Destiny 2 Reviews: Release Day Impressions Roundup

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Destiny 2 has officially launched, and soon it will be available worldwide. Full reviews won’t arrive just yet, but reviews-in-progress have started to pop up around the internet based on a recent three-day event in Seattle.

The much-anticipated sequel doesn’t radically shake up the Destiny formula, instead opting primarily to refine and improve the core of the first game. You can see our breakdown of Destiny 2’s five biggest changes for a basic idea of what to expect.

Below, you’ll find a collection of various critics’ impressions of the game so far. In GameSpot’s Destiny 2 review in progress, Kallie Plagge calls the story a “clear improvement over Destiny’s much-maligned storytelling,” adding that “Destiny 2 builds on the original in smart ways that make me excited to keep playing.” We’ve also more recently published a Destiny 2 review diarythat offers more of Kallie’s thoughts now that the game is live.

  • Game: Destiny 2
  • Developer / Publisher: Bungie / Activision
  • Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
  • Release: September 6 (PS4/Xbox One), October 24 (PC)
  • Price: US $60 / £50 / AU $100

GameSpot

“Of course, all of this still feels like Destiny. The new social space, the Farm, is functionally the same as the Tower in the original. Finding loot and switching out your old gear still takes up a significant portion of your time. Enemies have been tweaked, but they’re not wildly different, either. That’s not necessarily bad, but it also makes me wonder if I’ll see Destiny 2 as a sequel, rather than a half-step forward, the longer I play and the more I grind and repeat.” — Kallie Plagge [Full review in progress]

“Though I’ve only replayed things I’ve already done, I’m still excited about Destiny 2. I can’t wait to find my next exotic weapon, but I’m also looking forward to completing more Adventure missions and learning more about the world. My next step is to finish the story, reach level 20, and run some Strikes, so check back soon for more impressions.” — Kallie Plagge [Destiny 2 review diary]

Polygon

“At the very least, what I’ve played of Destiny 2 is an incredibly promising start. In plain English, it feels like Destiny without all the bulls***. It seems like the sequel Bungie needed to make–not a fundamentally different experience, but improved enough over its predecessor to reel veterans back in and attract people who skipped the original Destiny. Now we have to see how it holds up.” — Samit Sarkar [Full review in progress]

IGN

“My initial impressions leave me with more questions than answers. Is the story going to stay engaging through the end? Are the great drops going to get stingier at higher levels? Am I going to get bored exploring the new destinations? We’ll have to answer those hanging questions later, but based on what I’ve experienced so far, Destiny 2 hasn’t disappointed my high expectations as a fan of the original. There have been deliberate steps to improve the moment-to-moment experience, be it something as simple as bringing up the next task with the press of a button or by keeping you constantly climbing the Light ladder without realizing it with enticing dynamic events. That’s all on top of a story the team at Bungie knew they had to get right after the convoluted mess of the first game which forced you to read Grimoire cards on a website to experience the original story. So far it seems as though they’ve succeeded.” — Destin Legarie [Full review in progress]

Rolling Stone

“However, what’s remarkable about the structure of Destiny 2–aside from it having a real central plot–is that it achieves what the first Destiny tried but ultimately failed to do: it gives the player freedom. Yes, there’s some linearity to the Red War missions and the order in which the destinations are introduced–but you can spend the bulk of your time wherever you’re most comfortable, where you find combat encounters most fulfilling, or where the rewards on offer are most appealing to you.” — Alex Kane [Full impressions]

Ars Technica

“I am not at an ideal state to issue anything resembling a verdict. But I at least feel safe declaring this: I entered the event perturbed that I would play so much Destiny 2 and not get to transfer that progress to the final, retail version. Now, I am anxious to dive back in and try again. I want to flex the muscles of an entirely different class. I want to devote far more attention to so much in-mission dialogue and exposition. Above all else, I want to group up with some friends and see how the ‘always a battle around every corner’ sensation feels when I have some persistent fireteam members at my side.” — Sam Machkovech [Full pre-review]

