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25 Excellent Games Like Grand Theft Auto 5 in 2024
March 10th, 2024 - By Steve Chang
If you found Grand Theft Auto 5 engaging, there are numerous other games of a similar kind that promise to captivate you even more.

Grand Theft Auto 5, popularly known as GTA 5, is an iconic, open-world action-adventure game developed by Rockstar Games. The game allows players to take on the roles of three different criminals, using their unique skills to carry out dangerous heists across the sprawling metropolis of Los Santos. Featuring high-definition graphics, vast urban and rural landscapes and an exceptional storyline, the game provides you with an escape route into a dark, intense and often humorous world of crime. The immersive gameplay allows for exploration at your discretion, and delivers cinematic-quality action and excitement at every turn.

Now, if you enjoy the exciting, pulse-pounding action of GTA 5, there are numerous similar games that offer vast, open-world experiences filled with thrilling missions and compelling narratives. Games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Mafia, Watch Dogs, and Just Cause are just some that bear multiple similarities to GTA 5, allowing players to engage in diverse roles and face the unique challenges these roles entail. Whether it’s the gritty, survival-driven world of RDR2, or the revolutionary high-tech universe in Watch Dogs, each game introduces you to a unique, interactive world teeming with opportunities for immense action and strategic play. To find out which game will prove the best fit for your particular gaming style...


25. Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Redemption 2, like Grand Theft Auto 5, is another engaging open-world game from the creative geniuses at Rockstar Games. Both games share very similar gameplay mechanics, including exploration, engaging in various side missions, and dealing with law enforcement when you step out of line. They are rich in narrative, pushing you through a beautifully crafted storyline full of unique characters and unpredictable twists. While Grand Theft Auto 5 takes place in a modern urban environment, Red Dead Redemption 2 drops you into the late 1800s, giving you a taste of the wild west era, complete with horse chases and dramatic duels.

The beauty of Red Dead Redemption 2 is not just in its main missions but also in its dynamic world. It's much like in Grand Theft Auto 5 where even when not in a mission you can interact with the world around you - rob people, play poker, hunt, and more. The game also boasts a rich morality system, like in GTA 5 where certain actions have different consequences. Each player's experience can greatly differ based on their actions and choices, which gives the game great replayability. The attention to detail in RDR2, from the picturesque landscapes to the realistic reactions of NPCs, enhances the immersive experience similar to what you've enjoyed in GTA 5.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, typically priced around $60 USD.

24. Mafia II

Mafia II is notably similar to Grand Theft Auto 5 in terms of narrative drive and gameplay style, but with its own hard-edged twist. Just like GTA 5, Mafia II is an open-world game set in a reimagined version of the mid-20th century United States, and it involves a character-driven narrative where players take on the role of an up-and-coming gangster. You get to navigate the complex dynamics of the criminal underworld, engage in exciting car chases, and participate in intense shootouts. The game also incorporates elements of exploration and discovery within its beautifully rendered urban environment, making it teem with life in a way that’s certainly comparable to the bustling streets of Los Santos.

Although Mafia II is strongly reminiscent of GTA 5, it also has some unique aspects worth mentioning. One particularly striking point of differentiation is the game’s historically grounded narrative. Instead of the satirical take on contemporary life that you'll find in GTA 5, Mafia II offers a gritty, film noir-inspired story that explores the golden era of organized crime in America. Moreover, the game emphasizes realism in its mechanics and world-building, from the period-specific cars and music to the consequences of reckless driving and the need to manually reload weapons. These features account for a good deal of its appeal and makes Mafia II a worthy successor for anyone who revels in the unique blend of action, drama and freedom offered by GTA 5.

Mafia II is available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC platforms, typically priced around $30 USD.

23. Saints Row IV

If you enjoyed Grand Theft Auto 5’s open-world experience filled with a combination of thrilling action, compelling storytelling, and memorable characters, Saints Row IV will absolutely cater to your interests. Similar to GTA V it offers a vast sandbox environment where you can truly immerse yourself and explore at will. It shares the characteristic city corruption themes and the empowering sense of freedom to do as you please, whether it's engaging in mind-blowing missions or simply wreaking havoc on the street. But it also takes a unique twist by infusing a dose of sci-fi elements, making it a super-powered ride you’ll absolutely enjoy.

