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13 Games Like Valheim Worth Playing in 2024

Games Like Valheim

If you’ve been tirelessly hammering away at your virtual longhouse in Valheim, desperately seeking new worlds to conquer, you’ve come to exactly the right place! I’ve scoured the realms of gaming to bring you a glorious feast of alternatives that’ll make sure you get to rekindle the magic of Valheim in a completely new game. Get ready to pillage, build, and die repeatedly because, as far as gaming goes, Valheim is just the tip of the iceberg! To start us off, we have:

1

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

Imagine this: You’re donning the mantle of Eivor, a formidable Viking warrior, and you set forth on an epic odyssey across the breathtaking landscapes of 9th-century England. From the mist-shrouded moors to bustling cities teeming with life, every step you take unravels a gripping tale that seamlessly weaves together the fabric of history and the realms of Norse mythology. It almost sounds poetic because it almost is!

But why, you may wonder, is Assassin’s Creed Valhalla the perfect choice to satiate your thirst for adventure when Valheim alone isn’t enough? Well, it’s fairly obvious at first glance that both games have a similar approach to a third-person RPG experience. With Valhalla, you’ll get a meticulously crafted open world that’s bursting at the seams with quests, mysteries, and a bounty of activities to keep you hooked for countless hours. Who needs to touch grass anyway?

And that’s not all! I also love that Valhalla grants you the power to shape your very own Viking settlement, where you can indulge your inner architect and meticulously plan every aspect of your thriving community. This means you get to build awe-inspiring longhouses, forge strategic alliances, and manage resources to breathe life into your settlement and watch it flourish under your expert guidance. To play Valhalla, you’ll need a PlayStation, PC, or Xbox.

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Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles

In the wild and savage world of Conan Exiles, exiling is all the rage! No, no, not Conan himself exiling people – that would be one heck of a spin-off. In this game, you get to be the exiled one, trying to survive in a land that’s as welcoming as a cactus-filled hug!

With the title explained, let’s get into the gameplay and plot: you’re dumped into a sprawling open world where danger lurks at every turn (of course it does!). You’ll need to gather resources, craft weapons, and build shelters faster than a squirrel on caffeine to stand a chance! Okay, slight exaggeration, but you’ll definitely need to be on your toes. And hey, who needs a fancy spa retreat when you can experience the thrill of fending off deadly creatures and dodging the occasional sandstorm? Paradise, I tell ya!

Now, the reason I think Conan Exiles is a good alternative to Valheim, besides the obvious absence of heaven-worthy mead halls, is that it’s all about the spice! Allow me to explain: this game serves up a heaping helping of Conan lore and mythos, giving you a taste of barbarian life and immersing you in a world that’s as brutal as my attempts at cooking a gourmet meal in real life. Good luck to us both! Conan Exiles is playable on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

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Ark: Survival Evolved

Ark: Survival Evolved

Alright, all of you Valheim enthusiasts, if a thrilling new adventure is what you’re seeking, I absolutely need to introduce you to Ark: Survival Evolved. Before you do play this game, I’m gonna need to you prepare to be transported to a breathtaking world full of awe-inspiring dinosaurs and untamed wilderness, and so, so much more!

In your journey, you’ll be crafting weapons, building epic bases, and exploring stunning landscapes, all while trying your very best not to get mauled in one way or another. Oh, and Ark also offers an expansive multiplayer experience where you can team up with friends to conquer challenges, tame the same mighty dinosaurs that are out to make a nugget out of you and embark on daring expeditions together.

Breeding and raising your own prehistoric companions is what adds an exciting twist to this game, making Ark a blend of Jurassic Park and Valheim on steroids (and also a personal favorite of mine!). With its immersive gameplay, captivating visuals, and endless possibilities, Ark: Survival Evolved is the perfect alternative for us Valheim lovers that want something wilder, more dinosaur-infested. If this sounds like it floats your boat, you can play Ark on PlayStation, PC, Xbox, and Switch (and actually even on your phone, but that’s another story).

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Subnautica

Subnautica

Okay, now hold onto your Viking helmets, Valheim aficionados, because Subnautica is about to take you on an aquatic adventure unlike any you ever imagined. Now I know some of you are going to be skeptical, so let me address the burning question:

Why would Valheim lovers adore Subnautica? You see, dear (future) seafarers, both games share a passion for exploration and survival, but Subnautica takes it to a whole new level… underwater! You get to dive into a visually stunning ocean filled with bizarre and majestic life forms, all while building your own underwater base that would make even Poseidon feel a bit envious.

Also, just like Valheim, Subnautica immerses you in a rich, mysterious storyline that unravels as you venture deeper into the abyss. The story is actually one of the most loved parts of the game! Without spoiling anything – you get to uncover the secrets of the alien world, discover lost civilizations, and uncover the truth behind your own predicament. So, if you’re ready to abandon the land for some Aquaman cosplay, you can pay Subnautica on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch.

