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35 Great Games Like Black Desert

Our experts have spent time searching for great games similar to Black Desert and have found the following:

Black Desert is an online role-playing game. Unlike other large online games (often called MMOs, Massively Multiplayer Online Games), it doesn't just focus on combat; you can explore the vibrant fantasy world, interact with inhabitants and choose how you want to live your life. This unique blend of online play, combat and thoughtful, detailed storytelling makes it unique.

Unfortunately, Black Desert is not available on Mac, PS5, Switch or Xbox Series X|S. However, we recommend the following games that offer a similar experience or theme, and at a lower age rating:

DetailsGame Details

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2015, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, PC, PS4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Play Black Desert (@PlayBlackDesert)

Players: 1 (100 online)

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game 'loot box' purchases

20 Hand Picked Video Games Like Black Desert

These are our hand-picked Video Game games similar to Black Desert. This doesn't use automatic matching, instead, we hand-pick games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Black Desert, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 16 or ESRB TEEN games. These selections also include Video Game games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 11-18 year-olds

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Switch and Wii U

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Simulation and Stealth

Accessibility: 12 features

Developer: Nintendo (@Nintendo)

Players: This is a single-player game

This game departs from the previous Zelda formula with the scale and depth of its world. You walk, fly, ride and climb your way through a landscape that varies in climate, terrain, inhabitants and vegetation. Weather and the passage of the sun and moon...

Ark: Survival Evolved

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 08/08/2017, updated in 2018

Price: 33% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 24 features

Developer: Survivetheark (@Survivetheark)

Players: You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 70-player online game

This game offers hunting-and-harvesting gameplay in a primal setting. Although not as polished or streamlined as a game like Horizon Zero Dawn, this is a more ambitiously open world where you can choose your own way to survive. With crafting and...

No Man's Sky

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 12-18 year-olds

Release Date: 10/08/2016, updated in 2018

Price: 48% off

Platforms: PC, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Accessibility: 23 features

Developer: Hello Games (@HelloGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game

No Man's Sky is a space simulation about exploring endless planets and galaxies. It invites you to take your spaceship to explore and colonise a universe rich with diverse planets, creatures and fauna. Facing so vast a space is daunting at first, but a...

Horizon Zero Dawn

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds

Release Date: 01/03/2017

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 29 features

Developer: Guerrilla (@Guerrilla)

Players: This is a single-player game

Horizon Zero Dawn, and the follow-up game Horizon Forbidden West, has a post-apocalyptic feel familiar from movies like Planet of the Apes. It plunges you into an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life where animalistic machines...

Red Dead Redemption 2 (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 18/05/2010, updated in 2019

Price: 60% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 27 features

Developer: Rockstar Games (@RockstarGames)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game

Red Dead Redemption is a series of open world adventures with a wild west theme. The rich world offers many things to do along with a main story line. It's this living breathing world that attracts players, both in its diversity and beauty.

The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 11/11/2011, updated in 2017

Price: 70% off

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Bethesda Studios (@BethesdaStudios)

Players: This is a single-player game

The Elder Scrolls is a series of action role-playing games that take you to detailed open worlds with free-form gameplay. The series has sold more than 58 million copies.

Horizon Forbidden West

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 14-18 year-olds

Release Date: 18/02/2022

Platforms: PS4 and PS5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 33 features

Developer: Guerrilla (@Guerrilla)

Players: This is a single-player game

Horizon Forbidden West is a post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating from an arcane frontier...

Book of Travels

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 30/08/2021

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 16 features

Developer: Might and Delight (@MightAndDelight)

Players: This is a single-player game

Book of Travels is a role-playing game. It's an unusual online game that focuses on the small rather than the massive. You explore an open world to find others to travel with, gather resources, craft items and learn abilities. It's a game that invites...

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 30/09/2014, updated in 2017

Platforms: PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World, Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibility: 1 feature

Developer: Monolith Dev (@MonolithDev)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 2-player online game

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor and Middle-earth: Shadow of War is an adventure series set in Tolkein's fictional work, between The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. You play Talion, a Ranger who sets out to avenge the deaths of his loved one. The...

Lego Star Wars: Castaways

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 7

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Release Date: 19/11/2021

Platforms: iPhone, iPad

Genres: Action, Adventure and Fighting

Accessibility: 22 features

Developer: Gameloft (@Gameloft)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Lego Star Wars: Castaways is an action adventure game where you relive moments from the iconic Star Wars saga in Lego's typical tongue-in-cheek style. Explore a vibrant island bursting with minigames and fun details, or go on missions and destroy...

New World

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 31/08/2021

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 2 features

Developer: Amzn Game Studios (@AmznGameStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game

New World is an online role-playing game where you colonise fictional land modelled after 1600s colonial America in the Atlantic Ocean. The world is persistent and accommodates 1000s of players to create a living breathing eco-system in MMO (Masively...

