Games Like Diablo - 9 Diablo Clones (Action RPGs)
Got your fill from Diablo 3 and looking for other games like it? Many clones have popped up since the popular series was born in 1996 and there is no better time to play them than now.
There are many great games available if you are looking for a great hack-and-slash style action RPG gaming experience. Some of these games are even available for free which makes them particularly attractive if you don't want to pay the high price for a full game.
Many games have fallen short and failed to deliver the promise of a Diablo-like game but there are a few stand-out options that have come close to offering a similar experience which I have collected on this page. I hope that you can find a game on this page that suits your gaming style.
The Diablo series has always held a special place on my gaming shelf with the first game being one of the games that started my passion for gaming many (and I mean many!) years ago. Since then I've always hunted for similar experiences and have managed to find a few that satisfied my desire for a similar style of gameplay.
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The Diablo Series
It might seem odd to some as to why this is included on this list, but hear me out. Honestly none of the Diablo clones available match the gaming experience of the series. At least for me, they never really captured the same feel.
Of course that is my opinion, but I've always returned to the Diablo series and never found a level of gameplay that ever really matched it (maybe I'm just too fussy).
So before you read on consider returning to Diablo or Diablo 2 (expansion preferred). Consider playing a class you have never played before or running a hardcore character if you haven't yet. The experience is definitely different and you'll love the nostalgic feel of re-running through the game.
Or best of all, get a group of friends together and tackle Diablo 2 the whole way on eight-player difficulty (or do it solo if you are really brave). While waiting for the release of D3 I had tons of fun with friends attempting this challenge and it really helped passed the time up until release.
If you are yet to break a mouse playing a game from the series then it is still too early to be looking for a game like Diablo, so take it into consideration before reading on.
The Original Promotion for Diablo 2
1 - Drakensang Online
Drakensang Online brings the Diablo experience to your browser and comes from Bigpoint games, who have a history of producing great online games. If your budget is tight or you don't have the powerful computer to support some of the newer action role-playing games on the market then I definitely recommend it.
The game has all the randomised loot, varied classes and strong dark atmosphere that originally attracted you to Diablo. The environments are quite vast and freely explorable so you always feel like you're part of a vibrant world. You'll have plenty of NPCs and quests that also fill up this world and give you countless hours from the experience.
Of course, without solid gameplay to back it up this wouldn't mean much, but Drakensang Online has achieved a really good level of gameplay that is both fun, fast and challenging. You'll attack monsters with a standard point-and-click style (with plenty of barrels along the way) and upon their death you'll find they explode with randomised loot and gold to improve your character.
If you're thinking the game name sounds familiar you'd be correct, as it also draws inspiration from a series of fully-fledged action role-playing games released back in 2008 and 2010.
Drakensang Online Gameplay
2 - Torchlight (Series)
Torchlight is one of the newest additions to the hack-and-slash, action RPG genre and was released by Runic Games in 2009. Torchlight is one of the best Diablo clones available and offers an overall enjoyable experience. While not everyone will appreciate the cartoon-style graphics, you simply cannot go wrong with Torchlight.
Torchlight is a basic dungeon-crawler, featuring three standard classes (Destroyer, Alchemist and Vanquisher) and a simple style of gameplay that has players exploring a single randomised dungeon level by level.
Players are given a pet at the start of their journey which serves as a mule, holding extra equipment and even going to town to sell your loot on command (keeping you fighting in the dungeon for longer).
Torchlight also features a simple skill system, fishing and a wide variety of loot drops (sets and uniques are available). While it does lack depth of Diablo it offers great gameplay for the price.
Torchlight 2 remained true to the original and offered similar gameplay but also added multiplayer, four new classes (Outlander, Embermage, Beserker and Engineer) along with a more open-world feel.
As far as casual alternatives go Torchlight has always delivered a fun experience and has good depth in terms of items, skills and other game mechanics which is why it's right at the top of my list and I highly recommend it to everyone.
The Torchlight series has always had a special place when it comes to Diablo clones for me. I found the gameplay very fresh and exciting with many features that hadn't been used before in the genre.
The original game doesn't offer multiplayer and is a single player orientated experience (great since I didn't have internet at the time). Torchlight 2 does offer multiplayer though and is a great casual option with friends.
