Historically, I don’t have much time for MMOs, so I entered into this with some trepidation. I foind the first Destiny great for multiplayer, but if you preferred your single player games like me, there really wasn’t much to do. However, after being cuckolded into playing by a friend of mine I decided to give it a shot. And I’m so glad I did. It’s pretty much taken over my gaming life at the moment, my wife refers to herself as a “Destiny Widow” and I’ve lost count of the amount of hours I’ve plowed into it. There’s plenty to do in both solo play and multiplayer, although sometimes you’re forced to do either in order to collect higher bonuses.
First off, the single player elements are numerous. Asides from the campaign, which is likely to take you between 10 and 20 hours depending on how you approach it. A first timer will take longer, as you need to find your bearings and will likely have basic equipment. Once you start acquiring more weapons and armour however, you can send them to the vault, which is then shared between all characters on your file once you get access the The Farm (the central social hub of the game). These vaulted items are available to a second or third character once you reach the required level. The next activity available quite early on are Adventures. These are short side-missions available between story missions, which yeild equipment, but more importantly help you level up to meet the criteria of the next campaign mission. Grinding is the key here, you may need to do a couple before you can chance the next mission. You cant overpower yourself though, as enemies’ levels are comparible to yours, so don’t think making yourself a level 15 when the recommended minimum is 5 will make much difference. Your level is capped however- level 20 in the base game, 25 if you have The Curse of Osiris expansion, and I would assume 30 once the second expansion is live around April/May time. In addition to XP levels, you also get power, which replaces light levels from the first game. This is an average of the power of your combined weapon and armour strength. Again, certain missions will tell you a recommended power, however you can still attempt some if you’re under, but it will be a challenge.
Weapons and armour are found in 3 ways- either dropped from enemies, recieved from allies on different planets and the farm, or via engrams, which are tiny loot chests dropped from powered enemies or chests. You can get engrams from allies aswell, by using tokens gained from most activites, or completing planet specific challenges. Weapon types are numerous, having pulse, auto and scoit rifles, aswell as the hand cannon, sidearm and sub-machine gun. These fall either into the Kinetic or Energy sub-classes. Your Kinetic shoots normal bullets, which is better for health bars, and Energy usually has either an arc, void or solar effect, which are better for shields. So keeping a few different types of energy weapon is usually a wise move, as later on tasks ted to get a bit repetitive so you can arm accordingly. That’s not to say they aren’t fun however, strikes, and especially heroic strikes yeild the best loot, with a weekly flashpoint (doing x amount of public events, which are open world and anyone can join in) and a few other weekly goals adding to your gains. Which is kind of the whole point of the game really. Engrams make you feel like a child sometimes, getting you excited and leaving a smile on your face for getting a new gun or cool helmet, or even a new emote which is a pointless but funny dance or action (even selfies)
Now, the multiplayer element is, of course, the main meat of the game. Your strikes are you and either your fireteam of 2 other friends, or 2 other random players, with a set goal and boss to beat, and given loot for your troubles. There is also the crucible which is the PvP mode. Or if you and a mate wanna just go from planet to planet doing public events and lost sectors (hidden sections with a final boss and chest) that’s fine aswell. It’s all very open and flexible, so you can go in as hardcore or easy going as you like.
Looks wise it’s what you would expect. Although it runs at 30fps, it’s still smooth and crisp. With alot of different enemies to deal with sometimes, it doesn’t get slowed down or glitchy. Of course those using the Xbox One X will notice better graphics and faster loading times compared to those with an Xbox One classic. There’s not a huge amount of customisation options available outside of shaders picked up from bright engrams or purchased with Bright Dust from the Eververse shop.
If you’re not into MMO games like PUBG, Fortnite or Overwatch, give this a shot. There’s plenty to do with or without friends, so long as you can put a good few hours in to a session. I’m up to level 25, fairly powerful, and I’ve not even gone near the crucible yet so it can be done. Just one small piece of advise though, if you know someone who plays it, get them to help on a few missions first. It makes life a lot easier if your totally green to this type of game.