Even though it’s great that the PC version of God of War is just as good as the console version, there are a lot more third-person action games than just this one masterpiece. Today, we’re going to talk about books that also give you a “cameraman-behind-your-back” view and, most importantly, are worth picking up.
Many of the games on this list will have features and ways to play that you already know from GoW. This makes them great follow-ups to our favourite Spartan and his son’s adventure in the North. Other games on the list also benefit from this point of view, even though they are very different. Let’s jump right in and see what third-person games have to offer.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey
Ancient Greece is not the only thing that makes you think of what Ghost of Sparta went through back in the day. It’s also giving the AC series some of the game mechanics you’d find in an RPG, as well as dialogues, which we’ve never seen in the series before. By this, we mean a dialogue system like one in an RPG:
It’s an interesting take on the series to turn an action game into an RPG. The trend began with Assassin’s Creed: Origins, continued with Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, and is still going strong in Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla. Some people would say that this isn’t what assassins were all about, but you can’t deny that Alexios (or Kassandraepic )’s journey through the land of the Greek Gods has a lot of charm.
Batman: Arkham Knight
Rocksteady Studios had to work hard to meet people’s expectations for the third Gotham’s Dark Knight game, which would be the last in the trilogy they started in 2009. (excluding the prequel, Batman: Arkham Origins). Did the team manage to please the players who had been waiting to see how everything turns out? Yes, for sure.
TPP action games should show that it was a good idea to use this perspective, and the title speaks for itself, especially when we think about how combat has worked in previous Batman games from Rocksteady. Arkham Knight is arguably the best game in the series in terms of gameplay. It has a lot of cool features, like the Batmobile, and a lot of ways to play. Even though some people didn’t like how simple the plot was, it’s still a great ending to a great trilogy.
As you might expect, Arkham Asylum and Arkham City should be played before this one to get the full picture.
This game is pretty much what you would get if Kratos was a woman who was also a bit faster in battle. The plot is also a little bit stranger. Meet Bayonetta, one of the Umbra Witches who has been sleeping for 500 years and just woken up. Her group and the Lumen Sages fought over who would rule the world. Now that she has a piece of an old artefact that is valuable for both sides, she will have to fight heaven’s messengers to get the rest of it.
The game is a third-person slasher with a combat system that lets you use different strategies, and this lady doesn’t like to stick to just one weapon at all. You’ll use your pistols to shoot, your katana to cut, and slow-motion to avoid enemy attacks. And, of course, attack them back.
Devil May Cry 5
Yes, we meant DMC, of course. From the name of the series, you can tell that things aren’t exactly peaceful here. This game picks up where Devil May Cry 4 left off. In that game, many people were surprised to meet a new character named Nero. We no longer play as Dante, who we’ve known since the beginning of the series. Instead, we play as Nero.
This time, you can play as both of them, plus a new character named V. You will still get a grade based on how you do in battle, so learn some creative ways to kill as soon as possible. As in Bayonetta, there’s no way that you’ll grow bored of the range of attacks and weapons you can use, flashy fights with bigger and smaller swarms of enemies and the pure chaos of battle in general.
Marcus Fenix may have finished his adventure, but that doesn’t change the stories of Kait Diaz and her own fight with Locust. Gears 5 takes all that was great about the series till now (along with the iconic cover system) and adds some novelties: a number of locations can be freely explored instead of a closed, scripted route that we had before.
Co-op play has always been a big part of the series, and that’s still the case here. Up to three people can play through the story together. As for multiplayer, it mixes things like Horde that people already know and like with new modes that focus on PvP.
Sometimes, all you need to do to get a good title is go back to a formula that worked and change it a little. This is exactly what happened in this case. When we talk about third-person shooter games, this is one of the best ones. And it’s on Game Pass, so you can almost just download it to see for yourself if that’s true.
The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask
After the huge success of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, it would have been easy for Nintendo to play it safe with the sequel and just make Ocarina of Time 2 with few changes, knowing that the game would almost certainly still be a success.
But, to Nintendo’s credit, Majora’s Mask went in a completely different direction. It had a dark tone and a three-day cycle, which made the player always feel like they were running out of time.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater was made by Konami and was first only available for the PlayStation 2. Then, to everyone’s surprise, it came out for the Nintendo 3DS almost a decade later. Along with the change in setting, Snake Eater added a lot of new things to the series, such as close-quarters combat and a gauge for your staștiin.
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater for PlayStation 2 got a score of 91 on Metacritic and won many awards, including Best Action Game from IGN.