If you’re a fan of post-apocalyptic environments and stories about horrible, speculative futures, then you’ve definitely heard of Fallout 4. The game made a huge splash when it was released in 2015, and remains one of the best shooters on the current console generation. Whether you own a PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or gaming PC, it provides a thrilling adventure and impressive graphics. However, it’s not alone in these qualities, so we’ve assembled a list of 10 other games that are just as thrilling and fun (if not more so) than Fallout 4.
One of the reasons that Fallout 4 is such a compelling experience is that it combines several different game genres into one cohesive, immersive experience. It’s a shooter, sure, but the heart of the same is a roleplaying adventure with a sprawling, epic story. Fallout 4 is a sequel, and it has all of the trappings of the excellent games that came before it.
Fallout 4 also has simulation elements and allows the player to craft and build all kinds of things that allow them to shape the world. Want to customize all of your weapons? You can do that. Want to build an entire village, to help the faction of your choice present in the dystopian future of the game? You can do that, too.
It was developed by Bethesda, the same studio responsible for Fallout 3 (which was met with similar critical acclaim.) However, these aren’t the only two game out there combining elements from several genres in order to create unique experiences. The 10 games that we’ve listed below do much of the same thing, and they’re all available on most modern consoles.
Fallout: New Vegas
Of course, if you’re looking for a game similar to Fallout 4, then you owe it to yourself to play the previous games in the series. The most recent of these is Fallout: New Vegas, and it carried on the landmark legacy established by Fallout 3 (discussed below.)
It follows many of the same gameplay and story strokes as Fallout 4, too. Your character, an otherwise unassuming survivor of the nuclear apocalypse that changed the face of Earth, gets caught up in a struggle between various warring factions. The choices that you make, the places that you go, and the various other characters that you choose to help (or choose not to) will shape the game world around you. It results in a very fluid experience that will also feel quite familiar if you’ve played other Fallout games.
The attention to detail given to the former Las Vegas area deserves special mention, too. Various landmarks and locales will even seem familiar to many, which makes the entire experience better.
Next down the list is Fallout 3, and long before Fallout 4 was even a twinkle in Bethesda’s eye, this is the game that redefined the series. A new Fallout game had long been awaited by fans, but the previous entries in the series just didn’t garner that much attention. They were exploration games played from a top-down perspective, which somewhat removed players from the dark and gritty action that made up the Fallout landscape.
In Fallout 3, players were given a first-person perspective to play through, and it changed everything. The grit and darkness of post-apocalyptic Washington DC was put right in players’ faces. Weapons suddenly mattered again, and the combat became fast, fluid, difficult, and exciting.
This is the game that allowed Fallout 4 to become what it is. Give it a shot!
Bethesda has been on a roll for the past several years, and Fallout isn’t the only series that the game development studio managed to save from the deep dark of forgotten nostalgia.
Different developers have been trying to recapture the thrill and excitement of the original Doom games for years, but it wasn’t until 2016 that Bethesda finally managed to pull it off. This new Doom has incredible graphics, lightning-quick gameplay, and explosive, harrowing situations. It’s a gory mess and it is exactly what players have been wanting for years.
You can play it on all major consoles at a solid 60 frames-per-second. While the multiplayer leaves a little bit to be desired, the single-player campaign is stellar, and the upper levels of difficulty will set your heart racing.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Okay, two more titles and then we can get off the Bethesda train. Truly, it’s not our fault that this studio has been responsible for so many great games recently.
When you start up a game of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you’re likely going to be met with an intense sense of deja vu, especially if you’ve already played quite a lot of Fallout 4. That’s because the core of the gameplay–action combat through a first-person perspective–is featured here, too. It’s only everything else that’s changed!
In Skyrim, you play as the “dragonborne,” a legendary warrior with the ability to fight dragons. There’s an enthralling RPG tucked away behind the open-world joy that prevails in this game, but the gameplay is truly where it’s at. You can grow your character any way you want, forge relationships with hundreds of different people in the game world.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Before Skyrim, there was Oblivion on the PC, Xbox 360, and PS4. It was a progenitor of the first-person RPG concepts that would be incorporated into later games (including Fallout 4), so if you want to see some influence at work, give Oblivion a try.
