What are the best games like GTA?

Rockstar Games and its Grand Theft Auto games have set the standard for open-world games in the industry with many other trying to follow suit Here are some of the best games like GTA that you can check out as asked by aatharsh B.

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    #1Sleeping Dogs

    Sleeping Dogs

    Sleeping Dogs is an action-adventure game like GTA that centers around Wei Shen, a Chinese-American police officer who goes undercover and infiltrates the Sun On Yee Triad organization.


    PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows


    Cheng Chang
    Written on July 11, 2019
    "Being an open-world game, this is similar to GTA but it's a lot more than that. The combat mechanic particularly, melee combat is a lot more complicated and fun. The story is also a lot deeper and interesting in my opinion."
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    #2Red Dead Redemption

    Red Dead Redemption

    John Marston, a former outlaw, is forced by the federal government to hunt down the members of his old gang in this western, action-adventure game similar to GTA that is set at the end of the Western American Frontier.


    Xbox 360, Playstation 3

    Check price

    Mick Fang
    Written on July 11, 2019
    "Playing this game is one epic adventure and having been made by the same company, similarities with GTA was expected. You could think of it as a GTA game set in the Wild West with solid gameplay and a riveting story to go with it."
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    Bully is a 3rd-person action-adventure game having similarities to GTA that is set in a school environment. Players take control of 15-year-old teenage rebel James "Jimmy" Hopkins, who is a difficult student.


    PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Windows


    Russell Castillo
    Written on July 11, 2019
    "I would call this a game like GTA exactly. It's open-world, yes, but the setting is too different to properly compare the two. It's more like a toned down version of GTA and is a lot more juvenile. It's still good fun though so it's worth checking out."


The Grand Theft Auto or GTA game franchise has been around for 21 years now? The first ever GTA game released back in 1997 for Windows. This game and its successor, GTA 2 both featured 2D graphics and a top-down camera view. The gameplay of these games is all crime-based from assault, theft, and the like. They revolved around three major cities; Liberty City, Vice City, and San Andreas. These themes and locations will carry over through the rest of the game's series. The release of GTA 3 saw the series taking on a new direction. It was the first to feature a third-person, over the shoulder viewpoint. This was also the first that set the foundation for its open world nature. This is something that succeeding GTA games will be built upon moving forward.

Today's gaming landscape is different from when GTA 3 released. Open-world games are aplenty with each one trying to bring something new to the table. GTA games will always remain as the games that defined the genre. The past decade has proven to be stiff competition for the franchise though. Games like GTA keep getting released offering alternatives to gamers, sometimes being better. While we wait for the next GTA game to arrive, there are plenty of other great games that we can play in the meantime.

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    #4Saints Row IV

    Saints Row IV

    In Saints Row IV, the US President must save Earth from Zinyak, an alien overlord. You'll have an arsenal of superpowers and strange weapons at your disposal in one of the wildest open world games ever in the same vein as GTA.


    Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Windows


    Wei Zhang
    Written on July 11, 2019
    "If GTA was a mature and violent game, then this game is more on the weird and absurd if the aliens did not hint at that yet. Prepare for a really weird time and fun gameplay with this one."
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    #5Just Cause 3

    Just Cause 3

    Just Cause 3 is an action-adventure game that is set in an open world environment of fictional Mediterranean island known as Medici with Rico Rodriguez set as the protagonist. The game is like GTA with some similarities to be found.


    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows


    Christian Martin
    Written on July 11, 2019
    "This game like GTA takes the formula and adds a lot of thrill and acrobatics that makes it an entirely different game in its own right. I had a lot of fun playing this and you probably will too."
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    #6Watch Dogs 2

    Watch Dogs 2

    Welcome to San Francisco. Play as Marcus, a brilliant young hacker, and join the most notorious hacker group, DedSec. Your objective: execute the biggest hack of history. 


    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows


    Xiang Pan
    Written on July 11, 2019
    "The first watch dogs game was great but there was a lot that it could improve on. This sequel addresses a lot of the issues with the first and makes it to a more polished and more fun gameplay experience overall."
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    #7State of Decay 2

    State of Decay 2

    State of Decay 2 is an open world zombie survival game. You can build your community and invite up to three friends to explore a world with zombies. Establish a base and develop your characters to survive in this post-apocalyptic world.


    Xbox One


    Daniel Gaytán
    Written on March 21, 2017
    "State of Decay is an open world survial game that is full of zombies to to kill. You need to build a base and build it up and build up your character. It is available on X-box and Windows. It will be released in spring of 2018. I don't think that his really is the same game style as GTA though. I would say it doesn't really fit the topic."
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    #8Mafia III

    Mafia III

    It’s 1968 and after years of combat in Vietnam, Lincoln Clay knows this truth: family isn’t who you’re born with, it’s who you die for.. Mafia 3 is a sandbox game with plenty of shooting. 


