The Last of Us is undoubtedly one of the best games ever made. This game from Naughty Dogs was a PlayStation exclusive and was the first of its kind that really gave PS exclusives the prestigious spot in the gaming industry that they have today. So, if you’ve played the series and want some more to play more games like The Last of Us, I have just the list for you!
Here are ten games like The Last of Us that should be next on your wish list.
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End
Platform: PS4, PS5, PC (Coming Soon)
Release Date: 2016
Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an experience unlike any other. The game has an absolutely brilliant plot that’s paired with smooth parkour, exciting combat, and a spectacular script. The true beauty of Uncharted 4 lies in its fast-paced story. There’s no dull second in the game. It doesn’t matter if you’re stealthily creeping up on an NPC or rushing down a hill at full speed; the gameplay is exhilarating.
The story of Nathan Drake is extremely rich. It starts off with the typical dead, not-so-dead brother who comes back into Nathan’s life. The character development you see in the game is intriguing.
Apart from the two brothers, you also have Elena Fisher, the wife of Nathan. The chemistry you see between the two is fascinating (really running out of adjectives here). There’s also a grappling hook which really makes the game a lot more fun. If you are a fan of Spiderman, you’d definitely enjoy swinging around during combat in Uncharted 4.
Overall, A Thief’s End was the best way to conclude a great franchise. And, due to its success on the PS, a release on PC is coming as well.
God of War
Platform: PS4, PS5, PC
Release Date: 2018
God of War’s plot is not what makes it a game like The Last of Us. However, the plot is definitely one of the best you’ll ever experience. God of War was one of the most awaited PS exclusives, then one of the most awaited PC ports, and right now, God of War: Ragnarok is one of the most awaited sequels pending release at the moment. It’s safe to say God of War is among the few games that you can call a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The story revolves around Kratos, the God of War, and his son, Atreus. The game starts off by showing a calmer version of Kratos than what we’ve seen previously. He’s a parent now, and the plot shows that Atreus’ mother passed away recently. He now has to juggle the responsibilities of a single parent with a kid that doesn’t like a commanding figure in his life. And all of this is happening with the threat of another immortal god constantly looking to kill Kratos.
I’m a sucker for fast-paced games, and God of War is just like Unchartered in that aspect. It doesn’t matter if you’ve fought 5 mobs or 50. The combat is going to be filled to the brim with action that’s going to keep you going for 20 hours.
Platform: PS4, PS5, PC
Release Date: 2018
PS exclusives are always a joy to play, and Marvel’s Spider-Man fits the category perfectly. Insomniac Games had a tough job at hand in capturing the true essence of Spider-Man, and it’s safe to say that they managed to do that beautifully. The game had all the elements that a Spider-Man fan like me would appreciate.
The visuals are beautiful, the combat feels new every time, and the way that Insomniac managed to capture the city of New York is absolutely brilliant. They’ve made a spectacular map that closely resembles NYC in real life. It’s not an exact replica, but it’s still close enough for it to be an extremely impressive feat.
If you’re looking for an actual comparison between the Spider-Man NYC and the actual NYC, here’s a video you’d want to see.
The game was previously a PS exclusive. However, it has now launched on PC as well as on August 6. So, if you missed out on the game before, go ahead and grab a copy from Steam right now.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch
Release Date: 2015
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is an RPG game for people that don’t even like the genre. The game has a unique feel to it that’s going to appeal to both diehard Witcher fans and people that have never touched a Witcher game previously. There’s blood, gore, nudity, cussing, all the elements that an adult Witcher game requires.
The game features an absolutely massive map and a ton of quests to do. Lots of RPG games have repeated side quests that get tiring at some point in the game, but The Witcher knows what to do and does it brilliantly.
When the game was released in 2015, it was definitely ahead of its time. Its scale was something that the gaming industry was just unfamiliar with back in 2015. That’s why this game has managed to stay relevant even SEVEN years after its release. It’s among the handful of games that have managed to achieve this feat.
It’s not a big deal for games like GTA V to accomplish this. They have an online mode with hundreds of hours of content to churn through, with newer DLCs coming every now and then. However, it’s important to note that The Witcher 3 is solely a single-player game with no new updates.
The game was re-released for Nintendo Switch in Q4 of 2019 and managed to sell 700,000 copies on the console. Overall, the game sold 28 million copies which is more than The Last of Us and The Last of Us 2. Not bad for a 7-year-old game, eh?
If you’ve already played Witcher 3 and want more content, just hold on tight. The Witcher 4 is coming your way soon!
Shadow of the Tomb Raider
Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One, macOS, Linux, Stadia
Release Date: 2018
Tomb Raider games really hit back home. My oldest memories of gaming were Crazy Taxi and Tomb Raider: The Last Revelation, so this game was an insane amount of fun for me. Shadow of the Tomb Raider was the first game of the franchise released by Eidos Montreal, and it’s definitely one of the best games the studio has produced in recent years. They’ve totally dropped the ball recently with games like Marvel’s Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, but SOTTR comes from a year that was fairly better for Eidos.
Combat is where SOTTR joins the list of games like The Last of Us. Its combat mechanism feels extremely similar to what Naughty Dogs has been doing in titles like TLOU and the Uncharted Series. So, you’re definitely going to get the same feel from the combat. It’s not as fluid, but it’s still a pretty good interpretation.