DualShockers

“So far, Destiny 2 has improved upon the original Destiny in every way. There’s a Pierce Brosnan-impersonating sniper who serves as your faction representative for the European Dead Zone. There’s new enemy types, including staff-wielding Fallen Wretches and caped-flaming-crossbow-wielding Hive Knights. There are cutscenes where The Speaker, who never really had much to say, is actually a savage and disses Ghaul in rap-battle proportions during cutscenes. When I sat down to play this game I had one mission for Bungie: prove to me that Destiny 2 isn’t just another expansion. Thankfully, it turns out that Destiny 2 has listened to the fans and has taken a look in the mirror: the product is one that I–so far–thoroughly enjoy.” — Noah Buttner [Full review impressions]

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Infinix Note 4 and Infinix Hot 4 Pro First Impressions

Infinix Note 4 and Infinix Hot 4 Pro First Impressions

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Infinix Note 4 sports a 5.7-inch full-HD display, 4300mAh battery
  • Infinix Hot 4 Pro packs a 5.5-inch HD display, 4000mAh battery
  • Note 4 costs Rs. 8,499 while the Hot 4 Pro is priced at Rs. 7,499

Chinese conglomerate Transsion Holdings enjoys a moderate foothold in India’s mobile phone market through its Itel and Tecno brands, and it also recently entered a joint venture with Spice Mobility to expand its portfolio in the country. Now, the company’s Infinix brand has made its debut here as well, with the launch of two budget smartphones – the Infinix Note 4 and the Infinix Hot 4 Pro. Both fall within the budget smartphone segment, with features that seem to match the current competition.

The Infinix Note 4 is priced at Rs. 8,999 while the Hot 4 Pro costs Rs. 7,499. Both smartphones will go on sale exclusively on Flipkart starting August 3, however at different times – 12 noon and 11:59pm respectively. We got to spend a brief time with both models at the company’s launch event, and here are our first impressions.

Infinix Note 4 design, camera, and performance

When we first got our hands on the Infinix Note 4, it felt sturdy and well built. It features a plastic body with glossy metallic paint instead of a metal body, which seems a little disappointing for a device competing with the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 4. It has a 5.7-inch full-HD display with 2.5D glass contoured around the front edges. We found that the display was bright enough for indoor use and there was also no difficulty with outdoor legibility. We could also use the phone one-handed without much difficulty.

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Unlike most smartphones available today, the Infinix Note 4 has dual SIM slots (Micro+Micro) along with a separate microSD slot. To access them, the shiny back panel needs to be removed. We struggled with this a bit because it felt as though the back panel was going to get a crack. On the top of the phone, there is a 3.5mm audio jack, while the USB charging port and speaker grilles can be found at the bottom. The volume and power buttons are on the right, while the left side is blank. The fingerprint scanner is embedded into the home button at the front of the device.

The Infinix Note 4 gets its juice from a non-removable 4300mAh battery. Considering the size of this battery, the smartphone doesn’t feel bulky at all. Under the hood, it is powered by a 1.3GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6753 SoC paired with 3GB of RAM. It has 32GB of storage with the option to expand that using a microSD slot (up to 128GB). It runs Infinix’s own custom UI called XOS, based on Android 7.0 Nougat. During our brief time with the phone, we found that it was snappy and that apps opened quickly. However, there is a lot of bloatware on this smartphone. In addition to the usual Google apps there are a number of Chinese counterparts, which don’t seem necessary in India.

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There is nothing exceptional about the cameras. The Infinix Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera and an 8-megapixel front-facing one. There are LED flashes on both sides. We managed to take some indoor and outdoor photos with this phone and we found that photo quality was decent enough. Photos taken indoors seemed to have natural-looking colours but not very much detail, and unfortunately photos taken outdoors seemed a little overexposed. Videos looked good to us until we started panning the phone while recording, which caused lag. We were underwhelmed, but we will reserve our final opinion until we can conduct a full review.

