Generally favorable reviews - based on 95 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 89 out of 95
  2. Negative: 1 out of 95
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  1. Oct 1, 2017
    Destiny 2 is an epic: a story with an ever expanding scale made greater by the heroes of whom the story is told with tragedy, struggle, and redemption. It is very fitting that the score to accompany it must be, too. And it is. There were moments that I had to put the controller down and simply listen, taking in the scope of what I was experiencing.
  2. Sep 20, 2017
    At its core, Destiny 2 takes everything you loved about the original and cranked it up to 11. The graphics are flashier, the sound effects are louder, the content is meatier, and the overall experience is better. Plus, there is a ton of stuff to do after you see the game’s ending credits.
  3. Sep 18, 2017
    Destiny 2 is more accomplished, more rewarding and more fun than its predecessor ever was and that’s a hugely impressive achievement. Years ago, when Bungie first announced the series, they promised a 10 year journey. The first game failed to deliver that dream, but with Destiny 2 we have moved a hell of a lot closer.
  4. Sep 15, 2017
    Evolved beyond what anyone imagined, Destiny 2 realises the FPS-RPG dream with a richness, warmth, and player-minded benevolence that needs to be played to be truly understood.
  5. 100
    Destiny 2 rights most of the wrongs of the first release, solidifying itself as the must-play shooter of the year, one which will be enjoyed by fans for years to come.
  6. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is the game everyone expected when the first Destiny came out. It’s huge, engulfing and rich with gameplay. It has a bit of everything for everyone and does everything right, including provide an engrossing campaign to start things off. It is certainly a contender for game of the year in my opinion and one game you don’t want to miss.
  7. Sep 13, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a near-perfect sequel and fixes the few things that were problematic with the original. It is one of Bungie’s finest games yet and a fantastic FPS that offers a nice learning curve that makes it more accessible than most shooters on the market. The story has a surprisingly high amount of depth to it and adds life to the in-game world in a way that the original simply couldn’t. Anyone who enjoyed the first game should pick this up, and those who missed out can safely jump in thanks to the story structure recapping the broad strokes of what happened before and letting you know things fairly quickly. It’s a gorgeous game that sounds epic and controls like a dream too.
  8. 95
    Destiny 2 hooked me and hasn’t let go. That sense of delight and surprise that Bungie aimed for with the sequel has hit me fully, with a variety of activities to do, worlds to explore, and loot to earn. After 1300 hours of experience with Destiny, it’s difficult to imagine how grand the sequel might feel for a brand new player. As a returning Guardian, Crucible master Lord Shaxx has found the best words to describe my experience with Destiny 2 and its many improvements over the first: “This is amazing!!”
  9. Sep 17, 2017
    If you avoided the original Destiny because of its launch issues have no such fears with Destiny 2. And if you’re just curious about Destiny 2 and want to play casually you can find plenty of quick, satisfying things to do while enjoying some of the best art, sound design, music scoring, and shooting mechanics in the video game industry.
  10. Sep 13, 2017
    With the exception of some questionable choices regarding microtransactions, Destiny 2 is a game that improves upon the original considerably, in every key area. This is, without question, Bungie’s best work yet.
  11. Sep 17, 2017
    Destiny 2 offers more loot, more locales to explore, and most importantly, more story to play through. Whether playing solo or in a fireteam, this is Destiny at its absolute best.
  12. Sep 14, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a perfect evolution of the original´s concept. Campaign is solid and full of CG sequences, the new activities, progression system and raid complete a unique experience between FPS and MMO. And Bungie brings the best gunplay back.
  13. Dec 11, 2017
    It’s this sense of streamlined player experience that really defines Destiny 2. Where the first game had you grinding for hours just to experience increasingly diminishing returns, this is a sequel that trims away its processor’s frustrations, firmly putting fun first.
  14. Oct 19, 2017
    Destiny 2 is tough to compare to other shooters or games, but it is evidently a better title than part 1. The campaign is longer, the progression makes more sense, the structure is more satisfying and the sheen and splendor on the various planets entices even more. Destiny is comparable with its predecessor after the add-on The Taken King, and is therefore a more solid foundation for the coming months of content.
