Emerging from the dusty, wide open spaces of the west, Arthur Morgan appeared and stole our collective hearts. Red Dead Redemption 2 was easily one of the most popular video games in released in 2018 and could even be argued as a defining title of the decade. This ambitious RPG is a beautiful ode to the complicated history of America’s wild west and outlaws.
Rockstar Game’s interactive masterpiece boasts more than a handful of awards and nominations, as well as a large, active fanbase. And after finally being released on Steam last year, it won the Steam Awards “Game of the Year.” With vibrant scenery, a complex branching narrative, and compelling characters, it’s only natural to search out another game to soothe the space left from finishing Red Dead Redemption 2. Whether you’re looking to take a break from the multiplayer version of RDR2, or are just looking for something new to play, we’ve got you covered. Below are five games you should play if you liked Red Dead Redemption 2.
Coming in first on our list is a game released almost a year to the day after RDR2. Outer Worlds by Obsidian Entertainment is a sci fi RPG featuring a rag tag crew of unique characters engaging in illegal shenanigans. Sound familiar? Set in the far away solar system of Halcyon, Outer Worlds may have a completely different atmosphere than RDR2, but the engaging storyline and memorable characters feel similar to the Earth-bound western RPG. Plus, the remote towns and wide-open spaces give the impression of the wild west, if a little more alien.
With a plethora of characters you can recruit to your crew, and a branching narrative, Outer Worlds has a lot of room for replay-ability. The story isn’t quite as long as Red Dead Redemption 2, but you’ll find yourself just as invested in the outcome of the game.
Call of Juarez: Gunslinger:
We’re headed back to Earth with the next game on our list. Call of Juarez: Gunslinger is a western-themed first-person shooter following the tales of a bounty hunter named Silas Greaves. An older title, it was released in 2013 by Techland. Like RDR2, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger features a jaded cowboy who sticks with you long after the game is over. This game fosters the atmosphere of a classic western and is perfect if you want a game with a little less commitment needed than that of RDR2.
Unlike the sprawling open world of RDR2, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger has a strict, linear storyline which players experience through the recounting a series of events told by Silas in an attempt to earn some free drinks. What makes this game so intriguing is the “nuggets of truth” players can locate throughout the missions, which detail the historical inspirations behind the narrative. If you’re looking for an interesting story slightly based in real history, then look no further than Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.
American literature and folklore about the west is rich with imagery of the supernatural. Hard West, a turn based tactical RPG by CreativeForge Games stays true to those classic themes. In Hard West, players take on the character of Warren, who, after tragedy strikes, vows revenge. This story takes the western feeling of RDR2 and throws in a healthy dose of the paranormal. With characters such as Death and the Devil making appearances, as well as a plethora of demons, ghosts, and undead gunslingers to throw players a challenge, this game is a fun take on the genre.
Hard West exchanges tactical difficulty for a storyline that is fun and full of fantastical elements. While not as demanding as the open world combat trials in RDR2 players can still look forward to a rewarding experience with memorable characters.
Buy it here: https://store.steampowered.com/app/307670/Hard_West/
The most recent release on our list is Desperados III, a real-time tactical stealth game set in the wild west by developer Mimimi Games. Gamers will have access to five playable characters, each one with unique weapons and abilities. As a tactical game, players will need to be smart as they follow the story of John Cooper in his quest to avenge the death of his father.
Desperados III is the prequel to the fan-favorite, Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive. The game has overwhelmingly positive reviews on Steam, and it’s easy to see why. With beautiful graphics, a riveting story, and challenging gameplay, Desperados III is a great follow up to RDR2.
SteamWorld Dig 2:
When considering games similar to an open-world RPG, a side-scroller platformer might not be first on your list. And, despite being last on ours, SteamWorld Dig 2 is certainly not a game to overlook. This RPG will have players exploring a steampunk wild west, solving puzzles, mining, and interacting with the robotic locals. While it may not have the same gameplay mechanics or narrative of RDR2 it demonstrates a similar atmosphere.
Gamers will play as Dorothy, a plucky robot searching for a lost friend. With a gorgeous setting and quirky narrative, SteamWorld Dig 2 is a great pallet cleanser after the heavy conclusion of RDR2.
So, what do you think of our list? Are there any games we missed? Let us know in the comments below!