Top 10 Engrossing Games Like "Tomb Raider"

Updated on June 22, 2020
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Rahul is a video game addict. Some of his favorite games are "Red Dead Redemption 2" and "The Witcher 3."

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What Games Are Like Tomb Raider?

Once an iconic franchise, Tomb Raider was off the radar for quite some time, before its resurge in 2013. Since then, the series has produced two more games, all sticking to the same formula.

While these games are fun, Tomb Raider can be monotonous with its repetitive tone and lack of variety in its quests. I understand how you feel. So, here are a few games similar to Tomb Raider for a change of pace.

10 Games Similar to Tomb Raider

  1. Uncharted
  2. The Last of Us
  3. Assassins Creed: Rogue
  4. Bioshock Infinite
  5. Horizon Zero Dawn
  6. Assassins Creed: Origins
  7. Darksiders 3
  8. Assassins Creed: Odyssey
  9. Prince of Persia
  10. Far Cry 3

1. Uncharted

The Uncharted series follows Nathan Drake, a former treasure hunter, who sets out to solve some of the biggest mysteries of the world. Much like Lara Croft, he loves playing with fire wherever he goes, for all his missions are fraught with fatal danger.

Uncharted series has changed a lot over the course of the years, but the core gameplay has remained pretty much the same. From scaling walls to puzzle-solving, this action-adventure has always been a source of adrenaline for gamers all around the world.

If you're coming hot on the heels of a game like Tomb Raider, Uncharted might take some getting used to. Unlike the former, this game is story-heavy, with a darker tone. If you can stomach ultra-violence, this shooter should be your best bet.

2. The Last of Us

A lot has been said about this game, so I don't need to add much to it to convince you of its entertainment value. Anyone who reads gaming news and opinions, even once in a while, will have heard of this masterpiece.

For the uninitiated, The Last of Us takes place in a post-apocalyptic America, a harsh place where surviving just another day is the only goal for the living. The story follows Joel, a middle-aged man, and Ellie, a teenager, as they pass through the desolate country reclaimed by nature.

In a place devoid of any hope, there is not much to live for. The lucky (or unlucky) few are divided into different factions, with most of them working for their own end. It's hard not to feel suffocated under the weight of this bleakness.

Anyone who's up for this depressing shooter shouldn't churn through the whole affair in haste. It's an experience meant to be savored and replayed. Take your time with it; let its desolation and depravity sink its claws into you.

3. Assassin's Creed: Rogue

Rogue is one of the lesser-known games of this grandiose franchise, particularly because it was released only on Xbox 360 and PS3 without much fanfare. The swashbuckling action-adventure game found its way to PC, PS4, and Xbox One later on, but without much of a marketing campaign.

Its unfortunate story aside, Rogue is Assassin's Creed at its finest. If you've played Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, Ubisoft's first foray into a pirate-themed AC, Rogue will instantly feel familiar. It’s Black Flag with better combat mechanics and a more organized storyline.

In what is possibly the darkest story of the franchise, you'll find yourself in the middle of the war between Assassins and Templars—an ongoing battle that fans of this series will be all too familiar with. Only this time, the stakes are much higher.

For all its brilliance, the game doesn't last very long. The main story should take somewhere around 8–10 hours to beat, which is short when compared to its predecessors and successors. If you want to do all the side missions, however, you can stay with the game for about 20 or so hours.

Those looking for some games like Tomb Raider will not be disappointed.

4. Bioshock Infinite

Irrational Games, the studio behind this franchise, has created a real piece of art in the form of Infinite. The unparalleled beauty of the place is the first thing you'll notice as soon as you take your first step into the city. From floating pathways to the skyline of Columbia, everything is painstakingly crafted, which adds to the credibility of the city, making it feel lived-in.

You play as Booker, a hired gun, who is tasked with retrieving a girl named Elizabeth from Columbia, a city above the clouds. He arrives there, the details of which I'm not about to spoil, only to find that the job is not as straightforward as he had believed. Then again, he had no choice but to accept the mission. With everything on the line, including his life, Booker must dig deep to unravel the secrets of this city and find the girl.

I could have mentioned the whole BioShock series instead of this specific entry, but this third and the last installment of the BioShock franchise has more in common with Tomb Raider than anything else.

While Tomb Raider has always been more or less a solid game, sticking to its guns and seldom willing to venture out if its comfort zone, The BioShock series, especially Infinite, has done just the opposite, going against the grain to create an underrated masterpiece.

5. Horizon Zero Dawn

From a constricted first-person shooter to a grandiose open-world RPG, Guerrilla Games, the studio behind Horizon Zero Dawn, embraced the challenge of leaving their comfort zone and taking a huge risk. The result is Horizon Zero Dawn—an amalgamation of so many different ideas and genres that it shouldn't have worked as a cohesive package.

Guerilla Games have outdone themselves here. This PS4 exclusive is definitely giving other contemporary RPGs a run for their money. Going in, I wasn't expecting much from this RPG, especially since it wasn't an established IP. And if we've learned anything from the recent martyrdom of Days Gone and Anthem, new IPs take time to settle into a groove.

