the witcher 3

The Witcher Season 2 just came out on Netflix and already I’m dying to get back to travelling alongside Geralt and Roach. Unfortunately, I’ve clocked in my fair share of gaming hours in Witcher 3 and seen everything there is to see in that game. And, while I could go back and do it all again (a little tempting) I’m curious what else is out there.

Below, I’ve found some great games that give that same adventurous and gritty feeling that the Witcher 3 offered its players.

Games like the Witcher 3

1. Dragon Age: Origins

If you’ve played this game, you know why it’s here. From the story to the characters, to the gritty environment, the only thing more “Witcher” than Dragon Age: Origins, is Witcher 2. I’m not even kidding. I’m reasonably certain one copied the other in terms of their tone and longstanding choices that sometimes don’t have easy answers. And, while Witcher 3 certainly has perfected this, Dragon Age: Origins was one of the first to make it popular.

Bethesda’s crown jewel, even in 2022, DA:O is 10 years old and graphically looks its age. However, if you can understand it’s not as long or going to be as pretty as these other options, you can fall in love with the world of choices, options, and spectacle that this game offers. Oh, and did I mention you can quite literally make Geralt, complete with a Yen and Triss? Hm… I’m thinking I’m about to boot this up right now.

2. Divinity Original Sin 2

Ok, now we’re getting to the good stuff. While this isn’t going to give you that over-the-shoulder experience like Witcher 3, it almost doesn’t matter. Especially if you’re a fan of old “top-down” gaming, this is something you’re gonna love. And if you’re not a fan, don’t worry. The story in this game is legitimately worth getting over it.

I won’t spoil anything in this 50+ hour epic but put it like this. If you’re a fan of what the Witcher 3 had going for it, you’re legitimately about to get blown away.

3. Greedfall

It may not look it, but GreedFall is a near dead ringer in terms of creating an open-world fantasy game that you can lose yourself into. You play as De Sardet, a travelling noble, as you face off against various monsters while the land is hit by this deadly plague known as the Malichor.

As De Sardet, you’ll create factions, make long-lasting decisions, and foster, forge, and develop relationships with your team. It may not exactly look like Geralt, but if squint a certain way, you might just mistake the two.

4. Red Dead Redemption 2

Next up is Rockstar’s pride and joy, Read Dead Redemption 2. This game may not be Witcher, but it’s pretty freaking close. You’ve got horses, you’ve got a free morality system. You can do gnarly stuff or be a gruff good guy.

If you were a fan of Geralt, you’re probably going to fit right at home with Arthur Morgan and this incredible open-world gaming experience.

5. Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition

Ok, I had to do it. It’s freaking Skyrim. I had to throw it on this list somewhere. So why not first? You know Skyrim. I know Skyrim. It’s Dragonborn time, baby!

If you’re wondering why this is on the list instead of me just playing Witcher 3 again, it’s because of the mods. If it was on console, that would be one thing. But, because the modding community is still strong even today, Skyrim is still a game worth playing with new experiences that are worth checking out.

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