Sharpen those blades of chaos; it’s time to check out the best games like God Of War!
Listen, Kratos has some seriously big shoes to fill. He’s starred in some angry classics over the years where he’s waged war on pretty much everyone, and he’s certainly one of the most powerful gaming characters around.
I mean, he’s not only taken on the Greek Gods, but now he’s getting ready to take on the Norse ones too. Talk about a guy with a grudge!
The games themselves are addictive on any platform, even mobile, and they’ve pushed many of us to delve more into Greek Mythology as a result, which is good for both our brains and Stephen Fry’s audiobook sales.
So, without further ado, let’s crack on and check out the best games like God of War that you can buy and play right now!
10. Immortals: Fenyx Rising (2020)
Immortals Fenyx Rising kickstarts our list of the bet games like God of War, mainly because it’s jam-packed with lots of Greek lore and ancient history.
The game might not be as intense as Kratos’ outings, but it features lots of exciting boss battles, intense challenges, and some bad-ass weapons that are seriously impressive.
And it’s also one of our best games like Zelda too because it’s a direct rip off of Breath of the Wild, making it the ultimate copycat!
As I said, the elements of Greek Mythology and coming face-to-face with gods and beasts is amazing. You might not think it at first glance, but it’s actually really funny too, with some great banter between two massive Greek lads; Zeus and Prometheus.
Complete trials to get powerups and better weapons. Do you have what it takes to bring down a Titan using a massive hammer and guided arrows?
Kratos does that kind of thing before breakfast!
9. The Last Of Us (2013)
The Last of Us is possibly one of the most influential games of our time, not to mention the best PS3 title ever made.
Everything about this game is a triumph. From the gripping plot line to the smooth gameplay and brilliant graphics, this game still feels just as exciting today as when I first played it back in 2013.
Let’s just hope the TV series is more widely appreciated than the Last of Us: Part II…
So what’s the score here then?
Well, players take Joel and Ellie, two strangers in a sort of thrown-together father and daughter-style relationship, on a journey through a messed-up version of America.
In this post-apocalyptic, lawless world, the only thing that matters is survival.
And when both monsters and people on the verge of madness are out to get you, that’s tougher than it sounds!
Playing like A Quiet Place and with a Resident Evil meets God of War style feel, it’s one of the best PS3 games that you need in your life.
8. Red Dead Redemption 2 (2018)
Red Dead Redemption 2 takes the 8th place in our list of the best games like God of War. It’s a game that at one point, we thought might never come, but am I glad it did!
8 years; that’s how long we had to wait for a sequel to the first Red Dead game to drop. If you’ve read my articles before, you’ll know how much I loved the first title and how much I banged on about the graphics and gameplay.
But come on, look how much better the sequel is; I didn’t think it was even possible to beat it, but RockStar delivered!
If you liked the lawless attitude of The Last Of Us, then RDR2 will be right up your derelict, gang-infested street. It’s got more attitude than Motley Crüe after an all night binge with all the beauty of the American wilderness thrown in for good measure.
Cheat, fight, and kill in order to survive in a world where the law is finally catching up and overtaking an old way of life.
Yeah, it’s kind of GTA with horses instead of cars and a bit of Tarantino injected into the mix to beef it up even more.
7. Far Cry Primal (2016)
Far Cry Primal is one of the games that feels and looks most like Kratos’ later adventures. It’s brutal, mainly because of the use of short-range weapons like clubs and spears and basic arrows, meaning you often have to get up-close and personal in battles.
Set in the Stone-Age era, players have to craft weapons in order to survive against other warriors, sabre tooth tigers, mammoths, bears, and more gnarly beasts.
Choose a character type, build their skill tree and level them up as you adventure across a long-forgotten world!
Yeah, that guy is far too close for comfort.
Play through day and night, sneaking up on enemies and securing your people’s safety as you rebuild your village.
I saved the best bit for last; you can tame wild animals and use them to help you. Drop projectiles with your owl or ride into battle on the back of a four-legged companion.
The Stone-Age suddenly became a whole lot cooler!
6. Elden Ring (2022)
Elden Ring takes the 6th spot in our best games like God of War article, bringing an intense fantasy epic to the PS5.
Hopefully by now you should have all managed to get your hands on one to enjoy this game in all it’s glory. Like God of War, it’s dark and moody and brimming with secrets to uncover around every corner.
Graphically, it feels a little more like Skyrim, but it’s up there with Kratos’ back catalogue when it comes to mythical beasts and… well, slaying them!
