Red Dead Redemption 2 is easily one of the most popular games in recent memory. It is a Revisionist-Western action-adventure, open-world roleplaying game from Rockstar and a prequel to another popular Western game, the first Red Dead Redemption.
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In the prequel game, you play as outlaw Arthur Morgan who is attempting to figure out how to save the Old West from crumbling into chaos. You can explore a vast terrain, embark on side quests, go after collectibles, hunt, fish, and do tons more. It is one of the most epic and ambitious RPGs of all time. If you loved it, here are some other games you should try playing.
Updated April 6 2022 By Ben Jessey: Red Dead Redemption 2 remains one of the most impressive video game achievements in history. Its combination of incredible storytelling, strong voice acting, and interesting missions are tough to match. So much so that anybody who loved playing through the Rockstar game has been begging for something similar.
While there's no game quite like RDR2, there are several that share some similarities. In fact, we included some of them in the original version of this list. But they weren't the only titles to have an RDR2 feel to them at times. Here are a few more.
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18/18 The Last Of Us Part 2
Even though RDR2 and The Last Of Us Part 2 are set in completely different time periods, the two games share several similarities. For one, both games are graphically stunning, particularly when it comes to the characters' facial features. It's rare for video game characters to be able to show what they're feeling from their facial expressions alone, but they can in these two titles.
On top of that, their narratives are similar. The second Last Of Us game also presents a story that heavily focuses on morality and redemption. Yet, while every player forgives Arthur Morgan's previous misdeeds, you may feel differently about some of TLOU2's main characters.
17/18 Weird West
As one of the best western games ever, the Weird West naturally draws comparisons to RDR2. The world of the top-down RPG is a bit wackier than the Red Dead universe, but everything you expect from a game set in the old west is here, including revolvers, bounties, and horses.
Plus, like RDR2, the game usually allows you to complete objectives silently or all-guns-blazing. And your morality changes how the rest of the world views you. It's not as cinematic as the Rockstar title, but it still includes a deep narrative.
16/18 Mass Effect Trilogy
On the surface, Mass Effect might seem like the furthest thing from RDR2 as possible. After all, a series of games about a human commander leading a team of various species on an extremely dangerous mission to save the galaxy is very different from the type of story the Rockstar title provides.
However, the games are alike when it comes to side characters. Some of the most enjoyable moments in the Mass Effect games occur when you're hanging around with your companions and getting to know them more. And that's why ME has one of the most well-developed groups of supporting players in video game history, and Red Dead 2 is similar in that regard.
15/18 God Of War
God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 came out in 2018 and received a lot of comparisons despite being fundamentally different in terms of storytelling. Many gamers fought over which title deserved the coveted Game of the Year award most, so if you want to form an accurate opinion you should play it for that reason alone.
One big difference is that God of War has a much more linear narrative than Red Dead. It still allows you to explore the world, do different activities and side quests, but definitely not to the extent of Red Dead. It follows the story of Kratos and his son Atreus as they journey to spread the ashes of Atreus's mother at the highest peak of the nine realms.
14/18 Assassin's Creed Origins
Bayek is largely considered one of the best protagonists in the Assassin's Creed franchise. Most people loved the characters in RDR2, and if you're one of them, you should consider Origins, so you can meet and play as another fantastic and fully-realized character.
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Even if you haven't played Assassin's Creed before, you should give Origins a chance because it is much different than the games that preceded it. It is an open-world roleplaying game, which is a first for the franchise. It is far more expansive than past games and it takes place in Ancient Egypt which is a world rich in mythology and storytelling.
13/18 Assassin's Creed Odyssey
If you play Origins and fall in love, then Odyssey is the obvious next step. It is like Origins but even bigger, more immersive, and breathtakingly gorgeous. It also features more never-before-seen features in the franchise, like the option to choose your character's gender and sexual orientation.
In fact, the introduction of romantic options is a first for Assassin's Creed. In the same way Red Dead tackles the Old West in a way unlike any we've seen in a game before, Odyssey dominates Ancient Greece and offers you a chance to explore tons of stunning islands and even some ancient Greek myths like the legendary Minotaur.
12/18 Fallout: New Vegas
Fallout: New Vegas is a spin-off game within the Fallout franchise. Like other games in the series, it is set in a post-apocalyptic setting. You play as a courier attempting to deliver an important package. Before you arrive at your destination, you are shot in the head with your package taken.
The game's journey will take you on a long wild adventure across parts of Nevada, California, and Arizona as you attempt to find your package and the person who tried to kill you. Fallout: New Vegas is widely considered one of the best Fallout games and one of the best open-world experiences.
11/18 L.A. Noire
L.A. Noire is another game created by Rockstar, the same studio that created RDR2. It is a unique neo-noir detective game. The player controls an LAPD officer who must investigate various mysteries in the game, follow-up on clues, read any materials discovered at the crime scene, interrogate suspects and more.
Depending on how you handle each case, the player could fail the mission or not get the full story revealed to them. It is an open-world game, which allows players free reign to explore the universe and take their time looking through all the details.
