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Top 13 Games Like Dark and Darker to Play Right Now

Games Like Dark And Darker

Dark and Darker looks like one of the most amazing upcoming games for this year, and it’s already in early access! But we can’t play it because lawsuits are a thing. So, there’s not too much we know about the game, but we do know it’s going to be a PvPvE masterpiece. If you’re super hyped for this game, just like me, and absolutely need something similar to play until Dark and Darker is finally out, I’ve got you covered with these thirteen games just like it.

1. Escape From Tarkov

Escape from Tarkov is kind of like a no-brainer for those who revel in intense and immersive gaming experiences, which Dark and Darker is definitely set to offer. Set in the fictional Russian city of Tarkov, this hardcore first-person shooter thrusts you into a world where you’ll scavenge for supplies, navigate war-torn streets, and engage in adrenaline-filled firefights against both other players and AI-controlled enemies. Oh, and these aren’t your run-of-the-mill AI bots that you just blitz your way through; some of the bosses you’re going to fight against are even harder than PMCs!

What truly sets Escape from Tarkov apart from any other game, though, is its unwavering commitment to realism and meticulous attention to detail. If you’ve talked to anyone who plays this game, you know how it literally just throws you into the gauntlet without a hint of what you have to do! With incredibly lifelike ballistics, extensive weapon customization, and a sophisticated health system, the game ramps up the excitement and engagement in the most challenging of ways.

With a dark and haunting atmosphere, spine-tingling audio design, and breathtaking visuals, this PvPvE looter-shooter game is unlike anything you’ve ever played before and will easily keep you occupied until Dark and Darker finally comes out. Just remember that watching a couple tutorials before starting will go a long way in making sure you have a good start.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

2. Hunt: Showdown

Sometimes, you just need to time travel all the way back to the late 1800s to have fun, and I’m talking deep in the Louisiana bayou, where you’ll be battling creepy critters and other players that also want bounties. In its dark and eerie vibes, this game is a unique combination of creatures, loot, and PvP that just really hits the spot.

As someone who’s really looking forward to playing Dark and Darker, Hunt: Showdown lets you have all the fun of a great PvPvE without taking anything away from the experience you’re waiting for. The game focuses a ton on weapon realism and throws in some permadeath spice to keep things interesting, too. If you’ve had a situation where you’ve got the most loot you’ve had in ten runs, and you’re an inch from death, you know that the thrill is just unmatched!

As it has multiplayer, you can also team up with fellow ghostbusters and adventure together in a place where you’ll be chasing creatures through the murkiest of marshes while keeping a close eye on the other players doing the same. If you think you have what it takes, see if you can come out on top in this strangest of battle royale-like games.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S.

3. Hellish Quart

Hellish Quart is another game that people love for its unique blend of historical accuracy, visceral combat, and deep immersion. Comparing it to Dark and Darker, you’ll love that this game also pays painstaking attention to detail, as it meticulously recreates 17th-century European fencing techniques, costumes, and environments. Not what I usually have in mind when I feel nostalgic about a historic time, but I’ll definitely take it.

The result is a stunningly accurate experience of the historic times that takes you to a bygone era, and all of the authenticity also extends to the combat mechanics, which rely on precise timing and technique. When it comes to rewarding experiences, learning and mastering this game might just feel like you’ve graduated from college all over again! Kind of.

While waiting for Dark and Darker, if you’re looking for a super realistic game that has one of the best combat experiences out there, you absolutely cannot go wrong with Hellish Quart. Plus, there are not a lot of people out there who can genuinely say they’re good at this game, so you get some bragging rights too. So, to take a side lane from the battle royale action of Dark and Darker in favor of its 1v1 duels, you can try this game out on PC today.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

4. Elden Ring

This time around, we’ve got a bit of an oddball alternative. If you know anything about Elden Ring, you probably know that on the surface, it isn’t anything like Dark and Darker, but hear me out. Elden Ring is a souls-borne game where you go on an adventure that has you fighting all kinds of monsters and enemies on your way. In fact, you fight so many monsters they might as well be the entire adventure!

Compared to Dark and Darker, you’ll mostly love Elden Ring for the fact that it also has a ton of monsters, just like the upcoming PvPvE game we’re waiting for. There are lots of reasons to love Elden Ring, and when you try it out, you’ll realize exactly why it won the game of the year in 2022! All of the unique enemies and bosses, each one harder than the last but also so much more rewarding to beat, make for an experience that’s exhilarating from start to finish.

There are only a few games out there where even the most basic of enemies can absolutely destroy you if you don’t respect them and beat them in an optimal way, and that’s part of what makes Elden Ring so great. It doesn’t hold your hand through anything and forces you to learn every enemy’s moves in order to beat it and move forward. If a souls-borne RPG revolving around monsters sounds like what you need while you wait for Dark and Darker, Elden Ring is the best game to do just that.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows.

