Ghostwire: Tokyo is but a hop, skip, and a lunge away, ready to secure its place on the PlayStation 5 frontline as one of the most highly anticipated action-adventure games of 2022. Unfortunately, its reach doesn't stretch any further than that, meaning Xbox fans won't be able to absorb all Ghostwire has to offer on March 25. Having said that, there are plenty of alternatives to consider.
Although we're still a ways off yet, it's worth spending some time spooling through one or two Ghostwire replicas, at least to whet the appetite for what's to come over on the PlayStation front. So, whether you're a Sony gamer wanting to fill a few gaps before Ghostwire drops, or a Microsoft fan seeking a few alternatives to fill the void, bare in mind that these five, being available on multiple platforms, should be your first port of call.
The world isn't exactly short on action-heavy games that allow for you to tamper with the laws of physics, nor is it running dry on ways to exploit them with outlandish designs and hyperactive mechanics. Control, being just one of those games, does exactly that, and then some. It goes beyond the norm and pushes the boat out with a paddle sewn from alienated environments and mechanically enhanced societies. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
As far as the similarities between Ghostwire: Tokyo and Control go, both revolve around a similar threat; a cult, born to bleed the remnants of civilization dry to the bone. Both contain otherworldly powers and abilities, both of which are used to tilt the balance of peace in one of two ways, and the action they both so heavily focus on is as fast-paced and demanding as the other. Other than Control being a third-person shooter, and Ghostwire being first-person, there's still a lot to compare here.
4. Scarlet Nexus
Admittedly, Scarlet Nexus isn't a direct rip-off of Ghostwire: Tokyo, nor does it even try to be. It stands on its own two feet, and remarkably well at that. However, the reason we're so inclined to put it forward as a solid Xbox alternative to Ghostwire is because of its Japanese heritage, along with the lore and references that clearly cross wires with the latter.
From a bird's-eye view, Scarlet Nexus isn't a first choice for those looking to source a Ghostwire spin-off. Look a little deeper and, eh, you might spot a few running themes. Both are equally as compelling and fast-paced, and famously live up to the titles and accolades they have earned since being frontrunners on the market. Do yourself a favour here, and check out Scarlett Nexus.
3. Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Deus Ex has played quite the part in the tellings of the role-playing world over the years, and it's becoming increasingly unlikely that Square Enix will ever really knock it from the table when drafting new games to put out. Ever since its debut back in 2000, both Eidos and Square have been combining their skills to both forge and uphold a platform worth fighting for.
For many, the series found its own two feet after Eidos swept up the reins and took over in 2011. By the time Deus Ex: Human Revolution rolled out, every gamer and their families knew about the flourishing franchise and its untapped potential. Was it an early influence for Ghostwire: Tokyo? I mean, it's hard to think otherwise.
Again, bringing supernatural powers and unlikely scenarios to the table, it seems only natural for BioShock to be put into the same room as Ghostwire. Worlds apart, and yet somehow closer than ever. You could even go as far as saying the two are distant cousins, thrice removed, perhaps. Whatever the relationship, there's definitely a few familiar traits the two share here or there.
For starters, both Ghostwire and BioShock cast their focus on the remnants of a dystopian society, way after the vast majority have succumbed to the overwhelming forces that pluck and pulverize the gizzards from the ashes of a once celebrated landmark. And then, of course, there's the sense of abandonment, the far-fetched powers and abilities, and pretty much everything nestled between.
1. Apsulov: End of Gods
Lastly, it's Apsulov: End of Gods, a direct sequel to 2017's Unforgiving: A Northern Hymn. Although the latter was indeed a PC exclusive, its groundbreaking success fortunately swindled a sequel, only with a much wider platform base to call home the second time around. And yes, the sequel was a lot more in synch with the likes of Ghostwire. It just didn't really know it at the time.
Apsulov: End of Gods is a first-person survival horror that fancies itself as a modern guide on Norse mythology. Of course, it's hard to picture where something like Ghostwire plays a part in all this, but both veins actually weave with a similar heart, despite being in completely different vessels. It's more the cyberpunk style and its Sci-Fi add-ons that tick the boxes for us. Regardless of whether or not you play its original chapter on PC beforehand, Apsulov: End of Gods is still worth checking out if you've got a few hours spare.
So, what's your take? Will you be playing any of the above five? Let us know over on our socials here or down in the comments below.