Visually, Shadow of the Tomb Raider was an amazing game. It was one of the first games that utilized ray tracing possible with Nvidia’s RTX GPUs. The fact that this game is still used to benchmark modern GPUs really goes to show how ahead of its time it was as far as graphics are concerned.
Platform: PS4, PC
Release Date: 2019
I’m a HUGE fan of the zombie genre. I’ve played practically every zombie game out there, binge-watched every zombie show, and sat on the edge of my seat for every zombie movie. Days Gone is yet another PS exclusive on this list, and they absolutely nailed the few basic requirements of the zombie genre.
The plot and theme of the game are a bit like The Walking Dead (TV series, not the game) in many ways. In the beginning, zombies are your primary concern and will be your biggest threat. But, as the story progresses, you’ll soon see the story turn into a man vs. man scenario with the occasional zombie horde somewhere in the mix.
The total playtime is about 36 hours, and there are going to be a lot of ups and downs throughout the story. The game does lack a bit in terms of combat. There are quite a few kinds of weaponry that are going to be a great addition to your zombie fighting ventures.
However, one particular aspect that I didn’t like was how irrelevant guns were during horde fights. You pretty much can’t do anything with the guns, and you need to have explosives to deal with them. Napalm molotovs are a core part of the game and act as molotovs on steroids. You need four ingredients to make one: growler, rag, kerosene, and polystyrene. Growlers are insanely hard to find, and if you don’t have them, you’re kind of screwed.
So, the adrenaline-filled zombie hordes are pretty useless, and you just need to farm until you reach the point where you can absolutely shred them.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia
Release Date: 2018
The world of Red Dead Redemption 2 is arguably one of the best renditions of the old wild west era that we’ve seen in the gaming industry. It was made by Rockstar Games, and if they can pull off a game like GTA V, they’re the only ones that could nail a video game of this size and magnitude.
The plot revolves around Arthur Morgan as he slowly sees the wild west era dying to industrialization. The main quest is insanely long and will take you about 50 hours to complete. There are about 20 hours of content in the side quests alone, which practically makes it one of the biggest games ever made.
Every now and then, there are characters with a story so deep that they’re the reason behind the game/movie’s success. Arthur Morgan is one of the best characters you’ll ever find in a game. He’s cruel, strong, passionate, and has an aura to him like no other. The dialogue often represents him as the alpha male that Rockstar intended him to be, and it’s definitely going to be a lot of fun seeing him progress through the 50 hours of gameplay.
Once again, Rockstar came through with incredible visuals. The graphics in this game are incredibly detailed and will be a joy to play through. The game was an outstanding success. It won four awards at the Game Awards in 2018. The only reason why that list didn’t include a Game of the Year award was because of God of War which was in a league of its own.
Platform: PC, PS4, Xbox One, Stadia, Luna, PS5, Xbox Series X/S, Linux, macOS
Release Date: 2019
Metro Exodus is an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous game that was actually the very first game that ever used ray tracing technology. The visuals are absolutely mind-blowing, and the way 4A Games managed to capture a post-apocalyptic world is nothing short of brilliant.
Metro Exodus is a bit more linear as compared to the previous Metro games and gets more and more linear as you progress through the story. It’s not a sandbox game, but the open-world missions will make it feel that way ever so slightly.
Despite the linear style, the game does have a lot to offer in terms of exploration. Missions and objectives are marked on the map, but you’re going to find a lot of things here and there when you’re progressing through the game.
Overall, Metro Exodus was a phenomenal game that could have been ruined very easily. The devs took a bold step by moving away from the game’s underground theme, but they managed to do it flawlessly.
A Plague Tale: Innocence
Release Date: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Amazon Luna, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
A Plague Tale: Innocence was far from the open-world theme that has been followed so far in this list. It gives you the impression that you’re playing an open-world game, but it’s not really an open-world game.
The story revolves around two orphans surviving in a world infested with Bubonic-plague rats. You have very little to defend yourself against the forces plotting against you, and most of the time, the better option is going to be stealth. The rats are the main villains of the story early on. But, a few hours into the game, they’ll just be a minor nuisance than a real threat.
The world may not be immense, but it has a lot of stuff packed into it. Asobo Studio made the environment of the game extremely details, which is what makes it so good.
Release Date: PC, Linux, PS4, Xbox One, macOS, Nintendo Switch, PS5, Xbox Series X/S
If you think zombie-game, the first franchise to come to mind is Dying Light. This game from 2015 was one of the first zombie games that did justice to the genre and acted as an inspiration to all the zombie games that would follow.
Combat is an important part of any zombie game, and Dying Light does that fairly well. One part that did grind my gears was the weapon durability mechanic. Craft something powerful only to have it break after 20 swings. You can repair items, great. Unfortunately, there’s a cap on that as well. I shifted over to the crossbow, and things were good after that.
Dying Light 2 was also released a little while ago, and it really doesn’t live up to its predecessor’s success. The game feels bland. The visuals are great, don’t get me wrong. They have a good storyline going for them as well. But, as a huge fan of the franchise, I just feel like they copied the things that made DL good and skipped the part that made it great without adding anything new.
The worst part, even the parkour doesn’t feel as fluid as it did in DL1. DL1’s gravity was set at 9.8 m/s. Meanwhile, DL2 multiplied that number by two. So, if you feel like you’re floating, this is probably why.
So, that’s pretty much all I had to cover games like The Last of Us. If you feel like there’s a game that should have been on this list, let me know in the comments below!