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- From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny, comes the much-anticipated sequel
- An action shooter that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system
- Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion
- To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home
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From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny, comes the much-anticipated sequel. An action shooter that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system.
Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.
- Destiny 2 base game
Minimum 68 GB available hard drive storage space required as of September 2017. Storage requirements subject to increase. After September 2017, see www.destinythegame.com/size-requirements for current requirements prior to purchase. May require additional storage for set-up, features and updates, including to download mandatory in-game updates to continue playing. Users responsible for fees for broadband internet, which is required. Additional charges may apply for online content and features.
Significant elements and functionality may require subscription for applicable platform, sold separately. See www.destinythegame.com for details. Terms and conditions apply.
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Areas & Worlds don't seem as barren as they were in the first game either. The inclusion of a map this time around helps a bunch in finding my way around. The map now pinpoints NPC locations, points of interest, and open world events that are currently happening. The open world events are great, as the map gives a timer when they start/end - so you can prepare accordingly.
One of the more noticeable improvements to the game are the Engrams. Engrams are now automatically decoded when you pick them up. You no longer need to store them, and go back to the Cryptarch to decode. Furthermore you no longer need to ensure that you're wearing your highest Light Level items (i.e. gear) to decode Engrams, in order to get better gear; The system automatically gives you the best chance of getting the higher Light Level items now (even from items stored in your Inventory).
Now for the cons - which are pretty much the microtransactions this time around. I'll name a few here:
• Shaders are now one-time use. Although they can drop randomly in the game world, they're a microtransaction purchase from the Eververse vendor now.
• Sparrows (aka Speeder Bikes) aren't acquired until level 20. Although the Sparrows can be acquired randomly through playing the game, or through microtransactions from the Eververse vendor.
While the Eververse Trading Company vendor still allows the purchase of the in-game currency Silver, you can still purchase Emotes. Emotes were a known a cosmetic item carried over from the first Destiny, so that's not really a surprise. However, the decision to add one-time use shaders is surprising since the system worked well in Destiny... there was no need to change it. This manuever by the publisher is an obvious cash grab to players, regardless to the fact that shaders can drop in the game - that's not the point IMO. If you've played Ovewatch, the purchase of so-called loot boxes will be familiar to you; Bungie is going the same route here, with random emotes, exotic weapon ornaments, shaders, sparrows, etc. dropping from opening these boxes with the purchase of Silver (from real world money).
Overall the game feels more polished than the first game, and the exclusion of Grimore Cards was a good move. Game lore can now be learned in-game, without the need to use a website to look up information about what's happening with the story. Voice acting is superb, the music is wonderful & mesmerizing, and the cinematics are great. If you enjoyed Destiny, than you'll enjoy playing Destiny 2. If you're new to the franchise, you can still play Destiny 2 without the need to play the first game.
With regards to PvP, there is no longer 6v6 - as it's now 4v4. While this is a point of contention among veterans of the game, it doesn't bother me since I really don't like to PvP. However, with a smaller team, things should feel more balanced (hopefully) - and less overwhelming going against a larger force. I personally like the decision, and this change may make me finally give PvP a try this time around.
I give the game 4-stars overall, and I definitely recommend it. Especially if you enjoyed the first game. This is most certainly not a sequel though, but it's more Destiny goodness nonetheless. Two thumbs up!
That said, I can't deny that the game itself is so fun that the above doesn't really matter all that much. Call me a Bungie fanboy all you want, I'm willing to forgive them for crimes which I would normally ascribe capital punishment if it were other studios. Bungie has been making FPS games since before Doom kicked off the genre as we know it, and they've damn well known what they're doing for longer than many Destiny players have been alive. If you enjoy running and gunning and blowing away hordes of evil aliens, it doesn't get much better than this. It's also very easy on the eyes, I don't know if I've ever seen more beautiful and truly epic and exotic alien environments in a game. Someone recently tweeted "Bungie's lighters deserve a 100% raise" and I absolutely agree. I burned out on online MP back when Quake 3 was still current and have rarely bothered with it since then. Both Destiny 1 and 2 deserve a lot of credit for finally pulling me back in after all these years. I seriously thought I would never again really enjoy playing online with anonymous strangers, but here I am. This is a feat even Halo 2, 3 and Reach failed to accomplish.
Destiny 1 had some great "winks & nods" to long time Bungie fans in the form of references to Myth nomenclature, e.g. Thralls, Hellmouths etc. Destiny 2 continues the tradition with a certain plot point which is a bald faced call out to Starhammer, the 1986 space opera novel that was a major influence on the original Halo. I giggled with glee.
I purchased this to play with friends like many others but everyone is already getting bored. The game is so shallow and stale less than a month in. The single raid is redeeming since it's fun and challenging. The problem is it's all about placement and memorization of roles so I can see it getting too easy once people down it a time or two.
Oh and obvious micro-transactions, I don't care that much since it's a common trend but I don't like their being an in game currency that is only available if you buy it. That and it feels like a slap in the face given the lack of content everywhere else. Did I mention that most of the END GAME gear is a DIRECT COPY of D1 gear? Come on.....seriously...
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