  15. Oct 3, 2017
    The vision of the title, wide-open arc between the genres, has finally materialized, and shows the qualities of the original idea to make a mix of FPS, RPG and classic MMO in full brilliance. Of course, it is still the Destiny with all its specifics and design philosophy. And finally, it is also a full-fledged game without birth pain, which does not lack the perfect content and the promise that the second sequel will finally become a timeless event. It is the victory of excellent game design, game narrative and visual orgies. The second part has simply everything, and if you like the FPS and grinding, then there's every reason for Destiny 2 to become your game of fate.
  16. Oct 2, 2017
    Destiny 2 is the game everyone hoped its predecessor would be; a massive, polished, breathtaking beast in a class of its own.
  17. 90
    Destiny 2 improves upon its predecessor in every conceivable area, resulting in a content-packed, enjoyable FPS that will keep you entertained for months on end.
  18. Sep 20, 2017
    Lessons were learnt and learnt well. The looming Darkness has not consumed Bungie at this point in time. Quite the contrary. Destiny 2 is the glorious self-rez fans have been praying for. Stop orbiting it and dive in, today.
  19. Sep 20, 2017
    As an overall product, Destiny 2 is an incredible feat. Bungie spent three years essentially beta-testing this game, and used the knowledge gained from its predecessor to improve and fine-tune just about every aspect of the experience. As with the original, there are still rough patches to pave over, but the astoundingly fun game here is beautiful, funny, varied and constantly rewarding to play.
  20. The improved endgame combined with a far more satisfying campaign makes Destiny 2 an easy recommendation for folks interested in an online shooter. If Bungie can sustain the feeling of progression through the long months between expansions – and perhaps do just a little more to make the experience a bit more welcoming for lone players – then I suspect Destiny 2 will enjoy a long life.
  21. Sep 18, 2017
    It’s hard to imagine that Destiny 2 won’t satisfy fans of the original, but it’s also the type of game that will allow new players to jump right in, and skip some of the worst growing pains of the series. While there’s still room for improvement, and for this universe to live up to its full potential, Destiny 2 makes undeniable progress, and reinforces the idea that this is a series we’ll be playing for at least an entire decade, when all is said and done.
  22. Sep 16, 2017
    Destiny 2 is undoubtedly one of the best shooters on the market, with a unique hook that has been streamlined to keep players engaged for months and years ahead, and underpinning mechanics that make every moment a blast. This is a sequel that refines a formula rather than shaking it up, and while that does the job for now, the focus will soon shift to what Bungie can do to keep Destiny moving forward.
  23. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a massive and rewarding game that offers the potential for hundreds of hours of fun and discovery with friends. Quibbles aside, Bungie has crafted a fantastic follow-up to a wildly popular formula, and one that no other developer has come close to equaling in sophistication. Many of the streamlining choices welcome a new crop of Guardians into the mix, but also make this new game more playable and understandable for even returning players. As I settle in for what I hope to be another several years of adventures, I hope Bungie can nail the elusive balance between depth and accessibility.
  24. Sep 15, 2017
    The overall product is great, and while it might be reductive it is also accurate to call this game more Destiny. The majority of changes are positive, and they are built on a solid foundation of gameplay. When people look back on this franchise in the coming years I have a feeling that Destiny 2 will be seen as a turning point.
  25. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is the best example of how listening to your players has its rewards. In this case, the work in a better game than the first one, more enjoyable and that gives much more satisfaction. Bungie has upped the ante, and its last game looks like it could be the best shooter of 2017.
  26. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is action at its finest. An improved expansion you’d say, but a magnificent one at that which nails the idea of what it means to forge a legend.
  27. Sep 15, 2017
    But here, in Destiny 2, from the moment I took control of my Warlock, whom I missed dearly, I was legitimately enjoying myself. From each story beat to every public event where players refused to trigger Heroic, right down to all the engrams that became everything I didn’t want, I’ve had fun.
  28. Sep 15, 2017
    Does it look like a big fat DLC? Maybe. Is it a more of the same? Yes, it is. But it's a lot "more" of a "same" that redifined the standards of the current generation of consoles. Destiny 2 is what the first episode should have been, and despite Bungie could have done more (as usual), at the same price of the average triple A it offers hundreds of hours of entertainment, improving the gameplay that attracted millions of players like a magnet.
