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Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn To Complete Next

Games Like Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn really took the world by storm; it was one of the best games I’ve ever played! Where else do you get to kill (or befriend) animals-turned-robots that can be as small as a cat or as big as dinosaurs? All that with primal weapons like a bow or a staff, too! The combat, gameplay, and story were something to marvel, and marvel we did.

But now what? At this point, we’ve all platted the game; where’s the next adventure lying for us? I’m glad you asked because I went and found thirteen other games that gave me the same sense of awe that I got from Horizon Zero Dawn on launch day. So, without further ado, let’s get into it:

1. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was a mixed bag for most, but I freaking loved it! It’s a pretty wild ride from start to finish; you get to be a Viking raider named Eivor and lead your crew to settle in England during the Viking Age. The game will make you love exploration, combat, and stealth, all of which are key parts of its core gameplay!

Speaking of the core gameplay, I love that the game lets you run around the open world of England, completing quests, discovering new locations, and raiding enemy camps. And, of course, there’s going to be a bunch of combat as you go, and it’s brutal. You can use axes, swords, and bows to take down your foes, or you can sneak up on them and take them down quietly. Plus, you get to unlock special abilities and skills as you progress, so you can kill them in even cooler ways!

Now, I know you’re wondering how it compares to Horizon Zero Dawn. Well, for starters, both games have open worlds and involve exploration and combat, but Horizon Zero Dawn has robotic creatures, while Assassin’s Creed Valhalla has Vikings! That means you get a taste of the same pre-historic setting from Horizon but with a more primitive spin on things. So, get ready to raid and pillage like a true Viking warrior as you play the game on PC, PS4, or Xbox.

2. Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima

Ghost of Tsushima is one epic samurai adventure; you get to play as Jin Sakai, a samurai warrior in feudal Japan who’s fighting to defend his homeland against the Mongol invaders. That might seem like it’s enough to sell you, and it is, but let me tell you – the gameplay itself is nothing short of breathtaking!

In the game, you get to explore the vast, open world of Tsushima, taking on missions and discovering hidden secrets along the way. And the combat, oh boy, the combat is just so satisfying! You get to wield a katana, a bow and arrow, and other weapons to take on your enemies in epic sword fights that end with one of you getting hacked and slashed like a fruit. I also love that hacking and slashing isn’t the only option either – the stealth gameplay is just as thrilling, as you use smoke bombs and other ninja tactics to take down enemies without being detected.

Coming from Horizon, while the games have different settings and gameplay mechanics, they share a bunch of similarities too. For example, both games feature open-world environments that encourage exploration and offer a variety of side quests and activities. Additionally, both games use the environment to tell stories and provide clues about the world and its history, giving players a sense of discovery and wonder.

Plus, you get the upgrade systems that allow you to improve your weapons, equipment, and abilities as you progress through the game, giving us the sense of progression and accomplishment we all love. For now, the game is a PlayStation exclusive, but maybe a PC port like Horizon Zero Dawn is in the works…maybe…hopefully.

3. The Last of Us Part II

The Last of Us Part II

If you’re like me and are wondering why The Last of Us Part II is so popular, it’s simple – it’s a post-apocalyptic thrill ride that’s packed full of emotional gut punches, memorable characters, and gameplay that’s as fun as it is deadly. And if that doesn’t sell you, let’s not forget the gorgeous graphics and sound design that make you feel like you’re actually there, dodging infected and fighting for your life.

Sold yet? Well, there’s even more! This is the part where I tell you that it shares some similarities with Horizon Zero Dawn, a game we all love. First, you’ll like that both games have strong narratives that drive your experience, with The Last of Us Part II exploring themes of loss, revenge, and the consequences of our actions, while Horizon Zero Dawn…well, you pretty much already know.

Oh, also, TLOU 2 offers the same immersive gameplay experiences that let you explore the world in-depth, whether you’re sneaking around infected or taking on robotic creatures in Horizon. So, if you’re looking for a post-apocalyptic adventure in present times as opposed to a mix of the past and the future, The Last of Us Part II is a must-try for you! As of now, it’s only a PlayStation exclusive as well, but that gives you time to catch up to the story in TLOU 1, which is on PlayStation and PC now.

4. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Alright, you knew this was coming – let’s talk about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, the game that’s so good it makes other RPGs feel like they’re still in beta testing! But what makes this game so lovable that it’s considered the game of the decade by many? Well, it’s not just Geralt’s luscious locks and devilish good looks (although, let’s be real, that doesn’t hurt). No, it’s actually the characters, the story, and the world that make this game a true masterpiece for me.

First off, the characters. From Geralt, our stoic yet charming protagonist, to the powerful and complex women who populate the game’s world, the Witcher 3 boasts some of the most well-crafted characters in gaming history. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll probably develop a crush or two along the way!

Then, there’s the amazing story which is influenced heavily by the decisions you make and has some really, really good dialog all throughout. Sometimes it’s like watching a movie! All of this takes place in the wonderful world of The Continent, filled with vast fields, mountains, bustling towns and cities, and everything in between. The depth and attention to detail are simply unmatched here, and I loved every bit of it.

Of course, The Witcher 3 also shares some similarities with Horizon Zero Dawn, which is why you’re here! Both games feature strong female protagonists who kick butt and take names, and both offer open-world experiences that let you explore and discover at your own pace. Meeting cool characters and finding amazing locations is all these two games are about here, and you’ll feel right at home with The Witcher 3, playable on pretty much any platform you can think of at this point!

5. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

People might fight me on this, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider is my favorite game in the series. As you might know, it’s the game where Lara Croft is back at it again, this time trying to stop a Mayan apocalypse! You know, just a regular day in the life of a Tomb Raider.

The gameplay in Shadow of the Tomb Raider is all about exploring, puzzle-solving, and kicking enemy butt! Lara has to navigate through jungles, mountains, and ancient ruins, all while taking down bad guys and dodging wild animals (I won’t spoil it, but you’re in for some surprises). It’s like playing as Indiana Jones but with prettier hair and no hat.

If you’re a fan of Horizon Zero Dawn, you’ll love the huge, open-world environments that you can explore in SOTTR, along with the variety of weapons to choose from, like guns and grappling hooks. The elements are overall similar and comparable to Horizon Zero Dawn, but Shadow of the Tomb Raider definitely has its own unique feel to it, which I know you’re going to love as I did when I first played it

If you’re ready to transition from primarily kicking ass to kicking ass but with more puzzles and tombs, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is waiting for you to play it on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

6. Nier: Automata

Nier: Automata

What game has robots, existential angst, and a whole lot of butt-kicking? You guessed Horizon Zero Dawn, didn’t you? Well, I have good news, Nier: Automata features a bunch of the same things! This game is a lot like The Matrix, and Blade Runner had a lovechild, and then that told it to start playing competitive Bayonetta.

One of the things that makes Nier: Automata so lovable for me is its storytelling. It’s not your typical save-the-princess kind of game, no, sir – this game is all about deep thoughts and heavy questions. Who am I? Why am I here? What’s the meaning of life? These are just a few of the things you’ll be pondering as you navigate your way through this crazy game!

As a Horizon Zero Dawn fan, you’ll particularly like the open-world gameplay that lets you explore how you want to, and it comes with a strong emphasis on storytelling, just like Aloy’s saga. But, in my opinion, Nier: Automata takes things to the next level with its unique combat system that combines melee attacks with bullet-hell style shooting! You can play it on Switch, PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

7. God of War

God of War

You want the scoop on God of War’s gameplay? Well, it’s like an action-packed Norse myth comes to life, with Kratos and his son Atreus taking on all sorts of beasties and baddies. And let me tell you, this ain’t your daddy’s hack-and-slash game – the combat system here is focused entirely on strategy and timing, with Kratos using his trusty axe and shield to take down foes in style!

The gameplay isn’t all about whacking monsters with sharp objects, either – a lot like Horizon Zero Dawn, there’s plenty of exploration and puzzle-solving to be had, too. And if you’re feeling crafty, you can even upgrade Kratos’ gear and unlock new abilities to give you the edge in battle, which you’re definitely gonna need against some enemies.

