10 Action RPGs: The God Of War series was lifeless for the longest time, with people wondering whether the series had finally been tossed out by Sony altogether.
All these rumors were dashed with the God Of War reboot, which looked and played better than any God Of War game up to that point.
The story had also been refined to a whole new level, allowing for the player to finally empathize with a once-bloodthirsty Kratos and understand his character’s development.
RPGs to Play if you like God of War
Players who are used to the tight and responsive nature of Soulsborne combat will find massive similarities between this combat system and God Of War’s, although one can argue that From Software’s combat is generally harder and more unforgiving when it comes to mistakes.
Bloodborne is perhaps the best recommendation for anyone who loved God Of War. Not only is it also a PlayStation exclusive, but it also features some of the best visuals and combat on the system by a country mile. Any player who loves Gothic and Lovecraftian influences in their video games will definitely fall in love with Bloodborne’s haunting beauty.
2. NieR: Automata
A hack-and-slash that put the genius of Yoko Taro on the map, NieR: Automata is a must-play for anyone who loves diverse gameplay, tight combat, and a unique story, unlike anything they’ve probably experienced before.
The story of 2B and her android buddies as they travel through a world that feels mysterious yet jam-packed with lore, collectibles, and whatnot is engrossing and entertaining in every sense of the word.
3. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
The Assassin’s Creed series might’ve transformed from what used to be a unique parkour adventure into a poor man’s Witcher 3, but one can’t deny that Ubisoft certainly brought everything to the table with Odyssey.
This role-playing epic features a massive open-world that’s full to the brim with content — perhaps too much content, in fact — and has a combat system that, while feeling notably inferior to its inspirations, still managed to get the job done.
4. Ghost Of Tsushima
Sucker Punch’s latest offering, Ghost Of Tsushima, is an incredibly beautiful romp through the beautiful landscapes of Japan during the first Mongol invasion, which is as captivating a title as can be.
The combat system is wholly unique, the story gets the job done, and the visuals of the title are truly breathtaking in every sense of the word, making for a wholly unique experience from start to end.
5. Horizon Zero DawnImage Source: Forbes
With Horizon Zero Dawn’s release on the PC, there’s no better time than right now to play this absolute gem of a title. Featuring a unique world where robotic dinosaurs roam the land, Horizon’s world is as unique as can be.
Of course, it certainly helps that the story is surprisingly in-depth, and the combat is incredibly engaging at times. Horizon Zero Dawn is a must-play for anyone who’s looking for a jam-packed action RPG to play through just like God Of War.
6. Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
The parallels that can be drawn between Hellblade and God Of War are pretty obvious. Both games have hack-and-slash combat, are steeped in Norse mythology, and feature a brilliant story-driven experience.
There’s one big difference between both games, however — Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice featured a tale that is more personal and, at times, uncomfortable to see unfold. The depiction of mental health is done excellently in Hellblade, making it a unique experience in every way.
7. Marvel’s Spider-Man
The PlayStation 4 was firing off on all cylinders during its undisputed reign as the top of the console hierarchy, releasing one amazing exclusive after another. Marvel’s Spider-Man is one such title that is considered by many to be the greatest Spider-Man game ever released — a statement that is not made lightly.
Swinging around as Spider-Man feels as amazing as it should, and a slew of great elements — such as the story, combat, and open-world design, to name a few — help this title ascend to greatness.
8. Red Dead Redemption 2
Rockstar Games blew everyone out of the water with Grand Theft Auto V, and everyone wondered how they would top such an amazing experience.
It goes without saying that Red Dead Redemption 2 is easily one of the best open-world titles of all time, fully embracing all its strengths — and faults — to craft an engrossing narrative that would cement Rockstar’s reputation as one of the best open-world developers of all time.
9. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
It would be impossible to talk about story-driven action RPGs without mentioning the masterpiece that is The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
Geralt’s story had been slowly building up over the last two games, and this game offers up a fitting conclusion to the witcher’s engrossing tale.
Hearts of Stone and Blood & Wine are easily two of the best DLCs ever released for any game either, and further cement The Witcher 3’s reputation as one of the best games of all time.
10. Last Of Us Part II
The Last Of Us Part II might be one of the most controversial video game releases of all time, but one can’t deny the technical excellence on display in this title. Ellie’s story truly comes into its own in a great sequel to one of the best video games ever made.
While The Last Of Us Part II is not a role-playing game per se, it has enough RPG elements to put it a cut above the rest of the cookie-cutter action games that have come out.