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Games Like Borderlands - Other Great First Person Shooters
Games Like Borderlands - Other Great First Person Shooters
Want some other FPS co-op games like Borderlands? Or maybe shooter with role playing elements? You'll find both on this page which features my favourite games from this gaming genre.
I fell in love with the original Borderlands, it's just one of those games that has everything I could ever want. With strong first person shooter mechanics, role playing elements, co-operative gameplay and randomised loot the game combined many of my favourite game elements into one which created one of my favourite game franchises yet.
After playing through both Borderlands games multiple times I started searching for alternatives that would offer a similar game experience which you'll find below. I hope that other Borderlands fans like myself will find another game to enjoy.
I've created a poll just below where you can vote for the best Borderlands game in the series and you'll find a comment section at the end of this page for you to share your own Borderlands related opinions.
Borderlands 1 or 2?
Which Borderlands Was Better?
Fallout 4, 3 & Fallout New Vegas
The best option if you're a fan of the Borderlands franchise is to try the more recent games in the Fallout series (Fallout 3 and New Vegas). These games are some of the very best that combine first person shooting, role playing and a huge open world that just begs to be explored. While unfortunately won't get to experience them with friends as they are single player only games that doesn't take away from what is an amazing video game experience.
Set in a post-apocalyptic world that is decades after a great nuclear war players will jump into the shoes of one of the few survivors in this world as you either hunt for your dad (Fallout 3) or seek revenge from a man that left you for dead (New Vegas). Both of the games are just as deep as each other with hundreds of hours and countless locations to explore that creates a very realistic world.
Along the way you'll gain karma for your actions, find new equipment, level up your perks, gain a companion and so much more. It's one of those games that really does offer it all and it's an experience any role playing game fan can't miss.
If you're looking for your first experience with the Fallout series or just need a new copy you can't look past the game of the year editions that give you the core game and the extra pieces of content (DLC) for great low bundle prices.
Rage is one of the few other games like Borderlands that combines the same balance of driving and first person shooter combat. So if that is what you're after then Rage is the game that will deliver. The games post-apocalyptic setting is similar to Fallout but the overall vibe is similar to Borderlands, creating this unique but very enjoyable mix of the two.
The game is set in the year 2135, over a century after a large asteroid collided with the Earth, changing civilization from that point forward. You'll join this ravished game world as a survivor that is searching for the truth after you wake up from one of the stasis shelters designed to preserve some of the Earth's population in case the asteroid wiped out everything.
This journey involves plenty of combat and this is where Rage does try to separate itself from other games with unique weapon options. This includes wingsticks which are a boomerang like weapon to more unique options like turrets, bots and a variety of explosives.
The rest of the gameplay in Rage focuses on driving elements, unlike Borderlands where it's mostly just a transport option driving is an important part of the whole experience. With plenty of races to participate in and no shortage of upgrades to your vehicle it's definitely an important part of the game and it's something I really liked as there aren't really any other games offering this sort of gameplay.
Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn
If it's iOS or Android games like Borderlands you're after then only one comes to mind, Bounty Hunter: Black Dawn. The best part about this game is that it's free and I never felt pressured to purchase premium currency to advance (even though I did because I thought the game was great).
It's clear that the inspiration for this game comes from Borderlands with random weapons, several classes, skill trees and a variety of bosses. The game is a very linear offering though with levels generally only offering one or two paths to the end of each zone. I didn't find that this took away from the experience as each zone has enough variety that you feel like you're in a larger game world.
In addition to the main storyline that you can follow through you've also got the option to fight others in PvP or challenge yourself in some of the arena type modes. The amount of hours you're getting in this free game is simply insane, some parts are alittle rough but they don't ruin what is an otherwise perfect mobile alternative to Borderlands.
Dead Island Series
The Dead Island series has two games that put you right into the middle of a zombie apocalypse. With the opportunity to tackle this adventure co-operatively, level up your own unique skills and find randomised items it's got three core elements of the Borderlands series.
The games are both open worlds so how you move around the world is completely up to you,. However, certain areas are generally locked until you reach a certain point in the story so it isn't completely open. Every step of the way is littered with enemies, things to be looted and people to help. You'll also get the odd driving element which is always fun as you run over zombies for experience points/
Uniquely the games are very melee focused, trying to capture the realism of a zombie outbreak where you have to take the bats and pipes that you can find and turn them into weapons to protect yourself. If you aren't usually one for melee combat you'll probably want to give the game series a miss since there really is no escaping it.
The final game on my list of games like Borderlands is here solely for the co-operative gameplay and loot elements. It's not a first person shooter and is more aligned with what the Diablo series offers (action RPG).
I'm only recommending the second game in the Torchlight series here since the first game is a single player only experience. If you enjoy playing Torchlight 2 with friends though it's a great option if you want more Torchlight afterwards.
As an action RPG the game has you choosing a character class, shaping their growth, finding randomised loot and eventually saving the world. This journey takes you across a huge range of linear environments that are also randomised in their design so replay value is high.
I definitely tossed and turned on whether or not to include Torchlight 2 on this list because it is different and might not be what everyone is looking for but it's one of the best co-op games I've played (other than Borderlands 2 or Portal 2) so in the end I couldn't resist including it.
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Resources For Vault Hunters:
- Borderlands On Reddit
For Borderlands related discussion there is nothing that beats the specific subreddit.
- Other Games Like Borderlands
Games Finder is definitely the number one resource to find new games to play and their Games Like Borderlands list is no exception.
- Borderlands - Borderlands Wiki
With so many RPG elements there is a lot of things to consider in Borderlands, get all the info at your fingertips and in one place.
- Borderlands: Game of the Year on Steam
Grab Borderlands and the 4 DLC in one place on Steam. They also offer a 4 pack for the price of under 2 copies of the game! Perfect for friends that want to play together.