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The Diablo series holds a place in the hearts of countless fans. This dungeon crawler hack-n-slash game is one of the most iconic game franchises to ever exist. But there are times when the itch for a good ol’ hack-n-slash just cannot be satiated by creating a new seasonal character or repeatedly slaying the same bosses. So, here are a few games like Diablo that you might enjoy.
Please note that the games listed below are categorized into two sections. The first eight games share the familiar top-down dungeon crawler gameplay of Diablo while the last four titles feature hack-n-slash action with a different style of gameplay.
Some of the games mentioned later in the article may not be very Diablo-esque, but they are worth mentioning based on how these games take pride in their combat mechanics. It goes without saying that this list is essentially incomplete without suggestions from you, so feel free to take to the comments section and recommend your favorite games similar to Diablo. Without further ado, let’s take a look at some games.
Games Similar to Diablo
- Path of Exile
- The Torchlight Series
- Titan Quest
- Grim Dawn
- MU Online
- Magicka 2
- Drakensang Online
- The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
- Devil May Cry
- God Of War
- Lollipop Chainsaw
- Borderlands 3
1. Path of Exile
Path of Exile takes place in the continent of Wraeclast. The pacing and brutality of this title will unmistakably be familiar to Diablo fans. The game features a robust in-game economy and a skill tree that can be used with every class. This adds another dimension to PvP, which is one of the strongest draws of this game. This title is available for free. The developers claim that the game will never forget its roots and that the game will never become pay-to-win like several other titles.
You can choose your character to be from either the Templar, Witch, or the Marauder camp. Skills are obtained through gems, an item you can earn in-game.
A very rare treat that the devs have come up with is PvP competitive modes, where you can battle it out with your teammates and climb up the leaderboard in Ladder Races. So, if you’re looking for some tourneys to flex your muscles in or simply have a fun time, give Path of Exile a shot.
2. The Torchlight Series
The Torchlight series is similar in structure to the Diablo franchise. The top-down gameplay should be familiar to anyone who has played the latter. It supports PvP via online matchmaking or LAN play, which allows for fun tournaments you can host locally.
In this series, you can choose to play as one of the four classes: Engineer, Outlander, Berserker, or Embermage. You can customize their skills depending on how aggressive or passive your playstyle is.
Torchlight 2, the second installment of the series, gives players the ability to leave the confines of the town, allowing for more locations to be explored. Once you're through these two games, move on to the next entries on this list.
3. Titan Quest
The game’s lore is centered around Titans, mythical creatures who’ve escaped captivity and are now wreaking havoc on humanity. This is where you, the player, embark on a quest to determine the fate of humanity.
Titan Quest allows for character customization in a thousand ways, with in-game items that react differently to different classes. The game lets you build your character from a selection of a whopping 28 different classes. Titan Quest also features some iconic locations, such as the Gardens of Babylon and the Great Wall. Apart from that, the online co-op modes are very fun to try out with friends.
If you're looking for a game like Diablo, Titan Quest should be right up your alley. So why not embark on a quest?
4. Grim Dawn
Set in an apocalyptic fantasy world, Grim Dawn has a very grim (obviously) approach to its lore. Thanks to the developers acquiring the Titan Quest game engine, this game runs very smoothly.
The game devs claim that they want to push the formula pioneered by the Diablo series in terms of character development and exploration. And for the most part, they deliver.
In this game, humanity is on the brink of extinction. The current economy in the apocalyptic setting values iron over gold. Grim Dawn comes with a dual-class system where you can mix and match your classes out of six base classes. Much like Path of Exile, the game uses items you find in the game and during missions to level up and add to your stats tree.
Your choices in the game will impact your story and endgame, which is a rare sight for any game in this genre.
Grim Dawn also features the usual dungeon crawling we all know and love. These dungeons also hold the key to online multiplayer gameplay. So, if that suits your palette, go ahead and give it a try.
5. MU Online
MU Online is a title deeply seated in its MMORPG roots. However, the third-person gameplay and demon-slaying combat mechanics make it a game worth mentioning.
You can choose your character to be either a wizard or an elf and engage with other players in PvP combat. Each class has its own skill set, and you can unlock more skills as you progress further. There are also random gold monsters you can kill to obtain rare in-game loot.
The best part about their PvP system is the high risk/high reward gameplay. When you kill someone, you'll be branded as a murderer. Once you go down that path, you have to avoid being hunted down if you want to keep your invaluable loot.
6. Magicka 2
Magicka 2 is a co-op based game where wizards fight in a fictional world called Midgard. Compared to Magicka 1, there are plenty of new spells you can use against both friends and foes. With over a thousand different spells to experiment with, you're guaranteed to have a good time.
The game is built around full-fledged co-op support. It's all about using tightly knit teamwork to defeat foes. Just be careful not to get hit by friendlies as well! (If you have friendly fire on, that is.)
The only downside I can think of for this game is its lackluster story. Though co-op is where it fires on all cylinders, single player should have been given some love as well. The story is mediocre at best and it only serves as a backdrop to an excellent co-op mode. Those looking for a good co-op game like Diablo would enjoy the erratic nature of Magicka 2.
