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17 Best Story-Driven Games Like The Last Of Us

Games Like The Last of Us

I’ll admit I was a bit late to the Last of Us party, and that’s mainly because I didn’t have a PS3, PS4, or PS5 (I chose the PC life, okay?). Now that I’ve gotten a chance to play it, though, man, this game is like nothing else out there!

And like me, I know you fell in love with this series too and are probably wanting something similar, something that offers the same kind of rich story (preferably but not necessarily in a post-apocalyptic world). Well, I have good news for you! I went and found seventeen games that I personally think offer the same level of story and narrative, and some even have similar plots to The Last of Us. So, let’s get into it without further ado:

1. A Plague Tale: Innocence

A Plague Tale: Innocence

This first entry should come as no surprise, A Plague Tale is pretty similar to the way The Last of Us plays out because the entire world has been, well, plagued! Okay, not the entire world; the plague was only in Europe as far as I know, but you’ll find it anywhere you go in this game.

Okay, so the plots are similar, but what else? Well, as you’re accustomed to in The Last of Us, there’s a companion here as well! More than one, actually; you pick up a few friends along the way, and don’t worry – they’re actually pretty useful too. I personally hate having to babysit and companions that come along with us in video games, and while there is a bit of that here, you won’t find too much of it, so that’s good!

The gameplay itself is awesome; you have to go from area to area, surviving the plague and sometimes fighting against other people that want to kill you, all while basking in the amazing graphics of this game. Seriously, sometimes I felt like I wasn’t even playing the game; it looked as good as some other games do in cutscenes only! As you fight to survive, you uncover a deep story full of amazing surprises that I’m being careful not to spoil for you.

As a Last of Us fan, trust me, you’ll love this game, and you can try it out on PC, PlayStation, Xbox, and even Switch.

2. Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

It’s another Naughty Dog game, so you know it’s gonna be good! And not just that, it’s also got the same kind of vibe that we all loved in The Last of Us. But what else is there? Well, for starters, it’s the same adventurous kind of game filled with a bunch of shooting and, sometimes, surviving against the odds when you’re down and out.

Okay, there’s not that much you’ll find similar here, but I think the point of this list is to find games that have a rich story, not just a similar setting to The Last of Us, and the story in Uncharted kills it. In it, you play from a third-person POV as you’re on the hunt for treasure, and that takes you from tropical islands to ancient ruins, bustling cities, and everything in between!

Platforming and puzzles are a big part of the gameplay, too, something we’re pretty familiar with from The Last of Us, which puts you through its fair share of brain-teasers (seriously, how do I get over this wall?). Beyond that, I found Uncharted to be a bit more light-hearted and more adventure focused, while The Last of Us was more of a survival game to me.

So, it’s a different take, but it’s still with an amazing story and gameplay, just like we expect. If you don’t consider yourself a Naughty Dog fan, I urge you to try this game and experience what you’ve been missing out on – available on PlayStation and PC.

3. Days Gone

Days Gone

These apocalypses are getting out of hand; why do we have like a million ways to all just die out? I used to think of all of these as just fiction, but then Covid happened, and uh… Yeah. Anyways – Days Gone is another post-apocalyptic game where everyone has, indeed, become a zombie! This time, they’re called Freakers, and they absolutely will be freaky as they try to make you one of them.

Alright, to avoid becoming a Freaker, you’re gonna need to do three things: explore, survive, and of course, fight the damn zombies. It helps that you’re an outlaw-turned-bounty hunter, which means you’re already used to shooting guns and doing it with style. The game is set in a large open world, and to explore it, you get your own pretty sweet-looking motorcycle. Hell, I don’t even really care if there’s an apocalypse if that means I get to ride around on a motorcycle like this!

Throughout all of this, you’re accompanied by an amazing story that revolves around finding your missing wife in all the chaos of the apocalypse. Right from the get-go, you better be comfortable with feeling loss and surviving at any cost. Like the Last of Us, there’s also a lot of bonding between family and friends, and of course, there’s the same post-apocalyptic zombie theme, so there’s a lot to keep you in familiar territory here.

Still not convinced? Why not try it out for yourself – the game is playable on PlayStation and PC.

4. Dying Light

Dying Light

Parkour, zombies, and guns, what more can you ask for? I hear you, a great story is still necessary, and that’s here too! Dying Light checks every box you can think of and then some. The premise of the game is you being in a post-apocalyptic world where there’s a bunch of zombies looking to add your brains to the pantry of their Michelin-star zombie restaurant, which doesn’t sound ideal, to say the least.

