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If you haven't played Deathloop yet, it can only be described as a murder mystery in which you play as an assassin trapped in a time loop. To elaborate, you wake up on the shores of Blackreef Island, where the island and its inhabitants repeat the same day, over and over. And the only way out of this never-ending cycle is to kill eight targets before the day resets. That is the heart of Deathloop, and that premise comes with a lot of strategy, FPS action, and mystery. And if that's your thing, you should try our picks for the five best games like Deathloop in this list.

Every game on this list makes use of one of those three elements. Either that or they're created by Arkane Studios, the creators of Deathloop. Because, despite being an original title, Deathloop has drawn heavily from and has many crossovers with Arkane Studios' other successful titles. That is why it is worthwhile to try the studios' other games that follow similar suit. But, without further ado, here are our picks for the five best games like Deathloop to re-live and re-spark all of its greatness.


5. Twelve Minutes

12 Minutes - Official Launch Trailer

Twelve Minutes is another game that incorporates the defining feature of Deathloop, that being time loops. This is a top-down interactive adventure thriller in which you play a man planning a romantic dinner with his wife. However, things turn wildly sour when a detective breaks into your house, accuses your wife of murder, and beats you to death. There's no other way to put it, but that narrative alone is enough to entice players into the Twelve Minutes time-loop adventure.

The time-loop premise takes action when you die. As you wake up to find yourself returned exactly as you were, twelve minutes before the event took place. Thus, having to re-live its horrific memory, day after day. That is unless you can use this time loop to change the outcome and break the cycle. So it will be a lot of trial and error before you can cook up a successful plan, much like Deathloop. That's why, when it comes to the best games like Deathloop, it's difficult not to include one that pulls entirely on the time-loop premise.



4. Bioshock 2

BioShock 2 Launch Trailer

There are a few distinguishing factors that make Bioshock 2 one of the best games like Deathloop. For starters, Arkane Studios was one of the primary developers involved in creating the renowned title. The second is the addition of supernatural abilities to FPS gameplay, which the original Bioshock game pioneered and further perfected in Bioshock 2. This feature obviously makes for more unique and riveting gameplay, so it crossed over into Deathloops gameplay as well.

Bioshock 2 doesn't follow a time-loop narrative, but there is murder and with that, mystery. This game takes place in the underwater city known as Rapture. You play as Subject Delta, who is conditioned to protect the Little Sisters whose humanity and free will is stripped from them through a substance called ADAM. The same substance used in the Plasmids to give Splicers (Mad people) and yourself, supernatural powers. Bioshock 2 has a much darker thriller narrative than Deathloop, but you'll undoubtedly enjoy the similarities in FPS gameplay between the two.



3. Outer Wilds

OUTER WILDS | Launch Trailer

Back on the time-loop premise, we bring your Outer Wilds. Or I should better say, Annapurna Interactive brings you Outer Wilds, an open-world mystery about a solar system trapped in a time loop. To put it bluntly, the catch is that the sun is about to explode. And you're stuck in a time loop that places you exactly 22 minutes before the eruption of the solar system's largest star. So you could say there is a lot at stake, but there is also a lot to explore and uncover within that time frame.

As a recruit in the Outer Wilds Ventures space program, you're sent out to find any clue in the solar system and track it down for answers. But you'll need to act quickly because the planets in Outer Wilds change over time. Planets can either crumble to dust as you explore them or be completely washed away by time-loop-inflicted natural disasters. Outer Wilds is a time-loop spectacle that you may never want to solve so that you can continually re-live its visually-striking scenes and atmosphere.



2. Prey

Prey – Official Gameplay Trailer

Prey, developed by Arkane Studios, shares many gameplay mechanics with Deathloop. The game revolves around exploring, interacting with levels, and fighting hostile aliens on a space station. It is entirely up to you how you do this, as you can customize your character and their skills to fit your playstyle. This gives you a wide range of options for how to tackle each level, but did we mention that also means supernatural abilities?

However, it's not quite like the supernatural abilities in Deathloop. Instead, in Prey, you harness the mind-bending abilities of the aliens to give yourself a distinct combination of powers. You can also craft items, gadgets, and tools to help combat puzzles and dangerous threats. The plot is similar in that you're trying to stop the alien species and get off the ship as soon as possible. Much like in Deathloop, you must stop the targets in order to break the time loop and escape Blackreef Island.



1. Dishonored 2

Dishonored 2 - Official Launch Trailer

If Prey didn't quite hit the mark for you, then our number one pick, Dishonered 2 undoubtedly will. Deathloop bears so many similarities to the Dishonored series, particularly Dishonored 2, that many players believe the two games are set in the same universe. Some have even claimed that Deathloop is a Dishonored spin-off knowing Arkane studios developed both titles. With that information, it's safe to assume that this game and its series are a good fit for games like Deathloop. But what sparked all these conspiracies?

To begin with, the gameplay in both games is nearly identical. From the feel of melee combat to the option of choosing a stealth approach or a reckless shoot-out. Furthermore, if you liked Deathloop's supernatural abilities, you'll love Dishonered 2. This brings the stealth and combat gameplay to life by allowing for multiple approaches to each situation. There's even a level dedicated entirely to time travel. Overall, if you enjoyed Deathloop, you can't go wrong by following it up with Dishonered 2.


So, what's your take? Do you agree with our top five? Are there other games like Deathloop that we should know about? Let us know in the comments below or over on our socials here!

Riley Fonger is a freelance writer, music lover, and gamer since adolescence. He loves anything video game-related and grew up with a passion for story games such as Bioshock and The Last of Us.