The GTA (Grand Theft Auto) games are an open world (or sandbox game) where you can pretty much do anything. The latest game in the series, Grand Theft Auto V, was released on September 17th 2013. This article will list some great alternatives to GTA V for those of you who don’t own it yet and want to try out another game like it – or if you’re getting bored of playing GTA V!
Saints Row 2/3
Saints Row 2 and 3 are a great open-world games with a fun story, good characters and lots of cool features! There really isn’t anything you can do in these games that you can’t do in GTA V or Grand Theft Auto IV . In fact, the only thing that could stop you from doing what you want is yourself! Exploring is just as much fun as well. They don’t have the action-packed gunfights GTA has but they’re still very enjoyable!
Releasing just last year, Remember Me tells the story of Nilin who has complete memory loss and creates her own identity by breaking into people’s minds and stealing information within their memories. This cyberpunk action-adventure game was developed by DONTNOD Entertainment but may feel similar to Rockstar North’s Max Payne series.
Grand Theft Auto IV is the prequel to Grand Theft Auto V . Set in 2008, this game features Niko Bellic; a veteran from Serbia coming to America with dreams of living the American dream! It does not follow any main characters so there’s no “story mode” per say. If you’re looking for an open world game like GTA V, then this is the one!
The fifth installment of the GTA series. San Andreas takes place in 1992 where Carl Johnson returns to his hometown on Grove Street after learning that his mother was murdered. To make matters worse – it’s a gang war zone so he must return to rid the streets of rival gangs and corrupt cops while dealing with his own demons at the same time.
Grand Theft Auto III 10th Anniversary Edition
Grand Theft Auto III was actually developed by DMA Designs (which would later become Rockstar North) before they were owned by Take Two Interactive . This game implements 3D graphics into a free roam environment but can be played just like previous GTA games.
GTA: Vice City
The 2002 prequel to the first GTA game, Vice City is set in a fictional Miami-style city where you can pretty much anything! The story follows Tommy Vercetti as he tries to make a name for himself in this criminal-infested city. This is one of my favorite Grand Theft Auto games because I love how you can play it from a third-person perspective!
Batman Arkham City
One of the best action-adventure games I’ve ever played, Batman Arkham City is set in Gotham City shortly after the events of Arkham Asylum where all criminals are released into one area creating a chaotic criminal environment! With great gameplay and an even better story, you’ll feel like you’re playing as Batman himself! The fact that Rocksteady Studios has yet to release another game since then has me wishing they were making a new instalment with Grand Theft Auto V’s graphics!
Although not really similar to GTA V except for its open world nature and destructible environments – Minecraft is still worth mentioning on this list because it is such a unique and complex game (and anything goes). After your character is dropped in a randomly generated world of cubes, you can do anything you want! No rules – just creativity.
Skylanders Swap Force
Now I’m not sure about this one but it’s definitely worth mentioning because it made the list on IGN! Skylanders Swapforce lets you play as your own toys which are scanned into the game using an NFC reader (known as the Portal of Power). Although considered more for kids with its simple platforming and battling mechanics, there is no violence except when fighting evil characters in different worlds.
So that’s my shortlist of games like Grand Theft Auto V . If you know any other games that should be on this list then leave them in the comments below! Thanks for reading 🙂
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