A rich storyline, colorful imagery, relatable characters, and never-ending action, Destiny has a looter-shooter series that has been entertaining fans since 2014.
There have been tons of updates to this online multiplayer, first-person shooter game, too, which has further added to its appeal. If you’re a fan of the game, but you’re looking for something new to play that offers a similar experience, you’re in luck, because there are plenty of titles to choose from.
We’ve put together some of the top games that are similar to Destiny, including several that incorporate new dimensions. Below, you’ll find an overview of our top picks.
Destiny Game Features
|September 9, 2014
| PlayStation 3
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If you’re a fan of lore, then you’re definitely going to want to check out Halo. This series of games goes even deeper into lore, and we have to admit that it’s really captivating and totally sucked us in. The same studio that created Destiny originally worked on Halo.
The makers behind this game crafted a stunning universe in which the main character, named John-117, resides in. Featuring epic locations and captivating storylines, Halo features an interstellar story that follows humanity’s fight against the evil forces that are trying to take them down, known as the Covenant, and it’s chock-full of emotion.
Many fans claim that the third installment of the series – Halo 3 – is the pinnacle of the series, and while it is impressive, additional installments have been just as great.
The deep lore featured in Halo spans over the course of millennia and examines awe-inspiring bygone civilizations, and the battle between humans and aliens that has always existed. If you’re a fan of Destiny, we have no doubt that you’re going to be impressed with Halo.
2. Apex Legends
Next on our list of games that are similar to Destiny is Apex Legends. Developed by Respawn Entertainment and published by Electronic Arts, this title was released in February of 2019 for PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and Windows.
Though the genre is different, Apex Legends has proven to be just as popular as Destiny 2. It’s a free battle-royle game starring characters from the Respawn universe known as Titanfall.
Despite the fact that the genre is different, Apex Legends gameplay is similar and feels familiar. As you’d expect from a hero shooter game, you get to select who will fill a spot on your squad from a roster of impressive characters.
You’ll play in the first-person, and all hearos have their own unique skills, equipment, and weapons to use. Furthermore, all characters feature specific traversal capabilities that allow them to make their way across the arena faster.
While the gameplay is first-person, you play in a squad of three, and together, you and your squad will compete against 19 other teams of three player squads. While that might sound intense – and it can be – the tone of the game is actually quite casual, as the cartoonish imagery creates a lighthearted style, the skills are easy to comprehend, and the recoil is minor.
Apex Legends is constantly evolving, as Respawn Entertainment is constantly adding updates and patches to the title. Apex Legends continues to grow, and each year, it’s bigger than the previous year.
Warframe, which was both developed and published by Digital Extremes, was released in 2013 for PS4, PS5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series, and Nintendo Switch.
Some argue that Warframe is the most similar to Destiny, and it’s easy to see why, because technically speaking, it’s essentially the same game.
Like Destiny, Warframe is a free-to-play, science-fiction, open-world shooter looter role playing, semi-MMO game. There is one main difference between Warframe and Destiny, however, and that is that the melee combat system featured in the former is more intense than the system that is used in the latter.
With that said, however, when you first start out, the combat might feel somewhat janky. Another major difference is that Destiny is played in the third-person perspective and it’s a lot faster, too.
However, similar to Destiny, you do some skills and weapons, including melee and ranged, to use; furthermore, the traversal capabilities are impressive.
The main character of Warframe is a warrior known as Tenno, and he has the ability to control the exo-suits, which are equipped with the most cutting-edge technologies. You’ll need to complete 30 primary quests, which detail a permanent intergalactic war. The storyline, the quests, and the features can be used by all players, as cosmetic options are all that’s blocked by paywalls.
The journey in this game is casual, too. There are several hubs, including your starship (which you can customize), and cities. You select a mission and travel to a specific region, which is pretty linear, yet a bit wider. Nevertheless, there are more than 40 different Warframes, and there are lots of customization elements.
You can play Warframe solo or with a group of friends. In addition co-op mode, there are several other modes, such as PvP, PvPvE, and starship, among others. All in all, Warframe introduces players to an expansive system that they can explore, as well as a variety of activities that they can enjoy.
4. Deep Rock Galactic
If the idea of combining science-fiction, dwarfs, and shooting sounds appealing to you, then you’re definitely going to want to check out Deep Rock Galactic. Developed and published by Ghost Ship Games, this title was released on 2020 on Xbox One, Xbox Series, Windows, PS4, and PS5. This first-person shooter game features high-tech weapons, impressive gadgets, loads of tools, and super-cool perks.
Up to four people can play this fantasy first-person shooter game, and while the story isn’t exactly spectacular (in fact, a real storyline is lacking); however, you do get to battle endless hordes of enemies as you make your way through a series of caves.
Because it’s a shooter looter title, as you move your way through the caves, you can score loads of resources. Furthermore, you can select one of three classes to travel through the cave system.
