Top 11 Breathtaking Games Like "Skyrim" That Will Hook You Instantly
What Games Are Like Skyrim?
In the times when developers and publishers argue that MMOs and share-world experiences are the only way to go forward in the gaming industry, Bethesda has proven them wrong time and again with their single player games like Skyrim and Fallout.
The latest entry in the Elder Scrolls series is no exception. Despite launching way back in 2011, it still remains unbelievably popular among gamers, especially with the PC crowd, who love modding this game to an extent where you won’t even recognize it.
It’s a huge single-player experience where you can sink in 100s of hours of your time without realizing. With so many dungeons to explore, quests to undertake, and skills to master, it never gets boring. It’s impossible to walk in any direction for more than a few minutes and not encounter anything interesting.
It’s easy to get distracted and start doing something else in the middle of the main quest. The good thing that is the game never prompts you to finish any of your quests. It’s designed with freedom in mind. You can complete them in your own time, or not at all. Instead, you can choose to explore every nook and cranny of the world, which, not to mention, is overwhelming and populated with different things to do.
Even though the game is amazing, everyone gets bored of lumbering around the same world. Don’t worry; I’ve got your fix. Take a look at the list of games Like Skyrim I have compiled for you.
Games Similar to Skyrim
- The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
- Kingdom Come Deliverance
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Assasins Creed Origins
- Fallout New Vegas
- Horizon Zero Dawn
- Elder Scrolls Online
- Monster Hunter: World
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Dragon's Dogma Dark Arisen
Read more about these games below!
1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Witcher 3 is the third and final installment in the long-running franchise, bringing an end to the saga of Geralt of Rivia. And what a tale it is! Witcher 1 was good; then came the second installment that exceeded all expectations, and let’s just say that Witcher 3 is the best game to come out in the last couple of years until Red Dead Redemption 2.
Just like its previous entries, there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff to do. While the main quests are the main draw, the side quests aren’t too bad themselves. The depth of the storyline never ceases to amaze me. Every little thing you do will have some sort of consequence in the near future. One way or the other, you are doomed.
Even a seemingly noble decision can turn disastrous. I have lost track of countless times I messed things up, and I love it.
2. Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
This fourth installment of the Edler Scrolls franchise takes place in Cryodill. If you’re not familiar with the lore of this series, it’s a part of a much larger land called Tamriel. So far, all the games in this series have been set in this huge chunk of land.
Oblivion has got similar aesthetics and settings to its successor, Skyrim. After the first few minutes, where you’re introduced to the various gameplay mechanics and basic survival tactics, you’re left on your own to venture around and find your own adventures. There is absolutely zero hand holding.
Though you will have your objectives marked on the map, you can choose to postpone it for as long as you want. Take things slowly and let the game immerse you in its world. Enjoy random encounters and moments you’ll come across in this game.
There are tons of main and side quests to embark upon from the get-go. It all depends on your approach. Pick up your choice of weapon and engage the enemies in your preferred way.
When it comes to graphics, it looks very dated by today‘s standards, but you have to remember this game came way back in 2006. However, you can improve your experience by installing various graphics mods available on Mod DB and Nexus Mods.
3. Kingdom Come Deliverance
You might not have heard about this game. Being an RPG fan, I have followed this game’s journey all the way from the initial Kickstarter pitch to its unstable launch. It’s unusual to suggest a historical RPG as a Skyrim alternative, but once you play through this whole thing, you’ll understand why.
The questing structure here is a bit different. Unlike Skyrim where the world seems to revolve around you, everything here goes on in a normal fashion, even if you don't partake in its main and side quests. For instance, if you’re doing a quest and you decide to wander off, the quest will go on without you. And depending on the circumstances, it might fail and you may never get to complete it again. Stay alert and pay attention to every little drop of detail.
Deilervance has a steep learning curve. You’ll be spending the first few hours in figuring out its mechanics. It can be frustrating at times, but don't let these minute niggles keep you from playing one of the most underrated games of 2018.
My only gripe is that even after a year from its release, the game is still riddled with bugs. Here is hoping that they'll fix them soon.
4. Red Dead Redemption 2
Before Red Dead Redemption 2, I didn’t think it was possible to topple Witcher 3 - the undisputed king of the RPG genre. RDR 2, however, made me change my opinion.
Red Dead Redemption 2 went a step further with the formula of complex storytelling. The amount of work and dedication it must have taken isn’t fathomable.
Their last game was GTA V, which turned out to be a blockbuster hit and still sells like hotcakes. Thanks to its online counterpart, this game still has a dedicated player base that keeps it going.
Red Dead Redemption 2 closely follows the trail of success that GTA V tasted not too long ago. The story is the main draw but you should not focus solely on it. There are other things like fishing, hunting, and poker you might enjoy. You get to decide the pace and direction of gameplay. If you want to breeze through the story instead, it’s still going to take you around 60 hours to finish.
5. Assassins Creed Origins
For the first time in this series, Ubisoft, the developer and publisher behind this game, has paid more attention to the RPG elements. Unlike previous iterations of this series, It’s a full-fledged role-playing experience from start to finish.
Assassins Creed Origins takes players back to ancient Egypt where you will get involved in all sorts of intrigues and local affairs, which will change the whole landscape. It’s much more than moving from place A to place B now since the stakes here are higher. All the eavesdropping, sneaking, and assassinations are still there because let’s be honest; this game wouldn’t be much without these core elements.
The storytelling and exploration elements are well balanced so that you as a player could have an experience of a lifetime. It’s hard for a gigantic open world game to nail the conflicting elements, but Ubisoft, thankfully, is much more experienced in creating open-world games than other developers. Every other game they publish has a free-roaming element to it. They have learned the ropes by now.
