20 Games Like Watch Dogs

Games Like Watch Dogs Our assembled list of games like Watch Dogs offers more open world action adventures where you can explore, hack and commit crimes.

Watch Dogs puts players in the shoes of Aiden Pearce, a master hacker. Using the digital trails that people leave behind the player attempts to find those hurt your family.

This goal drives you to monitor, track and hack using the city’s network. From accessing cameras, to gaining personal information and even controlling traffic the city of Chicago just became your own personal weapon.

Traditional combat is also available to players in Watch Dogs with melee combat and conventional weapons in your arsenal. An open world game set in a city wouldn’t be complete without the ability to explore the world behind the wheel of a car though and with over 60 cars there is a ride for everyone in Watch Dogs.

The games like Watch Dogs that are featured below all have open world elements with a focus on other games that encourage stealth and hacking over direct confrontation. This list also covers all platforms (Windows, PlayStation and Xbox) ensuring all gamers have an option regardless of their preferred and available platform.
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Deus Ex

Deus Ex is an older game with a cyberpunk theme which blends action, role playing, stealth and first person shooting. The game is often considered one of the best PC games available and has picked up countless awards and top spots in curated lists since its release. Deus Ex is set in a futuristic world during 2052 where conspiracies and a number of different government agencies are threatening to tear the world apart as they fight for control. As the player investigates these conspiracies they w...[Read Review]

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The Saboteur

The Saboteur mixes up the standard setting that most open world action adventures flock to by using a World War II theme instead. It’s a setting that the genre hasn’t touched before and for the most part it pulls off an impressive and unique experience. The game is available on Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game focuses on Paris during its Nazi occupation with players taking on the role of Searn Devlin as he attempts to sabotage the Nazi’s from within (as part of the French Resistance...[Read Review]

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Yakuza 0

Taking you back in time to a Tokyo of 1988 Yakuza 0 is as an action adventure title that serves as a prequel to the various other Yazuka titles. Focusing on fictionalised recreations of areas such as Shinjuku Golden Gai and Kabukicho there is plenty of Tokyo to explore in this sixth adventure into the world of Yakuza. Originally launched in Japan in 2015 it took two years for the game to come to North America and Europe although the PS3 release remained a Japan exclusive. Starting the story deep...[Read Review]

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Batman: Arkham City

Batman: Arkham City takes place in the Batman universe and was released in 2011 for Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The game blends fast paced action with an impressive storyline and an open world environment. Every part of the game world in Arkham City is an enjoyable experience from the well-written narrative to the character design and even just the game areas that players will explore. It is no surprise that the game has received wide spread acclaim and there is no excuse to not have th...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (16 votes)
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Prototype 2

Prototype 2 offers a mixture of open world gameplay and action adventure with a fun (and powerful) twist. The game was published by Activision and released on consoles in April 2012 (with a Windows release in July). The game has a different main character than the original Prototype (released in 2009) but there is still a story link. This makes the game series accessible to new players but will also entertain players that played and enjoyed the original game. In Prototype 2 players take on the r...[Read Review]

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8.7 User Avg (25 votes)
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Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines

Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines is an action orientated role playing game that lets you play as a vampire from a number of different clans. Since its release in 2004 and re-release on Steam in 2009 the game has gained an almost cult like following. It is important to note that the game version for this review was using the Unofficial Patch as recommended by fans. Before playing I strongly recommend installing the current Unofficial Patch version to remove a lot of the bugs and issues of the o...[Read Review]

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Infamous

Infamous treats players to abilities such as having lightning bolts firing from their fingers alongside other action-adventure gameplay. Playing a simple bike messenger by the name of Cole MacGrath you’ll be at the centre of a massive city explosion that leaves a town in chaos and Cole with seemingly new magical powers. All of these new Cole powers are electrical based and will be vital to your survival in the fictional Empire City which amongst the chaos is now overrun with all sorts of g...[Read Review]

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Sleeping Dogs

Sleeping Dogs was released in August 2012 and was developed by Square Enix, the game was originally going to be published as True Crime: Hong Kong but was renamed before release. Sleeping Dogs takes place in the city of Hong Kong with players taking on the role of an undercover cop on a mission to infiltrate the Triads. The game offers a free roam and open world adventure that is similar to the Grand Theft Auto series of video games. For the majority of the game players are free to explore Hong ...[Read Review]

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Infamous 2

Infamous 2 was released in 2011 exclusively for the PlayStation 3 and continues where the first game (released in 2009) left off. Infamous 2 promises plenty of action, adventure and open world environments for players to explore. The game takes place not long after the original where the world changed after the birth of Cole’s electrical abilities. The Ray Sphere has advanced since the original game (it no longer blows up entire cities with every use) which means Cole isn’t the only one with spe...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (15 votes)
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Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Deus Ex: Human Revolution is the third and long awaited game in the series. The game is a prequel and is set 25 years before the first Deus Ex game, this allows newcomers to the series to easily pick up the story even if they haven’t played the other games. In Human Revolution you’ll play as Adam Jensen, a leading member of the security team at Sarif Industries (one of the many growing firms dealing with biotechnology). This biotechnology has the power to reinvent the human body by replacing par...[Read Review]

