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10 games like Ghost of Tsushima for open-world explorers

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Games like Ghost of Tsushima emphasise gorgeous open worlds and powerful combat. Sucker Punch delivered a truly fantastic experience in Ghost of Tsushima, a beautiful swansong for the PS4 generation. Now, if you don't own a PlayStation 4 or if you're looking for something new to play now that you've completed the game, you should probably check out this list of the 10 best games like Ghost of Tsushima. 

We have tried to prioritize experiences with lush open-worlds, sprawling level design, intuitive combat systems, and endearing characters. We think you'll find plenty of that, and so much more, on this list of the 10 games like Ghost of Tsushima you should play right now. 


Horizon Zero Dawn

Horizon Forbidden West

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Developer: Guerrilla Games
Platform(s): PS4, PS5

Guerrilla Games delivered its best game to date in Horizon Forbidden West. It's an impressive sequel to 2017's Horizon Zero Dawn, a true showcase of the power of the PS5 and one of the best open world games on the platform. If you enjoyed being able to spend time exploring a beautiful, sprawling space in Ghost of Tsushima you'll find no end of joy from Forbidden West – particularly if you like the idea of seeing gigantic robo-dinosaurs on every horizon. The combat and story is also excellent, so why not jump into Aloy's latest adventure and lose yourself in a mysterious world for a hundred hours. 

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice

Games like Dark Souls - Sekiro

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Developer: FromSoftware
Platform(s): PC, PS5, Xbox One

Since a lot of Ghost of Tsushima’s charm comes from you being a samurai, you shouldn’t miss out on another standout with the same theme – Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. Sekiro plays differently, but places so much importance on the right times to block and strike that the idea is close to Tsushima’s standoffs. Once its world opens up, and after you've defeated your first few enemies, you'll find that Sekiro is just as beautiful and exciting as Tsushima, and its takedowns are just as satisfying – if not more so for how much risk and precision they take to pull off. Just be prepared for Sekiro's notoriously high difficulty, as this isn't for those lacking patience. 

Batman: Arkham Knight

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Developer: Rocksteady
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

Apart from the open world, Tsushima and Batman share the general feeling of combat. The whole idea of your character being surrounded, only to methodically make short work of his enemies, feels a lot like the fighting style the Arkham series popularised. Both games also offer multipart side quests that can take you all over. While some of what’s available can feel like filler, getting around as Batman still feels great, and if we’re honest, he’s sort of a samurai in his own right. The entire Arkham series, even the mostly linear Arkham Asylum, share with Tsushima that focus on their hero and how no matter how hard he tries, he can’t solve everything on his own – while Jin puts a team together  for that, Batman sometimes gets supported by Robin, Catwoman and Nightwing.

Infamous: Second Son 

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Developer: Sucker Punch
Platform(s): PS4

Yes, okay, it’s cheating ever so slightly to simply put another Sucker Punch game on this list, but it’s an argument for the developer closing out the console cycle as it started it. Delsin’s superpowered romp through Seattle still feels great to play, thanks to fun movement and fluid combat. The side activities are all about collectables and can feel a little much if you’ve already done that a few times in other games by now. All in all Second Son was an interesting blueprint for how your choices in an open world could affect its inhabitants, and how even the comparatively limited space of a city could be used well in an open-world game. 

Marvel's Spider-Man

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Developer: Insomniac
Platform(s): PS4, PS5

There's nothing better than swinging from skyscraper to skyscraper through Insomniac's version of New York City. The studio delivered a fast and fluid action game in Marvel's Spider-Man, capturing the essence of both the MCU movie universe and the comic books in which the character was born. It's fun, thrilling, and unexpectedly dramatic, giving you the freedom to explore, fight, and progress as you want to. While there's plenty to collect and clear on the map, Spider-Man will take you inside of a world that you'll want to spend time in. 

