10 Games Like God Of War: Top Picks (2023)

Ali Hashmi
Ali Hashmi
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Some games like God of War: Hellblade, God of War: Ragnarok, and Darksiders II

God of War (2018) took the franchise in a new direction with a deeper focus on narrative, its central character, and Kratos’ relationship with his son. The combat is more personal, grounded, and in your face with a new weapon that’s satisfying to use and master. It’s understandable that after you’re done with this, you want an experience that’s similar and offers the strengths of God of War. In our list of the 10 best games like God of War, we have a variety of titles that share similarities with this and offer players fun combat, strong art direction, exploration, and a compelling narrative (mostly).

1

God of War: Ragnarok

God of War: Ragnarok Screenshot

Release Date: November 9, 2022
Platforms: PS4, PS5

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. The closest thing you can get to God of War 2018 is its sequel. If you were disappointed by the lack of enemy and boss variety in the first, then you’ll be glad to know that not only does Ragnarok addresses that tenfold but expands on practically everything the first one did. 

The scope is bigger, combat far more aggressive and tactical, with more variety in locations, puzzles, and even characters. Yes, both Kratos and Atreus are still the heart of this continuation, but there are plenty of excellent characters in this one, making it a far more ambitious title with a scope that will literally take you through Ragnarok. 

God of War Ragnarok’s combat is brutal and satisfying to master. It still has the armor and weapons upgrade system from the last one, but there have been several efforts made to streamline it while also adding more depth. Parrying enemies, breaking their guard and executing finishers feel even better, and the team at Sony Santa Monica have given fans a lot to sink their teeth in even after they’ve beaten the main campaign.

2

Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

Hellblade Senua’s Sacrifice

Release Date: August 7, 2017
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, Nintendo Switch

Ninja Theory’s grounded and esoteric take on Norse and Celtic Mythos features Senua, a Pict warrior suffering from psychosis as she battles through nightmarish creatures to reach Helheim. Like God of War, Hellblade strongly focuses on the narrative aspect and features a fairly similar combat style as well, though not as complex. Hellblade takes players through some truly horrifying sections and, as Senua, experience constant voices in her head known as “Furies”.

This game relies a lot on its excellent audio design and fantastic visuals, which focus more on the horror aspects of the mythos. Either way, if you’re looking for a game that explores Norse Mythology, its various legends, and Gods, then Hellblade does an admirable job of immersing you in a world that’s worth exploring.

Hellblade’s combat relies on dodges, slashes, and parrying, a lot like God of War with a very similar camera angle. Senua has to solve environmental puzzles to progress as well, and you can discover lore, which is essentially Norse tales, as you move around and progress through the story. Unlike God of War, though, there aren’t any upgrade or armor systems. It’s a fairly linear and focused experience that takes around 8 hours to complete.

3

Ghost of Tsushima: Director’s Cut

Ghost of Tsushima

Release Date: July 17, 2020
Platforms: PS4, PS5

Ghost of Tsushima is one of the best PlayStation exclusives currently available. Like God of War, it has a memorable story, a beautifully rendered world, and tactical combat. Players take on the role of Jin Sakai, a Samurai who has to adapt to a Mongol invasion by becoming the “Ghost”. While the stealth part isn’t like God of War, the actual confrontations require the same tactful planning, parrying, dodging, and careful usage of all the tools at your disposal.

Ghost of Tsushima’s open world is full of mystery, sights to see, and loot to collect. You can customize Jin with a variety of outfits, equip different weapons, and unlock new abilities through skill trees. The game also features some very memorable boss fights, which are essentially duels that test your combat skills. This is when the presentation truly shines, as all the weather effects combine to create spectacular battles.

Sucker Punch has created an extremely memorable experience that is improved on the PS5 with better visuals, framerate, and DualSense features. If you’re looking to amp up the challenge, though, I highly recommend trying out the “Lethal” difficulty that forces you to master its mechanics, a lot like the higher difficulties of God of War.

4

Darksiders 2 Deathinitive Edition

Darksiders 2

Release Date: Nov 5, 2015
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, PS5, Nintendo Switch

This is the oldest game on this list, but Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition is one of the best action games you can play, which is actually structured a lot like the new God of War titles. While it’s not directly tackling Norse Mythology, Darksiders II loosely carries elements from it, far more than the first one. The general design, lore, and thematic nature of the game feels closer to Norse mythos rather than the Biblical inspirations of the first.

Darksiders II features hack-and-slash combat with a variety of weapons, skills, and loot to go through. Like God of War, there are tons of puzzles to solve as well that are usually environmental in nature. Players can roam around the world on their trusty astral steed, called “Despair”, and take on side missions too. While the combat isn’t as grounded as the newer God of War titles, pulling off insane combos with tons of abilities to mess around with never gets boring.

Like God of War, this isn’t a linear action title either, but it has various RPG elements as well. Players can tailor their builds by investing points into skill trees and stat upgrades.

5

Devil May Cry 5

Devil May Cry V

Release Date: Mar 7, 2019
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, PS5

It’s hard to have an action game list without mentioning CAPCOM’s action juggernaut. Like God of War, Devil May Cry 5 has a focus on thrilling action that takes up most of your playtime. There’s no deep story here, though, and is mostly fan service, but what Devil May Cry 5 absolutely nails is the combat. You’ll play as three characters, Dante, V, and Nero, each with their extensive movesets, weapons, and upgrade paths.

It’s easy to pick up, and the combat feels accessible for the most part but requires a lot of time investment if you want to master it. Similar to God of War, Devil May Cry 5 also has tons of bosses that are massive in size and have tons of attacks to look out for. The way you fight is constantly being rated by the game, and having variety in your combos is essential to keep the score up. This is where Devil May Cry 5 forces you to get creative with your arsenal, and find new ways to take down a variety of foes.

