GTA series is extremely fun, but sometimes you can have too much of a good thing.

Considering how long all the GTA games were available on the market already, it’s safe to assume that most of us know them all inside out. Even GTA V Online with its constant updates can’t keep players engaged indefinitely. Take a break and look for an alternative – at least until the next GTAO update is out.

List of the 15 Best Games like GTA
GameReleaseGenreVideoSale
Far Cry 5 2018-03-27 Action & Shooter 78% Read more
Yakuza Like A Dragon 2020-11-10 Action & Adventure 57% Read more
Watch Dogs Legion 2020-10-29 Action 83% Read more
Mafia 3 2020-05-19 Action 78% Read more
Lego City Undercover 2017-04-04 Adventure 90% Read more
Sleeping Dogs 2014-10-08 Adventure 78% Read more
Yakuza Kiwami 2 2019-05-09 Adventure 55% Read more
Just Cause 4 2018-12-04 Adventure 97% Read more
Saints Row IV 2014-07-15 Adventure 73% Read more
Red Dead Redemption 2 2019-11-05 Adventure 60% Read more
Cyberpunk 2077 2020-12-10 Action RPG 1% Read more
Mafia 2 2020-05-19 Action 69% Read more
L.A. Noire 2011-11-08 Adventure 77% Read more
Watch Dogs 2 2016-11-29 Adventure 78% Read more
Bully Scholarship Edition 2008-10-21 Adventure 62% Read more

        

Far Cry 5

Release:2018-03-27
Genre:Action & Shooter
Developer:Ubisoft

You might find it weird that a Far Cry game is on this list, but hear us out.

It has cars and aircraft, it has open-world exploration, it features cops (although fighting an evil cult instead of regular criminals)… There’s plenty of stuff it has in common with Grand Theft Auto!

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 puts you in the shoes of an unnamed and customizable Junior Deputy who, together with a joint task force, attempts to detain Joseph Seed, a leader of a strange cult in the fictional Hope County, Montana. Things go awry, of course, and your character is forced to stop a doomsday prophecy from coming true.

It’s a very competent open-world first-person shooter with lots of gunplay, beautiful sights and scenic vistas to behold, tons of side activities and lots of freedom. It’s a fun title that should keep you entertained for hours on end. There’s even a sequel, Far Cry: New Dawn, that continues Far Cry 5’s storyline.

Key features
  • A fun single-player campaign where you have to stop Joseph Seed and his evil cult
  • Three different endings
  • Playable in the cooperative mode
  • Three fun DLCs, each focusing on a different theme: the Vietnam War, space battles on Mars, and zombies
        

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Release:2020-11-10
Genre:RPG
Developer:Sega

The Yakuza series are a rather otherworldly blend of Grand Theft Auto and jRPG mechanics. Like a Dragon is going to surprise you no less. But it’s definitely worth giving a shot, especially if you’re bored with games made in the West.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon introduces an entirely new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, who seeks revenge on his former boss who betrayed him and wants to become a hero instead.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon

One of the main differences in this installment is combat. Back in the day, Yakuza featured battles modelled after beat ‘em up games. This time, however, combat is turn-based, much in the vein of jRPGs. Fun fact: it was an April Fools joke that was so well-received it made it into the actual game.

There’s even kart racing added to a whole slew of other side activities and bonus missions. Yup, there’s plenty of fun to be found in Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Key features
  • A new protagonist, Ichiban Kasuga, who replaces Kazuma Kiryu known from the previous games
  • Turn-based combat that lets you use various items in your surroundings (such as bikes) to defeat your enemies
  • Plenty of side quests and activities, including go-karts
  • There’s also a New Game mode available
        

Watch Dogs: Legion

Release:2020-10-29
Genre:Action
Developer:Ubisoft

The third installment in the Watch Dogs series.

Legion takes you to a futuristic, dystopian take on the city of London where a bunch of hackers known as DedSec want to liberate the United Kingdom’s capital from Albion, a private military company that oppresses it.

Watch Dogs Legion

One of the more unique features of the game is the presence of multiple protagonists, each with their own personalities, backstories and skills. You can actually recruit any non-playable character and make them a DedSec member that you can play as. Nice! There’s even a permanent death mechanic, meaning that if a character dies, they will be gone for good – no respawns, no coming back from the dead, no nothing.

Aside from that, there’s plenty of shooting, driving, hacking and exploring, as well as a healthy dose of stealth. Ubisoft has been releasing tons of updates and new content since Legion’s release, a lot of that much better than the base game.

