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Five hours. That’s the average time it takes to complete playing Shadow Warrior 3. And if you’re a ‘completionist,’ it could take seven hours – tops. You’re likely to play the same game over and over again. When the gameplay is so good, you barely notice you’ve been at it for double or triple the completion time. But for a game that does not take itself too seriously, the first few hours are refreshingly good. Any time spent onwards, and you’re bound to get bored. 

So now you’re wondering how to keep the adrenaline flowing. Don’t worry, though, as this article explores some of the best alternatives to Shadow Warrior 3. Therefore, if you want to transition to a similar wildly fast, violent, and fun game to play, here are five options to consider.


5. Call of Duty

You’ve probably heard of Call of Duty. In case you haven't, it’s the best alternative for a franchise that takes itself a little too seriously. But perhaps an in-depth first-person shooter series focused on World War II settings is just what you need.

Since the first entry in 2003, Activision has grown to release 24 Call of Duty video games. Each entry links to one another in their storylines, characters, and settings. There also exists timelines way before World War II to fictional wars set in distant futures.

Firstly, you can check out Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, released in 2007. Arguably the vest entry of all time, Call of Duty 4 revolutionized online multiplayer options. It propelled a vibrant community that still has gamers hooked to date. Here, players battle it out against a terrorist attack on a global scale. You could also get the remastered 2016 version that amplifies the game's visuals, map design, and competitive missions. 

Alternatively, if you’d like a recent release, you can check out Call of Duty: Vanguard (2021), available on Windows, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. However, if you want to play just one game, Modern Warfare is a more impactful choice. 


4. Insurgency

Insurgency: Sandstorm - Launch Trailer

Another Shadow Warrior 3 alternative is New World Interactive’s Insurgency, a well-paced, tactical first-person shooter video game. It’s a more professional outlook in the genre and gives you the closest feel to real-life gunfight combat. It’s also a multiplayer game, so you can compete with other players on who’s more lethal.

Among its many perks is the variety of game modes you can choose to play in. If you’d like to put your combat skills to the test, you can check out the current Insurgency: Sandstorm’s Survival mode. Here, you’re put into a vast map and have to survive against lethal enemy AI. With only a pistol for a weapon, you must kill, conquer your enemies and steal their ammo to replenish and upgrade your own.

An added spin is the value in team-based strategies where, unlike other modes, you’ll need to work together to win. It’s a challenging mode that is thrilling and rewarding in the end and well worth the try. The game is also available across multiple platforms, including PC, the Xbox Series, PS4, and PS5. 

3. Halo

Halo Infinite | Campaign Launch Trailer

Bungie’s Halo is a military, science fiction first-person shooter series. It was developed by 343 Industries and published by Xbox Game Studios. Firstly, you can jump into thrilling sci-fi adventures with Halo Infinite, which offers a free-to-play multiplayer experience. 

However, there are loads of games to choose from the sixteen Halo games available. With each title, you’ll experience impressive visuals and a series of challenging missions to go through on your way to becoming a master of the game.


2. Borderlands 

Borderlands: Game of the Year Official Trailer

Switching gears a bit, 2K Games’ Borderlands can get your adrenaline flowing in its action role-playing first-person looter and shooter combat game. The game has a wide variety of guns to go around. Coupled with open environs for running and gunning, you’re sure to have a fun experience staying alive. 

The game is all things gore, violence, and unique humor. You can also choose the single-player mode or bring the extra company in either the four-player drop-in and out co-op modes or the same couch split-screen play for consoles. 

Also, the gameplay has commendable variety. Besides on-foot combat, you can access customizable color vehicles. Once you drop enemies, you can pick up their weapons for upgrades. There is plenty of action to go around and missions to accomplish. So if you complete the 47 main quests, you can have fun exploring 80 additional side missions.

The fourth Borderlands 3 installment currently has the most positive reviews for impeccable visuals and game mechanics. It is available on multiple platforms like PS4, PS5, Steam on PC, Xbox.


1. Bulletstorm

Bulletstorm - Whip, Kick, Boom! Trailer

In the same way, Shadow Warrior 3 features an arsenal of deadly weapons and requires you to drop down enemies in kill shots and skillful strategy, Bulletstorm is no different. 

Firstly, the alien environments are futuristic as the game takes place in the 26th century. It also offers exceptional gameplay mechanics, visuals, and storylines to keep you engaged throughout the game. Compared to recent games, People Can Fly and Electronic Arts’ first Bulletstorm edition may be outdated. So you can check out the remastered version called Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. This gives you faster load times, amplified visuals and also supports 4K resolution.

On the whole, this first-person shooter game rewards you with ‘skill points’ the more creative you are with quests. With a focus on creativity and ruthless precise shots, you will enjoy a crazy throwdown of an over-the-top legendary shooter game of its genre.

And there you go! These are the top five alternatives to Shadow Warrior 3. In case you have additional options, feel free to leave us a comment below or our socials here.


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Evans I. Karanja is a freelance writer who loves to write about anything technology. He is always on the lookout for interesting topics, and enjoys writing about video games, cryptocurrency and blockchain and more. When not writing, he can be found playing video games or watching F1.