  29. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a massive accomplishment, and a huge step in the right direction for the franchise. With a more focused narrative, more activities to do than ever before, and enormous quality of life improvements to the Destiny sandbox and economy, there isn't much to dislike about Destiny 2.
  30. Sep 14, 2017
    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.
  31. Sep 12, 2017
    Bungie vastly improves its online shooter in almost every possible way, offering players an enormous amount of varied content, hidden away in a huge universe that is as interesting as it is beautiful.
  32. Sep 12, 2017
    Destiny 2 does a lot better than ts predecessor: it looks better, it's a smooth experience and it really is the full package.
  33. Sep 12, 2017
    Big, bright, bold, and bursting with content and heart.
  34. Games Master UK
    Sep 7, 2017
    What we can say, however, is how much fun we're currently having. The campaign entertains, classes are a blast, and settings are spectacular. Whether you're experienced in min-maxing Light levels, or you go in fresh looking to shield-smash an 8ft Centurion in the face, you've got a date with Destiny 2. [Oct 2017, p.64]
  35. 90
    Destiny 2 is a significant improvement over the original and its expansions in that the game makes more sense this time around. The campaign, cooperative and competitive game modes come together to form a more cohesive and focused experience.
  36. Oct 3, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a long list of refinements. Tweaks and tightenings to the gameplay loop, and quality of life improvements that cater to the player – instead of making them subservient to mechanical whimsy. It still has its rough patches, but it realises – and raises up – the systems of its predecessor.
  37. Sep 27, 2017
    Giving a score to a game like Destiny 2 is a difficult task: on one hand, the new game from Bungie offers a variety of content so huge, it literally makes your head spin; on the other hand, here and there something is missing, and it often seems like something you'll find in a future expansion or DLC. Anyway, a truly amazing game.
  38. Oct 4, 2017
    I think for most of the hardcore Destiny 1 players, this is simply not the game we were expecting. This one is built for the casuals. That's not necessarily a bad thing. I played more D1 over the past two years than probably all other games combined, but Destiny 2 is just going to be another game in my library. It won't consume me, but I will enjoy it every time I load it up. I still maintain that Destiny provides the best gunplay of an FPS year in and year out, but where Destiny 1 was a game to be loved, despite its flaws; Destiny 2 is a game to be enjoyed, even with all its triumphs.
  39. Sep 17, 2017
    Destiny 2 polishes all the rough edges of the original to create an amazing and addictive sequel that only lacks innovation.
  40. Sep 15, 2017
    It is a product devoted primarily to its (resilient) community, in continuity with its predecessor, determined to recover its structure and philosophy. But it is also a much more welcoming title for newbies.
  41. 88
    The story, though nothing revolutionary, does improve the overall experience.
  42. Sep 15, 2017
    Though the game bears imperfections, Bungie has transcended my expectations for Destiny 2. The narrative succeeds in engaging me as a player, every great idea from Destiny 1 has been vastly expanded, and progression rewards are unyielding.
  43. Sep 18, 2017
    A much more cohesive experience overall this time around, Destiny 2 may not be all that big of an evolution over the core elements of the first game but Bungie have trimmed the fat and refined the foundation in order to give its target demographic exactly what they want.
  44. Sep 16, 2017
    It's a more polished and fun game than the original . That's how the first one should have been. It's a must have for fans of action and sci-fi games. Its story makes more sense and it justifies the reboot of its whole universe. It's a game that has something for every kind of player, whether you're just looking to enjoy the campaign, play co-op with your friends or compete with players from all over the world. Few games can accomplish that.
  45. Sep 15, 2017
    Scope, staging, story: Destiny 2 is better than part 1 in every respect, but in the end it's more like an evolution than a revolution.
  46. Sep 29, 2017
    Yes, it’s about shooting and looting, but Destiny 2 is about much more besides. It might not be ideal for MMO diehards, but it’s a rich and satisfying experience all the same.
