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5 Games Like Fallout 4

Updated: Nov 16, 2022 12:24 pm
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If there’s one thing that role-playing games excel at, it’s letting you create your own story as you make your way through a hostile world – and what’s better than adding a bit of post-apocalyptic wasteland survival to the mix. For many, the Fallout series has served as the perfect cocktail of a great story, excellent mechanics, and engaging dialogue.

But what happens when you finish Fallout 4? Yes, there’s Fallout 76, but it looks like we still have a bit of a wait on our hands before we see a Fallout 5 release. For now, we’re going to take a look at some of the best games like Fallout 4 you can try. These all share the same traits of what we love about Fallout while having their own unique spin on the genre.

Before we move onto some games like Fallout 4 though, let’s have a quick recap on what made Fallout 4 so special in the first place.

Fallout 4

Release Date: November 10, 2015

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Fallout is a franchise that we all know and love. The witty, open-ended dialogues, vast wastelands, and post-apocalyptic feel is something that Fallout games simply perfect. It’s so easy to get lost in the world and these games are perfect for those who love role-playing games.

Fallout 4 takes place in a post-apocalyptic Boston after the player emerges from Vault 111, 210 years after the Great War. The gameplay is similar to past Fallout titles and gives the player the chance to meet various factions and to help rebuild settlements as they make their way through the main quest.

There are plenty of side-quests to get stuck into as well and you’ll find that most people you’ll meet in the wasteland need some sort of help. There is so much on offer here that you’ll easily find yourself forgetting about the main quest at times, especially when you’re knee-deep in upgrading your weapons and armor or working on your next settlement.

With Fallout 4 being nearly five years old now, it’s a pretty easy game to get running on your system – as long as you take it easy with the mods. The recommended requirements only ask for a fourth-generation i7 processor and an Nvidia GTX 780 or AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB graphics card. As these are fairly outdated by today’s standards, a mid-range system with something along the lines of an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 processor and an AMD Radeon RX 5500XT would be a great choice.

Now that we’ve gone through some of the reasons we love Fallout 4 so much, let’s take a look at some other games that will scratch that role-playing itch.

1. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Release Date: November 11, 2011

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

With a little stretch of the imagination, you could easily see The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as a bit of a fantasy-Fallout title. While both franchises have their own rich lore and stories, they share a fair few mechanics which results in them being very easy to pick up.

In Skyrim, you’ll play as the Dragonborn as you traverse the land completing quests, exploring dungeons, and defeating enemies of all shapes and sizes. As with Fallout, there are hundreds of weapons to pick up, skill trees to progress along, and an open-world that still holds up fairly well today. While there is a lot of dialogue in Skyrim, you won’t find too many open-ended choices that you can make while playing – but in our opinion, this doesn’t detract from the game too much.

Depending on how many mods you have going at once, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim can either be a pretty simple game to get running smoothly or an absolute nightmare. Although the system recommendations say an Nvidia GTX 780 would be sufficient, we’d definitely recommend going one better. If you’re looking for an upgrade, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti would be more than enough to run a heavily modded Skyrim and will perform great on other titles too.

2. Metro Exodus

Release Date: 15, February 2019

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia

If you’re all in on the idea of a post-apocalyptic role-playing game, the Metro franchise is a take on the genre that puts players in an interesting environment. Based on the novels by Dmitry Glukhovsky, you’ll be exploring a post-apocalyptic Russian wilderness. The series takes a break from the dimly lit Russian metro system and opens up into a large, immersive FPS survival experience.

In a similar vein to the Fallout series, Metro Exodus isn’t full of bustling post-apocalyptic cities. Instead, you’ll be stumbling through ruins, avoiding patrols, and dodging radiated monsters on your travels. This is a darker game in tone than Fallout too, there is a fair chunk of survival horror throughout as well as some tough decisions to make along the way.

