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19 Great Games Like Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto is a series of action-adventure game where you travel around one large location taking part in different criminal activities: pulling off heists, with lots of shooting and stealing and driving a variety of cars and other vehicles.

Unfortunately Grand Theft Auto is not available on Mac, PC, 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:

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 01/01/1997, updated in 2019

Platforms: Android, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases


 

Just Die Already

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Simulation

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Just Die Already is a sandbox game where you play a retiree in a near future where people aren’t having any children and pensions funds are drying up. It's an intentionally absurd set-up of old people fending for themselves in a world that wants them...


Go Vacation

Rating: PEGI 3+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 27/07/2018

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Simulation

Players: You can play with 4 players in the same room

This is a resort exploration game where 50 mini-games can be discovered and played. The mini-golf, skating, surfing, volleyball, car racing, tennis and other games use the Wii and Switch motion-sensitive controllers and are simple fun for youngsters....


Lego City: Undercover

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE

Release Date: 04/04/2017

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room

Lego City Undercover offers an open world to explore. While most Lego games have an open-world element in at least some areas, this one keeps play open throughout so that children can enjoy exploring at their own pace.


The Simpsons Hit and Run

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 16/11/2003

Platforms: GameCube, Nintendo Wii, PlayStation 2 and Xbox

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

Players: This is a single player game

The Simpsons: Hit & Run is adventure game based on the American animated sitcom The Simpsons.


Jailbreak

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 01/08/2017

Platforms: Android, PC, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Badimo

Players: You can play this with 30 players online

Jailbreak is a popular Roblox game about escaping prison and getting away with various crimes. Based on the popular Prison Life and Madcity Roblox games, but adds a large open world in which you could drive vehicles, earn weapons and rob various...


The Legend of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 03/03/2017

Platforms: Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U

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

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...


Recore

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 26/08/2016, updated in 2016

Platforms: PC and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Recore is an adventure platform game where you control Joule Adams, one of the first volunteers for the utopian colony of Far Eden, who wakes after centuries in cryo-sleep to find that nothing has gone according to plan. With her three robotic machines...


Crazy Taxi

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/01/1998, updated in 2012

Platforms: Android, GameCube, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and iOS

Genres: Action, Open World, Racing and Simulation

Players: This is a single player game

Crazy Taxi is a series of games where you take people to different locations in a city, as a taxi driver. It sounds a little dull, but in this brighter and bigger world it's a joy rather than a chore. When you complete a fare you get money based on how...


Xenoblade Chronicles (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 01/01/2010

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii

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

Players: This is a single player game

Xenoblade Chronicles is a series of open-world role-play games. They take place on the frozen bodies of two warring titans, the Bionis and the Mechonis. In the first game, during an attack on his colony, protagonist Shulk discovers his ability to wield...


Marvel’s Spider-Man (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 07/09/2018

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

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

Players: This is a single player game

Marvel's Spider-Man is a series of superhero adventures where you swing through an open-world city fighting crime and advancing a film-like story. There are also many side quests and missions you can take along the way.


Destroy All Humans! (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 24/06/2005, updated in 2020

Platforms: Nintendo Wii, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Destroy All Humans! is an adventure game series that parodies Cold War-era alien invasion films. With open-world like a bit like Grand Theft Auto, you play the alien Crypto, tasked to gather DNA from humans and explore the open-world levels to do this....


Arma 3 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 12/09/2013

Platforms: PC

Genres: Action, Creative, Shooting and Simulation

Developer: @BohemiaInteract

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 32 players online

Arma 3 is a realistic military simulator. Unlike games such as Call of Duty or Battlefield Arma focuses on realism. Rather than blockbuster effects, it spends time simulating the...


The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 19/05/2015

Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Players: This is a single player game

In this game you play monster-hunter Geralt in a vast open world as he searches for his missing adopted daughter. The game responds to your actions and has dynamic environments, weather and day–night cycles that affect the creatures you hunt. It’s a...


Assassin’s Creed Odyssey (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 13/11/2007, updated in 2018

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo DS, Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, Xbox One and iOS

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

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin’s Creed is a game where you enter a past civilisation and explore pseudo history of real events and locations from the past. You can climb the environment extensively, interact with different characters, collect items to unlock more the...


Red Dead Redemption (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Stadia, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World and Shooting

Players: You can play this with 32 players online

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.


Mafia Definitive Edition (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 29/08/2002, updated in 2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

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

Players: This is a single player game

Mafia is a series of action/adventure game about being in the Mafia. You play Tommy Angelo, a poor hard-working cab driver who gets caught up in a fight between two crime families. You explore a large open city taking on criminal activities to rise...


Cyberpunk 2077

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/12/2020

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Cyberpunk 2077 is a massive open-world action-adventure game inspired by cyberpunk themes, focused on the merging of humanity and technology. The line between human and machine is heavily blurred in every corner of its world. You have a fully...


Watch Dogs (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 27/05/2014

Platforms: Nintendo Wii U, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World and Role-Playing

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play this with 8 players online

Watch Dogs an open world adventure. It's the first instalment in the Watch Dogs series. You navigate and explore the world on foot or in a variety of vehicles. The novelty is the futuristic setting that highlights the use (and misuse) of social media to...


Watch Dogs Legion

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 29/10/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Stadia, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Genres: Action, Narrative, Open World, Role-Playing and Simulation

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Watch Dogs: Legion is an adventure game, the third instalment in the Watch Dogs series. It's set in a fictionalised future dystopian London. You play hackers in group DedSec seeking to clear their name for bombings in the city.


Grand Theft Auto is in These Lists

In addition to the similar games listed above, which have been linked to this game specifically in the database, you may find games with a similar theme to Grand Theft Auto in the following lists:

Walk in Someone Else's Shoes

While many games include characters to interact with, some are specifically designed to make relationships a central element. Whether this is during the rounds of a puzzle game amidst a zombie outbreak or as we race cars around a circuit, they can offer a unique way to think deeply about how we relate to each other and to the games people play.
In contrast to films or books, characters and relationships in video games need to be discovered by the player. Some of my favourite relational moments in games happen amidst other action. Often these other actions – whether shooting, puzzle-solving, or fetching and carrying – serve to underline the difficult, awkward and snatched nature of interpersonal interactions.
 

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.
 

Branching Stories With Multiple Endings

All games offer you agency. You can win or lose. You can complete them or stop at any time. But there are some games that offer a story that genuinely branches. Where you end up will be different from other players. This not only makes your actions really matter but also gives you a reason to play them again.

Setting aside games that evolve through simulation, or games where once you die it's game over, these branching narrative games tell a story that ends in a certain way because of the choices you made.
 

Be The Bad Guy

Video games usually let us step into the role of the hero. Sometimes our heroics result in many henchmen or even innocent bystanders getting killed. But our hearts are thought to be in the right place.

The games on this list, however, are all great examples of where you intentionally ruin other people's days. Whether that's playing the blood sucking alien in Carrion or just stealing, breaking and hiding things in Untitled Goose Game it's both intriguing and entertaining to not play by the usual moral rules of the game.

Then there are games where you think you are doing things for the right reason but this turns out not to be the case, like Braid or Spec Ops The Line. Or games where the slow drip of doubt builds until you regret your actions, like Shadow of the Colossus.
 


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