The latest iteration of the ‘Fallout’ Series of games, Fallout 4 brought us back into the sometimes-wacky, always grim, apocalyptic setting of post-Cold War America. Created by Bethesda, Fallout 4 shows what the world might be like if the Cold War escalated into nuclear conflict. The world that you play in is ravaged by radiation, mutated creatures, and the scraps of humanity, barely clinging onto whatever livelihoods they can eke out in the wastes. If you liked this game by Bethesda Softworks, and are looking for games like Fallout 4, here are some options to scratch that itch.
11 Best Games Similar To Fallout 4
Far Cry 4
A well-known FPS game, Far Cry 4 takes the player to the fictional Himalayan country of Kyrat, on a quest to return their grandfather’s ashes to their rightful resting place. On the way, the protagonist, Ajay Ghale, gets himself wrapped up in the country’s brewing civil war. He will prove his skills as a warrior to all in Kyrat, and pave the way to the country’s freedom from its king. With light RPG elements in a very refined FPS, this is a must-play for fans of either genre.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
A slightly older game, but certainly a classic, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is an FPS survival horror game that will take you through a thrilling and terrifying ride in post-apocalyptic Ukraine. The player must procure weapons, medical supplies, and other resources to ensure they can last another day. You play as Alexander Degtyarev, an agent of the Ukrainian government sent in to discover the fate of a military scouting force that went down in the radiated zones around the Chernobyl power plant.
Metro is famous for its horrific and dark take on the events of the apocalypse, where the last remnants of humanity in Moscow are left scraping by in the metro tunnels below Russia, the surface too radiated and overrun with mutated beasts for there to be any hope above ground. In this world, bullets are literally money, and you oftentimes have to make the choice between spending them to acquire needed medical supplies and weapons, or saving them to fight for your life against the creatures that roam in the darkness of the tunnels.
Made by Gearbox, a heavyweight developer in the video game world, Borderlands 2 is the sequel to the original title of the same name, and works in very much the same way: the player chooses from a variety of heroes at the start of the game, each with their own skillset and preferred weapons, and venture through the bizarre, futuristic world filled with vicious creatures and men who just want to be shot in the face.
Following a massive asteroid colliding with Earth, the world as we know it is erased and replaced with one that is much more like you would see in Mad Max. Developed by id Software, the same people who brought you the latest DOOM game, this game sees its players drive and shoot their way through a barren wasteland. You use your makeshift car to drive between mission and explore the desolate world you call home, as well as to participate in races. Combat is undertaken in first person, with the player given a variety of customizable weapons to wreak havoc with.
While not post-apocalyptic, the world we see in Bioshock Infinite has clearly taken a much different direction than our own. You play as Booker DeWitt, a professional private eye who has been hired to locate a mysterious girl, and in return, an old debt of his will be wiped away. Most of the game takes place on ‘Rapture’, a floating city made up of countless floating platforms, and whose society seems to have never come out of the 1850’s American mentality, which makes for an incredibly fascinating world to explore.
Made to be a spiritual successor to the original, turn-based Fallout games, like Fallout 1, 2 and Tactics, Wasteland 2 emulates those games and builds upon the idea of what a post-apocalyptic America could be. In this game, players will assemble and guide a party of wasteland wanders through tough trials and even tougher decisions. Despite your best efforts, not everything will always turn out okay, and you may lose some valued party members in pursuit of your goals.
Red Dead Redemption
If you would rather play a game in the wild west instead of a wasteland, this heavy-hitting game by Rockstar is for you! In it, you play as John Marston, a former outlaw and gangster, sent out by the government into the American frontier to capture or kill one of the men he used to call a brother. During your journey, you will make friends, kill enemies, and play a few rounds of poker as you blaze a path through the west.
Mass Effect: Andromeda
The latest Mass Effect game to hit the shelves, Andromeda puts the player into the world – or, should we say, universe – of Mass Effect, where Humans have discovered space travel and have made contact with a vast array of other races, becoming part of intergalactic politics and attempting to become a true superpower among all the other species the galaxy has to offer.
The Last Of Us
In The Last of Us, humanity does not end with a glorious bang, a flash of radiating light that obliterates all in its path. Instead, the thing that puts humanity on the brink of extinction is something incredibly simple: a disease. In this Playstation exclusive, you follow two survivors, Joel and the young girl Ellie, as they make their way across the United States that has been ravaged by a fungal plague.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
If you prefer heavy fantasy setting, filled with magic and sword and vampires, Skyrim is just for you. Another signature franchise by Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim takes place at a crucial time in that world’s history: The Dragons, the heralds of the end of the world, are returning for the first time in history. Explore a hand-crafted, fantasy world where you can do almost anything, and play however you want, no matter if that is a spell-casting mage or a crazed lunatic armed with only his fists and the loincloth around his waist.