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 20/12/2011

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 32 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game

Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) is a role-playing game played with hundreds of other players online, as well as complete single-player narrative-based experiences. It's set in the Star Wars galaxy thousands of years before the films. The game is a...

Horizon Zero Dawn The Frozen Wilds

Content Rating: PEGI 16

Release Date: 07/11/2017

Price: 50% off

Platforms: PC and PS4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Open World and Shooting

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Guerrilla (@Guerrilla)

Players: This is a single-player game

Horizon Frozen Wilds extends the Horizon Zero Dawn post-apocalyptic action-adventure where you explore an overgrown landscape with now-crumbling remnants of modern life. The story of Aloy continues as she sets out to investigate a plague terminating...

Monster Hunter

Content Rating: PEGI 12

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Price: 25% off

Platforms: 3DS and 2DS, PS2, PS4, PSP, Switch, Wii, Wii U and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Role-Play

Accessibility: 20 features

Developer: Capcom USA (@CapcomUSA_)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

Monster Hunter is a series of action role-playing games where you hunt, kill and trap large monsters through wide-ranging landscapes. Each successful hunt rewards you with materials that accrue to slowly upgrade equipment that in turn enables you to...

Dragon Age (Series)

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 03/11/2009, updated in 2014

Platforms: Android, PC, PS3, PS4, Web, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 19 features

Developer: Bioware (@Bioware)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 4-player online game

The Dragon Age series are narrative-driven role playing games with an emphasis on combat and player choices. You play the hero in the medieval fantasy world of Thedas, exploring the world and using your power to stop the impending darkness spread across...

Dune: Spice Wars

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 12

Release Date: 26/04/2022

Platforms: PC

Genres: Narrative, Role-Play, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: Shiro Games (@ShiroGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Dune: Spice Wars is a strategy game based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel, where you use military might and political machinations to survive and expand your fiefdom on the hostile planet of Arrakis. You decide whether to dominate or partner with the...

Kenshi

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 16

Skill Rating: 15+ year-olds

Release Date: 06/12/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Role-Play and Simulation

Accessibility: 13 features

Developer: Lo Fi Games (@LoFiGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Kenshi is a single player role-play game where you have complete control over your character and how they live their life. With no central story, it allows you to go anywhere and play however you like, be that as a city dweller who never ventures into...

Lost Ark

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: 14/12/2019, updated in 2022

Price: Free

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: AMZN Game Studios (@AMZNGameStudios)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 1000-player online game

Lost Ark is an online role-play fighting game set in the mystical realm of Akrasia. You work alone or in teams to fight enemies, complete dungeons and upgrade your characters. It combines Lord of the Rings (and Indiana Jones) fantasy adventures with...

Stellaris

Content Rating: PEGI 7

Release Date: 09/05/2016, updated in 2021

Platforms: Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Role-Play and Strategy

Accessibility: 25 features

Developer: Pdx Interactive (@PdxInteractive)

Players: You can play this by yourself or as a 32-player online game

Stellaris is a strategy game where you play a space-faring empire seeking to expand your territory. It offers complete customisation of your civilisation, with different sets of ethics and morals to choose from that change how you play, from limiting...

Shadow's Light - Tale of the Champions

Expected Content Rating: PEGI 18

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Role-Play

Developer: 3 Mind Games (@3MindGames)

Players: This is a single-player game

Shadow's Light - Tale of the Champions is a role-playing adventure game where you can choose which side to fight for; serve the holy kingdom as a valiant knight, or seek to destroy it as an orc chieftain. With a focus on challenging combat and...

16 Video Games Like Black Desert Based on Genre

These are games of a similar genre mix to Black Desert. This includes games from the Role-Play, Fighting, Action, Adventure, Open World and Simulation genres. We pick out games of a similar PEGI rating to further hone these generated suggestions.
 

2 Easier Video Games than Black Desert

If you like the sound of Black Desert but find it too complex or challenging, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with a lower Skill Rating.
 

2 Video Games With More Documented Accessibility Features than Black Desert

If you like the sound of Black Desert but it doesn’t offer the accessibility you require, the games in this section offer a similar experience but with more Accessibility Features. You can view a full breakdown in our Black Desert Accessibility Report.
 

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Build Personal Resilience

Psychologists define resilience as the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress — such as family and relationship problems, serious health problems, or workplace and financial stressors. As much as resilience involves "bouncing back" from these difficult experiences, it can also involve profound personal growth.

Games, by design, present players with adversity and much of the joy of gaming comes from taking on and overcoming unnecessary obstacles. Whether you’re saving the universe from an alien invasion or tending crops in your animal community, playing games mimics the process of resilience.

