5 Games like The First Descendant for more shiny sci-fi loot

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The First Descendant’s stunning visuals and complex resource grind lured hundreds of thousands of players into its sci-fi world. But its rocky launch might sway you towards other titles that feature rich futuristic worlds and countless guns to grind towards and tinker with. Here are five games like The First Descendant that will scratch the itch of refining your build with the best gear.

✓ Similar games to The First Descendant:
  • Warframe
  • Destiny 2
  • Remnant 2
  • Outriders
  • Borderlands 3

Warframe

  • Release Date: March 25, 2013
    • – 25 March 2013 (PC)
    • – 02 September 2014 (Xbox One)
    • – 29 November 2013 (PlayStation 4)
    • – 20 November 2018 (Nintendo Switch)
    • – 26 November 2020 (PlayStation 5)
    • – 31 December 2021 (Xbox Series X)
  • Platform(s): Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Action, Massively Multiplayer, Shooter, Third Person

Would you recommend this game?

The First Descendant draws a lot from Digital Extremes’ free-to-play title. Both games have plenty of shooting and looting in addition to farming for exotic resources. Warframe trades Descendants for Frames that enable unique abilities. These range from dashes to deflecting enemy attacks. There’s an ever-shifting meta to keep grinding for loot and a deep storyline that ties everything together. Some players might prefer the human-looking Descendants but there’s no denying that Frames have them beat in terms of sheer versatility and build crafting. And considering The First Descendent’s aggressive monetisation, Warframe is a better bet if you don’t want to be artificially nerfed in terms of taking on powerful endgame bosses. Just remember that Warframe has years of lore to catch up on and mechanics that take a while to understand.

Destiny 2

  • Release Date: September 6, 2017
    • – 06 September 2017 (Xbox One, PlayStation 4)
    • – 24 October 2017 (PC)
    • – 31 December 2019 (Google Stadia)
  • Platform(s): Google Stadia, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Web, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, First Person, Massively Multiplayer, Shooter

Would you recommend this game?

Destiny 2 has experienced quite the resurgence in player count thanks to its stellar expansion. The Final Shape blew fans away with its memorable campaign, new subclass, and interesting side quests. While the age-old grind of improving your Power level with loot is alive and well here, it’s easier to hit the soft cap now compared to earlier expansions. This means now is a good time to hop into the game to understand its mechanics and combat. The First Descendant’s barebones story can’t touch the world Bungie has been crafting for years. Destiny 2 also offers better customization options for your Guardian that aren’t tied to predatory microtransactions. In my Destiny 2: The Final Shape review, I noted that it “[balances] a story of overwhelming odds with expertly paced combat and puzzles, all set in stunning environments.”

Remnant 2

  • Release Date: July 21, 2023
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Action, Action Adventure, Action RPG, Arcade, RPG, Shooter

Would you recommend this game?

Remnant 2 is often called “Dark Souls with guns” and with good reason. The loot you earn will help you hold your ground against its menacing bosses across multiple regions. While there’s a fair bit of sci-fi lore to get to grips with, it’s easier to hop into than Destiny 2 and Warframe (cost of entry aside). Your playthroughs will also have randomised stories based on which biomes you visit. If you weren’t pleased with the difficulty in The First Descendant, Remnant 2 is a great choice that challenges you without just turning bosses into bullet sponges. In our Remnant 2 review, Alex noted that “there are some truly excellent encounters that not only challenge your raw combat ability but how you use your weapons.” The co-op shooter is also free from microtransactions.

Outriders

  • Release Date: April 1, 2021
    • – 01 April 2021 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X)
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, RPG, Shooter

Would you recommend this game?

Outriders is another title that has a lot in common with The First Descendant. From classes that offer special abilities and weapons that can be earned through missions, there’s plenty here that won’t surprise you. But its intense combat is a clear step above Nexon’s new game, with satisfying explosions and damage effects that lend more weight to its fights. There are plenty of builds to work towards as well, letting you optimise your hunting efficiency. While it’s not a free-to-play game, Outriders drops to low prices often during sales so keep an eye out for it.

Borderlands 3

  • Release Date: September 13, 2019
    • – 31 December 2019 (PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
    • – 31 December 2020 (PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X)
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, First Person, RPG, Shooter

Would you recommend this game?

When it comes to the sheer variety of guns you can find, few games can beat Borderlands 3. It leans into the lore established across previous titles and while the original was more grounded, the sequels amp up the humour with bizarre characters finding themselves in all sorts of situations. The weapon grind is a core part of the game as you collect gear and sell duplicates off simply to get even more guns. Cobble together an unhealthy amount of loot as a Vault Hunter with friends or go on a solo tour against its bosses. The question “how broken will my next weapon be?” will take you through hours and hours of knocking down factions and monsters.

About the Author

Antony Terence

Antony Terence is a Guides Writer for VideoGamer. While he is particularly fond of city-builders, shooters, and strategy titles, he won’t turn down a good JRPG or a turn-based roguelike.

The First Descendant

  • Release Date: 2nd July 2024
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, RPG