Before the first Far Cry came out returned in 2004, current-placing first-person shooter (FPS) video games had been dominantly simply directly tunnels with enough shade and flash to cover their linearity. Even the legendary Half-Life 2 fell into this layout wellknown. Then, Ubisoft and Crytek spiced things up by giving players a dizzying amount of open surroundings and freedom.

Suffice to say, Far Cry laid the muse for plenty open-global shooters and proved that freedom become greater fun than scripted FPS sequences. Far Cry sequels capitalized on this whilst other games delicate the formulation. So while you’re looking ahead to Far Cry 6, you may want to attempt out these video games if open-international gun-toting is your idea of fun.

Updated December 13th, 2020 by Thomas Bowen: The more we learn about Far Cry 6, the more tantalizing a prospect it becomes. The latest trailers look phenomenal and Giancarlo Esposito’s villainous dictator looks set to be one of the most compelling series antagonists to date. Sadly though, the game’s release is still many months away leaving many series fans with a Far Cry shaped hole in their lives. Sure, we could fill it by replaying Far Cry 3 for the sixth time, but why do that when there are so many other great open-world FPS titles out there just waiting to be enjoyed?

15 Cyberpunk 2077

V from Cyberpunk 2077. Jackie Welles in background

Its setting may be a bit more futuristic and it’s not without its fair share of bugs (at least at the time of writing), but the world of Cyberpunk 2077 is so vast and detailed that you’ll lose yourself in it in more ways than one. Night City is about as close to a living, breathing world that we’ve ever seen in gaming, but that’s just one of the many strings to the game’s bow.

The game features a highly customizable protagonist (both in terms of their appearance and abilities), countless side quests and a huge arsenal of weapons with which you’ll be able to raise some hell. If you’re looking for a game to keep you busy until Far Cry 6 arrives, then, simply put, this is it. If you plan on playing it on console though, maybe wait for a few more patches before handing over your hard-earned cash.

14 Mad Max

Mad Max Dust and Car

Avalanche Studios genuinely would not get sufficient credit for the work they positioned into 2015’s Mad Max. In an enterprise that is fully-loaded with horrible certified adaptations, it serves as a shining instance of ways matters ought to be done. Sure, its international isn’t always pretty as ‘open’ as some of the alternative games on the market, but it is still one worth exploring.

There’s quite a few Just Cause on display right here, that’s perhaps to be predicted given that so much of the studio’s time has been spent at the collection over the last 15 years. Even so, there are greater than enough new ideas and mechanics to without problems differentiate the two IPs. It’s a sport that’s massive in scale, full of person and an absolute need to for fans of the movies and open-world video games alike.

13 Fallout Series

The sole survivor with his dog in Fallout 4

The Fallout series has come a long way since the release of its first entry, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the ridiculous scale of the games. Well, that and war, of course. They feature huge playable areas, endless side quests and expansive stories with branching pathways. These things combine with the series’ quirky cast of characters to form one hell of a gaming experience.

Some of the earlier Fallout games feel a little dated by modern standards and to say that Fallout 76 is an acquired taste would be putting it nicely. If you’re looking for an enjoyable open-world experience though, Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and Fallout: New Vegas are definitely worth a look — the latter in particular.

12 Metro Series

If you’re all about the open-world aspects of Far Cry then Metro probably isn’t the series for you. If, however, you’re looking for an excellent FPS title that doesn’t prioritize its online multiplayer over its single-player campaign, then look no further. The Metro series is so single-player oriented, in fact, that it doesn’t even feature multiplayer.

Like a fine wine, it’s a series that’s only gotten better with age. Gameplay has gotten tighter, weapons have become more realistic and visuals have improved immeasurably. That’s not to say that the first two games aren’t worth playing though and, thanks to Metro Redux, all three games are available on PS4 and the Xbox One.

11 Mafia Series

Mafia - running through a fire fight

At first glance, the Mafia series might seem like just another GTA clone. Delve a little deeper though and you’ll find a series with its own unique identity and plenty of interesting ideas. It’s hands down the best video game series about organized crime and features some great writing and a wonderful world that’s just begging to be explored.

All three games in the series received definitive editions earlier this year which makes this a great time to check them out. The original game, in particular, has never looked better, thanks in large to Hangar 13’s decision to remake it rather than simply remastering it as was the case with the other two games.

10 Grand Theft Auto V

It may not capture the same alien locale playground that is the trademark of Far Cry games but Grand Theft Auto: V is just as wacky and nonsensical when it comes to story. With the first-person mode, the gameplay becomes more familiar.

