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Top 9 Open-World Games Like "The Outer Worlds" Everyone Should Play

Rahul is a video game addict who can't get enough of stealth games like "Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory" and "MGS 5."

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What Games Are Like The Outer Worlds?

In the age where big, open-world games are the rage, we need games like The Outer Worlds, games that can go against the grain, and set a new benchmark for the industry.

Though it's an open-world game, it never feels empty. It's hard not to run across quests, companions, or monsters every few steps. Though it's smaller in scope that Obsidian's other ventures in the past (Fallout: New Vegas), you have to remember that it's an independent project. Given the limited funding, they have done a remarkable job with this open-world shooter.

Even with over 50 hours worth of content, this RPG shooter never gets tedious, always keeping you engaged in some new, world-saving adventure. When you count its replayability value, the 50 or so hours can easily turn into 100 plus.

It's hard to find something as exquisite as The Outer Worlds. It is a unique cocktail of RPG, first-person shooting, and choice-based mechanics. So if you’ve already played this gem, let's take a look at some other games like The Outer Worlds.

9 Games Like "The Outer Worlds"

  1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  2. Metro Exodus
  3. Borderlands 3
  4. Bioshock Infinite
  5. Far Cry 5
  6. Red Ded Redemption 2
  7. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order
  8. Final Fantasy XV
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1. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Here we are again. I've spoken at length about The Witcher 3 in the past, primarily due to the fact that this open-world RPG has featured in a lot of my lists.

Wild Hunt deserves all the praise it gets. From its sprawling open world to countless main and side quests, there's so much to do and see that it's overwhelming at first sight. You play as Geralt, a Witcher who hunts monsters for money. However, his job always gets complicated when he somehow finds himself interfering in the politics of the region he's residing in. Despite his best intentions, war, death, and famine usually follow wherever he goes.

I might have made it sound like the most depressing game of the decade, but it's very different from the picture I painted. In this choice-based RPG, you can be whoever you want to be. War is a certainty, but the side emerging victorious depends on your choices.

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2. Metro Exodus

I was not sure that trading the constructive metro stations and subways for a semi-open world was a good idea, but Exodus proved me wrong. The first 2 games of the series take place in confined spaces, with not a lot of options to explore the world at your own pace, and both the shooters are all the better for it.

4A Games, the developers of Metro Exodus, however, changed the formula with the latest entry in the gritty franchise. Instead of getting from objective A to B, like in previous games, you can do much more here, if you so choose. Surprisingly, they have managed to retain the atmospheric storytelling, while expanding the world at the same time. While the map feels more open, there will still be times when you'll feel claustrophobic. Just when you think you're one step ahead, you'll be knocked back a peg or two. Watch your step, stay vigilant, and try to make the best of your situation.

Those looking for a game like The Outer Worlds would love what Metro Exodus brings to the table.

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3. Borderlands 3

Borderlands 3 stirred up quite a controversy when it came out. I personally believed that the publisher could have handled the situation better. But we're not here to talk about the ethics of publishers and developers.

At the end of the day, Borderlands 3 is one of the best shooting games I've ever played, standing right alongside Warframe. In my 20 or so hours with this game, I used as many guns as I could, just to test the theory that it features over a million combination of them, and I think the claims might indeed be true. While no one in their right minds will try out all those combinations, it's quite evident they've gone overboard in an attempt to give freedom and variety to players.

The good news is, the gameplay is much better than the last entry of the franchise. Every gun I got my hands on was a different experience. Once you choose a new weapon and add it to your inventory, it'll give you a feeling of freshness, at least for a while. If you're looking for games like The Outer Worlds, Borderlands 3 should be your best bet.

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4. Bioshock Infinite

The plot revolves around a hired gun, Booker DeWitt, a man with a sordid past. The only way to remove all the traces of his dark deeds is to embark on an assignment, a job that involves finding a way to get to Columbus, a city floating above the clouds, and save the damsel in distress.

Knowing he's risking his neck for someone he doesn't even know, he decides to go ahead and take the job. He might be the veteran of the U. S. cavalry, but nothing could prepare him for the events that transpire after he lands in the city. Don't let me spoil the storyline, for Bioshock is best experienced first-hand.

From its gloomy moments to the lighthearted sections, you'll love every bit of this cerebral game. The good news is, the series has been resurrected back from the dead. If you liked Bioshock Infinite, you might want to check out the other two games of the series before the next iteration comes out.

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5. Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 might not be a choice-based RPG like The Outer Worlds, but it’s still charming enough to find its way into this list. Developed by Ubisoft, Far Cry 5’s story revolves around a doomsday cult known as Eden’s Gate. Claiming to be the prophet, Joesph Seed, the leader of the cult, has got the whole county under his grips. Shut off from the outside world, people of Hope County have two options, to accept their fate, or start a revolution in an attempt to overthrow the regime. A few have attempted going rogue, but none found success up until now.

