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26 Great Games Like Outward

These are hand-picked games similar to Outward. Our experts have spent time searching for great games like Outward. We don't use automatic matching, instead, we identify games that are good to play if you have enjoyed Outward, or as younger rated alternatives for players not ready for PEGI 12+ or ESRB MATURE 17+ games. These selections also include games that offer a different experience but address a similar theme or topic.
 

Outward is a fantasy adventure focused on an ordinary character surviving against the odds. There's a focus on realism rather than superpowers or magical abilities. You have to look after your warmth, hunger, fatigue, illness, and thirst as well as the more common battling monsters and collecting gold.

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

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Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 26/03/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Developer: @NineDotsStudio

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 2 players online

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases

Final Fantasy VII Remake

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Narrative and Role-Playing

Accessibilty: 16 features

Developer: @SquareEnix

Players: This is a single player game

Final Fantasy VII Remake is an action role-playing game set in a decaying cyberpunk metropolis. It is the first in a series of games that remake the 1997 PlayStation game Final Fantasy VII. You play the role of a mercenary named Cloud Strife who joins...

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 10/11/2020

Price: 30% off

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

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

Accessibilty: 33 features

Developer: @Ubisoft

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin's Creed Valhalla is the twelfth game in the Assassins Creed Series, an open world action-adventure that takes place over several main story quests as well as many optional side missions.

Valheim

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibilty: 17 features

Developer: @ValheimGame

Players: This is a single player game. You can play with up to 10 players online

Valheim is a Viking inspired strategy game for up to 10 players. You build, survive, conquer, and explore the world. It's popular because it combines strategy of building your town stronghold with tough adventures and encounters with the enemies of the...

Marvel's Avengers

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 04/09/2020

Price: 25% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Accessibilty: 25 features

Developer: @CrystalDynamics

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

Marvel's Avengers is an action-adventure game based on the Avengers. You control the heroes from a third-person perspective on your own or with friends. Together you assemble a team of heroes to take on the game's main storyline, where you must clear...

Assassin's Creed Revelations

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 15/11/2011

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

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

Accessibilty: 15 features

Developer: @UbisoftMTL

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin's Creed: Revelations is the fourth adventure game in the Assassin's Creed series. It follows on from Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Haven

Haven

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 03/12/2020

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Narrative and Open World

Developer: @TheGameBakers

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

Haven is an adventure about companionship and exploration in space. As star-crossed lovers Yu and Kay, you escape to a forgotten planet to stay together and set up home against the odds. You explore the world around you, able to glide over the plains,...

No Man's Sky

Rating: PEGI 7+

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

Price: 48% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Open World and Simulation

Developer: @HelloGames

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

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...

The Last Of Us

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 14/06/2013

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibilty: 22 features

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

You play a father, Joel, whose daughter was killed during the early stages of a deadly fungal outbreak. It’s now 20 years later, and he has clearly suffered from the loss. When Joel is given charge of a girl, Ellie, about the same age his daughter...

The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

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

Price: 70% off

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

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

Accessibilty: 4 features

Developer: @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.

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 10/02/2012, updated in 2020

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

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

Developer: @ReckoningGame

Players: This is a single player game

Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning is an adventure where you set out from the vibrant city of Rathir to rescue a world torn apart by a vicious war. Along with its huge scale, the game offers nuanced character development and a political system where you...

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 19/11/2016, updated in 2017

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Accessibilty: 26 features

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: You can play this with 10 players online

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an action-adventure game set several years after the events of Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. You play Nathan Drake, a happily married former treasure hunter coaxed out of retirement by his brother. This leads into...

Hogwarts Legacy

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: Coming soon

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

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

Developer: @AvalancheSweden

Players: This is a single player game

Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world role play game set in the world of Harry Potter. You control a wizard character who starts as a student at Hogwarts but then ventures out on a dangerous journey with a mystery to solve. You design your character, learn...

Scavengers

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 01/05/2021

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres:

Accessibilty: 1 feature

Developer: @MidwinterGames

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Scavengers is a strategy survival game with an emphasis on team work and shooting. Squads of three compete to survive in open worlds with harsh environments, computer enemies and periodic missions. Different characters must use their unique abilities...

Fantasian

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 02/04/2021

Platforms: iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure and Role-Playing

Developer: @MistWalker

Players: This is a single player game

Fantasian is a role-play adventure from the team behind Final Fantasy, Lost Odyssey and The Last Story games. The environments are crafted as real-world models to give it a hand made feel.

DayZ

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 03/07/2019

Price: 46% off

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibilty: 1 feature

Developer: @Bohemiainteract

Players: You can play this with 60 players online

Day Z (DayZ) is a post-apocalyptic open world survival game. The population are infected with an unknown virus and you play as one of the few who are immune. You fight other survivors for limited resources and weapons. However If you die there are no...

Mortal Shell

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 18/08/2020

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Role-Playing

Developer: @MortalShellGame

Players: This is a single player game

Mortal Shell is a fighting role-playing video with difficult battles. It invites you to explore and fight your way through a shattered world where the remains of humanity wither and rot.

Fable (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 14/09/2004

Platforms: Mac, PC, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

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

Developer: @WeArePlayground

Players: This is a single player game

This is an adventure role-playing game set in a fantasy world where your interactions with the world and villagers, and decisions about your use of magical power, substantially alter the story and the environment.

