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10 Good Games like Dragon Age: to Quell That Monster Hunting Urge

Zoey HughesTry Baldur’s Gate, The Witcher or Elder Scrolls for truly comparable fantasy action. ~ Zoey Hughes

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Everyone loves a bit of mature fantasy, right? Okay it may not be to everyone’s liking but if you’ve found your way to this article then chances are you’re either very lost or you do love it.

With the third game in the Dragon Age due to be launched anytime now you might be wondering how you’ll cope once you’ve finished the trilogy. That’s why I’ve compiled this list of good games like Dragon Age to keep you busy for a long time to come.

So sit back and relax because once you’ve finished reading the urge to run headlong into battle to save your comrades will just be too much for you to ignore.

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`Mass Effect´ Trilogy (360/PS3/WiiU/Win)

Maybe you’ve tired of the medieval stylings of Dragon Age and wouldn’t mind a change of scenery despite desperately wanting the same gameplay. If that’s you then Bioware’s other beloved action-RPG trilogy, Mass Effect, is the perfect solution.

Built with a lot of the same systems in and out of combat but set in a sci-fi world filled with alien threats and technology it couldn’t be more similar whilst being completely different.

The depth of story, party combat and dialogue options remain untampered with the development team clearly following the old adage of “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it”.

it couldn’t be more similar whilst being completely different

You’ll play Shepard, commander of a spaceship and tasked with saving not only the world but the universe. That’s a big burden to bare but through resource management, the connections you make and a load of diplomatic ass-kicking it might just be possible.

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`Baldur’s Gate´ Series (Win/OSX/Android/iOS)

Dragon Age is quite openly a spiritual successor to the exceptionally popular Baldur’s Gate series so don’t keel over with shock when I tell you they have a lot in common.

The series is an action-RPG masterpiece, particularly the sequel which received a lot of praise from critics and was thoroughly enjoyed by yours truly. To complete just the questline you’ll need to set aside 60 hours but if you want to do everything you’ll be looking at around 300 hours. If you’ve got a fellow gamer in the house why not play in co-op for a tremendously fun experience?

Although these are old titles there’s still an inbuilt reputation meter affected by your actions and choices, and the medieval setting and fantasy beasts will make you feel right at home.

The original has recently been rereleased with all the polish and bug fixes you’d expect, while the second is still surprisingly playable. A third title in the series is still the end goal for those in charge.

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`The Witcher´ Trilogy (360/X1/PS3/PS4/Win/OSX)

If you’re fed up of being held back by under-powered irritating party members then shed that dead weight and embark on another trilogy – The Witcher.

This one’s a great match, not only for its medieval high-fantasy setting complete with dragons but also for its maturity in both content and theme, something that a lot of Dragon Age fans try to find a game to mimic.

The first instalment is PC only but if you’re not a PC gamer you can easily jump into the second title in the series without missing out (I managed it and now I’m hooked).

The eponymous Witcher is Geralt of Rivia. Witchers are imbued with physical and mental gifts to allow them to become formidable monster hunters. Geralt has a severe case of amnesia and remembers nothing from his long and adventure-filled life but as he becomes caught up in the affairs state despite his protestations (he hates politics and who can blame him for that) he begins to get closer to revealing his past.

There’s plenty of action, an utterly gripping story and as much or as little romance as you wish to get involved in all whilst running around in armour trying to slay monsters. What more could you ask for?

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`The Elder´ Scrolls Series (Various)

Elder Scrolls has always been its own thing to some degree. The sheer scale of the open worlds created in each game mean if you wanted to completely forget you had a life outside of your game you could. If that’s a positive to you then be prepared for sumptuous scenery, action-RPG combat and endless quests.

The most recent iteration released is Skyrim, which comes with the awesome addition of dragons along with the complex levelling up system and old-worldy feel we’ve come to expect from the Bethesda boys.

Set in massive scrawling landscapes you’re free to roam around endlessly just slaying monsters and procuring items but when you’re ready for some story there are plenty of quests both in the main storyline and in various guilds and the like for those who want to get involved.

Are There Any Other Games like Dragon Age?

Two Worlds II (360/PS3/Win/OSX)
Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (Xbox/Win/OSX/iPad)
Wizardry 8 (Win/OSX)
Neverwinter Nights II (Win/OSX)
Dragon’s Dogma (360/PS3)
Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll (PS3)

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Zoey’s Verdict

If you’re trying to find video games similar to Dragon Age I think it’s important to decide if the party system matters most to you or the tone. Mass Effect may be very similar gameplay-wise but to me The Witcher feels the most similar tonally.

Both are valid choices and I’ve been thoroughly hooked on them both so choose your path and enjoy!

Any Suggestions?

Have I missed a title that reminded you of Dragon Age? If so don’t be shy – share it with the world in the comments.

 

My name is Zoey Hughes and I′m a video games contributor for itcher. I also write and review for various gaming websites. My first console was the ZX Spectrum and I’ve been utterly hooked ever since. I love all things game related and can usually be found with a controller in my hand, but I’m also passionate about reading, fashion and music. I live a quiet life with my husband/co-op partner whilst I try to keep my competitive side hidden.
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