Also, as with GTA 5, Saints Row IV's excellence shines through its character customization feature and its hilarious, yet gripping narrative. Though it has more of an over-the-top approach, you're free to mold your character exactly as you see fit, from their appearance to their abilities. By adding a comical and satiricle touch to its storyline, it distinguishes itself from the more hardboiled story of GTA. Saints Row IV allows you to save the world as a president with superpowers - it's a fusion of gaming styles and genres that crafts an engaging, laughter-filled adventure you're unlikely to forget.

Saints Row IV is available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC, typically priced around $20 USD.

22. Watch Dogs 2

If you're a fan of Grand Theft Auto 5, you'll definitely want to check out Watch Dogs 2. Set in an expansive, exceptionally detailed open world of San Francisco, Watch Dogs 2 shares the same interactive environment and freedom that GTA 5 offers. Just like GTA 5, the game is driven by a narrative of crime, rebellion and justice. You play as Marcus Holloway, a skilled hacker, leading his team to take down a corrupt establishment - an engaging storyline that's reminiscent of GTA 5's crime ventures.

The gameplay mechanics of Watch Dogs 2 are also akin to that of GTA 5. You can navigate the city with various vehicles, or on foot. Interacting with civilians, undertaking side missions, stirring up trouble with the police, and causing general chaos anytime you want - all familiar territories if you've played Grand Theft Auto. The underlying layer of hacking that allows you to control almost anything in the city brings a twist to the gameplay, giving it a unique vibe in the same sandbox genre.

Watch Dogs 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, typically priced around $20 USD.

21. Just Cause 4

Just Cause 4 offers a similar style to Grand Theft Auto 5 in the sense that both games present you with an expansive, open-world setting that's densely packed with opportunities for exploration and various chaotic activities. Just like GTA 5, you are allowed the freedom to navigate your environment at your own pace, commandeering vehicles, carrying out madcap stunts, and embarking on a host of missions filled with action and adventure. Set in the fictitious Solis, Just Cause 4 hands you the rein of Rico Rodriguez, a hard-hitting protagonist resembling the anti-hero persona you enjoyed in GTA 5, as he rebels against a private military group known as the Black Hand.

Another key similarity between Just Cause 4 and GTA 5 is the engaging narratives that drive both games. Just like Rockstar's GTA 5, Just Cause 4 has a multi-tiered storyline filled with adrenaline-pumping action, comedic moments, and gripping tales of revenge. The game's story evolves base on your choices, making each gameplay unique. Both games offer a plethora of weapons and diverse modes of transport, providing you with various ways to approach missions and challenges. Just Cause 4 takes it up a notch with the introduction of hurricanes and tornadoes as a part of the extreme weather system, creating not just environmental challenges, but also opportunities to take enemies by surprise and manipulate circumstances to your advantage.

Just Cause 4 is available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Microsoft Windows, typically priced around $30 USD.

20. Sleeping Dogs

If gritty open-world adventures like Grand Theft Auto V have whet your appetite, then you're sure to enjoy Sleeping Dogs, another game that embraces the appealing city sandbox style. Set in the vibrant and starkly contrasting city of Hong Kong, Sleeping Dogs lets you live out your undercover cop drama fantasies. Similar to GTA V, the game masterfully combines intense storytelling with a vast, open setting to allow players to seamlessly switch between progressing through crime-laden missions or freely exploring the city. It also has a phenomenal hand-to-hand combat system, heavily influenced by martial arts, that adds a new layer of action that GTA V fans might find exciting.

Sleeping Dogs also shares the intriguing character complexity present in GTA V. You play as Wei Shen, an undercover cop immersed in the world of Triads, leading to narratives that revolve around identity and morality. The game largely centers around a play-style where choices matter and the line between right and wrong is frequently blurred. Like GTA, the game also features a wide variety of side activities like racing, gambling, and even singing karaoke - you might find a lot of amusing aspects that give the game a unique flavor despite the dark theme.

Sleeping Dogs is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms, typically priced around $20 USD.

19. Far Cry 5

If you enjoyed Grand Theft Auto 5, then Far Cry 5 could be a fantastic choice for you. Much like GTA 5, Far Cry 5 is a high action, open-world game that provides a vast playground for you to explore at your whim. The game allows you to traverse through the world by various modes of transportation including - but not limited to - cars, trucks, boats, and even planes much like in GTA. Furthermore, the game offers you numerous side quests apart from the main storyline providing you with a rich, immersive experience in the dense, dangerous wilderness of Hope County, Montana.