Red Dead Redemption 2

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Developer: Rockstar
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

Ancient Japan sure is one setting many people get excited about. The Wild West is another popular setting, and Red Dead Redemption 2 (opens in new tab) is the most detailed facsimile of a cowboy’s journey out on his journey through the land. From taking care of your horse to maintaining your own health and hygiene, there is a lot to keep an eye on, and while some of it can feel like busywork, the attention to detail is astounding. The same goes for the environment. And if you want your game to have standouts, the Deadeye system is still the best version of a standoff mechanic using guns. Apart from all the guns and cowboy hats it needs to be said that at the end of the day Red Dead Redemption 2 has a very engrossing story that fits the idea of a Wild West epic to the T.

Assassin's Creed Odyssey

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Developer: Ubisoft Montreal
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One 

The way Ghost of Tsushima plays is a more direct improvement on older Assassin’s Creed titles, but Assassin's Creed Odyssey (opens in new tab) takes this spot for its absolutely gorgeous world. While the story is interesting in its own right, and the new combat system does the long-running series a world of good, you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t immediately get lost in its landscapes. Whether it’s sandy beaches or statues of Greek gods high up on a mountain, you just want to see (and climb!) all of it. Assassin’s Creed has a reputation for taking players around the world. Because of that, many of us thought we’d first enter an open-world Japan as an assassin, now Tsushima has taken that particular crown.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 

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Developer: Monolith
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

Mordor isn’t a beautiful place - it’s actually the opposite, but as ranger Talion, it can often almost feel like a playground. After Talion loses his family to orks in a ritual summoning, he becomes one with a wraith called Celebrimbor, the smith who made the One Ring. From then on, Talion decides that his revenge is best taken from within, and basically kills a lot of orcs. What makes Shadow of Mordor such fun is how powerful you can become – with new skills, taking out lesser orcs becomes a dance not unlike Jin’s standoff takedowns. However, there are always orc captains stopping you from getting too cocky; powerful orc captains can still quickly put you in your place. Thanks to the unique Nemesis system, they also remember you and up their defences if you use a certain attack too often. If you’re looking for more combat with a similar feel to Tsushima and you enjoy plenty of side content, this is the dark place for you.

Yakuza 0 

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Developer: Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One

Admittedly, this game may look like a leftfield choice for this list, but Yakuza 0 (opens in new tab), and by extension the whole Yakuza series, is the best in offering meaningful side quests. From procuring toys (and, err, other things) for children to helping a random stranger dodge a marriage proposal or infiltrating a cult, Yakuza 0 has it all, and the conclusion to each of these missions is both meaningful and heartwarming. The games in Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio’s new engine, everything from Yakuza 6 onwards, also look absolutely brilliant, inviting you to saunter around real-life modern Japan and enjoy what it has to offer.

Onimusha Warlords

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Developer: Capcom
Platform(s): PC, PS4, Xbox One, Switch

The first part of the Onimusha trilogy was one of the games that served as direct inspiration (opens in new tab) for Ghost of Tsushima. while it’s mostly a gameplay system that Tsushima took a cue from, Onimusha’s Samanosuke Akechi does have a lot in common with Jin: both battle through historic Japanese time periods, both are loyal samurai who receive help from badass women and both are built after Japanese actors. While the last point doesn’t sound like much, Akechi being what went for the spitting image of Japanese/Taiwanese heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro was a big step at the time. Onimusha is a more linear and puzzle-driven game overall, but it captures the spirit of feudal Japan and has a great soundtrack to boot. Plus, Onimusha 3 comes with a time travel plot featuring Jean Reno. Just saying.


Malindy Hetfeld
Malindy Hetfeld

Malindy is a freelance video games writer for outlets like Eurogamer, PLAY, PCGamer and Edge Magazine, who also occasionally works in game design consultation and localization. As a Japanese speaker, she enjoys Japanese pop culture and is always on the hunt for the next game from the Land of the Rising Sun. She also particularly enjoys narrative-focused games and cute indies, and always seeks to learn more about the business-side of the gaming industry.

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