merely 20 minutes into the game, though, I had already clobbered 20 or so crawlers with a tree branch to save my buddy.
Originally announced as Class 3, Undead Labs, the developer behind it, changed the name to State Of Decay. It remained exclusive to Xbox 360 until they ported it to PC later on.
Yes, it’s an open world action survival game with loads of zombies to kill, but what people ignore is that it’s a glorious RPG as well. You will scrounge around for supplies, manage your inventory, make new friends and most importantly, kill tons of rotten crawlers. Traveling alone in this gruesome world can be dangerous. You need someone to watch your back. Thankfully, you can recruit people here. Some of them will come along with you and help you with your quests. It’s certainly more fun to explore the wasteland with a companion.
Granted, State of Decay is not an AAA game, its ambition reaches far beyond any major title. I have spent about 13 hours in this post-apocalyptic world, and I still have a lot of unfinished business yet to be taken care of. There is a lot of content on offer for as little as $20. You don’t see it often these days.
If you are looking for some amazing post-apocalyptic games like The Last of Us, State of Decay isn’t going to disappoint you.
"State of Decay" Gameplay
Dead Rising 3 – A Zombie Survival Game
The Dead Rising series has always been famous for offering a variety of objects to hit zombies with, and Dead Rising 3 expands upon that with more than 300 different weapons to do your job which takes this game to new extremes. The zombie killing has never been more fun!
Los Angeles is having some serious problem as shuffling, fumbling zombies are roaming around every street and corner. Thankfully, the virus hasn’t spread in other cities. The only way to ensure it doesn’t spread is bombing the whole city, at least according to government. You are Nick Ramos, a mechanic who has to find a way out of this city with your group before they bomb it out.
Don’t worry though. The bomb will only drop after 5 days. It’s a lot of time to wreak havoc. Throughout your journey, you will enter a large number of buildings, craft weird-looking weapons and slaughter the undead. It never gets boring!
Dead Rising 3 is a game that never takes itself seriously. I remember Nick lamenting for accidentally killing a human being. It was supposed to be serious, but by that time, I had him dressed up like a goon with big, funky glasses.
"Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition" Gameplay
Alan Wake – One of the Best Horror Games
lan, the protagonist of Alan Wake, isn't a hero figure by any means. He is a renowned fiction writer who is on the vacation to Bright Falls. A pleasant vacation suddenly turns weird when his wife goes missing. Alan decides to find out more about Bright Falls, and that’s how his journey begins which continues to get creepier until credits roll.
There are six chapters in this game, with each one having a distinct theme and gameplay. While you are going to spend most of your time in the spooky woods of Bright Falls, each chapter still manages to have a distinct tone. The ultimate objectives loosely ties all of these chapters together.
Apart from cut-scenes, there are manuscripts to spread all across 6 chapters that flesh out a haunting tale. You can ignore them, but I would suggest you peruse them as they reveal more about the strange events that are taking place in this town. I came across a note that had a prediction about a horrific encounter taking place soon. Moments later, I realized that I was standing in the same place where it was about to take place. These notes really add to already mounting tension.
Situational awareness and watching your back is key to victory. You should at least have one flare with you all time to keep spirits at bay. Light is your only way to fight the darkness in Bright Falls where guns are not of much use.
Alan Wake takes some time to pick up the pace, and when but when it does, it becomes nightmarish. If you want to play some skin-twitching survival games like The Last of Us, you should definitely give this game a go.
"Alan Wake" Gameplay
Dishonored – One of the Best Stealth Games
I am on the edge of a roof planning to get inside a nearby mansion. There are two guards blocking my way though. How do I eliminate them? I could use my magical powers or go one on one with them. I could also just sneak past them if I wanted to. The options are almost overwhelming! Dishonored is all about the freedom to complete missions in whatever manner you’d like.
You play Corvo Attano who is on a mission to avenge his Empress’ assassination. You find yourself in Dunwell, a dark port city which is slowly decimating due to the plague. The crimes are on the uprise with no hope of things getting better anytime soon.
If you are not feeling like killing anyone, Dishonored provides you an option to do so. The whole game can be completed without killing a single human being. Missions that require you to assassinate someone, have alternative ways of completing them. Again, you are free to take any route you want which would determine the ending you'd get.
There are Bone Charms, money, and Runes to collect throughout the game. You can use them to make Arno more powerful by augmenting him. His magical powers continue to increase as you find more runes and bone charms. By the end of the game, you’d almost be too hot to handle for anyone.
I’d recommend you to play Dishonored on extra hard difficulty if you want a real challenge.