‘Destiny 2' Gameplay Trailer Breakdown: Polarizing But Promising
The original Destiny was a game that had a lot of potential, but in the end, fell victim to a hype train that forgot to deliver on its promises. While gamers may have put upwards of 700 days of playtime into Destiny — and yes, that’s one player — it was largely considered a mild disappointment.
Three years later, its big brother, Destiny 2, is here to shut us all up and try to give us what its predecessor didn’t.
… and it’s going to do so in a big, graphically beautiful way.
But is it enough to not be considered Destiny 1.5?
Many don’t think so.
Front and center to Destiny 2’s reveal are the three new character subclasses:
The Warlock’s Dawnblade
The Titan’s Sentinel
And the Hunter’s Arcstrider
Sure, for a sequel there could have been more added in terms of characters, but wouldn’t we rather have a few things done right than a multitude of things done haphazardly?
Along with three new characters, Destiny 2 will also feature slots for Kinetic, Energy, and Power weapons and a quartet new celestial bodies to explore — Saturn’s largest moon, Titan; Jupiter’s moon, Io; Earth; and Nessus. While additions are always nice to see, there’s still the question of whether or not it’s enough for a full-blown sequel, and many in the Destiny community are still not convinced.
Especially not when the game also brings limitations like dropping the Crucible’s player count to 4v4 only.
Maybe a little late to the game — pardon the pun—but a nice feature nonetheless is the addition of in-game clan support, complete with customizable banners, in-game rosters, and a shared reward system that even the runt of the group benefits from.
Clans aren’t for everybody, but Bungie ensured everyone would benefit from them with Guided Games, a system that allows solo players to latch onto Clans through harder Raids and Trials.
To close this out on a high note, let’s not forget that players no longer have to endure the miserable load times of yore in order to launch activities. Forget going to orbit and simply decide what you want to do from within the world, whether it’s a treasure hunt or the newly added dungeon-like “Lost Sectors.”
The Destiny 2 reveal may have been underwhelming to some, but it may still be too early to tell since a lot could change from now till September.