Initially we had a review-in-progress
happening from one Adam "Grizz" Mathew, awaiting Bungie's final Raid content to drop. Well, after having tackled said Raid content while also eating up everything else the game has to offer, Grizz has returned with his final word on the console release of the game (we'll look at the PC release next month when it hits Blizzard.net).
Here's a snippet from his complete and in-depth review:
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.