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Games Like 'Red Dead Redemption 2' to Play Next

If you're not ready to hang up your cowboy hat (or just need another incredible world to explore), discover these 10 games like 'Red Dead Redemption 2.'
by Jon Bitner — 
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'Red Dead Redemption 2'

Rockstar Games

Red Dead Redemption 2 is arguably the best Western game ever made. Offering a gigantic living world to explore, memorable characters, and an evocative narrative, Rockstar's action game managed to earn a stunning 97 Metascore.

You'll play as Arthur Morgan of the Van der Linde gang, who's on the run following a botched robbery attempt. After seeking refuge from a winter storm and running you through a tutorial of sorts, the game slowly opens up — giving you five unique, fictional U.S. locations to explore. Fishing, hunting, gambling, and taming horses are just some of the side activities you can tackle when not chipping away at the main quest, each one more fully realized than the last. If you'd prefer, you can simply wander the countryside in search of spectacular locations to watch the sunset.

Once you've had your fill of roaming the Wild West solo, you can head online for a bit of multiplayer chaos. Whether you want to team up with others and explore the land at a relaxed pace or check out some of its competitive modes is up to you, but Red Dead 2's online modes are just as robust as its offline single-player campaign. In fact, the game has since become a standalone title, and you can pick up Red Dead Online at a reduced price if you're not interested in checking out Arthur's journey.

If you've been playing the game since it launched in 2018, you've probably discovered most of what Red Dead Redemption 2 has to offer. But if you're not ready to hang up your cowboy hat (or just need another incredible world to explore), there are plenty of great games to check out.

Here are 10 games like Red Dead Redemption 2 to play next, listed by Metascore.


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Grand Theft Auto V

Rockstar Games

Grand Theft Auto V (PS4)

Metascore: 97
Best for: Fans of Rockstar's elaborate worldbuilding
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Also available on: PC, PS3, PS5, XB360, XB1, XBX

Red Dead Redemption 2 isn't Rockstar's only masterpiece. The bustling, modern world of Los Santos is just as full of life as Red Dead Redemption 2's western setting — only you'll be driving cars instead of riding horses and wielding rocket launchers instead of throwing sticks of dynamite. Beyond the modern setting, however, much of the core DNA remains intact. Memorable characters, beautiful environments, varied missions, and a robust online mode make Grand Theft Auto V one of the best open-world games on the market. And since we still don't know when Grand Theft Auto VI will arrive, now's a great time to check out the predecessor.

"It's funny, well written, good looking, has great music and will keep you busy for months. It is an essential purchase for those who haven't played it before." — CalmDownTom


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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Nintendo

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch)

Metascore: 97
Best for: Those who want to experience a classic series reimagined
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Also available on: Wii U

It's not nearly as gritty as Red Dead Redemption 2 (and it's not a Western), but Breath of the Wild is a must-play for fans of open-world adventures. The game takes many of the usual Zelda tropes and puts a modern twist on them. Dungeons can be tackled in any order you'd like. Shrines litter the fields of Hyrule, offering hundreds of mind-bending puzzles to solve. Horses can be tamed, there's a boatload of equipment to collect, you can cook your own stat-boosting food, and there are dozens of side quests to check out when you're not trying to save the world. Throw in a frantic combat system and eye-catching graphics, and it's easy to see why Breath of the Wild is the best game on Switch.

"A new direction for the franchise that is as brilliantly successful as it is bold, Breath of the Wild raises the bar for a series that has already set a phenomenally high standard." — RPG Fan


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The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

CD Projekt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt (PS4)

Metascore: 92
Best for: Fans of mature, emotional narratives
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Also available on: PC, Switch, XB1

The Witcher 3 is one of the best RPG games of all time, thanks to its mature storytelling and unforgiving combat. You'll step into the bloody shoes of Geralt, as the titular witcher tries to track down the Child of Prophecy before they fall into the wrong hands. Along the way, you'll unlock an arsenal of magical spells (called Signs), slay hordes of nightmarish beasts, and unravel a mystery filled with political intrigue and supernatural interference. It's best to have a basic understanding of the first two games (The Witcher and The Witcher 2) before diving in, but even the uninitiated will find hours of fun in this unforgiving world.

"Its shockingly cohesive world is as beautiful as it is demanding, and it's packed full of mature content that throws you from one emotional response to the next." — Push Square


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Fallout: New Vegas

Bethesda Softworks

Fallout: New Vegas (XB360)

Metascore: 84
Best for: Those who want impeccable writing and memorable characters
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Also available on: PC, PS3

Fallout: New Vegas gives you very little direction before turning you loose in its post-apocalyptic playground. There's a revenge tale at the heart of it all, but you're missing out if you don't get off the beaten path and explore every intricate side quest it has to offer. New Vegas plays as a mix between FPS and RPG, with dozens of unlockable skills and plenty of deadly weapons up for grabs. If things start to get a bit too hectic, you can make use of V.A.T.S., a mechanic that lets you stop time and pick specific targets to aim at, before automatically executing your commands.

