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If this reviewer was asked to sum up Destiny 2 in one word, ‘‘redemption’’ would be the first that leaps to mind.
Instead, it should be considered a whole new game that offers so much more than its predecessor.
Destiny 2 addresses the uninspired, repetitive maps, weak story and shallow missions that Destiny dished out in spades to thankfully save the divisive franchise.
Once against players have the choice of three classes — hunter, warlock and titan, and three species — human, awoken or exo.
The idea of an exo is kind of neat, being a humanoid machine.
As you progress through the main story and complete adventure missions, formerly named patrol missions, or public events, your character slowly but surely builds in ability while at the same time gradually collecting better weapons and gear before capping out at level 20.
Essentially, the story revolves around the fact the Tower in the Last City has been destroyed by the Red Legion and as a guardian with your ever-dependable ghost, you’re tasked with assisting the Vanguards in putting things right.
It may not be the most unique story going around, but where it really wins is in its ability to draw the player in — especially in the first couple of hours or so.
It gets to a point where you actually can’t wait to give your enemies a decent dose of lead poisoning while at the same time feeling an emotional connection with what’s going on, which you’d have to consider to be a rarity in gaming these days.
Grimoire cards that were found in the original game, which detailed the lore of the Destiny universe and could only be accessed from Bungie’s website and the Destiny app, did, mercifully, not return for the sequel.
For Destiny 2, Bungie shifted their focus to in-game storytelling, which was something the original was criticised for lacking.
However, where Destiny 2 really excels is in its combat scenarios.
At times you’ll feel quite a rush even coming up against an enemy that matches your talents and while the difficulty level, which can’t be changed as far as I can tell, can at times seem like a bit of a free ride it’s actually quite daunting at others.
In between missions or adventures is a good time to take some time out on The Farm, an area similar to Destiny’s Tower.
Here you can battle a fellow Guardian in the Crucible, stash and buy some gear, check your mail and even play a game of football. Yep, you heard that right — the beautiful game’s made it to the Destiny universe.
Destiny 2 is a huge step up from the original in all facets and with expansions and so on likely, will only become more and more engaging.
For: PS4/ Xbox One/ PC
Rating: (M) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
- by Daniel Birchfield