7. Drakensang Online
Drakensang Online is an online RPG developed by Bigpoint. This game has more in common with the Diablo series than any other title on this list.
You have a choice to play as four characters—Dragonknight, Spellweaver, Ranger, and Steam Mechanicus. Each character has mastery in a different skill set. Steam Mechanicus, for instance, are unmatched in mid-range combat. You are also allowed to create up to four characters for each account. You can master each class at your own pace.
Drakensang can be played alone or with friends. Players can explore the world known as Duria. With various regions and cities within the world, you're guaranteed to stay in this world for some time.
This title is considered a freemium game since you can purchase virtual currency to buy and upgrade weapons. The virtual currency can be bought with real money or by participating in surveys given by the sponsors of the game.
8. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing
As the name suggests, this game is about playing as Van Helsing, a guy who hunts monsters. You get a companion (Lady Katarina) for your journey. The peace between men and monsters is threatened, and you are supposed to stop the impending doom.
You can build hideouts and engage in co-op gameplay where you fight monsters with friends or random players. With so much to do and learn, it can easily be intimidating for new players. If you invest some time in the game and hone your skills, you will be rewarded.
Games Similar to Diablo in Spirit
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit different from Diablo that still offers gripping and jam-packed action, check out the following games.
These games aren’t necessarily similar to Diablo in terms of being a dungeon crawler, but they do share the same passion for hack and slash gameplay and character upgrades.
9. Darksiders Series
Darksiders is a bit of a deviation from the formula of isometric dungeon crawling, but it’s still a similar game nonetheless. The games revolve around the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War, Death, Famine, and Pestilence.
Just like Diablo, this series is a hack-n-slash RPG, minus the isometric point and click gameplay. With its own vast array of weapons, skills, platforming, and occasional puzzle solving, the Darksiders series will have you hooked to its gameplay.
Getting through the four games and story itself is a lengthy process. There is a good chunk of quests that can take up your time, especially on harder difficulties.
10. Devil May Cry Series
Devil May Cry, as some of you may already know, is a fast-paced hack-n-slash game with Dante as the protagonist. Thwarted into the limbo, he slays some of the most unforgiving demons from hell.
I won’t spill any more beans on the lore since this is something you should experience for yourself. There are currently five games in the series, with Devil May Cry 5 being the most recent.
11. God of War
God of War was a top-down style game in its earlier installments, just like the Diablo franchise. You play as Kratos, a Spartan warrior who kills various Greek gods to avenge the death of his family.
The hack-n-slash gameplay is tight and responsive in all the games of the franchise. An inventive upgrade system keeps combat from becoming repetitive while the gameplay offers a good challenge.
The latest installment, God of War (Reboot), was awarded multiple Game of the Year awards for the same reason I have recommended it to you; it’s one of the best games I’ve ever played.
12. Lollipop Chainsaw
I was skeptical about this one before I started playing it. Though I enjoyed every bit of my time with this game, recommending it to people who are looking for some quick hack-n-slash action might be a hard sell.
In Lollipop Chainsaw, you play as Juliet, who looks very similar to Harley Quinn from the Batman universe. She carries a chainsaw in her handbag, just in case she finds herself in any trouble.
You’re probably scratching your head at that description. You should not be a skeptic since this is one of the goofiest hack-n-slash titles you’ll come across. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously.
13. Borderlands 3
Developed by Gearbox Studios. this looter-shooter is the best of the Borderlands series, providing you with countless burly guns to satiate the gorehound in you. Released in 2009, the first Borderlands game laid the groundwork for many more shooters like it to come (Destiny and Warframe, just to name a few). Amalgamating the shooting genre with Diablo-like progression system, the Borderlands series has carved a niche genre of its own.
Though the third and latest of the series has been subject to a lot of controversies, especially near its launch, the game seems to have come out unscathed from all the debacle.
The budding success Borderands 3 is a living proof that there is a demand for offline looters. While I love dipping my toes in online RPGs like The Division series, I would love it so much more if I could play the game offline—something Borderlands series offers. If you have friends, jump into the fray with them. No problems. Want to pay the game offline instead? Go ahead and be the lone wolf.
Launched back in 2013, Warframe has come a long way from its initial shaky days. The constant free content along with updates and fixes have earned it a faithful community that's growing by the day.
Warframe can be a daunting experience, particularly because of its infamous grind. Yes, there is no getting around it, even if you pay. I'd suggest you invest in gears that make grinding and fighting fun. Why not enjoy it while you're at it?
If you're jumping into the game now, it might be a little difficult to get a hang of it. Untangling years' worth of hard work can be a little overwhelming at first, but it gets fun once you get to the hear of the game. The community is always willing to help newbies out. If you're stuck somewhere, you can count on them to bail you out. Once you understand its convoluted mechanics, its countless hours of questing will keep you busy for a few days (or months). Vexing in the beginning, Warframe grows on you after a while. Its ability to make you feel like an invincible space ninja warrior can't be understated.
Did I miss out on any other games like Diablo? Let me know in the comments section.
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