Okay, so you’re on the run; that’s the hardest part, right? Wrong, actually! In Dying Light, unlike other games where the movement is clunky, glitchy, and mostly only allows you to run around at most (looking at you, Naughty Dog), this game adds a whole new level of movement. Instead of just running, you’re jumping, vaulting, and doing all kinds of cool stuff on the run from zombies, making the escape not just exhilarating but actually fun too!

Apart from that, there’s the action you expect, an engaging and pretty amazing story, and the sights are something to behold, too. Plus, with all the similarities to The Last of Us in terms of the overall plot and setting, you’re comfortably in the same genre, but definitely not the same experience! If you’re ready for a new take on the zombie genre, one that sees it from the perspective of a free-runner, Dying Light is going to take you on an absolutely unforgettable ride. The game is available on PC, Xbox, Switch, and PlayStation.

5. God of War

God of War

God of War is an action-adventure game with a third-person perspective, and it is heavily inspired by Greek mythology. The player controls Kratos, a Spartan warrior who seeks revenge against the gods after being betrayed by them. The gameplay involves a combination of exploration, puzzle-solving, and intense combat sequences.

Kratos has a variety of weapons and abilities that he can use to defeat enemies, including his signature Blades of Chaos, which are attached to chains that he swings around to attack foes. He can also use shields and other weapons that he acquires throughout the game. In addition to his physical abilities, Kratos can also use magical attacks and abilities to aid him in combat.

The Last of Us is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure game with a third-person perspective that focuses on the story of a man named Joel and a teenage girl named Ellie as they navigate a world ravaged by a fungal infection that turns humans into zombie-like creatures. The gameplay of The Last of Us involves exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat sequences that require stealth and strategic thinking.

While the gameplay of God of War and The Last of Us share some similarities, such as exploration, puzzle-solving, and combat, they differ in terms of the setting, tone, and style of combat. God of War is set in a mythical world inspired by Greek mythology and features fast-paced, brutal combat, while The Last of Us is set in a post-apocalyptic world and focuses on stealth and survival tactics. Both games are highly regarded for their storytelling, character development, and immersive gameplay.

The game is available on PC and PlayStation.

6. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Can you count the number of times you’ve been recommended this game, one way or another? The gaming community may sound like a broken record about this, but it’s for a good reason, I assure you! The Witcher 3 was and still is one of the most engaging, story-rich RPGs you’re going to find out there, and there’s just so much to unpack here that every gamer would love.

Starting with the gameplay, you play from a third-person POV as a monster slayer that is, of course, looked down upon by the very people he’s supposed to protect. The plot is that your Godchild, Ciri, has been taken by your sworn enemies, and it’s up to you to get her back by whatever means necessary. Along the way, you’ll find tons of interactions with NPCs, meaningful dialogues and choices, and of course, combat!

I personally didn’t like the combat too much, but there’s a lot to love about it. You can use magic, boost yourself up with some potions, and do whatever you have to do to take down the monster in front of you. The best part of the game has to be the story, though, and that’s why I think this game is a good alternative to The Last of Us.

It really is an amazing journey full of twists, romance, and mysteries that all culminate into an amazing storyline that few other games can match. Oh, and there’s no cringey dialogue like some other games are guilty of having, so you can be assured the cutscenes are good. To try out The Witcher 3, you’ll need a PC, PlayStation, Xbox, or Switch.

7. Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Zero Dawn

Post-apocalypse is the genre we’re in, but I think you’ll be hard-pressed to find a game that does this genre quite like Horizon Zero Dawn. This is the main similarity it has with The Last of Us, apart from the really good story, of course, but it’s not the kind of apocalypse you’d expect – it’s robots instead of zombies!

The robots have taken over the world and are predominantly the rulers, sending humans back to the prehistoric eras where we had to survive. It’s not all doom-and-gloom, though; unlike some peasant folk, you play as Aloy, a fierce hunter, and warrior that’s very much capable of and is most certainly going to be taking down the aforementioned robots. Also, the robots are less like Skynet, more like robotic deer with some really cool mechanical parts!

The gameplay, as you can imagine, is about fighting your way to not just survive but discover the mysteries of the world you’re in and fulfill your destiny. Without spoiling too much, I can tell you that you’re in for some really, really cool sights and interactions within this robot-human contested world.

Now, apart from the post-apocalyptic setting and rich story, what similarities does it have with The Last of Us? Weeell, not a lot, if I’m being honest. Besides these fundamentals, you’ll find a completely new game in Horizon Zero Dawn, and I think that’ll add to the excitement of it. Instead of going back into a zombie-infested world, you can now expand your Horizons (hehe) with this take on what the world might look like if we venture just a little too far into implementing AI everywhere. You can play Horizon Zero Dawn on PlayStation or PC as of now.

8. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

You’ve read the comic books and watched the television series; now it’s time for a game on The Walking Dead! Here, you’re going to play as Lee Everett, a convicted criminal who is thrust into a world overrun by zombies and brother; you’re running out of ammo.

Okay, jokes aside, the gameplay of The Walking Dead is really fun and pretty scary, too, at times. Scary not in the sense that you’re getting jumpscares but more so that you’re trying to run from the horde, and you can’t find a way out. There are few things that’ll spontaneously turn your pants into brown-colored ones; for me, it was this feeling.

Anyway, the gameplay involves exploration, puzzle-solving, and decision-making; you have to navigate through the game’s environment, search for supplies and weapons, and interact with other survivors. Also, the dialogue is pretty rich and offers you choices in what you can do, which has an impact on the story and your relationships with other characters. Seriously, if I could replay this game, there are a bunch of choices I’d make differently because they had long lasting impacts on the gameplay.

The game is honestly pretty similar to The Last of Us; it’s got the same zombie-apocalypse setting, it loves building on the story and narrative, and your relationships with other characters are pretty meaningful. Plus, the world is rich and full of detail, which makes the immersion just that much better. And the instinct to survive? It’s no joke; you’re definitely fighting to survive out here, just like you were in The Last of Us. If that sounds like something you’d wanna try, you can find The Walking Dead on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, PC, and more.

9. Far Cry 6

Far Cry 6

Far Cry games are a must-mention in lists like this because the story, gameplay, and overall experience are just too good to ignore, and Far Cry 6 is no different! In it, you take on the role of Dani Rojas, a guerrilla fighter who is part of a revolution against the oppressive government of the fictional Caribbean island of Yara.

This game got a fair bit of criticism at launch, and a lot of it was well-deserved, but I think that detracts from what is still a pretty good game on its own, as I’ll show you today. First off, there’s the gameplay which is typical of a Far Cry game – there’s lots of exploration, combat, and a ton of side-quests and activities that you can choose to do or not do (but where’s the fun in that?). All of this happens in an open world, as you’d expect, and man is the world beautiful. In real life, of course, but I’m talking about the world they’ve made in the game; the detail is really something to behold!

Right, that leaves the combat system undiscussed, and I’m pleased to report that the combat system involves a mix of gunplay, melee combat, and the use of vehicles and other equipment, so you can obliterate people exactly how you want to! The game also has a skill tree system, which allows you to develop Dani’s abilities further and upgrade weapons and equipment. You know, for further, more efficient obliteration.

Coming to this from The Last of Us, I’d say you should be expecting just the quality of the story and, to some extent, the combat to be the same. Apart from that, Far Cry is a completely different beast because it’s an entirely open world, there’s no apocalypse, and your main enemies are people, not zombies. So, it’s ideal for you if you’re in the mood to try something really different from the Last of Us but you still want it to be an RPG. Far Cry 6 is playable on PlayStation, PC, and Xbox.

10. Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Just when you thought the Tomb Raider series couldn’t get any better, they went out and made this masterpiece. The first time I played this game, I had to remind myself I was actually playing a game and not watching a movie! The cutscenes, the storyline, and the gameplay are all top-notch here, and it’s honestly a perfect alternative to The Last of Us.

Starting with the gameplay, if you’re familiar with Tomb Raider games, you’ll know what to expect. There’s lots of puzzle solving, traversing tricky areas, and what’s new this time is a grappling hook! There are limited use cases for it, but damn if it isn’t cool to swing around like Spiderman sometimes. Apart from that, there’s also some combat, but you’re usually much better off with stealth if the scene allows for it. It’s mostly your standard cover-to-cover sneak-in behind and stealthily take your enemies out one-by-one gameplay, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!

As a Last of Us fan, you’ll like that the game, in many ways, has the same kind of atmosphere. Don’t get me wrong, there’s no apocalypse (yet), and there are no zombies to be fighting here, but when watching these two games side-by-side, they just look like they’re the same kind of game, you get? Apart from that, Shadow of the Tomb Raider puts its classic spin on the genre and offers a compelling alternative that has its own rich gameplay and storyline but doesn’t compare in an apples-to-apples way.

So, on a similar note to the last recommendation, if you’re looking to broaden your horizons with a different take on the RPG genre, you cannot go wrong with Shadow of the Tomb Raider! It’s available for purchase on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

11. Resident Evil Village

Resident Evil Village

Lady Dimitrescu. That’s it. That’s all the reason you need to play this game. I’m kidding, but that’s gotta be up there! Never has a character been so comical yet so scary in a video game, but Lady Dimitrescu in Resident Evil Village is exactly that and will be the subject of some seriously confusing nightmares in the future.

