As Bungie’s only major venture since the Halo franchise, the Destiny Beta test was a wild, enthralling, and bumpy ride on its final day. With intermittent service due to server load tests sending the Beta out in a sputtering whimper, we can’t wait to play Destiny again, but we feel lost while it’s gone. What can you play to satiate your Destiny needs while the game is being polished before September 9th? Here are a few ideas.
While we can focus on many different titles with our suggestions, it’s probably for the best if only free-to-play titles go into the recommendations we give out today. It might be safe to assume that you’re sold on Destiny and you’ve shelled out a few dollars recently for it, so we’re not going to work your pocket book any more with our suggestions.
As Valve’s premiere shooter, you and your friends can enjoy a free, fast and fun shooting experience with Team Fortress 2. If you’re looking to refine your shooting skills and play with similar physics, but lose the space aspects of Destiny, this should hold you over. If you’re hooked on Destiny’s ability to show off your prestige, TF2 can show off your skills with hats. Yes, in Team Fortress your skills and honor go on display with a silly hat, and it’s GREAT.
More akin to Mass Effect 3 than Destiny, Warframe can appeal to the sci-fi elements of Destiny. With melee elements as critical as your aim-down-sight shooting, Warframe’s similarities to Destiny may end there, but it’s loads of fun with friends and works best in small groups. Think of Warframe battles as practice with your fireteam for the conquest this September.
An MMO in as much a sense as Destiny, Planetside 2 has PVP experiences that are deep and wide. With vehicle combat and a strong sci-fi element, those looking to get down in the Crucible may enjoy their time in Planetside 2. Class options in Planetside 2 are versatile and team combat that brings a much larger scale than Destiny PVP, you should be well equipped to watch your own back [and the map] by the time Destiny ships early this fall.
Path of Exile is not a shooter and it’s not sci-fi. Path of Exile is a smash-and-grab grind to the best gear in the world and it’s a great time. With free-to-play entry, you can swing your swords, shoot your arrows, and kill until the sun comes up. PoE demands a bit of time before you’re ready to compete in its ladder of the best in the world, of course, but we’re looking to kill time, so that’s OK. You’ll enjoy a bit of creeper smashing, and PoE may be more violent than Destiny, but it’s a good time nonetheless.
If you’re grinding out the days until Destiny like we are, you’re not alone. For more information about Destiny, we have nearly a full play through on the Moon, as well as a new piece of Destiny Grimoire available on our Facebook page every 5 days. Add me on the PlayStation Network if you want to play some Crucible on launch day, username: VisionEx, and I’ll see you on September 9th.