Written by Liam Oliver
Destiny 2 is Bungie’s latest addition to its Space Opera franchise, and it’s now available on PC. At its heart, Destiny 2 is a futuristic MMO FPS set in our solar system, following the events that took place in the original Destiny.
The story begins with the Cabal, a race of brutish aliens, leading an onslaught on the last standing Earthen City (thoughtfully called ‘The Last City’). The Cabal subsequently take the City and you are tasked with regaining your Light and retaking the city.
The franchise has evolved significantly since the original and its slew of DLCs. Destiny 2 is where the franchise finally finds its identity. The main story is more self-contained (than the previous title) and easier to follow, with the lore well-presented through dialogue and world building, rather than buried in the tired old Grimoire card system. This is the same for the UI and in-game systems – which are tidy and relatively self-explanatory.
The narrative is a little safe and cheesy at times, with some questionable/cringey voice acting. However, you’ll most certainly encounter some truly epic moments – some of which are reminiscent of Halo: Combat Evolved (instantly whacking a smile across your face). Together, with an array of memorable characters such as Cayde-6 (voiced by Nathan Fillion), Destiny 2 weaves a thoroughly enjoyable adventure that you won’t forget anytime soon.
The PC version of Destiny 2 is visually spectacular, and you often found yourself rendered immobile by the breath-taking environments. Honestly, they’re absolutely gorgeous. Each zone is expertly crafted – from the methane oceans of Titan to the terraformed mecha-planet of Nessus, you’re going be finding yourself lifting your jaw off the ground frequently.
As for the gameplay, Destiny 2 has some of the tightest and most responsive gunplay around. Pumping round after round into other players in PVP or a huge, ugly alien boss feels incredibly satisfying. And with a wealth of guns, swords, damage types and subclasses to muck around with, you’re sure to find a combination that suits your style.
Once completing the main storyline, the game becomes a grind for gear that will raise your ‘Light Level’ and prepare you for end game content. Some people will dislike this style game loop and find it rather shallow, but Destiny 2 manages to offer enough unique repeatable content to keep you interested. The main issue is that in terms of end game content, currently, it is slim pickings. However, Bungie has indicated that they are listening and will be actively working towards addressing its content problem in future updates.
Overall, Destiny 2 is a thrill ride that will satisfy anybody’s itchy trigger finger. The space setting is beautifully presented with some of the most impressive visuals you’ll see in a video game – seriously. Some content issues require addressing, but with updates on the way, the future of Destiny looks astronomically promising.
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