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19 Games Like Escape From Tarkov That You Should Play Now

Games Like Escape From Tarkov

From constantly getting one-tapped by Glukhar to farming Reshala like a Scav, there’s a lot of fun we’ve had in Escape from Tarkov since it came out in 2017. It’s hard to believe that that was six years ago now; where’d all the time go?

OG Tarkov players have done most of everything there is to do in the game, and while the seasonal wipes make things a bit interesting, there’s no denying that some of us have squeezed every penny’s worth of our money from the game. So, where to next? Are there any games that offer the same experience but with a different twist? Well, I’m pleased to tell you that there are actually nineteen other games right here on this list! We’ll get things started with:

1. Hunt: Showdown

Hunt: Showdown

Hunt: Showdown is a lot like playing hide-and-seek with monsters, where you and your teammates have to hunt down and banish supernatural creatures before other players can steal the bounty! Nothing like fighting for your life against ghosts while other players, who are essentially deadly mercenaries like you, try to kill you as well so they can keep the bounty for themselves. If I sound salty, it’s because I’ve lost the bounty a bit too many times, I’m afraid.

But don’t let that discourage you from this game! Some of my most fun and hilarious times have been in this game despite its seemingly grim and scary setting. Coming from Tarkov, you’re used to playing a high-stakes game of scavenger hunt in a warzone, where weapons and supplies are like gold and avoiding enemies are, well, enemies.

In Hunt, you’re kind of treated to the same high-stakes gameplay where there’s an element of both AI as well as other players fighting for a similar objective, which is the best part of this game! The thrill of getting an absolutely stacked haul in Tarkov feels just the same as getting the bounty in Hunt: Showdown does.

So, if you’re looking for another realistic loot-based shooter game, Hunt: Showdown is it for you. You can play it on a bunch of platforms, including PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

2. DayZ

DayZ

Right away, I saw the most unique thing about DayZ in its focus on survival elements, such as hunger, thirst, and disease, in addition to the traditional first-person shooter gameplay. It’s very reminiscent of Tarkov and how it throws you in the thick of it with nothing but, well, actually, just literally nothing to help you!

That’s not to say that DayZ doesn’t do its own thing, though. Here, you must manage your basic needs while also navigating through a world filled with zombies and other players. This part makes it pretty clear that both games feature survival elements and require players to manage their inventory, health, and hunger, which is very important.

Where you’re going to see the two games diverge is in DayZ’s larger open-world map, whereas Tarkov was more focused on smaller, instanced areas. You’re also pretty free to explore and build a base in DayZ, while Tarkov is a lot more of spawn-loot-dietoGlukhar-return until you’ve had your fill.

As a long-time fan of Tarkov, I loved both games just as much, and I know you will, too! If you want to give DayZ a try, you can do it on a PS4, Xbox One, or PC.

3. Deadside

Deadside

Remember the trading system in Tarkov? That makes a cameo in Deadside too! Somewhat unknown to new players in Deadside is its emphasis on a player-driven economy and trade. Basically, you’re rewarded for busting your butt gathering resources and crafting items by being allowed to sell them to other players in exchange for in-game currency! If real life isn’t going too well, Deadside is your second chance to become a business tycoon in the market of your specialization.

There are a bunch of similarities between Tarkov and Deadside: they both have a focus on looting, combat, and a player-driven economy. However, kinda like DayZ, Deadside has a more open-world feel, with a larger map, more freedom of movement, and base building. Additionally, you’re going to be fortifying your base here because there are bad people out there that wanna steal your loot, and you’ll need to defend against them.

There are a couple more similarities, too, like the focus on hunger and other basic survival needs, but you’ll find that this game takes you into a completely different atmosphere that’s just as fun (if not more) than Tarkov! To try Deadside, you’ll need a PC, so if there was ever a time to switch to the master race, it’s now.

4. Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is a wild ride, for sure. Straight off the bat, you’re dropped into a post-apocalyptic world where players must navigate through dangerous environments, fight mutated monsters, and scavenge for resources to survive. Survival of the fittest, I get it, but I just got here, man.

Now, while Metro and Tarkov are both first-person shooter games with a focus on survival elements, they don’t really offer the same gameplay experiences, which is a good thing! Let me tell you why.

