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11 Games Like Borderlands You Should Be Playing

Games Like Borderlands

Strap in, vault hunters and loot lovers, because we’re about to dive into a realm of virtual chaos! Of course, if you’ve spent more hours than you’d like to admit in the colorful and crazed world of Borderlands, you’re no stranger to that chaos, so get ready to meet your new adventure! I’ve rounded up eleven games like Borderlands as they can be while still keeping their own gaming DNA intact. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

1. Fallout 4

Fallout 4

Going back to the time when Fallout games were still good, this has to be one of the best entries in the entire series! The previous games were all about decisions and dilemmas, which was fun, of course, but this game made a turn towards combat that’ll get your ears perked up and listening.

In Fallout 4, you get the post-apocalyptic setting you’ve gotten so used to from Borderlands, but that’s not all; you also get a ton of looting and shooting, open-world exploration, RPG fun, and some good old humor to distract from the grim outlook of everything. With your trusted companion by your side, you’ll feel like you stumbled on a portal in Borderlands that took you to Fallout’s world but kept all the good stuff you’re so used to loving. If you’re looking for one of the most closely related alternatives to Borderlands, Fallout 4 (and even the other entries) are about as good as it gets – playable on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

2. Destiny 2

Destiny 2

On the surface, it seems like the only similarity between this and Borderlands is the FPS genre, but there’s actually a lot more to love here for you. Co-op multiplayer, lots of looting, even some RPG gameplay, and a whole open galaxy to explore! Does that sound familiar? And that’s not even all:

Destiny 2 is one of those games you get completely immersed in, with all the detailed lore, seasonal updates, and tons of grindy gameplay to partake in. If you were planning to spend hundreds or even thousands of hours in a game, this is literally perfect for you! As a Borderlands fan, you’re also accustomed to playing in a community where there are as many bad apples as there are good ones, and with Destiny 2, you get to discover a whole new orchard full of (metaphorical) apples too.

There’s a bit of a learning curve to this game, though, especially before you get into the endgame content, which is as fun as it is grindy! To try out Destiny 2, you can play parts of the base game for free and purchase the DLC content if you think it’s worth it – available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X and One, and PC.

3. Rage 2

Rage 2

Next up is another open-world FPS game that’s all about anger. Just straight-up yelling and stuff. And translating that anger into violence, of course! Coming from Borderlands, Rage 2 treats you to a ton of fun with its fast-paced combat, all the unique abilities and powers you can think of, vehicular action gameplay, and, most importantly, looting. Look, if there’s nothing at stake or to be gained, what’s the point?

The similarities will prevent you from feeling homesick, but you’re still definitely in for a completely new experience with Rage 2 since its post-apocalyptic setting is a more realistic, gritty one compared to the cel-shaded hell we’re used to. Plus, the humor from Borderlands is replaced here with something even better, more sadness and grit. But in a good way!

Also, this game is an entirely single-player experience, which means you miss out on multiplayer, but instead, you get a game that was made to be enjoyed by yourself from scratch. To try out a realistic feeling version of Borderlands, you can get Rage 2 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

4. The Division 2

The Division 2

As a devoted follower of the Borderlands universe that can’t get enough of its action-packed shooter goodness, The Division 2 might just be what you need to dip your toes in next. While it might not boast the same cel-shaded flair, this game shares some captivating similarities that could totally hit the spot!

Imagine a dynamic open-world playground, but instead of the desolate wastelands of Pandora, you’re diving into the gritty streets of a post-pandemic Washington D.C. Much like your Borderlands adventures, you’ll uncover secrets, take on challenges, and collect an arsenal of gear that’ll always keep you on the hunt for the next one – who doesn’t love that rush of discovering a kick-ass gun in Borderlands? And for my co-op enthusiasts, this one’s got your back too!

The Division 2 amps up the camaraderie factor by letting you team up with pals for intense missions and endgame content, just like the synergy (or lack thereof) of your squad in Borderlands. It’s a fresh take on the shooter genre that’ll have you hooked for years to come. To try out The Division 2, you’ll need a PC, PlayStation, or Xbox.

5. Left 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead 2

Diehard cooperative shooter fans like us are always craving heart-pounding action, and Left 4 Dead 2 is filled to the brim with just that! With this game, you dive headfirst into the chaotic world of zombie apocalypse survival, where teamwork and fast reflexes are going to be your saving grace (or death?). While the setting might be a far cry from the colorful landscapes of Borderlands, the real magic happens in the constant fight for survival that you’ll be engaged in with your buddies.

While you and your friends are fighting off the relentless zombies, you’ll quickly find that just clicking heads isn’t quite going to work out: you’ll have to put your strategizing skills from Borderlands to the test! Much like those just one more round sessions in Borderlands, Left 4 Dead 2’s addictive multiplayer component also keeps you and your crew engaged for hours on end, so you won’t ever feel like you’re running out of things to do in this game. Sound fun? You can try Left 4 Dead 2 on Xbox 360 and PC and experience it for yourself!

6. Dying Light

Dying Light

Envision immersing yourself in a world dominated by the undead, where teamwork with your friends (always a treat!) and your own skills are going to be the only thing to save you from becoming a brain-eater yourself! I know it’s not possible to switch to a slow-paced shooter after Borderlands, and thankfully, this game is the furthest thing from slow-paced.

With its chaotic gunplay and the teamwork with your pals battling waves of infected, this game is a lot like Left 4 Dead 2 as well because you’re constantly trying to find a way out of hell. One thing that’s unique to this game, though, and definitely the most fun part of it, is the parkour. Gone are the times when you could only run at a casual jog from zombies in video games; Dying Light lets you be the adrenaline junkie you were born to be and jump whole rooftops to escape!