"Fallout: New Vegas marries the best of Bethesda's open world tradition with Obsidian's excellent storytelling, writing and quest design." — Gamer.no


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Ghost of Tsushima

Sony Interactive Entertainment

Ghost of Tsushima (PS4)

Metascore: 83
Best for: Samurai fans
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Also available on: N/A

Ghost of Tsushima is an open-world game set in feudal Japan, with Tsushima Island under invasion by the Mongolian military. You'll take on the role of the eponymous Ghost of Tsushima, Jin Sakai, as he attempts to repel the encroaching forces and save the region. Combat can be tackled from multiple angles, letting you pick off individuals using stealth or jump in headfirst for brutal swordfights. When you're not in the thick of battle, you'll be exploring — and stunning visuals, along with tons of side quests, means there's always some new right around the corner.

"Sony has consistently released incredible, single player, story focused exclusives for the PS4, and Ghost of Tsushima stands tall as one of their best yet." — Gaming Age


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Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Ubisoft

Assassin's Creed Valhalla (PS4)

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of brutal melee combat and sprawling open worlds
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Also available on: PC, PS5, Stadia, XB1, XBX

Although it trades a western setting for the British Isles, Assassin's Creed Valhalla has a lot to offer players who loved Red Dead Redemption 2's vibrant (and living) world. You'll play as Eivor, a Viking tasked with building a new settlement in England, although the main quest is only the beginning of what Valhalla has to offer. Participate in drinking games, try your hand at dice, go fishing, or sail the seas — the world gives you plenty of ways to spend your time. Of course, most of your time will be spent chasing after a twisting storyline, but Valhalla's bloody melee combat and gigantic skill tree mean you're always looking forward to your next quest.

"The best tale the franchise has ever told, featuring the most varied and rewarding gameplay the series has seen in years." — Gamers Heroes


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Call of Juarez: Gunslinger

Ubisoft

Call of Juarez: Gunslinger (XB360)

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of fast-paced action
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Also available on: PC, PS3, Switch

If you're looking for a gritty, action-packed, western adventure, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is an easy recommendation. It's starting to show its age almost a decade after launch, but few games in the genre have managed to capture the Western spirit as well as Gunslinger. You'll play as a bounty hunter tracking down countless outlaws and bandits, with first-person shootouts in saloons and dusty towns serving up some adrenaline-pumping action. Best of all, you'll get to learn more about Billy the Kid, Jesse James, and other iconic names from western culture.

"It may lack the sprawling epic world of Red Dead Redemption, but this is your next best choice for a Western fix that satisfies." — The Digital Fix


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Weird West

Devolver Digital

Weird West (PC)

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of tactical, top-down shooters
Where to buy: Steam
Also available on: PS4, XB1

Weird West puts a unique, dark fantasy twist on the traditional wild west setting. Bandits and lawmen are just as common as zombies and wraiths, and it'll be up to you to keep your character alive until the final credits roll. Combat and exploration play out from a top-down perspective, giving you a strategic view of the battlefield before engaging in real-time combat. Whether you want to sneak around encounters or run in with overpowered weapons is up to you, but regardless of how you deal with each encounter, you'll be treated to an immersive narrative that continuously drives the action forward.

"It's deep, it's fascinating, and it's full of the kind of storytelling that resonates for a long time after credits roll — truly an incredible experience from beginning to end." — GameCritics


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Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD 

EA Games

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD (Switch)

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of off-the-wall action games
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Also available on: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, XB1

Having launched in 2005, Stranger's Wrath is one of the oldest games on this list. It was given new life on Switch a few years ago, featuring gyroscopic controls, improved load times, enhanced graphics, and other quality of life changes. Its bizarre charm and quirky sense of humor are still the stars of the show, however, as you'll follow a mysterious bounty hunter on their quest to earn enough "Moolah" to undergo a lifesaving surgery. Gameplay spans both third- and first-person viewpoints, letting you dispatch of enemies with fast-paced melee combat or pick them off at a distance with your crossbow.

"Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath HD remains original, engaging, fun, and humorous. It feels nearly as fresh now as it did 15 years ago." — GameSpew


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theHunter: Call of the Wild 

Avalance Studios Group

theHunter: Call of the Wild (PC)

Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of Red Dead Redemption's hunting mechanics
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Also available on: PS4, XB1

Hunting might only be a small part of what Red Dead Redemption 2 has to offer, but it's the core experience in theHunter: Call of the Wild. You'll track down a variety of wildlife through breathtaking ecosystems — and you'll need to be hyper-vigilant if you want to spot the most elusive targets. Calls, scents, and a handful of unique weapons are all available to help you on your quest, and you can even team up with a few friends online for a cooperative hunting experience. It won't be for everybody, but if you don't mind the methodical pace, theHunter will greatly reward your patience.

"Freedom of exploration, complex ecosystem and breathtaking visuals result in an unbelievably strong sense of communing with nature." — CD-Action