Top 10 Enthralling Games Like "Bioshock" (Series)
What Games Are Like Bioshock?
Bioshock series is back from the dead. After a long hiatus, 2K Games has decided to give this swashbuckling franchise another shot. Though the series was mesmerizing, it never sold many copies, resulting in its demise. While the series never had a large fanbase, those who played Bioshock loved every bit of it.
While you wait for the next entry of the franchise, take a look at few games like Bioshock to hold you over till then.
Games Like Bioshock
- Borderlands 3
- Fallout New Vegas
- Fallout 3
- Half-Lafe 2
- Far Cry 5
- Metro Exodus
- Dishonored (Series)
- Dead Space (Series)
- Crysis 3
- Dark Souls (Series)
1. Borderlands 3
Borderlands 3 is an open-world game where you’re dumped into a massive world to fight monsters, bad guys, and their leaders. Though the enemy variety often feels lacking, things never get boring, thanks to its dizzying variety of weapons. Killing never ceases to be satisfying as you repeatedly squeeze the trigger and decimate your enemies.
You start off with a pistol, but the weapons get bigger and better as you progress further into the game. Since its a loot focused game, the story merely serves as a means to propel you towards more guns and on-screen violence. That doesn’t imply that the story is bad. Just don’t play with too many expectations from the plot. This cell-shaded shooter is meant for the casual audience - those who're just looking to blow off some steam or maybe just want to have a fun time with friends.
My only suggestion for this game I to find someone else you can play with. Soloing through the whole thing is excruciatingly difficult, especially when you're fighting bosses. As they summon their minions, you'll have to fend off against a relentless army of goons who never stop coming after you. When you play with a friend, things go a little smoother. Boss fights still feel like an insurmountable challenge, but it's manageable.
2. Fallout New Vegas
New Vegas is not the same after nuclear detonations. China and the US have decimated each other, and all that’s left is a painful reminder of the warmongering by power-hungry lunatics. Most of the world is in shambles, but New Vegas seems to have escaped the atrocities. Life, if any, out of New Vegas, is in tatters. Once you enter the city, however, it’s still buzzing as ever. It’s as if the war never even took place. Lying behind all its riches are dark secrets - something you’ll uncover once you do a few quests in the city.
New Vegas is a harsh place, just like any other Fallout game. This entry, however, has got more merits, primarily because the game is developed by Obsidian Entertainment. Bethesda decided to outsource the series to a suitable studio and Obsidian grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Evidently, they crafted the best game of the series in less than a year’s time.
Before you boot up this game, keep in kind that your choices have consequences here. Choose your friends carefully, for the direction of the story depends on it. The factions you’ll side with are more than likely to end up on the winning side. Those you don’t support will eventually wind up loathing you. Your reputation with the opposing faction will plummet, and they’ll open fire whenever you’re in the vicinity.
You can play the balancing game, taking quests from all the factions, but only up until a point. When you reach the point of no return, you’ll be forced to choose sides. Who will you support when all the parties have their own hidden agendas? Try to work that out yourself.
3. Fallout 3
Released in 2008, Fallout 3 was the first game of there series that was developed and published by Bethesda. The action-RPG was so popular that it catapulted the series as one of the most profitable ventures ever for the company. Unfortunately, however, the series as only gone downhill since then. With the release of a disappointing Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, it's pretty obvious that they're headed to capture the casual audience. I'm not counting Fallout New Vegas as it was an outsourced game. Bethesda didn't play much of a role in its production. I derail. Let's save the rant for some other day.
Though I would recommend you play the first two games, it’s not a prerequisite to enjoy Fallout 3. This standalone game doesn't have any connection with the previous two entries of the franchise. The story, while intriguing, is only a shorthand to its deep RPG gameplay.
The overarching plot has stayed more or less the same - a nuclear war has decimated the old world, with most of the humans mutating into ghouls and animals devolving into monsters. You play as an unlikely hero, someone who is tasked with deciding the fate of the world. Within the first few minutes of booting up the game, you’ll be out in the open world. Go explore the barren wasteland and shape its destiny however you please. The fate of the world depends upon who you choose to interact with and who you shoot in the face. Pick your side carefully.
4. Half-Life 2
Nobody believed that Half-Life 2 could ever live up to the hype. Thankfully, the game exceeded everyone’s expectations and performed exceptionally well in terms of sales. Despite the unprecedented success, however, Valve decided not to go for a third entry in the franchise up until recently. Unfortunately, the newest entry into the franchise is only for those gamers who own a VR headset.
If you don’t own one, you can still enjoy Half-Life 2, provided your PC manages to run the game. Since this first-person shooter is over a decade old, booting it up in a PC with today’s configuration might prove to be a challenge. Even if you manage to get it up and running, the ancient graphics may turn you off. The gameplay, thankfully, still feels sick enough to be worth your time. Boot up this one-of-a-kind game and experience one of the best stories of its time.
5. Far Cry 5
Developed and published by Ubisoft, Far Cry 5 is an open-world, first-person shooter where your job is to liberate Hope County from the grips of a cult. These maniacs are everywhere in the county, controlling everyone and everything. With no connection to the outside world, you're the only hope of its residents. Join the rebels and help them out by turning the tides in their favor.
