During my first fortnight with the game, I’ve taken three characters through the game’s story, slaved through countless Nightfalls, finished the raid twice and even managed to win a game in Trials of the Nine, the game’s weekly PVP mode reserved for the most dedicated and sweatiest players.
In total, I’ve given the better part of four days (almost 100 hours) to this game and I fear I’m only just getting rolling. So that’s why I’ve taken my time. I’ve been to the wilderness and now I’m back to tell you about my travels and the things I’ve seen.
It’s hard to know where to even start when talking about Destiny 2. The first game got a bad rap and there’s probably a lot of misconceptions about what it eventually did become at the end of its three-year lifespan. I can’t deny that, at release, its content dried up quicker than a puddle in the outback, rendering its endgame somewhat sparse and lifeless. Bungie clearly took a lot away from the original’s launch and made a point to create the feeling that the game’s eight-hour campaign is merely a small appetiser and only after you beat it does the game truly begin.A lot of dissenters of Destiny are quick to lean on the fact that the game’s story was largely convoluted, made little sense and relied too heavily on deep-diving into external content to try and grasp the game’s lore. It was always there, it was just hard to find. Though I originally thought Bungie might hit reset on the game’s canon and start afresh, to their credit they stuck to their guns and refocused, telling a contained and compelling story that introduced us to a new threat all the while giving air-time to the game’s many great secondary characters that, in the original, would simply watch from the sidelines. Bill Nighy’s reprisal of The Speaker is so magnificent and he steals the show with one cutting bit of dialogue, but the rest of the Vanguard is no slouch. The archetype leader Zavala is as stoic as ever and a more vulnerable take on Ikora Rey left her character feeling the most sympathetic. Unfortunately, Nathan Fillion’s Cayde-6 doesn’t feature nearly as much as one might like, given that he featured heavily during the game’s advertising and is funny as a fit to boot.