Games using the third-person perspective come in various genres and playstyles, but there are some things one could reasonably expect.

For instance, TPP works quite well with melee-focused games, especially those which go for spectacular, fun to watch animations instead of hit precision. There’s also likely a lot of entertaining traversal, especially climbing and some platforming challenges, because the TPP’s big advantage is that it gives you a broader perspective on the environment which makes maneuvers and fighting against multiple opponents much less confusing.

Without much further ado, let’s dive into a list of a few awesome TPP games you should absolutely check out.

Best third person games
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
La Noire Complete Edition Rockstar Key Global 2011-11-08 Adventure Rockstar Leeds 70% Read more
Grand Theft Auto San Andreas 2005-06-06 Action & Shooter Rockstar Games Read more
The Witcher Enhanced Edition Directors Cut Gogcom Key Global 2008-09-16 RPG CD PROJEKT RED 91% Read more
Sniper Elite V2 2012-05-03 Action & Shooter Rebellion 77% Read more
Mass Effect Trilogy 2012-11-06 Adventure BioWare Read more
Mass Effect Andromeda 2017-03-23 Adventure BioWare 34% Read more
Horizon Forbidden West Ps5 Psn Key Europe 2022-02-18 46% Read more
Elden Ring Deluxe Edition 2022-02-25 44% Read more
Star Wars Jedi Fallen Order 2019-11-15 Adventure Respawn Entertainment 78% Read more
Predator Hunting Grounds 2021-04-21 43% Read more
Dragon Age Origins Ultimate Edition 2010-09-29 RPG BioWare 68% Read more
Outriders 2021-04-01 RPG People Can Fly 74% Read more
Rise Of The Tomb Raider 20 Years Celebration 2016-02-09 Adventure Crystal Dynamics 88% Read more
Assassins Creed Iv Black Flag Gold Edition 2013-11-19 Adventure Ubisoft Montreal 49% Read more
Mass Effect Legendary Edition 2021-05-14 Action RPG BioWare 1% Read more
Grand Theft Auto V 2015-04-14 Adventure Rockstar North 67% Read more
Dragons Dogma Dark Arisen 2016-01-15 Adventure CAPCOM 87% Read more
Max Payne 3 2012-05-31 Adventure Rockstar Studios 32% Read more
Monster Hunter Rise 2022-01-12 Action CAPCOM CO., LTD. 65% Read more
Okami Hd Adventure 64% Read more
Hitman 3 2021-01-20 69% Read more
Grand Theft Auto Iv Complete Edition Rockstar Key Global 2008-12-02 Adventure Rockstar North 23% Read more
Batman Arkham Collection 2018-11-28 Action Rocksteady Studios 90% Read more
The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt Goty Edition Gogcom Key Global 2015-05-18 RPG CD PROJEKT RED 68% Read more
Grim Fandango Remastered 2015-01-26 Adventure Double Fine Productions 73% Read more
Elex Ii 2022-03-01 59% Read more
Sekiro Shadows Die Twice Goty Edition Xbox One Xbox Live Key Europe 2019-03-22 Adventure FromSoftware, Inc. 41% Read more
Red Dead Redemption 2 Rockstar Key Global 2019-11-05 Adventure Rockstar Games 48% Read more
Grand Theft Auto Iii 2002-05-21 Adventure Rockstar Games 64% Read more
Risk Of Rain 2 2019-03-28 Indie Hopoo Games, LLC 64% Read more
Tom Clancys The Division 2 2019-03-15 Massively Multiplayer Massive Entertainment 85% Read more
Gears 5 2019-09-10 Action 33% Read more
Sniper Elite 3 2014-06-27 Shooter Rebellion 82% Read more
Aliens Fireteam Elite 2021-08-24 74% Read more
Dark Souls Ii Scholar Of The First Sin 2015-04-01 RPG FromSoftware, Inc 60% Read more
Marvels Guardians Of The Galaxy 2021-10-26 Action & Shooter Eidos-Montréal 61% Read more
Horizon Zero Dawn 2020-08-07 Adventure Guerrilla 65% Read more
Doom 2016-05-12 Action & Shooter id Software 76% Read more
God Of War 2022-01-14 Action Santa Monica Studio 28% Read more
Remnant From The Ashes 2019-08-20 Adventure Gunfire Games 65% Read more
Sniper Elite 4 Deluxe Edition 2017-02-13 Adventure Rebellion 85% Read more
Star Wars Knights Of The Old Republic 2003-11-19 RPG BioWare 86% Read more
Assassins Creed Valhalla 2020-11-10 Action RPG Ubisoft 68% Read more
Warhammer 40000 Space Marine Anniversary Edition 2011-09-05 Adventure Relic 91% Read more
Dark Souls Iii 2016-04-11 Adventure FromSoftware, Inc. 36% Read more
Monster Hunter World 2018-08-09 Action CAPCOM CO., LTD. 81% Read more
The Witcher 2 Assassins Of Kings Enhanced Edition 2011-05-17 Adventure CD PROJEKT RED 84% Read more
Zombie Army Trilogy 2015-03-06 Adventure Rebellion 87% Read more