Deep Rock Galactic’s map is procedurally generated. All areas are brimming with loot, adversaries, and bosses. Additionally, you have the ability to drill through any wall in order to keep moving your way forward, as the entire environment can be destroyed.
All in all, Deep Rock Galactic is a quirky, lighthearted, and simplistic, yet challenging game. This title really is everything that you would expect a dungeon crawler shooter looter game that stars disgruntled dwarfs as heroes.
5. Borderlands 3
Next we have Borderlands 3. This title was developed by Gearbox Software, was published by 2K Games, and was released in 2019 on macOS, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Windows, and Google Stadia.
The first title to ever be released in the shooter looter genre that was massively successful in the mainstream, and the second title was the climax. While the third installment was just as good as the first two, it does feel a bit redundant; that’s okay though, because fans of Borderlands wanted another title that offered the same experience, but it’s grander, explosive, and is even more intense.
Like the first two installments in the series, Borderland 3 is a shooter looter RPG. You’ll get to choose one of the classes for active and passive skill branches, and then you’ll level-up to boost the damage, skill points, and HP.
From there, progress is pretty much linear; you’ll shoot, loot, level up, and move forward. With that said, however, there are loads upon loads of weapons and gear at your disposal, and all pieces from a “manufacturer”, and the manufacturers equip their gear and weapons with specific benefits.
Despite the upgrades, we do have to say that the storyline in Boarderlands 3 just isn’t as good as it was in the first two installments; however, there is a story to follow, but it just isn’t as good.
You can play either solo or in co-op mode, and either way, you’ll be up against the Calixto brothers for whatever loot you can find in the Vaults, which house ancient treasures that are scattered about distant realms.
6. The Division
The Division is an action-adventure, looter shooter RPG that was developed by Massive Entertainment, published by Ubisoft, and was released in 2016 on PS4, Windows, Xbox One, and Google Stadia. The gameplay offers a unique experience, as it combines combat with online features.
You’ll make your way across the streets of New York, either on your own or with as many as three other players. The things you do and the interactions that you have will define the fate of your character, which is dubbed an “Agent”.
As mentioned, the Division is an action-adventure looter shooter RPG. The gameplay is quite unique, as it brings together tactical combat, a massive arena, and online features.
As mentioned, the game is set in New York, and either solo or with squad of up to three players, you’ll travel across the streets of the city, looking for and collecting loot, and shooting at any adversaries that come your way.
The campaign is the main mode, as it takes you or your team through a city that has been ravaged by vicious NPCs. Other modes include raids, co-op, PvE, PvPvE, and PvP. The Division has evolved since it was first introduced in 2016, and it has definitely improved.
There’s seasonal content, too, as well as dynamic events. Finally, there are lots of options to choose from that you can use to customize your characters.
7. Dying Light 2: Stay Human
Developed and published by Techland, Dying Light is one of the most recent games that are similar to Destiny, as the title was released in early 2022. It was released on PS4, P5, Xbox One, Xbox Series, Windows, and Nintendo Switch.
An open-world FPS RPG that combines crafting, looting, and survival elements, it’s definitely similar to Destiny. With that said, however, Dying Light 2 is a whole lot more than the collection of the elements it encompasses, as it offers a zombie shooter experience that has been redefined.
You can play this game in single-player mode, or in co-op mode with up to three friends. However you play, your unique campaign is yours, and yours alone; in other words, if you’re playing with others, they won’t have any impact on the outcome of the game.
The main character is Aiden, whom you’ll play as, and the game takes place in The City, the last remaining element of human civilization. The choices you make and the actions you take will determine the fate of the survivors.
The storyline, combat, and parkour traversal, as well as the graphics, are all premium-scale; however, the real hook is the gameplay loop. You’ll take on a mission, explore the world around you, come up against hordes of zombies, and you’ll loot, craft your own supplies, and will level-up, too. Wash, rinse, repeat.
Finally, Dying Light 2 features a day-night cycle, and this cycle affects how the zombies, or the “Infected” function. Hint: they’re more erratic and are much more unpredictable when the sun goes down, so traveling at nightfall is extremely dangerous.
Next up on our list of games that are similar to Destiny is Outriders. The title is fairly new to the scene, as it was released in the spring of 2021 for PS4, PS5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series. The game was developed by People Can Fly and it was published by Square Enix.
Outriders and Destiny share a lot of commonalities; in fact, the commonalities are so many that fans of Destiny greatly anticipated the release of the title.
A shooter-looter RPG with four classes, as well as elemental abilities, the game is set in a sci-fi alien world; all features that are similar to Destiny. You’ll have a combination of high-tech weapons, advanced skills, and traversal abilities, all of which you can use for first-person combat.
The loot in this title works like it does in any action-RPG games, as you’ll continue to face combat in order to acquire new and improved gear, which, like with other games in the same genre, can really become addictive. It is important to note that trying to find your next modifier, craft, and skill can take up a lot of time.
