game news 10 Games To Watch Before GTA 6 Releases
GTA 6 is at the center of the news and it may have made you want to find the universe of the Rockstar license. In addition to other GTAs, there are many games that have similar gameplay, environment, or style. Here is a selection.
Rockstar was the victim of a major hack last weekend. This led to the release of 90 working versions of Grand Theft Auto VI, which had yet to be officially confirmed. The hacker behind this terrible leak (one of the biggest in history) is actively wanted by the FBI. On the players’ side, we are entitled to three types of reaction. There are those who do not want to know anything, those who have pointed out a game “not up to par” (even if it is not the real game) and those who these leaks have made impatient to see the final rendering. If all this history surrounding GTA 6 has made you want to discover the title as soon as possible, we offer you a small selection of games to (re)discover while you wait.
- 10 games or licenses to discover if you like the GTA universe
- Just cause
- The Simpsons: Hit & Run
- red dead redemption
- row of saints
- sleeping dogs
10 games or licenses to discover if you like the GTA universe
We start with a previous Rockstar Games title: Bully. Released in 2006 under the name Canis Canem Edit here, this third person shooter has the same irreverent style as the GTA license. Don’t expect big guns and police chases. Bully takes place in a British school where you play as a tough guy named James Jimmy Hopkins. Freedom of movement, misdeeds to do and gratuitous violence are the order of the day in this rather special GTA-Like that, at the time, had a rating of 16 with us.
Is it still necessary to present Just Cause? The Avalanche Studios license has made a name for itself in the gaming landscape. In June 2018, it registered no less than 15 million copies sold since the beginning of its history. Therefore, many were seduced by the studio’s proposal. Forget GTA cities, Just Causes take place on green islands where you have to complete missions or explore the open world with some freedom (whether by parachute, wingsuit or other grappling hook), being careful not to climb. your caliber heatcomparable to the level of Dear from GTA. Note that Just Cause 3 was received much better than Just Cause 4.
The Simpsons: Hit & Run
Do you like the humor of The Simpsons? Do you like GTA? Well, you might love The Simpsons: Hit & Run. This GTA-like parody originally released in 2003 has a special place in the hearts of many gamers. It is even qualified by some as the best video game with the seal of The Simpsons. But what does it offer us? Well, The Simpsons: Hit & Run is an action game where you play as members of the Simpson family as a strange conspiracy tries to destroy Springfield. Hit, steal, crash, drive… Everything is possible in this world as crazy as it is entertaining.
We continue with a new series that will no doubt speak to some of you, no matter your generation. The 2K license has certainly been around since 2002, but it was entitled to a new version in 2020 (Mafia: Definitive Edition), enough to give it a new lease on life with another audience. Recognized as GTA-Like, the Mafia, however, takes you to a more distant era and, as the name implies, a slightly different reality. If gang warfare is in the 2K license, it’s about members of the mob. The atmosphere of the title is therefore closer to gangster movies than to the streets of GTA. Also note that the mobs are much more scripted and linear than the Rockstar licensed games.
Heists are very present in GTA 5 and GTA Online. And if that’s what makes you vibrate, know that a license has decided to make the bulk of your experience: Payday. In fact, this license offers cooperative FPS games where the objective is to succeed in robberies of all kinds. The more you do, the more your reputation will increase, the more you can upgrade your gear, the more you can attempt harder heists, etc. A simple formula that works and allowed Payday 2 to collect a good 18 out of 20 (accompanied by a most atypical test that we can only invite you to discover or rediscover here).
red dead redemption
We return to Rockstar Games with its other flagship franchise: Red Dead Redemption. This time, go to the time of the conquest of the West. The atmosphere is reminiscent of western movies, but the possibilities are the same: steal, steal, kill… You choose the outlaw you want to be, be it in Red Dead Redemption or Red Dead Redemption II. And if what interests you is the Online part, unfortunately the online mode of RDR is not as developed as that of GTA. Players of the former regularly complain about being neglected by the publisher. Some are still there though, proof that Red Dead Online is still worth a try.
We’re moving on to a much newer game. Released in 2021, Rustler makes no secret of its inspirations. His subtitle, Grand Theft Horse, is pretty self explanatory. But then what sets Rustler apart from all the other GTA-Likes? In addition to its camera seen from above (which is quite reminiscent of the old GTA formula), the Jutsu Games title offers to venture into a completely different terrain: that of the harsh Middle Ages. The game is far from flawless (12 out of 20 with us), but the formula is original enough to be worth a little light, especially if you like dark humor and medieval violence.
row of saints
To find the atmosphere of GTA while waiting for the sixth work, there is a license: Saints Row. In its early days, the license was automatically branded as similar to GTA, or even a true clone of Rockstar games. It even had the developers change the formula a bit after the fact. However, the general objective remains the same: build your reputation through gang wars. If Saints Row unfortunately failed to live up to expectations, it’s a good way to wait until GTA VI (still collecting a good 15 with us). And if ever, it’s always possible to turn to Saints Row IV, which is only 9 years old after all.
We change scenery once again to take you to Hong Kong with Sleeping Dogs. This action game released in 2012 is a more than honest GTA-Like that offers shootouts and chases in abundance that also has the merit of disorienting us and leading us to explore the depths of the mischief of the Hong Kong mafia. Delivering on its promises, the title had scored a solid 16 out of 20 on the site. Even on PS4 and Xbox One, two years after its initial release, the title was nothing to be ashamed of despite its few flaws. If you’ve never tried it, Sleeping Dogs will definitely be a good appetizer before the arrival of GTA 6.
You noticed, GTA-Like are numerous on this list. It must be said that there are a lot of them to discover, even more than those that are already present in this selection. But to wrap this up, we wanted to take you to a completely different terrain with Yakuza. This license clearly cannot be called GTA-Like. It offers linear action-adventure games where you won’t have any chase or robbery. And yet, the Yakuza license is often referred to as Japanese GTA. This is due to an atmosphere, an omnipresence of violence and a side bad boy which are similar in both. Yakuza: Like a Dragon, Yakuza Zero: The Place of Oath… You have a choice.
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