5. Baldur’s Gate 3

Here it is again; this game couldn’t stay off a ‘game’s like’ list if it tried! Baldur’s Gate 3 is one of the games of the decade, and no matter what kind of game you usually like, there’s something in here for you to love. As a dungeons-and-dragons-based game, it doesn’t look like it has a lot in common with Dark and Darker, but it actually goes a lot deeper than that.

In Baldur’s Gate 3, you get a mixture of RPG, strategy, and action, all packed into one amazing game. In comparison to Dark and Darker, you’ll love all the different kinds of enemies and allies you find in this game. Everything from abstract monsters to druids and Drows, the mythical world of Baldur’s Gate is filled to the brim with variety and things to do. Seriously, no matter what corner of the world you look into within this game, there’s just so much content to uncover and experience!

When you spend an hour making your character, customizing them as you go, and adventuring together with your friends in a D&D party of four, you’ll get a fantasy experience that’s a lot like the premise of Dark and Darker but, at the same time, completely different. Even if you’re not entirely convinced that this game is similar to Dark and Darker, I highly recommend you give it a shot anyway and watch the days pass until the long-awaited game is here before you know it!

Platforms: PlayStation 5, Mac operating systems, Microsoft Windows.

6. Mordhau

Do you look at Dark and Darker and think, “Man, I wish I could slice that monster in half?” Well, if that sounds like you, then I’ve got good news! Mordhau is a game where hacking and slashing is pretty much the entire game, except you’re doing it to other people instead of monsters. If you ask me, that’s even better because it’s the satisfaction of winning a one-on-one duel that just doesn’t come from anywhere else.

The premise of this game is kind of like fighting a medieval war where you can be a whole variety of characters that include knights and others, and your aim is to pretty much kill your way to victory. Unlike Dark and Darker, it’s not an FPS game, but it is still in first-person perspective as you go around slashing your sword and blocking with your shield.

Basically, if you think that Dark and Darker needs to be bigger and at a grander scale, Mordhau is what you’re looking for. Monsters are replaced by humans, which might as well be the same thing, and you’re going to be fighting in battle royale style to get to victory in the most chaotic of ways. Add a couple of friends to the mix, and you’ve got a game that’ll make for endless hours of fun.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S.

7. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

With Skyrim, you’re taking the dungeon-crawling aspect of Dark and Darker and turning it up to 110%. Most gamers are no strangers to Skyrim’s name, but there are not many who know exactly what they’re in store for here. With dungeons, an unbelievable adventure, and a world that’s as large as your imagination can make it, there’s a lot for you to love here.

As you can tell, the dungeon crawling and monster fighting from Dark and Darker is what you’re primarily looking forward to with Skyrim. Apart from that, though, you’re going to be on a journey where you slowly learn and cement the belief that you’re the chosen one, the one who’s going to save this wretched world from all the evils that infest it.

Skyrim is a fun game, but when you add community mods to it, it just becomes so, so much more fun and almost a completely new game. If you’re playing on PC, I would consider it a crime if you didn’t add mods to this game, at least in your second playthrough. Yup, you’re probably going to be replaying this game because it’s also decision-driven, and you kinda have to explore all the different endings, this time with mods!

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows.

8. Darkest Dungeon

The name kinda gives it away, doesn’t it? We’ve got another dungeon crawler, one that’s as amazing as Dark and Darker’s dungeons and, in some ways, even better. Looking at its art style and gameplay, this game is definitely and doesn’t play out too similarly to Dark and Darker, at least not mechanically.

When you look deeper than just the surface, though, you find that the dark and unforgiving nature of this game, coupled with the dungeon-crawling gameplay we all love in Dark and Darker, is what makes it such a good alternative right now. In a similar vein to Baldur’s Gate, you’ll make a part of the heroes and take them into the dark world of Darkest Dungeon, where you’re going to be fighting all kinds of crazy creatures.

With RNG being one of the key features of this game, you might get a mixed bag here, but the only constant you can always rely on is that it’ll be fun. Especially considering the fact that some of your heroes may die, never to come back. Do you think you can beat the odds? And at what cost? That’s what Darkest Dungeons is all about, and I urge you to give it a shot while waiting for Dark and Darker.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One.

9. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

If you liked Mordhau and Hellish Quarts as alternatives but want something just a little different, meet Mount and Blade! This game is kind of like a combination of these two games and offers something unlike anything else out there right now. The premise of this game is that you create empires, destroy others’ empires, and engage in combat throughout the whole process.