Torchlight 2 Gameplay Trailer
3 - Sacred (Series)
Sacred was released in 2004 and later added a free expansion (Sacred Plus) as well as a second expansion pack (Sacred Underworld), which introduced even more classes and content to this great Diablo inspired game.
The original Sacred is a a great-looking action RPG and features a unique open-ended game world which players can freely explore rather then being led in a linear fashion. Players are also able to purchase a horse to travel around the magical fantasy world of Ancaria. Sacred's best features include a massive inventory, six playable classes (eight with the expansion) and some massive boss battles.
Sacred 2: Fallen Angel was released a few years later (2008) and was also eventually released to both Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. So if you are after a console game then Sacred 2 is worth a look.
The sequel is in fact a prequel, and takes place 2000 years before the original, building on the success of the previous game. The strong points of the series include a great graphic and audio collection combined with a tried and tested hack-and-slash style focus. While the game fails to deliver anything new to the genre and lacks story it is a great option with Diablo similarities to keep you busy.
While its something a bit different from what fans of Diablo might be interested in, the game has some exciting mechanics that builds on a formula made popular by the series. It also has particular appeal to console gamers as the game is one of the few of its kind to make an appearance on consoles.
4 - Path of Exile
Path of Exile has been called "Diablo 2.5" by many gaming sites and players of this great game. Path of Exile is completely free to play which makes it particularly attractive. The level of polish makes it hard to believe the game is free, though.
The game shares the same dark atmosphere of the Diablo franchise and is set in its own fantasy world of Wraeclast.
Path of Exile features a persistent online world full of randomly-generated areas presented in a 3D perspective. It manages to be extremely simple while also providing massive depths to players who are interested in looking deeper.
Path of Exile uses three stat attributes (Strength, Dexterity and Intelligence) making for a simple and straightforward stat system, with plenty of min/max analysing for the keen player. However, the main form of character customisation in Path of Exile comes from the massive skill tree (it is actually more like a skill forest than a tree) and the large amounts of upgradeable equipment.
Players can choose from the six character classes (Marauder, Ranger, Witch, Duelist, Templar and Shadow). Path of Exile features many leagues (similar to realms or worlds in many other popular online games) which offer different rules (such as full PvP) and provide a different game experience depending on what you are after.
Path of Exile is currently in open beta so there is no excuse not to try one of the best action RPGs to be developed in recent times. I've personally spent over 100 hours in Path of Exile and couldn't be more impressed with the game. It is only going to continue to evolve and thrive as the first of its kind.
Path of Exile Trailer
5 - Titan Quest
Titan Quest is often considered one of the best games in this genre and I couldn't agree more. I spent many hours playing it and found it a great alternative to Diablo 2, offering a very similar gameplay experience.
Titan Quest moves away from the fantasy genre though and is instead based in the ancient worlds of Greece, Egypt and Asia. The player battles countless beasts who have ties with ancient mythology in what is a very long and well-paced single-player campaign that I really enjoyed progressing through.
It was released in 2006 with an expansion pack entitled "Immortal Throne" released in 2007. If you are looking to play Titan Quest then you can't go past Titan Quest Gold, which comes with both games bundled together (at a nicely reduced price, featured below).
The game is often criticised as being "too much like Diablo", but that works great for fans looking for a similar experience. Other criticisms include clumsy inventory management and performance issues, but both of these issues were addressed in the expansion release, leaving Titan Quest with a score of 80 on Metacritic.
As such I would not recommend this game without the expansion pack. If you've played the game before but were turned off by one of the issues listed above then give Titan Quest another chance with the expansion pack installed, you won't be disappointed.
I always found it ironic that the expansion fixed the game just like how the Diablo 2 expansion addressed lots of issues with the original release.
Titan Quest Gold - Extremely Similar To Diablo 2 In Gameplay
Buying the Gold Edition of Titan Quest gives you the original game and the expansion pack (Immortal Throne) in a nice little bundle at a reduced price.
After finishing Diablo 2 countless times I finally turned to the popular clone of Titan Quest and WOW! I was not disappointed. Titan Quest captured the feel of Diablo 2 and it is easily my favourite clone that I have played to this day.
I STRONGLY recommend the Gold edition (featured here) which also gives you the expansion that fixes one or two core issues (just like the Diablo 2 expansion ironically).
Titan Quest Gameplay
6 - The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is one of the more interesting and unique games on this list and one that I have been getting lots of gameplay hours out of since I started playing it back in the beta.