10 of the best third-person games you could play right now

God of War

Release: 2022-01-14
Genre: Action
Developer: Santa Monica Studio

2018’s God of War for a long time was one of the best PlayStation 4 exclusives, but has since then launched on PC and is now instead one of the best multiplatform third-person melee-oriented, story-driven games. Shifting the action from Ancient Greece to mythic Scandinavia, the story follows an older Kratos…and his son, as they get try to complete a funeral and get tangled in the business of gods.

God of War

The third-person camera serves God of War quite well, giving a much better look not only at the excellent textures and models, but also puts us right in the splash zone of the polished combat animations and makes the world more immersive, especially with no mid-game loading screens interrupting the exploration.

Key features
  • Features a much older, grumpier Kratos
  • A god- and monster-filled adventure inspired by Norse mythology
  • Great story that is, ultimately, about family
  • Looks amazing

Darksiders

Release: 2010-09-23
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Vigil Games

Darksiders is a fruit of various inspirations, including Legend of Zelda dungeons and tools, as well as God of War’s fast-paced, bloody melee combat and vicious finishers. It’s great game with a fantastic, evocative, distinctive art style of Joe Madureira present in everything from environment to character designs. The story begins with the apocalypse, bringing angels and demons to unprepared Earth.

Darksiders

You’re following War, a Horseman of Apocalypse unjustly blamed for kickstarting the End Days, looking to find and punish those truly responsible. Along the way he’ll clear several dungeons to get at the mighty demons at their center, spill liters of demonic blood, and uncover more answers than he bargained for. Darksiders is a stylish and exciting third-person adventure in a very cool setting.

Key features
  • Excellent, distinctive designs led by Joe Madureira’s art style
  • Great dungeons filled with enemies and environmental puzzles
  • Satisfying combat with vicious finishers, especially against bosses
  • Spawned several games expanding the setting

Horizon Zero Dawn

Release: 2020-08-07
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Guerrilla

Another, after God of War, PS4 exclusive which ended up on PC after a few years, Horizon Zero Dawn is a stunning third-person action game set in a post-apocalyptic world with humanity reduced to tribes struggling to exist alongside against animalistic robots of unknown origin dominating the Earth. You’re playing as Aloy, a young outcast hunter, who is capable of using a powerful piece of old technology.

Horizon Zero Dawn

A big draw of HZD is hunting, powered by various gadgets like traps and specialist arrows, but the world is gorgeous and exciting to explore, whether you’re investigating every nook and cranny for secrets or climbing towering robots which are a cross between a giraffe and satellite dish. It’s one of the best open world games in recent years and has lived to get not only an expansion, but also a sequel.

Key features
  • Fascinating setting
  • You’ll spend a lot of time fighting against cool robotic animals
  • Gorgeous graphics
  • Lots of interesting backstory

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Release: 2017-03-03
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Nintendo

Considered one of the best games of its generation and one of the best open world games in general. Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is set in a Hyrule that offers unprecedented freedom, powered by an engine that is happy to let you come up with complex and bizarre solutions to puzzles which could be solved in a more straightforward manner.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

The story involves Link waking up from a hundred years’-long healing sleep to see a world much changed, and Calamity Ganon straining against the bonds upheld by Princess Zelda has been maintaining for a century. That’s a lot to deal with, good luck, player. Explore the world, restore Link to his full strength, unite the people of Hyrule, and save the world from Ganon’s dark ambitions.

Key features
  • Immersive, exciting, rewarding exploration
  • Flexible solutions to fixed problems
  • Large, diverse map filled with secrets
  • There’s a sequel in the works

Grand Theft Auto V

Release: 2015-04-14
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Rockstar North

Easily one of the most popular, and profitable, third-person action games of all time, Grand Theft Auto V is a crime story about three criminals trying to make the best of the rough situation they found themselves in. Michael, Trevor, and Franklin each have their own reasons to get on the job, and it’s a mix of personalities and backstories which makes for a great plot.

Grand Theft Auto V

GTA V features a massive open world map you’re free to explore at your leisure, on foot or using one of a vast number of diverse vehicles. Most of the time you can also freely switch between the three playable characters, which not only might put you in an interesting situation, but also lets you change playstyles a bit. There are, of course, story missions, but the draw of an open world is powerful.