Infinix Hot 4 Pro design, camera, and performance

The less costly model launched by Infinix is the Hot 4 Pro. This phone has run-of-the-mill looks for a device that costs Rs. 7,499. Competitors at this price level such as the Xiaomi Redmi 4A look better. The Hot 4 Pro has an all-plastic body with a glossy finish. It has its volume and power buttons on the right side, the 3.5mm audio jack the top, and the charging port at the bottom. One of the biggest highlights of the Hot 4 Pro is its Dirac-powered stereo surround speakers on the back. We could not really test the speakers at the noisy launch event, but this will be covered in our detailed review.

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The Infinix Hot 4 Pro sports a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280) display. It also has dual SIM slots (Micro+Micro) along with a separate microSD slot, and its back panel also needs to be taken off to access them. It has a non-removable 4000mAh battery but is also light and easy to use with one hand. Performance-wise, Hot 4 Pro is very basic. It also runs XOS but this time based on the older Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of bloatware on this phone as well.

The Hot 4 Pro has a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and 5-megapixel one on the front. Image quality indoors and outdoors is again underwhelming and the samples we took lacked details. Photos also looked washed out at the edges. The camera app supports Professional, Beauty, and Normal modes for the front camera that somehow improve selfies. However, we suggest that you wait for our full review to see how the camera fares in a variety of conditions.

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There is nothing particularly special about the Hot 4 Pro, and it remains to be seen whether it will be able to stand out against its rivals.

Conclusion
The Infinix Note 4 and Hot 4 Pro have been launched in a price range that is dominated by stalwarts including the Redmi 4, Redmi 4A, and Moto E4 Plus. Battery life could be a significant USP, but batteries this size are becoming more common. We will have to see if the features that Infinix is offering can tempt Indian consumers. Stay tuned to Gadgets 360 for our in-depth reviews of the Note 4 and Hot 4 Pro where we examine their performance, build quality, camera quality, and battery life in detail.

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Infinix Note 4

Infinix Note 4

  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.70-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

32GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4300mAh

Also See
  • Coolpad Note 5 Lite (Space Grey, 16GB) – 
    Rs. 8,199
  • Oppo A37 (Grey, 16GB) Black/Grey
    Rs. 8,839
Infinix Hot 4 Pro

Infinix Hot 4 Pro

Rs. 7,499
Buy
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

5-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

3GB

OS

Android 6.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4000mAh

BUY AT
  • Infinix Hot 4 Pro (Quartz Black, 16GB, 3GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs. 7,499

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Moto C Plus First Impressions

Moto C Plus First Impressions

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Moto C Plus has been priced at Rs. 6,999
  • It will be going on sale via Flipkart today
  • At this price, Moto C Plus will compete against Xiaomi Redmi 4

Moto C Plus is the company’s new budget entry targeted at first-time smartphone buyers. At the India launch event in New Delhi on Monday, Lenovo stressed that the new Moto C Plus with features like massive battery with rapid charging support, selfie camera with LED flash, and stock Android experience, packs enough punches at a price that should fit anyone’s budget. The phone goes on sale via Flipkart today.

The Moto C Plus price in India is positioned smartly to place it in right between the more affordable Moto C and Moto E3 Power. But the new Moto handset will compete against Xiaomi’s Redmi 4A which is also targeted at first-time smartphone buyers and comes at a lower price tag – even the entry-level Xiaomi Redmi 4 isn’t too far away from the Moto C Plus price tag. We spent some time with the handset at the launch event, and here are our first impressions.

Moto C Plus design

On the design front, the new Moto C Plus strictly follows the Moto design-cues. This means that you will see rounded edges and aesthetics somewhat similar to Moto G5 (Review). Though, there is no metal used on the Moto C Plus. There is, however, a metal lining around the front panel which adds to the overall appeal of the handset.