10/18 Mad Max
Mad Max is an incredibly popular franchise composed of both films and video games. It takes place in a post-apocalyptic world that has become a wasteland. In the 2015 game, which was released a few months after the critically-acclaimed Mad Max: Fury Road, you play as Max Rocketansky.
Your goal is to reach the Plains of Silence but to do so you'll need to build the Magnum Opus machine and contend with Scarbus Scrotus and his deadly gangs and machinery. Like Red Dead Redemption 2, Mad Max is an open world, although the setting is much different. But you'll find some similarities in dealing with gangs like you do with bandits and outlaws.
9/18 Spider-Man PS4
Spider-Man PS4 is much different than Red Dead Redemption 2 in story and genre since it is based on the popular Marvel character, but it has similarities in its immersive storytelling and open-world exploration.
If something you loved about Red Dead was a large amount of stuff to do, then you should absolutely give Spider-Man a try. Not only is it considered one of the best Marvel video games, but many feel it is one of the best PS4 exclusives. Plus, it features a number of fan-favorite comic book characters from Mary Jane Watson to Doc Ock and more.
8/18 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of Wild
If you're a fan of the Zelda franchise then The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game you absolutely must play. In terms of gaming, it is on par with leaving behind an epic legacy like RDR2.
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The series follows Link after he awakens from slumber to defeat Calamity Ganon before it can destroy all of Hyrule. The game is meant to reward experimentation and is designed as a massive open-world layout for players to explore at their own volition. The storyline can also be completed in a nonlinear order.
7/18 Red Dead Redemption
If you haven't already played Red Dead Redemption, now is the perfect time to do so. Since Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to this game, it is actually fitting to wait until after you complete it to play the original 2010 game.
In it, you play a former outlaw named John Marston who finds himself roped back into the world of crime after his family is taken hostage due to his reputation as a hired gun. Like the sequel/prequel game, it is an open world, although it is not nearly as massive. But it is a great game to play if you want to remain immersed in the world of outlaws.
6/18 Call of Juarez: Gunslinger
Set in 1910, you'll play the legendary bounty hunter, Silas Greaves in the first-person shooter game. Like the Red Dead series, this game is set in the Old West and should make you feel like you're a real outlaw living on the outskirts of life.
The Call of Juarez series is pretty popular, this is the fourth game in the series and a fan favorite. The story is told from a bar patron who relives his supposed tales, which can alter gameplay depending on what he narrates. There are also different modes of gameplay if you prefer. Aside from the story mode, there is also a duel and arcade mode.
5/18 Mafia 2
As the name suggests, in this game you'll be playing a gangster trying to ascend the ranks of the most powerful crime families around. One of the main similarities to Red Dead is the wanted system. As in Red Dead, it is possible to tip off law enforcement and have a target placed on your head as people come after you for your crimes.
It is also an open world game played from the third-person perspective if that is something important to you. The environment and setting are much different than it is in Red Dead but Mafia 2 is still incredibly fun.
4/18 Grand Theft Auto 5
Grand Theft Auto 5 is another massive open-world RPG game from Rockstar North, who also developed the Red Dead games. This game is a must-play for fans of Red Dead and fans of RPGs in general. You will play as three different criminals, all trying to commit various heists while under government scrutiny.
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As is the same in Red Dead, there is a wanted system in place that can put the heat on you if you start to catch the attention of law enforcement in the area. There are tons to see and explore in this game and it's a terrific follow-up to Red Dead 2.
3/18 Lead And Gold
Lead and Gold: Gangs of the Wild West is an older game that came out on PS3. It is a third-person shooting game primarily designed for multiplayer given its team-based elements.
It is not going to appease your sense of vast exploration or storytelling, especially not the epic narrative of Red Dead 2, but if you continue to want to play as an outlaw and feel what it was like to be a cowboy out in American Old West, then Lead and Gold will maintain that fantasy for you just as well.
Gun is extremely similar to Red Dead 2 in terms of style and storytelling. It is an action-adventure game with an open world element. You can hunt animals such as buffalo and wild horses. You can be a nuisance and wreak havoc in communities if you want to. But be wary of doing so because it will attract the attention of local law enforcement.
Gun is also a Revisionist-Western game with plenty of missions, side missions, minigames, and other explorative activities for you to do that should keep you busy for any hours. In terms of depth, it doesn't have as much content as Red Dead 2 but it is still an excellent game and won several awards.
1/18 The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
In terms of genre, Witcher 3 is vastly different from the world of Red Dead. Instead of playing as an outlaw in the Old West, you play as a monster hunter named Geralt of Rivia in a dark fantasy realm. It's a little more similar to Skyrim in terms of story. However, Witcher 3 is one of the best RPG games of all time. It is undeniable that Red Dead 2 gained some inspiration from Witcher 3.
It is third-person, and you do play in an open world with a vast amount of terrain, quests, and lore to discover. The best part about Witcher 3 is how in-depth the side quests and monster contracts get. There are tons to read and see and explore.
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