If action and dystopia are your prerequisites for an awesome first-person shooter game, then you have probably played Fallout. The game Fallout lets you explore the world and save it from self-annihilation. If you get a kick from playing games like these, check out our list for games like Fallout.
While 2012 set the precedence for an end-of-the-world situation, and has us saving money for shelters, it was The Walking Dead that scared the daylights out of us with zombies coming out of every corner. With low rations and ammo, survivors were forced to band together in a post-apocalyptic world they couldn’t comprehend. Paranoia was common, as every rustle of grass made us reach out for our guns.
But games have been in vogue more than television shows, and Fallout is one of the best games that doesn’t disappoint. It was created by Interplay Entertainment, and later bought by Bethesda Softworks, which owns the license to all the Fallout games. Set in a future with deserts overlooking the landscape, the protagonist lives in an underground city called ‘Vault’, comprising 1,000 citizens each. Armed with limited knowledge and a wristwatch computer Pip-Boy 2000 as your guide, you navigate these wastelands to find abundant resources, and a way to survive monsters called Deathclaws. If you love dystopian-themed games, here’s a list of some awesome games similar to Fallout.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X, iOS
The ’60s represented an era of freedom and new love. That’s what Andrew Ryan envisioned in his utopia for like-minded people in the city of Rapture. He invented a drug called ADAM, which in addition to happiness, gave them supernatural abilities like pyrokinesis and telekinesis. Guess too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and it led to chaos in the city. You play Jack, a pilot who crash-landed on the island by mistake. With genetically-engineered beings and drug-addled monsters, find the man responsible for this chaos, in this cyberpunk survivalist game.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X, iOS, Linux, Xbox One
Set on the planet of Pandora, which was abandoned by the Dahl corporation due to its unpredictable weather and wildlife, you play a treasure hunter/mercenary in search of the ‘Vault’, an eternal treasure rumored to make you richer than your dreams. But with every other treasure hunter having the same thoughts, the race against time becomes even more apparent, with creatures of different races vying for the same prize. The game is known for its cel-shaded artwork, which makes you feel like you are playing inside a comic book. It’s good to have an itchy trigger finger in this RPG game similar to Fallout.
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4
In a land ravaged by man-eating creatures, Joel lives an isolated life of a smuggler, who transports necessary items (ammo, food, medicines) across the border to feed the survivors. On a routine trip, he discovers Ellie, a girl immune to the virus. But with undead rebel factions and cannibals on the loose, it’s gonna be a tough fight for Joel, as he travels across the lands to deliver Ellie for the cure.
Platforms: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, iOS, Wii U, Android, Windows Phone
Mass Effect borrows elements from Star Trek and Blade Runner, to create a fantastic cinematic experience, complete with a story-driven plot line and high production values. As the captain of the ship SSV Normandy, Jack Shepard’s mission is to assist the Citadel Council in its infinite problems. Jack soon realizes that the universe isn’t as peaceful as it looks, with aliens having sentient powers threatening to overthrow the system, and you are the only being standing between the Earth and its annihilation.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
The sky was robbed of its natural colors in Ukraine since the Chernobyl incident. Leading to mutations of humans and animals alike, The Zone is open to those who dare to explore its depths. The people who wish to examine this phenomenon are called stalkers. Explore the Zone to fight bandits, mercenaries, and other dirt-bags, all blocking the entrance to the center of the chaos.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, OS X, Linux, Shield Portable
If you have seen War of the Worlds, then the setting is as simple as it gets. An alien empire, called the Combine, wishes to take control of the human race, and establishes a base called the Combine Citadel. Stop the alien race from taking over with the help of an underground resistance group, armed with cool gadgets, a mysterious savior who teleports you to-and-fro from dimensions, and a gravity gun that attracts or repels objects. Play this game, for its special effects and teleporting from one place to another gives you a rush like no other.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, OS X
The year is 2135, and the Earth is feeling the aftereffects of asteroid 99942 Apophis, after it nearly destroyed it. You play the Ark Survivor, an inhabitant who has just awoken after a long stasis. As if waking up after 106 years isn’t enough, you have The Authority, a government bent on spreading its ideals upon the survivors. As a mysterious being with superhuman powers who can beat both mutants and humans alike, try to find the meaning of your origins, as well as duck for cover as you enter the number one spot on the most wanted list of the Authority, in this post-apocalyptic game similar to Fallout and Borderlands.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
The nuclear war in Russia has forced its inhabitants to find shelter inside a subway station. While they fight to stay underground, a rebel authority decides to take action and form its own government. You play as Artyom, one of the survivors of the nuclear holocaust, who learns that a mysterious group of creatures, called the Dark Ones, are threatening to disrupt the atmosphere of the metro station. With the surface changed beyond recognition, and wildlife turned into mutant beasts, navigate through the landscape to find the safe station, which may hold the key to destroying the Dark Ones. Like a fork which splits a road, the game offers you an alternate ending based on the choice you make.
Platforms: Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One
State of Decay is an open world game, wherein you use tactics to build a base and defend yourself against zombie attacks. Unlike Fallout, which is a straightforward beat-’em-up game, this game has limited resources and shelters. The main part of the game lets you scavenge for supplies, all the while watching your back for the wheezing or grunting of zombies. Find allies and build borders around your base to defend yourself against the onslaught of the undead. It’s up to the player to choose between surviving or moving forward in the game.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, OS X
Left 4 Dead tells the story of four survivors in an infected town of zombies in Pennsylvania. While the government decides to sweep the incident under the carpet by bombing the place, the four survivors decide to find an escape route out of this mess before time runs out. The USP of this game is that it focuses on cooperative game play, which means, you get to play each of the characters, and need to upgrade their skills to survive this ordeal.
These are some of the best games that can keep you occupied till the release of Fallout 4. If you like some others from this genre, be sure to say so in the comments section below.