So, that aside, what’s Resident Evil Village like? Well, it’s mostly your standard Resident Evil experience with tons of puzzle solving, horror, and survival, but there’s a twist this time – the entire game is in first-person perspective. Yup, they really thought, “Hmm, our game isn’t scary enough as it is; let’s reduce the field of view the player gets by half! That’ll do it.” And boy, did that do it. It’s certainly a new, almost weird experience for some when it comes to RE games, but I, for one, liked it, and the majority agree with me.

Compared to the Last of Us, some of the jumpscares in this game and other horror/survival moments will have your heart in your chest just like the Clickers did in our favorite RPG. Plus, the story in Resident Evil is never anything short of amazing, so you can rely on that box to be ticked here as an RPG-enjoyer. Plus, even if you’ve played Resident Evil games in the past, this one offers a unique POV experience that none of the other games offered, so I think it’s an excellent alternative to the Last of US.

You can play this game on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and even Switch.

12. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2

This game is so often called the game of the decade, not just rivaling but even handily beating The Witcher 3 in the hearts of many! But why? What’s so special about it? On the surface, it’s hard to explain, but when you play the game, it’s an experience so immersive and amazing that you might forget to pick your jaw off the floor.

In Red Dead Redemption 2, you play as a cowboy in the early 20th century, as the law is always hot on your heels, and bounty can never seem to be close enough. So, it’s up to you and your gang to come back from the losses of your old adventures and get everyone back on their feet and their old glory!

The gameplay revolves around doing missions, but those can wait; first, we need to get ourselves a nice horse! And some nice clothes. Oh, and some nice guns are always a plus, too! The amount of freedom in playing this game is amazing; you can spend the entire day doing side quests or hunting animals, or just exploring the amazingly detailed world, whatever you feel like doing. On the other hand, if you’re just here for the story (which, by the way, might be even better than The Last of Us), you can jump straight into missions pretty much as fast as you want.

Combine all of these things together, and you really do have a game that very much deserves the title ‘game of the decade’ because it is that good. To play it, you’ll need a PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

13. Alan Wake

Alan Wake

If you like having your heart racing and your mind puzzling, you’re going to be perfect as you sidestep from The Last of Us to Alan Wake. Here, you play as a writer named, well, Alan Wake, who’s suffering from a severe case of writer’s block. So, he decides to take a trip to a small town called Bright Falls, but he quickly realizes that something is not quite right. Turns out, something indeed do be not right – his worst nightmares and fears are coming to life, all while he’s stuck in a dark and mysterious world!

To make matters worse, he’s being hunted by enemies called “The Taken,” but luckily, he has a trusty flashlight to weaken them before finishing them off with some firearms. I can understand vampires being burnt by the sun – because of UV rays and whatnot, but I never thought flashlights could be so deadly to a ghost. Anyway, the gameplay revolves around exploration and puzzle-solving, which is something you’re no stranger to coming from Naughty Dog games.

Us Last of Us fans are big nerds for good storytelling, character development, and atmosphere, and this game is like the shiniest new comic book on the shelf of our favorite game store. Alan Wake is different in terms of gameplay, but not so much – you still have to shoot your enemies, and you have to survive at all costs. But at the same time, it’s more focused on horror and has a ton of puzzles, a bit more than what we saw in The Last of Us.

Coupled with a rich story, though, I think this game is a perfect next step from the Last of Us, as it has its own unique take on things but retains some of the core similarities that we all really want to see from a game. To try it out, you can get it on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, or Switch.

14. Wolfenstein: The New Order

Wolfenstein: The New Order

If you’re like me and have been watching too many World War II documentaries lately, you might have wondered what the world would look like if Hitler didn’t go insane and the Nazis won. Well, wonder no further because, in this game, that’s exactly what happened! And it’s horrible! For the world, that is, the game itself is amazing, and I’m here to tell you why:

So, the Nazis have taken over the world, but there’s nothing to worry about just yet because there’s you – the ultimate badass, B.J. Blazkowicz, who’s on a mission to save the world and kick some Nazi butt!

The game has everything you need in a first-person shooter: guns, explosions, and plenty of bad guys to take down. But it also has a sense of humor, like when you get to dual-wield shotguns and blast your enemies into oblivion. Don’t click away just yet, stealth fans, because you also get to sneak around and take out Nazis silently, like a true spy.

