Top 10 Games That Copied Diablo

Titan Quest In-game

How many of these diablo clones have you played?

Blizzard is the shaper of Titans. They’re not prolific when it comes to IP, but when they do make a world and story they become icons of gaming. Luckily, we have plenty of imitators eager and waiting to take up the slack and put out lots of derivatives of Blizzard’s work. Here are the top 10 games that copied Blizzard’s battle against evil itself, Diablo.

10. Blade and Sword

Blade and Sword Gameplay

Set in ancient China, Blade and Sword follows the same top down view and dungeon crawling model as Diablo, but it has one advantage over its inspiration—speed. The fighting animations are quicker and smoother and combat overall feels more dynamic. Slice and dice to your heart’s content without having to worry about cutting yourself—like that time you tried to make Chop Suey and mistook your finger for a carrot. Ouch!

9. Titan Quest

Titan Quest Gameplay

Diablo style hack and slash meets ancient Greece—pass the olives! Titan Quest deserves credit for the interesting way in which it deviates from Diablo. Not only is it set in a version of our world, (beginning in the Mediterranean), the game is fairly accurate to the period. Obviously, the mythological elements detract from the realism, but who wouldn’t want a Sylvan Nymph for a pet?

8. The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing

The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing Gameplay

If you’re going to rip off the monster hunting theme of Diablo, you couldn’t choose a better protagonist than Van Helsing. Actually in this game you don’t play as the world-famous nemesis of Dracula himself, but as his son. With a country having fallen to chaos and monsters plaguing the land, you take up sword and dueling pistols to live up to your monster hunter legacy. Make dad proud!

7. Victor Vran ARPG

Victor Vran ARPG Gameplay

Once again, going off the central European monster hunter theme, we have Victor Vran. The gameplay is actually like a superior version of Diablo, with greater attention paid to the subtleties of combat. Who says the brutal work of demon-slaying is unsophisticated?

6. Book of Demons

Book of Demons Gameplay

In book of demons, players must venture down below the old Cathedral to stop a demon boss from destroying the world. The game is set in the Paperverse, and players can play as a warrior, a rogue, or a mage.

5. Torchlight

Torchlight Gameplay

A lot of games on this list are pretty dark and macabre. No surprise given they are mimicking a game named after the Devil. Still if you are in for a more light-hearted experience, there’s always Torchlight with its cartoony aesthetic. All of the dungeon crawling fun but with a gentler tone. Because sometimes we monster slayers have a sensitive side.

4. Path of Exile

Path of Exile Gameplay

The dark stuff returns to our list with Path of Exile. True to its title, you play a convict sentenced to a penal colony and you have to work your skills just to survive. The game boasts a vast skill tree system to customize and upgrade your abilities with. The gameplay is in many ways lifted from Diablo, but it requires a higher skill level to succeed. Exile is not a path for noobs.

3. Grim Dawn

Grim Dawn Gameplay

In the world of Cairn, humanity is caught in between a war where they are either viewed as resources to be exploited or targets for destruction. Playing as one of the humans gifted with strange new powers, you must help foster a resistance against the outside forces. The post apocalyptic Victorian era theme is a departure from Diablo, but this game provides an equally satisfying hack and slash experience. X-men meets Charles Dickens? Not quite, but it has refreshingly original setting.

2. Lineage Eternal

Lineage Eternal Gameplay

Want to bring some friends? For those monster slayers who suffer from loneliness, NCSoft has got you covered with this MMORPG. Choose from different character types with different play styles and fight through truly massive amounts of enemies. If you’ve always felt “the more the merrier”, look no further than Lineage Eternal.

1.Lost Ark

Lost Ark Gameplay

Our last entry ups the ante with a creatively designed world and high stakes. The Lost Ark of the title refers to a world saving weapon that defeated an invading army of demons long ago. You have to fight your way to collect the pieces of the artifact to save the world once again. Lost Ark is another MMORPG that will satisfy your hack and slash needs—just don’t hold your breath for an Indiana Jones cameo.

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Tanya Davidson is a Breton sorcerer from Tamriel. She has a strong interest for RPG and horror games and has written over a hundred thousand words on the topic. Tanya loves spending time in Tamriel.
Gamer Since: 1997
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