Top 10 Games Like Tomb Raider for PC (Games Better Than Tomb Raider in Their Own Way)

Games Like Tomb Raider
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What do Tomb Raider fans to do once they’ve beaten the game?

Here are 10 non-Tomb Raider games that fans of the franchise will enjoy just as much, if not more.

10. Far Cry 3

Far Cry 3 is an FPS game that was released in December of 2012, but still holds up today. Players must rescue the protagonists’ friends from pirates after a trip to a tropical island goes wrong. This action-adventure game has RPG elements and can be played in single or multiplayer modes.

With a rich plot and well-developed game world, Far Cry 3 still holds gamers’ attention six years after its release. This game’s long run of success and affiliation with a larger franchise is like Tomb Raider, making the transition from one game to the other quite smooth for fans.

The tropical environment  and graphics of Far Cry 3 provides for a beautiful world and character design. 

Rescue your friends from pirates on a tropical open-world island. 

9. Assassin’s Creed Origins

Released in October of 2017, Assassin’s Creed Origins earned favorable critical reception immediately after its publication. This third-person stealth game takes elements of its predecessors and improves upon them, making it a familiar yet wonderfully new experience to Assassin’s Creed fans. With revised combat and a newly added hit-box system, Origins has brought the franchise to a new and improved level.

The narrative of the Assassin’s Creed games is what keeps a lot of players coming back, and Origins does not disappoint. Taking players through historical moments in the Ptolemaic period of Egypt while allowing for a beautiful open world separates Origins from its competition. The game’s voice acting, rich characters, and immersive story are what make Origins a must play.

While previous Assassin’s Creed games used an animation system for combat mechanics, Origins has upgraded to a hit-box system.

Like the other Assassin’s Creed games, Assassin’s Creed Origins gives players a gorgeous, immersive world to explore.

8. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

This action RPG based on everyone’s favorite fantasy series was released in 2014. This game’s open-world design and combat mechanics were praised by critics and fans alike. While the story is not canon with the Tolkien books, the added characters and narratives play an interesting role throughout the game.

Most notably, Shadow of Mordor included a nemesis system, where some antagonistic “Uruks” that survive encounters with your character will become tracked by the game. These tracked antagonists will be upgraded in the villainous ranks and return as Uruk captains. Combatting with these captains will change the gameplay and lead to higher risks and rewards throughout the game, depending on how you deal with them.

Killing an Uruk that has been tracked by the game helps to debilitate Sauron’s army and provide players with more resources and upgrades.

Uruk captains who defeat your character will gain even more power and will cause your current mission to be cancelled. 

7. Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is yet to be released, with an estimated publication date of 22 February 2019. [MK1] The FPS game has survival-horror elements incorporated, as your character navigates a nuclear wasteland full of dangerous mutants and threatening NPCs. 

Metro Exodus is a continuation of the narrative established by the previous Metro game, Last Light. The game is supposed to have a fun crafting system that allows you to create and upgrade weapons as well as an environment that changes with a day and night cycle. This game should give Tomb Raider fans something to look forward to.

 

Metro Exodus is set in the recently destroyed Russian Federation with post-apocalyptic hazards around every corner. 

This game is proposed to be intensely story-driven, with a strong power couple as the main protagonists. 

6. SCUM

SCUM is an upcoming online multiplayer, survival game that is currently available through early access with Steam. While the game has not met its full potential yet, it has received overwhelmingly positive reviews. In SCUM, your character is a prisoner on a survival reality show, forced to try and survive the grueling environment long enough to figure out how to escape the island they’re on.

SCUM provides an amazingly detailed character customization menu for maximum player control. Players must ensure that their player is eating food to survive, but the nutritional requirements for survival far surpass any other game. Keeping track of your carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and digestive needs all become incredibly important. For gamers up for a challenge, SCUM is the right game. 

Characters in SCUM are competing in front of a televised audience who may reward them throughout the game if they gain fan favor.

Monitoring the precise nutritional intake of your character has never been more important.

5. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is also an upcoming game with a release date of 22 March 2019. [MK1] The third-person, action-adventure game is a revenge story of a ninja who was attacked by a samurai. Sekiro takes place in 16th-century Japan and has many influences of the ancient Asian culture throughout the story and gameplay.

The most interesting aspect of Sekiro that has fans eagerly awaiting its release is its combat system. Instead of tracking the damage to an opponent’s HP, the combat mechanics revolve around offsetting your opponent’s balance and poise to then strike a fatal blow. This innovative concept will hopefully make for a great game in early spring of next year.

 

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice has reimagined combat mechanics to better fit its cultural and temporal setting.

Explore the beautiful design of fictionalized 1500s Japan.

4. The Witcher 3

This RPG was released in 2015 and was met with worldwide critical praise. The protagonist is a monster hunter who lives in the fantasy world, The Continent, and travels through parallel dimensions to reveal the mysteries of his adopted daughter, Ciri.

With a rich story, immersive open-world, and beautiful visuals, The Witcher 3 should be highly recommended to any gamer. Many consider it to be one of the greatest games of all time because of its gameplay, design, combat mechanics, and more. Tomb Raider fans will surely love The Witcher 3. 

All sorts of fantastical creatures threaten your character as he travels through the Continent.

The Witcher 3 has all the elements of an RPG that fans of the genre could want.

3. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Metal Gear Solid V was released in September 2015 and is one of the only games on this list to be set in modern times. The setting takes places in 1984, a few years before the original Metal Gear, and follows Venom[MK1]  through Afghanistan as he seeks revenge on those who previously endangered him.

With a beautiful soundtrack, fascinatingly thematic plot, and praised gameplay, Metal Gear Solid V brings gamers everything that they could want in a game. The further development of Venom’s narrative is excellently crafted through this action-adventure. Tomb Raider fans should be able to relate to a game that further explores the story of a beloved character.

A high amount of player freedom was included in the development of Metal Gear Solid V, making for a great stealth game.

One of the gaming world’s most iconic characters gains even more background in Metal Gear Solid V.

2. Sleeping Dogs

This action-adventure game is set in Hong Kong and revolves around an American cop attempting to infiltrate a criminal organization. Players use melee attacks, firearms, and parkour skills to deter enemies, and the gameplay mechanics of combat were highly praised by critics and fans. Sleeping Dogs was released over six years ago but remains of interest in the gaming community.

Like the most recent Tomb Raider games, Sleeping Dogs was published by Square Enix. Three expansion packs of DLC have been added to the game, and a live action movie based on the game was announced to be in development last year.

Sleeping Dogs features melee combat as a way to fight enemies and progress in the game. 

Use the diverse environment of the streets of Hong Kong to combat enemies and achieve your ultimate goal.

1. I Am Alive

I Am Alive was released in 2012 and didn’t garner much attention, but it is a game worthy of more accolades than it initially received. It’s another post-apocalyptic survival game that takes place in the United States one year after a mysterious disaster known as “The Event” destroyed much of the country.

Tomb Raider fans who appreciate the stealth and environmental aspects of the franchise will like I Am Alive’s gameplay. Like Tomb Raider, this game focuses on exploration. Climbing skyscrapers and walking through destroyed buildings is a common part of I Am Alive. The game can tend to feel like Tomb Raider set in a large, wrecked city.

“The Event” included several earthquakes, which partially explains the wreckage of your environment.

This dystopian game plays with themes of materialism and violence.

Bonus: Mad Max

This film-inspired video game was released in 2015 and focuses on an action-adventure theme. This post-apocalyptic game emphasizes vehicular combat, and players can weaponize their vehicles to fight enemies. The open world design consists of desert and canyon wastelands, like the movie.

Mad Max encourages both stealthy and aggressive playstyles, featuring diverse weapons and upgrades. Resources in this game are hard to come by, so players looking for a challenge can appreciate the difficulty level that Mad Max presents.

Based off the award-winning film, Mad Max draws from the movie’s landscape, characters, and story.

Vehicular combat is a primary aspect of Mad Max, and upgrading your car with heavy weaponry will improve your chances of success.

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