The old Halo developers, Bungie, really hyped us up with their announcement of Destiny in 2013. The game looked really different from the way it combined FPS and RPG elements, plus the looting looked really nice. When it came out, though still a good game, many were let down. The second game Destiny 2, however, came back to right its mistakes with better balancing, more frequent updates, better dungeons, raids and drop-rates and a refined multiplayer. The story was much bigger this time, too.
The latest expansion to the game is Forsaken and it is praised by many of its players that it brings Destiny 2 closer to the game that people wanted to play for years. The way it balances the inventory system, the sheer amount of loot and replayability it brings and the astonishing places it takes you to make this a great addition to the base game.
However, if you are Destiny 2 player, you are likely to run it dry in a couple of weeks, or maybe you do not play Destiny 2 and just want a game with similar mechanics. Either way, we compiled a list of similar games to it for you to jump right in.
Similar Games Like Destiny 2 Forsaken
Today, we brought you some of the absolute best games like Destiny 2: Forsaken that give you with a huge world to explore and a lot of exciting gameplay elements.
1. Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 is an easy comparison to Destiny 2, and maybe the closest since it is also an FPS/looter/RPG game that you can play co-op with your friends. In its second entry, the game got better in almost every aspect with better open-world levels, an infinite number of guns and even more dark-humor. It’s been a while since it got released so you can buy the game with its DLCs for a really low price and DLCs are really what makes this game to be honest. The main game is great, but its extra content for this game is probably the best DLC ever made for a video game.
There aren’t any PvP modes other than challenging your co-op friends to a duel, but if you’ve loved Destiny 2’s gameplay, it doesn’t get any better than Borderlands 2.
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Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nvidia Shield
2. Halo 5: Guardians
As we all know, Destiny is developed by Bungie, the old Halo developers. Even though there aren’t any looting/RPG elements in Halo 5, the shooting mechanics, the co-op and the multiplayer bear many resemblances to the Destiny series. It features a campaign with 3 other NPCs that you can order around on the huge levels, but you can clearly see that this singleplayer mode was made for 4 player co-op, and that is how you will enjoy it to the maximum.
Halo’s biggest selling point is its multiplayer modes, and it accomplishes to combine classic Halo gameplay with new, innovative features such as the new War Zone map where you can win by doing many different tasks: capturing locations, killing enemy players or killing strong NPC bosses. Maps are great for both vehicles and infantry and support classic Halo gameplay. If you want an excellent co-op and multiplayer experience with fast, arena-style gameplay for your Xbox One, Halo 5: Guardians is a great choice.
Platforms: Xbox One
Warframe nails the coffin in so many different areas, it is unbelievable. You control biomechanical armors called “Warframes” through multiple planets and galaxies, doing missions and looting. There are so many different guns, katanas, bows, abilities and different characters that you can play with and they all play extremely well with smooth, flashy and impactful abilities and different weapons. All of those can be customized as well, so in addition to playing different Warframes, you can play one with different approaches as well.
The game gives you a great sense of progression. With each loot, mission, boss, and planet, you really feel like getting stronger. Each level has different platform puzzles and can be traversed very smoothly thanks to many Warframes’ movement, climbing, gliding and sliding abilities. Plus, it is free-to-play and almost every item in the game can be acquired by just playing the game and the game is available on almost every platform. It is frequently updated with missions and raids and you can play all of them with your friends. If you are not careful, you can easily sink in thousands of gameplay into this, so proceed with caution.
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Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One
4. Tom Clancy’s The Division
Like Diablo 3, The Division didn’t get a very smooth launch. There were many bugs, balance issues and so on. But the developers did the impossible and kept updating the game with bug fixes, improvements and new additions. Today, the game stands in a beautiful spot and many of the old players are returning. It is set in New York where the city is almost wiped by a virus. The story is mediocre, but the way it plays, the weekly missions, raids, the looting and the progression is what makes this game, very much like Destiny.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One
5. Diablo 3
Blizzard’s famous ARPG series do not need any introduction as Diablo set the standard in the genre years ago, especially with its second game. Sadly, Diablo 3 did not get a proper launch and felt like an unfinished game when it came out. But just like The Division, it got better and better, especially with the Reaper of Souls DLC.
The game initially divided the player base since it is a lot more casual than Diablo 2 and other ARPGs of today, but there is enjoyment to be had for every kind of player here. You can just beat the campaign and be done with it, or be competitive every season (Yes, there are “seasons” in the game, just like MOBAs.) and grind the most optimal gear for the extremely difficult, high-difficulty dungeons. If you like the grinding gameplay of ARPGs, tons of loot and gear, Diablo 3 is a solid experience.
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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Mac OS
Mass Effect series has been a love of the RPG players for a long time since the first game’s release in 2007. How the shooting elements come together with RPG elements, the distinct classes with different abilities, the way you can customize and utilize your squad, how you interact with your squad and different NPCs and your decisions actually having an impact on the world, Mass Effect have been a massive success with each of its first 3 entries.
The third game finally concludes Commander Shepard’s quest to save the galaxy from Reapers with an epic storyline that truly makes you feel responsible. The gameplay is improved with many more weapons, upgrades, classes and abilities and traveling across the galaxy is made even easier. The game also featured a great co-op mode that you can play with your friends, be it survival or missions. It is an epic end to and epic story and deserves to play by every RPG fan.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U
Even though it is older than Borderlands 2 and Pre-Sequel, the original Borderlands game still holds up pretty well with its amazing shooter/looter elements. It has all the series’ trademark qualities such as different classes with distinct gameplay, an infinite number of different weapons, incredible loot, goofy humor and characters.