Dishonored (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

Release Date: 09/10/2012, updated in 2017

Price: 50% off

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative, Puzzle, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibilty: 20 features

Developer: @ArkaneStudios

Players: This is a single player game

Dishonored is an adventure game series set in the fictional, plague-ridden industrial city of Dunwall. You play Corvo Attano, bodyguard to the Empress of the Isles. But you are framed for her murder and forced to become an assassin.

Demon's Souls (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

Accessibilty: 5 features

Developer: @Bluepointgames

Players: You can play this with 6 players online

Demons Souls is first a series of fighting and exploration games recently re-released on PlayStation 5. From third-person perspective you navigate interconnected locations while fighting enemies with weapons and magic. Larger boss enemy encounters...

Xenoblade Chronicles (Series)

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 01/01/2010

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

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

Accessibilty: 1 feature

Developer: @MONOLITHSOFT

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...

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+

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

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

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

Developer: @MonolithDev

Players: You can play this with 2 players online

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...

Dwarf Fortress

Expected Rating: PEGI 7+

Release Date: 08/08/2006

Price: Free

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Adventure, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

Developer: @Bay12Games

Players: This is a single player game

Dwarf Fortress is a longstanding strategy game set in a fantasy world where you control a group of dwarves wanting to construct a wealthy fortress. It's unusual not only for it's text-based appearance but for it's expansive scope, and intricately...

Rim World

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+

Release Date: 17/10/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Accessibilty: 1 feature

Developer: @LudeonStudios

Players: This is a single player game

RimWorld is a sci-fi strategy game about survival, trading, exploring and developing your colony. You start the game with three survivors of a shipwreck on a distant planet and begin to craft structures, weapons and clothes. The objective of the game is...

Absolver

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 29/08/2017, updated in 2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Fighting and Open World

Developer: @SloClap

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 6 players online

Absolver is a martial arts fighting game, where you play as a travelling warrior. You explore the world and take on staged battles that require a high level of mastery of the combat system.

Stoneshard

Rating: Not rated by PEGI

Release Date: 06/02/2020

Platforms: PC

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

Accessibilty: 6 features

Developer: @Stone_Shard

Players: This is a single player game

Stoneshard is a role-playing game set in a medieval world. You play a mercenary travelling through the war-torn kingdom, taking contracts, fighting, mending your wounds and developing your character.

Monster Hunter

Rating: PEGI 12+

Release Date: 26/03/2021

Price: 25% off

Platforms: Nintendo 2DS|3DS, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 2, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Portable and Xbox One

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

Accessibilty: 22 features

Developer: @Capcom

Players: You can play this with 4 players online

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...

Outward 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 Outward in the following lists:

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.
 
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Pyre

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Pyre

Attempt The Impossible

How hard a game is considered to be depends on who is playing it. A three-year-old tackling Zelda will struggle. But equally a new-to-games-parents will find Mutant Mudds quickly gets beyond them. The games in this list are known for being difficult. They wear the difficulty as a badge of honour. "None shall pass," except this with the will, time and belligerence to get good enough at this particular activity to beat the high bar the game sets.

This might be grappling with the flying mechanics in Rocket League, getting endlessly lost trying to find the next guardian in Shadow of the Collosus or coming up with the right tactic to get enough money for the ship you need in Elite. Of course, some of these games can be made easier, but to play them at their best is to ramp up the difficulty to max (crushing on The Last Of Us for example) and let them give you all they've got.
 
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Ico

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PEGI Rating 7+ for Ico
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Horace

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Horace
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Hades

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PEGI Rating 12+ for Hades
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Qomp

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Rust

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PEGI Rating 16+ for Rust
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ITTA

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PEGI Rating 12+ for ITTA

Survive The Night

Surviving in games is often a key element. Some games, however, make it the main focus. With minimal resources and little light can you make it through to the morning? Can you prepare a shelter as the daylight dwindles in time for you to cope with the lurking creatures of the dark?

Whether this is as simple as closing the door to keep the zombies out in Minecraft or as complex as crafting food, clothing and medicine to cope with the freezing blackness of The Long Dark these games are exhilarating as they pose a strategic puzzle with personal consequences.

Many of these games offer an open world in which to survive, which opens up more ways of preparing for and then making it through the night time. This, of course, leads to another day where you need to spend time and resources wisely while exploring your surroundings.
 

Mechanical Challenge

Games offer us challenges on many levels. When someone plays a game too much it’s easy to think they are taking an easy route to something entertaining, like junk food. But video games are generally hard work. It takes time to understand their systems, mechanics, objectives and worlds.

There are a small group of games that hone this challenge down to the mechanics of moving around the environment. Whereas many games simplify getting around, these games make the complexity and depth of their movement systems part of the joy of playing them.

Rather than relying on the stats of your character or player, you have to execute the moves yourself with timing proficiency and instinct. Rather than offering assistance, these games leave you to it. Whether you rise through the league tables, or just improve compared to your family, the satisfaction or getting to grips with something so monumentally challenging is really satsifying.

This might be understanding how the propulsion of your car lets you take to the air and hit a perfect shot in Rocket League. Or, perhaps, it’s using the limited running and jumping slightly better than other players to get a win in Fall Guys. Maybe it’s learning the perfect combinatino of angles and trajectories in Video Ball. Or it could be learning the complex move lists in a game like Street Fighter.

These games all have in common, a complex control system that can be put to use in imaginative and creative ways to get the edge over your oppoenents.
 


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