Neither of us ever got around to playing the first Destiny game as it was only released on consoles, but when we heard that the sequel was coming to PC we were really looking forward to trying it out.
We’ll start off by talking about the PvE mode as this is the mode that we recommend you jump into first. The campaign took us roughly 9 hours to work through together, making it long enough for us to feel as though we were levelling up efficiently, without feeling too bogged down by the story. A few of the missions stand out as being really memorable and interesting to play through however, you will spend quite a lot of your time ‘guarding’ things while waves of enemies make their way towards you.
As we said before, we didn’t play the first Destiny game, so the story and characters didn’t really mean that much to us. Seeing as Destiny never released on PC, we feel as though Bungie could have made more of an effort to ease people into the story and maybe give them a bit more context. After finishing the campaign, we still don’t feel like we have real connection with any of the characters and didn’t feel hooked enough to start paying attention to what was actually going on in the story. Saying that, we would never discourage anyone from playing through the campaign. In fact, we actively encourage all players to finish the campaign first before jumping into any of the PvP content.
The PvP content in Destiny 2 seems to have garnered a mixed reaction from fans; some people enjoy it whereas others won’t bother playing it. We enjoyed fighting against other players but only once we had accumulated strong enough gear/weapons to be competitive. While Bungie have disabled level advantages in the Crucible modes to standardise base stats, the special abilities on gear/weapons still remains. Jumping into the Crucible before reaching level 20 (the level cap) instantly puts you at a disadvantage. Those with a higher level will have unlocked better abilities and weapons (and will have unlocked the sub-classes), so try to finish the campaign first.
The most jarring part of playing Destiny 2 compared to almost any other PC first person shooter is the overall floaty-ness of the controls. Whereas most shooters on PC feel precise no matter what speed you are moving at, Destiny feels similar to Bungie’s previous series, Halo. We don’t think this slow, floaty movement translates as well to mouse and keyboard compared to a controller. It’s not a huge problem in the scheme of things, just something to get used to.
Destiny 2 is a difficult game to review because a lot of your experiences will be moulded by the people you play with. If you’ve got at least one other person with you, you’re more likely to enjoy your time with the game. We’ve played the PvP modes separately a few times and it’s still fun but coordinating as a team is so difficult when playing with randoms as no one wants to use their mics. If you’re serious about playing Destiny 2 try to persuade some of your friends to get involved too. It will make a big difference.
Something that a lot of people may be concerned about is the player base on PC. With Destiny only releasing on consoles, we were interested to see how many people would purchase the sequel on PC. From what we’ve seen playing in the evenings, queuing for games is relatively quick. Since launch, finding games and playing with full teams for the duration of a match appears to have improved. The only mode that wasn’t as consistent was the Strike Challenges as these can facilitate two-three players.
We know there have been some complaints about Bungie recently announcing DLC for Destiny 2 at the Paris Games Week. This must be frustrating to people that bought the game at launch when you consider this game only came out less than two months ago on consoles. In terms of the game’s length, we are more than happy with the amount of content from the base game. The campaign for us lasted just under ten hours, but we know there’s still plenty to do with the side-quests and Strike Challenges. Overall, if you are set on getting your monies worth you could easily spend 30 hours or more doing playing the PvE content alone.
Performance-wise, we couldn’t ask for a better version on the PC. The anti-aliasing option doesn’t appear to work in-game, however, you can adjust this in your graphic card’s control panel. Other than that, there’s almost nothing bad about this game, especially if you own an Nvidia card. Nvidia have been working closely with Bungie to ensure the game is well optimised for a wide range of PCs. Not only does the game look great, but it also runs at a stable 120fps on our machines (you can check our specs in the video below).