One of the most striking similarities between the two games is the freedom given to the players in approaching missions. In Far Cry 5, you can choose to take on missions in a stealth mode, similar to selective missions in GTA 5, or you can simply kick in the front door and start shooting. Additionally, both games offer a wide selection of weapons to choose from, letting you equip yourself as per your plan of action. Far Cry 5 takes this concept further with a more extensive character customization and a hire specialists system, which complements the player's playing style.

Far Cry 5 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, typically priced around $60 USD.

18. L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire, like Grand Theft Auto V, is developed by Rockstar Games, who is renowned for their groundbreaking open-world design. Both games feature large, open urban settings: Los Angeles in the late 1940s for L.A. Noire and modern-day Los Angeles and rural California for GTA V. You can freely explore these massive maps, whether you're on a mission or just want to take in the sights. Plus, the gunplay and driving mechanics in L.A. Noire will feel quite familiar if you've played GTA V, retaining the fun and action-packed gameplay.

The aspect that differentiates L.A. Noire the most from GTA V, while still remaining in a similar vein, is its emphasis on detective work. You play as a detective in post-WWII Los Angeles, piecing together crimes from clues you find and statements you gather. The game involves a lot of interaction with non-playable characters and has a heavy emphasis on character development and storyline. The storytelling is rich and immersive, just like in Grand Theft Auto V, but with the added depth of solving intricate mysteries and examining your surroundings for potential leads.

L.A. Noire is available on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC, and it's typically priced around $20 USD.

17. Bully

If you've enjoyed the open world exploration, character progression, and narrative-driven style of Grand Theft Auto V, you're very likely to appreciate Bully. Just like GTA V, Bully is a sandbox action-adventure game developed by Rockstar Games, showcasing their signature style for creating believable, immersive and highly interactive open worlds. Based in a fictional boarding school, you navigate your way not via vehicles and weaponry, but chronic pranks, studying, impressing girls and bullying the bullies. Though the environment and narrative framework are different, Bully offers the same engaging exploration and progression elements you loved in GTA V.

One more significant aspect that ties Bully and GTA 5 are the mission-based gameplay and the social dynamics. Each mission in Bully progresses the story, brings new characters into play, and offers a unique set of challenges, much like the heists and assignments in GTA V. Yet, Bully adds a unique twist with a school-based caste system where you must manage relationships with different groups of students, a mechanic which while different is as engaging as the wanted system in GTA V.

Bully is available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Wii, and PC, typically priced around $15 USD.

16. Driver: San Francisco

If you enjoyed the thrill of Grand Theft Auto 5's vehicular freedom and open-world exploration, Driver: San Francisco is another game that delivers a similar experience with its own unique twists. This action-adventure racing video game allows you to freely roam the streets of San Francisco, just like in GTA 5 where you traverse the expansive city of Los Santos. Driver: SF, akin to GTA 5, delivers an engaging storyline along with a variety of intriguing side missions and street races throughout the city.

A standout feature in Driver: San Francisco, that differentiates itself from other open-world car games like GTA 5, is its innovative "Shift" mechanic. This feature allows your character to teleport and take control of any vehicle in the game's rendition of San Francisco. The protagonist Tanner's coma-induced ability provides a unique sandbox experience. The game thrives on high-speed car chases like GTA 5, but with a unique cinematic flair closely reminiscent of classic car chase films. The game's handling is arcade-inspired, delivering an easier, more fun driving experience than some other games in the genre.

Driver: San Francisco is available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, typically priced around $20 USD.

15. The Godfather II

Imagine stepping into the shoes of a powerful mafia family member, managing your criminal empire, and working to further your family's standing in the community. This is exactly what you experience in "The Godfather II," a fascinating game that shows striking similarities to "Grand Theft Auto 5." It encompasses an open-world structure and focuses largely on the intense actions and intricate strategies behind infamous American gangster regimes. Like "GTA 5," the game is filled with tension, violence, and betrayal, while also letting you control numerous aspects of your criminal empire. It should appeal particularly to those who enjoy the law-defying, adrenaline pumping missions, and pure exhilaration that "GTA 5" so masterfully delivers.

