Best Games Like God of War

We know how hard it can be to watch the credits roll for God of War on PS4, knowing full well you may not see Kratos and Atreus set off on new adventures for quite some time. And while we can spend all day speculating about the possibility of a God of War 5 or God of War 2: The Re-Do or whatever they decide to call it, there are plenty of great games to play in the meantime. The best games like God of War offer brutal combat, plenty of lore for players to read up on, and even more unruly children to look after.

Here, we will be highlighting the best games which offer a similar experience to hacking and slashing as Kratos and are readily available on PC/current gen consoles. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new entries. If you would like to receive more gaming recommendations, consider reading through our other curated lists:

Shadow of the Tomb Raider

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Shadow of the Tomb Raider may not be the strongest entry in the rebooted series but it’s definitely the most brutal, depicting a much darker and more violent Lara Croft than previous games. The Eidos Montréal developed action-adventure game sees the iconic explorer venturing to a tropical rainforest in a race to stop evil organization Trinity from unleashing an ancient Mayan apocalypse.

Gone are the days of playing as an inexperienced Lara, who found herself more often than not trying to avoid combat. Instead, we get a version of Lara who’s not only capable but more than willing to kill Trinity’s soldiers using an array of new tools, traps, and weapons. Whereas 2018’s God of War attempted to humanize Kratos, Shadow of the Tomb Raider turns its protagonist into an apex predator.

Devil May Cry 5

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Devil May Cry 5 stays true to the series’ core while offering a streamlined scoring system designed for newcomers. The hack n’ slash action game is set five years after DMC 4 and sees players controlling three demonic-powered protagonists: Dante, Nero, and V, as they try to prevent the Demon King Urizen from destroying the mortal realm.

Although both series ended up taking different paths, DMC 5’s brutally-satisfying combat isn’t too far off from 2018’s God of War, and even more so the older GOW games. If you enjoy ripping enemies apart in interesting ways and don’t mind settling for a demon prince instead of a Greek god, give Capcom’s latest entry a try. 

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

We’ll admit that Assassin’s Creed  had begun to grow stale in recent years until 2017’s Origins breathed new life into the series, delivering a refreshingly new story and approach to gameplay while keeping the streamlined combat and traversal the series is known for. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey looked to continue the momentum that had been built and thoroughly exceeded expectations.

The game blurs the line between realism and power fantasy even further while featuring a strikingly realistic depiction of ancient Greece, which happens to be right up Kratos’ alley. Additionally, the Ubisoft open-world game ramps up its combat system by introducing more flashy executions and opportunities for lethal playstyles.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is not your average, run-of-the-mill action game. Developed and self-published by video game geniuses Ninja Theory, the game follows a warrior on a quest to rescue the soul of her dead lover from the underworld while dealing with a crippling mental illness she believes to be a curse called “the Darkness”.

This is reminiscent of Kratos’ own struggles with mental health and PTSD, stemming from his years spent waging war with mortals, the gods of Olympus, and himself. If you enjoyed the presence of Norse mythology in the latest God of War, you may be happy to hear Hellblade takes it a step further, depicting characters inspired by actual Vikings.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / Switch / PC

Based on a collection of fantasy novels, The Witcher 3 has been praised for its well-written characters and engaging story that’s complemented by an enormous open-world full of sights to see and otherworldly beasts to defeat. You play as Geralt of Rivia, another gruff and brooding male protagonist who just like Kratos, is skilled in both the art of combat and unresolved trauma.

In addition to his two swords, Geralt can wield magical powers that add an extra layer to combat, although they barely rival the god-like powers which course through Kratos’ body. However, going on hunts for rare and highly-valuable beasts is where The Witcher 3 truly shines, with many battles feeling just as intense and high stakes as fighting the Valkyries in God of War.

Darksiders III

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

The Darksiders games have always had a lot in common with God of War and the latest entry is no exception. Darksiders III sees you controlling Fury, a lethal mage and the sister of War and Death, two of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. She is tasked with finding and defeating the Seven Deadly Sins, reminding us of Kratos’ plight to kill every remaining Greek deity in God of War III.

In addition to using whips, swords, flails, daggers and magic to reduce her enemies, Fury can take on different elemental forms which enhance her abilities and grant access to new techniques. If you’re looking for a new game that captures the hack n’ slash charm of the original GOW trilogy, this is it.