To this mix, the devs added a super engaging story, and if you’re a completionist, there’s enough side stuff to do here to keep you occupied for 57+ hours! If a story-based zombie adventure sounds like just what you need right now, Dying Light is available on PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and PC.

7. Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5

Far Cry 5 is like taking the wild action you love from Borderlands and putting it in a more real-world setting but still somehow making it even crazier! Imagine being a cop in a peaceful place called Hope County, but there’s a creepy cult wreaking havoc. Of course, you can’t just have peace again, so you just like Borderlands, you’ll now be blasting through enemies with guns, grenades, and everything in between!

Oh, and here’s a cool part – Far Cry loves getting you to team up with allies and factions, sort of like the crazy but lovable characters from Borderlands. Why’s this the cool part? Because these guys have special skills to help you out, and it’s actually a treat having them around! There’s nothing worse than doing quests for NPCs that do nothing for you, so this is a nice breath of fresh air. Plus, if you’re feeling like the AI is a little too, well, robotic, then you always have the option of playing this game in co-op with your friends, too!

To top it all off, this game also has an amazingly gripping story to go along with the crazy Borderlands energy it brings with it. If you’re convinced, you can dive into the Far Cry universe on Xbox, PC, and PlayStation.

8. Warframe

Warframe

Alright, time to go back to the sci-fi world! In the mythical realm of Warframe, you’ll be in control of incredible Warframes – badass suits that give you superhero abilities. Ever wanted to soar through the air? You can do that! In-game, though, real-life flying is still a way to go for humanity. Flying isn’t all you’ll be doing here, though; you’ll also be pulling off jaw-dropping acrobatics and letting enemies know just how strong you are as you take them on with your ever-stronger Warframe.

But what makes Warframe truly shine is its deep customization system. You get to craft your ideal Warframe, tweak your gear, and create a gameplay style that’s uniquely yours. With a whole array of Warframes, each boasting its own special skills, you’re in for an adventure that’s as varied as the cosmos itself!

And speaking of adventure, Warframe’s universe is a living, breathing entity. Regular updates pump new life into the game, introducing fresh missions, enemies, and lore that keep things exciting and unpredictable. Plus, if you’re all about teaming up and tackling challenges with friends, Warframe’s cooperative multiplayer mode lets you and your friends conquer the stars together. As a Borderlands fan, you’re about to be transported to a space-age version of your favorite game – Warframe is playable on Xbox, PC, Switch, and PS4.

9. Payday 2

Payday 2

While Payday 2 and Borderlands might seem quite distinct on the surface, they actually share some key elements that’ll bring you a Borderlands-y experience but with a heist-y twist to it.

First off, both games thrive on cooperative gameplay. In Borderlands, you teamed up with friends to do a ton of crazy stuff together, and in Payday 2, you guys are now part of a group of skilled criminals pulling off intricate heists! The teamwork, strategizing, and shared victories (or losses, it takes time to learn, okay?) are going to be exactly what you’ve loved so much in Borderlands, but with Payday’s own take on it. In a nutshell, this game is pretty much all about heists, and heists are all about friends robbing banks together!

Secondly, the games both offer an intense shooting experience. While Borderlands leans into its unique art style and sci-fi weaponry, Payday 2 delivers a gritty, realistic shooter experience. In Payday 2, you’re also constantly upgrading your skills, weapons, and equipment to become a more efficient criminal in a true capitalistic fashion. Oh, and if you’re worried about replayability, you’ll be happy to know that every heist is procedurally generated, so no heist is ever the same! If you haven’t given this criminal alternative to Borderlands a try yet, I highly recommend you do so – on PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Switch.

10. Diablo III

Diablo III

With Diablo IV having just been released with a ton of hype alongside it, I’m taking you back to Diablo III to understand what all of that was about! Now, if you looked at the picture of this game, you’re probably thinking, “That looks nothing like Borderlands,” and you’d be right but also wrong.

Diablo is definitely an RPG with a focus on hack and slash, dungeon crawling gameplay, but apart from that, it’s basically Borderlands in a different genre! You get a similar art style, lots of looting, co-op gameplay, character classes, and a banging story. Really, apart from the fact that you’ll be pointing and clicking in this game, this really is just like Borderlands from a parallel universe!

If you’ve been on the fence about trying a game like Diablo out, let this be the sign you were looking for from the universe, and try it out on Switch, PC, PS, or Xbox.

11. The Outer Worlds

The Outer Worlds

Borderlands is nothing if not a ton of fun, and I mean that in the comedic sense – how often were you reading dialog and just laughing while you thought about how they came up with it? Well, with The Outer Worlds, you get exactly that but somehow even better!

Humor is an important similarity, but it’s not the only one – The Outer Worlds is one of the most amazing games on exploration, narratives, and characters, with a unique art style and of course, customization. The goal you have in this game is to save the galaxy from the corporate overlords that govern it, and like the council of Ricks from Rick & Morty, they evil.

There’s no multiplayer here, but you’ll love The Outer Worlds for exactly the single-player experience it offers that combines a Sci-fi setting with faction systems and tons of weapons and RPG elements, unlike anything you’ve played before. To play it, you can get the game on PC, PS, Xbox, or Switch and find out what the hype is all about!

That’s all for this one, folks! Borderlands is a uniquely fun game, but you’ll find that there are a ton of similar ones out there, too, that’ll make you forget all about it with their own amazing gameplay and story. So, did you find your next favorite on this list? Let me know what you think, and until next time, GLHF!

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