In addition to its captivating storyline, "The Godfather II" also displays remarkable gameplay variety that you'd find familiar if you've played "GTA 5." You can roam freely across different cities, each teeming with interactive elements and hidden perks waiting to be discovered. It's not just about shooting and violence; you also get to strategize, manage your establishments, and build relations, reminiscent of the RPG elements seen in "GTA 5." You can recruit gang members, each with unique skill sets, to support your cause, akin to the crew selection in "GTA 5" heists. Yes, the graphics may not be as polished as "GTA 5," but the game more than makes up for it with the gripping story, vast open world, and the thrill of shaping your own mafia empire.

"The Godfather II" is available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Microsoft Windows, typically priced around $15 USD.

14. Yakuza Kiwami 2

Get ready for the intricate world of Yakuza Kiwami 2, a game that shares many elements with Grand Theft Auto 5, in a refreshing and engaging way. Like GTA 5, Yakuza Kiwami 2 is a thrilling action-adventure game placed in an open world environment and brilliantly depicting an urban underworld. Both games offer you the chance to explore a detailed, vibrant city brimming with life, activities, and side quests. The gorgeous recreation of various Japanese cities in Yakuza Kiwami 2 mirrors the superbly designed Los Santos of GTA 5, providing immense satisfaction as you roam freely and interact with the world at large. Additionally, similar to GTA 5, the compelling narrative of Yakuza Kiwami 2 is driven by a multi-layered plot filled with intriguing characters, unexpected twists and a sustained element of suspense that hooks you right in!

Yakuza Kiwami 2 takes a steady departure from GTA 5, with its unique blend of crime drama and occasional humour interspersed with intense combat sequences. The combat is richly engaging, much like the exhilarating shootouts in GTA 5, but is further enhanced with a distinct flavour of its own through the use of melee combat and an arsenal of improvised weapons. Side missions, akin to those found in GTA 5, bring an additional dimension to the extensive gameplay, offering mini-games and activities that wonderfully capture the essence of Japanese culture. The seamless blend of drama, fun, exploration, and combat in Yakuza Kiwami 2 are undeniably reminiscent of the experiences found within the rich tapestry that is Grand Theft Auto 5.

Yakuza Kiwami 2 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, typically priced around $20 USD.

13. True Crime: Streets of LA

If you're a fan of Grand Theft Auto 5, you'd definitely appreciate True Crime: Streets of LA. Similar to GTA 5's ambitious and expansive sandbox setting, TC: Streets of LA offers its own sprawling universe, set in a meticulously recreated Los Angeles filled with back-alleys, highways, and everything in between. Both games are rooted in crime, drama, and mature themes - a lifelike world where every decision you make has its own consequences, where you can engage in gripping mission-based narratives or simply explore the city engaging in side-activities at your leisure.

Like GTA 5, True Crime allows you to overcome obstacles in numerous ways giving you the freedom to strategize and approach tasks differently. It also features a cover system, bringing an additional dynamic to gun fights, much like GTA5's tactical cover usage during fire exchanges. One of the unique features of True Crime in comparison to GTA 5 includes gameplay that hinges on moral decisions— the character you shape impacts the narrative and gameplay, leading to multiple endings. If you loved the intense driving sequences of GTA 5, you'd be excited to know that True Crime: Streets of LA was made by some of the same developers that worked on the ‘Need for Speed’ franchise, so its high-octane chases and car control mechanics are top-notch.

True Crime: Streets of LA is available on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and GameCube, typically priced around $20 USD.

12. The Saboteur

The Saboteur is an action-adventure open world game that has similar mechanics to Grand Theft Auto 5, one of your previously loved games. Just like how you would joyride and perform heists in GTA 5's Los Santos, in The Saboteur, you navigate through Nazi-occupied Paris during World War II. The game provides you with the same sort of freedom to roam on foot or in a vehicle, accomplishing missions and tasks, or simply exploring the city to your heart's content. Additionally, The Saboteur's excellent narrative, including its compelling storytelling and character development, can remind you of GTA 5's immersive storylines.

The actions and decisions from your playable character in The Saboteur, similar to those in GTA 5, also impact the direction the game takes. You’ll play the role of Sean Devlin, a rough-and-tumble Irish race car driver with a thirst for revenge against the Nazi soldiers. Devlin's character in some ways can be compared to the characters in GTA 5, in terms of his wit, skills, and different ways you can approach goals. If you enjoyed the layered game mechanics, robust open world, and character development in GTA 5, The Saboteur offers the same, with the added element of historically-infused atmosphere and plot.

