Games like Skyrim don’t come along very often. Grand in scope, epic in scale, awesome in gameplay, Skyrim also took years and many millions of dollars to make. Good news then that it repaid that investment by being one of, if not the most popular RPG game for a long time.
Skyrim was the fifth instalment of the Elder Scrolls series that also includes Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion and Skyrim. It is also the best. While gameplay in all games was pretty good, especially Morrowind and Oblivion, the entire experience of playing Skyrim eclipses them all. Add in fan-made mods and addons and it’s no wonder Skyrim is still going strong some five years after release.
If you’re all Skyrimmed out and are looking for something to scratch that itch until The Elder Scrolls 6 is released, this post is for you. Here is a list of the current range of games that can keep you going until The Elder Scrolls 6 is released, which is allegedly sometime in 2017.
Fallout 4 is a post-apocalyptic RPG that equals Skyrim in terms of storytelling, character development, the game world and freedom. Fallout 3 and New Vegas were good, but Fallout 4 is better. It’s bigger, more intelligent, has decent graphics, good AI and some funny and challenging moments.
It should be all those things as it is also produced by Bethesda, who gave us Skyrim. Story, character and freedom are typical of the developer and are provided in spades within Fallout 4.
Fallout 4 is available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor was a surprise hit when released and for good reason. It is a great game. You play as a ranger who was killed by Sauron along with your family. Somehow you come back to life with a ghost who guides you along the way. The graphics are excellent, the action smooth and fluid and the storyline is great.
Character progression is good too with lots of new abilities to learn, melee combos to master and some neat ranged attacks to get to grips with. It is a very good game.
Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor is available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Dragon Age: Inquisition is another long running RPG series that has a level of polish and freedom few other games can match. There is also plenty of action too. The usual archetypes are all present and correct, as is decent character creation. The world is full of dark fantasy elements like Skyrim and believable characters too. It is almost equal to Skyrim in many ways.
Dragon Age: Inquisition succeeds Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II and builds upon the strengths of both of them. Well worth checking out!
Dragon Age: Inquisition is available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
The Dark Souls series is hardcore and doesn’t give you any time to get to grips with mechanics or make any allowances for ability. I think it is all the better for this and presents a serious challenge to even seasoned gamers. The world is also very detailed, characters are convincing and the action relentless.
Character progression is well managed, the world immersive. While difficult, the game is a lot of fun to play. There are few mainstream games out there that delivers this much challenge.
Dark Souls is available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is often regarded as superior to Skyrim. In some ways I agree while in others I don’t. Graphics are excellent, movements and combos are fluid and dynamic and the overall look and feel of the game is superb. It’s a believable game world with convincing characters, lots of exploration, some challenging creatures and lots to learn.
There is also a lot of make-work which can be tiresome at times but the story alone makes those well worthwhile.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is an action RPG that is as involving as it is challenging. Play as a mage, rogue or warrior in five regions of the game world. Character progression is steady with lots of buffs, skills and abilities to learn as you go, with enough enemies to make learning them a real necessity.
Combat takes a little getting used to as it is all about timing but once mastered it quickly becomes second nature. Earn enough Fate points and you get slow motion for some killer combos too.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning is available on PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
Neverwinter is an online RPG based on Dungeons and Dragons. It is free to play with optional purchases to support the game. The game is rich, colorful, noisy and fully of things to see, explore and do. There is also a very cool feature where players can create missions for you to do on your own or with a group. It works very well indeed.
If you ever played World of Warcraft or any of its ilk, you will feel instantly at home in Neverwinter. It has similar features, cities, places and spammers. It’s all part of the fun.
Neverwinter is available on PC and Xbox.
World of Warcraft
Having mentioned World of Warcraft, it would be remiss of me not to mention it as a viable Skyrim alternative. While showing its age now, it is still a solid game. The new Legion update has added more things to do, more depth to characters and more raids, dungeons and abilities.
WoW is still the best MMORPG on the market but that is as much because of the lack of competition as much as the game itself. Nevertheless, it has plenty enough content to see you through until 2017.
World of Warcraft is available through Battle.net.
Those are just a few games I think worthwhile to see you from finishing Skyrim for the nth time to whenever The Elder Scrolls 6 is released. Do you have any more games you’re playing that you think could see us through? Tell us about them below if you do!