Though the game has moments where you have to make some choices, those are of no relevant consequence. The story is constricted with no branching storylines, something we're getting used to these days.
However, it doesn't strip away all the choices. While you may not choose your own adventure in this game, the gameplay style is totally up to you. If you're someone who fancies stealthy action, go for it. On the other hand, you can go all guns blazing as well. No matter how you choose to play your campaign, the result will more or less remain the same.
6. Metro Exodus
As the gaming industry leans towards Games as A Service model, immersive, narrative-driven, first-person shooters are becoming a rarity. The general belief in the industry is that narrative-driven experience don't tend to do as well as online experiences, but Metro Exodus has dispelled the notion, proving the pundits wrong.
For the first time ever, the series has gone semi-open world, giving players more chances to interact with the environment and play however they want to. You almost always have an option to sneak around rather than confronting everyone and everything you come across. If you want to go all guns blazing, you’re more than welcome to do so. Keep in mind, however, that bullets are more precious than life here. You better be a good shooter. Otherwise, you’re going to run out of ammo in no time.
The radiated world of Metro Exodus is a harsh place to live in. If the monsters don’t get you, people from other factions will. Stay on your guard, and good luck saving the world!
Those looking for a game like Bioshock will love what Metro Exodus brings to the table.
7. Dishonored (Series)
Developed by Arkane Studios and published by Bethesda, Dishonored is an action-adventure stealth game taking place in a plague-stricken city. Your character is Corvo Attano, a bodyguard of the queen. Things soon go south when the empress is murdered by a handful of assassins and Corvo is framed for murder. Soon, an ex-bodyguard has to turn into a cold-blooded assassin to avenge her death and save his own skin.
Dishonored is one of those few games where you can go through the entire campaign without killing a single soul. With so many gadgets and powers at your disposal, you can get away with any situation using stealth, if you so choose. If you’re a gorehound, you can take the violent approach, too. The challenging and engaging combat mechanics take some time to get used to, but it’s addictive once you get the hang of it. However engaging the clank of swords might be, there’s no beating the stealth approach.
Again, how you approach the game is up to you, but you’re missing the point if you’re murdering everyone you come across.
8. Dead Space (Series)
Remember the good old days when EA used to produce immersive single-player experiences? Sadly, those days are long gone. After the commercial failure of Dead Space 3, EA shut down Visceral Studio, the developers of the Dead Space franchise.
The first 2 games of the franchise are a pure horror-fest, where you’ll face the nightmarish creatures alone. The third game is where the series floundered a little bit, trading its horror route for a much more streamlined action-adventure game. In hopes of appealing to a larger fanbase, the franchise lost its footing, resulting in its untimely demise. Though it's still a nightmarish ordeal -something you'd expect from a studio of this caliber.
The first 2 games of the series are single-player experience, but the third and the last entry of the franchise switches things up a bit, allowing you to explore the horrors of space with a friend. Compared with the Bioshock series, there is more horror elements and jumpscares here, especially in the first 2 games. Dead Space 3, however, is more of a third-person shooter than a survival horror game.
Space horror needs little to no narrative to be a nightmarish experience. Tons of stories could have been told in the infinite expanse of the cold, dark space. With the series being on hold, however, all we can do is hope that EA gives this franchise another shot.
9. Crysis 3
Developed by Crytek and published by EA, Crysis 3, just like its predecessors, is a narrative-driven, first-person shooter. With shooters, the story often takes a backseat as burly guns do all the talking. The plot more or less works like leverage for the excellent gunplay. Thankfully, this game deviates from that trend.
The story of Crysis 3, however flashy it might be, is beautifully written. Suspend your disbelief for a moment, and you’ll find yourself resonating with the cold-blooded protagonist. Crytek has certainly come a long way since Crysis 2. The third game of the franchise is definitely the best of the lot, with a better focus on the storyline. The gameplay doesn’t differ much from the previous two games either, which is an added bonus for loyalists of the franchise.
Though the map and levels often lack variety, there is more than enough to still keep you going. The weakness in these areas, however, often seep through its polished exterior - something you should be wary of before jumping into this first-person shooter.
10. Dark Souls (series)
Hear me out before you raise your hackles. I know that I've just recommended a hack-n-slash game for you. What's this RPG doing here in a list of shooters? Dark Souls wasn't in my mind while I was jotting down the list of games like Bioshock. This last moment inclusion is entirely due to its dreadful ambiance that feels somewhat similar to Bioshock. Games of both these series go for constrictive, inter-connected maps that will immerse you as soon as you boot up the game.
The only way to enjoy the Souls series is to get lost in its labyrinthine world. As I've said about this series many times before, dying is the key to success here. Try not to throw your controller in rage as you die countless times. It's humiliating at times when a rotting skeleton one-shot kills you, but you've got to press on. The inevitable process of rinsing and repeating the same boss fights will teach you patience and some essential dodging and parrying skills for your next night, which not to mention, only gets harder.
If you're ready for a challenge, the world of Dark Souls will welcome you with open arms.
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