You get to run around stealing vehicles and shooting guns at whoever you like as downtime in between story missions. Like Far Cry games, GTA V also doesn’t shy away from a Mature rating for video games and can get rather daring with its exposition.

Just Cause Series

It’s practically GTA but more rural and less urban and with more destructive toys to play with. Any of the Just Cause games will do and can give you a similar experience to the Far Cry games and more.

For one, Just Cause games allow you more creative and outlandish ways to cause destruction wherever you go. The later games are also more populated and feel bigger than your usual Far Cry maps.

Borderlands Series

Borderlands might be extra comparable to the Diablo games than to Far Cry but the FPS layout and the grand and bombastic vehicular fight make it close enough. The placing might be futuristic or sci-fi however the center run-and-gun with freedom method that the Far Cry video games have given is all there intact.

As an introduced bonus, Borderlands games also have higher replayability with distinctive classes to choose from and an complex RPG device. It’s a lot extra flexible and requires extra thinking that Far Cry’s easy skill timber or weapon combos but must be welcome despite the fact that.

Dying Light

Looking at gameplay videos, one might easily mistake Dying Light for Far Cry with zombies. The movement scheme (especially the parkour) is similar and the story and dialogue are equally cheesy and campy.

Dying Light does set itself apart by being more focused on melee combat though (during the first half of the game). Stealth is also an option especially at night unless you want to become a chew toy for zombies on steroids. Certain DLCs will also let you unlock vehicles if you feel those are missing.

Rage Series

Bethesda’s Rage series takes heavy inspiration from the Mad Max films which makes it feel surprisingly homogenous to Borderlands. However, it’s a lot less over-the-top and more serious with its core combat with a lot fewer RPG elements.

In fact, the gameplay loop of the Rage games, especially the second one, is closer to Far Cry than to Borderlands. That very well means Far Cry players will feel right at home with Rage. The vehicular carnage and lead belching are on-point here.

Homefront: The Revolution

Looking for something more contemporary in terms of setting? Then Homefront: The Revolution might sate that need. It’s an open-world FPS where you play as a freedom fighter to free the fictionally oppressed United States under North Korea’s rule.

It’s pretty familiar in terms of atmosphere especially when you’ve played Far Cry 5. It comes complete with all the open-world FPS checkboxes though the rough launch made the game quite unpopular. The developers have since fixed the game’s issues and it should be worth playing now.

Ghost Recon: Wildlands

When it doubt, go Ubisoft. They made all of the Far Cry games in the end and know how to reflect its system effectively for different games. In this example, Ghost Recon: Wildlands where Ubisoft basically stripped down their long-status Ghost Recon video games and gave it a Far Cry spin.

This game is greater tactical and more multiplayer-targeted, but, it is excellent played with friends. Other than that, it is pretty a good deal the same old Ubisoft fare of clearing outposts, long stretches of open-worlds, and weapons… Plenty of guns.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Not many video games dare make an open world out of modern war-torn or backwater locales, Far Cry stands out because of this and another game also does, namely Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. It’s often argued as the best in a long and legendary series.

In order to capture the Far Cry experience for The Phantom Pain, players have to stay as much as possible on the open-world as that’s how it was meant to be played. Stealth takes the spotlight here but you can also do the same for Far Cry. Moreover, you get two open worlds in The Phantom Pain: Afghanistan or somewhere in Africa both of which allow you to clear outposts, collect resources, or depopulate the area using lead if you get bored.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Series

While Far Cry does have a skill tree and customization, it’s not quite an RPG and that’s the beauty of it. You get to feel an RPG-esque progression but without the grind. Few other FPS capture this and one that trumps Far Cry in this regard is the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. games.

These are old post-apocalyptic FPS games that throw you smack dab in the middle of a quarantined area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant after the disaster. More than anything, it’s about survival against overwhelming odds and all manners of weird phenomena. Far Cry players ought to feel right at home.

Crysis

Last but not least, Crytek’s non secular successor to their original Far Cry recreation, Crysis. It’s a recreation that become graphically manner in advance of its time; it have become a metric for checking out whether or not your computer can produce more warmness than a jet engine.

Much like Far Cry returned in 2004, Crysis driven the bar high for pc photographs; it did so in a tropical environment too with plenty of freedom on how you method fight conditions. You’ll discover that even Crysis has aged well in spite of being a 2007 game even as nonetheless taking pictures the essence of the authentic Far Cry.