Destiny 2: Ultimate Edition Review – For Patrons

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    After 10 years of storytelling, the main story introduced in the original launch of Destiny finally comes to a close. With The Final Shape, Bungie ties a bow on the majority of its long-running plotlines and quests and sets a new direction in subsequent releases. Before that, this final chapter is extremely satisfying, offering an uplifting, heartfelt, and character-driven wrap that matches the first. From the narrative to the gameplay, this is not an episode that welcomes newcomers. But for every hour (or thousands of hours) a player invests in this adventure, the ending on offer is far more powerful.

    The finale expansion takes patrons into the mysterious interior of the giant orb, a place of unreal and unreal atmosphere halfway between the real and the imagined. In a decade of strong location design, this new destination is one of the most unusual and artistically surprising, regularly nodding to places we’ve been before and incorporating strange organic shapes like giant hands and rocks. I pair it with a chiseled face.

    The campaign is structured as a non-stop journey from point A to B, with detours that serve as moments of anguish and catharsis for the story’s most important players over the past decade. It’s the most human and relatable story the franchise has managed yet.

    Thanks to the delightfully dangerous Dread faction of enemies, and a number of raid mechanics, the missions have a satisfying mix of intense action and gunplay while requiring careful observation. The story lands with a satisfying punch of joy and emotion, tying together the completion of the raid and a final closing act. Grand and epic storytelling calls for a clever blend of bombastic and poetic sensibilities, and this is one of those times when a game is at its peak.

    The new prismatic subclasses – along with other new abilities – make this expansion the most mechanically complex the franchise has ventured yet. Construction craft and experience are essential for high-level play. Despite some attempts at simplification, the abundance of currencies and the intertwined progression system make it painfully complicated even for experienced players. It is also difficult to imagine how a newcomer would break through the veil and rise so quickly.

    Regardless, Bungie deserves props for trying to explain the systems in the game and providing guidance on how to improve. With some great new exotics and legendary weapons (that almost feel like exotics), players have tons of options to customize and play with. The sandbox is vast, and we have many unique ways to play inside.

    Some new systems, such as the new Pathfinder system, are enticing ideas that nevertheless remain highly prescriptive, often demanding playstyles that some players may not be interested in trying. That said, many of the new public events, match-generated activities, and post-campaign missions are fun and thoughtfully designed to allow for extensive and enjoyable replayability. Many of the current high-level activities, including the new raids and some of the gear stuff, are extremely challenging, and should present a meaningful mountain to climb for many end-game players for several weeks ahead.

    As if to remind players that the end of one story is only the beginning of another, The Final Shape wasted little time in launching its new episodic structure to change seasons. The full reach and potential of this new rollout approach is beyond the scope of this review and will unfold over the coming months. However, it’s enough to know that a happy follow-up awaits those who crack the end of the story and are ready to move on, with new activities and rewards, such as exotic class items, waiting to be pursued. are

    Over the years, Destiny 2 has morphed into a large and neutral beast, full of cooperative and competitive experiences, hundreds of named characters and organizations, and a language that’s often inaccessible. It can take a long time to learn to speak and play. With The Final Shape, Bungie makes no apologies for complexity but offers purposeful punctuation to mark an end point at the end. Largely unresponsive to what has come before, the frontiers ahead are now open.

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