Just Cause 2: This game is well known for being one of the few games to have a wide, expansive open world. This title is perfect for you if you like the “craziness” of Grand Theft Auto and the sand-box type gameplay. The map is broken up into different environments including a massive desert, mountain ranges, two cities and a few jungles placed here and there. Although the game doesn’t have a licensed soundtrack like Grand Theft Auto V, you’ll enjoy the ambient soundtrack that plays when you glide through the air in your parachute. The parachute itself is a key item in the game. You can use it as many times as you want with no penalty and it’s one of the many reasons why many enjoyed this game. The game takes a while to complete seeing as the story itself is only about 25-30% of the game completion while the games score “Chaos”
Also in development is a multiplayer mod for the PC which should add a lot of replay value to the game.
Available on: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
Driver San Francisco: The long awaited sequel to the “infamous” Driver series known to be mocked a plenty by Rockstar, went under a drastic change when the “getting out of cars” mechanic was taken out and replaced with a mysterious Shift feature. This allows the player to shift in and out of cars at will, placing the camera above the city allowing you to view San Francisco and shift back into cars anywhere you like. This game also features a wide, open area to drive around - clocking in at 208 miles of road leaving you with lots of space to work with. The driving physics is very reminiscent of 70’s car chase movies allowing you to drift and curve around corners very easily. You might have fun with the in-game replay editor too. You can film clips and edit them with ease; you can create your own car-chase movie with a few presses of buttons.
Available on: PC, Xbox 360, PS3 and Wii
PayDay The Heist: Is a first-person shooter, 4 player co-op game that allows you to pull off a series of “heists” with aid of your friends online. This game is very similar to VALVe Software’s Left 4 Dead and even got its own DLC level set before the first level of the game. There are 7 different heists to play through ranging from a bank to ambushing a prison transport. The game includes a lot of variation of events including the location of various items relevant to the heist or keycodes that might or might not work. Players have to be on their toes at all times as these different events can trip the player and the rest of team up resulting in the failure of the heist.
Available on: PC and PS3
Saints Row Series: This series is well known for being completely over the top in both gameplay and it's writing. Nowadays this is the game that is somewhat competing with the Grand Theft Auto series in being the top "Sandbox" game. You start off a gangstar and work your way up to become the boss of the Third Street Saints! Each game in the series includes a variety of things to do including "Insurance Fruad" where you ragdoll you character into many things as possible or "Septic Avenger" where you shoot feces at buildings for cash. Also the game has been praised for it's extensive character customization allowing you to create whoever you want!
Available on: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
Sleeping Dogs: This game started out as True Crime: Hong Kong, later renamed to just True Crime. It was cancelled by Activision but later acquired by Square Enix who gave it a fresh coat of paint and renamed it to Sleeping Dogs. The combat flows extremely well allowing you to stitch together intense and brutal combos. The driving mechanics are very tight and feel like a driving game like Forza or Need For Speed and the shooting doesn't feel constrained and clunky. The story is based on "Infernal Affairs" and you play as an undercover cop called Wei Shen in a open-world Hong Kong.
Available on: PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.
If you think you know any games that are similar in features to GTA V then please post them below (you can also include any previous GTA games too)! Also, apologies for any mistakes or sloppiness here and there - I've been extremely tired for the past few days and I just wanted to make this thread before I forget about it.