  47. Sep 28, 2017
    Overall Destiny 2 manages to satisfy while it fails to impress. Even though it certainly offers way more content than its predecessor, it does not strive to make a bold step to exceed expectations. Some may say that this should not have been a sequel in the first place and they are not entirely wrong. From a technical standpoint and judging by the abundance of content, it rightfully deserves to be called a sequel. However, when it comes to the story and campaign, it could have just as easily been another expansion to Destiny.
  48. Sep 21, 2017
    There’s a lot to enjoy here both solo and as a co-op experience. Any fan of Destiny 1 should take a look at this game, and anyone that has had interest in it but hasn’t pulled the trigger on it just yet should rest easy knowing that while it has a few issues here and there, Destiny 2 is a great game that champions over the first game in so many ways. I highly suggest it to both FPS and RPG fans alike.
  49. Sep 20, 2017
    The first Destiny was more of a prelude to prepare guardians for what is coming and its sequel is the true experience that players have waited for.
  50. Sep 17, 2017
    The strong concept of Destiny is finally really getting some meat on its bones. Destiny 2 offers beautiful environments, an effective but light story and detailed co-op action gameplay.
  51. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is fun and exciting. Bungie made precise adjustments to its formula, improving the overall experience and bringing it closer to the ambitions that it originally had for this long-lasting project.
  52. Sep 15, 2017
    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.
  53. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is everything that we were hoping for the first iteration in 2014. With entertaining and addictive gameplay elements, and an amazing PvE world.
  54. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is like that intelligent student who does everything with grace, who has potential and talent, but who ends up being defeated by laziness and in this case, an aggressive plan of downloadable content.
  55. Sep 11, 2017
    Destiny 2 is the rightful heir to its big brother. While it's not a revolution, the new features and work Bungie has added to simplify things are very welcome, as is the story which is now much more substantial.
  56. Sep 9, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a great game, better than the first one because of its many more end-game activities, all well-structured and organized. The story is amazing, made of very beautiful cut-scenes and characters written along the lines of most contemporary movies. Unfortunately the difficulty is low and the progression of the Guardian could be very quick and easy. Despite this, the game is great to play and share with friends: waiting on the raids and the trials of the nine, we could easily say that Destiny 2 will be loved by fans and newbies.
  57. Sep 18, 2017
    A new beginning and a giant step forward in the Destiny franchise. But will it be enough for the high-demanding community?
  58. Sep 14, 2017
    An incredible gunplay at your service. Destiny 2 is a better game than its predecessor from any point of view, starting from the more complex universe to the most rewarding experience. If you loved the previous chapter this is a must have.​
  59. Edge Magazine
    Oct 12, 2017
    For the more casual - OK, more sane - player, however, Destiny 2 is almost a triumph. It is a game much better at explaining itself, that wants to be enjoyed and understood, and is happy to reward players for simply being there. [Dec 2017, p.102]
  60. Oct 9, 2017
    Destiny 2 is… broad. It is a showcase of improvement and compromise. It is a time vacuum. It’s hard to not enjoy playing Destiny 2, yet still possible to dislike a fair portion of it.
  61. games(TM)
    Oct 6, 2017
    The studio built great things on weaker foundations with the previous game, so it's going to be exciting to see just how tall a Tower it can build when it's working off an even stronger base from day one. [Issue#192, p.64]
  62. Oct 3, 2017
    Destiny was, out of the gate, kind of a mess that got much better with the Taken King expansion. It was, for a time, incoherent and obtuse but attracted a rabid fan base that appreciated its multiplayer combat and mystical story and worlds. Destiny 2 arrives as a much more polished, tightly focused experience that has far fewer glaring faults and many core strengths. It looks fantastic and the combat is still really fun. Its campaign is far more coherent and probably better executed but lacks passion or characters with whom we can engage. From its lavish advertising campaign to its lavish production values, Destiny 2 has a bloodless, corporate feel that acknowledges the sins of the first game, but maybe goes a little too far in its zeal to correct them.
  63. Sep 29, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a good game; the only problem is that it never goes beyond that title. I had a very positive experience with the game: The gameplay is still awesome, the planets look a lot bigger and prettier, the loot system is great and the missions during the end game are fantastic, but the lackluster story mode, boring side missions and use of microtransactions hold it back just a bit.
