Hodima Kojima outdid himself in Death Stranding’s beautifully crafted game. From intriguing storylines to a vast, desolate, open-world craving exploration, Death Stranding is a masterpiece among its peers. But even with the Director’s Cut PS5 exclusive remastered edition, you may find yourself craving more of Death Stranding’s unique, bizarre nature. And even though few games can closely match up to Death Stranding’s ambitious experience, these five best games like Death Stranding come pretty close.
So which game will you be playing next? Find out below.
5. Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
The Metal Gear Solid franchise stands the test of time with eleven games stacked across five and a half decades. From the Cold War to the near future, these stealth games boast detailed designs and intricate stories to boost. Though, as is expected with Hideo Kojima games, narratives are just as convoluted as Death Stranding’s intricate design.
Still, fans of Death Stranding will feel right at home playing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. An open-world action-adventure stealth game, players take on Venom Snake’s adventures in 1984 Africa and Afghanistan during the Soviet War. There are plenty of side missions, enemy barricades, and collectibles to explore. There’s also an emphasis on stealth mechanics with challenging AI, deep-action weapons, and assist companions to help you on the field. You could always take on main quests or create your unique mission plan.
Similar to Death Stranding, the open world is vast, with cinematic designs and tactical freedom to explore its desolate world. So if you’re looking to explore Hideo Kojima’s unique approach to storytelling and gameplay, feel free to check this one out.
4. The Last of Us
In for another post-apocalyptic adventure? Well, you may want to check out The Last of Us. This action-adventure game garners intense commercial and critical acclaim that it wouldn’t make sense not to give it a try. Like Death Stranding, The Last of Us presents a desperate, dire need to survive with uncertainty lurking at every scene. It’s evident the work put into the story, as with each plot, players soak in slowly, complete with the interactive and vulnerable spice a post-apocalyptic scenario demands.
Set in 2033, players take the role of a tired survivor post a fungal-based disease outbreak, willing to do anything to survive. Strangely enough, he’s one to root for as gradually into the game, he lets up a soft side to his stern demeanor. But when players meet Ellie, she so easily steals the show, and the two begin to develop a somewhat dysfunctional father-daughter relationship.
High-tech weapons are scarce. Stealth comes in handy, and improvisation is essential. So get ready to fight against cannibalistic humans and zombie-like creatures. You’re going to need as much zeal as you can get. But also feel free to level up by competing against other players in co-op online multiplayer gameplay.
3. Red Dead Redemption II
Alternatively, Red Dead Redemption II may offer an exciting twist to action-adventure games. Players are instead thrown into the 1899 American Old West when outlaws and gunslingers face extinction. The game does well to mirror the tone of the game as players take the role of Arthur Morgan, the leader of the Van der Linder gang.
Stakes are high, and it’s up to you to save or let go of characters around you. Whether it’s for the better or worse, players immerse right into the open-world far different from their own. You could choose to play solo or compete against the best players in online multiplayer mode. All in all, the game’s design is beautifully crafted in a unique time and place. Coupled with deep characters and a host of drama, you’re certainly up for a rollercoaster of jarring emotions worth a gaming session or two.
2. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat
A special treat for gamers who like exploring desolate landscapes is S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat. Though it’s pretty challenging, this first-person shooter survival horror game awes in stunning visuals and a sense of realism quite grand for horror games.
While frightening, eerie landscapes may not be everyone's cup of tea, playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat explores Tsernobyl to the core, taking every opportunity to scare you senseless. So whether you’re new to the genre or a diehard horror fan, its immersive, authentic experience creates an ambiance and rush of discovery that only has you craving for more.
It’s also a challenge to take up as you navigate one of the world’s most dangerous places. So be sure to carry patience and pack up plenty of ammo; you’ll definitely be needing all the zeal you can get!
1. Human Apocalypse: Prologue
Saving the best for last, Human Apocalypse: Prologue is the latest talk of the town you don’t want to miss out on. It’s as bizarre as possible, with an exciting story and thought-provoking characters to meet.
There’s a post-apocalyptic world, and then there’s a post-POST-apocalyptic world. Human Apocalypse: Prologue stretches its limits beyond global disease outbreaks, brain-eating zombies, and finding a cure for all. Of course, there’s a slight mishap as the cure for all turned everyone into green-colored humans.
Like Death Stranding, concepts can take longer to grasp, but the dark-twistedness and bizarreness of the storyline provide the near-perfect hook to keep you engaged. So feel free to explore the open-world adventure simulation on your Windows, Linux, or macOS platforms.
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