And let’s not forget the crazy, over-the-top boss battles, like when you face off against a giant robot dog! There’s lots to love here, and as a Last of Us player, most of it is in the story and shooting of the game. I mean, the premise is as far from the Cordyceps outbreak as you can get, but it’s detailed and full of engaging dialogue that makes it all engaging. If you’re looking to foray far from the tree but not the forest, Wolfenstein will take you for an absolutely unforgettable ride – available on PlayStation, PC, and Xbox.

15. Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077

This game has been a rollercoaster from the start! I remember it like yesterday, waiting for the game to finally be released in my region, downloading it, and finding out that it is a whole lot of disappointment. There was a lot that was promised here, but it was certainly not delivered at launch. How about two years later, though? Well, I’m pleased to report that it’s a comeback story we’re all going to love!

Cyberpunk revolves around first-person gameplay where you play as a hired gun who gets an implant which, as we all are always afraid of, turns out to be malfunctioning. How badly malfunctioned? Replacing-your-entire-self-and-killing-you-in-the-process malfunctioned. Pretty bad, but it’s not all over! The personality that’s replacing you is a dead rockstar, and he does not want this to happen any more than you do, so you both work together to stop it. Also, you’re the only one who can perceive him. Also, he’s played by Keanu Reeves.

Keanu Reeves isn’t the only saving grace of this game; the story was and still is amazing, regardless of all the bugs and missing gameplay features that we went through. This, plus the fact that you’re always fighting to survive here, is one of the reasons I feel like this game is a great alternative to The Last of Us. Plus, you’ve got to be at least a little bit curious about all the hype that was surrounding this game; why not try it out? It’s available on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

16. Bioshock Infinite

Bioshock Infinite

If you’ve never played a Bioshock game before, don’t worry, I got you – the game takes place in 1912 and follows the story of a man named Booker DeWitt, who’s on a mission to rescue a girl named Elizabeth from the floating city of Columbia. Wait a second. Hold up just a dang minute. A floating city?

Yup, Columbia’s a city in the sky, run by a dude named Comstock, who’s basically the dictator of the place. Oh, and did I mention there are giant, robotic birds that patrol the skies? Picture Skynet taking over the world like in the Terminator movies, but the robots are all steampunk. Somehow, that’s even more terrifying.

Okay, now back to our hero, Booker. He’s not exactly the most upstanding citizen, having a bit of a gambling problem and a history of violence. But hey, nobody’s perfect, right? Plus, he’s got a pretty cool arsenal of weapons, including a hook hand that he uses to zip around the city. Talk about handy! I’ll get my coat.

The combat and movement are all pretty different from The Last of Us, but that’s actually what I love about it. BioShock loves its creative movement and the combat that is as chaotic as it is satisfying, making for a shooter unlike any others out there. Admittedly, this game takes you a bit further from the genre of the Last of Us, but doing it for this masterpiece will not be a decision you regret. BioShock Infinite is playable on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.

17. State of Decay 2

State of Decay 2

If, for some reason, you’ve always wanted a zombie apocalypse simulator where you get to build a community of survivors and fight off the undead hordes, State of Decay is the game for you! Okay, that doesn’t explain much; let me go into more detail:

In the State of Decay 2, you basically have to scavenge for resources, build up your base, and go out on missions to kill zombies and help other survivors. Alongside all this, if you don’t keep your survivors well-fed, rested, and happy, they might just up and leave you for dead. And if you go out on a mission and get your behind handed to you by walkers, you’re going to be saying your goodbyes to the gear and weapon you worked so hard to get.

That’s not cool, I don’t wanna die, and I don’t wanna lose my shinies! Well, I have good news because there’s a bunch you can do to prevent just that. For starters, you can set up traps around your base to take out any zombies dumb enough to stumble into them, just like Bill from The Last of Us! And I almost forgot the best part; smashing a zombie’s head in with a baseball bat. That never gets old, hehe.

Zombie killing and surviving is the forte of this game. It doesn’t focus too much on the story because it distracts you with the fantastical ways in which you can kill all the zombies! It’s like the devs played The Last of Us and thought, “Man, it’d be cool if I could just run all of these guys over and get Ellie to the Fireflies faster.” And then they went and made a whole other game about it. That’s probably not what happened, but you get the point. State of Decay is playable on PC, PlayStation, and Xbox.

Phew, that was a long read. That’s all the games I could think of that you can try as a Last of Us fan. Did you find your next adventure? From the similarly apocalyptic vibe of Dying Light to the guns-a-blazing gameplay of State of Decay, there’s something for everyone to try, so I really hope you did! If I missed your favorite entry, feel free to let me know. Until next time, happy gaming, and good luck!

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