Now, if your system runs a bit slow when playing Fallout 4, you might have a task on your hands getting Metro Exodus running smoothly. Metro Exodus is a pretty impressive looking game, there are vast landscapes, a particle effects galore, and a lot of fast-paced action to give your system a workout.

The recommended requirements for this game suggest up to a GeForce RTX 2060 and an Intel Core i7-4770K or equivalent processor. If possible, to get the best out of your experience we’d recommend shooting a bit higher, especially in the processor department – an AMD Ryzen 5 3600X would be a decent upgrade option for this title.

3. Wasteland 2

Release Date: September 19, 2014

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

We couldn’t include a list of games like Fallout without mentioning one of the series that draws massive inspiration from Fallout games of the past. If you haven’t had the chance to explore a Fallout game prior to the release of Fallout 3, you may be surprised to find out that Fallout first found success as a top-down isometric game.

Wasteland 2 builds on what made these original Fallout titles so great. There is a huge emphasis on story and character interaction in Wasteland 2, something that fans of Fallout are sure to love. When it comes to combat, you’ll have to take a more tactical approach. Each encounter requires a bit of planning before jumping in and if you’re not careful, you can easily find yourself relying on quicksaves more than you’d like.

One of the best parts of playing a top-down game these days is that they aren’t the hardest type of games to get running smoothly. You won’t need a monster computer to get started, if you can run Fallout 4 pretty smoothly, you’ll have no issues with Wasteland 2.

4. The Outer Worlds


Release Date: October 25, 2019

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

The Outer Worlds is probably the game on our list today that is the closest to Fallout. It no doubt helps that this title was developed by Obsidian Entertainment, the team behind the fan-favorite Fallout: New Vegas.

If you’re ok with the switch from a post-apocalyptic setting to a sci-fi backdrop, you’ll feel right at home in The Outer Worlds. You could say that there is less of an emphasis on open-world exploration than you’d see in a Fallout title, but the open-ended and deep dialogue options more than makeup for that.

On your travels, you’ll explore multiple planets, meet interesting characters, and even recruit companions with their own backstories and side quests. The combat plays out very similarly to Fallout and The Outer Worlds even has a skill tree that you can work your way through.

The Outer Worlds is a fairly optimized game too, the recommended requirements ask for either an Intel Core i7-7700K or a Ryzen 5 1600 CPU, 8 GB of RAM, and either a GeForce GTX 1060 or a Radeon RX 470. This is a fair step up from Fallout 4, so if you’re planning on running The Outer Worlds on the same system, you might need to make some upgrades, or tone down the settings.

5. S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat

Release Date: 2, February 2010

Platforms: Microsoft Windows

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat is another title that falls into the genre of a post-apocalyptic shooter. This time around you’ll be exploring a world filled with mutated creatures and animals and hostile combatants.

When playing S.T.A.L.K.E.R. it’s important to remember that this is a title that was released over ten years ago at this point. It isn’t the most forgiving title to play which can easily be a turn off for newer players. Stick with it though and you’ll experience a hardcore RPG that has you journeying with almost nothing, scavenging for guns, ammo, and medicine to survive.

With the title being so old, you’ll have to deal with an outdated UI and lackluster graphics, but these lend a certain charm to the game. There are tons of mods available for this title as well, which lets you customize it as you see fit. You also won’t have to worry about system requirements with this game, a mere 2 GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT will meet the recommendations for this title – components so old, you’d probably struggle to even find them these days. A simple, budget gaming system or laptop would be more than enough to get this title running.

Final Word

We hope that you have enjoyed our list of games like Fallout 4 today. We tried to include some games where you’d feel right at home and some that you’ll have to learn a completely new skill set to get by.

Out of the games we’ve listed today, we’d say that The Outer Worlds is the perfect alternative for someone coming from Fallout 4. It shares enough similarities and gameplay mechanics that players will feel right at home.

Did we miss a great game from our list? What was your next game after Fallout 4? Let us know down in the comments section below. To keep up with all the latest news and more lists like this, be sure to follow us on Twitter and check out our Community Hub.

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