Destiny 2 sought to improve on a lot of the issues that plagued the first Destiny while maintaining the frenetic gameplay and satisfying gunplay that Bungie’s known for. And although the sequel had as rocky of a launch as the original, Destiny 2 is in a much better place today thanks to a number of changes and new content included with the Forsaken update.
Whether you’re a former fan, or just a long-time player looking for something new, we’ve got you covered. Here we’ve highlighted some of the best games that manage to scratch that same ‘Destiny 2’ itch. Make sure to check back as we’ll be updating this list in the future with new games.
First up we have Titanfall 2, a sequel that much like Destiny 2 was designed to reach a wider audience. The game features an exceptional single-player campaign, albeit a rather short one. However, the main focus here is Titanfall 2’s movement tech, which allows players to traverse environments quickly and fluidly, thanks to the ability to run on walls and extend air time with a second jump.
And coming from developer Respawn, Titanfall 2’s shooting mechanics are nothing short of amazing, with aiming and firing feeling both snappy and responsive. Additionally, the game’s multiplayer has seen resurgence in popularity following the success of Respawn’s follow-up project, Apex Legends.
Speaking of which, Respawn has managed to disrupt the Battle Royale genre with Apex Legends by incorporating elements of Titanfall and popular hero shooters like Overwatch. The 3v3 PvP game may not have wall running, but what’s here is a solid free-to-play shooter with a diverse selection of weapons and character classes.
Since the game’s surprise launch in February, Respawn’s been adding new characters and cosmetics as well as making refinements and balances to gameplay. Apex currently features 9 different characters to pick from, with each one having distinct abilities that effect how battles play out, similar to Destiny’s Hunter/Titan/Warlock classes.
Warframe is another title that has managed to consistently deliver players a polished and rewarding gameplay experience at no cost for entry. Digital Extremes’ free-to-play, third-person shooter features a robust and unique class and weapon crafting system that allows players to create powerful builds without sinking in any real world money.
Of course, this all comes at the cost of time, meaning players looking forgo purchasing any in-game platinum can expect a lot of grinding. The game has a similar sci-fi aesthetic as Destiny 2 as well as fast-paced PvE combat. Additionally, the recent Plains of Eidolon update makes some significant changes to one of the Warframe’s open world locations, adding a new threat and a host of technical improvements.
World War Z
World War Z offers Left 4 Dead-style gameplay at a time when Valve doesn’t seem to care about developing new zombie shooters. The game has squads of up to four players taking on missions that span across the globe and eliminating massive waves of the undead. Although WWZ is played from a third-person perspective, fans of Destiny will still find the game’s combat extremely satisfying thanks to its proprietary Swarm Engine, which allows for gory zombie executions. Headshots cause zombie’s craniums to burst into bloody messes and targeting specific body parts can cause limbs to fall off.
The game features six unique classes that can be upgraded and equipped with new skills that affect gameplay and become essential on higher difficulties. Developer Saber Interactive has been actively communicating with the playerbase and has plans to release an update which will add new missions and zombie types in the near-future.
Next is Borderlands 2, which has no doubt played a major role in influencing modern ‘looter shooter’ games like Destiny. Developed by Gearbox, the game serves as a blueprint for how an engaging co-op first person shooter should look and feel. Additionally, the sequel has a pretty lengthy 30-hour campaign which can be extended with additional content and modifiers.
Although the dialogue hasn’t particularly aged well, the game’s unique cel-shaded art style still holds up in 2019 and has recently been updated to support 4K graphics. And even though the original Borderlands wasn’t too shabby, we prefer Borderlands 2 simply because it has more environment variety in addition to some quality of life improvements.
Deep Rock Galactic
Deep Rock Galactic is a co-op focused first-person shooter that has up to four players controlling foul-mouthed dwarves and completing contracts for an intergalactic mining company. Missions have you exploring diverse underground biomes filled with hostile creatures as you try to collect resources that can be useful for upgrading your equipment and skills and keeping management happy.
The game features four different classes which each fulfill a specific role in supporting teammates and ensuring survival. Developer Ghost Ship Games has been supporting the game since its February 2018 release, adding new maps, enemy types, and timed events for players to check out.
The Division 2
The Division 2 is a culmination of everything developer Massive Entertainment has learned from player feedback regarding the first game, and contained a lot more content at launch than the original. The game takes place in Washington D.C. seven months after the events of the first game in the midst of a civil war between survivors and deadly enemy factions.