Key features
  • Three distinct playable characters with unique abilities
  • An exciting, dramatic crime story, a third-person shooter, an open world game. Three in one
  • Vast open world filled with immersive activities and easter eggs
  • A mighty multiplayer segment, welcoming to both PvP and RP

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Release: 2019-03-22
Genre: Adventure
Developer: From Software

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is in quite a few ways a departure from the kind of games expected from FromSoftware. Not only does it ditch the Gothic European stylings in favor of a mystical version of Japan’s Sengoku period, but it also focuses intensely on parrying, a tactic not particularly favored by Soulsborne games. It’s a remarkably good game which will test the limits of your reflexes.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

You’re playing as a shinobi who failed to protect his lord from kidnapping and works to amend for his mistake…and kills a staggering number of monsters and corrupted people in the process. The combat itself is based mostly on working on good timing for a proper parry to throw your foes off-balance and go in for the lethal blow. It’s fast-paced, occasionally frustrating, and inevitably satisfying.

Key features
  • An exciting third-person melee combat-oriented
  • Interesting story
  • Highly challenging boss battles
  • Several endings

Ghost of Tsushima

Release: 2021-08-20
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Sucker Punch Productions

Ghost of Tsushima is, by all accounts, absolutely stunning. The world looks gorgeous, with vivid colors, realistic-looking humans, and subtle ways the environment guides you towards secrets and collectibles. But the game also stuns with the dramatic story based on a real historical Mongol invasion of Japan, including the eponymous island of Tsushima. And then there’s the open world gameplay.

Ghost of Tsushima

In GoT you step into the shoes of Jin Sakai, a samurai-turned-nightmare plaguing the invaders. You’ll face them in open combat using several unlockable fighting stances and use stealth and sabotage, your choice. There are also exciting boss fights against officers, and many side-activities which might improve JIn’s traits or provide other minor benefits. It’s a must-play TPP game for any PS4 player.

Key features
  • Gorgeous, engaging open world
  • Co-op multiplayer modes: story-based missions and a horde mode
  • Great both in stealth and in open combat
  • Based on a real historical event

Batman: Arkham Asylum

Release: 2010-03-26
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Feral Interactive (Mac)

Batman: Arkham Asylum is game which convinced everyone that it is actually possible to make a good game about the Caped Crusader. The story premise is simple, but very effective: the Arkham Asylum has been taken over by inmates, led by the Joker, many of the staff and security died or were captured, but, thankfully, Batman is present on the scene.

Batman: Arkham Asylum

B:AA has all the required elements: There’s fluid, spectacular combat using the FreeFlow system, and awesome stealth sections featuring increasingly terrified goons. There’s traversal, powered by glider cape and a grappling hook. And there’s detective work, enhanced by a special mode of vision which lets you notice many otherwise invisible clues and see just how terrified your enemies are.

Key features
  • Satisfying combat system
  • Excellent sequel
  • Several thematic gadgets which open the way to previously inaccessible secrets
  • Stealth system which makes you feel awesome

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Release: 2019-11-15
Genre: Adventure
Developer: Respawn Entertainment

Jedi: Fallen Order was quite a breath of fresh air: a singleplayer, offline, third-person Star Wars action game. It follows Cal Kestis, a former padawan, who managed to survive Order 66 and hide for a few years, until an unfortunate event which put him on the radar of Darth Vader’s inquisitors. And that’s just one of all the way Cal’s life became very complicated.

Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Fallen Order combat system takes some inspiration from the Soulsborne games, even if it’s less ruthlessly demanding, but the world structure heaves closer to the metroidvania genre, with mostly open worlds and certain locations being gated behind unlockable abilities. There are tense boss battles, a progression system, some cosmetic customization, and a really good plot pushing you onward.

Key features
  • An exciting trip through several Star Wars planets
  • Satisfying combat system and rewarding exploration
  • An original, interesting plot
  • Looks great

Uncharted (series)

Release: 2007 - 2022
Genre: Action-adventure
Developer: Naughty dog

The Uncharted series is based on the adventures of one Nathan Drake, an accomplished, devilishly lucky treasure hunter. Developed by Naughty Dog, all games in the series (especially the last two) feature wonderful graphics, adrenaline-pumping scripted action sequences, cool puzzles, and a very likeable main cast with Drake as the leading loveable rogue.

Uncharted (series)

The series debuted and had a long run on PlayStation, but it came to PC in January 2022 through the Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection, which includes Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and the spin-off, Uncharted: Lost Legacy. Whether you choose to play classically, on PlayStation, or dive right into the last game on PC, there’s no denying that Uncharted is a class of its own.

Key features
  • A series of phenomenal third-person action-adventure games
  • Lovable cast of main characters
  • Amazing scripted action moments
  • Now also partially available on PC

A broader perspective on the world

That concludes our list of ten third-person perspective games which are great ambassadors for that particular mode of presenting virtual worlds. Hopefully our list of historical settings, treasure-hunting adventures, fantasy scenarios, and science fiction worlds helped you find something that caught your eye.