21 Games Like God of War

Games Like God of War Our selection of games like God of War features other action adventures that feature fast paced combat, platform elements and even puzzles.

The God of War franchise was born in 2005 and quickly expanded to include several titles. The franchise follows the story of Kratos a power hungry Spartan warrior in service of the god Ares and the various twists and turns that he has taken in his life. Various other Olympian gods make an appearance throughout the franchise including Athena, Zeus and many more.

God of War is predominately a single player experience although there is multiplayer (co-operative and competitive) available depending on the specific game. Using your signature weapon (double chained blades), other weapons and various abilities players will hack and slash their way through a story based adventure.

Combat is combo based in the God of War series with quick time events also being a key ingredient in your individual battles. In addition to combat players will find themselves in various platforming sequences and puzzles along the way.

The games like God of War on this page focus on other games that have a similar approach to combat and combine it with either platforming, puzzles or both. You can expect the adventures below to also be very strong in the story department.
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Darksiders

Darksiders is an action adventure game that follows the adventures of War (a horseman of the Apocalypse). The game launched in 2010 for Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation with a sequel two years later. The game draws inspiration from the apocalypse and centres on the war that rages between Hell and Heaven. This struggle since the beginning of time has seen neither side gaining any ground on the other creating an endless and pointless fight for power. The game is set in a world where the apocalyps...[Read Review]

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Darksiders II

Darksiders II offers a high quality hack and slash style RPG that is available on all the major platforms. The game is often praised for its balanced difficulty, role playing features and well-polished gameplay. In this second instalment of Darksiders players once again play as one of the Four Horsemen, this time as Death. The game actually runs during the same time frame as the original game which means you’ll take part in twists and turns from the original game. The story revolves around the e...[Read Review]

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Devil May Cry 4

Experience action, adventure and classic hack and slash gameplay in Devil May Cry 4 which continues the demon focused slashing of past iterations. With returning swords and firearms in your battle against demons players will fight as the two main characters of Nero and Dante for their adventure. A Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition released in 2015 also adds Vergil, Lady and Trish as playable characters in addition to improved graphics and some balance tweaks. The story in Devil May Cry 4  revolve...[Read Review]

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Dante’s Inferno

Dante’s Inferno is a dark action adventure that is based on the well-known Inferno poem. As such this adventure has you exploring the nine circles of Hell as you dispatch all sorts of monsters and creatures. Your character for this action filled adventure is Dante a shamed crusader who has many atrocities to his name despite his chosen faith. After being killed by an assassin Dante refuses to go to Hell for his sins and decides to destroy Death and attempt to redeem himself. Gameplay is fa...[Read Review]

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Bayonetta

Be bewitched In Bayonetta an intense and very over the top fantasy adventure where you’ll fight angels with insane combos. Originally released in 2010 and re-released on the Wii-U in 2014 this is a must own for action addicts. In this third person beat’em up style of gameplay you’ll be playing as Bayonetta, a witch that uses a mixture of firearms, weapons and magic to fight against angelic enemies while uncovering her own history after waking up from a 500 year sleep. The over ...[Read Review]

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine is a fast paced and brutal hack and slash action game that has some ties to the film that shares the same title. The Uncaged Edition of the game was developed for PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 while a different game version was released for other platforms that toned down the gore, language and some of the combat elements. If you’ve seen the film then you’ll recognise some of the plot elements, the game is entirely based on the movie though with some original plot coming into pla...[Read Review]

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Alice: Madness Returns

Blending platform elements, action gameplay and psychological environments is Alice: Madness Returns which takes place in the world of Alice in Wonderland with lore likely to be familiar to most players although much darker than the usual content involving Alice. It’s the sequel to the well received 2000 video game, American McGee’s Alice and features a host of improvements to make it a better experience along with new story and challenge. Your adventure in Alice: Madness Returns fol...[Read Review]

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Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance

Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance joins the franchise four years after the events in Metal Gear Solid 4 with a dark and gritty adventure where you’ll hack and slash your way through a fast paced and action packed adventure that the series is known for. Like the other titles with the Metal Gear name you can expect to find it on all the major platforms allowing console and PC players alike to play Revengeance which can stands alone as its own story for newcomers. Your character for this adventu...[Read Review]

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Blade of Darkness

Blade of Darkness is a brutal role playing game that features close quarters hack and slash combat. The game launched in 2001 only on Windows. Players will explore a number of realistic environments that have similarities to locations throughout Europe and Africa. This game world is dominated by the powers of sword and magic with four playable classes available to the player. Unlike most games the differences between these characters extends beyond visual and skills with each character starting ...[Read Review]

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DmC: Devil May Cry

Hack and slash your way through enemies in DmC: Devil May Cry the 2013 edition to the much loved action franchise. Step into the shoes of a young Dante in an alternative reality known as Limbo in an effort to bring the secret of the game world to light. Your adventure is centred around Limbo City a modern city that is secretly controlled by a variety of powerful demons through the media and other human comforts. Dante lives on the outskirts of this society and is constantly hunted by demons and ...[Read Review]

