No Destiny: What PC gamers should play this weekend

Not your destiny to enjoy Bungie's latest undertaking? Try one of these five options instead.

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There's one game on everyone's minds as of late, and it's doubtful it even needs saying what it is. Destiny has finally launched, to the ravenous crowds clamoring for the summer blockbuster, and all is right with the world of console gaming. But what of the players without an Xbox or a PlayStation to flock to? What of the hardcore gaming fans foaming at the mouth for their next fix on Steam? The answer is simple: there's an entire world beyond Destiny that's rife with new adventures to embark on. There are plenty of games, new and old, vying for your attention. And you don't even have to go to the moon to find them. They're probably already languishing in your Steam library or lurking in that avalanche of a backlog around your PC. Here are some alternatives to Destiny, if you find yourself jonesing for something different to play.

Borderlands 2

What can be said about Borderlands 2 but loot, loot, loot? True, it did little to advance the franchise, but it did excel at what the games have done best at so far: giving you plenty of doodads to pick up and equip -- or sell for some sweet, sweet cash. Handsome Jack was a deliciously devious villain, the additional characters were entertaining (especially latecomer Mechromancer Gage), and we all choked back a few tears when some of our favorite teammates come face-to-face with some unfortunate circumstances. It's an excellent co-op challenge, and if you're looking for something to feed that MMO-lite urge, Borderlands 2 will scratch that itch nicely until Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel releases on October 10th.

Titanfall

Ah, yes, the other mammoth title from earlier in the year. We can't let the Xbox One steal its spotlight, can we? The offspring of developer Respawn Entertainment, or the company born from the ashes of Infinity Ward, is, quite simply, Call of Duty with mechs. In fact, the two franchises handle quite similarly, with silky smooth movement and delectable accuracy. It’s as tight as you would expect, and combat even when in the enormous Titans fits like a glove. But then, we knew this would be the case. If the triple-A status of Titanfall is what you're really searching for with Destiny, why not suit up with a Titan instead?

Rise of the Triad

No overwrought narratives, checkpoints, or hulking space marines -- just body parts flying willy-nilly and good old-fashioned shoot-’em-up fun. Though considered a dusty old relic by some, Rise of the Triad is an excellent example of the right way to combine memorable mechanics with a gorefest that could sate even the most grisly of players. This is the quintessential balls-out, guns-blazing killing spree that truly caters to players who revel in bloodbaths and free-for-alls. Rocket launchers, machine guns, flak cannons, and even a lightning staff that’s a force to be reckoned with are at your disposal. Whether you loved the original PC classic or want to check out Interceptor's cheeky remake, Rise of the Triad should keep any hunger for killing sprees at bay.

Freelancer

It may require a little digging in the vaults to procure, but until Star Citizen makes its debut in 2015, the premiere name in space combat is 2003's Freelancer. Pilot your own ship while becoming entangled in dogfights with other ships, or simply become a bounty hunter and break all the rules. Whether you choose to embark on a solo quest as Edison Trent or hit up multiplayer to play whomever you want with players across the world, Freelancer is a satisfying and expansive riff on space combat. And since Destiny won't be able to deliver the same experience, you might even be getting a better deal with Freelancer.

System Shock 2

System Shock 2 was revolutionary from beginning to end, and a classic that you'd do well to complete before moving on to other titles. It's probably hanging out in your GOG account or even in your Steam library. What are you waiting for? The reveal of SHODAN, a malevolent supercomputer, is waiting for you to uncover it, because the first time is always the best time. And that's all that needs to be said about that. The Von Braun is rife with treasures you absolutely need to discover for the first time, and if opting for System Shock 2 over Destiny is how you have to play it, that's just a sacrifice you've got to make.


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From The Chatty

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    September 11, 2014 10:00 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, No Destiny: What PC gamers should play this weekend.

    Not your destiny to enjoy Bungie's latest undertaking? Try one of these five options instead.

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      September 11, 2014 10:07 AM

      It's probably hanging out in your GOG account or even in your Steam library. What are you waiting for?

      Best, and probably most accurate line, I'll probably read all day. Maybe the whole month.

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      September 11, 2014 10:12 AM

      Interesting choices. I'm down with Freelancer and System Shock 2, but I don't see them scratching the same itch as Destiny.

      I would put BioShock 2 on this list. It's mechanically tighter than the first, no longer uses GfWL on Windows and has a better upgrade progression than the original. Even though the multiplayer is dead, the story is well worth a play.