There’s no dearth of hilltops and pyramids. It’s so satisfying when you're finally atop a monumental structure after a few minutes of arduous exercise. I stopped frequently in the middle of my quest to just scale these seemingly insurmountable structures for fun. Ubisoft has built an immersive, eye-pleasing world where you’ll easily be spending over 50 hours, if not more.
6. Fallout New Vegas
This spin-off entry into this franchise was developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda Studios. It's a shame that this relationship didn't work out as they grew estranged after working together on what is easily the best game of this series. If there's anything people want more than the official sequel of Fallout 4 or the dreadful Fallout 76, it's New Vegas 2. And there's a solid reason behind it, too.
Fans’ love for this particular game is fueled by the fact that Obsidian made the best game of the franchise in just 18 months. It was rushed out of the gate, thanks to Bethesda. All the praise and love New Vegas still gets must be weird for Bethesda to handle, now more so than ever, as these two studios don't see eye to eye these days.
Back when they were working on New Vegas, the team at Obsidian already had the required experience under their belt, as some team members had worked on the initial two Fallout games from the 90s. All that experience manifests into mature gameplay here, permeated with a mind-boggling number of choices, staying true to the original Fallout games.
Want to go Rambo Style? Have at it. On the other hand, if you're feeling a bit diplomatic, try running your mouth and see if you've got the negotiation skills this land of chaos and mayhem desperately needs. Your approach to gameplay and alliances will determine the fate of this irradiated wasteland. Are you up for it?
7. Horizon Zero Dawn
When it's at its best, Zero Dawn is a dazzling experience, making you stop every now and then and wonder how they managed to squeeze out every last ounce of juice from aging hardware!
It can be difficult to balance the exploration and storytelling elements of an open world game as both are often at odds with others. However, when that balance is struck, it almost certainly results in a beautiful game. Take Witcher 3 or Red Dead Redemption 2 for instance. They know how to make these seemingly conflicting themes work together. And it seems that developers have taken a leaf out of Witcher 3’s book, as Guerilla Games chose to build the world and storylines in a similar fashion.
Waypointing and lip-synching are rusty at best, but these nuisances are tolerable, thanks to an enchanting plotline that'll draw all your attention. You'll be too busy hunting down giant robotic dinosaurs to pay attention to any of these trivial issues.
8. Elder Scrolls Online
It's hard to be impressed by its cartoonish visuals and MMO style combat system when you first lay your eyes on Elder Scrolls Online. At first glance, it looks just like countless other online RPGs suffering from an identity crisis. However, this story-driven, meticulously crafted experience will prove your presumptions wrong once you're deep into the heart of the game.
Zenimax’s ESO is a reminder to everyone that it's not all about the graphics. A game can look tasteless, and still, provide countless hours of fun. When it comes to maintaining the lore and the long-running storyline of the Elder Scrolls series, the game shines the brightest.
ESO launched in a sorry state back in 2014. Fast forward five years, it's a more polished experience with much more to see, discover, and kill. ZeniMax has been relentless with continuous patches, updates, and expansion, ensuring that you as a player will never run out of chores to do. Take a few steps in any direction, and you're bound to come across something that will catch your eye. It's impossible not to!
9. Monster Hunter World
For the first time ever, Monster Hunter series has gone open-world, and what a step it has turned out to be for Capcom, the developer and publisher behind this hack-and-slash game!
After the tutorial section, you're dropped into a huge lush world full of places to explore and monsters to hunt. Minutes turn into hours, and before you know it, you're staring at your screen for an unhealthy amount of time.
Monster Hunter is a household franchise in Asia, but it doesn't enjoy the same attention outside this continent, partly because of its steep learning curve. MHW fixes that, too. Now you have full-fledged tutorials for everything, making things easier for newbies to this grandiose franchise.
Despite a well-explained tutorial, there are still some things you'll have to figure out on your own. The weight of the weapons, for instance, plays a huge factor when you're up against a giant monster. Similarly, the size of your character, which you'll pick in the beginning, will determine your speed and agility both in and out of combat.
I had a chance to play it on PS4 back when it wasn't available on PC. Now that it’s available on a superior platform (PC, of course), I booted it up once again, both out of curiosity and my longing to get back into the hunting and crafting business. The work they have put on the PC version clearly seems to have paid off, resulting in a smooth, seamless experience where I seldom had to deal with any issue.
If you're picking it up, PC should be your platform of choice.
10. Dragon Age: Inquisition
I was reluctant to try Bioware's Dragon Age: Inquisition, and you can't blame me for that. Dragon Age 2, their previous foray into this long-running franchise, had left a bad taste in my mouth. Inquisition, however, blew me away with its semi-open world design and a refreshing retake on the combat mechanics. Dragon Age series has never looked better, shedding its old skin in favor or a new action-oriented one.
This hack and slash RPG takes time to get in the groove, but it opens up later as you progress further into the game. Constricted pathways pave way for some open-world rummaging later on in the game.
Although comparisons will be drawn to The Witcher 3 and even, Red Dead Redemption 2 to some extent, it's unfair and uncalled for. These games had better technology and hardware to showcase their prowess, as opposed to Dragon Age: Inquisition.
As long as you aren't expecting it to be like any of the aforementioned RPGs, you should have a good time.
11. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
Though I had played it on my PS3 when it originally released, I couldn't resist when a graphically superior remake launched much later on PC. The game played and looked infinitely better than its last-gen counterparts, thanks to an updated engine, making this fantastical world come alive.
Much like The Witcher 3, the quests are designed in a way that you might miss a good chunk of them if you take a different path or make a particular set of choices.
It might look sparsely detailed in the beginning, but you'll have a much better experience once you level up and upgrade a bit. Years after its release and re-release, Dark Arisen is still a benchmark in some areas, giving contemporary open-world RPGs a run for their money.