Red Dead Redemption 2 is easily one of the most popular games of the last year, if not the last decade. It is a Revisionist-Western action-adventure, open-world roleplaying game from Rockstar and a prequel to another popular Western game, the first Red Dead Redemption.
In the new prequel game, you play as outlaw Arthur Morgan who is attempting to figure out how to save the Old West from crumbling into chaos. You can explore a vast terrain, embark on side quests, go after collectibles, hunt, fish, and tons more. It is one of the most epic and ambitious RPGs of all time. If you loved it, here are ten other games you should try playing.
10 Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout: New Vegas is a spin-off game within the Fallout franchise. Like other games in the series, it is set in a post-apocalyptic setting. You play as a courier attempting to deliver an important package. Before you arrive at your destination, you are shot in the head with your package taken.
The game's journey will take you on a long wild adventure across parts of Nevada, California, and Arizona as you attempt to find your package and the person who tried to kill you. Fallout: New Vegas is widely considered one of the best Fallout games and one of the best open-world experiences.
9 Mad Max
Mad Max is an incredibly popular franchise composed of both films and video games. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that has become a wasteland. In the 2015 game, which was released a few months after the critically-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road, you play as Max Rocketansky.
Your goal is to reach the Plains of Silence but to do so you'll need to build the Magnum Opus machine and contend with Scarbus Scrotus and his deadly gangs and machinery. Like Red Dead Redemption 2, Mad Max is an open world, although the setting is much different. But you'll find some similarities in dealing with gangs like you do with bandits and outlaws.
8 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild
If you're a fan of the Zelda franchise then The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game you absolutely must play. In terms of gaming, it is on par with leaving behind an epic legacy like RDR2.
The series follows Link after he awakens from slumber to defeat Calamity Ganon before it can destroy all of Hyrule. The game is meant to reward experimentation and is designed as a massive open-world layout for players to explore at their own volition. The storyline can also be completed in a nonlinear order.
7 Red Dead Redemption
If you haven't already played Red Dead Redemption, now is the perfect time to do so. Since Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to this game, it is actually fitting to wait until after you complete it to play the original 2010 game.
In it, you play a former outlaw named John Marston who finds himself roped back into the world of crime after his family is taken hostage due to his reputation as a hired gun. Like the sequel/prequel game, it is an open world, although it is not nearly as massive. But it is a great game to play if you want to remain immersed in the world of outlaws.
6 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Set in 1910, you'll play the legendary bounty hunter, Silas Greaves in the first-person shooter game. Like the Red Dead series, this game is set in the Old West and should make you feel like you're a real outlaw living on the outskirts of life.
The Call of Juarez series is pretty popular, this is the fourth game in the series and a fan favorite. The story is told from a bar patron who relives his supposed tales, which can alter gameplay depending on what he narrates. There are also different modes of gameplay if you prefer. Aside from the story mode, there is also a duel and arcade mode.
5 Mafia 2
As the name suggests, in this game you'll be playing a gangster trying to ascend the ranks of the most powerful crime families around. One of the main similarities to Red Dead is the wanted system. As in Red Dead, it is possible to tip off law enforcement and have a target placed on your head as people come after you for your crimes.
It is also an open world game played from the third-person perspective if that is something important to you. The environment and setting are much different than it is in Red Dead but Mafia II is still incredibly fun.
4 Lead And Gold
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West is an older game that came out on PS3. It is a third-person shooting game primarily designed for multiplayer given its team-based elements.
It is not going to appease your sense of vast exploration or storytelling, especially not the epic narrative of Red Dead 2, but if you continue to want to play as an outlaw and feel what it was like to be a cowboy out in American Old West, then Lead and Gold will maintain that fantasy for you just as well.
3 Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto V is another massive open world RPG game from Rockstar North, who also developed the Red Dead games. This game is a must-play for fans of Red Dead and fans of RPGs in general. You will play as three different criminals, all trying to commit various heists while under government scrutiny.
As is the same in Red Dead, there is a wanted system in place that can put the heat on you if you start to catch the attention of law enforcement in the area. There is tons to see and explore in this game and it's a terrific follow-up to Red Dead 2.
Gun is extremely similar to Red Dead 2 in terms of style and storytelling. It is an action-adventure game with an open world element. You can hunt animals such as buffalo and wild horses. You can be a nuisance and wreak havoc in communities if you want to. But be wary of doing so because it will attract the attention of local law enforcement.
Gun is also a Revisionist-Western game with plenty of missions, side missions, minigames, and other explorative activities for you to do that should keep you busy for any hours. In terms of depth, it doesn't have as much content as Red Dead 2 but it is still an excellent game and won several awards.
1 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
In terms of genre, Witcher 3 is vastly different from the world of Red Dead. Instead of playing as an outlaw in the Old West, you play as a monster hunter named Geralt of Rivia in a dark fantasy realm. It's a little more similar to Skyrim in terms of story. However, Witcher 3 is one of the best RPG games of all time. It is undeniable that Red Dead 2 gained some inspiration from Witcher 3.
It is third-person and you do play in an open world with a vast amount of terrain, quests, and lore to discover. The best part about Witcher 3 is how in-depth the side quests and monster contracts get. There is tons to read and see and explore.