Like all Borderlands games, it has a number of amazing DLCs that you must get. If you are planning to play all the Borderlands games, this is the place to start.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PS3, Xbox 360, Mac OS
8. E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy
E.Y.E is one of the oddest video games of all time. It is incomparably amazing in some areas, those being the number of ways that you can play the game with dozens of different “researches”, abilities, upgrades, weapons and cyber upgrades. The gameplay is amazing and extremely unique; the only game that I can think of that bears any resemblance to E.Y.E is the original Deus Ex. But it also features a lot of bugs and game mechanics that will frustrate you to no end. It is extremely hard to pick up since it features dozens of different gameplay and upgrade mechanics and the in-game tutorial videos are not that helpful.
It is a Source game and feels like a Half-Life 2 total conversion mode rather than a full, separate game. The story is extremely odd too, plus it is a French game and the translation is not the best, so you will encounter a lot of awkward conversations but there is a community patch for that. Also, the game can be played co-op, up to 32 players. Yeah, 32. Overall, it is actually a really unique, one-of-a-kind experience. My advice to you is: Be patient and the give the game time. Once you master its gameplay and RPG elements, it can easily become one of your favorite games of all time.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows
9. Path of Exile
Although not a shooter, Path of Exile is the game for dungeon raiders and loot-lovers. Being one of the best ARPG of all time (For so many, it is the best ARPG of all time.), the game contains so much quality content that I cannot simply explain it all here briefly. The game revolves around a huge (And I mean, huge) skill tree and an extremely wide variety of gems that can be combined to form a literally infinite number of skill combinations. It is the game that gives players the most amount of choice in all gaming existence and can be replayed dozens of times, with each being completely different than the last one.
It showers you with randomly generated loot in each area; there will be times that you will not be able to see anything other than items. There is no currency in the game, instead, it uses a very smart trading economy. To top it off, it is completely free-to-play and updated frequently with a growing player base. There are cosmetics and extra storage you can buy with real money, but that is all. All in all, it is the Diablo 2 of our era and a game that every gamer should at least try once.
Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
10. Grim Dawn
As a third ARPG on our list, Grim Dawn manages the find the sweet spot between Path of Exile’s overwhelming complexity and Diablo 3’s underwhelming simplicity. With a dark world and storyline, tons of loot and satisfying gameplay, Grim Dawn is one of the best ARPGs in the genre right now. The way that you can choose a secondary class midway through the game really adds to the variety and the replayability of the game in addition to the 7 distinct classes it has.
Big skill trees, the active abilities of certain items, the secondary class system and the Devotion passive skill system provide players with multiple layers of character development. If you love ARPGs, grinding and looting for long sessions, jump right in as there is a reason Grim Dawn is called “Diablo 3 done right.”.
Platforms: Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
11. Borderlands: Pre-Sequel
Pre-Sequel takes place before Borderlands 2 and tells the tale of Handsome Jack and how he became the charismatic villain he is in the Borderlands 2. Gameplay-wise, though, it is the same old BL we all know and love with just enough tweaks to keep things fresh. Different classes with crazy, unique gameplay, an infinite variety of loot, mods and crazy humor. Again, it is recommended that you play the 20 hour-or-so campaign with 3 other friends to get the most enjoyment out of it as possible, but it is still a blast to play alone. After Borderlands 1 and 2, this is the place to go.
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux, Nvidia Shield
12. Final Fantasy XIV
Delving into the world MMORPGs, we have Final Fantasy XIV as our 12th pick for good reasons. While it is not a shooter like Destiny 2, the huge world, the grand-scale story and the well-implemented RPG elements are there to make up for it. If you feel underwhelmed by the story of Destiny 1 and 2, I am happy to tell you that FF XIV is one the best games that tell a great story in an MMORPG.
The game also controls great on consoles and that is something we didn’t see very much of. The PvP aspect is not so great as it mostly focuses on PvE with large scale dungeons and raids. If you are looking to jump into a big story and loot big dungeons with epic fights, be it with your friends or alone, FF XIV is worth checking out.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, OS X
13. Titanfall 2
While Destiny 1 and 2 are mainly focused on co-op raids, they both included a PvP multiplayer and it got even better on Destiny 2. If you want to ditch the looting and the co-op for an even more fun PvP shooter experience, Titanfall 2 is one of the best. The first Titanfall almost redefined the FPS genre with player jetpacks, wall-running different futuristic gadgets and player controllable “Titans”. But it lacked a bit of depth and players were bored of it quickly, but EA came to correct their mistake and added a singleplayer mode and much more depth to its focus, multiplayer.
If you have never played Titanfall before, it is an arcade shooter with advanced movement and weaponry while featuring different and distinct classes of customizable of “Titans” (Which are basically war machines with blades, guns and rockets) that you can call after some time or a killstreak. It is one of the most fun and innovative shooters on the market with a big fanbase, while I think it is still underrated. If you want a fast, fun and different shooter game with badass robots fighting each other, Titanfall 2 is almost guaranteed to be addictive.
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PS4, Xbox One
If you are like me and love both shooting and looting, Destiny is a great franchise. But there are also other games that combine FPS/RPG elements together to a beautiful, hybrid gameplay or focus on one.
Either way, if you like Destiny, we are sure that you will enjoy at least a couple of games we mentioned here and if you do, let us know below in comments.