Destiny 2 is one of the most popular live-service games to play in 2022. Since launching in 2017, Bungie has continued to pump out new content, giving the massive Destiny 2 community a reason to keep coming back over the years. It also helps that the base game was well-received by both fans and critics, earning an 85 Metascore and setting itself up for long-term success.
One reason Destiny 2 has outlasted so many other games is its smooth gunplay. Whether you're mowing down hordes of enemies or facing off against a single, towering boss, there's something enthralling about the action. Every weapon feels unique, making it easy to find a firearm that fits your playstyle. Shotguns explode with energy when you pull the trigger, while auto rifles can rattle off hundreds of rounds in a matter of seconds. There are dozens of rare weapons to collect within each of these categories, and unlocking powerful new gear is a huge draw in Destiny 2.
Outside of the standard looting and shooting, Destiny 2 offers robust competitive and cooperative modes. This includes the usual suite of team-based shootouts, but you'll also find cooperative missions that feel like they're pulled right out of the MMORPG playbook. Destiny 2 is a unique amalgam of FPS, RPG, and MMO, and there's nothing quite like it on the market.
If you've grown tired of running around as a Guardian, however, there are a handful of games that scratch a similar itch. These run the gamut from other sci-fi shooters to full-fledged MMORPGs. Each one captures a bit of what makes Destiny 2 so special, and although they might look radically different, fans of Bungie's shooter will find something to like about each.
Here are 10 games like Destiny 2 to play next, listed by Metascore.
Best for: Fans of iconic MMORPGs
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Guild Wars 2 is even older than Destiny 2, having launched in 2012. But much like Bungie's shooter, Guild Wars 2 is still very much alive. The MMORPG sets you loose in the world of Tyria, letting you unravel mysteries and take on lengthy quest lines as you go. PvE and PvP are also a huge part of the game, along with massive World Events, which sees everyone in the area converging on a single point to take down gigantic bosses or achieve a common goal. Stylized graphics and fluid gameplay feel just as fresh today as they did a decade ago, and the future continues to look promising for the aging MMO.
"Guild Wars 2 does what MMOs have been promising for years: it provides players with a dynamic virtual world filled with discovery, adventure and cooperation." — Gamer.nl
Best for: Fans of gigantic boss fights
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Hunt massive beasts, gather resources, craft new gear, then get ready to do it all again. That's the gist of Monster Hunter Rise, which is arguably one of the best cooperative games in recent memory. You'll get to choose from a variety of weapons (including Long Swords, Dual Blades, and the quirky Switch Axe) before heading out on a mission and tracking down your prey. The action is infinitely more enjoyable with a few friends by your side, although the addition of mountable Palamutes makes it easier than ever to ride into the action solo.
"When you consider all of these new additions on top of the solid foundation of Monster Hunter World, what you're left with is the best Monster Hunter game around." — Gfinity
Best for: Fans of open-world epics
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Halo Infinite was a bold step forward for the long-running franchise, bringing its main campaign to an open world environment. You're free to choose how (and when) you engage with your enemies, with dozens of weapons, vehicles, and other gadgets at your disposal. Once you've wrapped up the campaign, you can head online for some competitive multiplayer. The campaign is a premium, paid experience, but the multiplayer mode is entirely free with the option to pay for an exclusive Season Pass. Its cooperative experiences are a bit lacking, but the developer is hoping to add a co-op campaign in a future update.
"Consider me a Halo fan now. I was never really looking forward to Infinite. But now that it's here, it's so much more than what I was expecting." — GamesBeat
Best for: Fans of cover-based looter shooters
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Set in Washington D.C. after a weaponized virus has ravaged the city, The Division 2 paints an interesting backdrop for its cover-based action. The story never quite matches pace with that incredible action, which has you bobbing and weaving your way out of cover as you shoot down increasingly difficult waves of enemies, but it does a good job of sending you to a variety of post-apocalyptic locations. Tons of loot will find its way into your inventory as you progress through the game, allowing you to take on more challenging missions or partake in high-level PvP and PvE.