Players are able to team-up in four-player squads and take on PvE missions in large, dynamic environments packed with challenging foes. Additionally, The Division 2’s PvP component has been reworked and now includes multiple ‘Dark Zones’ where players can face-off and earn more powerful gear. With a recent update that added a brand-new 8-player raid, Ubisoft has plans to support the game long-term.
Halo 5: Guardians
Bungie may no longer be creating Halo games, but that doesn’t mean the series hasn’t been making substantial improvements ever since 343’s taken over. Halo 5: Guardians is the latest entry and pits players against a mysterious and unstoppable force threatening to destroy the galaxy, all while searching for a Master Chief who’s disappeared.
While the game’s story campaign is rather brief, clocking in around 8-12 hours, the real highlight here is Halo 5’s multiplayer, which introduced a new 24-player Warzone mode that sprinkles in AI enemies into already chaotic PvP team fights. Since its October 2015 release, the game has gone on to receive ten free content updates, adding new modes, maps, weapons, and armor.
Risk of Rain 2
Risk of Rain 2 is an Early Access Steam title that’s been making big waves due to its shift from a side-scrolling 2D platformer to a full 3D third-person shooter. However, the sequel has maintained the series’ energetic combat as well as its Roguelike mechanics, which sees you attempting to survive as long as possible while enemies become increasingly difficult.
The game rewards you for fighting through hordes of alien monsters with better gear to augment your character’s abilities. Currently, Risk of Rain 2 has six different character classes, which developer Hopoo Games plans to expand on in the future.
Anthem is a lot closer to being like Destiny than BioWare would like us to believe. The third-person action game fulfills every dream of becoming Iron Man and has up to four players exploring the world of Bastion, eliminating different species of powerful monsters and collecting powerful gear. Aside from satisfying combat and traversal systems, the game has some of the best customization options for making your javelin stand out.
While Anthem’s lack of end-game content and poor optimization has been well-documented by this point, the recent Sunken Stronghold update added a new raid and fixes for a myriad of performance issues. The game may not be anywhere close to perfect, but BioWare is finally on track to addressing many of Anthem’s issues.
Rage 2 is an upcoming first-person shooter developed by id Software and Avalanche Studios. The game is set 30 years after the events of the original Rage, and has you controlling Walker, the last surviving ranger in a post-apocalyptic world that’s been inhabited by deadly mutants following an asteroid collision on Earth.
Aside from a huge open-world filled with traveling bandits and enemy strongholds to infiltrate, you’ll have access to an array of superhuman abilities, called Nanotrites, which grant unique traversal and combat options. Destiny fans will enjoy how fluid and fast-paced Rage 2’s combat is in addition to the diversity of its environments, which range from barren deserts to muddy swamps to high-tech facilities.
Cyberpunk 2077 is an upcoming first-person action RPG developed and published by CD Projekt. The game is an adaptation of the 1988 tabletop game Cyberpunk 2020, set fifty-seven years later in a dystopian future. Players will create a customizable character named V, and explore the six distinct regions that make up Night City, the game’s open-world.
While playing as V, you’ll be able to use experience points to upgrade stats and invest in skills based on the game’s three classes: NetRunner, Techie, and Solo. Additionally, V has an arsenal of ranged and close combat weapons at their disposal which can be modified and upgraded as well.
Atomic Heart is an upcoming first-person shooter from indie developer Mundfish. The game takes place in an alternate universe where a technical revolution under the Soviet Union’s regime has taken place. The player assumes control of a Soviet KGB officer who’s been tasked with infiltrating a secret facility that’s gone radio silent and find out what’s gone wrong.
Atomic Heart features an expansive open-world, consisting of several regions with different biomes and structures with multiple levels to explore. In addition to deadly robots, players will have to deal with zombies and a myriad of other bizarre, hostile creatures throughout the game.
Void Bastards is an upcoming strategy first-person shooter that has you planning and executing a space prison escape. Inspired by games like BioShock and System Shock 2, gameplay focuses on exploring derelict spaceships, scavenging whatever supplies you can find and taking out enemies that get in your way. The game provides you with ship layouts ahead of time, allowing you to strategize which route to take and make note of any defenses.
Unlike most FPS, you don’t have to fight every battle with guns, as Void Bastards features a number of traps and tools that can be upgraded and used to distract or deter enemies, leaving room for different playstyles. The game utilizes Roguelike mechanics that add variety to each run as new characters come equipped with unique skills. However, death isn’t heavily penalized, with crafting progress shared across every run.