Even though I have not managed to finish Lara’s latest adventure in Shadow of the Tomb Raider. I still believe that this reboot (which is technically the second reboot) of the Tomb Raider franchise is one of the best that has ever been done.
Coming up with this list is actually pretty easy as back in the 90’s, then in the early 00’s and now. Tomb Raider is a series that many other games take inspiration from.
What I have really enjoyed about this new Tomb Raider trilogy is the more realistic approach to Lara Croft. She is an amazing character who is strong, badass and willing to stand up for what is right in the world. Which is a far cry from her being mainly known for being “hot” and having big boobs back in the PlayStation 1 days.
Before we get to the games like Tomb Raider list I want to give special mention to the second Tomb Raider reboot. The one that featured Legend, Anniversary and Underworld. These at the time were very fun games and I think that they are well worth a play through.
Of course, this had to be on the list! When the first Uncharted game came out many people said that it was the game Tomb Raider wanted to be.
The whole series is full of action, awesome platforming and incredible set pieces that will blow you away.
Nathan Drake is a fantastic character, but you grow to care about the supporting cast as well such as Sully, Elena, and Chloe.
Uncharted 4: A Thieves End perfectly brought the Nathan Drake saga to a close and it is one of the best endings to a series that I have ever encountered.
My personal favorite game from the Uncharted saga is always going to be the second one. But I would say that all of the games, even the one on the Vita and the spin off, Lost Legacy are great games. If you have a PS4, you can get the Nathan Drake collection which has the three PS3 games on it, I really cannot recommend that highly enough.
Here we have one of my personal favorite games of this console generation. I think that Horizon Zero Dawn has to be on this list.
Aloy is very much her own character. But her desire to do what is right, find the truth and stand up for those that cannot stand up for herself makes her an amazing protagonist. I think that in this way she is very much like Lara Croft. However, when you get deeper into the game, you realize what a complex and interesting character Aloy is.
The gameplay of Horizon Zero Dawn is every bit as exciting as the story. You will be taking down these amazing mechanical beasts and you have a lot of freedom as to how you take them down. I like to blast them from afar with the most powerful arrows.
As well as the main story there are a ton of side missions to keep you busy as well.
Here is a real gem of a game that sadly never got the attention that it deserved. Released back in 2010, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is one of those games that was ignored by many but loved by those who spent time with it.
The game is set in a post-apocalyptic world that was torn to shred by machines, the world has since been taken back by mother natures, but the machines remain. You play as a guy called Money, who needs to help Trip get back home.
The story is great and it is one of the earlier games that really put the story at the forefront of the game.
The gameplay is that of a 3rd person action game. Monkey has a lot of moves at his disposal and the way that he is so athletic does make him a bit like Lara Croft. Enslaved: Odyssey to the West is a fun game to play, but I found the story was what really hooked me. The dynamic between Monkey and Trip is fantastic and at the time Trip was one of my favorite support characters in a game.
Really sucks that this game sold so poorly that Namco shelved the idea of a sequel.
There are not enough words to say how much I love the Arkham franchise and I really hope that the rumors of a new Arkham style game, but with the whole Justice League are true! Batman: Arkham Knight as of right now is the last game in the series.
This time the Gotham City you have to play in is much larger than the one in Arkham City and Origins. While zipping around the Gotham rooftops is really cool.
The big addition to this game was that you could ride in the Batmobile which felt more like a tank.
One thing that I loved about Batman: Arkham Knight was how they put a ton of side missions in here for you to do.
This is a game that I actually 100 percented and I had a great time doing so. I do not think the story is quite as strong as the one that is in Arkham City, but this really was a fantastic way to close out the series.
Of course, when you do a games list like this you are going to have the Uncharted series on there, but I am sure that if you loved Tomb Raider, you would love The Last of Us. I would say gameplay wise, The Last of Us is a lot more slower and methodical than Tomb Raider, but this is only until something goes wrong and then the poop hits the fan and the game becomes super intense.
There is shooting, stealth sections, crafting and much more all in this game.
While I had a fun time playing through The Last of Us from a gameplay point of view it is the story that really blew me away. Of all the games on this list, I would say that The Last of Us is the game that stuck with me for the longest time after I had beaten it.
Playing as Joel who is escorting a teenage girl called Ellie for a friend because she is humanities last hope of fighting off a plague that has destroyed the world. You really do start to care for Ellie, so much that you are willing to do whatever it takes to keep her alive.
If you ask me Ubisoft really found their way with the Assassin’s Creed series with the excellent Origins. Set in Egypt the setting was really cool and one that we have not really seen a whole lot in games before.
I am not going to say that the story is the most memorable in the world, but I did like Bayek and the way that the game worked as a prequel meant that it was great for longtime fans of the series, but at the same time if this was your first Assassin’s Creed game you would not be lost.
The gameplay is fantastic and the sandbox world that you have to play in really does feel huge. There is so much to do in Assassin’s Creed Origins that many times I would fire up the game with the intent of carrying on the story, but then I would start screwing around in the open world, find a new side mission or come across a new place I had never been before.
I know that Metal Gear Solid V may seem like an odd game to put on this list, but I do feel that it is worthy of a spot.
I am a huge fan of the Metal Gear series and have been so since the game on the PlayStation. I would not say that part V is my favorite, but there is no denying that if you love the cinematic flair that the recent Tomb Raider games have had you are going to love Metal Gear Solid V.
Now while I think that Metal Gear Solid is a fantastic game it is really made for those of us who have been part of the series for a while now.
I do think that you could get away with just playing the Ground Zeros prequel to this, but just be warned this is a series that has a very, very long and complicated story.
Prince of Persia is actually one of the biggest game franchises as it has been around for decades and has had countless releases.
As a matter of fact, if it had not been for that less than great movie starring Jake Gyllenhaal the series might still be going to this day!
The series of Prince of Persia games that I really enjoyed were the trilogy from the PS2 era, Sands of Time, Warrior Within and The Two Thrones. These are excellent 3rd person action/adventure games I actually feel that they have more in common with the second reboot of the Tomb Raider series than this current one.
While most people know of that trilogy which started with The Sands of Time. There were two Prince of Persia games that followed this a standalone game just called The Prince of Persia in 2008 and The Forgotten Sands in 2010.
I found both of these games to be quite enjoyable, but like the movie, they did not really set the world on fire. Still, all five of the games I have mentioned can be picked up dirt cheap these days and I would say it is worth doing so.
Last, but by no means least we have Darksiders. I am actually putting Darksiders 1 and 2 together here as I feel you have to play them both.
Before the first Darksiders was released on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. I remember many sites saying how it was like a more extreme Zelda game and I actually think that is a great way to describe it. It is like a bit of Zelda and a bit of Tomb Raider and it works wonderfully well.
In the first game you play as War and in the second game, you play as Death. Two of the four horsemen of the apocalypse. There is a lot of hack and slash action in both games, but the story is actually far deeper than you would think and finding out why War has been betrayed and why Death is mad as hell is one awesome journey.
Both Darksiders games are now available on current gen consoles and we also have Darksiders 3 to look forward to so there has been no better time to give the series a chance.
So there you have my games like Tomb Raider list. While you may think that some of these are odd choices.
Just remember that they are not just picked because of how they play. I also picked some of these games because I feel that if you loved how story driven Tomb Raider is, you will love these games.
Having to just pick a couple is near impossible for me, but let’s face it if there is one series that comes to mind when you are looking for a series that is like Tomb Raider it has to be Uncharted.
There really is not a bad game in the whole Uncharted saga and I cannot recommend the series highly enough. Now if you excuse me I need to get back to finishing Shadow of the Tomb Raider!