Destiny 2 - Beta Impressions 2017
It's been almost three years since the initial release of Destiny, on both generations of consoles (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, as well as, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One).
And now for a taste of things to come...
The story picks up one year after the Rise of Iron. Dominus Ghaul, voiced by Neil Kaplan, leads the attack on the Last City leaving the Guardians with no other option but to leave the Tower. The new fight begins against this new adversary who leads the Red Legion.
The Farm (Social)
The Farm, Destiny 2's new social space, was available to players for only one hour (starting at 1PM EST) on Sunday, July 23, 2017. The new space allows accommodation for up to 26 players. The overall space provided was fairly spread out and looks like it will well suit the players. The Farm included a fun spot to play soccer against others around you. A mini-fireworks show would be set off for the winner(s).
The Beta include two PVP matches that you could choose. The first one was a Quickplay Competitive Multiplayer match in the Crucible on the Endless Vale map. This was a 4 vs. 4 match with a fireteam of up to 4 players. It is essentially a capture the flag type event such as you have seen in the original game. The second event was another Competitive event, Countdown. These seemed like capable offerings for those that appreciated the PVP selections in the original Destiny.
The Inverted Spire Strike takes place in Arcadian Valley where the Cabal have awoken something below the surface of Nessus. Players can have a fireteam of up to 3 players and matchmaking is allowed. This is reminiscent of the style of the strikes of the first game, but a whole new strike on its own. This was an enjoyable experience and I look forward to the additional strikes in the final game.
The spectacular graphics, vivid colors, and meticulous attention to detail look amazing, especially in the first story mission provided in the beta. Also, the fire really adds to the tension and detail during the ongoing fighting.
The gamplay feels a lot like what you're used to, which for the most part is good, since Destiny got that part right from the start. Though it is also disappointing that there are less overall changes, but hopefully that isn't representative of the final game. Some aspects feel a bit like this may be Destiny 1.5 instead of Destiny 2. I will withhold judgement though until I get a chance to take on the final version of the game myself. For now I am being cautiously optimistic and like what I've seen so far.
The Open Beta started Tuesday, July 18, 2017 and was extended two days through Tuesday, July 25th, 2017. The Open Beta on PC will be August 28, 2017. Destiny 2 will get its final release on September 6, 2017 - almost three years following the first iteration's release. The final PC release will follow on October 24, 2017. It will be interesting to see the changes to the final game and see what is in store for the Guardians.
"Welcome to a world without Light." - Dominus Ghaul