If you have had interacted with me in the past 3 years, you will undoubtably know how much I enjoy Bungie’ Studio’s Destiny. Now, it’s time to look to the future with Destiny 2 coming out this September.
Wait! What happened to all my cool gear?
The idea first set out by Bungie Studios of being able to take your individual Guardian on a ten-year journey within Destiny sounded so appealing when it was mentioned back in 2014. I loved the idea of having an avatar inside this amazing sci-fi world that I have seen only screenshots of that would grow and evolve along the many adventures that waited for me beyond the Cosmodrome. When I finally got my hands on a copy after returning from our trip to America. I felt just that. My Titan was always evolving. After countless hours, missions, strikes & raids. His gear was ever changing and weapons and abilities were being constantly tweaked as I started to find my comfort zone and the style of play I enjoyed.
While vault size increased over the years to accommodate for the ever-growing collection of exotic gear, weapons and resources discovered that I liked to keep tucked away for a rainy day. I did start to ask myself “What happens to all my gear when Destiny 2 comes out? Will this gear be considered starter gear or will it be underpowered compared to the new enemies we will be facing? Will we be starting Destiny 2 with a fresh slate?” Unfortunately it seems to be the latter. Bungie answered these questions pretty quickly within the form of a cinematic trailer for Destiny 2. Showing the Guardian’s social area and “safe house” known as the Tower being destroyed along with all our gear, weapons and resources being lost in the process.
Destiny 2 was always going to be a fresh start.
I understand why they are doing this and it is a great move in a way to attract new players who knew they would be entering the game on an even playing field.
I’ll admit I was a bit annoyed when it was first rumoured that Destiny 2 would be a fresh start and this is simply because I had become so accustom to the look of my guardian, his weapons and abilities that I had becomes so familiar with. But what good is that? It would eventually become boring, stale and repetitive so quickly if there wasn’t a challenge or if I wasn’t forced to change.
I simply just think of the experience of when playing with Lego’s as a kid. You make the perfect tower out of Lego bricks, you admire it and love every aspect of it only to have your little baby brother come in and crush it. The only way to move on is know that you can build it again but this time it will be bigger, stronger & better than it ever was before.
A new threat rises.
A game for me is only as enjoyable as the enemies that you have to face. Having the most overpowered character is not nearly as fun if the enemies you are facing are as interesting as a slice of plain white bread.
Destiny 1 was filled with such rich and engaging enemies that made you want to come back time and time again. From the space pirates “The Fallen, to the machine race “The Vex” to the glowing and creepy “Taken” as they were being ripped between dimensions. They were all were entertaining and animated in their own different ways to feel unique.
Although there was one race that I found so utterly frustrated to face, whether I had to do missions on the planet Mars or I knew a strike involved the gigantic space hulking rhinos. I would cringe and would try to avoid it at all costs and I just did not find taking on the giant bullet sponges as fun as any of the other enemies in the game. The Cabal never seemed like a real threat to the Guardians or The Traveller like you would feel with the Vex was or as dark and twisted like the Hive. There was nothing that said to me that these slow moving, hulking beasts were nothing more than a distraction or a rock that I had to overcome to get to the bigger bosses of the game.
That was until now.
Destiny 2 sees something that some players have asked for since very early on, that being a raid featuring The Cabal. I personally could not see the appeal. I didn’t see it as an appealing raid. Now with the introduction of the big bad for Destiny 2’s main storyline at least: Dominus Gaul. The fearless leader of the Red Legion of Cabal that believes that the Guardians have had the light of The Traveller wasted on them and he & his legion are the ones truly worth of it’s power. Now this is interesting!
From his arrival to Earth, Gaul takes The Traveller, which steals all Guardians’ light and renders them powerless. Finally a Cabal leader I am interested in taking down!
What I’m looking forward to
I believe that story is the key. If you do not have a good story, no matter how good your characters, setting, graphics and gameplay is, you will have nothing. Story is the key to a good game. It is what drives you to find out what happens next and know more about what is happening around you. Destiny 1 fell short in the terms of story telling with what was originally launched but made up for it ten fold with its expansion packs like “The Taken King”, “House of Wolves” and of course “Rise of Iron”. Bungie Studios out did themselves each and every time they released an expansion pack in my opinion, adding in more story and lore to Destiny that made it feel like a living, breathing universe that I wanted to explore.
The key thing that I am looking forward to the most is an engaging story from Destiny 2. We have learnt from previous press conferences. Being able to explore new worlds and locations with side quests known as “adventures”, the return of patrol missions and the introduction of mini-dungeon type missions called “Lost Sectors”. I’m hoping that these do not become meaningless tasks for loot but actually enrich the narrative and story telling within Destiny 2.
Adding to this. I am really hoping that Destiny 2 can deliver with some fantastic new toys to play with in the form of exotic weapons and gear. With an endless amount of videos popping up on YouTube already of several of the new exotic weapons showing off their individual abilities I’m not going to go on about them here. I will say though that I cannot wait to try them out and hoping that we get a taste of them in some form when the Beta comes around.
Destiny 1 really hit its peak with it’s Guardian’s subclass abilities in it’s second to last expansion. The introduction to the Sunbreaker subclass for my Titan was one of the biggest highlights of the original game. Hearing that hammer clank for the first time as your fired up and started throwing burning hammers in a ranged attack towards the enemies just felt so wrong due to it’s initial power. Destiny 2 has already given us a sneak peak at a new subclass for the Titan, a second ranged super attack with the subclass; Sentinel giving the Titan a circular shield to use as protection or to throw & ricochet off enemies like Captain America would. I love the idea of this and I’m really looking forward to seeing not only how this plays out with enemies but also how useful it is in both raids and during matches in the Crucible.
The introduction of clans within Destiny 2 is a game changer. It introduces into the game a “looking for group” mechanic that was asked for by the community for so long. This was always the hardest thing for me being in a different time zone to the other players I would normally play with as it became incredible hard to organise a group activity and hours could be wasted waiting for a single person to even start a raid. I really like the addition of this into Destiny 2 and I cannot wait to finally being able to find people to play with without having to pull up a website or mobile app just to find someone to join our party.
Well that is it for now. I’m sure I will be writing more about Destiny 2 once the Beta drops. For now I need to get back to finishing my Year 3 “Age of Triumph”.
What are you most looking forward to in Destiny 2? Will Destiny 2 be your first time playing Destiny? What class will you be playing as?