Rahul is a video game addict. Some of his favorite games are "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "The Witcher 3."
Bioware is now a shadow of what it once was. But Dragon Age was one of the many franchises they brought to life. While the passion and brilliance exuded in the first game, the second game didn't find many takers, primarily because of how lackluster it felt.
Thankfully, the third and the latest iteration hit the mark, with a brilliant storyline and an altered combat system. The switch from the turn-based combat in favor of an action-oriented system irked quite a few fans, but the move also landed the franchise some new fans.
The only problem with this game is that there isn't enough of it. With Bioware being on its last legs, thanks to a string of failed, uninspiring games, their end is closer than it seems. EA, the owner of the studio, is quite infamous for shutting down such struggling ventures. You don't get any second chances when you work with them.
What about the Dragon Age franchise? The silver lining is, at least one more installment is in the pipeline. There's no surety that Bioware will continue to exist after this game. While you wait for what possibly could be the final game of the franchise, let's take a look at some games like Dragon Age to hold you over until then.
8 Games Similar to Dragon Age
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
- Mass Effect
- Fallout New Vegas
- Gothic 2
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Developed and published by CD Projekt Red, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a rare treat for gamers. For starters, it’s crammed with so much to see and do that it feels like an undervalued game. In a time where greedy publishers love to charge extra for something as trivial as a customized skin, CPR looks saintly in comparison, willing to give players exactly what they want—a full-fledged, single-player RPG with no strings attached.
Being a huge game with tons of content, you'd naturally expect some of it to be filler, but that's certainly not the case here. Yes, there are kill and fetch quests galore, but they’re usually disguised in good stories. While the main-quest is an enthralling ride, the side quests, including treasure hunts, are not too far off in terms of quality. Some of the side quests are in-fact, neatly tied-in with the main storyline. Though you can choose to ignore these side quests, you should do most of them, as they will affect your gameplay one way or the other.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2
Developed and published by Rockstar Games, this western RPG is a prequel to the 2010 game, Red Dead Redemption. Out on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, nobody knows if this masterpiece will ever come to Switch. I won’t be surprised if they announced the Switch version right after the next-gen consoles are out of the gate.
With the rant aside, let’s talk a bit about this unparalleled open-world RPG. There were rumors that Rockstar has taken a leaf out of CD Projekt Red’s book. While the rumors indeed turned out to be true, nobody anticipated a grandiose spectacle like RDR2. Though we expect nothing less than perfection from Rockstar, Red Dead Redemption 2 still exceeded those expectations by a mile, delivering some of the finest hours of gameplay in the last few decades.
The only minor issue with this game is the lack of fast traveling. Riding on the back of the horse from one end of the map to another gets monotonous really fast. Since the world is huge, Rockstar should have done something to make traveling from one end to another easier.
Other than that, there is not much to complain about this game. If you’re looking for some games like Dragon Age, Red Dead Redemption 2 should be right up your alley.
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3. The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings
Available on Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X, and Linux, The Witcher 2 is a game of meaningful choices. Your swordplay skills will be tested when the time comes, but so will your ability to separate right from wrong; and let me tell you, the latter is more burdensome.
In a place devoid of any hope, there aren’t many choices that lead to a good ending. Just when you think you’re in the driver’s seat, you’ll be taken aback by an acute turn of events. The game constantly changes its pace to keep you on your toes.
The Witcher series has never been easy to get into. This cutscene-heavy game might feel a little different than other countless RPGs out there when you first get your hands on it. If you’re more interested in hacking and slashing foes to oblivion, The Witcher 2 will disappoint you a little with its combat system. Though the combat is often challenging, it’s not for those looking for a straight-up action game. There is plenty of action, but it’s wrapped in a brilliant and treacherous story.
The Witcher 2 is clearly a game for adults, and not just because of its sex scenes. Without any hand-holding, you’ll have to navigate through this treacherous place on your own. Who will you trust in a world where people are quick to backstab as soon as they gain an upper hand?
When everything and everyone is against you, it’s better to take a step back sometimes and contemplate where things went wrong. To avoid being squashed in fights against monsters and humans, you need to be well prepared in advance. Meditate a bit, heal yourself, brew some potions, and read about your enemies’ weaknesses and strengths before you go for the kill.
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Developed and published by Bethesda in 2011, Skyrim is one of the finest RPGs of the previous generation. The game, unfortunately, hasn’t stood the test of the time, but it still gives contemporary RPGs a run for their money.
You are put in the shoes of a Dragonborn who’s slated to be beheaded. Taken into a remote village where you’re about to be axed, a dragon swoops in and wreaks havoc, inadvertently saving your life. As soon as you escape the wrath of the dragon, you’re on your own. That's it. You’re dumped into a gigantic world with giants, weirdos, warring factions, dragons, and two armies on the verge of a civil war.
