There are many reasons to like The Witcher 3; and all the other games like Witcher 3 too for that matter. The nuanced characters and writing, the expansive lore, the awesome monsters, or simply great card games such as Gwent. And that’s to say nothing of the finer details that bring it all together.
But as varied, expansive and interesting as the game is, it’s unfortunately not endless. When that final scene rolls around, you’ll no doubt be wanting something similar to fill that Geralt-shaped hole in your heart.
Well, you’re in luck! 👇
Top 10 Best Games Like Witcher 3
Indulgent storylines, monsters or perhaps some Gwent? Whatever your reasons for liking the Witcher 3, you’ll be pleased to know that there are many games that use similar game mechanics. From alternative CD Projekt RED titles to games that you may never have heard about, pick your poison from our list of Witcher 3-esque games below.
Here are the top 10 best games like The Witcher 3:
Release Year: 2018 Game Developer: Rockstar Platforms: PS4, Xbox One & Windows PC
Though the pleasant prairies of New Hanover are a far cry from the musty swamps of Velen, Red Dead Redemption 2 recaptures that rare immersive feeling of The Witcher 3. Arthur Morgan, like Geralt, is a man who lives a dirty life but has a heart of gold.
His family and friends are a band of old-west outlaws, whose time is ending and there’s plenty of mischiefs up for grabs too.
Arthur changes the people he meets and influences history, then over the game’s fifteen years, you can watch as the world changes because of it. Like CD Projekt RED, Rockstar has thought of anything and everything you could think to do within Red Dead and completes this with voice lines and consequences for (almost) all of it.
If you like Witcher 3 for immersive gameplay, Red Dead Redemption 2 is an excellent alternative. Some would even say it’s on par with The Witcher 3!
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Release Year: 2011 Game Developer: Bethesda Studios Platforms: Windows PC, PS3, PS4, PS5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Switch & Series X
Geralt begins as little more than a drifter in a medieval fantasy. Hold on a tick, isn’t that almost exactly how Skyrim starts proceedings too?
Though Skyrim can be janky, with its buggy side quests and odd overlooked moments, you have the freedom to follow your passions from The Witcher– Monsters, mysteries and magic included. Without the constraints of playing within what Geralt would reasonably do, throughout Skyrim, you also have free rein in a fantastical world.
Be the decider of a civil war, join a brotherhood of mages or assassins, and if a lowly farmhand mouth off, you can take his head off.
Skyrim is equally as immersive as The Witcher 3 and when you can get over the meme-worthy glitches, there are hundreds of hours of entertainment.
Release Year: 2020 Game Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Platforms: Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X
Contrary to the name, Yakuza: Like a Dragon includes zero dragons. But it does have a man dressed in a trash bag. Although worlds apart from The Witcher 3, there’s a like-for-like sense of humour to Yakuza: Like A Dragon that is akin to The Witcher 3.
If you wanted more of Geralt hallucinating a talking Roach, or drunken escapades with Siskel & Lambert, Like a Dragon has the perfect blend of chaos and camaraderie.
The story begins with a Yakuza taking the fall for a mysterious murder, but the loyalty, intrigue and crime quickly take a backseat to the city life of Japan’s Yokohama. Manage a business, visit the batting cages, help a homeless guy find love, or beat up street punks. There’s plenty to explore and an abundance of side quests and mini games too.
Divinity Original Sin 2
Release Year: 2017 Game Developer: Larian Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, macOS & Windows PC
Like the Witcher, Divinity has dragons, and it has dungeons. But, what Divinity really is, is advanced Dungeons & Dragons.
If the Witcher 3’s finely crafted story and excellent writing was what you loved best, then Divinity 2 will impress. All choices can be made, whether offensive, officious, or odd. You can choose one of the detailed player characters, like a proud prince of the lizards, or a skeletal shyster, but don’t think you’re limited to just that.
In fact, you can even play as Geralt if you’d like; just make a custom character with grey hair and a gruff voice. Few games manage to pull off the branching narratives and choice dialogue of the Witcher, but Divinity is one of them. So if that’s what got you ticking throughout The Continent, you’ll love Divinity too.
Release Year: 2020 Game Developer: CD Projekt Red Platforms: Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X
The Witcher developer’s follow-up game was hotly anticipated, and critically panned at launch. But, after heavy bandaging, Night City in Cyberpunk is a worthy destination after you’ve had your fill of Velen. You’ll be trading grimy backwaters and mouthy peasants for slimy back alleys and chatty gangsters.