In Metro Exodus, you’re playing through a linear storyline with scripted events, something like Call of Duty but with a completely different spin on things. In comparison, Tarkov is more about open-ended experiences where you can explore different areas (within limits) and make your own choices like an adult.

Despite the differences, I found myself feeling like a rat that’s scavenging and surviving (like I used to in Tarkov) pretty often in Metro, too. So, if you’re interested in a story game version of Tarkov, Metro has exactly what you’re looking for! The game is playable on PlayStation, Xbox, and of course, PC.

5. Insurgency: Sandstorm

Insurgency: Sandstorm

Insurgency is a favorite of mine from a long time ago (2014 actually really was a pretty long time ago, okay). With Sandstorm, the intense and realistic gameplay we’ve all come to know and love got even better, as did its immersive environments and attention to detail! The core gameplay here features large-scale battles between security forces and insurgents in a bunch of locations around the world, with players using a variety of weapons and tactics to outsmart their opponents.

The thing that makes this game such a good alternative to Tarkov is its tactical gameplay and realism, and you’re really going to find yourself impressed by it the same way Tarkov got all of us in the start.

That’s where the similarities end, though, because Insurgency: Sandstorm is more about large-scale battles and team-deathmatch gameplay, while Escape from Tarkov is more focused on objectives and looting.

The authenticity of Sandstorm’s realistic ballistics, weapon mechanics, and movement systems made the game incredibly fun for me, especially since I’m a nerd for simulators. If this sounds like your kind of game, too, you can try it today on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, among others!

6. PUBG: Battlegrounds

PUBG: Battlegrounds

Does this game even need an introduction at this point? PUBG pretty much made the battle-royale genre what it is today with its extremely fun and realistic gun mechanics, the map design, and of course, the three-wheeled death trap that could spontaneously kill you any second as you drive it.

Jokes aside, PUBG is one of the best FPS (or third-person, if you prefer) games out there, and there’s something to love no matter which game you’re coming from. You drop out of a plane along with 99 other players to collect the best loot and fight to be the last one standing; it’s a simple but super fun formula!

Compared to Tarkov, this game is deceptively similar in what it does: you have a looting system, realistic gunplay, and you have to fight to survive against other players. But, as other PUBG players can probably relate, the game doesn’t really feel that similar to Tarkov, because it’s unique in a couple other ways, like the fact that it’s battle royale and doesn’t really have any in-game objectives to be completed.

So, if you’re looking for a refreshing change from Tarkov while still retaining the best part: realism, you’ll be more than happy with PUBG! You can play it on pretty much any platform you can think of, including PlayStation, Xbox, PC, mobile, and more.

7. Fallout 4

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 is one of the best games in the entire Fallout series, and there’s a good reason why! In a nutshell, this game is like a post-apocalyptic paradise, full of radioactive monsters, mutated creatures, and, just to make things a bit livelier, the occasional robot friend!

Personally, I love Fallout 4 because it offers a massive open world filled with actually interesting characters, fun quests, and plenty of opportunities to explore and scavenge the way I please. You can craft your own weapons and armor, build your own settlements, and even romance some of your companions if you’re feeling frisky! The amount of freedom is a really refreshing change from something like Tarkov.

Speaking of Tarkov, while these two games may seem like apples and oranges, they actually have a couple of surprising similarities. Firstly, you’ve going to be scavenging for resources and managing your inventory in both of them, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities for combat and looting in both, too!

Where Fallout 4 strays away from Tarkov, though, is it’s much more focused on exploration and story, while Escape from Tarkov is all about tactical gameplay and intense firefights. If you love spending hours wandering a wasteland, chatting with NPCs, and completing quests, you’ll absolutely love what Fallout has in store for you! The game is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

8. 7 Days to Die

7 Days to Die

Ah, 7 Days to Die, or as I like to call it, the baby Minecraft had with The Walking Dead and then threw into a zombie apocalypse. I’m kidding! There’s no baby, just an apocalypse. In this game, you’re treated to a survival experience set in a post-apocalyptic world where players must scavenge for resources, build their own shelter, and fend off hordes of zombies.