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Moto hasn’t done much different with the design of the Moto C Plus except for adding a textured pattern on the rear cover that looks distinct. The Moto C Plus weighs 162 grams, which might seem slightly heavy for its size but the large battery capacity justifies it. The circular design at the back holds the rear camera alongside LED flash. The circular housing reminds us of the Moto G5. The speaker grille is seen at the back of the smartphone, while the 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top edge accompanied by Micro-USB charging port.

Moto C Plus specifications, software, and performance

The Moto C Plus features a 4000mAh removable battery, which means the rear is not sealed. To further sweeten the deal, Moto will ship a 10W rapid charger with the Moto C Plus. Thanks to removable back cover, the phone comes with three dedicated slots for two Nano-SIMs, and a microSD card which can be considered one of the important additions to the phone. There’s no fingerprint scanner on the handset which is obvious considering the price it carries.

The company is additionally marketing micro textured removable back covers which will be available for the handset. The phone itself will be going on sale in Black, White, and Gold colours.

The 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) HD TFT display on the Moto C Plus is good for a budget smartphone. In the limited time we spent with handset, we found the display had good brightness levels and is pretty sharp.

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The Moto C Plus is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM. You also get 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via a microSD slot (up to 32GB).

One of the biggest attractions of the Moto C Plus is stock Android Nougat experience which is hard to find in this segment. The company has added some minor tweaks though. The Moto C Plus also offers a slew of Nougat-specific features like a revamped Settings app, reply to messages from anywhere feature, quick app switching, multi-window, and a refreshed Quick Settings toggles.

With Nougat, the Moto C Plus will also offer Google Assistant out-of-the-box which is a feature still not available on phones that are available almost at double the price. The smartphone features capacitive navigation buttons at the front.

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In our limited time with the device, we noticed that it was quite a good performer thanks the near stock Android running on top. Taps and swipes registered without any issues, and even switching between apps was smooth.

Moto C Plus cameras

The Moto C Plus sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, autofocus, 71-degree field of view and an LED flash. There’s also a 2-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash. During our limited use, we noticed that the rear camera on the Moto C Plus was quick at focusing. We noticed that it automatically adjusted the highlights and shadows depending on the light, which seemed neat. The selfies look good but the addition of LED flash may turn out to be a great addition for consumers of this price range.

We will however reserve our verdict on the Moto C Plus performance and camera until we get a chance to put it through paces during our detailed review.

Final thoughts
After spending some time with the all-new Moto C Plus, we believe that Moto’s idea of keeping it simple might work. The company isn’t looking to impress consumers who are obsessed with better specifications at this price. Instead, the new Moto C Plus is targeted to appeal to first time smartphone buyers. Features like near-stock Android Nougat, front camera with flash, and 4000mAh battery with rapid charging support are some of the features that aren’t common at this price.

At a price point of Rs. 6,999, the Moto C Plus will be going head on with the Xiaomi Redmi 4’s entry-level variant which offers somewhat same kind of specifications but with a fingerprint scanner. The Redmi 4 also features the updated octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 SoC. Xiaomi’s Redmi 4a (Review) will be also seen as a competitor to the Moto C Plus, as will the Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro.

Motorola Moto C Plus

Motorola Moto C Plus

Rs. 6,999
Buy
  • KEY SPECS
  • NEWS

Display

5.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz quad-core

Front Camera

2-megapixel

Resolution

720×1280 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 7.0

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

8-megapixel

Battery Capacity

4000mAh

BUY AT
  • Motorola Moto C Plus (Starry Black, 16GB, 2GB RAM) – OFFER
    Rs. 6,999
  • Motorola Moto C Plus (Fine Gold, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 6,999
  • Motorola Moto C Plus (Pearl White, 16GB) – OFFER
    Rs. 6,999

