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Games Like 'Saints Row' to Play Next

Looking for an open-world adventure that critics and gamers like a little more than 'Saints Row'? Try these 10 titles.

Jon Bitner
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Saints Row

Deep Silver

After years of becoming increasingly bizarre and nonsensical, Saints Row received a long-awaited reboot in 2022. The action is still as chaotic as you remember, but you're no longer playing as President of the United States and battling aliens with superpowers. Instead, you're once again building up a gang as you try to take over the southwestern streets of Santo Ileso.

One of the best parts of the new Saints Row is its sprawling map. The deserts surrounding Santo Ileso are brimming with quirky characters, side quests, and dozens of unique locations to discover. How you explore the world is largely up to you: Cars, trucks, motorcycles, wingsuits, and more are all at your disposal, and many of them are highly customizable too, giving you a chance to personalize your ride as you see fit.

Exploration is only part of what makes Saints Row such a popular series. There's also the fast-paced, third-person action, which remains both explosive and hilarious in this reboot. You won't be leaping over buildings or punching enemies into outer space, but there's no shortage of hilarious ways to dispatch your foes. There's also a useful new mechanic that lets you ram cars off the road, making it easy to evade the police when you inevitably earn their attention.

While long-time fans will probably get hundreds of hours of fun out of Saints Row, the game's mixed reviews might leave some players wishing for more. If you fall into the latter category, there are plenty of other games that offer a similar open-world experience.

Here are 10 games like Saints Row 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 seeking another open-world crime game
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Also available on: PC, PS3, PS5XB1XB360, XBX

Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best-reviewed games of all time. In the Rockstar Games title, you'll follow a group of three criminals as they track down increasingly lucrative contracts and pull off elaborate heists. Along the way, you'll unlock an arsenal of powerful weapons, build up a garage filled with exotic cars, and partake in more than a few police chases. The solo campaign offers hours of content on its own, but there's also an online multiplayer mode that continues to grow and give you a reason to keep returning to Los Santos.

"GTA V represents the video game at its finest. Tense and dramatic when it wants, joyful and surprising when the player wants it." — Meristation


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Red Dead Redemption 2

Rockstar Games

Red Dead Redemption 2 (PS4)

Metascore: 97
Best for: Fans of the wild west
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Also available on: PC, Stadia, XB1

Another open-world game from Rockstar, another game that's among the best-reviewed of all time. But instead of taking place in in modern city, you're sent back to the days of the wild west. Red Dead Redemption 2 follows the tale of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang as they come to terms with a world that's slowly becoming more civilized. Its western setting gives you a chance to wander through dense forests, snowcapped mountains, and vast desert biomes — all of which are brought to life with incredible graphics. There's an endless number of activities to explore across these lands, as you can partake in some gambling, hunting, side quests, and more when you're not chugging along through the main story.

"Few games look this good, play this well, and have this much to offer. It begs you to slow down, turn every page of its dramatic tale, and savor every last breathtaking detail." — Easy Allies


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Forza Horizon 5

Xbox Game Studios

Forza Horizon 5 (XBX)

Metascore: 92
Best for: Fans of open-world racing games
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Also available on: PC, XB1

If your favorite part of Saints Row is cruising around Santo Ileso in supercars, Forza Horizon 5 deserves a spot on your hard drive. The racing game turns you loose in the stunning Mexican countryside as you tackle a variety of missions and unlock hundreds of unique vehicles. Each one comes with their own driving quirks, and you'll need to master them all if you want to cross the finish line in first place. Beyond tight driving mechanics and stunning graphics, Forza Horizon 5 gives you a constant sense of progression by awarding you experience points for just about everything — making it a great game for both racing veterans and folks who just got their license.

"Forza Horizon 5 proves that even the best games can get better. An unparalleled driving experience that also happens to be a graphical showcase like no other." — Player 2


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Fallout 4

Bethesda Softworks

Fallout 4 (PS4)

Metascore: 87
Best for: Fans of player-driven narratives
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Also available on: PC, XB1

Fallout 4 lets you customize your own character before stepping out of a fallout shelter and into Boston, which has been decimated by nuclear warfare. You're tasked with searching for your missing child in this post-apocalyptic wasteland, gaining help from various characters and factions as you go. Combat offers a fun layer of strategy thanks to the VATS system (which lets you slow down time and target specific weak spots on your enemy) and an enormous skill tree that makes it easy to optimize your build throughout the game. When you get tired of questing, you can settle down and build your own encampment using resources gathered during your adventures.

