:
Layout - grid Layout - list

21 Great Games Like The Last Of Us

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 was, he is resolute that he won’t be the father figure she clearly needs. Equally, the girl is independent, angry and scared, and won’t admit her need for his care. As the game proceeds through its 18-or-so hours of shooting, exploration and city traversal, you see this dysfunction soften both ways as they slowly gain deep understanding, appreciation and care of each other.

If you enjoyed The Last Of Us, there are other games in the The Last of Us series you should try. Unfortunately, The Last Of Us is not available on Android, Mac, PC, Switch, Xbox One, 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:

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/06/2013

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

Costs: Purchase cost. In-game purchases



 

Way To The Woods

Rating: Not rated by PEGI or ESRB

Release Date: Coming soon

Platforms: PC and Xbox

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Way to the Woods is an adventure game where you play a fawn and a deer trying to survive their long journey home after human civilization has collapsed. Interacting with the world and exploring both urban and barren landscapes leads you to discover the...


Plants vs. Zombies (Series)

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 04/09/2019

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

Genres: Action, Fighting, Shooting and Strategy

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 24 players online

Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare is a series of third-person shooting games about the battle for supremacy between weaponised plants and attacking zombies. It's good for families because the comedic zombies and funny plant powers keep things away from...


Papo and Yo

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB EVERYONE 10+

Release Date: 14/08/2012

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 3

Genres: Narrative, Platform and Puzzle

Players: This is a single player game

Papo & Yo pits you as a young boy, Quico, exploring a Brazilian city slum. As you solve puzzles and perform well-timed jumps to progress through the city, you must also deal with a monster – both real and metaphorically representing your alcoholic...


Over The Alps

Expected Rating: PEGI 12+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 31/03/2020

Platforms: PC and iOS Apple Arcade

Genres: Adventure, Narrative, Puzzle and Turn-Based

Players: This is a single player game

Over The Alps is an adventure with intrigue and espionage set in 1939 Switzerland. Designed to look like retro photographs. The story unfolds as you select stamps to indicate how your character should approach interactions. Discover a secret history in...


Outward

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

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

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...


Everybody's Gone to the Rapture

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 12/08/2015, updated in 2016

Platforms: Mac, PC and PlayStation 4

Genres: Adventure, Narrative and Open World

Players: This is a single player game

Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture lands you in a fictional deserted English village in 1984. As you walk the streets of another era you discover bright human forms who re-enact events like a radio play. Through their eyes, you see a web of fear,...


Uncharted (Series)

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 19/11/2007, updated in 2017

Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

This is a series of five adventure games that share the same cast of characters. The format is similar in each game. It starts as an adventure into the jungle for treasure, where an onslaught of fisticuffs and shooting henchmen is punctuated by...


The Long Dark

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 22/09/2014

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

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

Developer: @HinterlandGames

Players: This is a single player game

The Long Dark is a thoughtful exploration-survival game where you have crash-landed in the icy Canadian wilderness after a global disaster and must find a way to survive. Through exploring, crafting and fighting you must look after your body...


Unturned

Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 08/07/2014

Platforms: Mac, PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Fighting, Open World, Simulation and Strategy

Developer: @sdgnelson

Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room and up to 100 players online

Unturned is a strategy survival game where you are in a Minecraft- and Roblox-style world filled with zombies. You have to carefully explore the world, gather resources and craft weapons. This might be to go in guns blazing, sneak around making use of...


Dysmantle

Expected Rating: PEGI 16+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 06/01/0020

Platforms: Mac and PC

Genres: Action, Adventure, Open World and Strategy

Developer: @10tonsLtd

Players: This is a single player game

Dysmantle is a survival strategy game where you play a character emerging after the apocalypse. The world is now inhabited with dangerous creatures and you only have your bare hands to survive. It's novel because most items in the world can be destroyed...


Bioshock (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 21/08/2007, updated in 2016

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Narrative and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

Bioshock is a first-person shooting game set in a fantastical underwater city. A dark story unfolds about the misuse of surgery and gene therapy. Players must make a decision about whether to save the children they find or harvest their energy for the...


