11 Games You Must Play if You Love The Last of Us

The PS3 era was defined by The Last of Us and people who’ve played it speak well of the title even though it has been six years since its release. The game mixes survival horror, stealth and action all packed into an emotional journey that players will never forget. The game was remastered for the PS4, and if you missed out on playing it, we recommend picking it up for Sony’s current generation console which will offer you 1080p gameplay at 60fps or 4K at 30 fps as well on the PS4 Pro. The gameplay is tense and emotional at the same time, and it is unlike any other zombie game you have ever played.

When Sony announced The Last of Us II last year, we were all blown away, and we can’t wait for its release later this year with a brand new story as Ellie becomes the new torchbearer of the franchise. With all that said now, here is the list of video games similar to The Last of Us that are our recommendations. You can play these games like The Last of Us on PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PC, iPhone, Android, mac or even online.

11. Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection (2015)

The Nathan Drake Collection from Uncharted is a remaster of the original trilogy of Uncharted games that came out for the PS3. If you have played The Last of Us and happen to be looking for great PS4 exclusives, Uncharted is the franchise to go for. When it comes to the original trilogy, Uncharted 3 is our top pick as you take on Nathan Drake’s role to find treasures that await. One of the best things about the Uncharted franchise is that it offers a variety of options when it comes to engaging the enemy. Just like you could use stealth and take down enemies without being seen or go in all guns blazing, you have the same options in Uncharted. The game has a nice mix of humor, a standard adventure story and a lot of heart. If you want to experience being a modern-day Indiana Jones, then Uncharted is definitely the right franchise for you.

10. Dishonored (2012)

If you loved the stealth mechanics and crafting systems found in The Last of Us, you will fall in love with Dishonored immediately. It is truly one of the most iconic stealth games ever made and the amount creative kills people have pulled off when engaging the enemy is just insane. You get to play as the assassin Corvo who tries to save Princess Emily from an unknown enemy that got you accused of murder and treason. You need to hunt down the kidnappers and save Princess Emily before any harm comes to her.

Just like The Last of Us, items don’t really come easy, and you need to be careful with how you spend your ammo or special items. Unlike The Last of Us which takes place in a world overrun by zombies, Dishonored takes place in a steampunk style world where magic exists. You get your powers from the mysterious Outsider, and it is up to you to decide the fate of Dunwall. The more murderous you get, the darker your ending is going to be while a stealthy approach will get you a good ending. Player choice in Dishonored plays a big factor, and it is a true immersive sim.

9. Metro Redux (2014)

The Metro series was grossly underrated at launch, and it took quite a while until fans took notice of what the franchise had to offer. The original games were far from perfect when it comes to optimization, but that changed once the Redux bundle went live for the current generation consoles and PC hardware. Dmitry Glukhovsky’s Metro 2033 inspired this amazing franchise by 4A Games. If you are looking for a nice mix of stealth and survival gameplay elements in linear fashion, Metro will definitely keep you occupied.

2033 Redux and Last Light Redux are incredible games with great story, hidden tidbits, top-notch sound design and so much more. The premise of the game is not too far off from what The Last of Us told us You start off in a war-torn world where bombings forced humans to move into metros to protect themselves, and the radiation led to the birth of mutants. However, not all mutants are driven by animal instincts alone. Some of them have evolved into superior beings, and you really need to be careful when facing off against the librarians.

8. Dying Light 2 (2019)

Dying Light is a one of a kind game that mixes survival gameplay with parkour from games like Mirror’s Edge. If you are a fan of co-op zombie games, this is one of the best you can get your hands on. Techland is currently working on Dying Light 2, but it is some time away. The studio continues to push updates for the game even though it has been 4 years since the title came out. So if you can’t afford to wait for the sequel, you can pick up the 2015 title to get a feel for the game world. Your actions will also have serious consequences in Dying Light 2, something that was missing in the original game. It is one of the most highly anticipated games of 2019, and we strongly recommend picking it up if you are a fan of The Last of Us.

7. Metro: Exodus (2019)

Metro Exodus is one of the best story-based shooters to have come out in the past few years. While single player games are truly alive and well unlike what some publishers might have to say or feel about them, the number of FPS single-player games have really gone down over the years. DOOM and Metro are two of the few remaining franchises that still manage to captivate the modern-day audience. Though we’d love to see more titles like Spec Ops: The Line, Stalker and Crysis make a return, the chances are very less. Exodus is quite different from what 2033 and Last Light offered us with its amazing open world, a huge step away from the linear worlds in the previous games. You also step out of the metro go to look for life in other parts of the world, something we’ve not seen in the older titles. Overall, the gameplay is fantastic, and it is one of the best games of 2019 so far.

