Top 15 Games Like Skyrim (Games Better than Skyrim in Their Own Way)

Games Like Skyrim
Games that are seemingly better in their own way

15. Monster World Hunter

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne - Gameplay Reveal Trailer

On a journey through the new world, you are pushed into the role of being a monster hunter. Embark the journey alone or with a group of people to survive the new world filled with monsters.

What makes this game great

  • Good game mechanics. Similar to Skyrim, this game has useful armor, smooth attacks and fighting as well as a convenient companion.
  • With the different fighting style with each weapon, this causes the animations to be quite smooth.
  • A lot of detail is added to world-building.

Monster Hunter World Playthrough

The Elder Dragon: Teostra showed in great detail 

14. ARK Survival Evolved

ARK: Survival Evolved Announcement  Trailer

You wake up stranded on an island named ARK. Using your skills, survive the terrors of the island to make it out alive.

What makes this game great

  • You’re able to tame dinosaurs and make them your allies.
  • The player can build their shelter and have it grow throughout the game
  • How much detail is put into the background to make it interesting

Hunting a Stegosaurus close up during announcement trailer 

Brachiosaurus walking on the beach during the announcement trailer 

13. Gloria Victis

Gloria Victis Offical Pre-Alpha Gameplay

Realistic medieval battles and crafting, this is an open medieval world where you either play solo or interact with other players.

What makes this game great

  • The setting is a nice touch with realistic events involved
  • The game itself is like an RPG, using similar game mechanics
  • This is a multiplayer game, but you can go solo as well. It’s considered a strategy type game

Two soldiers battling in the arena 

An empty inventory showed during gameplay when first starting out 

12. Conan Exiles

Conan Exiles Gameplay Trailer

An open-world survival game during Conan the Barbarian’s era. Build your kingdom and be involved in brutal warfare, all to survive.

What makes this game great

  • You’re able to dominate certain areas and build your kingdom
  • Each weapon has their unique type of skill that helps you finish off enemies quickly
  • The concept of having summoners can turn the battle in your favor

Conan Exiles Scenery, showing a new character or summoning 

Conan Exiles Playthrough: Exploring the area 

11. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Assassin's Creed Odyssey: E3 2018 Gameplay Walkthrough | Ubisoft [NA]

An open-world adventure set in ancient Greece during the Peloponnesian War. Play as Kassandra or Alexios. Work up to be a Spartan Warrior. Every choice matters.

What makes this game great

  • Includes realistic events during the war
  • Your choices matter greatly. Positive or negative, every decision counts determining the true, neutral, or bad endings
  • The character designs and voice actors almost make the player feel like they are in the universe as well.

Alexios mid-battle in the trailer 

Kassandra dialogue choice during a cutscene 

10. Assassin’s Creed Origins

Assassin's Creed Origins: E3 2017 Gameplay Trailer [4K] | Ubisoft [NA]

Bayek and his wife, Aya work to protect the citizens of the Ptolemaic Kingdom. With aiding Cleopatra, who was recently taken from power because of her brother, and the fear of Julius Caesar forming an invasion. Through Bayek’s role as a Medjay, he and his wife become the first assassins.

What makes this game great

  • The use of real historical events, even if it’s altered just a little.
  • Animations during cutscenes are smooth, different from previous Assassin’s Creed games Architecture
  • Exploration is a major part of the game, making it historically accurate

Bayek and friends in the DLC 

Bayek's introduction when arriving on a ship for information 

9. Shadow of Mordor

Shadow of Mordor Gameplay Walkthrough 

You play as Talion, a man who seeks revenge on Sauron forces after the murder of his wife and son. He seeks out the man who leads the orcs.