Elden Ring is a gigantic game. Walk in any direction and you’ll instantly wish you hadn’t when something tries to eat or kill you.
It’s also one of the most difficult fantasy games I’ve played in a long time. I mean have you seen the size of some of those bosses? I reckon Gaia and the other Titans might have had trouble with some of them!
The blades of chaos might not feature, but the weaponry in this title will leave you astounded. Trust me, the beatdown’s you’re about to enter into are on another level!
5. Devil May Cry 5 (2019)
Devil May Cry 5 is up next, an over-exaggerated take with plenty of monsters that Kratos would have a field day taking down.
I know he doesn’t smile much, but I can see him enjoying this one a lot.
From insane-looking gameplay to just plain insane storyline elements, this is one game that you won’t forget in a hurry.
So, how do I describe what’s going on in DMC5 in a nutshell?
Well, there’s lots of demonic power swirling around the world. Cue a demon tree, a Campervan, and a weapons artist that makes mechanical arms designed to take-down evil creatures.
Yes; Van Life just got a whole lot more exciting!
With massive weapons, magic, and stunning levels galore, this game will definitely fill the God of War void in your life.
4. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim hardly needs me to introduce it. I think it’s fair to say that, while you might not think it’s the best, it’s certainly one of the most famous and influential open-world games ever made.
I mean come on, with automatically generated artificial-intelligence speech for its NPCs, you can’t tell me it’s not an impressive piece of work.
Just think of all those speech possibilities!
Whether you’re taking Dragonborn on the main mission to kill a big ‘ol dragon or working your way through the side quests, Skyrim never fails to take your mind off everyday problems and fill your brain with fantastical brilliance.
It’s been keeping me sane for 11 years now at the time of writing, and I still find discover that I should have probably picked up on by now!
And yeah, I do love the Nintendo Switch version because of the Champion’s Tunic, Master Sword, and Hylian Shield combo. Anything that gets the Zelda touch is instantly 10-times better!
3. Ghost of Tsushima (2020)
If I had a dollar for every hour my mate Al has spent on Ghost of Tsushima, I would have a lot of currency that I can’t currently use in the UK. But when I went to California, I’d be able to buy the Golden Gate Bridge outright.
If you’re a regular reader, then you’ll already know that Ghost topped our best open world PS4 games article. It’s one of the most beautiful, artistically creative and captivating games we’ve ever played at Retro Dodo Towers, full of mystery, intrigue and, wonder.
In other words, we kinda’ like it.
Players take Jin Sakai, an honourable Samurai with conflicting feelings about his order on a mission to become a Ghost in a world where the Ninja is slowly coming into its own.
Can you stop the Mongol Empire from ransacking your home and tearing your world apart?
Everything from the battles to the little touches like having Jin flick blood of his sword is perfect. Play the Legends mode with friends, play in black and white, or try the realistic one-hit kill mode!
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Complete Edition (2021)
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt: Complete Edition takes the silver medal in our best games like God of War Article.
Yes, Poland’s prodigal son will continue to appear in these epic compendiums for years to come. What with the success of the books and later the TV show off the back of the game, I reckon Geralt of Rivia will be alive and kicking for just as long as Skyrim.
Anyone looking for the best games like God of War needs to tuck into Andrzej Sapkowsk’s world. The Witcher has elements of LOTR, Game of Thrones, and all the magic and might of our favourite RPGs combined.
In other words, it’s a nerd’s paradise.
Use twin swords, pull off Witcher spells, slay all kinds of weird and wonderful/horrifying creatures, and make a positive or negative connection with the people you meet, a connection that will change the entire way the game plays out.
There might not be any gorgons to battle, but you’ll still die more times than you care to count!
1. Horizon: Forbidden West (2022)
The results are in, and Horizon: Forbidden West is officially the best game like God of War in 2023.
Anyone who hasn’t played this game seriously needs to look in the mirror and ask themselves what they’re doing with their lives. Like Ghost of Tsushima, it’s a visual feast for the senses, a work of art that you simply can’t take your eyes off.
It’s also hard as nails; have you seen those freakin’ T-Rex robots?!
Aloy has taken a leaf out of Link’s book in this new game, adapting the Hookshot and Glider and making her own version. It’s another game that has strong Zelda vibes, though the insanely large enemies are way more akin to the God of War series.
You know what, if there was a game where Aloy and Kratos could team up, a sort of 100%-better version of Playstation Move Heroes, then I’d be totally down to see what mayhem they could both cause and stop.
If you need a game to play until God of War Ragnarok comes out (or after if you’re reading this in the future and have just complete it), then give Forbidden West a go. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.