Watch Dogs is probably one of the favorite games of those who love open-world games. The story revolves around Aiden Pearce a professional hacker who lost his niece in a brutal car crash but later comes to know that it was a planned murder. The game revolves around finding the murderer utilizing the hacking skills of Aiden by controlling the technology around the city such as traffic lights, downloading the data, hack security cameras, and more.
In the game, there are more than 30 weapons to choose from which will ultimately help Aiden to safeguard himself from the criminals and murderers. There is a lot to explore in the game and the story is really very interesting.
There are plenty of games like the watch dogs that you should definitely try once, therefore to make it easy for you we have curated a list of 17 games that are similar to Watch dogs in various ways. These games may or may not be paid. So, without wasting much of your time, let’s jump to the list.
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Games Like the Watch Dogs
GTA 5 is one of the most successful open-world games of its time, developed by Rockstar Games, and managed to sell more than 80 million copies around the world. The gamers and critics compare Watchdogs to GTA in terms of the gaming experience.
Recently, Rockstar Games pushed a new update for GTA 5 that included the Diamond casino which is next to the vinewood racetrack. In this update, you can do live betting on horse racing while enjoying watching the Red Dead Redemption horses on the race track.
Red Dead Redemption
Red dead redemption is another open-world game by none other than Rockstar games focusing on making the game full of action and adventures. The game is the second edition of the Red Dead revolver series which was released in 2004.
In the game, you will be playing as John Marston who had to turn into a violent person due to threats to this family from federal agents and had to kill people who were once his friend.
Far Cry 4
Far Cry 4 is the fourth edition of the Far Cry series released back in 2014 with stunning graphics and gameplay. The game is developed by none other than Ubisoft Montreal giving a beautiful feeling of the open-world where you will be playing as Ajay Ghale in Kyrat in the wild regions of Himalayas.
The player has choices between two personalities of the character, namely, the tiger and the elephant where one of the abilities is for attack and the other one is for defense, respectively.
You can either play alone or choose the multiplayer mode and play with your friends, just make sure you know all the tips and tricks for Far cry 4 before you start playing.
Batman Arkham Knight
There is hardly anyone on this planet who has watched DC shows and is not a fan of Batman. It is one of the most successful characters of the DC universe and was a super hit at the cinema with Batman trilogy. Keeping aside the movies and comics, Batman video games are something that everyone would surely love to play.
Batman Arkham series is the fourth installment of the Batman video games where the player gets to control the superhero, use tactics to defeat the enemies, ride around Gotham in batmobile, and find useful data by hacking the systems.
Fallout 4 is another open-world game that gives a feeling of Watch Dogs, developed by Bethesda Softworks and is the fifth installment for the Fallout franchise. In the game, you play the role of the sole survivor who comes after a long-term cryogenic stasis in Vault 111.
You will experience the world in the year 2287 after the fight between the US and China for natural resources which happened 210 years ago after the nuclear holocaust.
You can also check out some games like Fallout 4, in case you are looking for some alternatives to this game.
Just Cause 3
If you are looking for an action-adventure open-world game with instances of GTA 5, Just Cause 3 is a suitable game for you. In the game, you will be taking over the role of Rico Rodriguez who has returned to his hometown of Medici after whatever happened in Just Cause 2.
As the game is based on an open-world, you as Rico will be able to explore the vast Mediterranean island paradise with no restrictions and during exploration, you need to defeat Sebastiano Di Ravello’s who has taken over the Medici with his powerful weapons.
Assassins Creed Syndicate
Assassins creed is one of the most successful and famous game series that we all have heard of since our childhood. Assassins Creed Syndicate is the ninth installment of the company in this game. In the game, you move around Chicago and San Francisco, similar to that in Watch Dogs and also London but in the year 1868, so get ready to experience the old and historical city.
You need to take over your enemies without getting caught, which gives characteristics of a stealth game.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, developed by Kojima Productions and published by Konami in 2015, the ninth installment in the celebrated Metal Gear franchise. It is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and Windows.
The extensive stealth-based gameplay includes sneaking around and avoiding the enemy using sighting gear, vehicular exploration, recruiting soldiers, developing weapons from the home base, and the action takes place in a real-time day-night cycle and changing weather.
Developed by United Front Games and published in 2012 by Square Enix across all major platforms like PlayStation, Xbox, and PC, Sleeping Dogs features on this list not just because it sounds so much like Watch Dogs. Set in Hong Kong, the protagonist is an undercover cop whose chief goal is to infiltrate the Sun On Yee Triad organization. The combat style is heavily based on martial arts and hand-to-hand fighting, with weapons like handguns, pistols, and shotguns of different calibers.
