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Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Posted by GG Goblin On November - 23 - 2020

Grab a scarf, Guardian. Things are going to get chilly.

 
In a world without games as a service, this would have been about the time that players would have got their hands on Destiny 3. However, rather than a whole new game and having to start again from scratch, Bungie have dropped yet another expansion in the form of Beyond Light. With this expansion comes a slew of new content, as would be expected, but also the removal of content. This may seem counter-productive for an ongoing game, but Destiny 2 was starting to have some problems in that there was so much content that new players would find it overwhelming. With Beyond Light, the formula for Destiny 2 may not have changed that much, but the game feels far more streamlined and welcoming to new players. That is not to say there is nothing new for the long time players. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

 


 
Welcome to Europa, a whole new planet that plays host to the majority of the Beyond Light campaign. Anyone following the marketing for Beyond Light will have already seen this ice-covered moon, but finally being able to explore it is incredibly exciting. There are plenty of secrets to be found on this planet, above and beyond the campaign, and there is no shortage of things to do. It is not the largest map, and it can get a little confusing when trying to find somewhere particular, but the unique setting brings some interesting twists to the usual Destiny 2 game.

 
This being an incredibly white setting, it does make it easier to spot enemies at a distance. For the long range Guardian, this allows far more freedom to pick off those enemies before they even know what is going on. To counter this though, there is another feature of the planet that really mixes things up. Snow storms frequently rage, dropping visibility to only a few steps. Getting caught in one of these storms while heading to a new destination and then accidentally wandering into a group of enemies can be frustrating, and even cause expletives to explode from the players mouth, but it also forces the player to think differently, to approach new areas with caution, and to use tactics they would have never bothered with before. Much like the new power, more on which in a moment, it will cause players to play differently, which is always a good thing.

 
The darkness has arrived in Destiny 2. I must admit that the overall lore of Destiny has always been a bit of a chore to follow, and Beyond Light brings yet more lore for those who can follow it. Dark pyramids have turned up and caused planets to disappear. As if this wasn’t shocking enough, an Eliksni known as Eramis has harnessed the power of darkness, in a similar way to how Guardians harness the power of light, and brought together many houses of Fallen for nefarious purposes. The player, with a little guidance from Varyiks and another returning character, will have to deal with Eramis’ subordinates in order to finally face off against the big bad themselves. What players will get out of the story entirely depends on how much they have invested so far, and while it can be easy to gloss over the details of the story, the actual missions themselves will not be. There is a certain amount of busy work and grinding in the Beyond Light campaign, but that is to be expected. Players looking for a challenge will appreciate what appears to be an increased difficulty level. Much of that difficulty may come down to the new Stasis powers though.

 


 
Some of the foes that the player will face have embraced the darkness and as such can throw around these new Stasis abilities, specifically the one that freezes the player in ice. This is probably the most frustrating attack in all of Destiny 2, and one to be avoided at all costs. The problem is that the player will get frozen in place if hit, and either break free, causing themselves damage, or wait it out. Either way, the enemy that froze the player will still be there to take advantage of this lack of movement. It is really bad news, and will often lead to a respawn, so players will be encouraged to keep moving more than ever before.

 
The flip side is that the player will eventually unlock these cool Stasis powers for their own Guardian. This means new subclasses for whatever class the player is using, and new abilities to play around with. As already mentioned, these new abilities will make players change the way they play, as they tend to be more about controlling the surrounding enemies rather than just dealing them damage. Of course, there is damage to be dealt, but these powers also slow down, or entirely freeze, the enemies, giving the player more time to think. For players who have grown tired of their previous subclass, it is great to have something new to play with. However, time will tell if the Stasis powers prove as popular as the previous abilities for new players.

 


 
Speaking of new players, Destiny 2 is a much smaller game right now, making it far easier to get into. The content that has been removed, including locations and missions, may not be gone forever and could return to offer something fresh, potentially being swapped out with other current content. One example of a return comes in the form of the Cosmodrome, the starting location for new players in the original Destiny is back as a starting location, and while not as packed as it once was with missions and things to do, it introduces a new character and gives the player a much clearer start to Destiny 2 than before.

 
The minor changes to Destiny 2 with the Beyond Light expansion come thick and fast. Ghosts can now have far more impact on the game, and players are able to choose in what way. Many legendary weapons are being faded out, which is sure to upset some players, but again this cuts down on the game bloat. Previous exotic weapons can be picked up from a special booth in the Tower, as long as the player doesn’t mind the epic grind to pay for them. In all, Destiny 2 feels more welcoming than perhaps ever before, and has more potential for the future, with the various Seasons dropping new content and stories for players to enjoy, along with desirable new rewards. While these Seasons may come at an additional cost, anyone who is set on spending time with Destiny 2 for the foreseeable future would be advised to pick up the Season Pass.

 
Playing Destiny 2: Beyond Light on the Xbox Series X was, at this time, more of the same. Aside from taking a large chunk out of my storage, there is little else to write home about yet. This is because the Series X/S update is not due until early December, but once that rolls out, anyone playing Destiny 2 on Microsoft’s latest and greatest consoles should be able to see improved visuals, faster loading times and a smoother experience. I will say that the game already seems to load quicker than on the Xbox One, but that could be due to the content that Bungie has removed.

 


 
Fans of Destiny 2 will need no encouragement to drop into the Beyond Light expansion, or the latest Seasonal content. However, with Beyond Light and the changes that Bungie have made, Destiny 2 is far more accessible to newcomers. Destiny 2: Beyond Light represents the best that Destiny 2 has been, and anyone with a passing interest in this looter shooter game as a service should just jump in now.

 

 ★★★★★★★★½☆ 



 

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