Destiny: The Taken King Killing time
Bungie has chipped slowly and delicately away at the complaints levelled against its original Destiny release over some 40- odd patches, but with The Taken King its intent is clear. Where once fans declared that “Destiny’s a great shooter but it has problems,” The Taken King is Bungie’s effort to well and truly fix them.
There are actual characters to care about, voiced brilliantly by the likes of Nolan North ( of Nathan Drake fame) and Nathan Fillion, whose Cayde- 6 offers a refreshing new reason to titter, gasp, and generally ride to wherever Destiny’s storycoaster wants to take you. There’s always a string of Missions, Strikes, Patrols, kill quotas or other unique activities you can commit to at any time, rather than just repeating the same content again and again hoping for that one lucky loot drop.
The levelling system has been tweaked, the loot boosted and delivered at a satisfying rate, and when the Taken show up – the screen warping and undulating with their arrival – you know you’re in for a fight. Boil away all the stats, nerfs, and patches – the sheer variety of challenge is what every Destiny devotee has always wanted. Matt Sakuraoka- Gilman