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]


India investment Roundup: MobiKwik, GetMyParking, and greater

India Funding Roundup: MobiKwik, GetMyParking, and More‘Our modern-day funding roundup compiles investments in Indian startups targeted on healthcare, mobilewallets, EdTech, car servicing, AI, financial making plans offerings, in addition to motive force on call forand parking apps.

cell wallet company MobiKwik Tuesday stated it has raised $50 million (about Rs. 330 crores) in funding, led via japanese bills company Gateway and Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek. Its current tradersinclusive of Sequoia Capital and Treeline Asia additionally participated inside the present day sphericalof investment. Mobikwik said that it has 30 million customers in the usa and a community of 75,000retailers.

aggressive exam getting to know app Prepathon has raised an undisclosed amount in its pre-series Aspherical from Blume ventures, an early stage investment company. The price range will be used to feature some other 50 publications to the Prepathon stable, which currently has publications in banking,government, control, and engineering tests. launched in August 2015 by way of PaGaLGuY, anschooling and take a look at guidance community, Prepathon has a proprietary characteristic calledtrain‘ on its app for Android that gives interactive mastering periods., Affordplan, Indie
Kstart, a startup accelerator run by task capital firm Kalaari Capital has invested $500,000 each in 3 startups –, which presents an AI for financial offerings; Affordplan, which offers financial planningservices for medical remedy; and web video streaming platform Indee. Kstart will reportedly make seed investments in six to nine other startups this 12 months, stated Vani Kola, co-founders and managingdirector of Kalaari.

automobile servicing app Motomojo has raised an undisclosed amount in angel funding from the founders of startup enabler VentesAvenues. The Mumbai-based startup currently offers an Android app to e bookautomobile services for two and four wheelers, locate assist in emergency conditions like a flat tyre orautomobile breakdown, and pickup and drop service in select areas.

Delhi-primarily based Agile Parking solutions, creators of GetMyParking, an app that offers actual time parking facts close to your vacation spot has reportedly raised Rs. 2.five crores from Chennai Angels. The app is currently operational in Delhi NCR, with plans to launch quickly in different Indian towns.

Mumbai-primarily based driver on demand carrier Zuver has raised Rs. 1.2 crore in angel investment from Shruth & Smith institution of Bangalore and Pune’s Hermes group. The startup will reportedly use thefinances to extend its operations and ramp up the technology infrastructure.

ThingsMeet answers, which owns quickly-to-release healthcare app Prescribez, has reportedly raised an undisclosed amount in seed funding. The app is slated to release in Pune this month, and could permitusers to e-book appointments through the app.

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STEM News Roundup: 3D Printer Clubs Are All the Rage

STEM News Round-Up: 3D Printer Clubs Are All the Rage

This week in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) news, girls show the country why people shouldn’t be so worried about their performance in STEM, the White House launches a new STEM initiative inspired by a nine-year-old visitor, and 3D-printer clubs take off in schools. 3D Printer Clubs Are Last Year’s Robotics Club For a while, it seemed like no other STEM-related club would have as much success in K-12 schools as the robotics club has. Well, that might be changing with the recent success of 3D printer clubs. This week, a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation and the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative made it possible for 13 schools in the Cincinnati area to participate in 3D printing clubs. “The 3-D printer clubs, modeled after the collaborative’s STEM bicycle clubs, challenged students to identify real-world problems and develop and create solutions,” said WCPO Insider. Read more about the clubs here. White House Seeks Kid Science Advisors Inspired by a nine-year-old, President Barack Obama likes the idea behind using the country’s children to advise him on what they need to best learn STEM. That’s why the White House is now seeking kid science advisors to do exactly that. Once the White House has a corresponding site up-and-running, urging your student or child to get involved is a great learning opportunity, especially for over summer. Read more. Girls Outperform Boys on Nation’s Report Card for Technology and Engineering Literacy Released for the first time this week, the Nation’s Report Card for Technology and Engineering Literacy revealed that girls are outperforming boys in the two subjects. Overall, 43 percent of the eighth-graders surveyed scored at a “proficient” level. Other interesting results from the first study of its kind found that most students did their technology and engineering learning outside of the classroom. Read more about the results here. Annual Maker Competition Begins This Week This week IEEE, the world’s largest organization of technical professionals, launched its annual Maker Project Competition. Another great summer learning opportunity for students 18 years or older, the company will be accepting submissions for the competition until September 17, 2016. “Entrants must be 18 years or older to enter and submissions must be an engineering project that was built or created using hardware or software. Submissions must also include an image or video of the tech project, as well as a description. Visitors to the site will be able to share, link, comment and even vote for their favorite submissions,” IEEE said in a statement. The submissions will be judged on how original, innovative, and beneficial to humanity they are. Though they must be an engineering project, they will be looking for submissions in the categories of accessibility, education, entertainment, health and safety, sustainability and transportation. Find out how to enter here. Debate Over Animal Dissection in Classrooms Starts Again Following Viral Classroom Footage Individuals and animal rights organizations are encouraging science teachers to consider alternatives to animal dissection in their classrooms once again following video footage from an anatomy lesson that went viral. In the footage, students are seen jump-roping with the intestines of cats they dissected. The students were not being disrespectful but rather were participating in a lesson from their teacher to learn about the durability and length of vital organs. Some say the footage indicates that animal dissections desensitize students to the value of life and that students would be better served using virtual dissection programs to learn anatomy. Many organizations stand behind performing dissections in schools, arguing that there is no alternative to the real thing.

India Funding Roundup: A Customer Engagement Platform, Gym Aggregator, and More

India Funding Roundup: A Customer Engagement Platform, Gym Aggregator, and More

Our latest funding roundup compiles seed and late stage investments in Indian startups engaged in industrial robotics, fashion e-commerce, customer engagement, online test preparation, and fitness discovery.

Noida-based Momark Services, a mobile app-based customer engagement platform and mobile wallet aggregator, has raised a pre Series-A funding of $600,000 (roughly Rs. 4 crores) led by YourNest Angel Fund. Kolkata-based LNB group also participated in this funding round. MoMark facilitates loyalty and analytics-led engagement programmes for small and medium-sized retailers while enabling merchant discovery for customers. In an emailed statement, Momark said it has a base of over 160 merchants in 58 cities, and has clocked over a million transactions worth Rs. 76.3 crores. The company will utilise the funds to strengthen the technology platform and product offering, increase presence in existing and new markets.

Global Fashion Group (GFG) has reportedly injected $20 million (roughly Rs. 135 crores) into fashion e-commerce player Jabong to keep it afloat for one more year.

Robotics firm Systemantics, which builds industrial robots for the manufacturing sector, has reportedly secured an undisclosed sum of funding from venture capital giant Accel Partners and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani. Prior to this, the robotics firm had raised funding from Blume Ventures in 2013.

Mumbai-based, an online test preparation platform for competitive exams, has reportedly raised an undisclosed amount in funding from education content provider S Chand. The funding will use the money raised to expand into new markets, the company said, adding that its mobile app has clocked about 100,000 downloads.

(Also read: 7 Indian EdTech Startups You Should Know About)

Bengaluru-based fitness discovery portal Gympik, which aggregates gyms and trainers, has reportedly raised an undisclosed amount of funding from RoundGlass Partners. The startup reportedly aggregates about 10,000 fitness centres and 6,000 trainers from 20 cities.

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