Speaking of Norse mythology, by the way, do you know what else is like a Nordic version of God of War? Horizon Zero Dawn, that’s what! Both games are all about exploring gorgeous open worlds, taking on mythical beasts, and upgrading your gear to become the ultimate badass that treads the land. The games have their own unique twists, though; where Horizon Zero Dawn has robot dinosaurs, God of War has… well, actual dinosaurs. Okay, not really, but there are plenty of other crazy creatures to battle, like trolls, giants, and dragons! And let’s not forget about Kratos’ trusty axe, which is basically the Nordic version of Aloy’s bow.

If you’re convinced, you can play God of War on PlayStation or PC, as it’s part of the wonderful trend we’ve seen of PlayStation exclusives coming to PC!

8. Monster Hunter: World

Monster Hunter: World

Okay, gamers, listen up because I’m about to tell you why Monster Hunter World is the bee’s knees. This game is the ultimate monster-slaying extravaganza; I’m talking battles so epic they’ll make your head spin! And the best part? You get to do it all with your trusty Palico companions by your side. Who wouldn’t want a cat buddy to help them take down giant beasts? Not just cats, Monster Hunter has co-op gameplay with friends too!

But the gameplay isn’t just about the action. The world of Monster Hunter is positively jam-packed with secrets and surprises, from hidden treasures to mysterious creatures lurking in the shadows. And when you’re not busy battling, you can spend hours upon hours crafting new gear and weapons because, let’s face it, who doesn’t love making their weapon just the way they like it?

And the similarities with Horizon Zero Dawn? Oh, they’re there, my dudes. Both games feature massive open worlds full of all kinds of critters to hunt down and take out. And just like Horizon Zero Dawn, Monster Hunter World requires strategy and cunning to take down its toughest foes, which you’ll find many of. Plus, both games have some seriously satisfying gear upgrade systems to keep you coming back for more power! Monster Hunter: World is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

9. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has to be the single most popular reason people are getting Nintendo Switches, and I understand why! In the game, you get to wander around this massive open world as Link, fighting baddies, solving puzzles, and discovering hidden secrets.

As you can tell, much like Horizon Zero Dawn, this game is all about giving you the freedom to do things your own way. Want to sneak around enemies? Sure, go ahead. Want to climb up a giant cliff to get a better view of things? You can do that too. Or if you’re feeling feisty, you can just run straight at enemies with your sword and hope for the best! Everything works, and I love the flexibility that allows me.

Now, comparing it to Horizon Zero Dawn, there are fundamental similarities in that they’re both massive open-world games full of adventure and excitement. But while Horizon is all about battling robot dinosaurs, Breath of the Wild is more about exploring a fantastical world full of surprises.

So, they’re different settings and spins, but they both give you that sense of freedom to approach situations however you want, whether it’s with stealth, strategy, or just sheer brute force. Try out this legendary game for yourself today on Switch or the Wii U, but nowhere else…yet.

10. Days Gone

Days Gone

It’s time for another thought experiment! Picture this: You’re on your trusty motorcycle, racing through the post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest, dodging zombies and rival factions as you search for supplies and clues to the mystery of the outbreak. You stop at an abandoned gas station to scavenge for gas and ammo, only to be ambushed by a pack of undead freakers. What do you do? You whip out your trusty crossbow and take them down one by one, of course!

We’ll gloss over the fact that I barely made it out alive when I did it, but that’s just a taste of the adrenaline-fueled gameplay in Days Gone, an open-world action game that puts you in the shoes of Deacon St. John, a rough-and-tumble biker trying to survive in a world overrun by the infected. The game is all about strategizing and using your weapons to take on hordes of zombies and rival factions while also uncovering the truth behind the outbreak.

As a fan of Horizon Zero Dawn, I liked the similarity of both games being set in post-apocalyptic worlds where survival is key, but while Horizon is all about battling robotic creatures, Days Gone is more focused on human-vs-zombie combat. Still, they both share that sense of danger and unpredictability, where you never know what’s lurking around the next corner! If that sounds compelling enough to try, you can do so on PlayStation or Windows.

