I was introduced to Destiny 2 only a few days before its PC release date. As my friends were describing the game, they mentioned gaming content that I’ve been missing since my World of Warcraft days: dungeons and raids. You can say I was intrigued after hearing those magical words.
Needless to say, I preordered the game and have been playing it since release day. It took around a week to finish the storyline and reach power level 260+, so I think I have a good enough grasp of the game to do a quick and dirty review.
The first thing I noticed about the game was the music. I usually don’t care much for background music so I would turn it down – until I played Destiny 2.
Depending on the scenario you’re in, the game will play certain tracks. For example, if you are about to enter a boss fight, battle drums and violins would start playing to hype you up for the battle ahead. It puts you in the zone and improves the overall gameplay experience.
Compelling Cooperative Gameplay
Cooperative play is one of the main reasons I play Destiny 2. There’s something about progressing through dungeons and raids with a dedicated group that keeps me hooked on a game.
Nightfalls, harder versions of dungeons, are unique in a way that it differs slightly each week. The mission is the same, but a different modifier is added to the level each week to give it a new twist. For example, a modifier may require you to use a specific elemental type for a damage boost while using other elemental types will reduce your damage output. This makes co-op play more interesting rather than running through the same content repeatedly.
Poor In-Game Guidance
When I’m progressing through the storyline, the game provides in-game guidance to lets me know where the objective is. For example, as I’m walking making my way to a boss, the trail I’m following may have indicators along the way to lead me. These indicators aren’t always helpful.
This feature usually fails when you’re in a building that has multiple floors. The radar may tell you that your objective is directly in front of you, but it could be above you and you may have to make a loop to reach it. I’ve found myself wasting tons of time trying to find a way forward when I had to actually go backwards.
Hard to Play With Strangers
One of the most frustrating things in Destiny 2 is not being able to find other players in the world to complete objectives with. More often than not, I would Fast Travel to a Public Event and find absolutely no one there. This may be due to the server I connect to every time I use Fast Travel so I may have connected to a low-population server.
I don’t understand why it has to work this way. If I find a couple of good players that are also grinding Public Events, I want to follow continue doing Public Events with them. I can’t do that if I’m being forced to switch servers (and player pool) when I use Fast Travel. This makes it hard to meet new people in-game.
Awful Chat Features
When I see some of my friends online, I would message them in-game to see if they’re down to play with me. For some reason, receiving a message won’t make the message pop up on the screen, but instead, show a notification icon. The notification icon is so subtle that sometimes I don’t even realize I received a message until much later. That’s a lot of wasted time for a game that requires a large block of time to complete missions.
If you don’t have any friends that currently play or want to make in-game friends, this experience is even worse. There is currently no way to message anyone who isn’t your friends. You would have to add them as a friend to even speak to them. This workaround is so counterintuitive and I have no idea why the game was released without a proper chat feature.
Destiny 2 gameplay is just awesome. The music and graphics are stunning and the cooperative content could keep me playing for a couple of weeks. However, there are certain features that need to be fixed if Bungie wants to retain players. Without improving the chat features and promoting in-game parties with strangers, I can’t see how this game can last for more than a few months.