That’s where you come in. Your job is simple, take out the cult. But you won’t do it alone this time around. You’ll always have your companions watching your back and providing you with all the support you need. Of course, you’re still the one-man army, but others are also going to take the credit this time around.

If you’re looking for a first-person shooter like The Outer Worlds, you might wanna give Far Cry 5 a shot.

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6. Red Dead Redemption 2

Stories don’t usually matter for most of the gamers. People usually want a taste of the sweet gunplay or swordplay, without caring much about the plot. RPG fans, however, have a different taste in video games. If you love a carefully crafted story where everything you see, say and do matters, there’s nothing better out there than Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2.

Rockstar knows how to ace the single-player part, but the online counterpart hasn’t been as smooth as they’d expected. Once you whizz through the quests, there’s very little to do in the world except for shooting random NPCs and players. It can be fun for a while, but the novelty wears off pretty soon when you redo the same stuff.

First announced for PS4 and Xbox One, the game made its way to PC too, much sooner than expected. While the performance of console versions are stellar, the PC port is lackluster at best. Thankfully, they have fixed most of the game-breaking bugs, but it’s still quite clunky. You’re bound to encounter a few hiccups if you’re booting the PC version. If you have a console, I’d suggest you play this superb RPG on that instead of a PC.

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7. Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order

I honestly had very little faith in EA’s Star War after their failures with this franchise in the last few years. When they announced that they are going to make a single-player only game, I was still optimistic about it. After all, Reswpan was helming the franchise, the same studio who is behind games like Titanfall and Apex Legends. It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that they have turned their publisher’s fate around, turning one of their worst financial years into a profitable one.

Thankfully, Fallen Order has turned out to be much more than a run-and-gun shooter. It’s everything one wants from a single-player Star Wars experience. It’s pretty apparent that the game has taken inspiration from the Dark Souls series. When you die, for instance, you’ll lose all your skill points, but if you can beat the enemy after respawning, you get everything back. Just like Dark Souls, every death teaches you a lesson.

Unlike the sadistic Souls series, however, Fallen Order is a little easy on novices. Choose the lowest difficulty and you’ll whizz through its 20 or so hours of story with ease. If you want a real challenge, though, I’ll suggest turning up the difficulty setting a notch. The skills you’ve invested your points in are much more fun to use when your life depends on it.

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8. Disco Elysium

This top-down RPG surprised everyone with how excellent it turned out to be. You play as a troubled detective with no recollection of his name or purpose. As he starts talking to people, everything soon starts coming back to him, including the horrendous night prior, which resulted in him getting blackout drunk.

Upon learning that he’s here to solve a murder, he soon starts asking all sorts of questions, not only to others but to himself as well. Can the detective conquer his inner demons and solve the case? Well, it all depends on you.

The detective can be a cocky snob if that’s who you need him to be. Similarly, he can be a miserable person, torn apart by internal turmoil, if you choose to guide his inner demons down the darker path. It’s all just a matter of the dialogue options you choose. Its constantly changing plotlines and dynamic characters demand attention and care. If you don’t handle them well, the story will take on the path you’d not intended it to go. Such versatility and open-ended nature make this game a mighty addition to this list. Those looking for a game like The Outer Worlds will not be dissapointed.

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9. Final Fantasy XV

Final Fantasy XV has gotten some flak for straying from the roots of this legendary franchise. Everything from the combat mechanics, to the scale and feel of the world, has been revamped, which can sometimes prove to be a double-edged sword. Die-hard fans, for instance, can’t come to terms with the drastic changes. Despite its fair share of issues, I personally believe that Square Enix has done an amazing job with the game.

welcomes newcomers with open arms, but not at the cost of alienating its passionate fans. The story, as always, is endearing but takes a backseat this time around. The open-world exploration is where the real fun lies, even when it’s at the expense of a neatly-woven storyline. Even at its shakiest moments, the bond among the four protagonists keeps everything intact. The amazing feeling of slaying gigantic monsters in tandem with your crew is something you’ll have to experience first-hand.

Initially released for consoles only, XV eventually made its way to the PC crowd. If you’re planning to get it, go for the PC version as it includes the base game along with all the DLCs released for the game so far.

Did I miss out on any other games like The Outer Wilds? Let me know in the comments section.

Comments

Scribbling Geek from Singapore on July 16, 2020:

Good selection, from the looks of it. I myself have only played Bio 3 and Far Cry 5. FC5's gameplay was repetitive towards the second half, but virtual Montana was among the most detailed open-world I've ever played.