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8.4 User Avg (25 votes)
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Batman: Arkham Asylum

Arkham Asylum is the first game release in the Batman: Arkham Asylum story and was released in 2009. The games action adventure story is heavily focused on the battle between Batman and his long time enemy. the Joker. The plot follows the Joker’s attempt to seize control of Arkham Asylum while entrapping Batman inside with his endless enemies. At the same time the Joker creates several bomb threats around Gotham City leaving Batman no choice but to enter the Asylum (a facility off the coast for ...[Read Review]

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8.3 User Avg (17 votes)
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Infamous Second Son

Infamous Second Son is the third chapter in the Infamous series of games which sees players once again stepping into a vast open world with their own strange powers. Released in March 2014 and a PlayStation 4 exclusive title this is one that Infamous fans can’t afford to miss with the expansion to the universe that it offers. Set in the year 2016 it has been nearly a decade since the events of the previous game that ultimately led to the death of Cole MacGrath, a noble sacrifice to spare the wor...[Read Review]

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8.2 User Avg (20 votes)
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Crackdown 2

Crackdown 2 is the 2010 sequel to the popular 2007 game. The second game in the series maintains the open world and sandbox style features of the original and is only on Xbox 360. Crackdown 2 is set a decade after the events of the original Crackdown game and again is set in the fictional Pacific City. The city did not enjoy the peace from the original for long with the Agency quickly falling apart and crime retaking control of the city. In Crackdown 2 players won’t only have to retake the city ...[Read Review]

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Prototype

Prototype gives players their own set of super powers to fight off a zombie style infection in an open world environment. The game is available for Windows, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. In Prototype players will explore New York City while it is under attack from a new plague known only as Blacklight. This plague makes the infected enter into fits of uncontrollable rage and gives them the urge to attack any plague free persons that they encounter. The new plague is the least of your worries thoug...[Read Review]

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Deus Ex: Invisible War

Deus Ex: Invisible War serves as a sequel to the original Deus Ex and follows the story of Alex D in a new world that is constantly at war. Opting for a Windows and Xbox release this time around Invisible War stays true to the series of offering diverse player choice in how they approach the game in general and individual missions within it. Invisible War picks up the story over two decades after the events in the original game and sees players exploring a world further ravaged by war and econom...[Read Review]

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8 User Avg (13 votes)
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Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Origins is the third game in the Arkham series of Batman games and continues to offer an open world adventure with particular appeal for fans of the Batman universe. The game is also the first to add online multiplayer gameplay to the series. As the game title suggests the storyline is all about the origins of the series and takes place around 5 years before the very first game (Batman: Arkham Asylum). Players take control of a less experienced Batman and follow his attempts to su...[Read Review]

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APB Reloaded

If you’ve ever wanted to blend Grand Theft Auto with a MMO experience then APB Reloaded may be your solution. The game was originally a paid title but more recently has gone free to play. In APB Reloaded players explore the city of San Paro which is over run with crime and criminals. This game world is entirely persistent and lets you freely explore what the city has to offer while accepting quests and missions. This freedom is definitely in line with what the Grand Theft Auto games offer with p...[Read Review]

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Crackdown

Crackdown was released in 2007 for the Xbox 360 and offers players an explosive and fast paced open world adventure from a third person perspective. The game takes place in Pacific City (a fictional city) and has players stepping into the shoes of a powerful agent as they attempt to remove crime from the city once and for all. In order to do this the player will have to take apart the crime syndicates by taking down their bosses one by one. There are a total of four islands in the game and three...[Read Review]

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Deadly Premonition

Deadly Premonition rolls open world gameplay, horror and even comedy into a single ball of interesting to create an adventure that is borderline insane. The game originally released on Xbox 360 in 2010 and saw a Director’s Cut for the PlayStation 3 and Windows released in 2013 after the game attracted a cult following online creating demand for the game to be delivered on alternative platforms. This same following was likely the reason behind the games port to Nintendo Switch in 2019. Part of th...[Read Review]

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7 User Avg (20 votes)
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No One Lives Forever 2

No One Lives Forever 2: A Spy in H.A.R.M.’s Way (NOLF2) is a first person shooter that encourages players to use stealth to achieve their goals. Launching in 2002 off the success of the original this game promises a good experience for players both new and old. The game follows your adventures as Cate Archer, one of the top spies in UNITIY who is chasing the criminal organisation of H.A.R.M. to try and find out what they are up to. The game takes you across a good range of locations from Syberia...[Read Review]

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