7 Best Games Like ‘Diablo’ To Scratch That Hack And Slash Itch

Diablo 2 [Blizzard Entertainment]

Diablo is one of the best hack and slash action RPG franchises out there. But it’s been a while since Diablo 3 released, and maybe you’ve played it to death. But there are a lot of other games like Diablo out there for PC, and a few even make it to iOS, Android and current gen consoles like PS4 and Xbox One. For the adventurer eager for just one more dungeon crawl, I’m rounding up the most worthy alternatives to Diablo

Best ‘Diablo’-Style Games

Ah, the gory days of Diablo 2 [Blizzard Entertainment]

Just like Diablo, most of these games are hack and slash action RPGs with an isometric view. Here’s our rundown of the best games similar to Diablo.


The last of the Dwarves [Encore]
  • Developer: Ascaron
  • Publisher: Encore
  • Platforms: PC

Beloved by old-school action #RPG fans, Sacred has the reputation of the Diablo clone that out-Diablos Diablo. And Sacred does feel a lot like all the best bits of Diablo, such as the frantic combat and huge item variety, but expanded into a much bigger world in classic isometric view. The realm of Ancaria in Sacred is vast, and has a lot of above-ground action and wilderness areas as opposed to Diablo‘s strong underground focus. Throw in really cool character concepts (the Demon and Vampire are especially awesome), and you’ll see why, despite its age, the original Sacred is still beloved by fans.

Play if: You want a game like Diablo, but with a bigger world and deeper plot.

‘Path Of Exile’

  • Developer: Grinding Gear Games
  • Publisher: Grinding Gear Games
  • Platform: PC, Xbox One

Path of Exile is a free-to-play game that was developed by action RPG enthusiasts frustrated by the lack of new releases in the genre. So far they haven’t kept fans wanting, as the game has been made fresh by new expansions every year since release. Boasting a dark, gritty atmosphere, plus loads and loads of character and item options to keep you tweaking your build and questing for more. Although the game is free-to-play, new players don’t need to worry about getting wallet-stomped. The micro-transactions involved are mainly cosmetic, and don’t allow pay-to-win strategies. Want a game like Diablo with better multiplayer and continuous stream of content? Doesn’t cost anything to give Path of Exile a spin.

Play if: You like a dark fantasy world, huge character customization and good multiplayer elements

‘Torchlight II’

Torchlight II character classes [Runic Games]
  • Developer: Runic Games
  • Publisher: Runic Games
  • Platform: PC, OSX

The sequel to indie superstar Torchlight, Torchlight II adds new classes, co-op gameplay and an open world full of enemies that are satisfying to kill and packing a huge variety of loot, loot and more loot. Aside from a rich world to plunder, Torchlight II comes with a pretty slick steampunk art style, bring guns, cannons and giant wrenches to what’s traditionally more of a swordfight. Even if you burn through all the available classes on this game, there’s been a bunch of further options added by #Steam‘s modding community.

Play if: You like steampunk style, playing with mods or co-op gameplay.


FATE title screen [WildTanget]
  • Developer: WildTanget
  • Publisher: WildTanget
  • Platform: PC

The FATE series is an old school dungeon crawl game like Diablo but with several crucial twists. It’s got all the typical elements like a seemingly endless variety of randomly generated dungeons and items, but the player character isn’t restricted to a class like other games similar to Diablo. Instead, it uses a skill-based system where you craft your character from the ground up, and a cool pet companion which can be fed items to level up, change its look or even transform into monsters.

Play if: You don’t like class-based characters, you love animal companions.

‘Grim Dawn’

Heard you like it dark [Crate Entertainment]
  • Developer: Crate Entertainment
  • Publisher: Crate Entertainment
  • Platform: PC

Slick, grimdark and modern, Grim Dawn aims to be the spiritual successor to Diablo II, after Blizzard’s latest offering in the series disappointed old school fans. But it’s no generic demon killer. Grim Dawn is set in a Victorian-style post-apocalyptic world, with a cool gothic aesthetic that makes it feel like a combination of Diablo and Bloodborne. Gameplay-wise, it uses classes, but players can combine classes to create new builds and keep their options open. It also ups the RPG elements, with plenty of factions to ally with or antagonize, and plenty of in-game consequences for story decisions. Take on this crapsack world solo if you think you’re hard enough, or take advantage of the 4-person multiplayer.

Play if: You love victorian gothic aesthetics, more developed story and RPG elements, or you want to play with a small group of friends.

‘Titan Quest’

Mummy dearest [THQ Nordic]
  • Developer: Iron lore Entertainment
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platform: PC, iOS, Android

Although it shares DNA with Grim Dawn, Titan Quest is a different action RPG beast. This time, it’s Diablo-style gameplay in a world inspired by ancient (particularly ancient greek) myth. Made by some of the creatives that brought us the Age of Empires series, Titan Quest show its work, with plenty of historical detail and mythological war from real world sources and classic genre films. The recent release, Titan Quest: Anniversary Edition, packs in the latest expansion and features, and remains a strong contender against more recent games.

Play if: You love ancient Greek, Chinese or Middle Eastern mythology, and you don’t want character classes to be too restrictive.

‘Borderlands 2’

Furious combat in Borderlands 2 [THQ 2K Games]
  • Developer: Gearbox Software
  • Publisher: 2K Games
  • Platform: PC, OSX, PS3, PS4, Xbox360, XboxOne

Aesthetically, Borderlands 2 isn’t what you might think of as a Diablo-like game. Ok, it’s a shooter, but take a closer look at those guns. Piles and piles of tiered randomly generated weaponry and gear. Class-and-level based advancement? Borderlands 2 may look like Mad Max in space, but peel back the skin and it’s got a heart of pure Diablo. It’s got the fast paced action, obsessive gear collection and character advancement that makes games like Diablo so addictive, if you’re willing to let a bit of FPS in.

Play if: You love upgrading your character and looting lots of different weapons, but you’re not too attached to medieval fantasy or the isometric viewpoint.

Give The Devil His Due

Kill mobs. Gain levels. Get paid. [Blizzard Entertainment]

I do miss my old Hammerdin from Diablo 2, but at least there are plenty of great games inspired by Diablo for when I need that loot-and-level fix. The quest for more power and more treasure can never really be satisfied, and there are always more dungeons to loot.

Do you know any Diablo alternatives that belong on this list? Let us know in the comments!

This article originally appeared on video games magazine site NowLoading.co. The site is no longer online, but I’ve uploaded a few articles from my time as a staff writer there (2016-2017) here as portfolio samples.

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