When you think of open world RPGs, the first game that would come to mind is probably Skyrim. Not without a reason, the fifth entry to the Elder Scrolls series is very often described as one of the best examples of a perfect sandbox. Bethesda simply nailed the feeling of freedom that can be experienced while playing the game. But let’s say you simply got tired of Skyrim and looking for something new that would scratch that itch. Here are our TOP 10 OPEN WORLD GAMES LIKE SKYRIM!
It’s as close to Skyrim as it can get if you don’t mind the post-apocalyptic setting. Another RPG from Bethesda, made by basically the same team, using the same graphics engine and offering a huge open world for you to explore. The post-nuclear city of Boston (and its surroundings) is a quite dangerous place with many threats waiting for you around the corner, like radiation, super mutants, hostile robots, synths, and zombies.
Think of Skyrim but without all the fantasy elements. This game aims to be more like a medieval simulator. In here, you got to remember to eat, to sleep, you even have to bathe from time to time, otherwise, some people won’t speak with you. It’s a little different experience BUT what’s most important, it’s still an open-world RPG offering lots of freedom. If you don’t mind not being THE CHOSEN HERO AND SAVIOUR OF ALL MANKIND and would like to experience something a little more down to earth, you should definitely pick it up!
The game starts with the scene in which a dragon steals your heart. This is not a romance, though! You want that heart back and that’s where the whole adventure starts. Dragon’s Dogma is pretty similar to Skyrim – once again, it’s a fantasy RPG with an open world to explore. What’s different here though, is the combat – waaaay more dynamic than Skyrim and what’s best about it – fighting big monsters includes climbing those huge bastards which is a lot of fun!
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
There’s no way you don’t know about Witcher 3. Hell, most likely you’ve already played it. But if not, and you’re looking for something similar to Skyrim – then, oh man, you’re in for a real treat! The map in here is HUGE and aside of following the main storyline which is without a doubt one of the best you’ve experienced in a video game, you’ll find yourself going from one question mark to the other, just to discover all the additional quests and activities. Simply one of the best modern open world RPGs.
Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Not a fan of hand-holding? Try playing Breath of the Wild. This game does an excellent job in explaining just the bare minimum so that you’ll be able to discover most of the mechanics all by yourself – usually by trial and error. Just after you finish the starting area, the whole HUGE map opens up and you can go wherever you like. If you’re up for a challenge, you can even go straight for the final boss fight. Don’t do it though, it would make you skip tons of content that the newest Zelda game has to offer.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Traversing the world of Skyrim can sometimes make you feel lonely – wouldn’t you like to share your adventures with a few buddies? If so, make sure to check out the third entry to the Dragon Age series – an open world, party-based RPG. Your companions just won’t shut up, commenting on your actions, enjoying the views, making jokes etc. Loneliness is not a possibility here! Dragon Age: Inquisition offers a big map, covered with lots of quests and activities that will keep you occupied for long hours.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of War
Here’s a fun little hybrid – an open-world action game with RPG elements that borrows mechanics from Assassin’s Creed and Batman Arkham series. Hope you’re a fan of uruks, cause you’ll be spending most of your time with those boys and it’s not just fighting them because thanks to the Nemesis system, there’s a little more interaction involved – you can interrogate them, recruit them, humiliate them – sounds like fun, right? And of course, like in all the other games here, there’s an open world that you can freely explore.
Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey
Assassin’s Creed series is slowly leaning towards RPG, starting with Origins and then developing the mechanics further in Odyssey. You have your abilities, armor pieces, weapons, dialogue choices – yeah – it came a long way since 2007. What’s most important here, is the fact that the game offers absolutely MASSIVE MAP for you to explore. You can find many side quests, hidden gear, and other secrets! If you’re a type of person who likes to explore every little nook and cranny – you’ll be lost for long hours.
Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited
Time for an MMORPG. The thing is simple here – if you love The Elder Scrolls games, you enjoy the lore and want to experience it with some actual human beings, you just cannot go wrong with The Elder Scrolls Online. And though it isn’t simply Skyrim online – it’s a great alternative for people who enjoy MMO games. With all the expansions and DLCs released throughout the years – the game offers an impressive amount of content. Plus, what’s worth mentioning, The Elder Scrolls Online is known for one of the most friendly online communities out there.
Far Cry: Primal
The last one on the list! You might be wondering how a Far Cry game can be similar to Skyrim? Well, first of all – it’s the setting – while all the other Far Cry titles have guns in them, in here the story is set way back in 10 000 years BC so no firearms – you can rely mainly on bows and melee weapons. Then there’s the open world, snowy landscapes, the hostile wildlife, first-person perspective. Can you feel that Skyrim vibe yet? While the game isn’t nearly as deep as the fifth entry to the Elder Scrolls series, it serves as a very good alternative. Highly recommended!
And that’s the end of our list! Now, the main question for all the Skyrim fans out there is: are you satisfied? Would you like to add any other games? Make sure to let us know in the comment section.