Something I saw that was pretty unique is that there’s a dynamic day/night cycle where zombies become more aggressive at night, which means you’ll have to clench your nether regions that much tighter if you’re to survive.

The most obvious similarity I found between this and Tarkov is the emphasis on survival elements. As you’re pretty accustomed to by now, you’ll need to be very careful about how you manage your resources and when you engage in fights because they might be your last if you’re reckless.

There’s also a crafting system for those that love it! It allows you to create your own weapons, tools, and equipment, giving you more control over your own gameplay experience. If you’d want to fall in love with this game like I did, you can play it today on PS4, PC, and Xbox.

9. Vigor

Vigor

Vigor is an absolute hidden gem of a game! Not many people know about this one, but those who do are absolutely hooked and you’re about to find out why:

Picture this; you’re in a post-apocalyptic survival game set in Norway, where you must scavenge for resources, build your own shelter, and engage in intense firefights with other players to survive. There’s a lot at stake!

The game takes the standard survival game formula and puts a couple of unique twists on it. One of these is the Outlander system, where you must deposit your loot in a helicopter and escape before being killed by other players. Fun, right?

Now, while Vigor may not be as well-known as Escape from Tarkov, it still has a dedicated fanbase (which includes me) that loves its intense and immersive gameplay! The game features a variety of weapons and equipment, as well as a crafting system that allows players to customize their loadouts and create their own fortifications.

If you’re ready to take the plunge into a completely new survival game experience, Vigor is waiting for you on your nearest PlayStation, Switch, and Xbox. Sadly, there’s no news of a PC version as of yet.

10. Marauders

Marauders

If you’re low-key an Assassin’s Creed fan on the side, you’re gonna be thrown back to Black Flag with Marauders! In this game, you’ll take on the role of space pirates and engage in tactical ship-to-ship combat. The focus here is on strategy and resource management, as you’ll be choosing how to allocate your crew and equipment in order to survive and, eventually, thrive in a hostile galaxy! That’s not even all; you even get a pretty robust crafting system to upgrade and customize your ship just the way you like it.

All that sounds familiar to another game, too, doesn’t it? Yup, you’re given a bunch of the same features here that you had on Tarkov! Just to count, there’s the strategy and resource management, allocating equipment, survival, and the crafting system, all of which will make you feel right at home as a Tarkov veteran.

Where these two diverge, though, is in the core gameplay of Marauders, which is all about building and managing a pirate fleet, while Tarkov is focused on survival and combat in a harsh, unforgiving environment. You’ll rarely think that you’re playing a Tarkov alternative, but the way your skills will transfer to this game should make you think otherwise! Marauders is available on

11. S.T.A.L.K.E.R

S.T.A.L.K.E.R

The thing I love the most about S.T.A.L.K.E.R has to be its immersive open-world gameplay, which drops you straight into a post-apocalyptic wasteland filled with danger and mystery! Like any wasteland, there are a bunch of factions here that you’ll want to interact with and a multitude of quests to go on. All that makes for offers a rich and engaging experience that’ll keep you on your toes the whole way through, just as us Tarkov veterans like!

Speaking of Tarkov, while there are a bunch of similarities between Tarkov and S.T.A.L.K.E.R, they’re kinda two different beasts with their own fangs and fur, you know? Tarkov, as you know, is a multiplayer-focused game that emphasizes realistic combat and survival. When you come to S.T.A.L.K.E.R, though, you’ll find a single-player game that focuses more on exploration and discovery. That being said, both games share a similar vibe of danger and unease, so you’ll get the same heart-pumping excitement here that you got there!

S.T.A.L.K.E.R is available on PC, and there are a couple of handy mods available that I highly recommend to enhance your experience even further. So, check out NexusMods, batten down the hatches, grab your gear, and prepare to venture into the Zone!

12. Badlanders

Badlanders

Are you as surprised as I was to hear that Badlanders was actually developed by the same team behind the popular mobile game, Rules of Survival? Compared to its big-boy mobile tycoon, Badlanders is a pretty new release and hasn’t gained the same level of recognition, but I found that it still offers a unique gameplay experience for mobile gamers!

