If you’re looking for similar games like Destiny to keep yourself busy this year, you’re in luck. There’s a whole host of games similar to Destiny which will no doubt appeal to you.
It didn’t take too long for fans of the original Halo series to jump onto Bungie’s next big venture. The multiplayer aspect mixed in with the looter-shooter feel of Destiny was a huge success. Destiny is a great game to play with friends and players can spend hours kitting out their characters. As this is an FPS game at its core, players will feel at ease learning the controls and systems in any of these titles.
For now, let’s take a quick look at why Destiny became so popular, what it offers and why we all love it so much.
Release Date: September 9, 2014
Platforms: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Although Destiny 2 is the most recent installment in the franchise, it’s well worth going back and checking out where it all started. Players take on the role of a Guardian, a protector of Earth’s last city from the alien races. You’ll explore a large world, encountering hordes of alien foes.
Playing with friends is one of the best parts of Destiny. This title puts a large emphasis on cooperative play with a variety of MMO mechanics thrown in for good measure.
This is a great game for those who are looking for an engaging story and a long list of stuff to do that you can easily get lost in. Players can improve their Guardians with experience points or complete quests and choose from different perks and special abilities. In terms of combat, you’ll need to be tactical in fights if you want to survive.
Even though Destiny came out almost six years ago, it’s still a great looking game. It isn’t the most demanding game to run smoothly either which is great news for those with aging systems. The system requirements for this game recommend an Intel Core i7-860 and either an AMD Radeon HD 7850 or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti. It may be a bit tricky to find these components these days, but something along the lines of a GeForce GTX 1650 would work perfectly well.
Now that we’ve taken a brief look at what made the original Destiny so special, let’s move onto some of our favorite games that share some similar traits.
Release Date: 13 September 2019
Platforms: macOS, Stadia, Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
In this edition of Borderlands, you’ll make your way through several new worlds, each with their own theme and set of enemies. There are four new Vault Hunters to play as, each with their own skill tree that you’ll be able to progress through in any way you want.
If collecting loot is your favorite part of playing a game, there’s no better title to pick up than Borderlands 3. This iteration in the Borderlands franchise prides itself on having an absolutely massive amount of weapons to find and collect, with no two being the same.
Each gun even manages to have its own distinct feel with different brands, elemental types, fire rates and of course, damage outputs. Some gun types are suited towards certain play-styles, but that doesn’t stop you from experimenting.
Borderlands 3 is more of the same if you’ve played any of the previous titles, with refinements throughout. The game looks great too, the art style is still pleasing to look at although you may need to change out a few components to get the best FPS. The recommended requirements are a lot higher than if you are used to playing Destiny, you’ll need at least an AMD Ryzen 5 2600 processor and an AMD Radeon RX 590 or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 for some great looking gameplay.
Release Date: February 22, 2019
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
For more fast-paced sci-fi action, it could be well worth checking out EA’s Anthem. In Anthem, you’ll play as a Freelancer who takes control of a powerful exosuit called a Javelin. As with most mech-genre games, these Javelins provide increased speed, strength, endurance, and abilities.
Each Javelin will have its own set of pros and cons and you’ll be able to make the most use of them with the help of your teammates. The gameplay is fast, frantic and there is plenty of jumping around, flying, and diving in and out of combat during gameplay.
The open-world is powered by the Frostbite engine and looks fantastic. The environments are diverse and the interior areas are complex and great to explore. To get the most out of this game though, you’re going to want a decent system. To achieve a stable frame rate, you’re going to want to be running at least 16 GB of RAM, an Intel Core i7-4790K, and an Nvidia RTX 2060.
Monster Hunter: World
Release Date: January 26, 2018
Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows
Although Monster Hunter: World may seem like a far cry from what you’d expect in Destiny, there’s so much on offer here and the multiplayer aspect is by far the most enjoyable part. Monster Hunter: World is a third-person RPG that sees players face off against huge beasts, monsters, and dragon-like creatures.
One of the main senses of progression comes from the upgrade system. Once you slay a monster you’ll be rewarded with raw materials that you can use to build new armor, weapons, and abilities. While this can sometimes involve a bit of grinding to get what you want, the thrill of the hunt with your friends is more than worth the time investment.
Considering the scope of the game, you shouldn’t have too much trouble playing it. You will want to go beyond the recommended requirements for the best settings though as you might encounter some stuttering if you stick with the recommended hardware. A mid-range build would be perfect for Monster Hunter: World though.
Tom Clancy's The Division 2
Release Date: March 15, 2019
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Stadia
Following on from the success of the first game, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 expands on what fans love and brought even more features to the game. Set seven months after the virus hit New York City, The Division 2 takes place in Washington D.C. where you and your team must try to stop the fall of society after the pandemic.
This is a solid third-person shooter title and puts a real emphasis on working with a team during co-op shootouts. Ubisoft has always been great at crafting an open world and The Division 2 is no different. There’s plenty to see and do here and the locations and scenery are stunning.
So stunning in fact that Ubisoft has a pretty extensive set of system requirements on their website. There’s the standard minimum and recommended requirements, but to get the most out of your game you’ll want to aim for either the 1440p 60 FPS or 4K minimums. These will stress your system a lot more than Destiny and it’s recommended that you pick up an Nvidia GTX 1070 for 1440p or an Nvidia Geforce RTX 2080 Ti for 4K gaming.
Release Date: May 15, 2012
Platforms: Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch
For our final game, we’re going to take a break from the FPS genre and go with something a little bit different. If one of your favorite parts of Destiny is upgrading your character with different weapons, abilities, and pieces of armor, Diablo 3 might be the perfect game to jump on to.
Although Diablo 3 is fairly old at this point, it has aged pretty well. It may take a bit of getting used to the camera angle of this game, but anyone who has played a MOBA before should pick it up pretty quickly.
Diablo 3 is an ARPG that takes place in a world ravaged by demons and monsters. It has a dark and gritty tone as well as a wide variety of environments to discover. You can choose one of eight different classes, each with their own weapon types and skillsets. You’ll spend a lot of your time crunching the numbers, trying to work out what the perfect weapon and armor setup is best for your character.
With this being a top-down style game, the system requirements are nothing to worry about if you can already play Destiny on your system. Any budget system with a dedicated GPU will likely be able to run Diablo 3 at its highest settings. If you’re looking for some ideas on where to start, why not check out our build guides?
Any of the above games will be a great switch up after you’ve finished playing Destiny. Many of them don’t have the most demanding requirements either so your system will probably cope pretty well with similar games.
Out of all of them, we’d say that Anthem is probably the closest to Destiny if you’re looking for something similar. However, if you’re after something a bit different, Diablo 3 is always a great game to get stuck into - especially with a fourth iteration on the way soon.
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