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on Bradman Cricket 17 First Impressions: Day One Patch, Performance, Controls, and More

Don Bradman Cricket 17 First Impressions: Day One Patch, Performance, Controls, and More

HIGHLIGHTS
Don Bradman Cricket 17 sports subtle yet important changes
It looks a bit better versus the last game
It has a day one patch
Following Don Bradman Cricket 17’s early release in India, we managed to spend some time with the game. With each console generation, cricket games have been tougher to come by, which is no surprise considering the audience for them resides mainly in markets like the UK, Australia, and India. Amongst the few games that remain, the Don Bradman series is one that stands out in particular. Our initial impressions suggest a promising game on the PS4 and PS4 Pro, albeit with striking similarities to previous entries in the series.

It’s a sharper, cleaner version of Don Bradman Cricket
2015’s Don Bradman Cricket was a minor iteration over Don Bradman Cricket 14. Don Bradman Cricket 17 shows its next-gen chops by being a lot sharper and cleaner. Player models sport a greater degree of detail and the animations look a lot more realistic. It’s not that much of a looker compared to other new games, but there is an evident step up from its PS4 and Xbox One debut. Unlike some recent releases, it’s also a stable game. We haven’t faced a single crash during our playthrough. There doesn’t seem to be any obvious performance benefits on playing it on the PS4 Pro over the PS4 at the moment in terms of frame rate, but it does look a bit sharper and cleaner on the PS4 Pro. Though we have reached out to Big Ant Studios to ask if this could change.

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Don Bradman Cricket 17 day one patch
Much like nearly every game this year, Don Bradman Cricket 17 has a day one patch. It’s around 1.292GB and according to sparse patch notes, will bring “Stability improvements”. We played the game before and after patching and noticed very little to be different.

(Also see:Don Bradman Cricket Review: If Cricket Is a Religion, This Is Prayer)

Don Bradman Cricket 17 controls improve on Don Bradman Cricket 14
Considering how well older Don Bradman games handled controls, we were pleasantly surprised to see that Big Ant Studios has managed to improve the game’s controls further. Bowling in particular has seen subtle yet crucial improvements. It’s easier to control flight, spin, bounce, and swing of a delivery thanks to canny use of triggers and dual analogue sticks. The sense of precision is welcome, making bowling a lot more fun than it was earlier.

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Batting controls make use of the dual analogue sticks — with the left stick controlling footwork while the right is for shot selection. There is a wider shot repertoire, and you have the ability to hit unconventional shots by using the triggers. Fielding is similar the last game. You’ll run towards the ball with the tap of a button and on getting to it, decide where to throw it. Catching works by moving the right analogue stick to the desired location on-screen.

Don Bradman Cricket 17 difficulty settings
In-game difficulty operates on several levels. Changing the battling and bowling difficulty will not impact the game’s AI. Instead it will allow you more or less of a window to time your shots or deliveries. If it’s increasing or reducing the difficulty of your AI-controller opposition, you’ll need to look tweaking match difficulty to suit your needs.

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(Also see:Don Bradman Cricket 17 Has an Early Release Date in India)

It’s still inconsistent
While the gameplay of Don Bradman Cricket 17 is well implemented, we wish we could say the same for its production values. Stadiums feel sparsely filled, and commentators — while accurate for most part – lapse into oddities such as remarking on the fall of the first wicket of the match when in actuality it is the eighth or ninth dismissal. Old-timers will note the familiarity of its menu music too. Also, wicket keeper tends to be a ghosty apparition, being only faintly visible in more than a few scenarios even with choosing a camera angle for batting in front of the wickets. These moments take away from what should be a resounding improvement over its predecessor.

As per our initial impressions, Don Bradman Cricket 17 appears to make subtle yet crucial changes to a formula that’s served it well for the last two games. Whether this holds true with extended sessions remains to be seen, as does online play or new modes such as Match Designer. Stay tuned for our full review soon.

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