Key features
  • Set in the city of London and the eight of its Boroughs: Westminster, the Nine Elms area of Wandsworth, Lambeth, Southwark, Camden, Islington, Hackney and Tower Hamlets
  • You can recruit virtually any NPC and make them become a playable character with a special set of skills, depending on their background
  • There’s tons of updates and post-launch content that makes the base game so much better, including a non-canonical crossover with the Assassin’s Creed franchise
  • You can play the game with up to four players in the cooperative mode
        

Mafia 3

Release:2020-05-19
Genre:Action
Developer:Hangar 13

Set two decades after the events of the previous Mafia games.

Mafia 3 transports you to New Bordeaux, a fictional city inspired by New Orleans. You play as Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam War veteran who returns home to avenge his adoptive family and sort things out with the Mafia, eventually building his own criminal empire.

Mafia 3

Mafia 3 is a third-person shooter where you can roam the city of New Bordeaux freely. There’s shooting, there’s driving (realistic, to boot), there’s stealth, there’s taking control over various zones, etc.

It looks and sounds great, transporting you back to the late 1960s. Three DLCs were released, each featuring new missions, weapons and mechanics, including throwing knifes and…bullet time! If you’re looking for a period piece in the vein of Grand Theft Auto, this one should be a perfect pick.

Key features
  • A wonderfully faithful recreation of the 1960s
  • Phenomenal presentation and a great story, to boot
  • Cover-based combat mechanics
  • Three DLCs with lots of additional content and new missions to complete
        

Lego City Undercover

Release:2017-04-04
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Traveller's Tales

Alright, most of the games listed here would give responsible parents a heart attack.

So, what if your kid wants to play Grand Theft Auto, but you simply can’t fathom this idea? Well, TT Fusion made something that is basically GTA for kids. Yup, you heard that right!

Lego City Undercover

Lego City Undercover is basically Rockstar’s flagship title meets [insert basically any Lego game by Traveller’s Tales here]. You get to roam the Lego City where you chase criminals and complete various missions. Yup, you’re an undercover police officer here, bent on enforcing law and making the streets safer for everyone…except them shady characters, of course.

The protagonist, Chase McCain, has plenty of nice moves at his disposal, but can also disguise himself as some other characters, which gives him special abilities needed to solve various puzzles. You can also create your custom characters. Undercover is a fun, refreshing take on the genre. If you’re looking for a parody of GTA and something much more lighthearted, this one should be a perfect pick.

Key features
  • It’s like GTA, but essentially a parody of it
  • Tons of zany, lighthearted humor
  • You’re a cop instead of a criminal (although you’ll need to perform some vile acts in order to infiltrate gangs successfully)
  • You can drive cars and pilot helicopters here, as well as build various objects
        

Sleeping Dogs

Release:2014-10-08
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Feral Interactive (Mac)

Games similar to GTA are often set somewhere in the western part of the globe, so having a similar game taking place in Hong Kong instead is quite a refreshing experience and worth giving a try.

Sleeping Dogs

The game’s setting is not the only thing that makes this production a bit different from Grand Theft Auto – here, for once, you will be playing as an undercover cop, not a criminal. However, your mission is to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organization.

This means that you will need to gain their trust, and to do so, you will often need to carefully balance on the edge of the law – prove your worth but stay under the radars to avoid raising suspicions. The gameplay puts a strong emphasis on utilizing martial arts, so expect a lot of melee combat in addition to satisfying gunplay.

Key features
  • Beautiful open-world environment – explore contemporary Hong Kong at your own pace
  • Puts emphasis on melee combat with spectacular moves and environmental takedowns
  • Lots of abilities and upgrades to make your protagonist better at his job
  • Numerous side activities, including illegal races and gambling on cockfights
        

Yakuza Kiwami 2

Release:2019-05-09
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio

If Sleeping Dogs is your cup of tea, this one will also suit your taste.

One of the latest entries in the Yakuza series turned out to be amazingly good, even compared to its already great predecessors. Yakuza can’t be really called a GTA clone – it does things differently, yet still offers players an open-world environment to explore, and a story focused on gangsters.

Yakuza Kiwami 2

The game’s main strength comes from its smooth, melee-oriented combat system, combined with cool, supernatural moves and the heat system that allows players to perform special actions after filling the entire heat gauge during the fight.

There are dozens of both active and passive abilities you can unlock and become stronger by earning experience in strength, agility, spirit, technique, and charm – doing so will allow you to face more dangerous enemies throughout the game.

