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17 Games Like GTA 5 to Play While You Wait for GTA 6

Games Like GTA 5

Hello there, my fellow gaming gangsters and digital daredevils – have you been on the prowl for games like GTA 5, but every list you’ve found so far feels shorter than a squirrel’s attention span? Well, you’ve finally found the article you were looking for because I’ve got seventeen super fun alternatives to GTA V, and we made sure not to leave our article incomplete (cough game rant cough). So, without further ado, let’s get into with our first game:

1. GTA IV

GTA IV

This may sound like a step backward, but some people will swear by this game despite GTA V having been out for 10 years! There’s just something about GTA IV that makes it such a great game even after all these years, even in comparison to its successor. The gameplay is the classic GTA experience that is as polished as you’d expect but with a different storyline and setting than any of the other games.

Similarities to GTA V are fairly obvious here, so you can expect it to be exactly what you’re looking for. So, the burning question remains: Does it hold up after all these years? Well, after a lot of deliberation, I can comfortably report that this game will never cease to amaze you with all the weird ways you can accidentally die, just like GTA 5! Even the graphics could put a lot of current-gen games to shame (looking at you, Gollum), so you won’t feel like you’re going back in time to the 90s. To play GTA IV, you’re gonna need a PlayStation 3, Xbox, or PC.

2. Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs

To this day, I have never played a game like Sleeping Dogs. I mean, sure, it’s the same concept as GTA, but wow, does this game have a unique character to it. My absolute favorite part of this game was when I’d be getting chased by cars and bikes, and I’d just shoot their tires, making them go pop as they literally flipped over from the explosion! Although I never did figure out what the name of the game means, I don’t remember seeing any sleeping dogs… Hmmm.

As for the gameplay, it’s more or less the same experience as GTA but from a different developer. You get the RPG elements, you get to buy a house, a car, a bike, and gun down as many people as you could want after a hard day at work! As far as GTA alternatives go, there’s no better game than this, in my opinion. You can play Sleeping Dogs on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

3. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

This is another no-brainer alternative for GTA, and it’s actually in for a shout as even better than GTA V! There’s a reason people consider this the game of the decade, and that holds true particularly for GTA fans because it’s made by Rockstar!

When it comes to gameplay, this game is one of the best, most in-depth RPGs I have ever seen and probably ever will see. Everything from your horse getting dirty when you ride through the mud to townspeople holding a grudge against you if you cause mayhem, the entire world feels alive and real. Listen, we’ve all had the urge to set an entire town on fire, but if you do it in RDR2, be prepared to have the residents shoot you every time you pass through it afterward!

RDR2 takes some things from GTA and makes them better, but for the most part, it’s its own thing. To try it out, you can get it on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

4. Mafia: Definitive Edition

Mafia: Definitive Edition

This game really kinda snuck up on me. It’s basically a fancy remastered edition of the original Mafia game that came out way back in 2002, and wow, did they do an amazing job at making this a proper remaster! They’ve jazzed it up with better graphics, improved gameplay mechanics, and even some extra goodies that I’ll leave for you to discover for yourself.

The gameplay here is super similar to GTA, complete with the third-person POV, driving, shooting, etc., but Mafia puts its own flavor on all of it. It’s like a classy, well-dressed mobster who takes his time, immerses you in a captivating story, and keeps things grounded in the 1930s Prohibition era. Speaking of the story, the narrative is really good, too, complete with really detailed characters and an authentic setting of what the Mafia was actually like. To play Mafia, you can get it on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

5. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

Ah, Cyberpunk. This game has been the definition of an emotional rollercoaster! I went from being super hyped for its launch to being immediately disappointed on launch day and then being dragged back into the game after it went through some much-needed work.

You’re probably no stranger to how Cyberpunk didn’t live up to expectations, but the game has gotten much, much better since launch and actually has a lot of content (flanked by fewer but still present bugs). The gameplay is pretty much GTA but through the lens of CD Projekt Red. This means that where it lacks GTA’s excellent polish, it makes up for an excellent story and setting. Seriously, Night City alone could be the best selling point of this game, it looks better than anything I’ve ever seen!

Like me, if you’re also willing to give Cyberpunk a chance 3 years down the line, you can purchase it (often dirt0cheap) on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. Just a heads up, though, the pedestrians are often strapped and are now not at all hesitant to blow your head off if you mess with them!

6. Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2

When it comes to the Borderlands series, Borderlands 2 is the crowd favorite, the crème de la crème, the top dog! It’s got all the elements that make it an absolute blast to play – featuring memorable characters, a side-splitting story, and addictive co-op action that’ll keep you coming back for more. Man, I really wish co-op story games would be more common; it was the best part of some of my childhood games!