Yup, it’s a mobile game, but don’t let that deter you! The game actually has a bunch of similarities with Tarkov and does it in a neat little package. Both Tarkov and Badlanders have a focus on scavenging for resources and using them to improve your gear and weapons, and Badlanders also features a similar loot system! You’ll find a lot of valuable items and gear while exploring the game’s open world (seriously, when did mobile games become the open world?).

Now, I do have to let you know that Badlanders is more of a multiplayer shooter with battle royale elements, while Tarkov is a more focused tactical shooter with a heavier emphasis on realism and survival. So, they’re similar, but they have their own thing going on, just as they should. To try Badlanders, you’ll need an iPhone or an Android (or an emulator on PC, if you’re into that sort of thing).

13. Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood

As a Tarkov player, you’ll love Back 4 Blood! Wait, I forgot to mention that you’ll have to be a fan of cooperative first-person shooters with a focus on survival and strategy first. But hey, there isn’t as much of a focus on realism here, so you don’t have to worry about your buddy shooting you in the head, thinking you were a scav! Back 4 Blood tries to offer a similar level of intensity and challenge as Tarkov, and I think it does that really, really well.

In Back 4 Blood, you’ll take on the role of survivors of a zombie apocalypse and must fight your way through hordes of the undead. The game has both a campaign mode and a multiplayer mode, where players can team up with friends or join random groups to take on challenging missions and battles. Something for everyone; love to see it!

If you’re coming from Tarkov and want something with fast-paced and action-packed gameplay, with a variety of weapons and gear to choose from, Back 4 Blood is made for you! You can play it on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

14. Miscreated

Miscreated

What you have with Miscreated is an open-world survival game that tries to provide a challenging and immersive experience for players. As is becoming a bit of a theme in this list, the game throws you into a post-apocalyptic world where you now have to scavenge for resources, craft items, and fight off hostile mutants and other players in order to survive!

Just from that last sentence, you can probably tell how this game is similar to Tarkov. Now, while Miscreated does share some similarities with Tarkov, such as a focus on survival and resource management, you’ll most certainly be treated to its own unique flavor of survival! The biggest difference is that Miscreated is more of an open-world sandbox game, while Tarkov is a more focused tactical shooter with a heavier emphasis on realism and survival.

That said, though, Tarkov players are still going to love the shared theme of survival and scavenging here. Plus, you’ll need to make strategic decisions about how to manage your resources and navigate a dangerous world filled with hostile enemies in both games, so they’re actually more similar than you’d think. To play Miscreated, you can get it on your nearest Windows PC.

15. Arma 3

Arma 3

I like to think of Arma 3 as a lot like a digital playground for military enthusiasts, letting me experience epic battles, tactical operations, and strategic warfare all in one game. Can you imagine having to join the actual army to experience that stuff? We live in wonderful times! The game features a massive open-world environment with a ton of weapons, vehicles, and gear to choose from, and you can team up with others to complete missions or click heads in the PvP mode.

The first and most obvious similarity I found between this and Tarkov is that both games will need you to be strategic and think tactically in order to survive. In Arma 3, you’ll need to plan your attacks carefully and use cover to your advantage in order to avoid enemy fire and complete objectives. In Tarkov, you had this element in the way you had to plan and successfully navigate the game’s dangerous environment and avoid being killed by other players or AI enemies (Shturman, please, just this once, let me go).

So, if you’re a fan of Tarkov and tactical shooters, Arma 3 is definitely worth checking out! The game is available on PC only, though.

16. Payday 2

Payday 2

Alright, put on your clown (or furry) mask because it’s time to pull off heists and robberies with your friends! In Payday 2, you’re given a team-based FPS game with a ton of weapons, gadgets, and abilities to choose from, allowing you to customize your character and approach each mission the way you want to do it.

That’s the best part of the game for me and sets Payday 2 apart from others: its emphasis on teamwork and strategy. To successfully complete each heist, you’re gonna need to work together with your teammates and coordinate your actions to avoid detection and overcome obstacles!

Now, when it comes to comparing Payday 2 with Tarkov, there are some similarities and differences. Both will need you to be strategic, a team player, and of course, make some sick tactical plays. At the same time, though, you’ll quickly note that Tarkov is more focused on survival and realism, while Payday 2 is more focused on cooperative gameplay and heist planning.

