The good news is that the campaign continues for an additional hour and wraps in a satisfying conclusion (ie there's no “Stranger” who appears to befuddle you with WTF nonsense, followed by a credits roll.) Better yet, a slew of post-win missions, adventures and strikes open up which effectively doubles the runtime of Destiny 2.Click here for our full Destiny 2 review.
The latter, strikes, are quite replayable as they've grown in complexity to the point where they're almost miniature raids – a series of unique challenges and puzzle wrinkles that go well beyond "just ventilate everything". These are few in number, however, so the long-tail grind revolves around a weekly tick off of PvE and PvP milestones. Yes, it's covering old ground but getting bored is difficult when the battlefields are this vast and dynamic. Something else I didn't expect: repeated exposure to the mission-givers and their meaty side-missions has made me better understand and accept their idiosyncrasies. (I still, however, maintain that Asher is an irredeemable prick.)
Raid-wise, Bungie has delivered its greatest work yet. Destiny 2 eclipses the challenge and creativity witnessed in Wrath of the Machine and even the secrets-laden wonder of the venerable Vault of Glass. Whereas the latter was a descent into the dank caverns of a Vex stronghold, Leviathan is a dizzying ascent into the impossibly opulent mansion of a Goldmemberesque Cabal hedonist. It's basically one big cosmic reality show where you and five mates are the very confused, very outnumbered contestants. The whole shenanigan is modularly designed, too, so there's no telling what the order of madness will be from week to week. That's freshness and longevity, right there.
- CPU - Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X
- GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 970 or AMD Radeon R9 390
- RAM - 8GB
- CPU - Intel Core i3-3250 or AMD FX-4350
- GPU - Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB
- RAM - 6GB
Vanilla Destiny spruiked this exact sort of gameplay at its first reveal, way back when, but what was delivered felt like a concept still in beta; the spire had not fully formed. Now that Destiny 2 is free of the shackles of the last-gen, it's living up to the promises of 2013, a glorious time when Destiny was surrounded by nothing but enthusiasm. From what I've played and seen so far, Bungie is well on the way to making that golden age come again.Click here for his full Destiny 2 experience, complete with accompanying self-captured gameplay videos.
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