By Lee Travis
One Friday night, I went back to the Destiny 2 grind. As I looked down, it wasn’t even 9 o'clock yet. Next time I glanced down, it was almost 11 o’clock. Destiny 2 devours your time, and unlike the base game of Destiny, the game respects your time too.
For the past three years, I played Destiny and all of the subsequent DLC. After one year, Destiny had a story and a reliable stream of loot. Destiny 2 further reinforces the loot in the first proper sequel in the series. Through tweaks behind the scenes, the way loot drops are calculated in Destiny 2 is much better compared to the previous game. By changing how weapon slots work this time around, players have a larger opportunity to experiment with a small yet diverse arsenal. The Warlock, Titian, and Hunter are back with the familiar void, solar, and arc subclasses to choose from. The way you progress through the subclasses is streamlined and easier.
Oh, and there’s a story this time. No more endless hunting to glue some shamble of a narrative together, Destiny 2 brings themes together through the Red Legion main story and fully voiced side stories called adventures. NPC characters are flushed out and have personality. Deep lore is explained, though you still have to make a point to find it in the universe of Destiny. With multiple social spaces and vendors to visit, there is always something to do in Destiny 2. Each of the four worlds that your guardian will visit is lush and filled with secrets and chests to uncover. The European Dead Zone, on earth, is notably larger than anything found in Destiny. The campaign exceeds everything that Destiny and the subsequent DLC had to offer. Though not completely original, or groundbreaking, it does the job well with some nice set pieces and characters along the way. The second to last mission is a standout.
After completing the main story, the world opens up even more. Exotic quests, high-level endgame activities like the weekly Nightfall and Raid are available. Not to mention ranked competitive multiplayer in the Crucible. Plus, the slew of powerful gear, you can earn for being part of a clan and playing the game. Destiny 2 improves on Destiny, but it still very much Destiny. If the first game wasn’t your thing, this game won’t be. But if you enjoyed the shooting, looting, and special abilities of Destiny, Destiny 2 will embrace you with open arms. Good luck out there, guardians.
Destiny 2 is available now on PS4 and Xbox One, with a PC release date on October 24.