Best Answer: Yes, although the game isn’t without some issues. The new and returning player catch-up systems could still use some work, but recent improvements have made getting into Destiny easier than ever. The game overall is also in an excellent place right now, with a lot of rewarding content available to dive into, tons of great weapons and armor to chase after, and plenty of options for builds. The story is better than ever as well thanks to excellent character writing and the use of several effective storytelling mechanisms.
What is Destiny 2?
As players engage with these activities, they’ll get new weapons and armor (some of which may even be Exotic, which is the rarest type of gear in the game) that they can make use of. Each weapon and armor piece will come with different perk and stat rolls each time they drop, bringing variety to gear and allowing players to hunt for rolls that suit their playstyle.
These drops will also steadily increase your Power Level as you equip or infuse them into your current gear until you reach Power Level 1,270. From this point onwards, Powerful and Pinnacle gear are needed to climb further. Powerful and Pinnacle drops can be earned from almost every activity in Destiny 2, and opportunities to earn them will reset each week (Tuesdays at 1 p.m. ET).
Presentation-wise, Destiny 2 is immaculate, featuring countless gorgeous environments, excellent visual effects, quality animations, and an incredible soundtrack. Destiny 2: Beyond Light even introduced weather effects with the release of the frigid moon of Jupiter, Europa. The developers have confirmed that there are plans to utilize weather effects in future locations as well. Destiny 2 also features the best gunplay I’ve ever experienced in a shooter, and no other games have even come close to beating it.
The New Light experience
Another big improvement that Bungie made during Destiny 2 Year 4 was the decision to reduce how much the Power Level cap rose with each new season. Previously, new seasons increased the cap by 50, but now they only raise it by 10. This makes it much easier for players to reach the endgame from the 1,100 Power Level floor that new players currently start at.
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Bungie has also ensured that new players have ways to acquire a decent arsenal right off the bat so that they don’t feel like they’re ineffective compared to kitted-out veterans. There’s a selection of weapons and mods sold by Banshee-44 and Ada-1 that resets daily, and every weekend, an NPC called Xur arrives in-game and sells Exotic gear that new players can collect.
Overall, while it isn’t perfect, the new and returning player experience in Destiny 2 is much better than it used to be. It used to be really frustrating to try and help my friends get started with the game due to how obtuse it was, but the game is significantly less confusing now.
The current state of Destiny 2
Chasing after new gear is also a lot less frustrating than it used to be thanks to Umbral Engram system, which allows players to spend an easily-obtained currency to target farm seasonal specific weapons and armors by “focusing” Umbral Engrams earned throughout gameplay. It would be nice if more options were added so that target farming gear from the general world loot pool was easier, but I digress.
The developers have also put in a lot of work to make Destiny 2’s endgame feel more rewarding in recent years, and it shows. Every Nightfall, Dungeon, and Raid can drop excellent weapons that make overcoming these difficult activities worth it, and players that take on pinnacle endgame challenges like Grandmaster Nightfalls, Master versions of Raids, and Trials of Osiris PvP will often be rewarded with special Adept versions of weapons that have better stats and a slot for powerful Adept mods (also earned from these activities). The endgame is also simply fun. It’s a blast to take advantage of Destiny 2’s excellent build potential and create a loadout that you can put to the test in challenging content.
Secondly, the free-to-play experience is lacking. Currently, you need to purchase expansions to experience any kind of Destiny 2 campaign content and most of the game’s Dungeons and Raids. Many seasonal offerings like new activities also require purchasing season passes. The content you get access to with these expansions and season passes is absolutely worth the money, but it is unfortunate that free-to-play players don’t get much beyond Strikes. I think Bungie should offer some of the content from older expansions like Forsaken and Shadowkeep for free as newer ones come out.
What does the future hold for Destiny 2?
Throughout Destiny 2 Year 5, Bungie is also looking to overhaul each of the Light subclasses so that they’re as complex and nuanced as the Beyond Light-exclusive Stasis subclasses are. The developer also has two Dungeons and a reprised Raid from the original Destiny in the works, and it went on record to say that starting in 2022, players will never go more than three months without a new Raid or Dungeon. Players can also expect smaller pieces of new content in each of Destiny 2 Year 5’s four seasons, much like Destiny 2 Year 4.
Overall, the future of Destiny 2 sounds absolutely incredible. It’s clear that Destiny 2’s recent successes are enabling Bungie to make the game bigger and better than ever before, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store. The Witch Queen sounds like it’s going to be amazing expansion, and the fact we’re getting new Raids or Dungeons every three months on top of new PvP content annually is fantastic. I’ve never been happier to be a Destiny player, and if you’ve never tried the game out, there has never been a better time to jump into what is easily one of the best Xbox shooters available.
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Destiny 2: The Witch Queen
Take back the Light
The upcoming Witch Queen expansion features the sinister Savathûn and her brood of Light-wielding Hive, which will undoubtedly prove to be the most challenging foes faced by Guardians yet. Players can expect tons of new loot, enemies, locations, and more.
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