The Walking Dead (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 24/04/2012, updated in 2018

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

Genres: Action and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

Walking Dead is a survival adventure game series. You explore locations and gather a ragtag group of survivors. How you interact with each of them and make decisions about various dangers results in a branching story where no one is guaranteed to survive.


Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

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

Platforms: PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Narrative

Players: This is a single player game

This is a dark fantasy adventure, drawing on Norse and Celtic mythology, where you play a young female Pict warrior, Senua. You explore and fight your way to Helheim to rescue the soul of her dead lover. As you play, though, you hear multiple voices in...


Tomb Raider (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 09/11/2015, updated in 2019

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

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

Players: This is a single player game

Tomb Raider is a longstanding series that has been rebooted in recent years. This means it not only gets a fresh coat of paint like a re-release but is built from the ground up. All the games feature Lara Croft as the titular hero. She shoots, runs,...


A Plague Tale: Innocence

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 14/05/2019

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Narrative and Shooting

Players: This is a single player game

A Plague Tale: Innocence follows Amicia and her little brother Hugo as they use stealth to escape soldiers and swarms of rats. Against the stark threat and darkness of the world, the sibling relationship develops as the two learn to trust one another....


Batman: Arkham Knight

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 23/06/2015

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

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

Developer: @RocksteadyGames

Players: This is a single player game

Batman: Arkham Knight is the final installment of the Batman: Arkham series. Nine-months after the events of Batman: Arkham City, Gotham seems safer as crime drops significantly. All good things must come to an end, as it is Halloween night and the...


A Way Out

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 23/03/2018

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fighting and Shooting

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

From the same developer as Brothers A Tale of Two Sons, this is another game centred around two playable characters simultaneously. With another player, you control Leo and Vincent, two convicted prisoners who...


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

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.


The Last Of Us II

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 19/06/2020

Platforms: PlayStation 4

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

Developer: @Naughty_Dog

Players: This is a single player game

The Last of Us Part II is an action-adventure game set five years after The Last of Us. You control two characters in a post-apocalyptic United States. Ellie is out for revenge after suffering a tragedy, and Abby is a...


Gears of War 5 (Series)

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 07/11/2006, updated in 2019

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

Genres: Action, Adventure, Creative, Narrative and Shooting

Players: You can play with 3 players in the same room and up to 10 players online

Gears of War is shooting game about a conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent. It's a big brash game franchise with six games, a comic book series and five...


Assassin’s Creed Origins

Rating: PEGI 18+, ESRB MATURE 17+

Release Date: 26/10/2017

Platforms: PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One

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

Players: This is a single player game

Assassin’s Creed Origins is an adventure set in Ancient Egypt near the end of the Ptolemaic period (49–44 BC). This game in the series goes back to the start of the centuries-long conflict between the Assassins (who fight for peace by promoting...


The Last Of Us 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 The Last Of Us 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.
 

Big Budget Popular Games

These games are big, brash and popular. They have big budgets which means the visual and interactive quality is particularly high. They also have strong and wide ranging player communities.
 

Free With PlayStation Now

PlayStation Now is a subscription service that provides hundreds of PS2, PS3 and PS4 games to play on demand. The games are streamed to your PS4, or Windows PC like a Netflix film but with interactions. Because of this you need a fast internet connection of about 5Mbps. Additionally, PlayStation Now also lets you download some PlayStation 4 games to play locally on your system without streaming.
  • PlayStation Now costs £8.99/month
PlayStation Plus is the other subscription service and is required for most online games. It also offers discounted and a two free games each month. It also grants discounts on games, add-ons and pre-orders. PlayStation Plus also enables you to backup your progress to the cloud.
  • PlayStation Plus costs £6.99/month
With PlayStation Plus you can also share your games in more ways with friends and family:
  • Screen Share – Let's someone in another place watch your game on their PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is not required for either party
  • Pass the Controller – Let's someone in another place take turns on a game you own, without owning the game themselves. PlayStation Plus is required for the host, but not for the guest
  • Playing Together – Let's you play local co-op or split screen games with someone in another place who has a PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is required for both players

 

Interpret Deeper Meaning

Image 159The games in this list have been the subject of a series of articles I have written about video games and faith. Firstly, from 2013-2015 for ThirdWay magazine, and more recently for Youth and Children's Work (YCW) magazine.

