God of War Ragnarok is a hack and slash game that draws inspiration from Norse mythology. With a well-written story, complex characters and close camera angles, the title offers an immersive experience for players as they explore Viking history and learn the simple yet challenging combat system. Even at The Game Awards, Ragnarok won several awards.
If you loved playing the title, you might be looking for other games that offer a similar experience. Here are five Xbox games like God of War Ragnarok that you can enjoy.
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Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and 4 other games similar to God of War Ragnarok
1) Tomb Raider
The Tomb Raider series is a reboot of the original that launched in 1996. It follows Lara Croft as she embarks on dangerous adventures time after time.
The first part depicts Lara’s journey to become the icon we know her as today. She shows significant progress at every turn and becomes a skilled adventurer, hunter and treasure hunter. The game shares many similarities with Ragnarok, as it also emphasizes storytelling, platforming, and role-playing game (RPG) mechanics.
2) Dark Souls 3
Combat in Ragnarok involves a mixture of skillful dodging, blocking and countering. Another game with similar combat elements is Dark Souls 3.
The Dark Souls series thrives in terms of story, lore and immersion, but they can be perceived as quite cryptic. Therefore, it may not be for everyone. That said, if you want to test your gaming skills and take them to the next level, you’ll love this series. Dark Souls 3, in particular, is an amazing game that will remind you of God of War.
3) Devil May Cry 5 (DMC5)
DMC5 offers its own flavor of mythological hack and slash. The story takes a more bombastic approach at times, and the same can be said for the game’s combat elements.
DMC has a complex yet stylish combat system, making it ideal for hack and slash fans who love to show off their skills and flashy combos. Players who don’t want the punishing difficulty of the Souls series but want to engage in some cool battles can play DMC5 on Xbox.
4) The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Skyrim is heavily inspired by Norse mythology and Viking history. It features an expansive open world with many immersive environments. Both the story and the score are commendable. The combat can be hit or miss as the melees tend to feel fluid and magic/archery can quickly lose their charm.
The game features a civil war that breaks out in North Tamriel when the High Elves outlaw the worship of Talos, the local god and war hero. In the midst of all this, dragons begin to appear out of nowhere, and a Dragonborn is prophesied to save the world. While playing as the Dragonborn, you must uncover the mysteries of the dragons and participate in the politics of the various factions in the war.
5) Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
The game is led by Senua, a warrior suffering from psychosis when she goes to Helheim to save the soul of her lover. It mixes exploration, combat and puzzle solving. The story has elements of psychological horror and is heavily borrowed from Norse mythology.
Senua is constantly haunted by the voices in her head, like perhaps the spirits of the dead. As she ventures through the afterlife, players get to know her better through her hallucinations. Her tragic past and the loss of her mother play into her character development.
While there is no game exactly like Ragnarok, there are many with similar elements. Some tell good stories or have interesting combat systems and mechanics, while others immerse players in the world of Norse mythology.