Biodiversity In Gaming Form
Biomutant is a vast action-RPG boasting a colourful world full of diverse biomes and a slew of different enemies to fight. Although a little basic in design, this game undeniably has a unique charm.
If you’ve finished playing this one and are looking for alternatives – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 8 picks.
Of course for all the games we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 8 games to check out when you’ve finished playing Biomutant.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3 is the crowning achievement of CDPR. It’s a wonderful RPG; a lavish, expansive game with a lush world, interesting quest design and some excellent storytelling. One could be critical of the combat but to be honest, it’s easy to look past that with so many other moving parts working so well.
The story centers on a monster hunter for hire called Geralt, who embarks on an epic journey to find his former apprentice, Ciri, before The Wild Hunt do. Dark forces are moving and they threaten to consume the world unless Geralt can put a stop to it.
The world is huge, littered with side quests, interesting locales and hundreds of hours of voice-acted dialogue. This really is a gem of an RPG.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Breath of the Wild is a breath of fresh air in the RPG world. Likened to The Witcher 3 in many ways, this open-world RPG is a bold step forward for the Zelda series.
The story picks up with Link reawakening after a century of hibernation. A great evil is stirring once more and it’s up to Link to save a ruined Hyrule before it’s too late.
After a brief tutorial, the world opens up in the best possible way allowing you to experience the world in any way you see fit. With tight controls, a gorgeous aesthetic and a truly massive world, Breath of the Wild should keep you busy for a while.
Ni no Kuni II: Revenant Kingdom
While it could be argued the first game deserves a place on this list, the action-orientated emphasis and revamped combat system are enough to give the sequel a nod here.
This cutesy JRPG has an abundance of interesting characters, wrapped up in a game that throws a number of different tasks and activities alongside the RPG elements – perhaps a tad too many if we’re being really critical.
Transported to another world following a guided missile blast destroying New York, the story centers on Roland. He awakens inside the chambers of Ding Dong Dell. Barely escaping, Evan and Roland set out to build a new Kingdom to one day rival that of Ding Dong Dell and take back the crown that rightfully belongs to Evan.
Ni No Kuni II carries the charm and engrossing storytelling from the first game in a bold and interesting direction.
Ratchet And Clank
In terms of gameplay and ideas, Ratchet and Clank is probably the most closely aligned to Biomutant. Although this game isn’t an open world RPG, it is a tightly written and hugely addictive game nonetheless. With a run-time of around 12-20 hours, there’s certainly enough to like with this single-player romp.
The story centers on Ratchet and Clank, who join together with Captain Qwark, hopping from planet to planet in order to save the galaxy from the villainous Chairman Drek.
Some good humour and excellent level design combine to bring this gorgeous remake to life, injecting all the hallmarks of what made the originals so beloved.
Darksiders II is an action RPG hack’n’slash, and another game published by THQ. This title shares some similarities with Biomutant for the tight gameplay and the world design.
The story centers on Death, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. He sets out on an epic journey through various different realms to redeem his brother War, the horseman blamed for prematurely starting the Apocalypse. The story is pretty generic and cliched, but the meat comes from the aesthetic and gameplay.
Along the way are numerous puzzles, which feed into the beautiful world that’s been laid out here.
Nier Automata is a brilliant game, one that benefits from playing multiple times. The best thing to do with this game is to go in blind, allowing the gameplay and story to unfold naturally.
However, if you want a basic synopsis then the story takes place during a proxy war between alien-created machines and human-crafted androids. The story follows the trials of a combat android, her companion and a fugitive prototype. To understand everything you need to play this multiple times, unlocking additional story beats that feeds back into the larger whole after every play.
The gameplay combines RPG elements with action-based hack and slash combat beautifully. This is a must-play and the soundtrack is absolutely stunning.
Immortals Fenyx Rising
Originally known as Gods and Monsters, Ubisoft’s understated RPG was one of the bigger surprises last year. It’s also one that came out right on the back of Valhalla and went largely under the radar. That’s a real shame because the game actually has a lot to like.
Immortals is set in a large open world consisting of seven distinct regions inspired by the Greek gods. With a variety of melee and ranged attacks to choose from, the game thrusts you into the role of a forgotten hero. You’re then tasked with saving the Greek Gods while embarking on a journey to defeat Typhon, the deadliest monster in Greek mythology.
There’s definitely echoes of Zelda in this, but Immortals marches to the beat of its own drum, delivering a very enjoyable open-world adventure.
Destroy All Humans!
Recently rebooted for a new generation, Destroy All Humans! is an open world action-adventure game, designed as a parody to Cold War-era alien invasion films.
Here, the story sees you take control of Cryptosporidium 137 (“Crypto” for short) who arrives on Earth in 1950’s America to harvest human DNA. Played from a third-person perspective, you take control of this alien with a whole arsenal of alien weapons at your disposal.
The game features six sandbox locations which can be explored freely, and really leans into its gameplay. This is quite simply a very fun and enjoyable game, well worth a play if you haven’t already.
So there we have it, our 8 video game picks to keep you busy after playing Biomutant.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!