    Windows, Mac, Xbox One, Playstation 4


    Jordan Walsh
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "If you like a good story during your gaming, Mafia III is a standout title. Combining elements of First Blood and Goodfellas, Mafia III spins a good yarn as it goes. I don't know if the actual game play is as precise and entertaining as it could be. But the story keeps you moving through until the end. The world is open and allows you a fair amount of freedom to explore. "
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    #9Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition

    Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition
    Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition is a game where you have to explore Los Perdidos, a zombie-infested city. You'll fight to find a way out before a military strike destroys the entire city, and everyone else in it. 

    Xbox One, Windows


    Jerry Ward
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "In my opinion, GTA is probably one of the best sandbox games ever developed. I was interested in finding a game similar to GTA since I loved the serious so much, so I decided to give Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse Edition a try. Overall I liked the game, my main gripe is that there is no free roam once you finish the game which is probably one of the best features in GTA."
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    #10L.A. Noire

    L.A. Noire
    L.A. Noire is a mystery-solving sandbox game developed by Team Bondi and published by Rockstar Games. You play as an LAPD detective in the late 1940s, in Los Angeles, being given an open-ended challenge to solve a series of murder mysteries. 

    Playstation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Nintendo Switch


    Sarah Murray
    Written on June 1, 2017
    "If you're a fan of GTA, then you have to give this game a try. I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and the fact that I could shoot it out with the bad guys! I think the graphics are awesome and the gameplay is great! Also the setting in 1940s is interesting- you don't see many games like that."
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    #11Max Payne

    Max Payne
    Max Payne is a third-person original cinematic action-shooter video game. The game follows the protagonist Max Payne, an NYPD detective turned undercover DEA Agent with nothing to lose in the violent, cold urban night. 

    Windows, Android, iOS


    Walter Carr
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "I love playing this on PC so I'm really glad when I heard its also on mobile. Surprisingly, playing the mobile version is a lot better when it comes to graphics and control"
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    #12Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
    Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is a 3D open-world action adventure video game. It is the seventh title in the Grand Theft Auto series. This single-player story centers on Carl Johnson who returns home after his mother's murder. 

    Android, Windows, Mac, iOS, PlayStation 2


    Aurora Olivares
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Great game to kill time but GTA V is still waaaaay better in terms of everything. GTA V has better graphics, control, and effects."
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    #13Gangstar Vegas

    Gangstar Vegas

    Gangstar Vegas is an open-world action game similar in style to Grand Theft Auto, where your goal is to become the top gangster in Las Vegas, and to do so you will have to get rid of everyone who dares opposing you. 


    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Roy Owens
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Awesome game if you're looking for an action-packed past time during heavy traffic or whatever. Been addicted to GTA and I'm looking for similar games for a change, this one does the job 👍"
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    #14Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

    Grand Theft Auto: Vice City is an action game published and developed by Rockstar Games. It was released on May 13, 2003. This game is available to different platforms including Android, iOS, and more.


    Windows, Mac, PlayStation 2, iOS, Android


    Yan Jiang
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "I know this game ain't free that's the only downside of this game... It's worth it though! The story is really fascinating and among all GTA this has the best environment for me 😉"
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    #15Grand Theft Auto III

    Grand Theft Auto III

    Grand Theft Auto III is the 3rd game of the Grand Theft Auto series. It's set in Liberty City, where everything all started. With stellar voice acting, a darkly comic storyline, a stunning soundtrack, and revolutionary open-world gameplay.


    Windows, Mac, Playstation 2, Android, iOS


    Benjamin Black
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Classic action adventure game! I find this a lot better than Grand theft auto V. I prefer GTA 3's mission structure"
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    #16Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

    GTA: Chinatown Wars is a top-down 3D open world game developed by Rockstar Leeds and Rockstar North and was published by Rockstar Games. It was set in the crime zone of Chinatown where you'll try to get a name in the drug dealing business.


    Android, iOS, Nintendo DS


    Sun Yuan
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "Best mobile game ever 😍 The storyline is so interesting and the explosion effects are a lot better in this GTA version 💪"
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    #17Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

    Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

    Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is an adventurous open-world action video game for Android and iOS devices, and for PlayStation 2 console. It was developed by Rockstar Leeds and Rockstar North and was published by Rockstar Games.


    PlayStation 2, Android, iOS

    Check price

    Vivaan Bose
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "GTA Liberty City Stories is a bit pricey compared to other GTA mobile games and I'm not sure why? The gameplay is nice as usual and I remember loving this on PSP but my biggest issue here is the lag"
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    #18Payback 2

    Payback 2
    Payback 2 is a free battle sandbox game for Android and iOS devices, in which you will have tons of missions both on foot and driving in this GTA-like game that is a sequel to the successful first title of the saga.

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Ryan Coleman
    Written on February 7, 2019
    "This game is fun to play but you really have to be patient coz there are just so many restrictions especially if you're not willing to pay. Hope a free mode will be available soon "


Best What are the best games like GTA
1Sleeping DogsGames 16 Paid
2Red Dead RedemptionGames 11 Paid
3BullyGames 10 Paid
4Saints Row IVGames 9 Paid
5Just Cause 3Games 9 Paid
6Watch Dogs 2Games 6 Paid
7State of Decay 2Games 6 Paid
8Mafia IIIGames 4 Paid
9Dead Rising 3 Apocalypse EditionGames 3 Paid
10L.A. NoireGames 2 Paid

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