9 Best Games Like Diablo To Play On PC
Are you still waiting on Diablo 4 with bated breath? Don’t worry, and I have made a list of nine games like Diablo with enough loot to rival the series that you can play in the meantime.
It’s been decades that we’ve fought off the lord of terror, and no matter how many soul stones we get through, we’re still eager to jump back into the fray for hours of hacking, slashing, and most importantly, looting.
Diablo, the series, not the demon, has been generously giving us three titles to enjoy, but since the last one came out in 2012 and the next is a good year away still it’s time to find something else to scratch that action RPG itch.
Path of Exile is a deep dark fantasy river of action role-playing. From the start, what you might recognize is the vast spider web skill tree. It can look daunting like an eight-legged beast, but all it means is that you get to build whatever kind of character you like.
Be an elemental witch who uses her mana to blast foes, a slow but powerful barbarian who can kill with one blow, or the intelligent shadow who lets their traps do all the work. The customization here goes one step further.
You’re here for games like Diablo, and in Path of Exile, there’s loot on loot on loot. You can combine the gems and items you find to make even more unique and powerful character combinations. The best part is that it’s totally free, so you can enact your gothic revenge without spending a cent and still look amazing doing it.
In Diablo 2, you have the chance to be a life force sucking vampire assassin but not the vampire assassin. No, in Van Helsing, you take on the role of the notorious all knowledgeable monster hunter. Well, his son, but you are hoping to live up to the name.
This version of his ongoing story has you taking down hordes of scientific abominations and fantasy beasts rather than the classic blood sucking themes. You’re in 19th century eastern Europe, which is inundated with magical elements and experimental scientists and not the excellent kind unless big walking rat people is good in your book.
Here you can dungeon crawl your way across atmospheric landscapes complete with gloomy forests and soot-stained cities. When the foes do inevitably turn up, you can hack through close-quarter melee or keep your distance and blast from afar and use the detailed leveling system to customize how you turn things into meaty chunks.
Grim dawn has often been dubbed as a spiritual successor to Diablo 2. Two otherworldly powers fighting it out sounds familiar. Fast-paced hack and slash combat and chest upon chest upon the corpse of loot.
Grim dawn is set in an apocalyptic world where your actions can mean life or death, and that’s not just because you’ve got a big slashy sword. Your choices along the way have consequences, so role-playing always goes beyond your class.
Speaking of classes, each class is an entirely unique fighter. Utilizing distinctive tactics such as elemental magic, deadly curses, rallying others on the battlefield, you could always combine two options at later levels to get even more in-depth customization and let them loose on hundreds of enemy types. Whacking and blasting various beasts just never gets old.
Let’s step away from the moody woods and monstrous creatures to the warm shores of ancient Greece. A place where centaurs and Satyrs frolic amongst the hills, ready to meet the sharp end of your sword.
You’re the human warrior who’s going to turn from zero to hero after pelting enough goat men with your fists and eventually the weapon of choice for your class, the usual fearsome axe or sparkly staves. There’s 28 to choose from, so it’s a little more nuanced than that. But what matters is listening to cricket’s chirp as you slay mythical beings.
Hacking slashing and time travel, Last Epoch is an action RPG where you can go back to the future of the mythical world of terror. Just don’t expect a DeLorean to show up anytime soon. But you’re not just exploring time for the fun of it, although it is fun. It’s a chance to change the fate of this world.
Despite still being in early access, there’s already a story to enjoy with more on the way. Like many others on this list, there are extensive classes to select and build upon. However, Last Epoch even lets you customize individual skills. Yes, there are skill trees for your skill trees.
Here you can turn elemental damage into a chain attack or give your hammer the power to blast from afar rather than whack up close. This means that even within classes, you can continue honing your playstyle, and what will feel familiar is chasing down that epic loot with the randomized system making you always want to play just that little bit more.
Continuing with our theme of stepping back in time, the Torchlight 2 is another entry from a few years back, but that’s a testament to how enjoyable the series is. The fans of Diablo will likely be familiar, and the two have often been compared.
It’s another dungeon crawling hack and slash. Explore the world, complete quests, and battle whatever stands in your way, but it’s not a clone with skills, classes, and combat recognizable but different. Plus, you get a pet, and who doesn’t want a fluffy companion everywhere they go.
They’re not the kind to die in your first fight, so you need to leave them at home by the fire. These beasts are there to help, and the adorable alpaca gives a mean headbutt. Monsters far and wide will start to dread the sound of its bleat.
In many ways, being a Warhammer fan is like a gift from the gods. If you love a particular genre, all you need to do is flip a coin, and by the time it lands, someone will probably have made a knockoff set in a Warhammer universe, be it 40k, Fantasy, or Age of Sigmar.
Even left for dead fans experienced this with Vermintide, and now Diablo fans can enjoy a similar experience in Chaosbane. As is often the case in Warhammer games, you’re the last hope for the empire of man as you and up to three friends bludgeon your way through a sightseeing tour of the old world.
It might not be as finely crafted as some of the other games on this list, but the compelling selection of character, classes, and story by black library author Mike Lee will be enough for anyone who still feels the impossible appeal of anything that games workshop touches the servants.
Book of Demons is a pop-up book of nightmares, fantastic looking nightmares, may I add. Its paper style folds out around you each time you enter a dungeon, which is where you’ll spend most of your time. You hack and slash your way through skeletons, zombies, and gargoyles, hoping to rid the cathedral of its devilish presence.
Unlike some other titles on this list, you don’t need to commit days at a time to get anywhere. You can select how long you want to dungeon crawl at a time. So, perfect if you want to dive into a quest without having to write off a whole evening.
Before you even ask, yes, there is plenty of loot to keep you happy. Book of Demons even has a feature where if you’ve missed even the smallest amount of worn coins, it won’t call the level complete, so you can run back and collect that precious gold. This one coin is going to make all the difference.
Okay, you probably don’t need anyone to tell you to play borderlands if you love looting, but here I am anyway to tell you to make friends with an annoying yellow robot because of guns so many guns.
I’m also not here to count the other similarities to Diablo because let’s be honest, there aren’t many. But there are few things more satisfying than blasting through a cartoony map and obsessing over every single chest of firepower. There are plenty of reasons to revisit the handsome collection before you even pick up borderlands 3.
An infectious sense of humor, fun characters, and wave upon wave of goons to test your skills make these games an essential trigger-happy loot fest. Then, once you’re truly exhausted from the murderous sights that pandora has to offer, head into Borderlands 3 to escape to other equally shooty planets where there are more guns.