From humble beginnings to a worldwide phenomenon, The Witcher series is the definition of a modern classic, with The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt being the biggest and brightest of the bunch. Its development studio, CD Projekt Red, went from seemingly totally obscurity to overnight certified rockstar status after the third game's release, achieving a level of mainstream success rarely seen in the video game realm. Spinning off into a popular tabletop experience, a collectible card game, and an uber-popular Netflix series, it's easily one of the most popular games today. So it comes as no surprise that so many gamers have been on the hunt for games like Witcher 3.
For those who embarked on the adventure, The Witcher exudes an authenticity shown through its memorable lands and characters. And while for some no protagonist will truly be able to capture the same likeness as Geralt of Rivia, there are plenty of great games similar to The Witcher 3 that are definitely worth your time. Sure, you can easily pick up 2007's The Witcher and The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings, but you probably won't find capable of holding a candle to The Wild Hunt.
If The Witcher has left an insatiable hunger for more of its ilk, then perhaps some of these awesome options may quell your appetite.
This medieval powerhouse came at the seemingly bridge period between Bioware’s considered golden age and its more modern style. You roll through the game with an ever-expanding team of colorful characters, solving supernatural disputes and partaking in a kingdom’s political intrigue.
As opposed to controlling a character like Geralt in a more traditional action style, Dragon Age has an additional tactical layer. Allowing players to pause the action, get a bird’s eye view of the field, and delegate commands to their chosen characters, adds a strategic edge to each engagement.
328Worth the hunt?
- Release: 2009
- Platform: Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
God of War
If what you seek is some sort of parental relationship to anchor the action-filled fervor of all your daring exploits, then God of War may fit the bill. Similarly to Geralt and Ciri, Kratos has a unique relationship with his son that is explored over the course of the game. It’s really at the center of the God of War reimagining, sincerely making the player care about these characters through their developing bond.
Steeped in Norse mythos, the game displays a real reverence for its source material by taking inspiration from it, into all aspects of its wold building. And in a turn of staggeringly impressive cinematography, the whole story is framed as one dynamic, unbroken shot.
3211Worth the hunt?
- Release: 2018
- Platform: PlayStation 4
At first glance, the Wild West setting is a far cry from the Witcher's lands of the fantastique. However, both invite you to slow down and soak in a world that’s crafted to be observed. The attention to fine detail is apparent in every corner shop and rocky ledge that the breathtaking vistas give way to. Much like Geralt of Rivia, Red Dead’s protagonist Arthur Morgan equally holds up as one of the more realized characters in the medium.
An emphasis is put on presentation, with shots composed to hearken to the look and feel found in classics westerns. Even missions are structured in a way that guides the action in a highly curated and cinematic approach, making it more like playing a movie, than an ordinary game. And like The Witcher, there are tons of side quests and optional storylines to get blissfully lost in.
3820Worth the hunt?
- Release: 2018
- Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows, Stadia
Much like The Witcher, it took a couple attempts before Mass Effect hit its stride, with its second installment acting as the series torchbearer. Its setting is a world you could get lost in, with the sheer amount of memorable side-characters with engrossing backstories that fill out the cosmic universe. Even having much of its post-release content being on par with, and sometimes surpassing, the base game. Through the adventure, players can see their impact on the world, steering the story much like what’s afforded in The Witcher.
The story plays out like a galactic opera, with the future of the universe in question. Trekking between the stars, taking equal parts action and diplomacy to assemble a specialized crew, all in service of setting up and executing the perfect space heist.
218Worth the hunt?
- Release: 2010
- Platform: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows