5 best games like The Last of Us to play on PC & console in 2024

5 best games like The Last of Us to play on PC & console in 2024
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Echo Apsey

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18th Jan 2024 11:05

The Last of Us is one of the most recognisable franchises from PlayStation Studios. After honing its development skills at crafting third-person action games with the Uncharted series, Naughty Dog followed it up by releasing the enthralling, intense, and emotional The Last of Us in 2013 and its risky and divisive sequel The Last of Us Part 2 in 2020.

Since then, both games have been remastered for PS5 and PC. And, if you have seen Ellie and Joel’s journey so far, then you may be looking for a similar, story-focused, linear adventure to sink your teeth into.

Below, you'll find our picks of games like The Last of Us, based on the similar style of experience they offer, or if they have acting and performances of the same calibre as Naughty Dog’s series.

Best games like The Last of Us

Red Dead Redemption 2

Arthur and Sadie in Red Dead Redemption 2
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Image via Rockstar

  • Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One
  • Release date: 2018
  • Key features:
    • Critically acclaimed narrative and performances
    • Living world where each NPC has their own daily routine that changes dynamically
    • Large open world with dozens of activities, quests, and tasks to complete

By now, you are probably familiar with Rockstar Games - creators of one of the best-selling games of all time, Grand Theft Auto 5, and the developers of the highly anticipated Grand Theft Auto 6. But, in between those games, they released the sequel to their 2010 Western, Red Dead Redemption 2.

Offering a distinctly different experience, Red Dead Redemption 2 places more of a focus on the narrative and crafting a realistic world than letting you cause mayhem (although it has its fair share of shootouts). As Arthur Morgan, you and the Van Der Linde gang are on the run, fighting and stealing their way across the American Heartland to survive. However, with so many people counting on each other to survive, internal divisions and strife threaten everything.

The game is one of the best-rated games in the last 10 years, sitting at a 97 on Metacritic and performances from Roger Clark and Benjamin Byron Davis bring gravity and weight to its emotional, gruelling narrative.

Additionally, Rockstar provides an incredibly tactile experience where everything feels physical and placed within the world. For example, Arthur Morgan opens up his physical diary to look at drawings and think back on events. When you upgrade your weapons, you can see changes made in real time and if your horse dies, you are going to have to go out and find another one.

As such, Red Dead Redemption 2 feels incredibly cohesive and polished to a degree few games ever get to.

A Plague Tale: Innocence

Amicia, Hugo, and Lucas can be seen surrounded by a bunch of rats
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  • Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Release date: 2019
  • Key features:
    • Concise, engaging narrative that doesn’t overstay its welcome
    • Intense, eerie atmosphere with impressive visual density
    • Great performances

If you love the two-person-led narrative of The Last of Us, where you go on a journey with someone and connect and learn more about them across that journey, then A Plague Tale: Innocence is the game for you. Clearly taking heavy inspiration from Naughty Dog’s series, A Plague Tale: Innocence puts you in the shoes of Amicia who has to protect her little brother Hugo as they are on the run from French Inquisition soldiers.

During your journey, you will upgrade your sling to become stronger in combat, hone your stealth skills, and meet a small but friendly cast of characters who will help you on your journey. But, while soldiers are a tough fight, nothing is as terrifying as a horde of rats. See, a plague has broken out in the streets of France and thousands of rats now swarm tunnels, open fields, and buildings.

To avoid being eaten alive, you will need to solve a variety of puzzles to clear the way of rats, lighting fires and torches to make it to safety, all while on the run. It’s a fantastic first entry in the series and the sequel, A Plague Tale: Requiem, is even better.

Spec Ops: The Line

Captain Martin Walker can be seen looking at several dead bodies.
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Images via Yager Development

  • Platforms: PC, PS3, Xbox 360 (backwards compatible)
  • Release date: 2012
  • Key features:
    • Thought-provoking narrative
    • Solid third-person combat
    • Additional multiplayer mode

If you loved the thought-provoking, deep narrative that The Last of Us Part 2 and its predecessor to some degree had, Spec Ops: The Line should be your next game. Despite being released back in 2012, it's still one of the best games of its type to this day.

Ostensibly, Spec Ops: The Line is a third-person shooter but in reality, the campaign is a harrowing experience “designed to challenge players’ morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made”.

That description was taken from the Steam Page, but it's accurate. As you explore the desert of Dubai, you will face several hard choices that will stick with you long after the credits roll. While it isn’t exactly a fun game to play outside of the solid shooting, if you want a narrative that tackles similar themes to The Last of Us Part 2 and its focus on violence, then this underrated gem is for you.

Resident Evil 2

Leon can be seen shooting a zombie
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Image via Capcom

  • Platforms: PC, PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
  • Release Date: 2019
  • Key features:
    • A fantastic remake of a survival horror classic
    • Gorgeous visuals thanks to the RE Engine
    • High replayability

Resident Evil 2 is a survival horror classic. Lauded to this day, the original is still one of the best games in the genre. However, in 2019, Capcom remade the entire thing, modernising the gameplay, camera, and controls, as well as updating the visuals thanks to the latest version of the stunning RE Engine.

The structure of this remake is largely the same as the original but this time the horror has been amped up to 11. If you love the eeriness of walking down hallways in The Last of Us or the jump-scares Clickers offer, then Resident Evil 2 is full of similar frights as well as intense setpieces and boss battles.

Plus, there is a good amount of replayability here thanks to subsequent playthroughs, unlockable items, and challenges to complete.

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture

The town of Yaughton can be seen
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  • Platforms: PS4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release Date: 2016
  • Key features:
    • Bitesize narrative adventure
    • Mysterious and gripping narrative
    • Beautiful visuals capturing the English countryside

Diverting slightly from the action-focused entries on this list, if you want another apocalyptic adventure, then Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a haunting tale set in the UK countryside. As the name suggests, everybody has vanished, and voices haunt the village of Yaughton as it stands still day and night.

Your job is to unravel the mystery behind what happened in the last days of Yaughton and uncover what you can about the members of the community, who they were, and what they did during their last days.

Unlike the other games on this list, Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is a walking sim and doesn’t feature any combat, so you will need to be willing to listen to a lot of dialogue as you learn about the village and its people.

But once you are in, the mysteries in Yaughton will keep you hooked till the credits roll.

Now that you know which games like Naughty Dog's The Last of Us to play, if you're looking for more gaming recommendations, we've covered the greatest Steam Deck games and cosy games, as well as battle royale games like PUBG and Fortnite.

Echo is a freelance guides writer with five years of experience covering PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo, and PC games. Previously they were the Guides Editor at The Loadout and can often be found trawling through the latest RPGs, action games, and shooters uncovering secrets or discovering the latest tips.

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