The Saboteur is available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC platforms, typically priced around $20 USD.

11. Max Payne 3

Max Payne 3 shares a number of elements with Grand Theft Auto 5 that you'd certainly enjoy if you're seeking an experience akin to the latter. Both games are developed by Rockstar Games, famous for their detailed world-building and narrative-driven gameplay. As with GTAV, Max Payne 3 offers a rich, single-player story with engaging and multidimensional characters. They're both set primarily in sprawling, crime-ridden city environments, with Max Payne 3 taking you from the streets of New York City to the favelas and penthouses of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The gameplay in Max Payne 3 parallels Grand Theft Auto 5 in several ways. The third-person perspective shooting mechanics will feel very familiar, as will the cover system. You'll find yourself navigating through both on-foot segments and intense gunfights, just like in GTAV. While Max Payne 3 lacks GTAV's open-world exploration, it compensates with a strong linear narrative and the iconic Bullet Time feature that allows for dramatic slow-motion gunplay. Not to mention, the game's distinctive noir-inspired aesthetics and moody atmospheric design are truly unique, and adds another immersive layer to the gaming experience.

Max Payne 3 is available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, typically priced around $20 USD.

10. Scarface: The World Is Yours

Scarface: The World Is Yours shares many similarities with Grand Theft Auto 5 that are sure to peak your interest if you enjoyed the latter. Both games feature an open-world environment and are heavily driven by the theme of organized crime, with a well-woven narrative that showcases the protagonist's rise from the bottom to the top of their respective criminal empires. They both sport incredibly detailed virtual landscapes teeming with life and activities, from night clubs to luxurious mansions - all ripe for the taking. The adrenaline-fueled action sequences, set around meticulously crafted missions, are bound to keep you at the edge of your seat. Moreover, Scarface brings a unique element to the table with its rage meter that amplifies protagonist Tony Montana's strength and aggressiveness in combat, akin to special abilities of GTA 5's leading characters.

Comparing the gameplay style, both games offer an engaging mix of car chases, shootouts, and exploration; all of which are weaved around a rich storyline filled with memorable characters and intense dialogues. One of the standout features in Scarface is the 'balls' meter system. The more daring and audacious your actions, the more it fills up, leading to some satisfying results by unlocking new abilities and options - somewhat reminiscent of the reputation system in Grand Theft Auto. Both games also give players the autonomy and freedom to shape their destinies, be it through the acquisition of properties or customization of characters, serving up a robust amalgamation of action and strategy.

Scarface: The World Is Yours is available on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Windows PC, typically priced around $19 USD.

9. The Getaway: Black Monday

The Getaway: Black Monday is an excellent choice for fans of Grand Theft Auto 5 as it introduces players to a gritty, engaging world in the heart of London, a significant change from GTA 5's Los Santos. The Getaway provides the thrill of driving stylish vehicles through accurately designed city streets like in GTA 5. Additionally, it also embraces mature themes, realistic dialogue, and compelling storylines where your actions determine the outcome. Even better, it introduces what we can call a 'film mode' which gives the game a cinematic feel, offering a fantastic immersive experience just like Rockstar's cinematic vision in GTA 5.

If you enjoyed the action and dynamics of GTA 5's missions, you'll appreciate the shootouts and high-speed chases in Black Monday. True to life, every police chase and probably every combat scene effects the narrative progression, making your in-game choices count. This game gives you a sense of agency and makes your decisions matter, just like the Heist missions in GTA 5. The gameplay mechanics are similar, with third-person shooting, free-roaming capability mixed with mission-based progression, giving that authentic 'GTA' feel. However, The Getaway: Black Monday also offers a twist of UK authenticity, making it a unique experience worth exploring.

The Getaway: Black Monday is available on PlayStation 2 and is typically priced around $30 USD.

8. Watch Dogs: Legion

If you've enjoyed Grand Theft Auto 5, then you'll most likely love Watch Dogs: Legion. Both games are a part of the open-world adventure genre, which gives players an expansive city to explore, missions to complete, and various side activities to indulge in. In Watch Dogs: Legion, you have a stunningly detailed digital recreation of London as your playground, analogous to Los Santos in GTA 5. Not only that, the ability to interact with the world around you, such as hacking into security systems or controlling vehicles remotely, is bound to give you a sense of familiarity from the free-roaming and interactive elements of GTA 5.

