Are you done with Lost Ark, but itching for more PvE-oriented action RPG fun? Or maybe you hate this particular game, but would like to try something similar nonetheless? No worries. We’ve sifted through what’s on the market to make the choice much easier. Let’s take a look at our picks, shall we?

Our criteria? Similar genre, MMO/online-oriented gameplay (though if you want a single-player campaign, at least some of these have it), top-notch quality and the like. You shouldn’t be disappointed.

Best Lost Ark Alternatives to Play When Bored
GameReleaseGenreDeveloperSale
Warhammer Chaosbane Slayer Edition 2019-06-04 Adventure Eko Software 84% Read more
The Elder Scrolls Online Collection High Isle 2022-06-06 MMO Bethesda Softworks 71% Read more
Guild Wars 2 Gamecard 2000 Gems Ncsoft Global 2012-08-28 MMO NCSOFT Read more
Diablo + Hellfire (PC) - GOG.COM Key - GLOBAL 1996-12 Hack'n'Slash Blizzard Read more
Diablo 2 (PC) - Battle.net Key - GLOBAL 2000-06-29 Hack'n'Slash Blizzard 39% Read more
Diablo II: Resurrected (Xbox Series X/S) - Xbox Live Key - GLOBAL 2021-09-23 Hack'n'Slash Blizzard 39% Read more
Diablo 3: Eternal Collection (Xbox) 2012-05-15 Hack'n'Slash Blizzard 45% Read more
Torchlight Steam Key GLOBAL 2009-10-27 RPG Runic Games 94% Read more
Torchlight Ii 2012-10-02 Adventure Runic Games 82% Read more
Torchlight III 2020-06-13 Hack'n'Slash Echtra Inc. Read more
New World 2021-09-28 Adventure Amazon Games Read more
Hades 2019-12-10 Indie Supergiant Games Read more
Last Epoch 2019-04-30 Adventure Eleventh Hour Games Read more
Grim Dawn 2016-02-25 Adventure Crate Entertainment 67% Read more
Wolcen Lords Of Mayhem 2016-03-24 Adventure WOLCEN Studio 41% Read more

        

Warhammer: Chaosbane

Release:2019-06-04
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Eko Software

If you’re looking for a fun, well-made action RPG set in the world of Warhammer Fantasy, this is the one. Chaosbane lets you pick from one of the five available character classes – Dwarf slayer, Dwarf engineer, High Elf mage, Wood Elf scout and an Imperial soldier (a human character this time) – and embark on a quest to save the Empire from the agents and demons of Chaos.

Warhammer: Chaosbane

It’s a very, very decent game. Classes are fun to play, there’s a nice loot system and boss battles are fun. What else do you need here? If you’re a Warhammer fan, Chaosbane should not disappoint you, as it perfectly captures the gritty dark fantasy feel of this universe.

Key features
  • Five character classes to choose from, all fun to play
  • There’s a DLC featuring the undead Tomb Kings and a storyline revolving around them
  • Available in both single-player and multiplayer modes
  • Alright, voice acting could have been a bit better here
        

The Elder Scrolls Online

Release:2022-06-06
Genre:MMO
Developer:Bethesda Softworks

And now for something set in the world of the Elder Scrolls. TESO lets you explore the continent of Tamriel (or at least what’s available to explore) as it was a millennium before the events portrayed in Skyrim.

The Elder Scrolls Online

You can freely explore the world, complete quests, partake in random events that occur throughout your adventure. Essentially, you forge your own destiny. There are ten races and six character classes to choose from when creating your avatar. All in all, it’s a well-rounded, fun MMORPG with a decent player base. It may not have been very good initially, but subsequent updates made it into a respectable game.

Key features
  • Ten races to choose from, ranging from humans through elves to the cat-like Khajiit
  • You can also become a vampire or a werewolf
  • Crafting features seven unique skill lines
  • It’s online-only, but you can totally play it solo (not offline, of course)
        

Guild Wars 2

Release:2012-08-28
Genre:MMO
Developer:NCSOFT

What makes this one stand out among other MMORPG games, at least according to its developers, is the amount of impact a player can have on the storyline. Traditional questing has been replaced with a dynamic event system that let you approach new missions any way you see fit.

Additionally, the combat system in the game has been revamped to offer synergies between various character classes, as well as the ability to use the environment as a weapon. The skill system is also much less complicated than previously.

New expansion packs are being released to this day, with the latest being End of Dragons, released in 2022. A new pack is in the works as well. If you’re looking for a unique MMORPG with persistent world mechanics, Guild Wars 2 is a perfect pick. It’s even better now as it’s free to play!

Guild Wars 2 is a free-to-play game. You can get it here.

Key features
  • Five races and eight character classes to choose from when creating your avatar
  • The level cap is 80, which is very nice
  • PvE features level scaling, so you’ll find challenge everywhere
  • New expansions bring lots of fresh content
        

The Diablo series

Release:1997-2021
Genre:Hack'n'Slash
Developer:Blizzard

If you want an excellent hack and slash or an action RPG, why not try the OG one? Released in 1997, Diablo launched another successful franchise by Blizzard. The game about a bunch of adventurers trying to put an end to the Lord of Destruction’s evil schemes was a massive success. Subsequent games in the series were even better, with Diablo II being one of the best games of all time, actually.

