The Best Games Like Destiny (Or games that tried and came close, at least)

I was recently looking for some more great games like Destiny to play because… well, you know, Destiny is absolutely amazing. And the good news is I found some excellent games similar to Destiny. There are games like Destiny on PS3, PS4, and XBox One, games like Destiny on Steam, and games like Destiny on Android and iOS.

Let’s look at the games I found.

For starters, Destiny is obviously a first person shooter but with RPG elements too. What sets Destiny apart from other FPS games is the leveling, the upgrading of weapons, and the other RPG aspects. The story in Destiny is also much deeper than your average FPS game. So if your’e a Destiny fan you are probably looking for a game with a great story and RPG elements, right? If that’s you, check out Nexuiz.


Nexuiz is an open source shooter that many consider to be the best game of its kind. It’s a lot like the classic FPS game Quake, which is one of the most important shooters of all time. Because Nexuiz is open source, fans of the game can update it anytime they like. And they have updates it a lot. They’ve constantly kept it up to date. And because of that, Nexuiz remains one of the best open source shooters out there. So definitely check it out using the link above.


If you’re  Destiny fan you probably also like futuristic shooters. Destiny is set place far into the future. An evil entity known simply as “Darkness” has begun plaguing worlds and wiping out humanity all around the universe. Humans have reached a point in technology where they have been able to colonize other planets in the solar system and this “Darkness” has wiped out every last planet, except for Earth. Another entity known as “The Traveler” now hovers above the last remaining safe city on our planet and enables playing characters (known as Guardians) to wield a powerful force known as “Light”. It’s classic futuristic sci-fi. And there are lots of similar games. Such as…


Tribes Ascend 

Tribes Ascend (click this link to play it) is a free-to-play multiplayer shooter that takes place in the future and has a theme and setting similar to Destiny. The big difference here is that Tribes Ascend is a strictly multiplayer game, so there is no real story. But the gameplay is absolutely amazing. If you’re a fan of Destiny you will definitely enjoy Tribes Ascend. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.


Destiny has epic open arena battles that blow your mind Another game with similarly epic battles is Planetside 2. , another free to play first person shooter.


Planetside 2 takes thing up a notch from your typical squad-based shooter. In Planetside 2 you’re in teams of hundreds of different players who all play simultaneously. That’s impressive today But the fact that this game was released in 2003 says a lot. Then in 2009 Sony did an online survey asking people if they’d like a Planetside 2 and how they would want it to work. Everyone said “Yes please!”. PLanetside 2 was made! And you really must play it using that link above.


So those are some free-to-play games like Destiny. Let’s take a look at some fully paid titles now.


My personal favorite games Like Destiny

The following games have been selected based on similar gameplay styles. Destiny is called a “FPS RPG with MMO elements” so we’ve gone for first 3person shooters with RPG elements, and MMORPGs that incorporate shooting.   There are games like Destiny (and Apps) for your iPhone  and iPad, for Android, Windows, Mac, PS3 / PS4, and games like Destiny online for free with no download. Some games are from 2016, some earlier than that. So be sure to look at them all to find the best game for you.


We’ll start with some games you probably know, then move on to games you’ve probably never heard of. 


Borderlands 2

PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems

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Borderlands is a highly original game by video game developer Gearbox Software. It’s a first person shooter with role playing game elements and a heavy emphasis on multiplayer action. What made Borderlands such a massive success was its system of weapons crafting and content generation which allowed you to create all different kinds of weaponry.

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Wolfenstein The New Order

Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, IBM PC compatible

Wolfenstein: The New Order is a FPS game and successor to the retro (and recent flop) Wolfenstein games. Made by video games developer MachineGames and published by Bethesda, Wolfenstein The New Order is a first person shooter for XBox 360, XBox One, PS3 and PS4.

The game is set in a fictional 1960s in which the Nazi won the Second World War. William B J Blazowicz is charged with launching a counter attack against the Nazis to reclaim the world.

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Ghost Recon

PlatformsPlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows

Ghost Recon is a franchise of first person and third person shooters based on books by writer Tom Clancy. The games are specifically designed to create a realistic simulation of military combat. In the game, Ghosts, a special operations team of elite troops, fight their way through a corrupt government hell bent on creating war throughout the world. The games are slow, methodical and tactical, creating a more realistic sense of combat than most shooter games. In the first five games in the series, players controlled a team of elite soldiers

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Platforms:  PlayStation 2, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Xbox

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Black is a classic PS2 and XBox first person shooter that was made by video game developer Criterion games and published under EA . It was later released as an XBox Live game in February of 2008. The entire purpose of Black is to faithfully recreate guns. Black is full of realistic and highly detailed gun models which you can use to blow up destructible environments in a complete over the top way not dissimilar to a Hollywood action movie.

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Platforms: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Microsoft Windows, Macintosh operating systems

Bioshock is one of the most popular and most highly rated series of FPS games of all time, combining classic FPS elements with RPG and a strong story to create a truly unforgettable experience.

Bioshock became one of the most highly rated games ever because of its unique combination of shooter and RPG elements. This has left many gamers searching for more games like Bioshock. Since the original game was released in 2007 the series has seen a few iterations each of which improves on the formula, with the best and most recent game being Bioshock Infinite.

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America’s Army


Platforms: Windows

America’s Army 3 is the third game in the AA series and is a very unique game, being created by the US Army to help with the recruitment process. Because it has been viewed as a political game and as an incentive for gamers to get involved with the army, many critics have slammed AA as an immoral use of gaming. But at the same time, America’s Army 3’s realism makes it a highly popular and unforgettable game.

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Rise of the Triad

Platforms: Microsoft Windows, MS-DOS, DOS, Linux, iOS, PlayStation, Macintosh operating systems, IBM PC compatible

An arena shooter in which you’ll find plenty of freedom to explore and to get lost. It’s a less streamlined affair than most modern shooters, where corridors direct you purposefully from one objective to another. This all makes for speedy action and a lot of replay value that will keep players hooked.

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Hard Reset

PLATFORMS:  PlayStation 4, Microsoft Windows, Xbox One


When you first begin playing Hard Reset it promises everything you could ever want from a shooter. The futuristic guns pack a punch, the graphics are beautiful, the plot gets you hooked into the story. You play as CLN, who is working for an extremely powerful corporation. When the Sanctuary is breached you are forced to down your whisky and head out to fight some robots who are trying to rob some artificial intelligence that could threaten the human race. Typically, there’s more to the story than meets the eye and you soon learn the truth about the corporation you’re working for.

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Far Cry

One of the best adventure / shooter title on the market and a hugely popular game with a great story.

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Metro Last Night


Metro Last Night is a horror shooter that will scare the hell out of you. The game features an excellent degree of realism and truly makes you believe that you are a part of the story. The plot is tied in to the story of Metro 2033. This time around, you are quested with finding the remnant Dark One and uncovering many plots and twists about the factions who are vying for control of a military facility. As with Metro 2033, Metro Last Night features a dark and sinister atmosphere designed to scare the hell out of you.

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