9 best games to play once you finish Dragon’s Dogma 2

9 best games to play once you finish Dragon’s Dogma 2
Image via Capcom

Written by 

Morgan Truder & Harry Boulton

Last updated 

27th Mar 2024 09:12

Dragon’s Dogma 2 is here, and we've been able to play it for a while now - which means some might have already finished it and are ready for what's next. 

There was a time when a sequel to the 2012 fantasy RPG from Capcom felt like it would never happen, a pipe dream for a dedicated fan base who fell in love with the game’s unique combat and epic world which they can soon return to. 

Below you can find all of the games that are similar to Dragon’s Dogma 2 and well worth giving a go once you've seen all there is to see in DD2.

How we chose the best games like DD2

Dragon’s Dogma 2, despite being part of a tried and tested genre, remains very unique because of the combat that allows players to climb any monster during a scrap. On top of that, it also boasts a bombastic story, plenty of customisation, and an exciting open world to explore.

Griffin in Dragon's Dogma 2
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The below entries offer a combination of - if not all - a similar degree of what Capcom's latest RPG offers.

Best games like Dragon’s Dogma 2 

9 - Dark Souls (Remastered) 

Dark Souls Remastered
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Image via FromSoftware

Dark Souls details & key features 

  • Platforms: PS4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Xbox One 
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2018
  • Key features: 
    • Arguably popularised a new genre 
    • Intricately designed, maze-like world 
    • Offers a genuine challenge 

The original Dark Souls may seem like a strange inclusion considering there is no open world, but it has a sense of exploration that rivals games like Dragon's Dogma 2. On top of that, it has a commitment to a vision, that at the time was pioneering, and refused to give in to different values or ideas - much like Dragon's Dogma 2. 

You will also be in for a world littered with interesting tidbits that will have you watching lore videos until the early hours of the morning, trying to figure out everything from Solaire's origin to why the Onion Knight loves a kip. 

8 - Xenoblade Chronicles X 

Xenoblade Chronicles X cover image
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Image via Nintendo

Xenoblade Chronicles X details & key features 

  • Platforms: Wii U
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2015
  • Key features: 
    • Gigantic beasts to take down 
    • Large world to explore 
    • Mechs - need I say more?

While it might seem like an odd choice considering the larger woodland fantasy settings of both Dragon's Dogma 2 and many of the other entries on this list, Xenoblade Chronicles X is a fantastic jumping-off point after you've finished DD2 and want something new.

Featuring the gargantuan open world of Mira, it has so much for you to naturally explore as you continue your journey - and even mechs known as Skells that you can fly around after a certain point in the story.

If you were a fan of Dragon's Dogma 2's gigantic beasts then you're in for a treat here too, as there are some of the biggest enemies that you'll find in any game roaming the planet, and it's up to you to figure out how to take them down.

Perhaps the only caveat for Xenoblade Chronicles X is how hard it is to actually play, as it's exclusive to the Wii U - and with the eShop unfortunately closed, you'll have to resort to a disc copy. It's more than worth the effort though, so definitely consider it if you gelled with many of Dragon's Dogma's unique systems.

7 - Shadow of the Colossus

A colossus in Shadow of the Colossus
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Image via SIE

Shadow of the Colossus details & key features 

  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, PS3, and PS2
  • Subscription Service: PlayStation Plus Extra
  • Release date: 2005 (Remake 2018) 
  • Key features: 
    • A sense of scale unlike anything else 
    • One of the classic PS2 games 
    • Melancholic tale

Shadow of the Colossus was first released in 2005, yet there are still very few games like it today. It’s certainly very different from Dragon’s Dogma 2, except for one key detail: being able to climb the monsters you’re hunting. Few games can match the scale of Shadow of the Colossus, but Dragon's Dogma 2 comes close. 

6 - Dragon Age: Inquisition 

Using a bow in Dragon Age Inquisition
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Image via EA

Dragon Age Inquisition details & key features 

  • Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PC 
  • Subscription Service: EA Play 
  • Release date: 2014
  • Key features: 
    • Detailed relationship building 
    • Interesting characters 
    • Plenty of exploration

Dragon Age: Inquisition is another example of BioWare’s ability to tell stories using fascinating characters. By the time you've completed your playthrough, which is packed with twists and turns, you’ll have fallen in love with your party members.

