Restoring the Light
Destiny 2 features a far more solid storyline, improved combat mechanics, and absolutely stunning visuals.
We’ll get straight to the point: Destiny was a good first attempt for Bungie in its post-Halo and Master Chief era, but like so many new IPs, the game wasn’t without its own set of trials and tribulations to get through (both production wise and post-launch). Since then, the developer’s second attempt at the franchise seems to have paid off with Destiny 2, a sequel that seems to tick off all the right boxes in entertainment, storyline, and player engagement.
Traveler in danger
Destiny 2 picks off sometime after the first game: The Last City on Earth has been invaded by the Red Legion, an elite unit of the Cabal race, led by the nefarious Dominus Ghaul (in all of his gaudy Roman-inspired battle armor). Bitterly unhappy that the Traveler had not chosen him or his people as its protector, Ghaul decides to enslaves the Traveler with Cabal technology, effectively denying all Guardians of their ability to be revived by their Ghosts, along with all the superpowers.
Following a hasty retreat, the Guardians, feeling defeated and lost in despair, must find a way to rescue the Traveler, defeat Ghaul, and restore the Light.
A leaner, better kind of Destiny
Unlike the first game, Destiny 2 has a proper storyline, and on top of that, the flow of the story is actually more immersive. As before, players can choose between three classes: Titan, Warlock, or Hunter. In our case, we ported our character from the first game over to Destiny 2. One big difference between the first and second game though, is that your character effectively becomes a silent protagonist, with all your responses seemingly taken over by your ‘mildly’ irritating Ghost companion (voiced by none other than Nolan North). Combat, which forms the backbone of the gameplay experience, remains a familiar affair, and Bungie has made it a little more pleasant by removing the sub-leveling function for weapon components. Instead, all accessories of a weapon are available upon pick-up, and upgrades can be done via the game’s Glimmer and ‘lost weapon mods’. Furthermore, the changes in the weapon mechanics are also evident in the Crucible (essentially the PvP portion of the game). Compared to Destiny’s original Crucible event, PvP combat in Destiny 2 actually looks less hectic and messy: there’s not a lot of explosions that will blind you, and from what we observed in some of our matches, it was definitely easier to identify foe from friend. might not find this release to be up their alley.
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