Our assorted list of games like Dying Light features other great open world adventures that focus on survival, freedom, coop and horror in varying degrees.
Dying Light mixes the very best from the open world genre with a large world, parkour and progression with horror and survival undertones that have players carefully gathering resources in an enemy infested city that becomes more dangerous at night. This gameplay curve can either be enjoyed alone or in the coop mode.
In this survival horror title players will be assuming the role of Kyle Crane who is tasked with infiltrating the current quarantine zone around the city of Harran. Once inside players will find themselves conflicted between their mission and helping those that have survived the catastrophic event. This outbreak event has turned the majority of citizens into hyper aggressive zombie inspired creatures.
Gameplay is centred around scavenging supplies, crafting special weapons, parkour movement, experience points and melee combat. This melee combat focus aims to replicate the realistic nature of survival under the circumstances with players often having to replace weapons after significant use due to their limited lifespan. Crafting is also essential to this melee combat with hundreds of items turning into thousands of possibilities.
The games like Dying Light featured here have a similar array of game mechanics. In these games you’ll explore open worlds, collect experience, craft weapons, participate in coop and much more.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is the third game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series of survival horror games. The title has some vast improvements over the previous games making it one of the best instalments yet. As the game links a number of story elements together from the previous games players are recommended to have finished the first two games before adventuring into what Pripyat has to offer. Call of Pripyat is set directly after the events of the Shadow of Chernobyl (as the second game in the...[Read Review]
Metro 2033 is a first person shooter with survival horror elements developed for Windows and the Xbox 360 by 4A Games. The game was released in March 2010 with a sequel (Metro: Last Light) released in May 2013. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic setting similar to that of the Fallout series except that the game takes place in and around the Moscow subway rather than a massive open world. In Metro 2033 players take on the role of Artyrom one of the first people to be born in the subway af...[Read Review]
The Evil Within (Pyscho Break in Japan) takes the survival horror genre into a whole new gruesome level with a third person adventure requiring you to scavenge for suppliers and pick your fights carefully to survive. Players step into the game world as Sebastian Castellanos a veteran detective for the police as he is haunted by a cloaked figure with a variety of powers. As the story unfolds you’ll experience a psychological thriller that deals primarily with the human psyche. While weapons are a...[Read Review]
If you prefer your shooters with a horror element then Metro: Last Light will be sure to entertain while giving you a scare through strange enemies and the additional survival elements. The game world of Metro: Last Light has been carefully crafted in the process with some amazing realism to bring you in deeply to the story and setting. Serving as a sequel to Metro 2033 players with experience in the original will pick up on the little subtle nods between the two titles. This is made more import...[Read Review]
Contagion offers co-operative and PvP game modes set within a number of zombie infected environments and combined with first person shooter gameplay. With a healthy dose of maps, game modes and weapons underneath the generic setting Contagion has provided a popular framework for fans of the FPS zombie sub genre to sink their teeth into while avoiding infection from the zombie horde. Contagion offers 4 different game modes at the core which are all multiplayer focused but bring something differen...[Read Review]
State of Decay combines the open world genre with a zombie outbreak to create one of the largest and most impressive games in the genre to date. The game started out as a title on the Xbox Marketplace and eventually made its way to Windows. The game plays out in an open world environment with players taking control of their survivors in a third person perspective. State of Decay is packed full of unique elements with a crazy amount of depth for players to explore. While the game has zombies with...[Read Review]
No More Room in Hell is a free to play co-operative horror shooter that pairs you with a team of other players to achieve objects or battle against waves of zombies instead. It’s all about surviving the zombie filled scenarios with your limited resources which move locations with each game. Your chance of survival in No More Room in Hell is slim with careful team communication and scavenging improving your chances. With the game set well into the zombie apocalypse you’ll have to walk...[Read Review]
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Shadow of Chernobyl is a FPS survival horror game developed by GSC Game World. The game is available for PC and was released in 2007, it is the first game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. The game is set in an alternate reality set around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. This area is referred to as ‘The Zone’ and offers a lengthy storyline with plenty of side missions, player choice, unique anomalies, mutants, several endings and various factions. In the game players take control ...[Read Review]
Left 4 Dead 2 continues the co-operative zombie adventure with all new characters, locations, enemies and weapons to change up the popular gameplay introduced in the original Left 4 Dead. The popular AI director also makes a return with plenty of tweaks to ensure players are always challenged. Just like the original game plot elements are kept minimal with players following four survivors of an infectious disease that has turned the population into zombie like creatures. The story is portrayed t...[Read Review]
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky is the second game in the series of survival horror shooter games under the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. name. The game plays out as a prequel to the first game where you explore the origins and events that led to the first game. In Clear Sky you’ll be assuming the role of Scar who is a veteran stalker. After getting hit by a large emission while guiding a group of scientists you wake up to find yourself in the base of the Clear Sky faction that is focused on researching the Zone. Ac...[Read Review]
