Destiny 2 Review

Ayden Radford

I believe that Destiny 2 is probably one of the best games I have ever played, story-wise. As I was first getting into playing it, it seemed like an average sort of space-themed game, sort of similar to Halo. But, as I got more into it and as time went on I really started to enjoy the lore and story that was put into it. The gameplay itself got very repetitive towards the end, over updates they would make the way to power yourself up a certain system that you had to grind an absurd amount of. Even during that annoying system, I was able to find enjoyment in finding new things about the story, and even to this day as I’m not playing it anymore I still get goosebumps from cutscenes that they release. One of the issues though would have to be how much you have to pay. The game is free right now but there are still DLCs that actually cost a fair bit of money altogether.

For example, if you were to start the game from the beginning you would have needed to buy two $15 DLCs and then the bigger DLC for the time was around $40, which already is getting up there in price. Other than the price, the first two DLCs were known to be not as good, but the first big DLC was one of the best. Eventually, the first two, Curse of Osiris and Warmind, and the first big one, Forsaken, became free with the game which does make it worth it if you want to just download it and play those for some fun. A lot of the fans would agree that Foresaken was one of the best DLCs, I would say it was probably my favorite. Forsaken’s story is set up with the death of an important character, which they include in the promotion but I think it would have been cooler if they didn’t promote it, whenever he is killed your character sets off on a sort of quest to hunt down the killers and get revenge. The story during Foresaken was really compelling and I didn’t even play Destiny 1 but I was still feeling like I wanted to get revenge. The game is based around the light and being on the good side but this DLC is the first glimpse into the more questionable in-between area. One of my favorite quotes from the main enmity of Foresaken would be, “The line between light and dark is so very thin, do you know which side you’re on?”.

That quote really is a moment that makes you question what’s going on and what side you really think is right at the time. Sadly, the more recent DLCs have been more battle pass related and I think they just aren’t as fun as the previous seasonal updates that would give you a big story to follow. In summary, I believe the Destiny series has some of the best lore in video games and really does storytelling well, it’s just a shame that the gameplay didn’t quite go the way I wanted it to towards the end.