5

Breathedge

Breathedge

First off, let’s address the elephant in the room: Will Breathedge take your breath away? Well, in a sense, yes! You’ll find yourself stranded in the vastness of space, desperately trying to survive using duct tape (really? Really), a handy tool in any self-respecting Viking’s arsenal! But be warned, the dangers you face are as unpredictable as the weather on a cloudy day. From deranged robots to peculiar space chickens, this game serves up a buffet of absurdity that’ll leave you gasping for air between fits of laughter (and fear for your life, of course).

But is Breathedge worth trying as a Valheim fan? As far as I’m concerned, absolutely! While the two games differ in setting, both share a love for immersive exploration and crafting. In Breathedge, you’ll scavenge resources, build your own interstellar base, and unravel a hilariously bizarre storyline that actually has a lot of replayability too! To try it out, you can get Breathedge on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch.

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Praey For The Gods

Praey For The Gods

I was wondering for a while why they decided to spell ‘pray’ the way they did in the title of this game, and it seems to be a combination of praying for the Gods as well as being prey for the Gods, pretty neat! Thought I’d add that random trivia here.

But enough about spelling quirks; let’s delve into the real question at hand: Is Praey for the Gods fun for Valheim enthusiasts? And the answer is a resounding yes! For those (all?) of us who’ve fallen in love with the immersive exploration and epic battles of Valheim, this game is right up our fjord!

The gameplay has you embark on a perilous journey across a frozen and treacherous land, facing off against colossal gods that make Valheim’s bosses seem like puny trolls. Other than that, just like in Valheim, you’ll need to master combat skills, collect resources, and solve intricate puzzles to survive and conquer the challenges that await.

The thing I love the most about Praey for the Gods is the beautiful and atmospheric open world it offers that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped into an actual painting by a Viking artist! The sense of awe and discovery, combined with intense boss battles, creates an experience that’s as exhilarating as facing a dragon in Valheim’s darkest dungeons. To try it out, you’ll need a PC, PlayStation, or Xbox.

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Mist Survival

Mist Survival

Given the nature of our climate and atmosphere in a lot of parts of the world, I thought this game was about surviving air pollution! While not air pollution per se, the game presents you with a post-apocalyptic setting where you must survive in the midst of a deadly mist that engulfs the land. Picture a thick, ominous fog that not only obstructs your vision but also harbors vicious infected creatures and poses a constant threat to your survival. Hey, it turns out my guess wasn’t that far off after all!

Unlike Valheim’s fantastical realms, Mist Survival delves into a more realistic survival experience, focusing on resource gathering, base building, and combating both the infected and other desperate survivors. You’ll scavenge for supplies, fortify your base, and craft essential tools and weapons to ensure your survival in this unforgiving world.

From that, you can tell that this game shares the survival aspect with Valheim, but they certainly occupy slightly different genres. Valheim leans more towards the sandbox exploration and Viking adventure genre, while Mist Survival leans towards the post-apocalyptic survival genre, and they’re both super fun in their own right! If you’re looking for a more unique alternative to Valheim, this game is perfect for you – available on PC.

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Sons of the Forest

Sons of the Forest

Now, while trees themselves can’t have children, the name Sons of the Forest symbolically refers to the mysterious and unsettling entities you’ll encounter in the game. These entities are deeply connected to the forest, and the title evokes the enigmatic nature of their existence. So, there are no weird tree children exclaiming Groot coming to get you, it’s just a symbolic way of explaining what the plot is all about!

Now, let’s dive into why I think Sons of the Forest is a perfect alternative to Valheim. First off, I’ll admit that the two games may have different themes and settings, but they share a common thread of immersive survival and exploration. Just as Valheim took us through a venture into a fantastical Viking world, Sons of the Forest invites you to explore a dangerous and eerie forest teeming with unknown horrors! If any of you have played the first game, you know exactly what kind of messed up stuff you’re in store for (but in a good way!).

Both games also offer a sandbox-style experience where you gather resources, construct shelters, and face off against formidable enemies. However, I personally think that Sons of the Forest takes it a step further with its intense focus on horror elements, challenging puzzles, and a narrative-driven experience. It’s a campfire story like nothing else, and you’re actually living through it! To play this game, you can get it on your Windows PC.

9

Don’t Starve Together

Don’t Starve Together

This game is so, so innocent looking on the surface, but my God, does it get grim and dark when you actually play! As the name suggests, Don’t Starve Together focuses on multiplayer co-op, so you can team up with your buddies (or any brave souls you meet online) to tackle the challenges of survival in the unforgiving wilderness. Oh, and when I say unforgiving, I mean starving you to death in the dark with no one to save you. It takes the already amazingly difficult and fun experience of Don’t Starve and puts a co-op spin on it!

