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22 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+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 10/04/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Narrative and Role-Playing

Developer: @SquareEnix

Players: This is a single player game

Final Fantasy VII Remake is a 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 an...

Assassin's Creed Valhalla

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 10/11/2020

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

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

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.

Assassin's Creed Revelations

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

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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Haven

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PEGI Rating 12+ for HavenESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Haven

Haven

Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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,...

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

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

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

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+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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...

No Man's Sky

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

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

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

This game 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 rhythm of survival, combat and trading draw you into a space drama of your...

The Last Of Us

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/06/2013

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

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...

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

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

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

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...

Valheim

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 02/02/2021

Platforms: PC

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

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...

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...

Mortal Shell

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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.

Fantasian

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: Coming soon

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.

Dishonored (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

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

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

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.

Scavengers

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: Coming soon

Price: Free

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres:

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...

Fable (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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.

Demon's Souls (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 04/10/2011

Platforms: PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure and Narrative

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...

Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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...

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DayZ

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DayZ

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 03/07/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Open World, Shooting and Simulation

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...

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

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...

Rim World

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 17/10/2018

Platforms: PC

Genres: Open World, Simulation and Strategy

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...

Stoneshard

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: 06/02/2020

Platforms: PC

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

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.

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.
 

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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Horace

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Hades

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PEGI Rating 12+ for HadesESRB Rating TEEN for Hades
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Qomp

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Ord

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PEGI Rating 3+ for OrdESRB Rating EVERYONE for Ord
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QWOP

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PEGI Rating 3+ for QWOPESRB Rating EVERYONE for QWOP
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Rust

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PEGI Rating 18+ for RustESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for Rust
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DayZ

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PEGI Rating 18+ for DayZESRB Rating MATURE 17+ for DayZ

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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