Skyrim is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series developed by Bethesda Game Studios. Since its release in 2011, Skyrim has been recognized as one of the best games in the industry and has received several awards. The stunning graphics, vibrant world and continuous action that the game offers are some of the factors that have helped Skyrim to become a legend in the world of role-playing games. In this gathering, we have listed some of the best Skyrim alternative games you could play. If you love Skyrim’s open-world nature but would like to enjoy a new challenge, you’ll be glad to know that there other fantastic games ready to take you through an epic adventure.
1. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Edition – The best alternative to Skyrim.
As you would expect, a game that is part of the same series is set to provide a fantastic experience that resembles Skyrim. The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Edition deserves recognition on its own thanks to the unlimited action, scenarios, enemies, and allies that it offers. You can embark on your own epic quest, or work to build up your skills. The game is available in multiple platforms and once you buy it, you don’t need to pay every month to be able to play, as long as you have an active Xbox Live or PlayStation Plus subscription. PC and Mac players only need to have a copy of the game, a valid game account, and an internet connection.
2. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
CD Projeckt is behind The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, an action/ adventure game that takes you through a rich environment, thrilling combats and interactions. Acclaimed by gamers and critics, The Witcher 3 has become the standard to which role-playing games should aim for.
You are set to fight against evil using weapons, magic, and other resources. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt works on Windows, PS4 and Xbox One.
3. Diablo Series
Blizzard Entertainment’s Diablo Series is one of the most popular and thrilling role-playing options available. The three main titles in the series are Diablo, Diablo II, and Diablo III, all of which are action, role-playing and hack and slash games. Diablo has been around for nearly two decades and its fantasy universe continues capturing the attention of players from across the world. The game is available for multiple platforms including Mac OS, Windows, PlayStation, and Xbox.
4. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
Tolkien fans can revisit the world of the Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings in this amazing game developed by Monolith Productions. Even if you are not familiar with the books or the movies, you will enjoy the action and adventure that this open-world game offer.
The player takes on the character of a ranger whose family was killed by Sauron and who is now seeking revenge. As you progress in the game, you can acquire new skills and powers. The game is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, Linux, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.
5. Dark Messiah of Might and Magic
While the reviews of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic have been mixed, the game deserves a chance as it offers a solid combination of exciting combats, good graphics, and interesting storyline. You will need to put your skills and powers to the test in order to defeat your enemies.
Precision is key in every combat and tactics will serve you more than strength. This is a popular installment from the Might and Might Series published by Ubisoft and it is compatible with Windows and Xbox 360.
6. Dark Souls 2
Developed by FromSoftware and published by Bandai Namco Games, Dark Souls 2 is a hack and slash, action role-playing game that is part of the Souls series. Dark Souls 2 is challenging and you will need to acquire weapons, armors and strong skills if you want to have a chance of survival.
Those who want to put their gaming skills to the test and prove that they can handle difficult gameplay should try Dark Souls 2. You’ll need a lot of planning and strategy to make it through the game. It works on PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows.
7. Ryse: Son of Rome
Ryse: Son of Rome hasn’t received the recognition it deserves and that is a pity because this game by Crytek offers great graphics, exciting combats, and captivating story. The visuals are the highlight of the game and they make the gameplay experience vibrant and realistic. In the game, you play as a Roman centurion who is seeking to avenge the death of his family. It is available for Windows and Xbox One.
8. Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning
While 38 Studios, the company that created Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning after the game was released, they left an extraordinary proof of their talent. The game is considered as one of the best single-player role-playing games available. There is an incredible amount of options and you can work to make your character, the top warrior or mage.
The possibilities are endless in this game, but every choice has a consequence. The visuals are impressive, which is no surprise given the fact that Todd McFarlane (Spawn) worked on the game. Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning is available for PS4, Windows and Xbox 360.
9. Dragon Age Series
The titles in the Dragon Age Series by BioWare are known for their high quality and enthralling story. Dragon Age: Inquisition was launched in 2014 and it is considered as one of the best games in the series.
The game requires you to seal off breaches across the world, through which demons are coming. We are sure that Dragon Age’s open-world, action, and fantasy will be thoroughly enjoyed by Skyrim fans. It is compatible with PS3, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Windows.
10. Fable 2
Developed by Lionhead Studios and featuring music composed by Danny Elfman (who has worked closely with Tim Burton), Fable 2 is a journey to a strange and fascinating world. The combats are fantastic and you will need to make difficult choices that will impact the game.
Fable is entertaining, but also very deep and it is another highly recommended title for those who enjoy Skyrim. You can play it on Xbox One or Xbox 360.
11. Risen 3
In spite of some technical flaws, this game by Piranha Bytes is an enjoyable alternative to Skyrim. It offers players the chance to save humanity from imminent extinction but in order to do it, you will need to fight against powerful titans.
You can explore the world freely and complete quests, but the outcome will depend on the decisions you make through the quests. It is available for Xbox 360, Windows, PS3 and PS4.
12. Fallout Series
Originally created by Interplay Entertainment, the Fallout series is a classic in the world of role-playing. Its retrofuturistic environment and its artwork inspired by the post-war culture of the 1950’s United States, make Fallout a unique gaming experience. Fallout 3 became the most popular installment and it captured a new generation of fans. Fallout 4, the latest installment is available in multiple platforms including Android and iOS.
13. Dragon’s Dogma
Dragon’s Dogma by Capcom is a game that may not be widely recognized, but it has received good reviews and it offers an interesting option for RPG fans. This game is set in an open world that can be explored as you wish. You can take part in quests and work on your skills to become the best Sorcerer, Warrior, Fighter or whichever option you have chosen. You will find similarities to Skyrim and the game is supported on Windows, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Based on the classic Dungeons & Dragons, Neverwinter by Cryptic Studios is a free-to-play multiplayer online role-playing game. You can experience the world of Dungeons & Dragons in a new way, acquiring new skills, weapons and teaming up with other players to defeat monsters. The storyline is captivating and you will be able to choose between multiple characters. You can play on Windows, Xbox One and PS4.
15. Gothic 3
Piranha Bytes developed Gothic 3, a game that focuses on survival skills and upgrading your character’s skills. In order to gain additional experience and improve within the game, you’ll need to face monster and wild animals. You will also have to ensure that your faction respects you as a warrior. Gothic 3 offers an open-world to explore and it is available for Windows.