The premise of the game is simple, you'll invade small dungeons created by other players for items and game currency. You'll then take these items to improve your character to be able to tackle more difficult dungeons for even greater loot. The unique element of the game though is the ability to create these dungeons for other players (and making them is an important game element to protect your own gold!).
It's a very exciting mix as you find yourself playing both sides, the action-RPG side that has Diablo-like elements and the designing of your own floating castle dungeon filled with traps and monsters that with correct placement can hopefully overpower any invaders.
If you love the action RPG genre but want something that is a bit more light-hearted (but still highly competitive) then The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot might just be for you.
The Mighty Quest For Epic Loot
7 - Marvel Heroes
Marvel Heroes is one of the more recent action role playing games to gain some traction. It's been online since the middle of 2013 and has been on top of content updates since then to ensure that there is always some new content to explore.
If you're wondering where the Marvel name comes into the game you'll find it everywhere from locations to villains. Most notably though is in the wide range of Marvel Comic heroes that the player can control from Iron Man to Wolverine and countless others.
Gameplay is tied closely to Diablo II in design, so diehard fans will really enjoy this free to play experience. Everything that you would expect to see in an action RPG is there with passive stats, plenty of active skills, randomised loot and epic bosses for players to team up and take down.
If its the nostalgic feeling you are after I strongly recommend you check out this game even if you aren't a fan of the comic books.
Marvel Heroes Gameplay
8 - Dungeon Siege Series
The Dungeon Siege (DS) series has three games under its belt. Personally I found Dungeon Siege 2 to be the best with the original Dungeon Siege not far behind. Dungeon Siege 3 isn't horrible, but unfortunately it failed to deliver on many levels (more on that later). Metacritic recommends similar with scores of 86 (DS1), 80 (DS2) and 72 (DS3) respectively.
The Dungeon Siege series offers a unique and interesting take on the action RPG genre. Players start as a single character and then add adventurers to their party throughout the game.
These other adventurers can also be controlled by the player making for varied and unique gameplay as you can switch between several different characters (and thus class types) within your party. For example if you get bored of playing the big and tough melee fighter you can switch to playing the mage in your party for a while. If that isn't your style then the AI is more than capable at controlling your other party members.
Dungeon Siege 1:
Was praised highly for its graphics, especially its varied and realistic environments. With the main issues revolving around gameplay, such as a linear story and quest line combined with a too simple and straightforward skill system which lacked depth and character customisation.
Dungeon Siege 2:
Continued the great environmental detail and improved the character development but failed to deliver on interesting (non-repetitive) combat and did also fall short on providing a solid loot system. But there was some character customisation present through the various skills, which gave the game the extra level that it lacked in the original.
Dungeon Siege 3:
Took the series in a different and unsuccessful direction. Like many other developers they fell victim to creating a game for console and PC which failed to be impressive on either thanks to the poor controls and annoying camera. DS3 does offer a great story that players can directly affect and overall has a nice flow although it is a fraction of the size of the previous campaigns.
All the Dungeon Siege games are available on Steam but I encourage you to check prices available at the time, as Steam may not be the best price for these older games.
Out of all the games in the Dungeon Siege series I had the most fun with Dungeon Siege 2.
My favourite part of DS2 was the ability to control a party and switch control between characters which means you can play a warrior, mage and rogue type character all in the one playthrough.
I've always wondered why more games didn't adopt this gameplay mechanic but so far DS2 is still one of the few games to do it well.
9 - Grim Dawn
Grim Dawn is currently not released but is under development by the creators of Titan Quest. The game is in development the design process is being openly shared with the community through videos, developer diaries and their Facebook page (shown below).
Grim Dawn will be the spiritual successor of Titan Quest and is likely to rival Diablo 3. The game takes place in a dark and gritty fantasy world, featuring amazing graphics and combat.
The planned features include five distinct classes, destructible environments, dynamic weather, item crafting, a heavy focus on loot, blood and gore options, quest paths and no permanent skill decisions (will be a way to reset skills).
Little more is currently known about what will no doubt be a great Diablo clone, check out the gameplay video below put together by Kripparrian for a great overview of the game and be sure to visit the game website to stay up to date on content additions.
I am looking forward to the continued development of Grim Dawn and an experience that will no doubt rival that of Diablo in the years to come.