Being an Xbox player, sometimes things can turn a bit disappointing when PlayStation launches masterpieces like God of War. Ever since its first title, Xbox players have been eyeballing this Greek or Nordic treat. But as it is a PS exclusive, Xbox players have no chance to experience it on their consoles. The silver lining over here is that you can play several other games similar to God of War. With Microsoft acquiring Bethesda and Activision, a great collection of games has been added to Xbox. While not every game has the aggression and wrath of Kratos, they can offer you a similar experience. So, here are the best games like God of War for Xbox.
Best Games Like God of War for Xbox (360, One, Series X | S)
Here are the best games like God of War for Xbox players:
Loosely based on the first hymn of the Divine Comedy by Dante Aligheri, Dante’s Inferno is an action-adventure game. The game follows the journey of Dante, a Templar knight, as he fights through nine circles of Hell to rescue Beatrice from Lucifer. It features hack-and-slash gameplay as you control Dante from a third-person perspective. Similar to God of War, it has deep lore involved in the game. To fully understand its lore, you can also check out its animated movie released on the same day.
Darksiders is a hack-and-slash action-adventure video game that is set in a post-apocalyptic world. You play as War, one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Its first installment is acclaimed as one of the best out of the franchise. Being in the middle of the battle between the angels and demons, the four Horsemen are tasked with bringing balance to the universe. Every installment of the Darksiders takes on the perspective of these four Horsemen. The first title revolves around War, then around Death, Fury, and Strife respectively.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor/War
If you are a fanatic of J.R.R Tolkein, this might be a suitable pick for you. Both of these games allow players to take down hordes of enemies. Sounds similar to Spartan Rage? Although Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Shadow of War won’t have many similar elements to GOW, there’s deep lore to it. Speaking of the Shadow of War, the game features impressive story arcs with a vast open world and characters.
Before elaborating anything further, Bayonetta and God of War are nothing alike. But the only similarity is the hack-and-slash gameplay common in both. Bayonetta is one of the most critically acclaimed video game titles by Sega. Being available on Xbox 360 and One, it’s widely appreciated for its action and combat. For several players and critics, alike, this game has been quite addictive. Its gameplay will remind you of old God of War games.
A Plague Tale: Requiem
While this title does not feature any mythological lore, it lures you into the supernatural and a brutal world setting. The game follows the journey of siblings, Amicia and Hugo de Rune as they survive the Black Plague. You play as Amicia as you must survive the hordes of rats and soldiers from the French inquisition. Furthermore, its harsh world setting also features plenty of alchemy or supernatural elements. It is also available on Xbox Game Pass. So, give it a try before it’s vaulted from the Game Pass.
Lords of the Fallen (2014)
Looking for Gods, Demigods, and other entities? Lords of the Fallen might be a great choice. Taking inspiration from the best of the God of War and Souls franchise, it is an action RPG with a non-linear setting. You can explore different hidden regions, paths, and shortcuts to speedrun your way through. While its boss battles are pretty engaging and challenging, it also has a remarkable flair to it. As its sequel is confirmed and underway, grinding on this game can be worth your time and hype.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey & Valhalla
The release of AC Odyssey and Valhalla made me rethink if I have been too harsh to the AC franchise. For players looking for the beautiful landscapes of Norse and Greek myths, AC Odyssey and Valhalla are great alternatives. Although both of them are more grounded than the God of War series, they offer the experience of old Greece and the Viking era. If you want to revisit Kratos’ old days of killing Greek Gods, go for AC Odyssey. But if you are looking for more ruthless action-focused gameplay, Valhalla would be a better option. That being said, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is also available on Game Pass. So, you can try it out if you have an active subscription.
Dark Souls (Series)
Coming from Fromsoftware Inc, Dark Souls has been one of the most influential franchises past decade. It introduced the concept of Soulslike gameplay from their Soulsborne installments. Dark Souls straight-up destroyed the concept of finishing off the bosses in a single go. Although it is known for its Soulslike gameplay, for me it has always been about its difficulty. If you enjoy taking on challenging puzzles, combat, and quests, we suggest trying this series. As it has a plethora of character and weapon builds, you can also create a Kratos-like build.
Being the winner of the Game of the Year, Elden Ring deserves all the awards and love. If you had seen the Game Awards, you know the cutthroat tension between God of War Ragnarok and this one. Having unique Souls-like gameplay, Elden Ring has made several veteran skilled players “Rage quit“. With the collaboration of George R.R. Martin and Hideteka Miyazaki, this game has dark, gnarly, and detailed lore. While this game majorly misses out on the wrath and fury of Kratos, it will surely keep you busy defeating its challenging and complex bosses.
Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
For the Xbox players looking for darker lore but similar to God of War, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice is your pick. This game is set up in a dark fantasy world based on Norse mythologies with a hinge of Celtic culture. You play as Senua as he embarks on her journey to Helheim defeating Norse Gods, Goddesses, and other entities. While Hellblade does not feature the likes of Thor or Odin, it features Hella, Surtur, beast Garm, and more. Aside from the exciting Norse lore, this game has done quite a great job dealing with mental illness and melancholy. As the sequel for this game, Senua’s Saga: Hellblade II is announced, you might not want to miss this masterpiece.
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