"With its vast open world and its endless possibilities, Fallout 4 is a must have for RPG fans." — 3DJuegos


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Sleeping Dogs

Square Enix

Sleeping Dogs (XB360)

Metascore: 80
Best for: Fans of undercover cop drama
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Also available on: PC, PS3

Sleeping Dogs sends you to the neon-soaked streets of Hong Kong as Wei Shen, an undercover cop seeking to put away the Triad gang. You'll have to mix regular cop duties with gang-related tasks, toeing the line between criminal and protector at every turn. The game offers the usual open-world activities (such as racing, gunfights, and side quests), but there's also a nuanced melee combat system that helps separate Sleeping Dogs from the competition. The game is starting to show its age (having launched in 2012), but it's still an incredible journey if you're willing to put up with a few rough edges.

"The characters are universally interesting, the story is engaging, there is never a shortage of things to keep you busy, and it all comes packaged in a gritty and visceral virtual version of Hong Kong." — Cheat Code Central


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Payday 2

505 Games

Payday 2 (PC)

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of cooperative bank robbing
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Also available on: PS3, PS4, SwitchXB1XB360

Payday 2 might not have an open world to explore, but it's still one of the best crime games on the market. You and a few buddies will team up to execute the perfect heist. Most missions start with you playing as a civilian, giving you a chance to case the joint before pulling out your guns and running off with the valuables. Play your cards right, and you'll get out before the cops are alerted. But, more often than not, you'll end up shooting your way out of a corner.

"A fresh, new first-person shooter that makes you walk in the shoes of four criminals trying to steal as much money as possible in Washington DC." — Everyeye.it


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Mafia: Definitive Edition

2K

Mafia: Definitive Edition (PC)

Metascore: 78
Best for: Fans of classic mob movies
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Also available on: PS4, XB1

This enhanced version of the original game (Mafia) brings the iconic franchise to a new generation of players. It offers the same Prohibition-era story featuring Tommy Angelo, but offers a 4K resolution, a new soundtrack, and a map that's expanded in size to offer more places to explore. The action is fast-paced and visceral, with a variety of pistols, shotguns, rifles, and more letting you stop anyone that gets in the way of your criminal activities. It's a grounded experience compared to Saints Row, but there's still a lot to love about this well-reviewed crime game.

"A real remaster that thoroughly updates an 18-year-old title into a proper next-gen game, and actually makes it better than the original." — GameWatcher


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Watch Dogs: Legion

Ubisoft

Watch Dogs: Legion (XB1)

Metascore: 76
Best for: Fans of dystopian narratives
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Also available on: PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, XBX

London is your playground in Watch Dogs: Legion, which tasks you with recruiting members to fight against the authoritarian Albion. The most intriguing part of Legion is that it lets you recruit just about anyone to your cause — whether that is a hacker, construction worker, or an adorable grandma. Each character you recruit is fully playable and brings their own skills to the table. This dystopian version of London is teeming with intriguing characters and eye-catching vistas, making it fun to simply roam its bustling streets in between missions and see who you can recruit to your team.

"Watch Dogs: Legion struggles with tone at times, but its empowering message about unity and justice still shines in a game that is as absurd as it is impactful." — GameSpot


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Far Cry 6

Ubisoft

Far Cry 6 (PS5)

Metascore: 73
Best for: Fans of FPS games with multiple playstyles
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Also available on: PC, PS4, Stadia, XB1, XBX

Far Cry 6 brings you to the sun-filled island of Yara. It's a stunning backdrop for the action, which has you and a group of guerrilla soldiers attempting to overthrow the authoritarian government. The narrative is bleak and oppressive, but moment-to-moment gameplay is anything but. Far Cry 6 gives you flamethrowers, rockets, and even a pet crocodile to take down anything that gets in your way. There's also an impressive sense of verticality and momentum to the game, along with the usual sense of freedom typically offered by this beloved series.

"Ubisoft has married inspired design with trademark gameplay to great effect. This is the best Far Cry yet." — WellPlayed


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Just Cause 4

Square Enix

Just Cause 4 (PC)

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of chaotic third-person shooters
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Also available on: PS4, XB1

Although it doesn't offer the most engaging storyline, Just Cause 4 makes up for it with chaotic combat and enough explosions to make Michael Bay jealous. You're tasked with fighting the Black Hand, a private military group, although the plot largely serves to shuttle you across the game's large (and diverse) map. The core experience revolves around blowing everything in sight to pieces and making use of a hilarious physics system. Jumping off an exploding structure and hijacking a helicopter is standard fare in Just Cause 4, giving the over-the-top action of Saints Row a run for its money.

"If you love open world games that let you loose to just play with things and see what kind of mayhem you can create, there's no better series than Just Cause 4." — GameSpace