"Tom Clancy's The Division 2 raises the bar for the looter shooter genre. Put simply, it is the complete package." — Gamers Heroes
Best for: Fans of crude humor and heaps of loot
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Borderlands 3 is a wild game. Its off-the-wall sense of humor will either make you laugh or cringe, but if it clicks for you, you'll be treated to a top-tier looter-shooter. When you're not listening to NPCs deliver one-liners, you'll be exploring a massive world that's brought to life with a comic book art style. There's also no shortage of deadly weapons to acquire, including a rifle that can shoot 13 bullets at once and a quirky shotgun dubbed The Face-Puncher. Toss in the ability to team up with three other explorers, and it's an easy recommendation for folks seeking a deep cooperative experience.
"[A] modern looter shooter at its finest. The signature humor is alive and well, and with a cast of four fresh Vault Hunters and over a billion guns…there's a lot to be excited about." — GamingTrend
Best for: Fans of action-RPGs
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It might look radically different, but Lost Ark shares a lot of the same DNA as Destiny 2. You'll have access to plenty of PvP and PvE content, a lengthy main questline, and a seemingly endless supply of loot. The action plays out from a top-down perspective, but it feels every bit as fluid and engaging as Destiny 2. There are also a bunch of distinct classes to pick from, each offering a unique playstyle and giving you a reason to create multiple characters on your account.
"The quality of the combat and the variety of content on offer elevates this ARPG experience to be a cut above the rest." — Gamer Escape
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands is essentially a fantasy version of Borderlands 3. It's heavily inspired by Dungeons & Dragons, with Tina serving as your dungeon master. She'll send you out on a series of bizarre adventures, narrating the action along the way. And despite the fantastical flair (your enemies consist of skeletons and goblins, and you can cast a variety of magical spells), guns are still a big part of your arsenal. It's a bit quirky and doesn't stray too far from the established Borderlands formula, but it remains one of the best looter-shooters on the market.
"It's a love letter to on-the-spot creativity and friends enjoying each other's company in a make-believe world." — Game Informer
Back 4 Blood tasks you and three friends with surviving the zombie apocalypse. Each level is absolutely infested with undead and getting to the next safe house will require impeccable communication skills (along with some fast reflexes). The FPS action is frantic and bloody, and it's not uncommon for your entire squad to be surrounded by enemies on all sides. You'll find a variety of weapons and gadgets scattered about each level, but you can also make use of a card system to upgrade your abilities before heading into battle. When you get tired of taking on NPC zombies, you can jump online for some asymmetrical PvP action.
"Back 4 Blood cuts through all the noise and delivers a solid co-op shooter that oozes charm and prioritizes fun with friends over everything else." — Twinfinite
Best for: Fans of sci-fi shooters
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Many people were billing Outriders as a "Destiny killer." Clearly, the predictions were off (Destiny 2 consistently has more players than Outriders), but the sci-fi game is still a great alternative to the popular FPS. It follows a last-ditch effort by humanity to find another planet to colonize after a series of climate disasters turn Earth uninhabitable. The third-person shooter can be played solo or cooperatively, with heaps of loot and upgradable abilities unlocked throughout the story. It's not quite as polished as Destiny 2, but there's a lot of content to explore if Outriders clicks with you.
"An exciting evolution of the third-person shooter genre, with thrilling sci-fi powers and satisfying gunplay that makes nearly every battle feel fast-paced and gripping." — Hardcore Gamer
Best for: Fans of space ninjas
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Warframe might be the most energetic game on this list. You'll play as a member of an elite race known as the Tenno — a group of warriors that can move fast and eliminate their opponents even faster. Utilizing a combination of melee skills, long-range weapons, and unique abilities based on your chosen class, you'll fight through literally hundreds of enemies during each mission — collecting an assortment of resources as you go. These resources are in turn used to improve your skills or craft new weapons. It's an engaging gameplay loop and one that only gets better with a few friends by your side.
"The core gameplay, including the variety of suits and weapons, is terrific, and it's reason enough to play this sci-fi shooter." — IGN