Different people, same problems. And the similarities don’t stop there.
Your mythical monsters are now Cyberpsychos, and your contracts are now gigs. The mechanics are improved but still play nicely to what you should expect out of CD Projekt RED. If you can skip past all of the bashing Cyberpunk 2077 received upon release, CD Projekt RED have delivered something very nice here.
God Of War
Release Year: 2018 Game Developer: Santa Monica Studio Platforms: Windows PC & PS4
A gruff guy with a beard is a big business in gaming, and God of War’s Kratos could make a good Geralt. After the death of his wife, Kratos and his son take a road trip through ancient Scandinavia to scatter her ashes at the highest mountain peak.
Mythical creatures, gods and blacksmithing dwarves all make appearances, but it’s the father-son bonding that makes the story so endearing. Geralt and Kratos’s backstories both lived tough lives with bloodshed and betrayal, so God of War will certainly soothe your Witcher-less woes.
Release Year: 2015
Game Developer: Bethesda Platforms: Windows PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One & Xbox Series X
Making friends, and enemies and getting into trouble is fun in the Witcher 3, and it’s fun in Fallout 4. They might not seem too similar, however, both games start the same way; with a parent looking for their long-lost kid.
But Fallout is set in a ruined wasteland, torn apart by raiders and warring states
Okay, that’s the same too!
In fact, though the tone is lighter in Fallout, the game covers pretty much the same ground as The Witcher 3. Fight twisted beasts with arcane weaponry, cross the pontar, and befriend colourful locals.
Sure, you might have a little culture shock when you first land in the retro-futuristic 50’s wasteland, but find a couple of swords and dye your hair grey, and you’ll feel right at home.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild
Release Year: 2017 Game Developer: Nintendo Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Wii U
Grit, gore and Geralt are nowhere to be seen in Breath of the Wild, but maybe that’s just what the doctor ordered: A vacation from Velen.
That said, Zelda: Breath of the Wild and the latest Tears of the Kingdom sequel are still intricately crafted worlds, with endless freedom. But they are also one without insulting locals and rat infestations. Shield-surf down icy peaks, sight-see on horseback, or drop explosives on unsuspecting goblins and gremlins are all present here.
If exploring and enjoying an exciting world is what you’re looking for, try Hyrule.
Release Year: 2018 Game Developer: Capcom Platforms: Windows PC, PS4 & Xbox One
If monster hunting was the highlight of The Witcher 3, then you will be pleased to know that Monster Hunter World is exactly as described.
Just like a Witcher, hunters in Monster Hunter World pay their bar tabs by defeating horrible creatures. But even Geralt would gape at the size of these monsters, who dwarf cohorts and fiends. Thankfully, you don’t have to go it alone, as you can play with up to three allies. Side-by-side you’ll hunt, craft, and cook your way up the food chain until you’re the slayer of the elder dragon, Kulve Taroth.
It’s so great to see Capcom step into this genre and while the game mechanics of Monster Hunter World are vastly different to that of The Witcher 3, there are plenty of similarities.
Thronebreaker: The Witcher Tales
Release Year: 2018 Game Developer: CD Projekt Red Platforms: Windows PC, iOS, Android, Switch, PS4 & Xbox One
Alright, so I’m kind of cheating as this is technical The Witcher, but hear me out!
When the Witcher 3 was released, and the public loved the Gwent minigame, CD Projekt RED decided to double down and make a spin-off Gwent Campaign. Set before the first Witcher game, Queen Meve of Lyria & Rivia lead and build an army to take back the north.
The game’s writing is on par with the Witcher 3, and is accompanied by full-voice acting. But as a linear story, the game’s tough choices are generally limited to sorting out squabbling peasants.
Yet, the gameplay is solid and a worthy side dish for players missing The Continent.
Narrowing down my choices to just 10 of the best similar games to The Witcher 3 was pretty tough. There’s a bucketload of other games such as Ghost of Tsushima as well which, while less like The Witcher 3, still deliver an incredible experience.
Whilst we eagerly await any updates about The Witcher 4, you have hundreds of hours of entertainment with these titles. Pick up your sword, customise your armour and get out there to liberate the world once more.
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