One core aspect that parallel between both games is the narrative structure. In GTA 5 you have the ability to control three distinctive characters, each with their unique skillset and personality traits. Similarly, in Watch Dogs: Legion, the game takes this a step further with a 'play as anyone' system where you can recruit nearly any NPC in the game to your cause and each with unique attributes contributing towards your rebellious endeavor, giving a fresh experience from the mainly character-oriented missions of GTA. Although the tone is a tad more serious, the game still incorporates humor and satire in its storytelling, mirroring the social commentary found in GTA. Moreover, the game has an immersive driving system which gives an equally enjoyable feeling as in GTA.

Watch Dogs: Legion is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S, typically priced around $60 USD.

7. Mercenaries 2: World in Flames

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames shares a lot of the qualities that make Grand Theft Auto 5 a standout title, particularly in terms of open-world gameplay and mission structure. Just like in GTA 5, you're given complete freedom to roam around in a vast and vibrant game world filled with countless activities to partake in. The game's missions are set up similarly as well, providing you the liberty of deciding when you want to take on main story objectives or engage in side activities. Plus, its explosive, chaotic nature, which includes summoning air strikes and level up buildings, adds to the sense of anarchy and unpredictability, much like GTA 5.

Apart from gameplay similarities, Mercenaries 2 also bears resemblance to GTA 5 in terms of its narrative depth and character development. The game's plot hinges on a mercenary seeking revenge on a power-hungry tyrant who treats him wrong, creating plenty of intrigue and tension along the way. This sense of a personal vendetta drives the story forward, adding weight to your actions throughout the game. There's also a dose of humor infused into the dialogue and game interactions, much like the characteristic humor of GTA series.

Mercenaries 2: World in Flames is available on PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC, typically priced around $15 USD.

6. APB: Reloaded

APB: Reloaded is a game that draws numerous parallels with Grand Theft Auto 5. Like GTA 5, it places you in a sprawling cityscape meticulously crafted to simulate a living and breathing urban environment, allowing you to explore freely and interact with its various elements. Within this realistic setting, you can carry out a variety of missions, engage in car chases, and partake in explosive gunfights, all while navigating the morally grey world of crime, very much like in GTA 5. APB: Reloaded also shares the same third-person perspective and has a strong emphasis on vehicular action.

The uniqueness of APB: Reloaded lies in its online multiplayer gameplay, which further elevates the similarities it shares with GTA more specifically, GTA Online. Two factions, Enforcers and Criminals, duke it out in an open-world environment, creating a dynamic experience of law and lawlessness which is akin to the gang wars and heists in GTA Online. The game also offers deep customization options for characters, clothing, cars, and even music, broadening the opportunity to create unique experiences similar to how you can in GTA 5.

APB: Reloaded is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, typically priced around $0 USD as the game operates on a free-to-play model with optional in-game purchases.

5. Mafia: Definitive Edition

Firstly, let me mention that Mafia: Definitive Edition is an atmospheric, narrative-driven open-world game, much like Grand Theft Auto 5. It places you in the iconic setting of a Prohibition-era inspired city - Lost Heaven, where you play as a taxi driver turned Mafia enforcer, Tommy Angelo. Just like GTA 5, the game offers a thrilling single-player storyline packed with action, betrayal and drama. The city, just like Los Santos, is absolutely stunning and immersive, evidenced with sprawling skylines, neon-lit buildings, and antique vehicles.

Another key similarity is the freedom you have in playing the game. While the game's script may be more linear than GTA 5's branching narrative, it still gives you the freedom to explore the city and immerse yourself in a myriad of side activities. There's plenty of driving and on-foot sections, intense gun battles, and stealthy areas to navigate, much like you would in GTA 5. There’s also an absolute plethora of collectibles to find, stashes to loot, and extra content to discover, which parallels the thrill of uncovering hidden gems across Los Santos.

Mafia: Definitive Edition is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, typically priced around $40 USD.

