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Top 11 Games Like Ready or Not

Games Like Ready or Not

If you’ve been bit by the realistic, close-quarter-combat action of Ready or Not and just can’t get enough of it from the actual game, you’re probably looking for a dealer to get you your next fix. Well, it’s me, I’m that dealer, and I’ve got eleven games in my shady overcoat that you’re definitely gonna want to get your hands on, starting off with possibly the best Ready or Not alternative out there:

1. Rainbow Six Siege

Looking at Siege after you’ve played Ready or Not might be a combination of looking at the past and the future at the same time. Rainbow Six Siege was one of the first games to experiment with the door-to-door CQB FPS game formula, and it executed it in the best possible way. Add its soft destruction and reinforcement mechanics to the mix, and you have a recipe for success.

Coming from Ready or Not, you’ll love the way Siege feels. The focus is entirely on close-quarter action here, with attackers spawning outside the building that is occupied by defenders, who spawn in a chosen location within it. Once the attackers find where the defenders are using their drones, they must devise a strategy on the fly to infiltrate, neutralize, or eliminate the threat.

All of this is a very surface-level view of what Siege offers. The game has a huge learning curve thanks to the 50-ish operators in the game, each of whom has their own unique abilities/gadgets, and most have their own weapons too. If you’re looking for another hardcore competitive game that focuses on close-quarters action, Siege is the absolute best and closest game to Ready or Not.

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

2. Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone definitely takes some liberties in terms of realism, especially compared to Ready or Not, but it’s not at all far off from the realms of reality. Well, maybe just a bit far. If you’ve ever played a Call of Duty game, you know it’s all about sprinting, jumping, and sliding your way to the coolest trick shots of your life, but there’s more to it.

With the option of playing raids with your friends in co-op, you’re reminded in this game of a lot of the same things that make Ready or Not as fun as it is. The gameplay, once again, is really fast, and the movement isn’t too representative of what a real combat situation would look like, but that’s easy to look past when you’re having the time of your life shooting things!

Warzone is the battle royale mode of Call of Duty, so it’s technically not going to include the raids I mentioned, but even the BR mode can be fun. The maps in CoD often have lots of houses and buildings, which means that close-quarter fights are more frequent than you might expect on the surface. If you’re feeling like jumping and sliding around after the slow-paced gameplay of Ready or Not, this is probably the best place to do that.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.

3. Counter-Strike 2

Counter-Strike is just a classic game at this point. If there’s an FPS game, you’ll find Counter-Strike on the list of alternatives to it. And that’s not to say it’s a bad thing – CS really is just that versatile and fun, and it does a lot of things right, which makes it as fun as it is. So, what’s the appeal for Ready or Not players?

In CS 2, you don’t get as many close encounters as you do in Ready or Not, but there are plenty of them to keep you sated. With terrorists (Ts) spawning on one end of the map and counter-terrorists (CTs) on the other, the objective for each of them is to either kill all members of the other side or attack/protect the two designated bomb sites. If terrorists plant the bomb in either of these sites and the bomb explodes, the CTs lose. If they run out of time or the bomb is defused, the Ts lose.

With weapons like the AWP and areas like A-long on the De-Dust II map, you’re going to see your fair share of long-range action in this game, which might feel a bit frustrating at first. However, as a Ready or Not veteran, you can rely on your strategic plays to counter these engagements and transform them in your favor – using smokes, flashes, mollies, and more. There’s a lot to love here for Ready or Not fans, making this game a must-try.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

4. Valorant

In the same vein as Counter-Strike, we have Valorant, though it’s a bit different – hear me out. Valorant takes a lot of what Counter-Strike does well and puts its own spin on things. In many ways, this game really feels like a copy-paste of CS, but there’s more to it than that, especially for you as a Ready or Not player.

Close-quarter engagements in Valorant are, well, as frequent as you want them to be. Depending on the agent you choose, each of which has three minor abilities and one ultimate, you can do a whole bunch of things to get right up in the face of your enemy. Alternatively, if you prefer to take it slow, you can play a lurking role that gets you in the part of the map that the enemy would never expect you to be in, slowly clearing angles.

Valorant, like Siege, is high on the learning curve. Plus, it doesn’t really go for any realism at all, and the gunplay is pretty different from what you’re used to in Ready or Not. Once you’re accustomed to all of this, though, you’re going to have an absolute blast in this game with all the different agents, maps, and strategies you can try out.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

5. Battlefield 4

Battlefield games are always packed with content, and it’s no different with Battlefield 4. As a Ready or Not fan, you’ll love the realism and immersion that Battlefield games bring, which, for some reason, just can’t be matched by a lot of other FPS arcade shooters.

In Battlefield 4, you have everything you love in Ready or Not and then some. You can play co-op missions, massive multiplayer battles, or a single-player campaign, which, by the way, is amazing. The weapons in this game are all based on real-world versions, which means you can try out real-world loadouts in immersive combat situations that sometimes get eerily close to real-life battles.

With co-op gameplay, realism, and FPS action that really is second to none, you also get things that only a battlefield game can provide – plane missions, helicopters, tanks, and cars, all of which are playable in multiplayer against other players. It really doesn’t get better than this! If this sounds like something you’d wanna try after Ready or Not, trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Platforms: PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Xbox Cloud Gaming.

6. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

STALKER games are all about hardcore, tactical gameplay. Like Ready or Not, it’s going to punish you for making mistakes and cutting corners where you shouldn’t, and that means it also has a bit of a learning curve. If you love the rewarding feeling that brings, you’re going to love Call of Pripyat:

The game is renowned mostly for its story, which definitely is the star of the show, but what you’ll also like coming from Ready or Not is the focus on realism, stealth, and the intensity of the gameplay. The air is always full of suspense, and danger is never more than a couple of meters away from you.

If you loved the hardcore aspect of Ready or Not, which forces you to perfect every part of your strategy as you go into a mission, you’ll adore this game. It focuses on all of that but in a more narrative-focused game that doesn’t compromise on gameplay or immersion in the pursuit of a good story.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

7. Splitgate

Remember the Portal games? Well, Splitgate saw its portal mechanics and made a whole FPS game around it, and yes, it is absolutely as chaotic and mind-boggling to play as it sounds. But that’s the fun! Like Ready or Not, it’s got quite the learning curve, most of which comes from learning its mechanics and tactics, but that’s what makes it so fun too.

The game is really just an amalgam of some of the best features in every FPS game out there and creates an experience that somehow feels like nothing else out there. It’s innovative, fresh, and gets you kills/killed in ways that you can’t even imagine!

What you won’t like as a Ready or Not player is the fact that it’s super fast-paced. Like, you need to crank a redbull and a coffee just to be able to hold your own in this game. Okay, maybe not that fast, but you get the point. If you found yourself wishing things would move a little faster in Ready or Not, Splitgate takes your suggestion to heart and turns things up to 110%.

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

8. Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts

Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts has long been one of the best sniper-specific games out there, and this game is one of the best examples of that. The gameplay is focused around tactics, strategy, and a slow pace that Ready or Not players will really fit perfectly into.

On the surface, you just have to shoot the other guy with your sniper, and you win. But things are often not as simple as they seem, and that’s where the multitude of strategies in this game come into play. You’re going to be learning all of them as you go, and you’ll find yourself slowly but steadily getting better as you do, just like it goes at the start of Ready or Not.

This game is perfect if you love games that go slow and make you focus on your approach, but don’t sacrifice any intensity or thrill to do that. Plus, who doesn’t want the satisfaction of shooting someone in the head with a sniper rifle? You have to try this game out just for that!

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows.

9. Insurgency: Sandstorm

If you love realism, you’ll love Insurgency: Sandstorm. This game is just as punishing as Ready or Not in terms of its realism, with just a small mistake in your strategy or tactics being enough to destroy a whole mission. That’s part of the fun, though; it puts a lot at stake and adds to the thrill of playing the game.

In Sandstorm, the sequel to the original Insurgency game, you’re going to be fighting on one of two opposing sides that fight to take control of different areas. The defenders have to stop the attackers from progressing at any cost, and that’s often really difficult to do when there are mortar strikes and A-10s gun-strafing right over your head. Seriously, if you’ve never heard the gun-strafe sound of an A-10 Warthog, you haven’t felt true fear. In Insurgency, you get to experience all of that in its true, realistic glory as you’re crawling through the fields to get behind enemy lines.

As a realistic shooter, it suffers a bit from the same problems that Ready or Not does – you can die way too easily sometimes, and it feels a bit frustrating when it happens over and over. Once you get the hang of it, though, you know just how fun it can be, and that’s exactly why you’ll probably love this game, too.

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

10. Hunt: Showdown

Hunt: Showdown is another game that focuses a lot on stealth and realism and introduces PvPvE to the game. Have you ever wanted to go hunting in a place where you’re also being hunted by both other players and the AI? Well, this is your jam! It’s intense, and there’s a lot to keep track of here, something you’re used to having played Ready or Not.

In Hunt: Showdown, your goal is to hunt for bounties in the Bayou, but the twist comes from the fact that other players are in the arena doing just that at the same time. This means that even if you are successfully hunting bounties, you’re attracting bounty hunters towards you. The tactics in this game go as deep as the ocean, and you just can’t help but love it when a plan comes together perfectly.

If you’re one of those people who loves plotting a strategy, going out into the battlefield, and executing it to perfection, Hunt: Showdown is the playground that was made just for you. It definitely favors the more creative players out there, and as you’ve already done plenty of that in Ready or Not, you’ll find yourself with a big headstart in this game.

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

11. GTFO

If suspense, thrill, and close-quarter action are your thing, this game was made literally for you. And a bunch of buddies. You don’t need them, but it certainly makes things more fun in GTFO – a co-op FPS game where you and three other inmates are sent down to explore uncharted territory.

Down where? The deepest depths of hell. Almost literally – this place is crawling with the most deadly aliens, monsters, and anomalies you’re ever going to see, and there are hordes of them. Your goal is to find your way through the map, using terminals to find the locations of objectives where you initiate a hack. Once you initiate it, all hell breaks loose. You’re given as much time as you want in order to set things up before initiation, but when you see dozens upon dozens of aliens and monsters rushing toward you, it all seems futile anyway.

The co-op part of Ready or Not was really half the fun for me, and if you’re looking for some PvE action that offers more of the same, GTFO is one hell of a game. It’s really well made, the weapons feel powerful and balanced, and there are tons of unique enemies that you’re constantly encountering. It also leans a bit towards realism but not in its weapons, but rather its immersion and movement. As a Ready or Not fan, you have to try this game out.

Platforms: Microsoft Windows.

With that heart-pounder of a game, I’m wrapping up this list of games like Ready or Not. There’s really a lot of variety here, and each game caters to one thing or another from your favorite game, so I’m hoping there’s something for everyone. That said, did you find your next adventure on this list? If not, let me know what you think should be on here, and I’ll see you in the comments section!

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