10 Mind-Blowing Video Games Like "The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt"
What Games Are Like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt?
Finding games like The Witcher 3 is difficult, as nothing comes even remotely close to what this game has to offer (except maybe Skyrim).
It’s a huge game—so huge that even after 50 hours, I barely scratched the surface. Every time I felt like I knew how things would turn out, The Witcher 3 surprised me with its variety of quests and new areas.
In terms of gameplay, being a squeaky-clean character without a record is nearly impossible. Even the smallest decision will leave a lasting impact—and most of the time, it will not turn out to be the way you want. The consequences are nerve-wracking sometimes.
I inadvertently got an innocent man hanged. I didn’t like it, but that’s how this game plays out. Be prepared for the worst, even when you are doing good deeds. On the other hand, sometimes you'll think that you are playing the devil, but it might be good for someone else. It’s a grim, dark, and to some extent, depressing game. But it's real, and that’s why so many people love it.
I could go on forever about this game, but let’s save it for some other day. For now, let’s focus on the games that are similar to this great game.
Games Similar to The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
- The Witcher Series
- The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
- Dragon Age: Inquisition
- Gothic 2
- The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
- The Fallout Series
- Kingdom Come: Deliverance
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Assassin's Creed: Origins
- Cyberpunk 2077
It’s not easy to find games that offer a similar experience crammed with tons of things to do, monsters to slay, and people to save. Nonetheless, some of the games mentioned below definitely come close to the experience that The Witcher 3 offers.
1. The Witcher Series
The first two games of The Witcher series are just as breathtaking as the third. If you have a PC, you must play The Witcher 1 and The Witcher 2. Both of these games provide a better look at our protagonist, Geralt of Rivia. Although it’s not necessary to play the first two games, I wholeheartedly recommend going through them to better understand Geralt and his companions.
The first and second games are carefully woven experiences. While they are not open world, an amazing story and the option to choose your own path are still present. Just like The Witcher 3, your choices matter. Whatever you do, there will be consequences.
2. The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim is the latest entry in the legendary Elder Scrolls series—one that has been the leading RPG game for several years. Even CD Project Red, the developers behind The Witcher 3, admitted that they were inspired by Skyrim. You can tell by how The Witcher 3 was designed. It embraces the open world design of Skyrim while keeping the fluff away.
Coming back to Skyrim—it’s not the kind of game you want to rush through. Bethesda worked on it for nearly five years; giving it everything they had. There are many sites to explore, dungeons to clear and powers to unlock. Doing all of this could easily take hundreds of hours, and you’d hardly realize it.
If you are playing it on PC, don’t forget to install some useful mods to make this game look and play better than the vanilla game. With just a few tweaks, you are in for a spectacular ride.
Since the launch of The Witcher 3, people have been unfairly comparing the games, which is absurd. They don’t consider that Skyrim is a last-gen game. While it’s not perfect, it’s certainly a masterpiece that deserves your attention. Skyrim’s world is full of curiosities and content, making every step an exciting one. There is always something waiting for you just over the next ridge.
3. Dragon Age: Inquisition
Eighty-five hours. That’s how long I took to get the credits rolling—ignoring the numerous side-quests I did not complete. If I wanted to finish the game 100%, I would have easily racked up another 50 or more hours. There have been bigger RPGs than Dragon Age: Inquisition in terms of world-size, but rarely has any game been so packed with meaningful things to do. It’s difficult not to stumble upon a quest every few minutes.
That being said, it's not exactly a sandbox game like The Witcher 3. Inquisition is more of a semi-open world game with its map divided into different areas. Some of it may feel restrictive initially, but as you progess, you are granted access to more areas and interesting things to do. Surprisingly, none of it feels like filler thanks to some clever writing and well-delivered dialogue that makes every quest feel like more than just a kill-fetch quest. Even in my eighty-fifth hour, there are still a lot of places I haven’t set foot in. I am still discovering new things.
4. Gothic 2
With a 2002 release, Gothic 2 is the oldest game on this list. This action-RPG builds on the foundations set by its predecessor. Set in the world of Khorinis, Gothic 2 marks the return of some of the old characters and places from the first game while adding tons of new places to explore.
Don’t be fooled by its dated graphics. It’s one of the most complex and intricate games you’ll ever play. While the world is nowhere as big as The Witcher 3, the amount of choices and decisions in Gothic 2 comes close to what The Witcher series offers. It’s one of those rare games where your actions will always have consequences. No good or bad deed goes unnoticed. Even after all these years, Gothic 2 still remains one of the best action-RPG games to this date.