Key features
  • Addictive action-adventure production set within an open-world environment
  • Fluid combat focused on mastering the martial arts
  • Lots of effective moves to learn and perform during fights
  • Humorous minigames for a relaxed leisure experience between story missions
        

Just Cause 4

Release:2018-12-04
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Avalanche Studios

The Just Cause series takes a more humorous approach to the genre – don’t expect a lot of realism here, as it was sacrificed in favor of more enjoyable and action-packed gameplay.

Imagine a game that combines Grand Theft Auto and a superhero game, such as Spider-Man or Batman – Just Cause is exactly that.

Just Cause 4

You can explore the playable area at your own pace, steal and drive numerous different vehicles, utilize various guns and gadgets, but most importantly, you can use a gravity-defying combination of a grappling hook, a parachute, and a wingsuit.

There’s nothing preventing you from grappling forward while gliding to gain some altitude and fly upwards – not the most realistic way of exploring the game world, but sure an extremely fun one. Everything becomes even better once you realize that you can use said grappling hook to give yourself a boost and quickly zip through areas.

Key features
  • Tropical open-world environment
  • Action-packed gameplay focused on exploration, gunplay, and explosions
  • Beautiful and detailed visuals
  • Lots of unlockables and achievements
        

Saints Row IV

Release:2014-07-15
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Deep Silver Volition

If you feel like Just Cause is still too realistic for your taste, then we encourage you to go full bananas with Saints Row IV.

The Saints Row games always put emphasis on humorous elements, but the fourth installment managed to reach a whole new level of ridiculousness.

Saints Row IV

The game’s action takes place in a simulation, which explains a lot of things that are going on, but it’s also a convenient excuse for developers that allowed them to push things even further to the absurd side of the gameplay realism spectrum.

Superhuman abilities, dubstep-powered guns, and a powerful enemy in form of hostile aliens – Saints Row IV provides everything you need to have a great time.

Key features
  • A huge open world that can be roamed freely
  • Character progression with tons of upgrades and numerous unlockable abilities
  • Countless customization options, including clothing, character appearance, and even weapons
  • Lots of pop culture references and humorous dialogues
        

Red Dead Redemption 2 

Release:2019-11-05
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Rockstar Games

If one looks for a game similar to GTA, one of the most obvious choices would be to look at other games made by the same developer.

RDR 2 is basically a Western-style GTA. Of course, it’s a huge oversimplification and doesn’t showcase the game’s potential, but it can at least give you an idea of what it is.

Red Dead Redemption 2 

The game focuses on the story of Arthur Morgan – an outlaw – as he tries to survive in the unforgiving world, where dangers in form of wild animals, law enforcers, rival gangs, and even nature itself, are making his life as hard as it can possibly be.

Get ready for an unforgettable adventure with an addictive story and memorable characters, and enjoy one of the best Western experiences available up to date.

Key features
  • A huge and beautiful open-world environment that lives its own life
  • Addictive gameplay that combines simple survival with exploration and thrilling gunfights
  • Gorgeous and incredibly detailed graphics
  • Dozens of classic Western weapons to choose from and customize to your liking
        

Cyberpunk 2077

Release:2020-12-10
Genre:Action RPG
Developer:CD PROJEKT RED

When talking about games like Grand Theft Auto, one can’t forget about one of the latest releases from the makers of the Witcher.

Cyberpunk 2077 was an incredibly ambitious project from a team that aimed to create the best and fullest role-playing experience. Due to how enormous of a task it all turned to be, the game didn’t end up as good as everyone was hoping for, and it didn’t get all the praise it deserved.

Cyberpunk 2077

Several things could’ve certainly been done better, but if you turn a blind eye to the imperfect version made with older generations of consoles in mind, the game appears to be indeed an experience you wouldn’t want to miss.

With the latest patches that fixed the most annoying issues, the game is not only playable – it’s now definitely a must-play game if you’re looking for a GTA alternative.

Key features
  • An open-world futuristic city that can be explored in its entirety
  • Breathtaking visuals with stunning lighting and incredible locations
  • Satisfying gunplay mechanics and an optional pacifist-friendly way of solving conflicts
  • Puts emphasis on RPG with its character progression, customization options, and player choices
        

Mafia II

Release:2020-05-19
Genre:Action
Developer:Hangar 13

If you don’t like Cyberpunk’s futuristic setting, then maybe you’ll find revisiting America during the 1940s and 1950s more enjoyable.

Mafia II is a sequel to a very popular video game from 2002 and takes place almost a decade later. It focuses on the character of Vito Scaletta, a man who found himself in the middle of the conflict between the most influential people in the city.

