Few developers are willing to craft an ambitious experience like the one The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim offers, but there are a handful of titles that are remarkably similar to Bethesda’s modern masterpiece. In this article, you’ll find five games that are similar to Skyrim, but before we move to the actual list, let’s provide some context. When we say that a game similar is to Skyrim, what are we looking at exactly? To fall into this category, the games in this list need to be fantasy RPGs with open-world settings and a myriad of quests (both main quests and side quests.) Although not necessarily a requirement, a non-linear storyline also helps. To make the research process a bit harder, I decided to omit other Bethesda-developed titles.
Choosing only five games proved to be harder than I thought and some of the games that didn’t make the cut (such as Fable III and Mass Effect) are surprisingly similar to Skyrim, so you should definitely check them out if you can. Now you better have a lot of spare time, because finishing all the games in this list will consume (yes, that’s the right word) hundreds, if not thousands of hours of your life. That said, here are some of the best titles that are similar to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
5. Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Kingdoms of Amalur is a single-player RPG that focuses on action. Since the gameplay is action-oriented, the combat is fast-paced and some of the cutscenes feature quick time events. The world may not be as detailed and expansive as the one in Skyrim, but the gripping gameplay and the deep character progression compensate that. In terms of content, there are five regions, four races and three class trees, which should be more than enough to keep you engaged for dozens of hours.
4. Dragon Age: Origins (Mac, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Dragon Age: Origins is a third-person role-playing game that focuses on story. This game might be epic in scale, but if you’re going to play it, make sure you like story-driven titles and that you don’t have a problem with a mature narrative. In terms of gameplay and character customization, Dragon Age has often been compared to Skyrim, so there won’t be any problems in that regard.
3. Dragon’s Dogma (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Without a doubt, this isn’t the most popular title on this list. Dragon’s Dogma is an open-world fantasy RPG that features some fresh ideas that makes it quite unique. For instance, the main character has the ability to recruit up to three additional characters to complete quests and these companions are an essential part of the game. Finishing quests is extremely rewarding which is why many players have also compared it to Dark Souls, so if you want the best of both worlds (Skyrim and Dark Souls,) you already know which game you should be buying next.
2. Dark Souls (PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
Dark Souls is easy to recommend to anyone willing to play something challenging. This hardcore role-playing game is beloved by those who want to be transported to their childhood: a time where games were brutally difficult. But apart from a punishing difficulty, Dark Souls features the open-world style of gameplay that makes Skyrim so unique. Dark Souls may not be for everyone, but if you want to finish the game, make that your priority for a while, because everything in Dark Souls wants you dead.
1. The Witcher (PC, Mac, OnLive)
The Witcher series takes place in a medieval fantasy world. The game puts you in the shoes of a man named Gerald, one of the last “witchers” in existence (for the uninitiated, witchers are traveling hunters who have magical powers.) The story starts simple enough, but its combat, alchemy system and decisions that affect gameplay make The Witcher a remarkably familiar experience, that also feels completely fresh and unique.
These are some of the games that didn’t make the cut: Fable III, Gothic III, Risen, Two Worlds II, Dark Messiah, Demon Souls, Mass Effect, Red Dead Redemption, Star Wars: The Knight the Old Republic and Far Cry 3 (although not exactly an RPG, Far Cry shares many similarities with Skyrim.)