What is it?
The long-anticipated follow up to the original Destiny. As well as a much more substantial story-driven experience, Destiny 2 also packs a bucket load of side-quests and extra activities to keep you invested across its meatier set of content.
The same three character classes remain: Titan, Warlock and Hunter. Players can still level up through experience points (to a maximum of level 20), before they aim to acquire new gear to increase their overall ‘Power’ level (previously known as ‘Light’).
In keeping with the original, all activities reset on a weekly basis, allowing more opportunities to receive Powerful Gear and a better chance of progressing at a quicker rate.
Is it any good?
I played the first game consistently beyond its initial launch and kept an eye out for any new content updates along the way way – I’m what you’d call a ‘seasoned’ Destiny player. This fully-fledged sequel offers everything I could have hoped for from a successor: more content to get tucked into and a rafter of gameplay refinements as well.
But it’s not just a case of simply ‘adding more’, Bungie (its developer) has placed much more emphasis on its story campaign and this time its narrative feels fleshed out a lot more than it did before. Players now have the chance to dive further into Destiny’s history, as well as their favourite characters – Cayde-6, am I right? At the end of the day however, it’s the moments you experience when playing together with your friends that really make this game a gem to play.
There is of course a bunch of content that returning players will already be familiar with: patrol missions, strikes, crucible multiplayer and the tough-as-nails raids offer a familiar, yet fresh set of objectives. The added fact that Destiny 2 has only been developed for current-gen hardware means it looks stunning as well, particularly if you’re playing on a 4K HDR-enabled TV.
Anything bad to report?
Many people might be disappointed to see that Destiny 2 doesn’t reinvent itself and provide something entirely new – in my opinion, that’s okay. There are many features that look and act in a familiar way, but it’s the countless amount of smaller tweaks to controls and U.I. that makes D2 feel like a more robust and solid title, overall.
There will also be those that complain about the arduous task of gaining new gear and equipment through a rinse and repeat grind of the same tasks, but to them I say ‘Welcome to Destiny’. The series is still just as accessible and fun for casual players to enjoy everything on offer and, more importantly, for seasoned veterans Destiny 2’s end game just keeps on giving. That is, if you don’t mind losing most of your social life in the process.
Should you buy it?
If you loved the first Destiny, yes. If you liked the original but felt it needed a bit more of a story-driven experience, double yes. If you liked the original but grew tired of grinding for new gear after hitting the soft level cap, then be prepared for a similar, if not newer set of challenges.