The original Gothic was truly a charming action role-playing game, but the sequel was widely considered to be even better.
The best proof of that is the fact that players still occasionally return to meet their old friends from the penal colony and experience the adventurers of the Nameless Hero once more. In case you’d like to try something new instead, here are some of the best games like Gothic.
|Hogwarts Legacy||2023-02-10||Avalanche Studios||22%|
|Cyberpunk 2077||2020-12-10||CD PROJEKT RED||62%|
|Fable Anniversary||2014-09-12||Lionhead Studios||52%|
|The Elder Scrolls III||2002-04-29||Bethesda Game Studios||69%|
|Middle Earth Shadow Of Mordor||2014-09-30||Feral Interactive (Linux)||79%|
|Borderlands 2||2012-09-20||Gearbox Software||87%|
|The Witcher 3 Wild Hun||2015-05-18||CD PROJEKT RED||66%|
|Torchlight 2||2012-10-02||Runic Games||83%|
|Titan Quest Anniversary Edition||2016-08-31||Iron Lore Entertainment||86%|
|The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim||2016-10-27||Bethesda Game Studios||81%|
|Grim Dawn||2016-02-25||Crate Entertainment||45%|
|Diablo II: Resurrected (Xbox Series X/S)||2021-09-23||Blizzard Entertainment||61%|
|Dark Souls III||2016-04-11||FromSoftware, Inc.||13%|
|Mass Effect 2||2010-01-27||BioWare||49%|
|Mass Effect Legendary Edition||2021-05-14||BioWare||73%|
|The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim Anniversary Edition||2021-11-11||Bethesda Game Studios||67%|
|Kingdoms Of Amalur Reckoning||2012-02-08||38 Studios||65%|
|Fallout 3||2008-10-28||Bethesda Game Studios||74%|
|Nier Automata||2017-03-17||SQUARE ENIX|
|Tales Of Berseria||2017-01-26||BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.||91%|
|Monster Hunter World||2018-08-09||CAPCOM CO., LTD.||80%|
|Assassins Creed Odyssey||2018-10-05||Ubisoft Quebec||83%|
|The Outer Worlds||2020-10-23||Obsidian Entertainment||70%|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||2020-08-07||Guerrilla||76%|
|Middle Earth Shadow Of War||2017-10-10||Monolith Productions||92%|
|Fallout 4||2017-09-26||Bethesda Game Studios||84%|
|Fallout New Vegas||2010-10-21||Obsidian Entertainment||76%|
Let’s start with a game made by the same developers who created Gothic – surely, they would know how to make a great Gothic alternative.
The first installment in the Risen series feels incredibly similar to classic Gothic games, which brings a lot of nostalgia value to the table if you played and enjoyed Gothic back in the day. It’s like a more polished version of Gothic with updated graphics and more fluid controls. Combat received a general overhaul as well, and so fighting the enemies and thus earning experience points feels much more rewarding.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
An underrated gem that deserves a lot more praise and attention – if you loved Gothic, you’ll most likely enjoy your time here as well.
Kingdoms of Amalur is an action role-playing game that sometimes feels like something you could describe as a single-player MMO due to its incredibly large open fantasy world, a large number of unique side quests, and dozens of hours of content if you wish to complete everything there is to do. One of the game’s selling points is its exceptionally fluid and dynamic combat system, where you can combine different playstyles to adjust the gameplay to your personal preference and it works even better with a controller.
If you’d prefer a game where you have trustworthy companions by your side, Dragon’s Dogma could be worth checking out.
Dragon’s Dogma is a fantasy action role-playing game praised mostly for both gameplay and its Pawn system – a game mechanic that revolves around a special type of companion characters designed by other players. You can make your own Pawn and hire the ones made by other players. While the game lacks a true multiplayer mode, the Pawn system allows for asynchronous interactions between players. For example, items given to other players’ Pawns are effectively transferred to the Pawn’s master, which makes trading possible.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
|Developer:||CD PROJEKT RED|
If you loved Gothic for its role-playing elements, there’s no way you wouldn’t also like The Witcher 3 which brings this experience to a whole new level.
The Witcher 3 is certainly a much more modern Gothic alternative and doesn’t share too many elements with it, except that both are action RPGs and both are set in medieval fantasy open-world environments. It’s still definitely a must-play for any Gothic fan for the immersive fantasy experience alone, but there’s much more to be appreciated about it, from the story and epic score to side quests and memorable characters, ending with a massive living world full of hidden treasures and dangerous creatures from myths and folklore.
|Developer:||Endnight Games Ltd|
Last but not least among the worthy Gothic alternatives is The Forest – although the genre is quite different, you’re guaranteed to have a lot of fun still.
Gothic was praised for several reasons, but if you wish to play something with no character progression attached and a mainly optional story, maybe a survival-oriented title would be a better fit for you. For example, The Forest – a game, where your plane crashes in the middle of nowhere, marking the beginning of a difficult struggle for survival.
There is a variety of games similar to Gothic to choose from but depending on what you valued in Gothic the most, you may be inclined to pick different titles. Whether it’s another action RPG or not, there are plenty of interesting games like Gothic available on the market, so feel free to use our list as a reference and hopefully, you’ll find something new to enjoy.