As a Valheim player, on the surface, you won’t see many similarities in the way these games look or play out. However, they definitely have the survival genre as a common factor, and that’s why I think this is a good alternative for Valheim enjoyers. Don’t Starve Together embraces a quirky and macabre art style set in a dark and whimsical realm, with an emphasis on resource management, crafting, and strategic cooperation to survive the harsh environment and its menacing inhabitants. Don’t worry, though, it won’t be too grim as long as you have a friend right there with you to suffer as well! Don’t Starve Together is playable on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

10

Fallout 76

Fallout 76

Ah yes, Fallout 76, the game that stumbled out of the vault like a clumsy radroach and faced more hate than a Tate supporter wearing a MAGA hat! Seriously, this game really did not have a good time at launch, and rightly so. So, why is it on this list of recommendations? Well, hold on to your Pip-Boys, because things have changed for the better!

Fallout 76 is a transformed game at this point and has had a ton of makeovers to make it enjoyable for players like the series always planned. Since its bumpy beginnings, the folks at Bethesda have been working harder than a pack brahmin hauling supplies to improve the game. They’ve patched things up, introduced new content, and polished the experience like a shiny suit of power armor! That feeling never gets old, getting the new armor you’ve been grinding so hard for.

Now, as a Valheim fan contemplating diving into Fallout 76, remember that the main similarity here is survival and base-building. Apart from that core mechanic similarity, and a few other things, you’ll find that Fallout 76 throws you into a radioactive online playground with a side of base-building and quests instead of a Viking-era setting. Still, I had just as much fun playing this as I did with Valheim! To try it out, you can get the game dirt cheap on PlayStation, Xbox, or PC.

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Rust

Rust

Picture this: you’ve just spawned into the harsh, unforgiving world of Rust; you know nothing and are clad in nothing but a rock and your determination. Suddenly, a mischievous player wearing a banana suit leaps out from behind a bush, wielding a guitar and serenading you with an off-key rendition of Sweet Child O’ Mine. Yup, that’s something that can and will happen to you, and it’s only the tip of the iceberg!

Now, let’s talk similarities – while Rust and Valheim both fall under the survival genre, each of them are their own game (in the best of ways). In a departure from the mystical Viking realm, Rust throws you into a brutal online world where you’ll scavenge for resources, build bases, and engage in player-versus-player shenanigans. So, as has been a bit of a trend in this list, this one is for Valheim fans that are looking for something almost completely new (with a sprinkle of whacky that you’ll never forget).

Rust is a game where alliances can crumble faster than a wooden spear, where you’ll encounter eccentric characters, engage in raiding and looting, and maybe even find yourself at the mercy of a naked bongo player! If you’re ready to enter the world of possibilities of Rust, you can play it on your nearest gaming PC today.

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The Long Dark

The Long Dark

Just how long is the dark? As I found out very recently, the darkness in the game is not a measure of time but rather a metaphorical journey through a desolate and unforgiving world! I’ve gotta stop with the dumb assumptions about these titles. Anyway!

While the name may evoke thoughts of horror, The Long Dark isn’t your traditional jump-scare fest. Instead, it paints a hauntingly beautiful picture of a post-disaster world, where you must battle against the elements, hunger, and wildlife to stay alive. So, everything we’ve spent countless hours learning (mostly the hard way) in Valheim should come in real handy here!

Speaking of Valheim, the similarities between these games exist in the realm of survival, but the experiences diverge from there. The Long Dark is a unique game, and it focuses on a realistic and solitary survival experience that’ll make you wish you had sprung for that extra pair of brown pants! To try it out, you can get The Long Dark on PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Switch.

13

Raft

Raft

On the surface (pun intended), this game doesn’t look like much but allow me to unravel the mystery of Raft and why it has captivated the hearts of many despite its seemingly simple premise. While the concept of floating on a raft in the vast ocean might sound boring, there’s more to this game than meets the eye, such as sharks! Lots and lots of sharks.

In Raft, you find yourself stranded on a small raft, drifting aimlessly on the open sea. But fear not, for boredom is not on the menu! As you gather debris, scavenge for resources, and expand your humble raft, you’ll embark on a journey of survival and exploration. Along the way, you’ll meet tons of marine life, mysterious islands and even face off against pesky seagulls eager to peck away at your progress. Damn seagulls, always up to no good.

For me, the beauty of Raft lies in its addictive gameplay loop. You’ll constantly strive to improve and expand your raft, craft tools and weapons, and navigate the treacherous waters in search of valuable resources. Now, as for whether Raft serves as a suitable alternative to Valheim, it depends on your preferences. You’ll get the base building (in Raft’s unique way) and survival you’re looking for, but these two games really aren’t cut from the same cloth. Still, if you’re looking for something new, you absolutely can’t go wrong with Raft – playable on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

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And that concludes it! We embarked on a wild quest to uncover thirteen games that could give Valheim a run for its mead. Whether you’ve grown sick of virtually chopping wood or waiting for your Viking pals to stop constructing nonsensical corridors, fret not! These thirteen games have you covered no matter what you’re looking for. So, let me know what you think! Until next time, good luck and have fun.

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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