Devil May Cry 5 is built on the RE Engine and looks fantastic. The character models are super detailed, and the animation work, at times, can even be better than God of War.

6

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Release Date: September 21, 2021
Platforms: PC, PS4, PS5

Kena Bridge of Spirits is an action-adventure title, and surprisingly, a lot like the recent God of War titles. It features a mixture of combat and exploration, where you’ll face a lot of challenging enemies and bosses. The combat’s control scheme is very similar to God of War, and many combat encounters resemble the title. Bosses are a bit on the harder side, though, and often feel like something you’d find in Souls titles.

What’s more impressive is how wide some of the areas are. Those are full of secrets, challenges, and puzzles, offering a nice contrast between the more relaxed exploration and the difficult combat. While the story isn’t as intense as God of War, Kena strikes a nice balance between cheerful humor and some pretty dark moments both presented in its story cutscenes and visual shift whenever you have to fight enemies.

Some enemy archetypes are quite similar to God of War as well. You often need to use ranged attacks to deal with them. Kena has a lot of abilities and tools at her disposal, and she’s a formidable warrior with enough practice, you can feel like a complete badass as you attack, dodge, and parry even the most strongest bosses.

7

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Release Date: November 11, 2019
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, PS5

Respawn Entertainment surprised everyone with their take on Star Wars and blended gameplay from Soulsborne, Metroidvanias, and even other Sony exclusives like the Uncharted series. Sounds familiar? because yes, both God of War and Jedi Fallen Order are quite similar in their structuring. The game follows one of the last remaining Jedis after Order 66, Cal Kestis, as he escapes the Empire and embarks on a quest to restore the Jedi Order.

This isn’t an open-world title, and like God of War, you’ll explore these wide areas that are interconnected in design and feature tons of things to check out. Cal wields a lightsaber and can deflect incoming fire, parry attacks, and send enemies flying with his force abilities. It’s a lot of fun, and some of the boss battles can be a bit challenging.

While you’re never going to feel as powerful as Kratos, mastering your moveset, and understanding enemies are quite satisfying, and by the end, Cal feels quite powerful. It’s developed on Unreal Engine 4, and looks really good, and with a sequel on its way in a few months, this is the perfect game to pick up if you’re looking for something similar to God of War.

8

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro

Release Date: November 11, 2019
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, PS5

FROMSOFTWARE’s take on a traditional action title comes in the form of Sekiro. This highly polished, skill-based title follows Wolf, who has to rescue his lord. Unlike their RPG games, Sekiro features a single weapon but with additional tools that can help you with different threats scattered throughout its interconnected world. Like God of War, It’s not an open-world game but has large areas full of secrets to discover, enemies to fight, and bosses to take on. 

The combat is a highlight, with deflection as a central mechanic. It’s gritty, impactful, and extremely well-animated. Instead of lowering health bars, you’re chipping away at their posture, which lets you execute them when it’s depleted. The more powerful enemies you defeat, the stronger Wolf becomes with new abilities and prosthetics that he can equip. 

Like God of War, Sekiro has a variety of tough bosses that require you to master deflection. These multiphase foes are incredibly challenging and will take you a lot of tries to beat, but there’s nothing as satisfying as learning their movesets. Unlike other FROM titles, this also features a more linear story compared to their Souls titles, with cutscenes and recurring characters.

9

Control

Control

Release Date: August 27, 2019
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, PS5

Remedy Entertainment fired on all cylinders with Control, and it’s one of the best action titles of the last decade. It’s a bit modern with its weapons and setting, but Control is actually quite similar to the recent God of War. Players, as Jesse, explore the “Oldest House” which is a massive labyrinth full of para natural “objects of power”. It’s like SCP mixed with Twin Peaks and X-files. 

Jesse is a complete badass who wields the “Service Weapon” which can morph into different weapon types. The combat has a lot of impact, and Jesse can fling parts of the environment at enemies with her powers. She has to observe her environment, create barriers, and be on a constant move while in combat. 

Exploration is Metroidvania styled, where you’ll explore the ever-shifting Oldest House, look for its secrets, interact with Objects of Power, and find loot to enhance your abilities and weapons. Like God of War, you’ll come back to previously visited locations and develop a familiarity with the world. The exploration keeps things fresh, and there’s usually something meaningful around each corner, waiting for you to find it.

10

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla Dawn of Ragnarok

Release Date: November 10, 2020
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, PS4, PS5

If you enjoyed the recent addition of RPG elements to the God of War series and like the Norse setting, then Assassin’s Creed Valhalla fits the bill. This massive RPG from Ubisoft features elements from Norse Mythology that are more faithful in depiction, even though it follows historical events as players follow the story of Eivor, a Viking raider that finds themselves in various conflicts during their expansion towards England. 

It’s a game with a variety of systems where you can customize your armor, weapons, and skills to create your own Eivor with tons of combat abilities at your disposal. Combat does rely on what you have equipped, but it’s fun, and there are plenty of brutal executions. As usual, the world is massive, with tons of side quests to take on, areas to liberate, and treasures to find. 

The campaign can easily take around 60 hours to complete and 130+ if you’re looking to do everything. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla’s open world is beautifully rendered, and the game takes full advantage of current-gen consoles and PC. It’s not for everyone, but if you’ve been enjoying the recent shift in Assassin’s Creed direction towards more RPG-style gameplay, then this is their biggest one yet.

Conclusion

There you have it, the 10 best games like God of War available on a variety of platforms with tons of unique selling points. While not every game has all aspects of the award-winning title, there’s something in each that God of War fans can enjoy, whether it’s the combat, the setting, or how you explore the world. 

What do you think of the entries in this list? What games do you think should be here? Let us know in the comments below.

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