Witcher 3-Like Games: 15 Great Alternatives

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It has been quite some time since we’ve had the opportunity to be excited about The Witcher 3. Sure, Cyberpunk 2077 is out, but it has had its own share of issues. And let’s face it, it’s certainly not the expansive Witcher 3 like game a lot of people were hoping it would be.

So, what to do to scratch the itch? Although CD Projekt Red is working on a new Witcher game, it will take some time.

Perhaps you’ve already been looking elsewhere, so let us help you find some alternatives that might manage to spark the same joy.

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim

  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: open-world, fantasy setting, exploration
  • Initial release date: 2011
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox, Switch

Hey, you, you’re finally awake…to the fact that Skyrim was and still is a great game, warts and all. The freedom of exploration allows you to create your own story and the way you want to play the game.

Skyrim is probably the closest game to Witcher 3 that you’ll ever find, even if it does take the open world, “craft your own story” element even further.

What Skyrim might lack in the development of strong relationships to various characters it makes up for in the sheer amount of places to visit and their variety. 

From Falkreath to Winterhold, from Solitude to Windhelm, there is much to see and enjoy. It is entirely up to you whether you want to burden yourself with the political struggles of the province of Skyrim or you would much more prefer to roam the countryside. 

Dragon Age Trilogy

  • Genre: RPG
  • Similarities: open-world third-person fantasy RPG, strong storytelling
  • Initial release date: Dragon Age: Origins (2009), Dragon Age II (2011), Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014)
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox

Yes, we are hitting the nail directly on the head right away when it comes to Witcher 3 like games. You will have to look far and wide to find something that ticks so many similar boxes. 

If you’re a fan of meaningful dialogue choices, medieval settings, long narratives and a diverse cast of characters, the Dragon Age series is a great choice.

Sure, the gameplay is somewhat different since you’re controlling a party and can pause the game to issue commands. On top of that, the first two games aren’t really open-world. 

However, if you’re looking to immerse yourself into a fantasy setting with a strong story similar to Witcher 3, you can’t go wrong with Dragon Age.

The Witcher 2

  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: it’s literally the prequel to The Witcher 3! 
  • Initial release date: 2011
  • Platforms: PC, Xbox

How do you go about looking for a Witcher 3 like game without mentioning The Witcher 2? This was the big one, the one that moved away from the clanky beginnings and brought Geralt and his world to the pinnacle of PC gaming, as well as to consoles for the first time, on Xbox 360.

The gameplay of The Witcher 3 might be leaps and bounds ahead of the one in this game, however, this is the DNA from which it evolved. 

If you haven’t played it yet, you might find it hard and pretty difficult, especially regarding the controls, but it will surely make up for it with a wonderful story that branches halfway into two, pulling you in for an obligatory second playthrough. 

Red Dead Redemption 2


  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Similarities: a rich open world and a plethora of well-thought-out, beautifully voiced characters
  • Initial release date: 2018
  • Platforms: Playstation, Xbox, PC (2019)

The setting might be a little different, but in spirit, RDR2 is very much a Witcher 3 like RPG. It’s about being immersed in a believable, realistic world that really takes your gaming experience to the next level.

The Wild West in its dying days is also comparable to the beleaguered Northern Realms, with bandits roaming the roads, and the organized powers on their way to put everything under one boot, trying to drive the old world out. 

The open world of RDR2 is perhaps even better than the Witcher 3, with so many different things to do.

Dark Souls Trilogy 


  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: Diverse combat and build systems, fantasy setting, strong worldbuilding
  • Initial Release Date: Dark Souls (2011), Dark Souls II (2014), Dark Souls III (2016)
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox, Switch

Considered one of the greatest RPG series of all time and perhaps the pinnacle of 3rd person melee combat gameplay systems, the Dark Souls series was actually a big influence on the combat of Witcher 3.

If you’re after a difficult game with deep combat and an immersive, unique world, you won’t be disappointed. 

And let’s not forget the amazing minimalist storytelling of Dark Souls. While it’s not the structured approach of Witcher 3, it certainly has the same level of worldbuilding and immersion. 

Souls players also love to combine various items of clothing for fashion purposes, so-called Fashion Souls, which we did emulate in our Fabulous Ofieri build.

The amount of weapons and armors that you can use in Dark Souls games is vast and the best part is that most of them are stat-based. This means that they scale with the level of the character, which also means that they are getting better later in the game, unlike some of the Witcher 3 items.

Fallout: New Vegas 

fallout new vegas
  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: Open world to explore, great story and sidequests
  • Initial Release Date: 2010
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360

Fallout: New Vegas is considered by many to be the best Fallout game, brought to you by the members of the original Fallout team.

New Vegas has a gripping story and each side quest is a story worth exploring, filled with colorful post-apocalyptic characters and a rich lore and world. 

Oh, and your decisions do have consequences, which is something that the fans of the Witcher games will appreciate. It’s like a dystopian future version of Witcher 3 that’s arguably even better in some aspects.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor

  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Similarities: open-world, 3rd person fantasy game with a tough-as-nails protagonist
  • Initial Release Date: 2014
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox

If you enjoy slaying monsters, Shadow of Mordor is a great Witcher 3-like game.

It’s probably the most successful game inspired by the Lord of the Rings. Shadow of Mordor brought to the players the awesome Nemesis system, where the enemies who killed you in the course of the game went up in orc hierarchy, becoming even more powerful when you meet them next time.

A stoic, brooding main character, a fun combat system, an open world with many things to do and interesting locations to explore, in probably the best-known fantasy universe should make this a go-to for anyone who is looking for Witcher 3 alternatives.