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Nier

Nier crafts an interesting story for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 owners while pairing it with action role playing and hack and slash fundamentals. Following the story of two books, one good and the other evil Nier is designed for players to play through the story multiple times in order to fully grasp the story elements as new story related mechanics are introduced on subsequent playthroughs. While a PS Vita version was planned this was eventually abandoned and never released to the public. Set i...[Read Review]

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Shadow of the Colossus

Shadow of the Colossus will take you on an action adventure in a game world that is linked to that of Ico (a previous game from the same developer). Originally launching in 2005 for the PlayStation 2 the game was re-released with Ico in a bundled HD version for PS3 in 2011. The game is set in a strange fantasy world known only as the ForbiddenLand. This area is void of people although several ruins do suggest there once was life here. You play as Wander who travels into this realm with his horse...[Read Review]

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Bloodborne

Bloodborne is a new breed of action RPG for the PS4, following the adventures of the Hunter in a dark gothic setting you’ll be treated to brutal combat, intriguing story and hidden treasures. From the team that brought your Demon’s Souls and Dark Souls the game relies on third person view, melee based weapon combat and exploration. Battles take place against a wide range of beastly enemies and boss monsters that all attempt to ripe the character to shreds in increasingly brutal ways....[Read Review]

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Heavenly Sword

Heavenly Sword is a PlayStation 3 exclusive title with high production values that delivers an engaging story and impressive cut scenes to bring you into the game world. Revolving around the powerful mythical Heavenly Sword the story follows the adventures of Nariko who takes up the powers of the sword in order to get vengeance against against the invading clan. Taking up the sword though requires you to pay the ultimate price as the sword will slowly consume your life. With the simple story fou...[Read Review]

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Lords of The Fallen

Set in a dark and gritty game world Lords of The Fallen brings hardcore action role playing to the latest generation of consoles with a rich fantasy. Explore both the human and demonic worlds in this richly diverse game world. Set in a world where the Gods have all but abandoned the human race players will assume the role of Harkyn who stands against the approaching supernatural force to give mankind hope once more. With one of the richest game worlds released this year your adventure as Harkyn ...[Read Review]

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Castlevania: Lords of Shadow

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow puts players in complete control of Gabriel on his quest to revive his wife and defeat the evil order who refer to themselves as the Lords of Shadow. Rebooting the Castlevania franchise on consoles in 2010 before making it’s way to PC in 2013 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow offers a familiar mix of 3D environments, devastating melee combat and puzzle solving that the action-adventure genre is well regarded for. While Castlevania has seen consistent releases since it beg...[Read Review]

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Enclave

Enclave is an action orientated game in a fantasy realm that lets players fight on behalf of good or evil with totally separate missions based on their approach. The game launched back in 2002 for Windows, Mac and Xbox eventually coming to the Wii in 2012. The game takes place 1000 years after the high wizard Zale erected a dome of protection around the town of Celenheim to protect it from the dominating armies of the evil demon Vatar. Because 1000 years have passed the citizens of Celenheim hav...[Read Review]

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Lollipop Chainsaw

Lollipop Chainsaw injects comedy into a zombie themed hack and slash adventure. It’s style isn’t for everyone but for those that approach it with an open mind you’ll found a very unique and wacky adventure. Your character for this over the top adventure is Juliet Starling, a popular cheerleader who also happens belong to a zombie hunting family. This comes in particularly handy on Juliet’s 18th birthday when she goes to visit her boyfriend Nick and gets stuck in the middl...[Read Review]

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Ryse: Son of Rome

Ryse: Son of Rome brings brutal Roman combat to your screen with a third person action adventure that lets you pick up the sword and shield of Marius Titus, a leader amongst the Roman Legion. The game explores your early adulthood and the journey from new soldier to leader in the Roman army with undertones of family revenge. Your main enemy for this adventure is the various Celtic barbarian tribes that slowly pushed Rome to it’s knees through constant war, this single enemy does somewhat limit t...[Read Review]

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Zeno Clash

Zeno Clash is a game that focuses on hand to hand combat in a truly wacky game world. The game first launched on Windows in 2009 with a Xbox 360 release the following year. In Zeno Clash you’ll be exploring the fantasy world of Zenozoik as Ghat. Ghat is running from his siblings after killing their creator after discovering a dark and twisted truth. Banished from his family and now on the run Ghat will team up with a female companion known as Deadra as he fights his way to safety. Zeno Clash is ...[Read Review]

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Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands

Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands continues the story of the previous games with another great addition to the series. The game was developed for Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with exclusive games on other platforms. The game fits into the Prince of Persia storyline after The Sands of Time but before The Two Thrones so it definitely helps if you’ve had previous exposure to the series before jumping into the game. However, because the gap between these games amounts to seven years the g...[Read Review]

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