So, if you’re interested in stepping up the amount and quality of loot you and your buddies go out to get, it might be time to switch from Tarkov to Payday! The game is available on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and the Switch too.

17. The Cycle: Frontier

The Cycle: Frontier

Strap on your space suit; it’s time to shoot and splatter monster guts on an alien planet filled with dangerous creatures and valuable resources! What sets this game apart for me is its blend of PvE and PvP gameplay, as you’ll have to survive not only against hostile alien threats but also compete with each other to collect the most resources and complete objectives.

Right away, you’re introduced to the game’s unique mechanic called the cycle, which is essentially a timer that counts down during each match. That sounds simple enough, right? But, as the timer ticks down, the difficulty of the game increases, making it harder to survive against both the alien creatures and other players. Talk about heart-thumping!

Comparing to Tarkov, both games share the elements of survival and PvP gameplay, but they put their own spins on how they deliver these to you, as they should. I found The Cycle: Frontier to be more of an objective-based shooter with a focus on gathering resources and competing with other players, while Tarkov is a more realistic and hardcore tactical shooter with a heavier emphasis on survival and looting.

Still, I think The Cycle is just similar enough to Tarkov, where you’ll love the experience it delivers while still getting a completely new and fresh take on things! To try it out, you’ll need a gaming PC.

18. Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0

Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0

Ah, Warzone 2.0, the most recent update to Call of Duty: Warzone, a free-to-play battle royale game developed by none other than Infinity Ward and Raven Software. If you’ve played the first Warzone game, you’ll know exactly what to expect here, and I’m glad they don’t pretend it’s a new game by naming it something completely different. Don’t let that think that this game isn’t unique, though; there’s a reason people love it as much as they do!

I’m not sure if the community is with me on this, but I personally love the update and changes they’ve made. The new map is amazing, and the improvements to the Gulag system were much needed. One thing I don’t love, though, is with the new update have come a bunch of new bugs and glitches, but at this point in time, it pretty much feels impossible to find a game that doesn’t have at least half a dozen of these at launch.

When it comes to comparing COD Warzone 2.0 with Tarkov, there are some similarities and differences, as it goes. Starting with the similarities, both games are first-person shooters that require you to be strategic and think tactically in order to succeed. However, with Warzone 2.0, you’re playing a battle royale game, while Tarkov is a more hardcore tactical shooter where you go in to get the loot and get out.

As a Tarkov player that loves the game’s realism, you might find the change to a more casual and arcade experience in Warzone 2.0 very refreshing! To try it out, you’ll need anything from a PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

19. Hell Let Loose

Hell Let Loose

This game’s title definitely does justice to the gameplay it delivers. In Hell Let Loose, you’re provided an intense and immersive World War II first-person shooter experience that’s unmatched by anything else out there!

First, I want to compare the game with Tarkov, and there are a few things to keep in mind here. First, it’s pretty obvious that they both aim to be tactical shooters, which means you’ll need to use your noggin and make smart decisions in order to come out on top. Add to that, they both have a strong emphasis on realism and immersion, along with many weapons and gear for players to use! The best possible similarities they could’ve had, in my opinion.

Now, let’s talk about the differences, which is where Hell Let Loose’s gameplay comes into play. The first of these is that this is a much larger-scale game with battles involving up to 100 players, kinda like Battlefield.

On the same note, the game also makes teamwork and cooperation much more important because you’ll be playing different roles within their squad, like medics, engineers, and snipers. If this sounds like your kind of game, you can try it out on your nearest PS5, Xbox Series S or X, or your trusted gaming PC!

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Alright, that’s all we have for today! We’re truly living in the golden times of gaming; there are so many options to choose from, even if you’re just looking for a game similar to the one that you already love. So, what do you think of this roundup? Is there anything missing? Let me know down below, and as always, may the RNG gods shower their blessings upon you!

Danish Javed

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Danish Javed

Obsessed with everything from Rainbow Six Siege and Valorant to Dota 2 and Rocket League, Danish is a competitive gamer at heart. Committed to creating exciting content about the latest trends in gaming, he is always on the lookout for the next big thing. Learn More

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