10 Cool Games like GTA You Must Play for Insane Amount of Fun

Last Updated: February 22, 2016

Have you been playing a lot of GTA lately? Do you like the open world in the game that you can roam freely and explore at your own pace? If that’s the case then you’d be glad to know that GTA is not the only game with a large map and a open world. There are several games that offer the ability to roam freely and do whatever you please apart from the missions. If this sounds interesting to you then keep reading because we’ve got the perfect games for you. If you want to take a break from GTA and explore a new game then you are at the right place. Below are the 10 best games like GTA.

1. Saints Row IV

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What is it? Open World, Action-Adventure.

Why you should try it: If you think that GTA is fun then you are going to be blown away by the amount of fun and over-the-top action Saints Row brings to the genre. This game is specifically built for having as much fun as you possibly can without ever getting bored of it. You get to use special powers and act like mighty heroes in this iteration of Saints Row. If you have played the previous games in the series then this is a must play for you but even if you have never played a Saints Row game before then Saints Row IV is the perfect game for you to start. Saints Row IV is GTA on steroids and superhero powers combined. This game lets you play absurd missions and a wacky storyline that’s both funny and entertaining for the gamer. This game feels like you are in the Matrix because of all the over the top action. This is entirely a non-serious game that’s all about enjoying yourself and having some real fun. Free roamers who prefer roaming and exploring the entire sandbox world in games are going to find themselves in paradise when they play this game because it has a huge world that you can explore, destroy, or do whatever you want with it.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation, Steam

Works on: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Linux

2. LA Noire

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What is it? Open World, Crime-Thriller, Action.

Why you should try it: This is published by the same people that developed GTA. This feels like GTA set in the 1940s. However, L.A. Noire lets you experience life from a law enforcement officer’s perspective instead of a criminal perspective which is available in GTA. You are a detective in the 1940s L.A. You start from the bottom and work your way up in any way you like. Every choice you make in the game affects how the story unfolds. You get promotions, demotions, praise, etc based on how you make your choices and how you choose to solve your cases. You can also roam around, snatching people’s cars and that will also affect your in-game reputation. This game has a serious story that unfolds with each case that you solve. Your reputation is at stake so every move you make has to be well-planned because you don’t want to end up in a difficult situation. You get fast car chases, gun fights, standoffs, and all the action that you’d ever want from the 1940s. This is the perfect game for mystery and detective gameplay fanatics.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation, Steam

Works on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Windows

3. Red Dead Redemption

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What is it? Open World, Western Action-Adventure.

Why you should try it: Another game developed by Rockstar Studios and this is one of the best open world games you will ever play. If the 1940s didn’t cut it for you then you are going to love Red Dead Redemption because it offers the GTA experience but in the wild west. The gun-slinging action in this game will take you back in time and put you back in the wild west. Instead of snatching cars, you get to ride horses and take part in exciting gun shootouts. The game is perfectly executed in every way and it has received many awards for being the most unique and amazing game in the genre. Get your guns and start your gun slinging adventure in the classic west.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation

Works on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3

4. Sleeping Dogs

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What is it? Open World, Action-Adventure.

Why you should try it: Sleeping Dogs takes you to the glamorous and vibrant streets of Hong Kong where you have to infiltrate a dangerous gang. You are a cop who goes undercover to Hong Kong to infiltrate a lethal gang of criminal and destroy it from the inside. The story is really captivating and sucks you right in. The combat system in Sleeping Dogs is top-notch and you can feel every hit you land. The counter system in the combat lets you take on multiple targets and show them your martial arts technique. You go around wreaking havoc posing as a criminal, your real objective is to gain information on the gang and help the police bring it down for good. This is GTA with a more Asian style and some extra kung fu chops. Just don’t forget that you are just pretending to be a criminal so don’t go over the limit or you might get in trouble.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation, Steam

Works on: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows

5. Mafia II

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What is it? Open World, Crime Thriller, Action.

Why you should try it: Mafia II takes you into the intriguing world of top mob families in the game. You will be a part of the mafia and it feels like being in the Godfather. The game tells the story of a small-time criminal who quickly starts gaining ranks in the underworld and become the mob boss of one of the most lethal mafia families in the game. This game is all about trust, honor, and the occasional betrayal that keeps things interesting. You get to experience the 1940s again with this game, however, this time, you are on the other side of the law. The storyline is really amazing and the cinematic cutscenes give it an amazing depth. The game feels like a Hollywood movie with an intriguing story and beautifully rendered cutscenes that may even put some budget movies to shame with the acting. If you want to experience the intricacies of the mob then this is the perfect game for you.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation, Steam

Works on: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Mac OS

6. Payday 2

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What is it? Open World, Crime Thriller, Shooter.

Why you should try it: If you think that robbing places and pulling off amazing heists in GTA is the best thing ever then you are going to fall in love with Payday 2 because this game invented co-op heists that you can pull off with your friends. This game is the perfect game for playing with your buddies in co-op because you can get together and rob the bank. This game lets you experience the thrill of robbing a highly secure place. It feels like you are in one of the best heist movies of all time. It’s a first person shooter so you get to shoot people as well but the main objective of the game is to safely pull off the heist and getaway before the law reaches out for you. The single player story mode is decent but Payday 2 really shines when it comes to 4 player co-op mode. It’s never been more fun to rob a place along with friends, truly exhilarating.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation, Steam

Works on: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Linux

7. Just Cause 3

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What is it? Open World, Action-Adventure.

