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7 RPG Shooters to play
Plenty of titles will satisfy your need for bullets and numbers.
Written by Soham Rane
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The shooter genre is based around the simple premise of pointing and shooting. From Half-Life's engaging narrative to the mindless slaughter-fest that is Doom, many have had their take on it. RPGs, on the other hand, are about bringing immersive stories and choices that engage players to spend hours on living dual lives.
RPG shooters combine the best of both worlds and compliment each other wisely. This genre strikes the perfect meld of carnage with a storyline. Looking to find your taste in RPG shooters? Here are seven to get you started.

1. Borderlands 2

Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2
Borderlands 2 may have released back in September 2012, but hear us out. The narrative is filled with corny jokes that blend perfectly with the visuals. The game is huge, but the ridiculously fun-to-play mission designs not only just make up for it, they'll also make you crave for more.
With Borderlands 3 on the horizon, there is also a DLC for Borderlands 2 that acts as a mediator between the two games. Now is an excellent time to understand what makes Borderlands 2 a critically-acclaimed and award-winning game.

2. Tom Clancy's The Division 2

A screenshot from The Division 2 video game.
The Division 2
What do you get after mixing brilliant gun-play with a comparatively mediocre story? Answer: Tom Clancy's The Division 2. The game improves massively from its predecessor. Featuring cutting-edge AI and a heavy emphasis on tactical shooting, there is also a tremendous amount of PvP and PvE content in the base game.
The game makes up for its shortcomings with fascinating mission design and immersive gameplay. As an RPG shooter should be, its RPG system is nearly flawless, and the content is rewarding. The various specialisations within the game make it diverse in multiple ways.

3. Destiny 2

Destiny 2
Destiny 2
Destiny 2 is currently on As soon as it comes on Steam, however, it will have all Year 1 content for free including a raid with three wings. That is a lot of stuff to do. Destiny 2's praise-worthy gunplay can best be described as fluid. The RPG factor is gear-based, and class restrictions do not limit gameplay but introduce different playstyles!
While the initial story is regrettably forgetful, it is Destiny 2: Forsaken's story where the real fun lies. Speaking about the environment, Destiny 2 nailed it at the launch itself. It has one of the best world-building out there.

4. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
If Cyberpunk 2077's theme has enthralled you, look no further than the Deus Ex series to get your itch satisfied. Based on the RPG Cyberpunk genre, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is set on the premise that corporations hold more power than the government. The exceptional world building is filled with TV ads, news reports, and event posters that genuinely make you feel you are a part of futuristic Prague.
No RPGs are complete without an immersive soundtrack. And Mankind Divided excels with it. Whether it be techno ambience or highlighting tension, the game hits the right notes. The gunplay is smooth, but other games have done better. To compensate, however, are various augmented powers.

5. Fallout 4

Fallout 4
Fallout 4
Sometimes you need to learn to stop worrying and love the bomb. Case in point, Bethesda's Fallout 4, which is set in a post-nuclear wasteland with mutated scorpions, Super Mutants, Raiders and Synths replacing ordinary humans. The S.P.E.C.I.A.L. system has been revamped to act as a system of passive perks, granting increased damage with certain weapon types and the ability to craft higher level mods.
Several factions vie for your approval and offer their missions in the process. If you're not keen on exploring the dangerous wasteland, then build a settlement or even your own Vault. With lots of DLCs including two massive story packs like Far Harbor and Nuka-World, there's no place like Fallout 4 for that RPG shooter goodness.

6. Mass Effect

Mass Effect 2
Part sci-fi epic, part action title
Bioware's Mass Effect trilogy is often considered one of the greatest collections of video games ever. Each iteration offers third-person shooting mixed with squad-based RPG mechanics and abilities. The story itself is incredible and presents several memorable moments like the battles with Saren, the Collectors, and the final confrontation with the Reapers.
Mass Effect 2 refined the series combat mechanics and introduced the Suicide Missions for even higher stakes. Though Mass Effect 3's initial ending was met with less than stellar support, it's still an incredibly expansive game with excellent shooting, characterisation and mission design. Do yourself a favour and invest a good 100 hours with Shepard and his crew. You won't regret it.

7. Warframe

Cybernetic ninjas. Need we say more?
Cybernetic ninjas. Need we say more?
Acrobatic cybernetic ninjas with alien hounds battling nefarious races and piloting exo-suits in deep space combat. That's Warframe in a brief nutshell, and there are tons more to get into. Fashioned as a quasi-MMO experience, Warframe focuses more on twitch-based third-person combat, either by the blade or with the satisfying "thunk" of an arrow.
The developers are dedicated to consistently updating the game. The new content releases are surprisingly polished and stable in today's times. A good story, great gameplay mechanics, and a rich world; what more can you ask for?