7 games like GTA you need to play in 2022

GTA 6 is screaming into view, but it’s still a long wait before we can return to the Rockstar crime universe. Here are 7 games like GTA to keep you busy until that day comes.

The hype of GTA 6 is getting stronger by the day, especially as the recent leaks suggested we return to Vice City – Rockstar’s version of a crime-filled Miami. While GTA has had many imitators over the years, some of these have been great experiences in their own right.

Most games like GTA actually have their own unique gimmicks or gameplay systems that not only pay tribute to Rockstar’s epic saga, but do their own thing and get it right. After all, GTA doesn’t have a monopoly on urban crime games. So here are 7 games like GTA that you should check out while you wait for GTA 6.

GTA 6 developer questionRockstar Games

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sleeping dogs

Sleeping Dogs is a crime thriller with some similarities to GTA, but its main selling point is a Kung-Fu themed combat system that puts GTA’s flimsy punches to shame. This open world adventure sees you beat up Triad mobsters and explore the city at your leisure, it’s also become a bit of a cult classic in recent years. Rumors of a sequel have been circulating for a while, we just hope they’re true.

sleeping dogsSquare Enix

Sleeping Dogs is like GTA with martial arts.

Cyberpunk 2077

Cyberpunk 2077 had a rough release, but the game is now blossoming into the fantastic open-world RPG we hoped it would be. While the tone and some gameplay elements are different, Cyberpunk 2077 often feels like a futuristic GTA. Those looking to indulge in high-speed car chases, city exploration, and frenetic gunfights should try the game out before GTA 6 arrives. It may look most like next-gen GTA on current hardware.

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Cyberpunk 2077 can be considered a futuristic GTA with more RPG elements.

Watchdogs (1-3)

Watch Dogs is another series of games where you run through a modern city, shooting gangsters, stealing cars and dodging the authorities. The main difference between GTA and Ubisoft’s take on the genre is the Watch Dogs series’ emphasis on hacking into objects to complete missions. The mechanic was pretty straightforward in Watch Dogs 1, but by the third entry it has evolved into a slick system that works seamlessly with the driving and shooting gameplay.

watchdogs legionUbisoft

The Watch Dogs series is also set in an urban environment and is accompanied by many car thefts.

Red Dead Redemption 2

Set in the Old West, the Red Dead series features more horses than cars, but the games are also made by Rockstar and feature several strands of GTA DNA. Whether it’s robbery, law enforcement or gang warfare, Red Dead is GTA on horseback and those who love one will likely enjoy the other.

Both games also tend to influence the other, with ideas from GTA making Red Dead and vice versa. We look forward to seeing how GTA 6 uses systems implemented not only in GTA 5, but also from Red Dead Redemption 2.

Dutch and the Van Der Linde gang ride horses in RDR2Rockstar Games

Red Dead may be set in the Old West, but it has a lot in common with GTA.

Saints Row (series)

The Saints Row series has often been accused of being a GTA clone, but the franchise has turned into its own thing, with its own racing and third-person shooting mechanics. While the GTA universe often takes a satirical sting in real life, Saints Row takes a much crazier approach, turning the entire city into one big playground for fans of open world games. It never reaches the same heights as Rockstar’s beloved series, but those looking for more games like GTA will love Saints Row.

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Saints Row is often compared to GTA.

Just Cause (1-4)

Just Cause shares many similarities with GTA in terms of vehicle driving and firefights, the premise is similar. Just Cause, however, focuses more on completing military-style missions in a war zone than the urban environments we’re used to in GTA. Instead of a career criminal, you play as a mercenary who is usually sent to disrupt a tyrannical regime by causing as many problems as possible. Let the fun begin!

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Just Cause often features even more vehicles and stunts than GTA.

Yakuza (series)

The entire Yakuza saga is steadily being recreated and remastered so that a new generation of players can work their way through the long-running crime story that (chronologically) begins with Yakuza 0. The series also has several spin-offs and side games, but if you like of crime games, then Yakuza is definitely worth checking out. There are many cutscenes to go through, but each one helps set the scene for an epic and violent adventure.

Yakuza KiryuRyu Ga Gotoku Studio

Yakuza is a long-running crime series that shares some similarities with GTA.

So these seven game franchises should be enough to keep you busy until GTA 6 gets here.

Check out some of the stories below for more GTA 6 news and information:

Everything we know about GTA 6 | Rockstar responds to huge GTA 6 leak | GTA 6 fans first look at Vice City map | GTA 6 leak for GTA & Red Dead Online | GTA 6 leaks explained | GTA 6 Leak Reportedly Reveals Vice City

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