The Last of Us: Remastered

Platform: PS4

When you stack up Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us against Santa Monica Studio’s God of War, a shocking number of similarities come to light. For one, they both feature a tough yet brooding male lead with a troubled past whose tasked with protecting and teaching a child how to survive in a dangerous world.

We’d even go as far as saying both Ellie and Atreus share similarly annoying personalities; however that’s a matter of personal taste. While TLOU may not include brutal melee-based combat or appearances from any deities, its emotionally-gripping narrative and zombie-infested setting are enough to keep you engaged from start to finish.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne

Platform: PS4 / Xbox One / PC

Monster Hunter games have historically always appealed to a much smaller community that is until Capcom decided to focus on refining the series numerous systems in an effort to appeal to Western audiences. Iceborne builds upon the foundation Monster Hunter: World created by introducing even more QoL improvements along with some new game-changing tools and techniques.

The addition of the Clutch Claw makes mounting and fighting monsters much more approachable while new attacks for each of the game’s 14 weapon types opens up new possibilities for slaying ferocious creatures. Outside of battling, Iceborne features six distinct ecosystems with their own personalities, reminiscent of the five realms players can visit in 2018’s God of War.

Ryse: Son of Rome

Platform: Xbox One / PC

As an Xbox One launch title, Ryse: Son of Rome didn’t exactly set the world on fire. A few shortcomings, including an abundance of quick-time event combat mini-games resulted in a graphically impressive video game with uninspiring hack n’ slash combat. However, its depiction of an alternate ancient Rome and a conflicted protagonist on a quest to avenge his murdered family feels on par with God of War.

You play as Marius Titus, a Roman general who struggling to cope with the loss of his family while encountering obstacles both on and off the battlefield. The game takes you through the life of the Roman centurion and details his transformation from inexperienced soldier to powerful leader along with the many physical and psychological scars he acquires along the way.

Bloodborne

Platform: PS4

FromSoftware’s follow up to the Souls games is just as challenging as and even more fluid than its predecessors. Bloodborne maintains the high level of difficulty the studio is known for injecting into their games while offering faster-paced combat that feels at least partially reminiscent of God of War.

Accompanying an array of gruesome attacks from blades and axes are decrepit, Victorian era-inspired environments whose appearance is just as intimidating as the foes you’ll encounter. The game does a great job at hooking players into its unsettling world where only way to escape a threat is to kill it before it kills you.

Nioh

Platform: PS4 / PC

If you enjoyed how God of War managed to blend its own original story with elements of Norse mythology, then you might want to check out Nioh, an action RPG set during the final days of the Sengoku period in Japan. The game takes place in an alternate version of the year 1600 and sees you controlling an Irish sailor named William as he comes into contact with mystical sorcerers and supernatural creatures called yokai.

Considered by many to be a Soulslike game, Nioh features a complex combat system which revolves around managing stamina or “Ki” and switching between different melee weapon stances. Enemies in Nioh can easily tower over your character in size, reminding us of the massive monsters players frequently encounter in the God of War games.  

Bayonetta 2

Platform: Switch

The Bayonetta games are about as stylish as hack n’ slash games get, offering fast-paced combo-based combat which sees you combining melee attacks and gunplay to defeat a series of angelic/demonic enemies. Broadening the possibilities of crafting extensive, high-damage combos is the titular protagonist’s ‘Witch Time’ ability, which slows down time after she successfully performs a last-second dodge.

Bayonetta 2 manages to maintain the satisfying action of the original while introducing QoL improvements. While its lore can be a bit confusing at times, blending elements of Biblical, Norse, and Fantasy mythos, uniquely designed enemies and a cast of larger-than-life characters easily rival those of God of War.

Alice: Madness Returns

Platform: PC

Despite joining the ranks of long-forgotten EA games which will probably never receive a proper sequel or remaster, Alice: Madness Returns is a solid hack n’ slash action game available on PC and the previous console generation. The game is a sequel to American McGee’s Alice, with both games depicting a tonally darker Wonderland brimming with deadly creatures and psychological horror.

The Disney princess is also presented in a completely different light and can wield weapons like the Vorpal Blade, a decorated kitchen knife, along with a pig-snout powered Gatling gun called the Pepper Grinder. A surprising amount of blood and gore combined with challenging enemies and puzzles puts Alice: Madness Returns more in line with God of War than any of Disney’s licensed games.

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