Is Destiny 2 worth playing?

Destiny 2
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Whether a PC gamer or a console connoisseur, you have most likely come across the sci-fi space action shooter game Destiny. Although Destiny’s original 2014 release failed to earn a shining reputation due to its dependence on countless downloadable content packages (DLCs), it became a popular choice for many players.اضافة اعلان

And just three years later, developer Bungie released the sequel, Destiny 2.

While there are some concerns about Destiny 2 following in the steps of its prequel, they have largely been unfounded. In reality, Destiny 2 has been a breath of fresh air for fans of the original.

Mission: Protect humanity
Destiny 2 evokes the same feelings that players of the prequel have come to know and love while providing significantly more initial content. Players take on the role of a “Guardian”, a being chosen by “The Light” to protect humanity. With multiple enemy factions after this light, it is the player’s duty to protect it.

TLDR: You are a futuristic space hero who is fighting for justice in a somewhat political, somewhat shoot-shoot-bang-bang way.

From shooting to looting
Now that potential players have a vague idea of the story, what should they expect from the world of Destiny 2? For starters, this is a first-person looter shooter game with a third-person integration at some points. The gameplay focuses heavily on daily grind quests and activities, and players will find themselves praying for good loot drops.

The game incorporates both Player versus Player (PvP) and Player versus Environment (PvE) modes, with riddles around the cosmos, gratifying loots, and friendly encounters along the way. Within the PvE mode, gamers can choose a planet, fly to it, and shoot away to their heart’s content against a backdrop of side quests, movement puzzles, lore, and more.

Users can also match-make with random players or friends to battle in the rotating dungeon of the week or raid with their buddies against challenging (yet rewarding) content.

At the same time, Destiny 2’s PvP content is no joke. Users can select from a range of gaming modes, from basic 3v3 elimination play to 5v5 control with the aim of “capturing zones and keeping ‘em”. Then, some modes cycle through monthly and seasonal (e.g., Halloween, Christmas) rotations.

Hunter, Titan, or Warlock?
If all this sounds fun, there is more. At the start of the game, players create their characters, making a pivotal choice: class. The different class options include Hunter, Titan, and Warlock. While only three options may seem limiting, the four subclasses (Solar, Void, Arc, and Stasis) allow for great variety. Each subclass contains its own skill tree, expanding the game’s possibilities. This summary only scratches the surface — gamers can best feel out the possibilities of Destiny 2 through hands-on experience.

The downside: The cash investment
Despite all the great things Destiny 2 offers, the game has a major downside. Enthusiasts will find that the further they explore this sci-fi world, the more expensive it gets.

The base game is free, with enough content to give players a feel for the world of Destiny. Initially, the PvP options and a good range of PvE content are unlocked. However, to experience the game in all its glory, players will have to invest in some DLCs.

Not all of DLCs are necessary — the three latest releases provide enough content to truly have a good time. But unfortunately, even that will cost a pretty penny, with DLCs selling for at least $20 and reaching an upper limit of $60. On top of that, preordering DLCs to get a healthy batch of goodies and early content access will cost around $100.

PC players are luckier than their console counterparts since many websites offer DLCs at a much cheaper price (with a 35–50 percent discount). Console players, on the other hand, will be staring at the full price tag, except when the PlayStation and Xbox digital stores have sales.

Is this game your destiny?
Yes, it definitely is. While the money issue may be off-putting for some, Destiny 2 offers so much content that players will need at least 500 hours to course through its worlds. We all know that you have probably purchased games that provide much less. If you are a fan of massive multiplayer online games, first-person shooter games, and generally just social gaming, then Destiny 2 is right up your alley. Since the base game is free, give it a try to see what you’re missing out on. You might end up having the time of your life.

Happy hunting, Guardians.

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