Top 10 Captivating Games Like Borderlands (Series)
What Games Are Like Borderlands?
Eccentric and fast-paced, Borderlands series is a bit of a catch-all. While it may look like a standard, run-of-the-mill first-person shooter, this looter RPG has a lot going for it. From its art-style to Diablo-like loot-based gameplay, Borderlands distinguishes itself from its competitors.
Being a huge fan, I have compiled a list of some games like Borderlands. Give these a shot as well.
10 Games Similar to Borderlands
- Bioshock Infinite
- Fallout New Vegas
- Mad Max
- Monster Hunter Wolrd
- State of Decay 2
- Rage 2
- Red Dead Redemption 2
- Far Cry 5
- The Divison 2
1. Bioshock Infinite
The game takes place in Columbia, a fictional place above the clouds. When a hired gun is assigned the task of finding a mysterious girl named Elizabeth, he gracefully accepts, only to find out there's a lot more going on than he had anticipated. The mission starts off with him being strapped to a chair and being launched like a missile towards the city of Columbia. Held captive by powerful people up there, our protagonist must free her against all odds and bring her back to the ground.
It's such a shame that despite churning out a masterpiece like Bioshock Infinite, Irrational Games, the studio behind it, was shut down not too long after its launch. With over 75 editorials award, BI was unarguably a darling of E3 2011. Everyone loved what they saw, but it didn't sell well enough to warrant a future for the studio.
Part of the reason the Bioshock franchise never quite got the attention it deserved was due to its niche appeal. If you're coming on the heels of games like Borderlands or Call of Duty, it will take some getting used to. Plus, there's no co-op or multiplayer, which is an unfortunate prerequisite for any shooter game to do well these days. Thankfully, the single-player story and gameplay hold its own, without needing any redundant modes.
2. Fallout: New Vegas
Developed by Obsidian Entertainment and published by Bethesda, New Vegas is unarguably the best game of the Fallout franchise. Given its reputation, it's hard to fathom why the publisher doesn't want to work with them again. Perhaps it's because their own in-house game failed to live up to the standards of Fallout: New Vegas, something Obsidian created in around 10 months.
Imagine what else they could have achieved if they were given more time to polish the game. Fallout New Vegas, despite its curtailed and troubled development time, is a masterpiece. Its role-playing elements have set a benchmark for other RPGs to come.
Every decision you make here, even your choice to play as a male or female, will impact your gameplay in a meaningful way. The female character, for instance, will often have additional dialogue options, especially when she's face to face with a male NPC. The sheer amount of branching storylines is super promising. How Obsidian managed to craft a behemoth like this in such a short span of time is beyond me.
3. Mad Max
Mad Max, just like the films, is a thrilling ride all the way through. Developed by Avanchale Studios, famous for the majestic Just Cause franchise, this open-world action-adventure game follows Max, an ex-police officer struggling to survive just another day. His companion, the only one who sees him as the almighty savior of this barren world, is Chumbucket, a deformed "Blackfinger" who is obsessed with building the fastest and deadliest car the wasteland has ever seen.
Max wants nothing more than to escape this treacherous place to a safe-haven called "Plains of Silence." However, his mission to find peace and solace is foiled by a band of crazy, psychotic goons and their master. To beat their army, Max will need Chumbucket and his expertise. Throughout your gameplay, you'll be killing loads of these trigger-happy whackjobs in a bid to gather resources, with the end goal of building a robust combat vehicle to escape the hellhole.
The whole thing gets monotonous after a while, but the strong melee and vehicular combat mechanics keep the game from unraveling.
4. Monster Hunter: World
The Monster Hunter series goes open-world for the first time. Monster Hunter: World is also the first-ever entry to ever release on PC. Japanese developers and publishers usually favor consoles over PC, so it's not a surprise to see the latter being snubbed for so many years.
However, with the slow and steady rise in people playing on PC, the developers have started taking their chances with this platform. For the most part, it has paid off well. Monster Hunter: World has been doing remarkably well on PC, thanks to a solid port.
Initially launched on PS4 and Xbox One, Monster Hunter: World takes place in a world teeming with scornful monsters. Your job as a hunter is simple; go out there and kill as many as you can, possibly all. The loot dropped by these monsters can be used to build better gear, which will help you beat other monsters. It's a rinse and repeat cycle, but a fun one. The beautiful world feels lived-in, crammed with so much to see and do that you'll easily spend over 100 hours if you want to explore all of it.
Capcom, the developer and publisher behind it, has turned its fortunes around lately, pulling itself from the brink of bankruptcy. The studio has been nothing short of excellent with its in-house games, producing hits like Resident Evil 7, Devil May Cry 5, and Monster Hunter: World, one after another. The only problem with this approach is, you'll have to wait for more than a couple of years for another Monster Hunter. If you loved it, take a look at some games like Monster Hunter: World to keep you busy until the next one comes along.