This list of games that can help foster various forms of psychological resilience is compiled with the expert help of Take This. They aim to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry. They encourage a game community that welcomes and supports people experiencing mental health challenges, and that recognizes the humanity and mental health of game creators.

The Portal series tell a narrative that you are going to fail. You’re told to give up, but if you ignore this barrage of discouragement you can use it as a way to strengthen your resolve and complete the puzzles even if you have failed twenty times in the process. The Stanley Parable is all about trying again. You can try and re-try your decision making, reaching a variety of different endings.

Dark Souls is a hallmark for a punishing challenge that require resilience. You journey through elaborate lands to adventure, explore, and take heed lest they encounter a battle with a boss or enemy. Celeste is the story of Madeline and the enemies she overcomes while climbing Celeste Mountain. The game specifically calls out that Madeline has anxiety, and the challenges she faces in the environment reflect her own internal struggles and triumphs. Cuphead challenges players to battle relentless bosses in combat-heavy play. Cartoonish and playful, it balances challenging players to grow in skill and offers plenty of entertaining environments and aesthetics to keep you playing.

In Kingdom Hearts you meet many characters that need help - and many boss battles feel almost insurmountable. With help from friends like Donald and Goofy, the player character Sora overcomes the darkness to save his friends and bring hope back to the world. Death Squared is a co-op puzzle game where one player’s mistake makes everyone else lose. You learn cooperative resilience in trying again admits humorous judgments from the unseen “hosts” of the game.

In Animal Crossing you get help from the animal neighbours. You learn to lean on this social and environmental resilience to persevere at building social connections with computer villagers and friends online. Stardew Valley’s farming is about growing and maintaining a homestead. Interweaving the busy work are relationships with the other villagers, many of whom are social models for resilience in their storylines.
 

Inhabit Another World

Whether it’s a simple puzzle grid, a battlefield or a universe of planets to visit, all games create virtual spaces in which to play. Some of these are simply the background to a campaign - the game’s unfolding drama, missions or challenge. But others invite you to invest in the worlds they create, move in, tend to and inhabit in fantastical ways.

The games in this section invite you to spend time in spaces that have a sense of place, life and character. Worlds that hold history and lore in their landscapes, flora, fauna and inhabitants; environments that respond to your presence and invite you to restore them to their former glory.
 

Work Together to Thrive

Play is more fun when it’s shared. This is as true about video games as it is when building a massive sandcastle on the beach or playing hopscotch in the playground. Finding brilliant team games is a great way to involve more people in the fun and share the experience together as a family. More experienced players naturally help novices contribute to the team.
Along with teamwork, the games I’ve selected here use the fact that players are all sitting next to each other.

These are games where players take on different roles in order to complete unusual tasks. The fun is often as much about the conversations (and arguments) that happen in the room as what’s happening on the screen.
 

Play With People On Different Systems

Most online games only work if the person you are wanting to play against has the same system that you have, console, PC or smartphone. There are, however, a growing library of games that offer what is often called cross-play. This lets you play with people on different systems.

These games are a good way to extend the list of friends and family that you can play with. It also makes it less critical which system you have in your home, even if your friends have a different one.
 

Game Time Has Day-Night Cycle

Games use the spaces they create to tell stories. Some games do this by locking you in a key moment where the time of day doesn't change. Other games let you explore and revisit places at different times of day.

These day-night cycles invite players to explore at different times not only to find different things to do but to see how different locations change visually and audibly at different times of day.

Some games, like The Long Dark, do this to offer a different environmental challenge at night, when the sun is in and the cold wind really affects your character. Other games offer more unusual ways to tie in-game light levels to the real world, like Unmaze that uses your smartphone's camera to determine how much light there is in the game.
 

Persevere After Losing

Video games where you adventure into a harsh setting, try your hardest to survive and slowly develop your abilities but then inevitably die are often called Rogue-likes. This is because one of the first games that offered this style of play was called Rogue.

These are interesting games for families, not only because their difficult nature leads to shorter sessions, but also because they foster perseverance and coping with losing. After dying you are sent back to some sort of central village where you can choose upgrades for your next attempt. The incentive to play again once you have been killed is usually that you start with some more equipment or skills.

In this way, by belligerence and a slowly learned understanding of how the game world works and how best to survive, you incrementally get a bit further each time you play. Here are some really good roguelike games for families:
 

Game Has Changing Weather

Video games create worlds and then invite us to play in them. These worlds are sometimes nothing like our own. Others, however, look to recreate life-like spaces, or take the real world and bend it in interesting directions.

Weather is a big part of the experience of a video game. It can create a particular mood, a sense of changing time, or can be used to change the mechanics of your interactions.