You can play Outriders either solo or co-op. Much of the game is played as you travel across the linear quests that you select, as well as in dungeons, and on individualized instances.
It’s important to note that when Outriders was first released, there were a lot of glitches and issues; however, it has evolved, and the evolutions have definitely improved the game since it came onto the scene. Now, it acts the way you’d expect an AAA title to behave.
9. Monster Hunter Rise
If you’re looking for a game that’s similar to Destiny, but instead of using guns, you use massive swords, then Monster Hunter Rise is definitely a title you’re going to want to check out. Developed and published by Capcom, the title was released in the spring of 2021 on Windows and Nintendo Switch.
In this game, you’ll play as a Monster Hunter, a special warrior that hunts and takes down dangerous beasts in exchange for money. The story starts on an open world, on which you can explore a variety of maps that you can visit to embark on challenging combat.
The intention of the game is to select a quest on a hub – a city – and then battle your prey in the world. It’s important to note that the battles are challenging. The monsters you’ll need to take down include dragons, mythical beats, and giants. You’ll use a combination of traversal tools, as well as weapons and gear you battle for combat.
Finally, Monster Hunter Rise features an easy-to-follow storyline, and while features of this game are similar to several of the titles on this list, what sets it apart is that it is completely played on your own.
10. Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
An MMORPG game that comes complete with the old-school combat style that this genre is famed for, Star Wars: The Old Republic is action-packed, entertaining, and if you’re a fan of Destiny, it’s a game that you’ll be sure to enjoy.
The title was developed by Bioware, published by Electronic Arts, and was released at the end of 2011 on Windows. It does come with a free-to-play option, which includes the base game; however, none of the five expansions are included.
This game, which takes place in the Old Republic (the Star Wars pre-prequels), and you’ll play as one of the eight characters, such as Bounty Hunter, a Sith, or a Jedi, which you’ll get to choose, and you’ll follow the plot across the far-away Galaxy.
Like most games that Bioware has developed, there are choices to be made, but you may face consequences for some choices. That said, instead of affecting the entire world, the effects of the consequences are limited and personal, as the game is an MMO. However, The Old Republic features lots of cinematic cuts, complete with full voiceovers.
This title has been on the scene for more than 8 years, and the five subsequent expansions aren’t available on the free package, as mentioned; however, with that said, the original content is expansive, containing about 20 hours of storyline. In addition to the story, which is engaging (as you’d expect from Star Wars), you can play in PvP and co-op modes, as well as other modes.
11. Risk of Rain 2
Next up on the list of titles that are similar to Destiny is Risk of Rain 2. The sequel to a popular shooter looter game, Risk of Rain was developed by Hopoo Games, was published by Gearbox Software, and it was released on PS4, Xobox One, Windows, and Nintendo Switch in the summer of 2020.
While the sequel’s mechanics are similar to the original, and though it did receive a lot of positive feedback from players, there was minor downside, and that’s that it’s hard for newcomers to play.
The game is set on an alien planet, and your mission is to escape the area you’re in while fighting back hordes of monsters, either solo or in a co-op party. You’ll need to fight your way to the final boss with whatever class you find; however, if you die, you’ll return to the start to begin a new run.
Use the items you collect on each run to progress your character. The items you collect can unlock strategies, lore, and skills. Additionally, you can use the items you collect to unlock ten “survivors”, or classes.
All classes have their own unique combat style, as well as alternate skills that you can master. To add additional challenges to each run, there are modifiers that you can run. Finally, the gameplay of is smooth and super fun.
12. Sea of Thieves
Another game that is similar to Destiny is Sea of Thieves. This title was developed by Rare, was published by Xbox Game Studios, and was released in March of 2018 on Xbox One, Xbox Series, and Windows. It’s an open-world pirate simulator game, and at first, it’s not at all like Destiny; however, as you progress, the experience does become more and more alike.
Essentially, Sea of Theives is a massive casual sandbox. You’ll play as a pirate who is fighting, exploring, and looting your way across the seas. There aren’t any specific rules, which means that you can approach the world, as well as any other players, as you see fit.
That said, you can travel alone or with a party, and whichever option you choose, your ship will serve as your hub; all players spawn with a rudimentary wooden pirate ship. As your journey progresses, you will have the option to team up with other players, and if you choose to, you’ll be rewarded with a bigger ship, similar to a galleon.
You can choose your adventure and sail your way toward treasures, monsters, loot, and cargo. You’ll play the pirate live in side quests, free-roman, or as a narrative campaign that features Jack Sparrow.
If you are a fan of Destiny and you’re looking for another game that offers a similar experience, yet switches things up, you’re in luck, because there are lots of titles to choose from.
All of the games that are featured on this list incorporate elements that are similar to Destiny; however, each one does have its own unique features, as well, making each familiar, yet one-of-a-kind. No matter what your interests may be, you’re sure to find a title that will appeal to you – and that will keep you entertained – on this list.