Three years after the original was released, Destiny 2 finally hit shelves after much excitement. Bungie’s mythic sci-fi FPS (that’s “first-person shooter” for you noobs) stays true to its roots in being chock-filled with multiplayer features and making you obsessed with making sure your character’s power level reaches high numbers by getting the rarest and most powerful loot through quests and public…
public events. Of course, there’s also the campaign for you to play through, but is this going to be another case of “expansion overload” like the first game? Does Destiny 2’s multiplayer features make you want to play it over and over again, even if you’re done with the story? Basically, the real question is: “Is this worth my money?”
One of the biggest let-downs of the first game was the story, something which Bungie annoyingly tried to fix by throwing a heck load of expansions at players. Thankfully, that problem has been remedied in Destiny 2. The game’s campaign sees the fall of the Last City at the hands of Dominus Ghaul, leader of the Red Legion. The Traveller, the planet-like entity which gives off light which in turn empowers the Guardians, is drained by Ghaul and thus renders all Guardians powerless. Fortunately, the Guardian the player controls discovers a shard of the Traveller that allows him or her to get their powers back. With that, the player and other surviving Guardians rally together to stage an all-or-nothing counter-offensive against the Red Legion. The campaign is a solid story and is definitely an improvement over the original game.
Bungie has always delivered on this front with Halo and Destiny. Destiny 2 is no different. Much like its predecessor, this game allows you to explore different planets each with their own unique terrain,.with each planet being vibrantly animated. In other words, Destiny 2 is visually stunning. While you stand amazed at the red forestry of Nessus or the bluish green waves of Titan, you are equally stunned at how the game puts you right in the middle of the action in a firefight with the Fallen or the Vex. The first-person view helps, but you truly feel the thrill as enemies come at you from left, right, front and back — and you also feel very much satisfied when you blow them away.
It’s safe to say that like its predecessor, Destiny 2 is enjoyed at its maximum
potential when played with friends. Now you can play through the campain by yourself (and it will be a tad bit harder to complete if you do) and you can also take part in public events, which technically means you’re playing multiplayer. But doing quests and adventures are decidedly more fun and more rewarding when you’ve got friends on your Fireteam. Also, there are features that are
restricted for multiplayer only, which means you’re not going to be able to do raids or strikes without a Fireteam. Basically, solo gameplay is possible but you won’t be enjoying everything Destiny 2 has to offer
In the ranking of multiplayer FPS RPG games, Destiny 2 is definitely up there. It’s a clear improvement from its predecessor and we think we’ll be hooked on it for months to come.Especially when those expansions and DLCs come rolling around.
Rating: 4 and a half stars
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