Despite the game now being 10 years old, it holds up well and is still a blast to play. You’ll also be getting into the series at a great time with the sequel set to release in the not-too-distant future. 

5 - Red Dead Redemption 2 

Hunting in Red Dead Redemption 2
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Image via Rockstar

Red Dead Redemption 2 details & key features 

  • Platforms: Xbox One, PS4, PC 
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2018
  • Key features: 
    • Arthur Morgan and the relationships he builds 
    • Arguably one of gaming's best-told stories 
    • Realistic approach to gameplay 

Red Dead Redemption 2 holds up as one of the best stories to have been told in a game, but the comparison with Dragon's Dogma 2 is more to do with the world.

Few games capture the sense of a living, breathing world like these two do, fulfilling the idea that even when you're not playing things would be happening that you're missing out on. Admittedly, the events in Valentine and beyond will be very different - but they'll still elicit those same feelings. 

4 - Final Fantasy 16 

Clive in Final Fantasy 16
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Image via Square Enix

Final Fantasy 16 details & key features 

  • Platforms: PS5 and PC
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2023
  • Key features: 
    • A strong story with amazing voice acting 
    • Epic Eikon battles
    • Varied combat 

If you like a spectacle with your gameplay, look no further than Final Fantasy 16. Some of the fights you witness are on a scale seen in very few games, one of which is Dragon's Dogma 2.

The narrative is consistently engaging and is expertly delivered by an incredibly talented voice cast which helps sell the complex relationships on offer.

3 - Baldur’s Gate 3

Baldur's Gate 3 camp
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Image via Larian Studios

Baldur’s Gate 3 details & key features 

  • Platforms: PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2023
  • Key features: 
    • Charming cast of characters 
    • Fully realised world 
    • Tactical turn-based combat 

I’ve tinkered with the character creator for Dragon’s Dogma 2 and it's beyond extensive. So if you’re like me and you love spending hours designing and refining a character, then Baldur’s Gate 3 will be right up your street.

Another game with an interesting fantasy setting, whilst also offering some of the best relationships and characters games have seen in recent years. 2023 was an incredibly stacked year, but it didn’t stop Baldur’s Gate 3 from being recognised as one of the very best, even winning GGRecon’s Game of the Year

2 - Elden Ring

Melania and Radahn in Elden Ring
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Image via Bandai Namco

Elden Ring details & key features:

  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2022
  • Key features:
    • Detailed and vast open-world 
    • Huge arsenal of weapons to try 
    • Plenty of different monsters 

Elden Ring is one of the more recent releases on this list and sees FromSoftware develop its tried and tested formula, unleashing it on one of the most interesting open worlds you will find in any game.

There's always something to do with plenty of new weapons to try, NPCs in need of a favour, and even the infamous Patches returns to show his smug little face. Even if Soulslikes aren’t your thing, this is the studio's most approachable game yet and you can play it just in time for the upcoming DLC dropping in June. 

1 - The Witcher 3

Fighting a Griffin in The Witcher 3
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Image via CD Projekt RED

  • Platforms: PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC
  • Subscription Service: N/A
  • Release date: 2015
  • Key features:
    • Amazing story set in the world of author Andrzej Sapkowski
    • Deep roleplaying elements
    • Unique monsters and enemies to confront

I thought long and hard about the game most similar to Dragon’s Dogma 2, and few seem to tick as many boxes as The Witcher 3. You'll spend your time exploring stunning landscapes and completing all manner of different tasks while also hunting a plethora of monsters along the way. If that doesn’t sound like a Dragon’s Dogma game, I don’t know what does. 

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Morgan is one of the Guides Writers at GGRecon. He first started writing about games for fun whilst doing his BA (Hons) in History and Film. Since then he has turned this passion into a career and was previously an Editor at VideoGamer before joining GGRecon. Despite enjoying all sorts of games, he can often be found playing Football Manager, Red Dead Redemption 2 or Sekiro.

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