Now, here’s the thing: Borderlands 2 may not look like GTA V, but I still think it’s a pretty good alternative. Why? Well, it’s not too similar to the third-person version of GTA V, but compare it to the first-person POV, and you’ve got a first-person shooter mixed with RPG elements set in a wacky post-apocalyptic world. Add some of Borderlands’ over-the-top action, story, and art style, and you’ve got a game that’s definitely in the same ballpark while bringing its own unique fun! To play it, you’ll need a PlayStation, Xbox, PC, or even your phone.

7. Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV

Saints Row IV is like GTA V’s distant cousin who’s, for some reason, always on a sugar high (or maybe even hard drugs, who knows?)! It’s a game that knows how to have fun and doesn’t take itself too seriously, which is something I really loved about it.

It’s no secret that Saints Row pitches itself as an alternative to GTA, and while it doesn’t have the same popularity, it’s definitely worth trying! Like GTA, it’s an open-world game with a crime-filled backdrop. Where things get delightfully bonkers, though, is that Saints Row IV cranks up the insanity dial to eleven and then rips it off! We’re talking superpowers, aliens, and a whole lot of hilarious shenanigans with friends.

You see, unlike GTA, you don’t have to be just a regular street thug trying to make a name for yourself. No, in Saints Row IV, you can be the freakin’ President of the United States, battling an alien invasion inside a virtual reality simulation! This is just the tip of the iceberg, and you can discover the rest on your PlayStation, Xbox, PC, or Switch.

8. Minecraft RP Servers

Minecraft RP Servers

If you’re an avid GTA RP player, I’m gonna need you to forget about the gritty realism of GTA V because now we’re going on a trip to Minecraft! Here, you can dive into Minecraft’s own roleplay servers and let your creativity run wild. And when I say creativity, I mean it – want to be a knight? Done! How about a futuristic explorer or a mythical creature? Whatever you want, boss!

While you can do pretty much anything you want, you’ll find that most of Minecraft’s roleplay servers are all about family-friendly fun and collaborative storytelling. You’ll build epic castles, go on grand adventures, and unleash your inner actor or storyteller. It’s a fresh change of pace coming from GTA, but it may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you’re looking to expand your horizons, you can try out these servers on almost every platform imaginable – PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Switch, phone, and probably more.

9. ARK: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved

In ARK, survival really has evolved because you’re not just dealing with your basic needs like food, water, and shelter. Oh no, that’d be too basic, so you’re thrown instead into a world full of dinosaurs and all sorts of crazy creatures! Jurassic Park has come to life for you (on steroids), and you don’t even have Jeff Goldblum to help you through it.

One of the absolute best parts of this game is that you can actually tame and ride dinosaurs! I can finally find out what kind of turning performance T-Rex outputs; thanks, ARK. When thinking of this as an alternative to GTA V, it helps to imagine swapping out the concrete jungles you’re used to for lush prehistoric landscapes and dinosaurs galore. It’s definitely a different game, but with some key similarities to keep the GTA spark continuing. To play, you’ll need a PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Switch, or just your phone.

10. Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 is the popular, older sibling who’s always outshining its younger sibling, which in this case is Watch Dogs Legion. This game was really ahead of its time in many ways. When you start, it takes you on a wild virtual vacation to sunny San Francisco, where you’ll rub shoulders with tech-savvy hackers and soak up the glorious California vibes.

Combine that with its light-hearted and hilarious tone, and you’ll find yourself on one of the best adventures of your life with a crew of lovable misfits out to save the day. The gameplay will have you hacking your way through the city, pulling off epic stunts like a digital ninja, all while giving the finger to corruption. If you’re looking for a quirky, tech-savvy kinda alternative to GTA V, this cyber adventure is going to be one that you won’t forget any time soon – playable on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

11. Final Fantasy XIV

Final Fantasy XIV

Now, I’ll admit, as far as GTA alternatives go, I’m reaching a bit with this one, but hear me out! As a GTA V fan, you’ll get a gameplay experience that’s a bit more on the cooperative side, so it’s perfect for RP players and heist enjoyers. Apart from that, though, you get to experience the magic of Final Fantasy!

You’ll join forces with other players to tackle dungeons, slay monsters, and become a hero of the realm. Think of it as an MMORPG party with swords and sorcery instead of your typical heists and high-speed chases. Different, but fun!

Final Fantasy XIV has a rich world to explore, engaging storytelling, and a ton of activities to keep you hooked. You can become a master crafter, battle badass creatures, and even show off your interior design skills by decorating your very own house (my favorite part, don’t judge me). To try it out for yourself, you can get FFXIV on PlayStation and PC.

12. Yakuza 0

Yakuza 0

In Red Dead Redemption 2 fashion, Yakuza, too, has opted for a prequel game! In the streets of 1980s Japan, Yakuza 0 takes you on a rollercoaster ride through the criminal underworld. It’s a mix of serious storytelling and over-the-top action, like a crime drama with a sprinkle of absurdity! And trust me when I tell you, no game does absurdity like Yakuza.