Why you should try it: Just Cause 3 is all about blowing everything up in a ridiculous way ever. Attach an explosive to something or someone and watch it blow up in the most spectacular way. You get access to a huge collection of destructive weapons which means you can wreak havoc on the evil dictator in any way you like. Blow people up, send them flying to the moon with your portable rockets, etc. This game is all about going crazy, just cause you can (pun totally intended). Explore everything from the skies to the seabed. Perform insane stunts and moves, the game is filled with over-the-top action and it’s definitely exciting for people who are looking for some serious fun and action. Unleash destruction in the most imaginative and creative way you can ever dream of. It’s all about chaos in this game.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation, Steam

Works on: Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows

8. Crackdown 2

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What is it? Sandbox, Action, Shooter.

Why you should try it: Crackdown 2 lets you play as a superpowered police officer in a vast city. Your job is to go head to head against the criminals and bring them down real hard. You are part of the Agency and you have to keep the city safe which has fallen under the control of notorious criminals. You can drive any vehicles in this game as you want and enjoy high octane car chases. The shooting mechanism is really great and you will enjoy running and gunning the criminals. The multiplayer mode makes the game even more fun because you can team up with your friends and get rid of the criminals who will be also controlled by other people. Your character levels up and you can unlock more skills as you progress. This adds a slight hint of RPG to the mix. The game is fun and you can run around destroying gangs just for the heck of it.

Where to buy: Xbox

Works on: Xbox 360

9. Watch Dogs

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What is it? Open World, Action-Adventure, Stealth.

Why you should try it: Watch Dogs follows the story of a hacker who wants to change the system after his niece has been killed. This amazing hacker taps into the central operating system of the Chicago city that controls the overall functions and workings of the city. This enables the hacker to control almost everything within the system by using his phone. He can get data on any person directly and also manipulate the system into doing specific tasks related to the mission. Multiplayer online mode lets you either team up with other players or go head to head against other players in a series of challenges against each other. You can explore the entire city and even stop trains whenever you want. The game is heaven for people who prefer GTA style games because it lets you interact with everything in the game.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation, Steam, Wii U

Works on: Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Wii U

10. Bully

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What is it? Open World, Action-Adventure.

Why you should try it: If you have ever wanted to beat the big bad bully in your school then this is the game for you. It follows the story of our hero, Jimmy who is recently enrolled at a new school where he finds out that almost everyone is a bully. Jimmy wants to bring peace to the school and get rid of all the bullies around. You also get to attend classes and learn different subjects, if you really want to. Help Jimmy rise through the school ranks and become the savior who saves everyone from the wrath of bullies. You can use your fists or some weapons to fight other bullies, you can use your trusted bicycle or skateboard to navigate the world. If you are into watching kids beat each other into pulp then this is the game for you. Become the big bad bully in this game and gain the respect of your peers.

Where to buy: Xbox, Playstation, Steam, Wii

Works on: Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, Windows, Wii

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These games will give you a decent excuse to stop playing GTA for a while and play something entirely different. Some of these games are old but they are still popular and definitely one of the best in their genre. If you’ve been itching for an open world game with a different storyline and gameplay than GTA then these are the perfect games for you. If you think there are other open world games that deserve to be on the list then feel free to mention them in the comments section below. Also, tell us about your favorite open world games like GTA.

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  1. I WOULD LIKE TO SE REMAKE OF GTA 5 FOR SINGLEPLAYER OFFLINE ONLY EDITION,WITH THE MIX OF FOLLOWING COMPONENTS.1.CONTROLS ON PS3 JOYSTICK JUST LIKE IN SLY COOPER 2,AND RATCHET AND CLANCK,BECOUSE IT MAKES THINGS EASIER WHEN YOU GO LEFT AND RIGHT.2.PS2 SIMS 2 PETS WHEN WE WANT TO DRESS UP PROPERLY.3.PS3 SIMS 3 BECOUSE YOU CAN BUY LAND,BUILD,AND DESIGN HOUSE TO FIT YOURS NEEDS.4.PC SIMCITY BECOUSE YOU CAN BUILT NEIGHBOURHOOD AND MAKE MONEY ON REALESTATE RENTS.4.PS3 VOICE COMMAND JUST LIKE IN ENDWAR,SO THAT YOU CAN GIVE YOURS ORDERS TO YOURS 9 CRIMINALS EMPLOYED IN YOURS 3 GRUPS.5.PS3 SIMS 3 ,GETING JOB,BECOMING A PARTNER,OWNING A BUSINESS,SELING YOURS BUSINESS ,AND QUITING YOURS JOB TO FIND NEW JOB….PS:WHEN ALL THIS BECOMS REAL,ONLY THEN WILL GTA 5 BECOM TRULY PERFECT GAME

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