Batman: Arkham Knight
It is natural that DC Comic’s mega-popular superhero has his own video game series, but Rocksteady Studios and Warner Brothers’ 2015 game Batman: Arkham Knight is surprisingly good of its own accord. The final part of the Arkham trilogy is rated 9/10 on Steam and is available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC. The gameplay includes flying, hacking, puzzle-solving, FreeFlow Combat, stealth, forensics detail, and navigation through Gotham City.
The mind-bending experience that Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft’s 2016 videogame, Tom Clancy’s The Division is, has polarised gamers to no end. While some consider it an averagely made cash-grab, others consider themselves loyal fans. The role-playing game allows the gamer to take on the character of a Division agent, whose mission is to restore order in an anarchic United States which has been devastated by the viral ‘The Dollar Flu’.
Developed by Volition and published by THQ in 2006, Saints Row is a game that enjoys cult status across generations. The game can be played on PlayStation and Xbox and is often compared to the Grand Theft Auto series. Set in Stilwater, the three linear storylines all culminate in a singular objective which is to defeat a rival gang. The gameplay is intense, to say the least, with hand-to-hand combat, weapons, firearms, and mini-games, and players can run, jump, swim, explore using cars alongside their friendly gang, the 3rd Street Saints.
Infamous Second Son
The third and arguably best-loved edition of Sucker Punch Productions and Sony’s Infamous video games series, Infamous Second Son, was released in 2014 exclusively for PlayStation. The new protagonist of the paced action-adventure game is Delsin Rowe, a graffiti artist who is often arrested by his brother Reggie, the sheriff and the player’s objective is to defeat the Department of Unified Protection through various missions. The gameplay includes vigorous combat, parkour, weapons, and superpowers like manipulation of objects. The end of the game is based on a morality record that tracks Delsin’s karma— whether his actions have been good or evil in the course of the game.
Inspired by the Mad Max movie franchise, Avalanche Studios and Warner Brothers’ 2015 Mad Max video game is set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The protagonist Max Rockatansky undertakes hazardous missions like taking down bandits, collecting supplies, and defeating regional bosses while exploring through deserts, caves, and canyons, and using the famous Magnum Opus as a vehicle. A very interesting part is how the terrain changes periodically with the dynamic weather and day-night cycle. If the open-world of Chicago and San Francisco in the Watch Dogs series was something that intrigued you, then you are bound to love Mad Max.
2K Czech and 2K Games’ action-adventure game Mafia III was released in 2016 across various platforms like PlayStation, Xbox, and Windows, and in 2017 for macOS. Set in the fictional city of New Bordeaux, the third-person perspective traces the story of Lincoln Clay, a Vietnam War veteran, who seeks revenge on the Mafia that murdered his adoptive family and establishes a criminal empire in the process. While the initial reception of the game varied between praise for an intricate story and character and a solid soundtrack, and criticism for its tech issues and gameplay, it was eventually quite a success.
The Last of Us
Developed by Naughty Dog and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment in 2013, The Last of Us is a stellar action-adventure survival game in the horror genre. Taking place in a post-apocalyptic United States, players control Joel in the third person, who, who is accompanied by Ellie. The objective of the game is to avoid hostile humans and cannibalistic creatures who have been infected by a mutated fungus, and get to safety. The gameplay includes shooting, melee weapons, upgrades, creating weapons, and has both single and multiplayer modes. The game is available exclusively on PlayStation.
Techland and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment’s Dying Light was released in 2015 across PlayStation, Xbox, Linus, Windows, and macOS. Following Kyle Crane, who is deployed to Harran, a Middle-eastern city overrun by zombies, the game is popular with players who like the survival-horror genre and first-person shooting games. The engaging story in an urban city combined with well-developed weaponry and gameplay that includes killing zombies, looting, parkour, and dedicated level-ups makes for an experience like no other. The highly anticipated sequel is slated to be released in 2021, so if you haven’t played the game yet, now is a perfect time!
So here we end our list of the best open-world games that are similar to watchdogs in many ways. The open-world games are surely amazing and give the best gaming experience to the player with a great storyline and character build-up.
Moreover, the astonishing visuals, weapons, missions, quests, the environment of the game are the key factors while playing the game. All of the games that we have listed above qualifies this, as they are awarded as the best games of all time.
If you have any more addition to the list, feel free to comment below and let us know why it should be included in the list.
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