Mass Effect Trilogy

  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: A host of great characters, tough decisions with consequences, gravity and humor
  • Initial Release Date: Mass Effect (2007), Mass Effect 2 (2010), Mass Effect 3 (2012) Legendary Edition Trilogy Remaster (2021)
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox

In its heyday, Mass Effect was a universally loved series. The galaxy-spanning sci-fi shenanigans of a crew that becomes fast friends (and romantic interests, should you wish so) are done in a glorious space-opera fashion, which never veers off into silly territory.

This series is a great Witcher 3 alternative as it also has excellent storytelling, worldbuilding, and characters. The big difference is that it’s set in the future and allows you to control a party of characters, similar to Dragon Age.

The best part is that the Mass Effect trilogy came out as a remaster for modern platforms in May 2021.

Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen

  • Genre: Action RPG,  hack and slash
  • Similarities: Western-style open world action RPG, medieval setting
  • Initial Release Date: 2012
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox, Switch

Dragon’s Dogma has many similarities with Witcher 3, like an open (albeit smaller) world, unique monsters, and a medieval setting.

The interesting thing About Dragon’s Dogma is that it’s made by Japanese developers, but in a completely Western style. The combat system is tight and responsive and there are monsters and a dragon to kill.

Some of the monsters are so large that you can actually climb them to be able to reach their weak points, which might not fit the “witcher 3 like game” mold, but it sure sounds exciting!

Assassin’s Creed (Origins, Odyssey, Valhalla)

  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: Open world game with standard RPG elements
  • Initial Release Date: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox, Stadia

Assassin’s Creed has gone through many iterations over the years, but the recent trilogy encompassing Origins, Odyssey, and Valhalla, has certainly found inspiration in the works of CD Projekt Red.

The games are different from your Assasin’s Creeds of yore. There is an open world and a lot to do, bringing many hundreds of hours of gaming, if you want to do everything out there. 

If you’re looking for a fun, expansive open-world series with beautiful graphics based on myths and legends like Witcher 3, you’ll enjoy yourself.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning

  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: Classic dark fantasy with deep melee combat system
  • Initial Release Date: 2012 (Reckoning), 2020 (remaster)
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox, Switch

This is another classic fantasy RPG that many don’t know about.

This title has gone through hell and back, having a very unsuccessful launch, although many notable names worked on it (including R. A. Salvatore and Todd McFarlane). This also means not a lot of people tried it, so it might prove a somewhat hidden gem.

The combat system is something that you might like if you have enjoyed melee builds in The Witcher 3 (for a more in-depth look check our best Witcher 3 builds). A limitless combo system should pique your curiosity as well.

The best part is that the game was recently remastered as “Kingdoms of Amalur Re-Reckoning.”

Divinity: Original Sin 2

  • Genre: Turn-based RPG
  • Similarities: Worldbuilding and story-telling in a fantasy world
  • Initial Release Date: 2017
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox, Switch

There is an obvious difference when you compare The Witcher 3 vs Divinity: Original Sin 2 — one is a third person action RPG and the other one is a top-down, turn-based RPG that’s more old school. 

But don’t let this discourage you; if you enjoy interesting storylines and masterfully crafted, rich fantasy worlds, you will be right at home with D:OS2.

The systems of the game might be a little more in-depth than in The Witcher 3, but the additional complexity adds an aspect that those among you who are keen on the tactical side of things might appreciate.

GreedFall

  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: Open world RPG
  • Initial Release Date:  2019
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation, Xbox

GreedFall is an interesting open world action RPG that comes from the French dev team Spiders. It is a marked improvement on their previous attempt, Technomancer, and shows that this team has a lot of promise.

GreedFall’s story explores the themes of colonialism in a 17th-century world where magic and technology go hand in hand and the “natives” are not powerless, yet still overrun by the colonists.

In a way, the destiny of the islanders is reminiscent of that of the Elves in the world of the Witcher: a proud, powerful people, who are unable to stem the tide of the newcomers. Oh, and have we mentioned monsters born of deep magic?

Horizon Zero Dawn

  • Genre: Action RPG
  • Similarities: Huge open world, filled with monsters and interesting characters, great protagonist
  • Initial Release Date: 2017 (PS4), 2020 (PC)
  • Platforms: PC, Playstation

The fan-favorite red-haired protagonist, Aloy, hunts monsters just like Geralt, although they are of a different breed: robotic dinosaurs of the post-apocalypse. 

When it came out, Horizon Zero Dawn was a breath of fresh air in the somewhat stale open-world market, with an original setting and lore, and it still holds up today.

With the upcoming sequel, HZD will provide hundreds of hours of pure, unadulterated fun for the lovers of action RPGs, and it should be enough to quench your thirst for games like the Witcher 3 for some time to come.

Days Gone

  • Genre: Action-adventure
  • Similarities: A beautiful open world, 3rd person action with RPG elements, great side characters
  • Initial Release Date: 2019 (PS4), 2021 (PC)
  • Platforms: Playstation, PC

Deacon St. John, the protagonist of Days Gone, perhaps cannot summon his ride like Geralt can, but his trusty bike is just as much part of the game as everyone’s favorite mare, Roach, is in The Witcher 3. 

Comparing The Witcher 3 vs Days Gone, we can notice more that you might like: excellent voice-acting , fully developed side characters that you grow to love or hate, and of course, an open world of forests and mountains, begging to be explored.

If you’re in the mood for slaying some zombies and exploring a post-apocalyptic world after Witcher 3, this game is a solid choice.

About Bojan Djordjevic

If there's such a thing as a Xennial, he'd be a prime example of one. Strong analog roots and an ever-increasing number of digital appendages. Provider of Witcher builds and Geralt's fashion choices for the connoisseurs.

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