Top 10 Intriguing Games Like the "Diablo" Series Everyone Should Play
The Diablo series holds a place in the hearts of countless fans. This dungeon crawler hack and slash game is one of the most iconic game franchises to ever exist to this day. 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 slaying well-worn bosses repeatedly. So, here are a few games like Diablo you might enjoy.
Please note that the games listed below are categorized into two sections: the games sharing the dungeon crawler top-down DNA are listed first and the hack-n-slash only titles are further down the list.
Some of the games mentioned later in the article may not be very Diablo-esque, but they are worth a mention, primarily 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, voicing your favorite games like Diablo. Without further ado, let’s take a gander.
Games Similar to Diablo
- Path of Exile
- 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
1. Path of Exile
Path of Exile takes place in the continent of Wraeclast, the pacing and brutality of which 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. All of this is available for free. The devs claim that the game will never forget its roots and 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 devs have come up with is PvP competitive modes, where you can sweat 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. "Torchlight" Series
Torchlight series is similar in DNA 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 for a good time.
In the 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 you play.
Torchlight 2, the second installment of the series, gives players a taste outside the confines of the town, allowing 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’s abode. 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 has some iconic locations such as the Gardens of Babylon and the Great Wall. Apart from that, the online co-op modes are immensely 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 (thanks, captain obvious!) approach to what it stands for lore-wise, and thanks to the Titan Quest game engine they acquired, it runs and feels very smooth.
The game devs claim to push the formula pioneered by the Diablo series, in terms of character development and exploration. And for the most part, it delivers.
In this game, humanity is on the brink of extinction. The current economy values iron over gold in the advent of the apocalypse. 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 games of 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, but the 3rd person gameplay and demon-slaying combat mechanics make it a game worth the mention.
Choose your character to be either a wizard or an elf and engage with other players in PvP combat. Each class has its own skillset - something you can unlock as you progress further. There are also random gold monsters you can kill and obtain rare in-game loot.
The best part about their PvP system is, once you engage, you enter a state of high risk/high reward. When you kill someone, you would be branded as a murderer. Once you go down that path, don't get 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 map 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 jolly good time.
The game is built around full-fledged co-op support. It's all about tightly knit teamwork to defeat foes and sometimes get hit by friendlies as well! (If you have friendly fire on, that is).
The only downside I can think of is its lackluster story. Though co-op is where it fires on all cylinders, single player should have been given some love as well. Mediocre at best, the story only serves as a backdrop to an excellent co-op mode. Those looking for a good co-op game like Diablo would like the capriciousness of Magicka 2.
7. Drakensang Online
Drakensang Online is an online RPG developed by Bigpoint - a game with more in common with the Diablo series than anything else on this list.
You have to among 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. Master each class at your own pacing.
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 here for some time.
It is considered as a freemium game as 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.
Build hideouts and engage in co-op gameplay where you fight monsters with randoms or friends - start in any order of your preference. With so much to do and learn, it can easily be intimidating for new players. Invest some time, hone in on your skills, and be rewarded.
If you’re looking for something that’s a bit apart from Diablo but is still as gripping and jam-packed with loot and serious 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 and character upgrades.
Darksiders is a bit of a deviation from the formula of isometric dungeon crawling, but it’s still a similar game nonetheless. The game revolves around four horsemen of the apocalypse: War, Death, Famine, and Pestilence. Sent from the other realm, they're here to wreak havoc.
Just like Diablo, this game 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, Darksiders series will hook you like a crack addict.
Getting through the trilogy 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 and love, 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. Good news is, this series will get an update with a new installment in 2019. Here is hoping that Devil May Cry 5 brings some more scornful monster to slay.
11. God of War
God of War was a top-down style game in its earlier installments, just like the Diablo franchise. Here, you play as Kratos, the God of War, who murders Gods of all sorts to avenge the death of his family.
The hack-n-slash gameplay is responsive in all the games of the franchise. An inventive upgrade system keeps combat from becoming repetitive, keeping things fresh and challenging all the time.
The latest installment, God of War (Reboot), was awarded the Game of the Year 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 in 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 lands herself in any trouble. Everyday stuff.
You’re probably scratching your head at that description. Don’t be a skeptic, for this is one of the goofiest hack-n-slash titles you’ll come across. The game doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is reminiscent of Diablo at times.
Did I miss out on any other games like Diablo? Let me know in the comments section.
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