Best Games Like Fallout

Think back to what life was like before the broken mess that is Fallout 76; Bethesda was still churning out some of the most immersive story-driven RPGs such as The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4 and life was perfect, or at least slightly better than it is now. And while 76 may not live up to the standards set by Fallout 3, New Vegas, or even Fallout 4 for that matter, that doesn’t mean you’re stuck replaying the older games.

In fact, there are plenty of exceptional games which explore similar themes, settings, and gameplay as Fallout while introducing new characters and universes. Here, we will be highlighting the best games available on PC/current gen consoles which feature engaging combat and enough lore to give Bethesda’s nuclear wasteland simulator a run for its caps.

Make sure to check back as we will be updating this list in the future with new entries and if you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

The Outer Worlds

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

The Outer Worlds is about as close as you can get to Fallout without a team of Bethesda’s lawyers coming to bang on your door for copyright infringement. Developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the studio responsible for Fallout: New Vegas, the sci-fi action RPG sees you crafting your own space adventures as you explore the corporate-run Halcyon colony. 

Players travel across diverse and interesting locations spanning multiple planets where they’ll encounter quirky characters, recruit companions, make enemies, and ultimately decide the fate of the colony. While it lacks the massive open-world typically found in Bethesda’s games, The Outer Worlds more than makes up for it with clever writing, flexible combat and dialogue options, and well-designed environments.  

The Witcher 3

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

Exploring The Witcher 3’s massive open-world is a deeply-rewarding experience. Similar to Fallout, the game does a great job at presenting players with plenty of opportunities to venture off the beaten path and into the unknown. While its distinct locales and otherworldly beasts may technically be considered fantasy, the extensive lore behind them rivals that of Fallout’s sci-fi inspired monsters.

This is all further complemented by a cast of well-written characters and an engaging story centered on the monster-hunting Witcher, Geralt of Rivia. Although his character may not offer a blank slate for players to flesh out in any way they see fit, a wide-selection of dialogue options and possible endings allow you to craft a fairly-personalized version of Geralt’s story. 

BioShock: The Collection

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

The BioShock games are known for blending classic sci-fi storytelling with first-person shooting mechanics to deliver a thrilling experience from start to finish. Just like Fallout, the series is very lore-heavy, with each game introducing new characters and events belonging to the same universe.

Instead of just picking our favorite entry, we’re recommending you pick up the entire collection, which includes the original BioShock, BioShock 2, and BioShock: Infinite. Each game has been remastered to run in 1080p and includes all single-player DLC. If you enjoy Fallout’s dystopian world and retro sci-fi aesthetic, you may find comfort in Rapture’s submerged halls littered with utopian propaganda posters. 

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

We all knew it was only a matter of time before we got to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the most recent entry in Bethesda’s other action RPG series and essentially the yin to Fallout’s yang. Set 200 years after Oblivion, the game sees players on quest to defeat Alduin the World-Eater, a terrifying dragon believed to bring about the end times.

As a powerful Dragonborn, players are given access to a variety of spells in addition to wielding bows, swords, shields, and axes. It’s basically Fallout but instead of mutated creatures and futuristic technology you have dragons and magic. While Skyrim’s map may not be the biggest, it still offers a lot of secrets to find, recruitable companions, and hidden areas that reward you for exploring. 

Metro Exodus

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

The Metro series seems to only get better with every new installment, with Metro Exodus considered by many to be the most impressive entry to date. While at first glance it may appear to be just another big-budget AAA first-person shooter, beyond its stunning presentation you’ll find a rich-narrative consisting of interesting characters with strong personalities and an apocalyptic world brimming with mystery and danger.

In it, you play Artyom, a Russian scavenger looking to protect himself and his family in a frozen wasteland. Exodus sees Artyom traveling to new lands where he will encounter even more mutated monsters and environmental hazards. While it may not have as many consumables or random junk for players to hoard, each item has a clear purpose such as allowing you to make ammo for weapons or create a new attachment for one of your guns.

Far Cry: New Dawn

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

If you enjoy the post-apocalyptic setting of Fallout games you may also like Far Cry: New Dawn. The spin-off game shares the same setting as Far Cry 5 only 17 years in the future where a nuclear war has drastically altered the inhabitants of Hope County. Assuming control over a new character, players are tasked with eliminating the Highwaymen, a sadistic army of bandits that have seized control over the region.

Although it’s map is smaller than that of Far Cry 5’s, seeing Hope County’s vibrant valleys, warm hot springs, and treacherous mountains be transformed into an irradiated wasteland brimming with marauders and exotic wildlife is well worth the game’s slightly cheaper $40 price tag. What’s more, the game continues the action-packed first-person gameplay the series is known for while introducing new characters and stories. 

Although it maintains the action-packed gameplay the series is known for, Far Cry 5 also provides plenty of opportunities to take a break and admire Hope County’s countless vistas while fishing or hunting. Aside from its campaign, which can be played in both solo and co-op, FC5 features a map editor that allows players to create their own challenges and share them with the world.

Wasteland 2

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

If the classic isometric Fallout games are more your jam, chances are you’ve already heard about Wasteland 2, a turn-based RPG which also takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting. In it, you control a party of up to seven characters with unique backstories and skills which prove useful for exploring the dangerous Arizona wasteland.

Like most RPGs, Wasteland 2 allows you to devise creative solutions to challenges you encounter. Additionally, the game features a great deal of customization options for determining characters’ stats, skills, and physical appearance. While it may not share the same first-person presentation and real-time action of more recent Fallout entries, its connection to the series’ roots makes Wasteland 2 worth including on this list.

Rage 2

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Published but not developed by Bethesda, Rage 2 features a post-apocalyptic setting without the ridiculous amount of bugs that we’ve come to expect in a Fallout release. The first-person shooter builds upon the first game by presenting players with a Mad Max-inspired, vibrant open-world in addition to fluid, fast-paced combat reminiscent of Doom.  

While both the story and characters can feel a bit over-the-top at times, there are still a few standouts, such Doctor Antonin Kvasir, an old scientist and ally whose extreme selfishness and sarcasm add some levity to an otherwise generic video game narrative. Thankfully, many of its one-dimensional characters are given little screen time, with most of the game spent exploring new biomes, infiltrating enemy camps, and combining your character’s powerful abilities in interesting ways.

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