destiny-2-review

Bungie laid out a grand plan with the Destiny 1. The final experience, when patched, expanded and tweaked, Destiny became a fantastic game. Unfortunately, Destiny 2 seems to have taken a few steps back. Destiny 2 is a game that can quickly divide people, especially fans of Destiny 1. While the formula changed, it was enough to annoy some fans.

TitleDestiny 2
Platform(s)Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
PublisherActivision
DeveloperBungie
GenreFirst-person shooter
Release(s)PS4, Xbox One
September 6, 2017
PC
October 24, 2017
Mode(s)Single player, Multiplayer
esrb-rating-teenTEEN - Content is generally suitable for ages 13 and up. May contain violence, suggestive themes, crude humor, minimal blood, simulated gambling and/or infrequent use of strong language.

Some of the most significant improvements are an essential quality of similar improvements to the first game. Everything takes fewer steps. With fast travel points, more things to do on the open map as well as in-game notifications of public events. The game also got a bump in visuals. While space looks more prominent, the graphics are much cleaner.

Some more controversial changes include keeping the same classes with some tweaks and replacing one subclass of each class. While I like the new classes and turns, many players do not. The PvP arena called The Crucible also got significant changes. The biggest is the standardization of teams. All matches have a 4v4 team size. Overall player speed has been reduced as well as an increase of timers and power of Super Moves.

destiny-2-gameplay

Apparently, Bungie wanted to reduce total time to kill in PvP to encourage group play and teamwork. That feature like this more “Team Fire” oriented approach. But others dislike the reduction of the chance that one player with an adequately timed super can turn the PvP match around.

As far as one of the biggest complaints in Destiny 1, the story, Destiny 2 is defiantly an improvement. There are a defined enemy and story. Goals that are understood and a flow that was missing in Destiny 1. The voice acting from the cast is more memorable and strongly featured. Granted your guardian has no speaking lines this time, with all dialogue your character might say being delivered by your ghost, but the voice work and story itself overall are much stronger.

One other contentions item that returned from the previous game is the concept of microtransactions. You can get the items in gameplay without spending money, but loot boxes are always a touchy subject.

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As far as the gameplay goes, it is every bit as reliable and good feeling as the first. The controls are responsive. The game looks good, and Bungie has always been able to make a good shooter engine. The game sets on top of the engine that they often falter with. Unfortunately, Destiny 2 does have a few things holding it back from true greatness right now.

Overall, I love this game. I am admittedly a Destiny fan, but I can admit that Destiny Year 3 is a more robust experience than Destiny 2. I know the history of the game and understand that the best is yet to come. However, will anyone but the hardcore fans be around to see it?

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Keep up with Destiny on Gamingfront.net with the latest patch notes which you can read here.

REVIEW OVERVIEW
FUN FACTOR - The game is fun to play, with an entertaining story and solid shooter mechanics. However, a dedicated player can grind out to see almost all the content in about 30 hours.
8
GRAPHICS - The graphics are solid. They are not cutting edge, but the game looks good and runs very nice.
8
SOUND - Solid sound work, decent voice acting and an epic sound track. The guns all sound unique and this really ads to the game.
9
SINGLE PLAYER - While you can do most anything in the game single player, the end game is defiantly set up for groups.
6
MULTIPLAYER - With raids, strikes, PvP and other endgame content, playing with friends is defiantly the best way to enjoy this game.
8
CONTROLS - Solid controls and engine as expected from bungie. Everything feels tight and responsive.
9
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