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9 Games Like Skyrim - Popular Action Role-Playing Games

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Fantasy Action RPGs - 9 Games Like Skyrim

Craving epic role-playing games like Skyrim? Try this list of popular open world RPGs that will let you explore large fantasy worlds while you complete countless quests.

Skyrim is the fifth edition in the Elder Scrolls franchise and features a massive open game world along with many deep role-playing mechanics. The game is highly praised by fans and critics as being a standout action RPG, winning many Game of the Year awards. The title is also popular in the mod community with thousands of mods extending the life of the game thanks to new quests, locations, art and gameplay.

I'll admit that I didn't really enjoy the Elder Scrolls series before Skyrim, but it truly blew me away. Hundreds of hours later I still love to load up my current Skyrim game, get on my horseback and ride from one side of the game to the other.

From the time I first played Skyrim I've been searching for similar experiences to enjoy so I hope you like my favourites below. Please share your own opinions in the comment section and let me know about any that I have missed.

Which Elder Scrolls Game Is Your Favourite?

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The Elder Scrolls (Series)

Fans of the Elder Scrolls series may think that this is a blatantly obvious option to include on this page. However, don't forget that many gamers were introduced to the Elder Scrolls series with Skyrim and simply do not consider the previous games in the series after they enjoy it so much.

If you are yet to experience other games in the Elder Scrolls series, then the previous games are a great place to start and will help build up the world of Skyrim once you understand more about the background of the series.

The two games before Skyrim (Oblivion and Morrowind) still offer similar gameplay and the graphics still hold okay against modern game. Due to their age I would not purchase Morrowind outside of who specialise in making older games compatible with newer systems.

If you aren't too worried about weaker graphics then consider travelling back to the previous games in the series before you play the others featured on this page.

Elder Scrolls III: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition (GOG)

The Elder Scrolls Franchise

Games in brackets are expansions.

Main GamesSpin-offsNovels



The Infernal City



Lord of Souls

Morrowind (Tribunal, Bloodmoon)



Oblivion (Knights of the Nine, Shivering Isles)

Elder Scrolls Online


Skyrim (Dawnguard, Hearthfire, Dragonborn)



Elder Scrolls : History and Lore