5. The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion
Released in 2006, Elder Scrolls: Oblivion is still regarded as one of the best RPG games of all time. Oblivion delivers on everything that made The Elder Scrolls series so famous, while improving upon the weaknesses of its predecessor. While Morrowind was an amazing, action-packed RPG, it was plagued by a steep learning curve. Only those who were hardcore fans of The Elder Scrolls series could get into it. Gladly, that’s not the case with Oblivion. Even if you have no interest in the RPG genre, it’s hard to overlook this beautifully crafted world.
The main quest takes about 50 hours to finish, but there are other activities and side quests to do, which should take you over 100 hours to complete. You can join different guilds and factions, fight bandits that are hiding in dungeons, help out the locals, and so much more. It’s overwhelming!
6. The Fallout Series
All of the Fallout games take place in a post-nuclear world. China and the U.S. nuked each other in 2077. What’s left is a huge radioactive wasteland teeming with ghouls, super-mutants, ghosts, and some lucky human survivors. In most of the games, you step in the shoes of a vault dweller who has been underground for many years—just itching to see the outside for the first time.
It is pretty straightforward from there. You emerge from the vault and explore the huge wasteland and see what’s left of the world.
The first three Fallout games launched back in the 1990s as 2D games. Then Bethesda purchased the license to this franchise and made 3D Fallout games. So far, they have developed Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and the newest addition to the franchise, Fallout 76, which is its most contentious entry to this date. A spin-off entry, Fallout: New Vegas, was launched in 2010, which is still regarded by the community as the best title in the franchise.
If you are looking for games like The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, stick to Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and Fallout 4. While The Witcher 3 takes place in Medieval times and the Fallout games take place in the post-nuclear war era, they have more in common than you'd think.
Both titles emphasize giving players the ability to play however they wish. You have ample choices that will shape the world around you. You will decide the fate of the people around you. The sheer amount of content in this series is dizzying. Once you get sucked into the universe, you’ll be playing the Fallout series for days on end.
7. Kingdom Come: Deliverance
Set in medieval times, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a hardcore action-RPG. Developed by Warhorse Studios and published by Deep Silver, Kingdome Come: Deliverance takes place during a war in Bohemia, the heart of Europe, in 1403. You play as Henry, a son of a blacksmith, who is on a quest to fight the invasion and restore Bohemia's rightful king.
After playing for nearly 60 hours, I can tell you that Warhorse Studios has delivered on their promises. This game is filled with so much to see and do that it's almost impossible to experience everything in the first run. Unless you make the same choices in every playthrough (I see no logic in that), you'll encounter different versions of an intricately woven storyline.
If you're used to the mechanics of The Witcher 3 or Skyrim, the combat in this game will take some getting used to. Thankfully, there is a lengthy tutorial section to help you learn the ropes.
8. Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games' epic Wild-West, third-person, action-adventure series is back with a bang. As a huge fan of 2009’s Red Dead Redemption, I couldn’t have asked for more. The sequel is bigger and better in almost every way. The graphics, gunplay, and storyline have improved immensely.
Rockstar Games seems to have taken a page of CD Project Red’s book. For the first time in the series, your actions will have consequences. Red Dead Redemption 2 does what Witcher 3 did, but better.
Apart from a riveting storyline that keeps you hooked for over 50 hours or so, you can partake in side quests like hunting, playing poker, and fishing. If you want to see and do everything this game has to offer, prepare to invest at least 100 hours into it.
This game has set the bar for other RPG games to come, dethroning The Witcher 3 and becoming the king of the RPG kingdom. It will take some doing to better this epic title.
If you're already a fan of this title, check out this list of games similar to Red Dead Redemption 2.
9. Assassin's Creed: Origins
Here's some good news for the estranged fans of this series: For the first time in the long history of Assassin's Creed franchise, Ubisoft has made a full-fledged RPG, ditching its classic style in favor of something more enchanting.
Without the dreaded “Templar vs Assassins” storyline that plagued the Assassin's Creed series in almost every game, this choice-based RPG has allowed the developers to flex their creative muscles.
From riding your camel in deserts to exploring every nook and cranny of a pyramid, I guarantee that you'll be playing this game for quite some time.
10. Cyberpunk 2077
Both Cyberbunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 implement similar stylistic choices, as both titles were developed by the same studio. After watching the hour of gameplay footage taken from the alpha version, I can tell that this open world game includes branching storylines, an amazing cast, and impressive graphics. If you love The Witcher 3, playing a game by the same studio guarantees an enjoyable and nostalgic gaming experience.
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