Instead of guns blazing and high-speed chases, you get intense hand-to-hand combat and outrageous fighting styles that’ll leave you feeling equal parts satisfied and confused. Plus, you’ll have a chance to run your own cabaret club and belt out some karaoke tunes. Who knew organized crime could be so…entertaining?

So, if you’re itching for a change of scenery and a taste of Japanese mafia life, Yakuza 0 might just be the ticket! The game is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

13. Payday 2

Payday 2

Payday 2, as the name tells you, is all about that sweet, sweet payday. Picture GTA V’s heists, but with high-octane fuel powering them along with a huge dose of depth and insanity! In this game, you and your crew step into the shoes of seasoned criminals, ready to pull off the wildest heists imaginable – and it’s not just a simple smash-and-grab; oh no, you’ll be diving headfirst into the intricate world of precision planning and strategic teamwork!

Ever had that one guy ruined an hour-long heist on GTA? Well, Payday 2 takes those heists to a whole new level of detail. You’ll be hacking security systems, drilling into vaults, and even juggling hostages like a twisted circus act. It’s a symphony of chaos and criminal brilliance, where one wrong move can leave you in a sticky situation with the fuzz! This game is particularly fun for you heist enjoyers out there, and you can play it on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC.

14. Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6 is the cool new kid on the block in the Far Cry franchise. It’s got a solid fan base and promises to be a wild ride, just like its older siblings! But is it, though?

The premise of this Far Cry game is a fictional island called Yara ruled by a power-hungry dictator. Yup, if I have my notes right, this appears to be the perfect recipe for chaos, mayhem, and heroic antics! In the gameplay, you get to explore a vibrant open world with all sorts of animals and creatures, stunning landscapes, and a population that’s had enough of the dictator’s shenanigans. When will dictators learn that it always ends the same way for all of them?

Now, let’s talk GTA V similarities – both games are open-world playgrounds where you can unleash your inner mischief. In Far Cry 6, you’ll find side missions, outposts to liberate, and all sorts of thrilling challenges to make sure there’s never a dull moment in your adventure. To try it out, you’ll need a PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

15. Bully

Bully

Bully has to be one of the best games of all time! Pretty much every person I know that had a PS2 has played this game, and every single one of them loved it. Now, I know you’re discouraged by the fact that it’s a PS2 game, but I’m gonna need you to trust me and play this game anyway.

Bully is really one of those games where you’ll forget entirely about the graphics because the gameplay is that fun and engaging! You’re essentially a high school kid just trying to get through, well, high school, but there’s a bunch of adventures and shenanigans that you get to engage in on the way there. It isn’t the most conventional alternative to GTA, but it’s made by Rockstar and has a lot of the same elements that we’ve come to love so much over the years. To try it out, you can find Bully on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Phone.

16. Mad Max

Mad Max

I used to think this game was only about racing the sick cars in the Mad Max universe, but it turns out you’re not just racing around like a speedy cheetah on wheels – it’s a whole lot more than that!

Picture yourself as Max Rockatansky, roaming a post-apocalyptic wasteland in your badass, souped-up ride called the Magnum Opus. With possibly the coolest car ever, you’ll be exploring a vast open world, bashing heads in melee combat, and using your Magnum Opus to fight epic vehicular battles. It’s really got a little bit of everything, and it does everything in the most Mad Max way possible!

Mad Max has a lot of the same things you’ll find in GTA, apart from the setting, of course. With its own flavor on the RPG genre, Mad Max offers a gritty, dark atmosphere and the option of customizing your ride to be a death machine! If that floats your boat, you can try out Mad Max on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

17. LA Noire

LA Noire

LA Noire is a game that puts you in the lead role in your very own detective flick! Envy Jake Peralta no more because it’s your turn to be the hero detective now. Imagine strutting around post-World War II Los Angeles, rocking a snazzy detective suit and fedora. You’re not causing mayhem or stealing cars this time—oh no, you’re the law, the one hunting down criminals and solving mysteries!

Instead of going wild in the streets like you do in GTA V, LA Noire has you putting your detective skills to the test. You’ll be inspecting crime scenes, interrogating suspects, and deciphering their sneaky facial expressions like the best detective/genius that you are.

So, if you’re tired of the usual GTA V chaos and want to embrace a different kind of chaos—the organized chaos of detective work—LA Noire is the way to go for you! The game is available for purchase on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC.

And there you have it! Seventeen glorious games like GTA V to keep you entertained for eons. Whether you’re itching for explosive shootouts, heart-pounding car chases, or simply want to indulge your inner lawbreaker, these games have got you covered. So, buckle up, rev your virtual engines, and let the mischief begin! With that, I’m signing off, have fun, and good luck with all your games!

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