  64. Sep 28, 2017
    Although Destiny 2 requires quite a lot of grinding, the whole process doesn't really feel like a chore since there are so many varied activities that you'll rarely do the same thing twice in a month (unless it's a weekly activity, or you really want to). First and foremost, Destiny 2 does not frustrate players by placing parts of the end game under hard to achieve power level requirements. There's plenty of loot to gain and, more importantly, you're actually having fun while obtaining it.
  65. Sep 20, 2017
    It's a better game than the first was. It's still that gateway MMO, missing features that current MMOs have. A Raid Finder would be keen, as the Guided Games feature is merely a half-step. Being able to see your friends and Fireteam on the map is an odd omission. The shader implementation is such an odd step back for a game that doesn't have a glamour system. And I still think the mismatch between PVE and PVP team sizes is a problem...But Destiny 2 is a damned good time.
  66. Sep 20, 2017
    Despite all its shortcomings, Destiny 2 is an incredible online shooter and a great sequel.
  67. Sep 19, 2017
    It's now good enough that you no longer need to make excuses about why you play so much Destiny. Destiny 2 may misstep in a couple of ways its predecessor didn't, but it also shores up its fundamentals so thoroughly that the future for Destiny fans looks bright indeed.
  68. Sep 19, 2017
    Destiny 2 is very similar to the original which is both good and bad. The lack of any new enemy types or classes is baffling, but the shooting still feels incredible. Storytelling has improved significantly and gearing up for the end-game content is much more accessible with a sizeable amount of variety. It’s still very early, and judging by how much the original grew after launch, it’s hard not to be optimistic for the future. Even as it stands now, Destiny 2 is a great foundation for an extraordinary social experience with engaging combat.
  69. 80
    The game looks absolutely stunning, too: The original Destiny was one of the best-looking early games of the PS4/Xbox One era, and Destiny 2 pushes things even farther. Individual blades of grass jump out at you, explosions showcase more flames, and dimly lit sections beg you to physically try to peer around the corners before you remember that this is a video game.
  70. Sep 17, 2017
    Destiny 2 isn't perfect, and I hesitate to recommend it for solo players, but for anyone that hopes to play in a group - there really is nothing else like it. I can't say if there's enough new here to draw returning players to the game, but Bungie has done nothing if not craft one of the most beautiful engaging co-op experiences of 2017.
  71. Sep 17, 2017
    Destiny has always been better when played with friends, but this time doesn’t feel like it actively punishes solo players.
  72. Sep 16, 2017
    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.
  73. Sep 15, 2017
    Marked improvements in style and story, coupled with Bungie's always excellent shooting, make this continued space epic a winner. But that never ending grind, though.
  74. Sep 15, 2017
    Destiny 2 is more of the same. A little prettier, a little more interesting, a little easier. After playing for dozens of hours I know I'll spend much more time with Destiny 2. There is no better game about shooting aliens that is so much fun. And looking at the first game and its evolution over the years it's hard not to wonder - what kind of game D2 will be in the future? A great one, I'm sure.
  75. Sep 14, 2017
    Despite a disappointing story campaign this is a notably improved sequel, whose endless loops of addiction feel far more honest and rewarding than the first game.
  76. Sep 14, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a more polished version of what Bungie created in the first game through simple tweaks and reworks, with the key word being simple. It plays well, invites new players in seamlessly, and honors the fans that have kept the series afloat. However, despite its efforts to be a triumphant propelling of the shooter/RPG genre into a new frontier, the sequel feels more like an update on mechanics that should have been there from the start.
  77. Sep 14, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a case study in the difference a smooth presentation can make.
  78. Sep 14, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a very continuist game, but that does not mean that it is bad. Thanks to a well-paced campaign mode, a progression system from the MMORPG genre and a very polished style, Destiny 2 is as addictive and entertaining as it can be.
  79. Sep 14, 2017
    Everything you hated about the first three years of the game has been refined, removed, or reappraised, and the game that was left was one that makes sense from toe to tip.