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        September 11, 2014 11:44 AM

        I actually thought the opposite for Freelancer. The multiplayer mode pretty much drops you in the middle of a huge game world and tells you to do stuff, just like Destiny. If you removed some of the structure that Destiny has, they are very similar despite being different types of games (space shooter vs FPS).

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          September 11, 2014 12:28 PM

          To my shame, I must admit I never played Freelancer in MP outside of a drunk LAN session. Can't remember a thing to be honest.

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      September 11, 2014 10:15 AM

      Borderlands 2 is a must. Such a great game.

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        September 11, 2014 10:23 AM

        I sincerely want to like that game and mechanically I might, but I detest it's world and humor so much I can't even attempt to play it for more than 5 minutes.

        Someone really needs to make a borderlands like game without all that crap in it and have it available for the PC.

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          September 11, 2014 10:46 AM

          That's why BL is great to me, the humor. I can't stand how self serious Destiny is.

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      September 11, 2014 10:27 AM

      Diablo 3 with the new update and STFU has been keeping me occupied. Much more fun than the Destiny beta I played.

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      September 11, 2014 10:35 AM

      Just play any loot based game and you will have the Destiny experience. Destiny feels like a FPS ARPG game with some optional pvp or some party content.

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      September 11, 2014 10:48 AM

      Thanks to Thornfist I loaded up Titan Quest last night. Will be on D3 UEE tonight and the two games should fill my limited weekend game time nicely.

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      September 11, 2014 11:31 AM

      If I had to pick some "different" FPS games, I'd probably opt for...

      ... the original Deus Ex and its sequel, Invisible War. (IW is a necessary play through if for no other reason than to complete JC & Paul's stories.)
      ... Anachronox.

      None of them are quite the usual gun, run, & hit the switch sort of FPS. You've got two cyberpunk RPGs and Ion Storm's take on the JRPG. Not bad indeed. You can snag all three of them for less than $15 total. Not a bad deal.

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        September 11, 2014 11:37 AM

        Oh man, I loved Anachronox. I'm afraid playing it now will shit on my rose tinted glasses, though.

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      September 11, 2014 11:53 AM

      Still into firefall here for better or worse.

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      September 11, 2014 12:15 PM

      Payday 2

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        September 11, 2014 12:16 PM

        Oh shit yea, this actually fits really well.

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      September 11, 2014 12:20 PM

      Freelancer's Intro Cinematic ranks as one of my most favorite of all time.

      Freelancer intro (original) HD: http://youtu.be/HVt7OMLar1s

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      September 11, 2014 12:33 PM

      sorry pc people =(

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        September 11, 2014 12:34 PM

        From what I've listened from the Bombcast, the quick look, and the discussion on here I'm not really sorry at all.

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          September 11, 2014 12:47 PM

          Lol honestly yeah, it's totally the type of game I'd jump on and then regret buying a few days later.

          (And I say that knowing full well if a PC version ever does come out I'm STILL going to buy it)

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            September 11, 2014 12:50 PM

            It will eventually. They will get tired of hearing that question every day. Also, I can't see Activision turning down a whole new source of revenue.

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      September 11, 2014 1:08 PM

      I've just been replaying ODST to get that Bungie fix.

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      September 11, 2014 1:31 PM

      I'm finishing, hopefully, the Titan's Quest: Immortal Throne legendary campaign with my earth-spirit character in the next couple of days. Then maybe some Grim Dawn if they release the last class, which is due this month.

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      September 11, 2014 1:56 PM

      Destiny looks a lot like Global Agenda to me. While GA doesn't have the same graphics or story, it carry's that PvE/PvP with a focus on PvP that Destiny does, along with the whole loot thing (though I believe it's now "make you're own loot" instead of "find your own loot").

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      September 11, 2014 2:17 PM

      Gonna be Diablo 3 for me. A few of my friends want to have a Diablo 3 lan party in a couple weeks. I need to level up some characters. Highest one I have is level 19. My friends are like 40 and up.

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        September 12, 2014 8:29 AM

        Find someone who is maxed that can run Torment 2 or 3 and just shadow behind him or her. I think I managed to gain 10 levels in an hour or so doing this. Only problem is any stray shot will OHK.

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      September 11, 2014 5:36 PM

      I'd replace Rise of the Triad with Shadow Warrior.