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


“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]


“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]


“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]


“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]


E3 2016 Heralds Social, digital destiny for Video games

E3 2016 Heralds Social, Virtual Future for Video Games

as the digital leisure Expo (E3) online game gathering wrapped Thursday, it turned into clean to ascertain a future of social play in virtual worlds with movie star game enthusiasts broadcastingmovement.

while blockbuster titles tailored for consoles or personal computer systems remained stars of the yearlydisplay, an evolving face of play and its growing reach into net life were obtrusive.

“The improvements in generation unveiled at E3 will redefine leisure for the arena,” said Michael Gallagher, leader govt of the amusement software program affiliation (ESA) alternate group in the back of E3.

“The innovation and creativity on show will propel our enterprise to new heights.”

digital truth video games were given very actual at E3 this 12 months as studios confirmed off titlestailor-made for Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, playstation VR and Galaxy gear VR headsets.

“It looks like VR is anywhere and dominating the industry proper now,” Oculus chief govt Brendan Iribeinformed AFP.

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it’s miles the up-and-coming, amusing new experience.”

builders who have devoted their careers to constructing immersive fable worlds seized the chance to in the end put players inner their games.

There are already 70 games for play on Rift digital reality equipment, and 30 more to be released whileOculus touch controllers hit the market later this yr, head of content material Jason Rubin stated.

Sony Interactive entertainment‘s keenly awaited playstation digital fact headset will make its debut on October 13 at a fee of $399.

Sony promised that extra than 50 video games may be available for the ps VR within months of itslaunch, inclusive of zombie-shooter “Resident Evil,” and video games based at themegastar Wars” franchise and the “Batman” series.

ps VR headsets will paintings with PS4 consoles, extra than forty million of which have been bought.

PS4 prevails
PS4 has dominated the console market, and changed into visible as an unofficial champion at E3 due inhuge element to gambling to the audience by way of spotlighting large, beautiful video games.

Rival Microsoft announced a new, lean Xbox One model together with video games.

when it came to chatter on fb during E3, Sony become the maximum talked-about sport publisher,capturing more than 30 percentage of the communique, consistent with the leading social community.

we have generated appropriate exhilaration around content material for PS4,” Sony Interactiveentertainment president Andrew residence instructed AFP at E3.

residence saw capability for ps VR to head beyond gaming to turning into “a full-fledged today’smedium” bridging to the japanese leisure giant‘s film and television offerings. There can also also beopportunity for Sony to make cameras tailor-made to the generation.

“It has exceptional capability now not just in video games, but with a large number of applications,”house said of digital fact.

celebrity players
E3 was additionally a show off for the soaring reputation of Twitch, YouTube Gaming and other on linestages for online game play and commentary, along with the upward push of the superstar player.

The urge for food for play video, remark, trailers and more appears insatiable, enterprise insiders stated.

“There are masses of tens of millions of users looking gaming content each month,” YouTubeinternational head of gaming content material Ryan Wyatt instructed AFP at E3.

fans are looking billions of hours of content on YouTube Gaming every month and that wide variety isrising, Wyatt stated.

YouTube has made a priority of “empowering content material creators,” personalities who captivate onlineaudiences with play, comedy, wit, commentary or combos thereof.

they’re superstars in their very own right,” Wyatt said.

more than forty two million game enthusiasts watched E3 content material on Twitch, the legit streamingassociate at the occasion, consistent with the ESA.

Amazon-owned Twitch.television we could anybody broadcast game related content and lets in them to connect to publishers or advertisers.

usual, viewership is skyrocketing,” a Twitch spokesman who goes most effective by way of the name“Chase” told AFP.

warm games showed off at E3 protected services from titans which includes Bethesda, Ubisoft and Warner Interactive entertainment in addition to blockbusters from in-residence studios run by using the makers of Xbox One, PS4 and Nintendo consoles.

greater than 70,000 humans took component in E3 this 12 months, even as another 20,000 attended a close-by E3 stay fan occasion for the public, in step with the ESA.

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