The combat, as is the trend with the games on this list, focuses a ton on being realistic and almost like a simulator. When you’re on the battlefield, killing soldiers left and right in as realistic a way as possible, it really adds to the immersion of being in the Middle Ages! Like Dark and Darker, you’ll love the fact that the fantasy setting in this game is maintained but with a lot of other elements blending together.

If you want something a little more from Dark and Darker, perhaps variety or just a few extra elements, then Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord will take you for a trip through every realm of gaming you could think of. Almost. Just be prepared for things to be a bit overwhelming at first, though.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Xbox Cloud Gaming, Microsoft Windows.

10. Warhammer: Vermintide 2

Dark and Darker is nothing if not a fantasy game, which is part of what makes it so unique and fun for gamers. With Warhammer: Vermintide 2, you get another fantasy game, but one that’s far more focused and purer in terms of being just that – a fantasy game. It’s also kinda funny to imagine the name Vermintide, like a whole tide of vermin coming at you. Also, oddly terrifying.

In Vermintide 2, which is one of the better and most fun games of the Warhammer series, you and three other characters party up for an adventure that takes you through the process of saving the world together. Save the world from what? Well, rat-men and chaos warriors, of course; the game is called Vermintide, after all.

As amusing as the premise sounds, the game can really get pretty chaotic and terrifying at times as hordes of enemies come at you, especially in the boss fights. Don’t worry, though; with your hack-and-slash skills complemented by a healthy amount of arrow shooting, you’ll be just fine. The game also has a pretty long campaign, so you’ll have no trouble spending a ton of hours in this game waiting for Dark and Darker to finally be out.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Series X and Series S.

11. Dying Light 2 Stay Human

Dying Light 2 addresses what every zombie game needs to have from the very start – the ability to run really fast and parkour over buildings to get away from your would-be brain eaters. The devs didn’t forget balancing though, so don’t expect to leave zombies in your dust because they can also run super-fast and do parkour!

Coming from Dark and Darker, Dying Light 2 treats you to some of the most basic mechanics of that game and layers all of them with its own gameplay and story, which is really second to none. As one of the greatest games of all time, Dying Light takes you through zombie-infested areas that you’ll be sneaking into and gathering loot. Some of these aren’t infested at night, so there’s the thrill of finding one, looting it, and getting out of there before you’re turned into human-jerky by a bunch of hungry zombies.

If you’re open to substituting the monsters from Dark and Darker in favor of zombies while also trying out a game that’s really quite unique and different from Dark and Darker as a whole, Dying Light 2 is beckoning you to give it a try. For fans who are looking to broaden their horizons, this game is pretty much the perfect destination for your next adventure.

Platforms: PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows.

12. Sea of Thieves

Dark and Darker is a combination of a whole bunch of genres, which makes it pretty easy to recommend games as alternatives. One of these genres is looter games, which is pretty much the forte of Sea of Thieves, too! As far as multiplayer co-op games go, Sea of Thieves is a mixture of fun and action that’s really hard to beat.

In Sea of Thieves, you and your friends are a band of pirates out on the open sea that fight with other pirates to contest loot and get rich, of course. It’s also medieval, as pirate games tend to be, since this is the era they flourished in, and you will, too, hopefully.

What I love about Sea of Thieves as an alternative to Dark and Darker is that, on the surface, it doesn’t seem very similar, but you’ll find that it has elements of looting and it’s PvPvE. Think of it as a parallel dimension to Dark and Darker, with almost everything unique and of its own, but it’s all built on the core of what makes Dark and Darker so much fun.

Platforms: Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Series S, Microsoft Windows.

13. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of The Wild

For my Switch gamers, it’s always a fun time to recommend a Zelda game here and there. With Breath of the Wild, you’ve almost got a cheat code of a game that you can recommend anywhere and get away with it because it’s just too much fun to ever complain about. In this case, though, I assure you that it really is similar to Dark and Darker – here’s how:

The Legend of Zelda is often credited with being the first ever dungeon crawler out there, which kind of makes it the inventor of the genre. And, you guessed it, that’s one of the core parts of Dark and Darker, so you could even argue that Dark and Darker is a derivative of Zelda! In terms of gameplay, though, Zelda doesn’t have about as many dungeons as our favorite upcoming game.

Instead, it has a huge open world that you can explore and find all the dungeons, loot, monsters, and so much more. Open-ended gameplay is what Breath of the Wild is all about, and if you’re wanting to go on an unforgettable adventure before Dark and Darker comes out, this game is a must-play for you.

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, Wii U.

That wraps up this list of thirteen games like Dark and Darker! Considering the mixture of genres that it is, there’s a large variety of games that you can explore as alternatives here. From Baldur’s Gate to Dying Light 2, which game caught your eye the most? Let me know what you think and why, and I’ll see you in the comment section. Until then, good luck, and have fun with all your games!

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