What makes this game great

  • Wherever fort your enemies’ is stationed at, you can use your surroundings against them
  • The player can teleport between worlds, which can help the player
  • The fighting animations are smooth and addictive. Each of Talion’s powers is a creative way to take out his enemies

Showing both Celebrimbor and Talion's combat style intertwined 

Talion vs Orc Boss 

8. Shadow of War

Shadow of War Offical Gameplay

Sequel to Shadow of Mordor. Talion, whose spirit is infused with Celebrimbor, an elf lord. Together they must turn all of Mordor against Sauron, the Dark Lord before it’s too late.

What makes this game great

  • Game mechanics seemed to be a bit more advanced than the last game
  • You have an increased number in allies as compared to Shadow of Mordor
  • There are a lot more monsters than Talion can control, which destroys the forts faster

Murdered Orcs which are shown in the trailer 

Talion during a cutscene

7. Mount and Blade: Warband

Mount and Blade Gameplay

A multiplayer game that lets you play against other people. It’s a standalone game.

What makes this game great

  • It’s almost similar to an RPG game
  • You can fight against other players
  • Game mechanics are smooth when attacking enemies

Mount and Blade battle shown from a different perspective 

Heavily detailed NPC shown in the game 

6. Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus Announcement Gameplay Trailer

A game that blends stealth and combat. Journey across a post-apocalyptic Russia in hopes of survival.

What makes this game great

  • Beautiful graphics within certain areas, making the player use the area to their advantage.
  • Weapons are used accordingly to help the player fight
  • This game has every concept of survival horror and uses its elements accordingly

The ruined world: post-apocalyptic concept art 

Close up of the character design

5. GreedFall

GreedFall Gameplay Trailer 

A land discovered was filled with magic and monsters. Form allies with the elves and colonize the land.

What makes this game great

  • Use of historical events and magical creatures. This makes the character design accurate
  • Few games take place during Colonial times, making this an unusual setting.
  • The fighting style is simple enough to make it through battles.

GreedFall Scenery and characters are first shown in the trailer 

Greedfall game art of the characters and creatures 

4. Dark Souls 3

Dark Souls 3 Launch Trailer 

A fantasy type game that’s land is roaming with monsters. It has the player fight through various levels filled with monsters.

What makes this game great

  • A challenging game that is addictive to players
  • The world-building adds a dark tone to the fantasy game
  • The bosses themselves are hard to beat, which would make the player determined to try and beat them

Dark Souls Approaching Boss Battle 

Dark Souls fighting an enemy and showing just how much detail is put in 

3. The Witcher 3

The Witcher 3 Offical Gameplay Trailer Wild Hunt

Play as Geralt as the Empire of Nilfgaard strikes the Northern Kingdoms. A dark force starts to take over.

What makes this game great

  • Each character’s design is detailed, even down to the NPCs
  • Animations are smooth, which concludes to an easier fighting style
  • The world-building is shown to be detailed and using your surroundings to your advantage

Ciri during a cutscene

Geralt on horseback passing dead soldiers 

2. Kingdom Come Deliverance

Kingdom Come Deliverance Combat Gameplay

Henry, who is the son of a blacksmith, is left with the destruction of his village by the King’s orders. The kingdom is then pushed into a civil war, between the rich and the poor. The future of the kingdom is unknown at this rate.

What makes this game great

  • Being able to use the area to your advantage when fighting enemies
  • The combat style is simple, showing how realistic medieval fights are
  • Interesting storyline, with the son of a blacksmith being involved in a civil war

Examining and respecting the fallen soldiers

Dialogue cut scene is shown at the beginning of the game  

1.The Elder Scrolls Online

The Elder Scrolls Online Offical Gameplay Launch Trailer

Tamriel in 2E 582, set during the Interregnum. In chaos with the rise of Tiber Septim. No Emperor on the Ruby Throne.

What makes this game great

  • The storyline is seemingly interesting, as compared to Skyrim
  • There is a variety of enemies, that have different abilities. .There are different weapons used throughout the story.
  • Character designs and world-building seem more detailed and advanced

New armor in great detail shown in the gameplay along with the scenery 

Elder Scrolls Online Offical Art 

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