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Best Open-World RPGs Like Elden Ring – GameRant

Looking for more breathtaking open worlds like the one found in Elden Ring? Look no further; these games have you covered.
Elden Ring, the latest entry in FromSoftware's so-called "SoulsBorne" series, was recently released on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation. Although many people were expecting great things from the game, few predicted the near-perfect 97 Metascore that the game currently has. This rating is enough to make it the joint-fifth highest-rated game in the review aggregator's history (excluding duplicates).
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The game sees the SoulsBorne series take a significant change in direction. Although the games have always featured open-level design, Elden Ringis the series' first fully open-world game. Considering how much praise the game is already getting, many people will be itching to play something similar once they eventually finish this enormous adventure. Thankfully, there are a handful of other excellent open-world RPGs with similar themes and atmospheres that can scratch that itch.
Updated April 30, 2022 by Jack Pursey: Elden Ring has been out for a few months now and many people are finally coming to the end of the epic adventure. While many people are already jumping back in to start NG+ or playthroughs with new builds, some are now looking for their next open-world RPG to play. For such people, we've updated this list to include some more of the best games like Elden Ring.
As the name suggests, Middle-earth: Shadow of War is a Lord of the Rings game and the sequel to Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. The sequel retains many of its predecessor's hit features, such as the Assassin's Creed-style combat and innovative nemesis system that adds more complexity to enemy encounters while differentiating itself by shifting from the action-adventure genre to action RPG.
Middle-earth: Shadow of War was well-received by critics, earning an 81 Metascore on Xbox One.
Dragon's Dogma was first released on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May 2012 before an expanded version of the game, titled Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen was released on the same consoles along with PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch between 2013 and 2019.
Like Elden Ring, Dragon's Dogma is infamous for its unforgiving difficulty, which can be a deal-breaker for some people but will be a challenge to relish and thrive under for Elden Ring fanatics.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was the one and only game developed by 38 Studios before the company filed for bankruptcy. The company's issues aren't reflective of the game's quality, however, as Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is a fantastic action RPG that stands out in the crowded genre with its abundance of side quests and customizability.
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Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning was well-received by critics, exemplified by its 81 Metascore on PC.
Fallout: New Vegas may seem like an odd choice for this list, given that it trades Elden Ring's swords and magic for rifles and shotguns.
Despite these fundamental differences, Fallout: New Vegas is worth recommending for fans of Elden Ring as it provides one of gaming's best open-world RPG experiences, offering near-unparalleled freedom to players in the choices that they make throughout the game, what quests they complete, and whether or not they decide to pursue the main quest line at all.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was developed by CD Projekt Red, and was first released in May 2015. Less than two years into the Xbox One and PS4's lifecycle, the game provided one of the most breathtaking, expansive, and meticulously designed games of the entire console generation.
The Witcher 3 ticked a lot of boxes. Its standout feature, though, was the sheer number of quests available, the depth of story to be found in those quests, and how many significant choices the player could make in them. The game received huge critical acclaim, exemplified by its 93 Metascore on PC and Game of the Year win at The Game Awards 2015.
At the time of writing it has now been, believe it or not, over ten years since The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim first hit stores. Despite its age, the game is still considered to be the benchmark that all other open-world RPGs are compared to, largely thanks to its many ports and re-releases over the years that have often found ways to modernize the epic adventure.
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A key reason for Skyrim's huge commercial success is how diverse the game is, and how many different playstyles there are to choose from. There is plenty to love both for gamers who want a casual experience, and those who want a combat-centric, action-heavy one.
Ubisoft has found a winning formula for its open-world releases. Their Assassin's Creed and Far Cry franchises have both enjoyed continued, consistent success over the years, by sharing many of the same design ideas and principles.
Fans of Elden Ring should be cautious going into this gaime, as Ubisoft's quintessential open-world style involves a lot of hand-holding with waypoints and quest logs constantly guiding the way — far removed from Elden Ring's show-don't-tell approach, which throws players in with little guidance. Still, Assassin's Creed Valhalladeserves a spot on this list, as it's a great game to switch off to and become engrossed in, without having to worry too much about what to do or where to go.
The Assassin's Creed series was once firmly an action-adventure franchise, though Assassin's Creed Originssaw the games take a shift in direction to the RPG genre with many similarities to the aforementioned The Witcher 3. Valhalla continues in this vein, making it perfect for RPG fans.
Guerrilla Games, the development team behind Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West, must be wondering what they did to deserve such bad luck. Both open-world RPGs were well-received by critics but were each followed just a few days later by one of the most critically-acclaimed open-world games of all time — first The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and now Elden Ring, respectively.
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Horizon Forbidden West certainly won't be overshadowed, however, as the game's stunning open-world alone is enough to make it stand out. The game once again sees players take control of Aloy, who is well on her way to becoming one of PlayStation's most iconic characters.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance was developed by Warhorse Studios and takes players to Bohemia in 1403. The game stands out for its realism, not only regarding its historical accuracy but also for gameplay features like clothes deteriorating and players needing to eat and sleep to stay healthy.
Kingdom Come: Deliverance struggled to impress critics upon release, as a plethora of game-breaking bugs plagued its launch. Thankfully, these bugs and many other technical issues have since been resolved, allowing the game to reach its high potential. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is still rough around the edges, but for those looking to trade Elden Ring's fantasy for historical accuracy, there are few open-world RPGs better suited than Warhorse Studios' game.
Dragon Age: Inquisition was developed by RPG-experts BioWare, the same studio that worked on the Mass Effect series, Baldur's Gate, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. Players take on the role of the Inquisitor, a survivor of a disastrous event that tore a hole in the Veil, the barrier between the physical world and the spirit world of the Fade. Like Elden Ring, players are given a huge, fantastical open world to explore.
2014's Inquisition was seen as a return to form for the Dragon Ageseries, following the disappointment of Dragon Age II. Along with an 89 Metascore on PS4, Dragon Age: Inquisition won a wide range of awards, including Game of the Year at The Game Awards, NAVGTR Awards, and SXSW Gaming Awards, demonstrating just how strong this title is.
Elden Ring is out now for PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S.
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Jack began working at Game Rant as a List Writer and has worked his way up to an editorial position. Jack enjoys games from a wide range of genres but has a particular soft spot for platformers.


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