4. Crackdown 3

If you enjoyed the open-world fun and engaging narrative of Grand Theft Auto 5, then Crackdown 3 might be just your thing. Much like GTA 5, Crackdown 3 allows players to freely explore a sprawling and intricate environment, committing senseless violence and engaging in high-speed pursuits at their own whim. The setting is a futuristic urban playground, rife with towering skyscrapers, crowded streets and hidden secrets, which you can navigate with enhanced abilities like superhuman strength, speed, and agility. The enthralling storyline, combined with its sand-box style play, draws striking parallels with GTA 5, promising an action-packed gaming adventure.

Crackdown 3 also boasts its own array of eccentric characters and plotlines, much like Grand Theft Auto 5. You will be a super-powered Agent taking on a ruthless criminal empire in a city filled with chaos. The moral ambiguity, tongue-in-cheek humor, and high-stakes engagements you loved in GTA 5 find a familiar home in Crackdown 3. Moreover, the stunning graphics, compelling soundtracks, and overall production value is reminiscent of the polish we've come to expect from Rockstar's entries. One major highlight is the destructible environments, this takes the sandbox elements seen in GTA 5 to a whole new level as you can cause havoc in a city where everything can be destroyed.

Crackdown 3 is available on Microsoft Windows and Xbox One, typically priced around $30 USD.

3. Agents of Mayhem

If you've beat Grand Theft Auto 5 and are on the prowl for a similar gaming experience, Agents of Mayhem should be high on your list. One of its standout similarities is its vibrant open-world design. Just like in GTA 5, you can explore an expansive, meticulously detailed city teeming with NPCs, vehicles, and sidequests. Here, however, you get to switch between a team of three agents, each with their own unique abilities and personalities. It's like getting the hang of controlling multiple protagonists in GTA 5, but with a twist of added variety and surprise.

Furthermore, I believe your love for the robust narrative of GTA 5 could certainly transfer to Agents of Mayhem. Both games masterfully blend hilarious, foul-mouthed dialogue with engaging storylines that keep you hooked. Moreover, the missions in Agents of Mayhem are designed similarly to those of GTA 5 with strategic elements, insane getaways, break-ins, and of course the satisfying chaos that ensues. Not to mention, both games thrive on ill-famed humor and action-filled gameplay that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Agents of Mayhem is available on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows, typically priced around $30 USD.

2. True Crime: New York City

True Crime: New York City, just like Grand Theft Auto V, is an open-world game set in a bustling metropolis. You can freely explore the city, engage in side activities, manage your wealth, and take on various missions to progress the storyline. Both games offer a wide range of vehicles for you to drive around the city, whether it's cars, motorcycles, or even boats. One unique feature of True Crime: New York City is the ability to play as a cop, a clear contrast to the law-breaking characters of Grand Theft Auto V, offering you a thrilling experience of law enforcement in the crime-ridden city.

Like in Grand Theft Auto V, True Crime: New York City also features an engaging storyline filled with plot twists and turns. As a police officer, you're tasked with taking down crime syndicates in the city, which often leads to intense firefights, hand-to-hand brawls, and high-speed chases. Meanwhile, the game also keeps the lighthearted humor and satirical tone reminiscent of Grand Theft Auto V. When not going after criminals, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant city life, visiting clubs, shops, and even participating in street races.

True Crime: New York City is available on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and PC, typically priced around $20 USD.

1. Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3, much like Grand Theft Auto V, offers a dynamic and open-world sandbox with unparalleled freedom for players to explore. From crime-infested cityscapes to lush and beautiful countrysides, both games offer a multitude of environments to delve into. Breathtaking graphics, characteristic of both games, will draw you in and further immerse you in their individually engaging stories. Similar to Grand Theft Auto V, Just Cause 3 incorporates compelling storytelling with missions that weave seamlessly into the game's narrative, adding layers to the stunning and destructive landscape.

Moreover, both games capitalize on their open-world format to provide a wide range of exciting activities and side missions that add depth to the gameplay. In Grand Theft Auto V, you probably loved the thrilling car chases and the strategic combat scenarios, and Just Cause 3 provides the same, ramping up the adrenaline with high-octane car chases, exhilarating shootouts and an added emphasis on vertical gameplay. This culminates in the inclusion of a wingsuit and a grappling hook, unique features to Just Cause 3 that add another layer of action-packed fun to the explosive gameplay.

Just Cause 3 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, typically priced around $20 USD.

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