5 best games like Red Dead Redemption 2 (2023): Assassin's Creed Odyssey, The Witcher 3, more

5 best games like Red Dead Redemption 2 (2023): Assassin's Creed Odyssey, The Witcher 3, more
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Written by 

James Lynch


18th Sep 2023 13:04


When Red Dead Redemption 2 was released in 2018, it brought wide-open vistas, visceral gunfights, plenty of secrets, and an online mode to discover - but if you've already had your fill, what games out there are like it that offer a similar style of play?

Rockstar had an enormous job to improve upon the already brilliant original Red Dead Redemption. Still, they did so in almost every regard - and the game's scope makes it difficult for other developers to replicate its achievements. That being said, there are some incredibly expansive titles out there that should be on everyone's radar to check out, especially if you love Red Dead Redemption as much as we do. 

So here are our picks for the best games like Red Dead Redemption 2 that we think you should absolutely be playing this year. 

Best games like Red Dead Redemption 2

5 - The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Geralt of Rivia rides towards a burning hut in The Witcher 3, one of the best games like Red Dead Redemption 2
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  • Developer: CD Projekt Red
  • Release date: May 18, 2015
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch and PC
  • Key features: 
    • A morally ambiguous world filled with danger
    • Varied combat with dangerous creatures
    • Unlock-by-level progression system
    • Gwent, a card game that can be played within The Witcher 3

The first two Witcher titles were solid - if deeply flawed - games set in the world created by author Andrzej Sapkowski. By the time CD Projekt Red completed the trilogy, they had perfected the formula.

Players take control of Geralt of Rivia as he chops his way through monsters and men in a world where he’s criminally underappreciated. The game’s open world is bursting with life and the towns have a very similar vibe to those in Red Dead, with grizzled and hardy folk the norm. Though the fantasy setting may not appeal to everyone, it remains a spectacular, story-focused RPG.

#4 - Grand Theft Auto: V

Trevor walks through the streets of Los Santos in GTA 5
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  • Developer: Rockstar Games/Rockstar North
  • Release date: September 17, 2013
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and PC
  • Key features:
    • Extensive narrative featuring three protagonists
    • Vast, interactive open world
    • Brilliant vehicle mechanics from cars to boats to planes
    • Extensive multiplayer experience

Though it doesn’t need to be introduced to anyone who has ever heard of a video game, there’s a reason that Grand Theft Auto titles are so renowned. None more so Grand Theft Auto: V, which encapsulates everything the series is about and dials it up to 11, making this entry a no-brainer when looking for a game like Red Dead Redemption 2.

Developer Rockstar’s fingerprints are everywhere, with similarities to Red Dead in both gun-based and melee combat evident to anyone who has played both. The interactions between the game’s many characters, cutscenes, and random encounters all add to the rich tapestry of an open world that offers its intended audience hundreds of hours of chaotic fun.

#3 - Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Kassandra attempts to strike a charging bull, one of the best games like Red Dead Redemption 2
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  • Developer: Ubisoft Québec
  • Release date: October 2, 2018
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Nintendo Switch, PC and Google Stadia
  • Key features:
    • A huge, expansive open world filled with secrets to discover
    • RPG progression features and levelling system
    • Horseback riding, ranged, and melee combat
    • Vast oceans and naval battles

The arrival of Origins, an entry in the already extensive catalogue of Assassin's Creed games, marked the beginning of a startling new direction for Ubsioft’s flagship series. Though that game was brilliant in its own right, it’s the sequel that more closely replicates the Red Dead Redemption experience.

In Assassin's Creed Odyssey, players take control of Kassandra or Alexios, siblings blessed with powers given to them by their direct bloodline to the precursor race known as the Isu. Odyssey has a sprawling open world filled with secrets and settlements to explore, horseback riding complete with ranged combat and a spectacular, branching narrative that is one of the most substantial ever made (up until the release of Baldur’s Gate 3, that is).

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#2 - Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

A man holds a rifle and looks out of a window in the Old West
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  • Developer: Techland
  • Release date: May 22, 2013
  • Platforms: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC and Nintendo Switch
  • Key features:
    • Spectacular first-person gunfights
    • Vivid Wild West setting
    • Famous historical figures as part of the narrative
    • Unusual and impressive art style

Having celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year, it would be easy to dismiss Call of Juarez: Gunslinger as one game like Red Dead Redemption 2 that's perhaps not worth investing in amongst the plethora of modern AAA releases. For those looking to extend their stay in the Wild West, though, this is about as good as it gets. 

Despite its age, the game currently sits on an overwhelmingly positive rating on Steam and for good reason. The reasons for its successes are numerous, with the first-person gunplay and varied weapon choice a huge positive. Add to this a vividly recreated Wild West and a cast of characters featuring some of the era's most notorious names, and it is a safe assumption that this would be the preeminent genre entry if Red Dead was taken off the table.

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What is the best game like Red Dead Redemption 2?

#1 - Ghost of Tsushima Director’s Cut

A samurai prepares to face his enemy in Ghost of Tsushima
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  • Developer: Sucker Punch Productions
  • Release date: July 17, 2020
  • Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
  • Key features: 
    • Combat-based progression system
    • Spectacular visuals
    • Vengeance story rooted in a historical setting
    • Dynamic open world

Though it might seem like a relatively unrelated choice at first glance, Sucker Punch Productions’ PlayStation-exclusive Ghost of Tsushima bears many striking similarities in how it feels to play - and is our pick for the best game like Red Dead Redemption 2 that you need to check out.

The player takes control of a samurai named Jin Sakan, seeking to defend his homeland from the Mongols. The sword combat is unique to this game, but the expansive open world it contains is a beautiful and striking landscape that can be explored on horseback. Tsushima also heavily leans into its cinematic credentials, including a Kurosawa mode that renders the entire game in the monochrome for which the director was famous.

For players willing to abandon the Old West for 13th-century Japan, Ghost of Tsushima has more than enough for Red Dead fans to sink their teeth into.

That's all for our rundown of the best games like Red Dead Redemption 2 that fans of the series need to have on their radar. For more where that came from, check out our lists homepage for even more game recommendations right here at GGRecon.

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