7 Games Like God of War Worth Playing in 2023 #GeekLeap

God of Struggle (2018) and God of Struggle Ragnarok raised the bar for immersive, narrative-rich action-adventure video games. It is solely the fifth time IGN has awarded consecutive mainline video games in a sequence evaluation scores of 10, placing God of Struggle within the firm of The Legend of Zelda, Grand Theft Auto, Steel Gear Strong, and The Final of Us.

Naturally, evaluating a recreation to God of Struggle units it up for failure, and in flip, units you up for disappointment. These video games do not essentially exceed the bar set by Santa Monica Studio, reasonably they share and efficiently implement notable design and/or gameplay traits discovered within the latest God of Struggle video games.

In order we await information on the way forward for Kratos and Atreus, these are 7 video games God of Struggle followers could take pleasure in, whether or not you come to the sequence for its visceral third-person fight, impressed world design, compelling narrative, and/or exploration of Norse mythology.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

For followers of God of Struggle’s fight, Norse setting/mythological exploration, and/or story.

Like Kratos in God of Struggle (2018), Senua embarks on a dangerous journey motivated by a deceased lover — a journey set inside a equally mythology-rich Norse world. Senua’s journey takes her to Ninja Idea’s iteration of Helheim, a mythological realm that will likely be acquainted to those that performed God of Struggle, with appearances from shared characters like Garmr and Surtr. Like Kratos, Senua even carries and communicates with a decapitated head that swings from her hip.

As for the gameplay, Hellblade and God of Struggle share visceral third-person fight performed from a decent, over-the-shoulder perspective. Cinematically, each video games successfully make use of a steady, one-shot method in service of elevated immersion.

Every character-driven narrative is bolstered by a wonderful efficiency: Melina Joergens (Senua) and Christopher Decide (Kratos) every gained Greatest Efficiency at The Recreation Awards, in 2017 and 2022, respectively.

The Final of Us Components 1 & 2

For followers of God of Struggle’s story, immersive world, and/or cinematic qualities.

The Final of Us doesn’t share lots in widespread with God of Struggle from a setting or moment-to-moment gameplay perspective, although they’ll each be positioned beneath the umbrella of thoughtfully designed, story-rich, technically marvelous, Sony-developed third-person action-adventure video games. It’s a style Sony and its first-party studios have mastered during the last two console generations, and no video games embody that mastery greater than God of Struggle and The Final of Us.

The perfect-in-class narratives in each sequence are pushed by well-written characters and the emotionally complicated relationships they share. Those that loved the father-son dynamic of Kratos and Atreus will doubtless benefit from the parent-child-like dynamic of Joel and Ellie, as each video games pair a morally questionable protector archetype with a weak, wise-cracking teenager, and job the previous with guiding the latter by way of a world of demise and deceit.

Murderer’s Creed Valhalla

For followers of God of Struggle’s Norse setting/mythological exploration, fight, and/or RPG mechanics.

Murderer’s Creed Valhalla took Ubisoft’s flagship sequence to Northern Europe in opposition to the backdrop of Norse mythology. Many characters from the 9 Realms will likely be acquainted to God of Struggle gamers, together with Odin, Loki, Thor, Freya/Freyja, and Tyr.

Valhalla’s bloody, melee-weapon-based fight could attraction to God of Struggle followers, whereas those that loved GoW’s RPG parts will discover much more of the style’s mechanics baked into Valhalla — talent tree, loot, facet actions galore, and stat-affecting armor that may be upgraded by way of useful resource gathering and crafting.

See extra video games like Murderer’s Creed if you happen to preferred Valhalla.


For followers of God of Struggle’s Norse mythology and/or boss fights.

Jotun affords a visually totally different exploration of Norse mythology. It trades the life like graphics of God of Struggle for fantastically hand-drawn environments and characters, together with iterations of Jormungar, Thor, Freya, Mimir, and Odin.

Jotun is a slower recreation than God of Struggle, constructed largely on exploration and light-weight puzzle-solving, although it’s able to ramping up the depth with well-designed, difficult boss fights in opposition to large Norse giants.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

For followers of God of Struggle’s semi-open-world design.

Rise of the Tomb Raider most notably shares God of Struggle’s semi-open-world design, presenting gamers with a number of Metroidvania-like areas through which the degrees circle again on themselves and develop as you progress. This design is nicely fitted to video games that stability fight, puzzles, and exploration, which Rise of the Tomb Raider and God of Struggle do exceptionally nicely.

Tomb Raider depends extra on ranged fight, although its third-person perspective will likely be snug for God of Struggle followers, as will Rise’s snowy setting and character-driven narrative.

See our information to taking part in the Tomb Raider video games so as.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order & Survivor

For followers of God of Struggle’s semi-open-world design and/or fight.

For individuals who love the semi-open-world design detailed above, we additionally suggest Respawn’s Star Wars Jedi video games. Like God of Struggle, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Survivor are constructed round a number of explorable hubs with areas gated by progression-based talents.

GoW followers can also take pleasure in Jedi’s satisfying, melee-based third-person fight and impressed, difficult boss fights. The 2 sequence additionally share the key sauce for a profitable action-adventure recreation: partaking moment-to-moment gameplay inside an immersive world propelled by rewarding exploration and a compelling story.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Survivor have been directed by Stig Asmussen, who directed God of Struggle 3 for Sony Santa Monica earlier than becoming a member of Respawn.

See our picks for the greatest Star Wars video games of all time.

The Strolling Useless: Season 1

For followers of God of Struggle’s story.

Telltale’s The Strolling Useless lives on the other finish of gaming’s interactivity spectrum: It’s a choice-based point-and-click journey recreation with sparse motion sequences skilled by way of QTEs. Enjoying The Strolling Useless is nothing like taking part in God of Struggle; experiencing it — the emotional resonance of its characters and story — is.

Over 5 episodes, The Strolling Useless’s first season tells one of the vital memorable tales in video games. Like God of Struggle (and The Final of Us), you play as a gruff man in quest of redemption tasked with defending and educating a precocious little one within the midst of apocalyptic destruction. Lee and Clem usually are not blood, however their relationship shortly takes on the parent-child dynamic that fills the guts of God of Struggle’s narrative.

New to the God of Struggle franchise? Take a look at our breakdown of the sequence’ chronology to find one of the best ways to play the God of Struggle video games so as or type by way of our roundup of each IGN God of Struggle evaluation.

Jordan covers video games, exhibits, and flicks as a contract author for IGN.

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