11. Far Cry: Primal

Far Cry: Primal

Alright, my dear Horizon Zero Dawn fan, if you’re looking for something to scratch that prehistoric itch once again, then Far Cry Primal is absolutely the game for you. Get ready to step into a world where humans and wild animals live side by side, and the biggest danger isn’t the robots from Horizon but the fierce and furry predators roaming around in the woods.

Also – just like in Horizon Zero Dawn, you’ll need to scavenge for resources to upgrade your gear and weapons. Except, in Far Cry Primal, you’ll also need to collect things like wood and animal skins to build up your village! Who knew that Far Cry could be like SimCity but with more spears and fewer zoning laws?

Oh, and I haven’t even gotten to the real kicker – you can actually tame and ride wild animals! That’s right, forget the mechanical mounts; in Far Cry Primal, you can hop on the back of a sabretooth tiger and ride into battle like the coolest caveman in town! So, if you’re ready to explore a world without Wi-Fi, and want to flex your primitive survival skills, then Far Cry Primal is the game for you – playable on PS4, Xbox, and PC.

12. Demon’s Souls

Demon’s Souls

Yo, gamers! That’s right; I’m hip now. It’s time for us to talk about Demon’s Souls – the game that will make you scream, cry, and possibly throw your controller across the room. But hey, it’s all part of the fun, right? Okay, but seriously don’t do that; it’s better to take that energy to the gym.

For me, the most unique thing about this game is its level of difficulty. It’s like the game developers sat down and said, “How can we make our players rage quit at every turn?” And boy, did they succeed. But hey, if you’ve played Souls games, you know that nothing beats the feeling of finally taking down that boss you’ve been stuck on for hours.

So how does Demon’s Souls compare to Horizon Zero Dawn? Well, they’re both exploration-heavy games, but that’s where the similarities end, which isn’t a bad thing. You see, while Horizon Zero Dawn is all about high-tech weapons and robot dinos, Demon’s Souls is more like a medieval fever dream. Think swords, magic, and dragons – like Game of Thrones meets Dark Souls! Demon’s Souls takes the exploration and Souls game genre to make it a unique experience unlike any other game out there. Oh, and don’t let the difficulty scare you off – once you get the hang of it, Demon’s Souls is a blast! The game is available for purchase on PlayStation 5.

13. Final Fantasy 15

Final Fantasy 15

Hold on to your Chocobos, folks, because Final Fantasy is one wild ride that’ll knock your Moogle socks off! I don’t know why you have Chocobos or Moogle socks, but what I can tell you is that the gameplay is like entering a mystical portal to a land of dragons, wizards, and all sorts of fantastical creatures that will have you saying, “Holy Shiva!” at every turn!

First off, how does the game compare to Horizon Zero Dawn? Comparing these two is a lot like comparing a black mage to a Banuk warrior – they both have their strengths and weaknesses. In contrast to Horizon, Final Fantasy is all about magic, epic battles, and an immersive storyline that will keep you coming back for more.

The gameplay focuses on an action RPG in an open-world environment, which us Horizon Zero Dawn enjoyers will definitely appreciate. The combat is real-time with a bunch of weapons, magic spells, and even team-based attacks for the ultimate finishing blows. All of this is customizable by the way!

And let’s not forget about the cast of characters! You’ve got everything from Moogles to summon beasts to brooding heroes with spiky hair; the variety and creativity are truly something to behold. Seriously, there’s a whole other world of personalities to explore and connect with here, which I really love.

So, if you’re looking for an alternative to Horizon Zero Dawn that’s fallen a bit further from the tree, Final Fantasy is the way to go, especially since it’s playable on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and even Android!

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That completes the roundup of games similar to Horizon Zero Dawn that I could find; what do you think of it? I’m sure I missed some honorable mentions at the very least; let me know which ones deserved to be on here (and maybe even some that don’t). Until then, good luck, and have fun with all of your games!

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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