These are two publications for Christian audiences, that have invited me to shed light on what a range of video games might mean for those communities. I aim to make connections with faith, the bible and the experience of these video games. This is one way to interpret them which of course invites further and possibly counter interpretations from other perspectives.

YCW articles:
Firewatch | Everything | Bury Me My Love | Abzu | Wilmot's Warehouse

Thirdway Articles:
Proteus | Joust | Uncharted 3 | Alan Wake | This War of Mine | Journey | Limbo | Spaceteam | A Dark Room | Altos Adventure | A Year Walk | Bioshock Infinite | The Last of Us | Disney Infinity | Everybody's Gone to the Rapture | That Dragon Cancer | Spec Ops The Line | Papo and Yo
 

Space For Grief

Games include interactions, narratives and characters dealing with all aspects of life (and death). This means that some care is necessary if players are sensitive to losing significant people. But also, games can provide a helpful space in which to process, consider and understand death and loss.

Image 162 I've come up with some games that explore this topic, along with help and suggestions from Gaming The Mind (Twitter), an organisation of UK-based mental health professionals who aim to promote positive mental health within the gaming community. By focusing on the intersection between gaming and mental health, they want to raise awareness of mental health challenges and reduce the stigma surrounding these issues.

"We express grief in different ways depending on our age," they said. "To help children cope with loss, it is important that they receive honest explanations about death, appropriate to their level of understanding. With these games, players may find valuable space in which to acknowledge grief as a completely normal reaction to bereavement."

"The games we have selected don't necessarily offer an ideal way to cope with death but tackle the topic of death openly and with a positive attitude. They can help show the player that they are not alone in what they are going through. Playing these games with young people, and answering questions they might have along the way, can be a useful starting point for important conversations about grief."
 

Tell White Lies

Video games often place you in positions of power, saving the world, righting the wrongs and bringing justice. Of course, real life isn't neat and tidy like that. There are many games where you are challenged to make difficult decisions and some of those put you in situations without power, where the kindest thing to do is to lie.

Whether it's not telling Ellie the truth about her unique response to the infection so she can have a "normal" life in The Last Of Us, lying about who's drugs they are to save a friend in Life Is Strange, deciding not to be honest with friends to save their feelings and avoid confrontation in Oxenfree or rearranging an old man's memory so he thinks he's made it to his dream in To The Moon, telling lies is sometimes the right thing to do.

The games in this list challenge our neat conceptions of right and wrong. Playing them, we face the messiness of real-world justice and consider the power of withholding the truth. We might not always agree with the reasons or ethics, but we have a chance to revisit our values as we play.
 

Free With PlayStation Plus Collection

These games are free on PlayStation 5 when you subscribe to PlayStation Plus. This subscription also enables you to play games online, offers two free games each month and grants discounts on games, add-ons and pre-orders. PlayStation Plus also enables you to backup your progress to the cloud.
  • PlayStation Plus costs £6.99/month
With PlayStation Plus you can also share your games in more ways with friends and family:
  • Screen Share – Let's someone in another place watch your game on their PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is not required for either party
  • Pass the Controller – Let's someone in another place take turns on a game you own, without owning the game themselves. PlayStation Plus is required for the host, but not for the guest
  • Playing Together – Let's you play local co-op or split screen games with someone in another place who has a PlayStation. PlayStation Plus is required for both players

 

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.
 
Game image Thousand ThreadsEditor's Choice

Thousand Threads


Image 242 Image 243 Thank you for using our resource, supported by AskAboutGames, ParentZone and PlayAbility Initiative. We are editorially independent, written by parents for parents, but welcome sponsorship, partnership and suggestions. Email our editor for details on these opportunities.

The information on this database is designed to support and complement the in-depth discussion and advice about video game "addiction", violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. If you have any concerns or questions in these areas, email our editor who is quick to respond or can arrange for a one-to-one conversation.

YouTube | Facebook | Twitter | Discord | Contact | About