CastleMiner Z is a sequel to the popular Xbox Live Indie Game of CastleMiner while also bringing the series to the computer environment via Steam. While the original CastleMiner was a creatively focused experience the sequel pushes the game into survival orientated gameplay instead aligning it with other games in the genre that offer a survival sandbox experience in a block based game world. This CastleMiner Z block based gameplay also features mechanics that are familiar to the genre with zombi...[Read Review]
Experience an action adventure on the edge, filled with parkout elements and a dark dystopian society this Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 is a highly unique offering. Your main character in Mirror’s Edge is Faith, known as a “runner” who is a courier charged with delivering messages without the government surveillance interfering. This means using the rooftops and networks of ventilation shafts to reach your objective in a game that is mostly about three dimensional platformi...[Read Review]
If you like open world games but also enjoy them with plenty of shooter action as part of the core gameplay loop you’ll love what Far Cry 3 brings to the table with vast strides over the previous entries in the franchise. The game is the third in the series of open world shooters and mixes a number of different genres together which has proved a successful formula with gamers and critics across the games released so far and continues with Far Cry 3. Far Cry 3 uses a first person perspective and ...[Read Review]
In Dead Island you’ll have to explore an open world environment and try to prevent being eaten by using whatever weapons you can find around the place. Dead Island is a great role playing experience for fans of survival horror and is available on Windows, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. Dead Island features a fictional island which is home to a luxury tropical resort. After a night of wild partying the player wakes up as one of the four available characters (each with their own stats and skills) an...[Read Review]
Left 4 Dead (L4D) is a zombie survival experience that focuses on co-operative gameplay against a varied and randomised zombie infection. Left 4 Dead separates itself from similar co-operative shooters by promising a different experience each time you load up a game map thanks to the AI director that alters aspects of the map each time it is played. The Left 4 Dead base game takes place across four varied and unique acts all with a movie design to the campaign, their own tagline and five separat...[Read Review]
Dead Island: Riptide is the second game in the Dead Island series and continues on from your previous adventure but takes place on a whole new island. The game launched in 2013 for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360, delivering a very similar experience to the first game. The events in Dead Island: Riptide occur right after those of the first Dead Island game although they are disconnected enough that you don’t have to play the first one if this is your first experience with the franchise. Although, it defini...[Read Review]
If you want more over the top zombie killing you’ve probably been waiting for the release of Dead Rising 3 which takes the game series to all new levels of awesomeness. The game was released in mid-2013 as launch title for the Xbox One platform. If you’ve been following the series closely you’ll find that Dead Rising 3 takes place a decade after the events of the second game. This doesn’t mean the world is in complete ruins though as the game area that players get to explore has only recently su...[Read Review]
Dead Rising is back with more zombie killing goodness, in Dead Rising 2 players can expect a similar open world horror experience to the original with endless hordes of zombies just waiting to be dealt with. Dead Rising 2 takes place half a decade after the first Dead Rising and introduces a new protagonist into the game (Chuck Greene). The game setting has also changed and now takes place in a fictional town called Fortune City which feels very much inspired by the likes of Las Vegas. Chuck Gre...[Read Review]
Dead Rising combines horror and open world environments to create a fun and unique survival experience for players. The game was released in 2006 and is only available on the Xbox 360 platform. In Dead Rising players take on the role of Frank West in a shopping mall that is simply packed full of zombies. In the game you’ll have to fight to stay alive as you attempt to unlock the secrets behind this strange incident. During your adventure you’ll complete a large number of main story missions alon...[Read Review]
Action and adventure hit new heights in Far Cry 4, a game that sticks to the open world shooter mechanics developed from previous additions in the franchise pretty closely. While new mechanics are few and far between in Far Cry 4 it’s a solid experience set in one of the more unique settings of the series. Set in Kyrat players assume the role of Ajay Ghale who returns home from America to spread his mother’s ashes. Upon returning though you find yourself in the centre of the civil war taking pla...[Read Review]
ZombiU (Zombi on non Wii U platforms) brings the zombie genre onto Nintendo’s platform with an amazing and horrifying experience that shows off some unique mechanics and potential of the Wii U. On non Wii-U platforms some of these features are taken out or redesigned while still retaining the impressive fundamental design of the primary Wii U version mot notably the fantastic London setting and horror tones that are magnified by the permanent death mechanic with some graphical improvements along...[Read Review]
If you are looking for an FPS game that will leave you unable to sleep at night then F.E.A.R. 3 is your perfect game. The game combines solid first person shooter mechanics with a psychological style of horror. F.E.A.R. 3 has been generally well received by the gaming community for offering a great shooter experience and some unique multiplayer game modes. F.E.A.R. 3 was released in 2011 with development headed by Day 1 Studios and is available across all major platforms (PC, PlayStation 3 and X...[Read Review]
Far Cry 2 belongs to the open world genre and released back in 2008. The game has very few ties to the original Far Cry and is an entirely new experience for players to enjoy. In the game players will have the opportunity to explore a number of African inspired landscapes that are locked in a civil war. You’ll assume the role of a mercenary in Far Cry 2 as you travel across desert and jungle to find and assassinate the head of a gun running rink, known only as The Jackal. Far Cry 2 introduces pl...[Read Review]