It’s a compelling game that allows you to explore a wide-open landscape, progressing a story however you’d like. As with later Elder Scrolls and Fallout games, you’re free to develop your character however you’d like, and all of the things you do tend to shape and impact the game world in some way.
Grand Theft Auto V
Moving away from things fantastic and post-apocalyptic, we return to the gritty, urban environments of the United States. Grand Theft Auto V is only the most recent in Rockstar Games’ open-world, crime-filled escapades. It builds upon previous iterations of the games in every way and even introduced some stellar multiplayer components that people are still enjoying.
Because the Grand Theft Auto games are built on their open world, you’re encouraged to go absolutely wild, attempting insane stunts with a variety of vehicles, pulling off clean (or outrageously bloody) heists, and avoiding the blowback of the law that’s certain to be chasing you after each and every crime. It’s a decadent crime spree that gives players ultimate freedom about how they engage with the world.
Also, it has a pretty good story.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
It’s difficult to draw too many connections between Fallout 4 and Metal Gear Solid V, but we can say without any hesitation that people who enjoyed the former will be thrilled by the latter.
You play as Venom Snake (or “Big Boss”) in a military thriller that’s inspired by the political machinations and war technologies of the real world. Of course, there’s enough elaboration to make room for giant robots, camouflage, and a particular character that uses something akin to photosynthesis to survive, but these elements aside, there’s always been a dark realism to the Metal Gear games.
In The Phantom Pain, you’ll deploy on missions in the Middle East, using stealth, technology, and action to see objectives completed however you see fit. It could almost be a Tom Clancy military game, were it not for the hugely compelling story–a trademark of the Metal Gear franchise.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Back to fantasy! This open-world RPG from Bioware was released around the same time as Fallout 4, and though there aren’t many direct comparisons you can make to that title, it nevertheless can provide a similar experience.
First off, the exploration in Dragon Age: Inquisition is nothing short of incredible. The massive areas of the world that you’re able to openly explore provide a ton of great storytelling. The incredible graphics (especially on the PC) will often leave you awe-struck, and the characters that make up your adventuring party are often hilarious and heartbreaking, in equal quantities.
Much like Bethesda, Bioware is known for crafting great video game stories. If you enjoyed the storytelling present in Fallout 4, you’ll find a lot to enjoy here, as well.
The Witcher III
If you’ve noticed, there’s a connecting thread that we’ve woven through many of the games on this list, and that is the “open world” concept. RPGs, in particular, take advantage of allowing players to explore vast regions, meeting the people that inhabit them and fighting against the various lurking dangers. In the middle of all this freedom and exploration, there’s often a linear story that will be affected by players’ choices.
Many people regard Witcher III as one of the best RPGs in recent memory. More even than Fallout 4 (just this writer’s opinion, here), it perfectly blends open world exploration with a story full of surprising twists and turns. Well-rounded characters go through massive dramatic turns, similar to what you’d find in a novel or in a truly fantastic film.
The game earns its “M” rating and has quite a lot of graphic language, sex, and violence, but the world that the game inhabits is a graphic place. You can play the Witcher III on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs.
Games in the Borderlands series have always been…odd, but those oddities came to the forefront in the massively well-received Borderlands 2. The game is a shooter at its heart, but like Fallout 4, manages to blend in many character-building RPG elements that help it to stand apart from the crowd.
It also features surprisingly fun multiplayer components and a campaign that other players can actively participate in. Loot and weapons are randomly generated for each playthrough, and the characters are wild. If you want to enjoy a shooter that’s different from everything else out there, give Borderlands 2 a shot.
That wraps up our list of the 10 best games you can play if you want to repeat the thrills of Fallout 4. All of these games are featured on recent game consoles and Windows PCs, making them extremely accessible. Have some recommendations of your own? Questions about the games we’ve listed? Let us know in the comments, below!