You start with nothing, but slowly make your way up the hierarchy, learning new skills and unlocking new perks every time you take on a new mission. Maxing out everything should easily take you over 100 hours. Even then, it’s not possible to see and do everything in this huge game.
Skyrim had been the benchmark for RPGs up until The Witcher 3 came along in 2015. Given how the latter was launched four years after Skyrim, comparing the two games seems unfair. As an RPG fan, you should be able to enjoy both.
5. Mass Effect
Remember the times when the Mass Effect series used to be exceptional? Despite the brilliant first two games, Mass Effect 3, the third installment in the franchise, squandered the advantage, alienating its fanbase with the controversial ending. Nonetheless, it was still a good game—a perfect bang for your buck.
However, the latest entry in the franchise, something no one asked for, is a disaster by all means. From the lifeless facial animations to a rushed storyline, it seems as if they already knew this game is going to bomb.
Bioware, it seems, is going to meet the similar fate of countless other casualties before it. EA, the parent company, is a part of the reason for their failure. Let’s save that rant for some other day.
If you want to give this space-themed action-adventure a shot, only play the first three games. Those excellent choice-based RPGs serve as a reminder of the times when Bioware was at its prime, delivering some of the best role-playing games in the industry. Those looking for a game like Dragon Age will love what the Mass Effect series brings to the table.
6. Fallout: New Vegas
Developed by Obsidian Entertainment in 2010, an independent studio at the time and now under the wings of Microsoft, New Vegas is a spin-off of the Fallout series.
A fan favorite, Fallout: New Vegas takes place in the year 2281, over 200 years after the "Great War" that destroyed everything except for the city of New Vegas. Though the city is not hit as hard as the rest of the world, it's still in shambles.
You're in the shoes of a courier who gets shot on his way to deliver a letter. Left for dead by the perpetrators, his life is saved by a robot and a doctor. As he learns more about his would-be victims, he gets sucked into a world of chaos and mayhem.
In a world where people are divided into a myriad of factions, you'll soon be compelled to pick a side. It's not as simple as choosing between wrong and right, for every side has its own vices. In a place where no one is right, who will you fight for?
7. Gothic 2
How time flies by! I still fondly remember installing this game on my burly desktop and being perplexed by the gameplay. Since Gothic 2 is a thinking man's game that relies more on dialogues and an intricate storyline to leave its mark with a thud, I couldn't appreciate its beauty as a young kid.
Fast forward to 2015, I booted this game again, only to be pleasantly surprised by the unparalleled beauty and subtlety of the game. Gothic 2, by all accounts, is still relevant, even after over 15 years since its launch.
Before you dive into this epic RPG, you should play the original game since Gothic 2 picks up from exactly where the first one left off.
The first few hours involve meeting characters from the first game who'll remind you of the adventures you had with them in the first installment. To stay in touch with the overarching storyline, it's essential that you know these characters and their motives. Though you don't need to play the first one to enjoy the second, it's a much better experience when you spend some time with the first game.
If you're a total newbie to this genre, play the vanilla version of the game without any official or unofficial expansion or mods. Enjoy the game as it was intended to be experienced by the developers. If you want to have another go at this RPG, install some mods and the official expansion on top of it. It feels new again while still keeping the core gameplay.
Comprising of almost three games with two full-fledged ones and a standalone expansion, the Dishonored series is a must-play for anyone looking for some games like Dragon Age.
The first game follows Corvo, a gifted assassin, on his quest to avenge the murder of his Empress. The second one takes it one step further, expanding the scope in every way possible, allowing you to play as one of the two characters available. Depending on your choice of character, the gameplay will be somewhat different than if you'd chosen the other. In the end, it all but guarantees two different playthroughs, which essentially is more bang for your buck.
Death of the Outsider, the underrated expansion, is more of the same, allowing you to finish everyone off while staying behind the shadows, should you so choose.
While every Dishonored game features a different storyline, the gameplay stays the same, and the series is all the better for it. Want to go loud? Test your swordplay against the scornful guards. The enemy A.I. is clever, which means that you will have to work for every kill. The violence and brutality will immensely satisfy you if you're a gorehound.
As fun as the ruthlessness might be, it's not the best feature of the game. In the midst of its gory delights, people often forget that stealth is just as satisfying. There are so many ways to get rid of everyone on the map that it's almost overwhelming at times. On the other hand, if you don't feel like killing off anyone, that's fine too. You can churn through the whole series without killing a soul. The latter requires patience and deep exploration, but it's possible nonetheless.
Though I have tried going the stealth route without killing anyone far too many times, it's not for me (I failed every time). But who knows; maybe you will crack the code.