Even Immortal is very OK, although the fans didn’t like the whole microtransactions thing. Diablo IV is in the works, with a release planned for 2023.

Diablo: Immortal is a free-to-play game. Diablo 3 has a Starter Edition that lets you try out a sizeable portion of the game’s content without any costs.

Key features
  • Probably the best hack and slash series of all time
  • Tons of demons to destroy
  • Even the oft-hated Diablo: Immortal is actually not so bad, after all
  • Iconic soundtracks by Matt Uelmen and Russell Brower, among others
        

The Torchlight series

Release:2012-10-02
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Runic Games

This series owes a lot to Diablo, but is probably a much better choice if you’re not into the whole hellish theme thing. More cutesy and lighthearted in its approach than Blizzard’s games, Torchlight and its sequels are still a solid hack and slash experience.

The Torchlight series

Torchlight I & II are especially good if you’re a fan of the genre. Originally planned as an MMORPG, Torchlight III is unfortunately nowhere near as fun as its predecessors, which is a shame, really.

Key features
  • A series of competent hack and slash games that just ooze quality (especially the first two)
  • Pleasant art style, a refreshing change from dark fantasy and hellish landscapes
  • Music by Matt Uelmen
  • Fun to play in the co-op mode
        

New World

Release:2021-09-28
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Amazon Games

Amazon’s MMORPG presents a fictionalized version of the world’s exploration back in the seventeenth century, drawing a lot of inspiration from fantasy. We get to roam and conquer the Aeternum Island, located somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean and inspired by the Americas.

New World

There’s quite a lot to do here: crafting, capturing settlements, fighting other players and monsters, questing and so on. What’s interesting about combat is that there is no auto-locking, you need to practice your aim. It’s a fun game and Amazon’s only successful gaming project so far (both Breakaway and Crucible were cancelled).

Key features
  • Three factions to join
  • You can create parties of up to five players
  • You can buy a house for yourself
  • All in all, it’s a very decent MMORPG that you should try if you’re a fan of the genre
        

Hades

Release:2019-12-10
Genre:Indie
Developer:Supergiant Games

Now this one’s a real gem in the hack and slash department. Released two years ago, Hades took the gaming world by storm and was very well-received by critics and gamers alike. It puts you in the shoes of Zagreus, son of the titular god of the dead, whose goal is to escape the Underworld with the help of other gods in the Greek pantheon.

Hades

And since it’s a roguelite, you’re going to die a lot here. But with each death comes an improvement to your stats, so eventually you’ll be able to overcome all obstacles and finally leave the realm of the dead.

Key features
  • An action RPG from the creators of Bastion, Transistor and Pyre
  • Pleasant visual style
  • Dozens of Boons to boost your character build
  • Highly replayable
        

Last Epoch

Release:2019-04-30
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Eleventh Hour Games

This one’s an early access title, so it means you can play it, but it’s not finished yet. Last Epoch is a hack and slash that features travelling through time in order to find a way to save the world of Eterra from the Void.

Last Epoch

There are five main classes, each coming with several specializations, plus there are over one hundred skill trees. If you’re love trying out different character builds, you should be happy here. The developers said that they want to keep the game updated with new content and named Last Epoch a “living game,” so we suppose that if you like it, you should be kept entertained for hundreds of hours.

Key features
  • Five character classes with three masteries each (fifteen in total)
  • There’s crafting, too
  • The developers promised endless replayability and continuous progression, so you’ll get to pick the moment when the game ends
  • Various challenge modes to try out
        

Grim Dawn

Release:2016-02-25
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Crate Entertainment

Built on the engine used in Titan Quest, Grim Dawn transports you to a Victorian era-inspired, dark fantasy world of Cairn where humanity has been decimated in a conflict between two otherworldly powers. That’s why things are looking rather grim *rimshot*.

Grim Dawn

Anyway, it’s a very competent hack and slash game where you kill mobs, collect money and more powerful items, craft stuff and the like. Still, there’s quite a lot of improvements to Titan Quest’s systems used in Grim Dawn, such as better physics, the presence of factions that you can interact with, and a completely redesigned quest system among other things.

Key features
  • A grim world to explore
  • Various upgrades to the systems from Titan Quest used in this game
  • It’s undoubtedly a good example of dark fantasy
  • Simply put, it’s a well-made hack and slash
        

Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem

Release:2016-03-24
Genre:Adventure
Developer:WOLCEN Studio

This might probably be the most beautiful game on this list. Built using CryEngine 3, Wolcen looks absolutely stunning. But it’s also a fun hack and slash, all about dynamic, fast-paced combat and using incredible powers to vanquish your foes.

You can also transform into a customizable avatar of destruction to crush your enemies with your awesome might. The progression system here is also interesting, as it lets you cycle through skills and perks to choose just the right build for yourself. You totally should give Wolcen: Lords of Mayhem at least a thought.

Key features
  • Spectacular visuals thanks to CryEngine 3
  • Combat is dynamic and fun, looks great, too
  • Enemies are merciless and deadly
  • This should be a fine addition to your hack and slash collection

As you can see, there’s a lot of Lost Ark alternatives. Who knows, maybe this list actually features at least one title that is bound to become your new favorite video game? If you’re looking for great MMOs or action RPGs, these should totally do the trick. Have fun!