5. State of Decay 2
Undead Labs, the studio behind this open-world beat-em-up, delivers a bigger and better State of Decay.
You along with your bunch of mates, should you choose to play in co-op, lumber around in the open-world of this zombie-infested hellhole, gathering essential supplies to survive. It's not a kind place by any means. In a world teeming with zombies around every corner, you have the responsibility of not only taking care of yourself and trying not to get killed, but you'll also have to manage your team. Your A.I. mates can and will be permanently killed if you're not careful.
Unfortunately, the game is marred by pesky bugs—something they should have patched long ago. Though the community is still thriving, there is still no sign of a fix. Here's to hoping that they listen to their fanbase and patch the game.
6. Rage 2
Rage 2, the love child of Avanchale and Bethesda, features a myriad of gameplay mechanics, making for a weird, but enjoyable experience. Its vast open-world feels eerily similar to Mad Max. The free-flow shooting, on the other hand, will remind you of Bethesda’s iconic Doom franchise.
These two studios have come together to create something magical, something you'll replay and savor. Though the story is more or less linear, there is a replayability value in its combat mechanics. Rage 2 gives you all the tools you need to create mayhem and turn everything upside down. How you use that is up to you.
It's apparent that having fun with all the gadgets and perks is not possible in just one run. Give it another go around!
Developed by People Can Fly, a small Polish studio, and published by Epic Games, Bulletstorm is a no-holds-barred shooter, punctuated with crass humor and effortless charisma.
Launched back in 2011, which now seems like ages ago, this shooter doesn't have the grandeur of contemporary games, but it still is a huge bang for your buck.
Most of your time will be spent running through constricted corridors, shooting and kicking your foes to hell, while listening to obscene dialogues. While the fast-paced gameplay makes you feel right at home, especially if you've played games like Borderlands and Doom, the dialogues often feel try-hard and redundant. Thankfully, the latter isn't too much of a hindrance to enjoying this underrated sci-fi shooter.
Unfortunately, the sequel will never see the light of the day as the sales of the first game didn't meet the expectations of Epic Games. With the immense success of Fornite, their latest venture, it's hard to tell if they'll ever do something as intrepid and outlandish as Bulletstorm.
8. Red Dead Redemption 2
The Witcher 3 held the prestigious title of "the best RPG" for over three years, but then came Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2, a follow up to the 2009 original. They took their sweet time in delivering this masterpiece, around 10 years to be exact, but it was well worth the wait.
Barring its lackluster online component, there's very little wrong with this game, which means it's almost perfect in every regard. From its pristine shooting mechanics to the nuanced RPG system, everything in the desolate world of Red Dead Redemption 2 exudes brilliance and dedication.
This western-shooter features a huge, open-world map with a variety of main and side missions, with each one having an impact on the world. Arthur, the protagonist, isn't a cold-hearted killer unless you want him to be. Diplomacy can often lead to a peaceful solution, though not necessarily favorable for you. It doesn't always work either. Your silver-tongue can sometimes land you in more trouble than you had bargained for. Make your choices carefully, for the fate of the world depends upon it. Go out there and have fun, cowboy!
9. Far Cry 5
Far Cry 5, just like its predecessors, is a no-nonsense, first-person shooter. Taking place in a fictional US town, Far Cry 5 pits you against a doomsday cult who has exclusive control over the whole place. Your task is to spark up a revolution and help free the community from the clutches of the devil.
The story at first glance, especially during the prologue, feels like a sincere attempt at crafting a dark, gritty game. Although, that's not the case. Hope County, the fictional place where this game takes place, is designed for you to have as much fun as you can without feeling the brunt of the consequences of your choices.
Packed with so much to do and find, Far Cry 5 can feel a little overwhelming at times. At any given moment, you'll always have more than a few main and side missions to do. In this vast world, you're almost always guaranteed to lose focus. My advice would be to take one quest at a time, clearing one area of the map before moving on to the next. However, you can always choose to do missions in the order of your preference.
If you're looking for nonchalant games like Borderlands, Far Cry 5 should be right up your alley.
10. The Division 2
Ubisoft’s The Division might not have been perfect on all accounts, but it’s certainly a fun shooter. You'll easily clock in hundreds of hours without realizing it.
With The Division 2, Ubisoft Massive’s latest venture, the studio learned from its mistakes of the first game and crafted an almost perfect loot-based shooter. Unlike the first game, the sequel had a woe-free launch. The servers were ready to hold the sudden influx of players this time around, resulting in a much less infuriating experience for those who bought the game on launch.
While the game’s post-apocalyptic story is good, you need not pay attention to it if you don't want to. In my 40 hours spent on this game, never once was I compelled to sit through a mundane cinematic cutscene. Ubisoft has finally cracked the formula of "Games as a Service" genre, adding its own spin to concoct an addictive experience—one you'll be playing for an unhealthy amount of time.
Did I Miss Anything?
Did I miss out on any other games like Borderlands? Let me know in the comments section.