Destiny 2’s Leviathan Raid and Trials of the Nine events are out now, which means review scores have finally started to appear in full.
After a week of reviews in progress and without scores, sites like IGN and Gamespot have given their verdicts on Destiny 2.
The general concensus is that Destiny 2 makes lots of quality of life improvements, but doesn’t reinvent the wheel.
Gamespot – 8/10: “In true Destiny fashion, if you do something once, you’ll probably end up doing it many more times.
“The difference with Destiny 2 is in the variety and accessibility of what’s available, which cuts down on a lot of the frustration associated with grinding.
And even after you’ve leveled up, there’s still more you can do, from keeping up with daily and weekly challenges to just hanging out with friends.
It’s a much stronger foundation than the original had and one that’s enough on its own to keep people coming back week after week.”
IGN – 8.5/10: “Destiny 2 is a blast out of the gate thanks to its excellent co-op shooter gameplay and strong storytelling in the campaign.
“Not all the features I’d expected to find are here, but it does deliver the same kind of highly social gameplay and rewarding, loot-driven progression that helped the original keep me hooked for hundreds of hours.
“The main concerns right now are a few bugs and lack of event options, but I’ll definitely be sticking around to see this big, action-packed universe develop over time.”
Trusted Reviews – 4.5/5: “Destiny 2 is one of the most enjoyable games I’ve played this year, and it does well to tackle one of the biggest issues I had with the original.
“Featuring a stellar, albeit easy, single-player campaign, excellent combat and class mechanics, and the most enjoyable cooperative multiplayer I’ve seen in a shooter since Gears of War 4, Destiny 2 is a must-have game.
“My only concern is that, once again, it seems hell-bent on sucking every moment of free time you have to unlock its most interesting and entertaining features – which might prove a turn-off for more casual players.”
Metro – 8/10: “That’s a problem for another day though, and we have to admit that despite never feeling fully engaged with the original we have thoroughly enjoyed our time with Destiny 2. It’s not even that it’s less repetitive, there’s just a longer list of things for you to replay again and again.
“But thanks to the revamped patrol zones and less po-faced tone it feels more organic and less sterile than the first game.
“It’s probably still not the experience many imagined when Destiny was first announced, though. And to us the most fundamental issue is that the game really needs to offer something to do other than just shooting.”
GamesRadar – 5/5: “This isn’t Destiny. This is something new. Something bigger, cleverer, richer, and much, much better.
“It’s the idea of Destiny evolved and elevated into something it has never been before. It’s Destiny set free. It’s Destiny democratised. It’s Destiny really allowed to live. I said at the end of my review of the first game that I was leaving a point off the score to leave space for the game’s potential to grow and improve.
“This time round, there’s no need. Destiny 2 is already much more than we ever imagined it would be.”