There's plenty of games worthy of a community review this week, so we'll have a few extras as the days roll on. But I wanted to start with a game that's been a TAYbie favourite, but also a bit of a letdown in the past.
I'm talking about Destiny 2, of course, and the recently released Forsaken expansion that dropped late last week. The MMO shooter has gone through some turmoil, with the slower ultimate charge time and generally slower pace of PVP finding few fans. The end-game content was a bit of a letdown as well, and as a result people ended up bouncing off Destiny 2 faster than expected.
So after going through a rough first year, Bungie started throwing things out completely. The weapon system got a complete overhaul. A lot of the hand-holding that you would expect is suddenly absent around the Dreaming City; suddenly, Destiny doesn't want to guide you through the end-game content anymore.
And the biggest gamble of all: Destiny killed its most popular character, Cayde-6.
Destiny 2 is getting a big expansion this week, and some lapsed players are thinking about coming back to the game. A lot’s happened over the past year, so you could be forgiven for not following all the story developments closely. That’s what I’m here for.
Bungie has changed a lot of things about Destiny over the last four years, but only rarely have there been changes as sweeping as today’s 2.0 patch. Destiny 2 now plays significantly differently than it did yesterday.
Destiny, from everything I've heard from our US partners and friends that still enjoy Bungie's shooter from time to time, is a little mysterious again. Principally, that sounds like a good thing. Part of the fun in the post-Rise of Iron era was hunting around, wondering where Xur would rock up every Friday, and the guides and little secrets you'd need to find to work your way through the raids.
But does it all work?
Well, that's where I want to hear from the Destiny fans among us. Has Destiny 2 finally become the game fans wanted at launch, or is Forsaken still a bit short of the mark?