Mafia II

Looking for a way to improve his life and solve his financial issues, he decides to start working for the Mafia, which ultimately leads him to learn more about his father’s death.

The game managed to perfectly capture the spirit of the old times with its architecture, vehicles, guns, and even the available radio stations with licensed classic music – everything combined creates an amazingly immersive experience.

Key features
  • Fantastic and inimitable atmosphere
  • An addictive story that will keep you entertained for hours to come
  • Return of the authentic 1940s weaponry with the addition of guns from the post-Word War II era
  • Lots of classic cars to drive and admire
        

L.A. Noire

Release:2011-11-08
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Rockstar Leeds

Speaking of games set in the 1940s, there’s also L.A. Noire.

This one puts more emphasis on the narrative – it feels more like an interactive movie than an actual game, due to the number of high-quality cutscenes.

L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire will take you to 1947 Los Angeles, where you will be following the story of Detective Cole Phelps, as he advances in the ranks of the Los Angeles Police Department by solving a series of difficult cases.

One of the most interesting things about L.A. Noire is how detailed facial expressions are. Everything feels so realistic to the point, where you sometimes can’t tell if you’re still playing the game, or watching a good old crime drama. It’s also an important part of the gameplay – while interrogating people you will have to pay attention not only to what the suspect says but also to how he behaves.

Key features
  • Captures the spirit of old American noire movies
  • An addictive story filled with action, drama, crime, and intrigues
  • The amazing quality of facial expressions
  • Dialogue-heavy gameplay with lots of cutscenes
        

Watch Dogs 2

Release:2016-11-29
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Ubisoft

There aren’t many games that allow players to become a hacker.

Thankfully, there’s at least one worth trying, and coincidentally, it’s similar to Grand Theft Auto so it made it to our list.

Watch Dogs 2

Watch Dogs 2 is a game, where you can become a hacker. Don’t expect realistic hacking, though – it’s not an educational game and it won’t teach you how to break through security systems. Hacking-related actions are usually executed by simply pressing a single key.

Based on context, your protagonist may then start spying on other people’s smartphones, take control over nearby cameras, or unlock a car and drive it remotely, to name a few examples. Utilizing hacking opportunities and available gadgets, such as drones and 3D printed guns, is the key to success during missions and it allows players to get the job done in a variety of ways.

Key features
  • Huge open-world environment, where all citizens are unique and live their own lives
  • The gameplay focused on utilizing highly advanced technology
  • A lot of freedom that allows players to choose their approach to complete most missions
  • Character customization options with countless clothes and useful unlockable abilities
        

Bully

Release:2008-10-21
Genre:Adventure
Developer:Rockstar New England

For the final game on the list, we’ve got something unique – how many games about a tough school life are out there?

Not too many, so it’s a refreshing experience and it’s worth giving a try.

Bully

Bully is quite an old game, but can still deliver hours of fun. The game is more or less about school life – as one of the students you will be able to experience it all first-hand while trying to become the most popular and respected man in the entire school.

Gameplay focuses on participating in all the school activities, from taking classes in form of fun minigames, through fighting rivals with the use of self-made weapons, to exploring the playable area either on foot or with the use of simple means of transport, such as a skateboard, a scooter, or a bicycle.

Don’t let the slightly outdated graphics discourage you from playing – there’s much more to the Bully than first meets the eye.

Key features
  • Open world environment that can be freely explored for the most part
  • One-of-a-kind opportunity to experience the school life
  • The gameplay focused on gaining the respect of several school groups, such as bullies and nerds
  • Lots of fun weapons to try against the rivals

Grand Theft Auto is one of the best and most successful crime-related video game series out there, and new GTA games are still being developed and released every couple of years, with every game usually being better than the last one.

GTA games were always known for the amount of freedom players were given from the very beginning. You could ignore the entire story, and just walk around and explore huge open-world areas based on real American cities that were living their own lives – they were full of people and cars passing by, giving the illusion of being a part of a meaningful, yet virtual, world.

No wonder it became an inspiration for other developers that tried to mimic GTA’s style, though with different results. Crime games were always there, just like crime movies – maybe because we’re naturally drawn towards things that aren’t entirely legal or things that are morally wrong. We like to watch, or – in the case of video games – participate in these dangerous activities, as it gives us the opportunity to experience something thrilling and different. Something that most of us hopefully wouldn’t dare to do in real life.

Cheap GTA clones pop out of nowhere every now and then, but there are also some gems that are definitely worth giving a try.