Horizon Zero Dawn, however, is a welcome exception to that rule. There's something about being dropped off in its huge, lush world that'll capture your attention right from the get-go. Walking from one end of the map to the other, exploring every nook and cranny of this action-adventure is an experience in itself. If you own a PS4, don't miss out on this game.

6. Assassin's Creed Origins

With Origins, Ubisoft has finally embraced the RPG genre, shedding its monotonous ‘Templar vs Assassins’ storyline in favor of something more authentic and thrilling.

The vast open-world of Origins, which is bigger in comparison to its predecessors, can be overwhelming to step foot in, especially if you're new to the franchise. There's so much to do and see that it can easily take over 100 hours if you want to complete everything. When you factor in its official expansions, something Ubisoft kept releasing months from this game's initial launch, the game becomes grander.

My only gripe with Origins is its kill and fetch quests. Go there, kill them, come back and get rewarded for your efforts. Its MMORPG style quests keep you busy for a long time but bring the game's quality down a notch. These quests get tiring after a while as you run from one place to another just to kill some guy without adequate motivation.

Those willing to take on this game should only stick to the main missions.

7. Darksiders 3

Darksiders 3 might not hold a candle to its predecessors, but it still holds its own and packs quite a solid punch where it matters.

The game, unfortunately, starts off slowly but stumbles its way to being super fun after a while. When you compare it with games like Tomb Raider and Uncharted, games that had experienced hands and humongous budgets backing them, this hack and slash adventure feels a little lackluster.

Though, I would argue that the analogies drawn by fans of those games are somewhat unfair. Unlike those grandiose franchises, the Darksiders series always catered to its niche fanbase, never looking to broaden its horizon and bring more players in. THQ Nordic apparently took a huge risk by bringing back this franchise from the dead, something that didn't pay off well.

Collectively panned by critics as well as casual gamers, Darksiders 3 is an underrated marvel. Even if the initial few hours feel shaky, you should stick to it. Once it comes into its own, the roller-coaster ride never lets up.

8. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey

Assassin's Creed has finally done it! After years of trial and error, it seems as if they have perfected the method of delivering yearly iterations of this franchise in style.

No one has ever crafted an RPG as huge as Odyssey in such painstaking detail. At its core, Odyssey feels a natural extension of the franchise, not straying too far away from its course.

Much like Assassin's Creed: Origins, the game fully embraces its RPG roots, borrowing some elements from The Witcher 3, the staple of this genre. For the first time, Assassin's Creed is the game of choices, the first one of which is you deciding whether you want to play as a male or a female character.

It's the first in the string of many choices you'll make throughout the game, something that'll decide the fate of your character and the world. Your choice of gender, however, will not have much impact on the story.

Much like Witcher 3, main and side quests are often tied into each other. In my 80 or so hours of gameplay in Odyssey, I seldom came across any boring kill and fetch quests. It's a step up from Origins in every way.

9. Prince of Persia

On ice at the moment, The Prince of Persia series used to be one of the most popular franchises all over the world. People waited in long queues on the day of launch, (remember when we used to do that?) just so they could get their hands on the game as soon as possible.

From wall scaling to its crackerjack combat mechanics, everything about this series is endlessly addicting. As you jump from one sky-high edge to another with your life hanging in balance, you realize the appeal of this game. It's not in the story or fighting loads of bad guys; it's scaling and descaling these larger-than-life structures with precision and perfection.

This adrenaline-fueled series doesn't find many takers nowadays as the gaming landscape is moving from single-player experiences to "Games as a Service" model, but it's an essential experience for any Tomb Raider fan.

Unfortunately, Ubisoft doesn't plan on bringing the series back anytime soon. Here's hoping they listen to their fans and give us a new world to explore.

10. Far Cry 3

Though the whole series is nothing short of exceptional, Far Cry 3 is the craziest of the bunch, dropping you off on an island cramming with weirdos and psychos.

At first glance, Far Cry 3’s Rook Island seems like a perfect place for a vacation. From sunny beaches to the lush greenery, it's a perfect place to spend some downtime. Except, this place is falling apart, thanks to the brewing war between the fanatics controlling the island and the rebels scrambling to throw them over.

You play as Jason Brody, a regular guy whose friends are captured and murdered by militants holding the whole place hostage. He barely escapes their clutches and gets in touch with the rebels to hatch a plan to finally overthrow the tyrannical regime, for which he will have to do everything. Why? Because he's the protagonist, of course.

Balancing the free-flowing open-world adventures and the storyline while not sacrificing one in the favor of another is never easy in games like these, but Far Cry 3 does it with panache. The story takes a backseat at times when you're churning through its side activities, but when you're doing a story mission, you'll be engrossed in it.

That's It!

That's about it, for now. Did I miss out on any games like Tomb Raider? Let me know in the comments section.

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