2018 has been an absolutely amazing in regards to video game releases. We’ve had blockbusters like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2 blow everyone away with their fantastic narratives and amazing graphics. In between those big titles I’ve been slowly trying to get through my large backlog of games, so why do I keep coming back to Destiny 2?
The thing is, Destiny 2 and I have a bit of a love/hate relationship. I played a lot of the first game, bought all the DLC and even completed the moments of triumph just before Destiny 2’s release, but as I played through Destiny 2 and completed the campaign, I was all Destiny’d out. The first two expansions (Curse of Osiris and Warmind) came and went, but I was too distracted with other games to even bother to play it. But then all of a sudden a few months ago I picked it back up again and started playing through the campaign with a friend of mine. But I stopped after a couple of weeks, only to return a week ago at the start of “The Dawning” event.
The Dawning is Destiny 2’s Christmas event, and has players running around baking cookies for all your Vanguard buddies. It’s a corny quest that doesn’t take itself seriously, especially since the players reward is a Christmas sleigh to race around on the surface of planets. You might assume that baking cookies in a first person shooter would be enjoyable, but it’s not. It’s a grind. But that is what Destiny is all about, doing the same thing over and over again to gain a reward. In fact this is Destiny’s gameplay loop, run – shoot – get loot – run again until you get the weapon or armour piece that you want. To some people this might be the most boring thing in the world, but to me there’s something both relaxing and exciting about it. The world that Bungie has created is engaging enough to have me coming back for more even when there are 1000 other games out there to play (some of them being even better then Destiny).
I think what really makes me coming back to Destiny 2 is the updates. Even though I don’t necessarily agree with the way Bungie releases content, it is effective enough to make me wanting to come back for more. Curse of Osiris was weak for a DLC, especially when it comes to the “simulation” that the Vex create, which was meant to be a randomly generated dungeon, but ends up being a boring part of missions in which most players will just run straight through it, but the DLC still expanded the universe at large. While Warmind was slightly better then Osiris, with a larger patrol area on Mars and interesting missions focused around the AI Rasputin that we meet in the first game, but it still falls short in the amount of content compared to Destiny 1’s DLC. Other then that, it’s still enjoyable to play, I haven’t purchased Forsaken yet, and it might change my mind in when it comes to Destiny 2, but we will have to wait and see.
Destiny 2 will be a game that I continue to come back to, luring me in with the promise of new loot and interesting new missions. It may be flawed, but it’s one of the most interesting and exciting First Person Shooters of this generation.