6. Tomb Raider (2013)

While many of us are familiar with Tomb Raider because of the Angelina Jolie movie from 2001 or the more recent movie starring Alicia Vikander. The 2013 reboot of the Tomb Raider garnered a lot of praise, and in fact, the 2018 movie was actually based on this game. While we did get two more games in the form of Rise of The Tomb Raider and Shadow of The Tomb Raider, they were not as impactful as the first in the trilogy. The story revolves around Lara’s journey to become the Tomb Raider as she fights her way through lots of danger and the mystical Himiko. The game has a lot of platforming action, and you have some mechanics that are similar to The Last of Us as well, which include stealth takedowns, silent combat and more. Unlike the 2013 title, the other two games in the trilogy took a more hands-on approach with more combat, making this game hit closer to home for The Last of Us fans.

5. Telltale Games’ The Walking Dead: Season One (2012)

Telltale Games has been making great story-based games for years but the studio finally broke out as an international success with the release of The Walking Dead: Season One in 2012. If you are a fan of the AMC TV show or comics and can’t get enough of the franchise, we recommend checking out this amazing game. You play as Lee Everett, a convicted man who finds himself set free due to a zombie apocalypse wrecking the vehicle that was transporting him. As Lee, you get a new life as you see the world as we know it has changed. The deeper you get into the story, the more you realize that zombies are far from being the most dangerous things around you. It is actually the humans who are going to ruin your day if you trust the wrong people. When it comes to combat, there is not much if you compare it to the likes of The Last of Us. However, when it comes to storytelling, Telltale Games did an excellent job at making you feel tense, sad and concerned about the characters at the same time.

4. Uncharted 4: Thief’s End (2016)

While we lived through the mad adventures of Nathan Drake in the original Uncharted trilogy, Uncharted 4 brings Drake’s story to an end. The maps are better than ever before, and it seems like the developers put in a lot of effort to make the final chapter in the series come to an explosive conclusion. There is a lot of life in Uncharted 4, and it’s not only a great storytelling achievement by Naughty Dog but also visually impressive. It was a journey that lasted nine years, and every bit of it was fun. The franchise may or may not continue without Nathan Drake, and it’s possible that Naughty Dog was testing The Lost Legacy to see if fans would be happy about new games from the franchise without Drake in the picture.

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3. The Last of Us II (2019)

The Last of Us II will be released sometime this year, and we already got to see some of the mechanics that are at play in the upcoming title. It seems like Joel will take the backseat for this one as Ellie will be taking over as the protagonist. Ellie is all grown up and is back with a vengeance to protect those she loves. There is a lot more focus on stealth, the number of enemies, and we mostly get to see the aggressive human enemies and not much of the zombies. The game looks absolutely stunning, and we can’t wait for a final release date. Knowing how Sony spaces out its top games for the year, Days Gone will be the first major exclusive release and we can expect The Last of Us II to make it into the PS Store sometime between Q2 2019 to Q3 2019.

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2. Days Gone (2019)

Days Gone has caused gamers to have polarizing opinions on the upcoming title at first glance. Sure, the game does look like your generic open world action-adventure game with zombies. If you have played Far Cry over the years, you know how tedious some of the open world games can get with meaningless side quests and no sense of progression. Reviewers who’ve managed to get a hands-on impression of the game are quite happy with the title, and the developers seem to have gotten the open world formula quite right with this one. Days Gone has the opportunity to become one of the top PS4 exclusives this year because of its flawless presentation and the heart behind it. The characters look far more engaging than your generic NPCs you’d find in many other copy-paste open world games that come out every year. You get to play as Deacon, a biker who finds himself in the middle of a zombie apocalypse and is hunted down for some unknown reasons by rival communities.

1. Far Cry 5 (2018)

While Far Cry 5 might not have the same zombie theme as The Last of Us, the game does have a lot of survival elements in common. You also have to fend off against multiple groups of fanatics who are after you as you try to ‘liberate’ the land from the control of the religious lunatics who rule Hope Country. The mission variety is a lot of fun, and we recommend trying the game out if you have not played much of the Far Cry series. The gameplay in Far Cry 5 is superb, and while there are redundant side quests, there is a lot of content to enjoy. The Arcade mode is also a lot of fun with elements from other Ubisoft franchises like Assassin’s Creed and Watch Dogs making it to the game for some solo fun or with friends. Despite all the crazy mayhem Far Cry offers, the game does retain its serious tone with a great storyline and some compelling characters.

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