50 Best Games of 2017: #44 – Destiny 2

Destiny 2

Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Activision
Platform(s): PS4, Xbox One, PC

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As soon as Destiny 2 was revealed by Bungie at E3 2017, it was difficult not to be drawn into the huge amount of hype that surrounded it. However, most gamers remember the release of Destiny and just how bitterly disappointed some of them turned out to be. Sure, Destiny has turned out to be a decent title now on the next-gen consoles, but it took a bucket full of updates and three expansion packs to do so.

Destiny 2 very much hits the ground running, thrusting you into one of the most intense firefights I have ever come across. As you play through the meaty single player campaign, you are taken to new worlds to fight new enemies on brand new maps. Some, like Titan, are truly breathtaking, offering new challenges to both new and old Destiny players alike. One of the things that I was most impressed by was the design and overall feel of the game’s antagonist. It is obvious that this man is totally merciless and an eater of worlds, and when I first came across him, I felt slightly imposed, wondering how the hell I was going to bring him down. Old enemies also make a return, with the Hive being the most imposing of them all.

However, one of the most important things that Destiny 2 brings to the table is the ease of play. Anyone, regardless of their level of gaming experience, can grab this game and play it. With three classes to choose from, Destiny 2 brings something to the table that will suit anyone; from the gun wielding titan to the magic throwing mage.

One of the criticisms that Bungie received was just how unfair the reward system seemed to be. You could grind for hours at a time and still not grab that elusive bit of gear you were hoping for. This time, the reward system seems a lot fairer, with gear being dropped at greater intervals, some of it really enhancing your chances as you plod through the missions. There are also a wide variety of factions that players can join, with each faction offering different weapons and equipment, allowing you to truly customise your character – a factor that was sadly neglected in this game’s predecessor.

Aside from its spectacular single-player campaign, Destiny 2 offers a wealth of side quests and other activities that you can take part in to increase your level and flesh out the gameplay. However, to obtain the true Destiny experience, grabbing yourself a four man fire team and conducting strikes is a must. It is through these missions that you are rewarded with better equipment, greater amounts of currency and silly EXP, however, if you struggle to find a team, then I always found that the majority of the Destiny community were more than happy to help.

Destiny 2 is a must buy for anyone who wants a game that will provide them with a fantastic storyline, in your face combat, and most of all, a game that will keep you going back for more.

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