  80. Sep 14, 2017
    Every part of the game has been reconsidered to create a more uniformly rewarding and engaging experience, from the main story and planetary activities to the Nightfall strike and beyond. It has left some of the returning activities feel less rewarding for time spent, and the smaller scale Crucible multiplayer scratches a different, more competitive itch than in the original game, but these are things that Bungie can and will address over time. Destiny 2 is a fantastic new beginning for one of the most popular online shooters out there, and I can’t wait to see how it grows and evolves over the coming months and years.
  81. Sep 14, 2017
    Destiny 2 takes the core gameplay of the first game and surrounds it with a much more confident, cohesive experience. This isn't Destiny reimagined but it is Destiny refined, and while that may not be enough to win over those who were left disappointed by Bungie's efforts three years ago, it doesn't change the fact that this is without a doubt one of the best shooters on PS4.
  82. Sep 13, 2017
    Even at its grindiest, Destiny 2 remains an oddly compelling adventure...While there's still plenty of room for improvement, I've got say Bungie put its heart into this one, and it definitely shows.
  83. Sep 12, 2017
    From a gameplay standpoint, though, this is the best place to enter Bungie’s shared-world shooter, and the most fun Destiny has ever been.
  84. Sep 12, 2017
    The story and gameplay mechanics have greatly improved, and it sports many graphical upgrades. It's unfortunate that the enemy AI isn't more challenging, but for this franchise, the fun will always come from the end-game content. As long as players understand and accept that, they should snap up this sequel and prepare for another long adventure.
  85. Sep 12, 2017
    This time, Destiny 2 offers a much better and balanced experience, with the help of a real campaign mode and a lot more content. Fans will be pleased, newcomers also, and they will all hunt rare loots together for the months to come until the first expansion.
  86. Sep 11, 2017
    Destiny 2 is not as much a revolution as it is an evolution, expanding on every facet of the original game. Even though the story sometimes stumble it is a big leap forward for Bungie, and the wealth of content in Destiny 2 will surely satisfy even the most hardcore players.
  87. Sep 7, 2017
    The foundation that's Destiny 2 already feels rock-solid, a refinement and reinforcement of Destiny's best elements in every respect.
  88. Sep 20, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a really solid game from a studio that feels like it's far more confident in what they have created for the sequel. While not always fun solo, it boasts well-crafted multiplayer gameplay with an addictive shoot-and-loot core loop. The end result is much closer to the original vision that the first Destiny was unable to grasp.
  89. Sep 9, 2017
    Destiny 2 commits a lot of the same sins as its father, but it succeeded in doing something the original never did -- make roaming around the open world fun and rewarding.
  90. Oct 12, 2017
    Destiny 2 fixes a lot of problems from the previous game, but it doesn’t deviate from the original formula. With its lackluster content and little to no innovation, Destiny 2 brings nothing new to the genre but keeps that addictive lootfest gameplay which we all hate to love.
  91. Sep 20, 2017
    Destiny 2 proves that the journey is more rewarding than the destination. Sure, I'll pick up duplicate or useless loot, but at least I had a good time along the way. And honestly, it's the kind of good time I could see myself having for a long time.
  92. Sep 20, 2017
    Destiny 2 is a better game than the original but more akin to a reboot than a full sequel.
  93. Sep 14, 2017
    Despite sharing a whole lot of similarities with its predecessor, Destiny 2 excels where it counts. The shooting and loot hunting is as addictive as ever, and even though the characters and story feel like they're still lacking several layers of dept, the grind has never felt so good.
  94. Sep 11, 2017
    An actual campaign, a good amount of Strikes, the Crucible and a plethora of side activities ensure that Destiny 2 will remain in your console’s disc-drive for a long time. In other aspects, however, Destiny 2 feels more of an expansion than it does a sequel.
  95. Jan 23, 2018
    Even if Bungie backtracks on some of these horrendous missteps, there’s evidence that the dev team is either flailing around without a clear idea of the experience they want to present, or even worse, they’re happy to offer the least amount of mediocre content possible until the player base starts pushing back. When free-to-play titles like Warframe and Let it Die seem monumentally more generous and offer vastly more entertainment value than a triple-A sixty dollar release built with a budget large enough to feed whole continents, it’s clear that something has gone horribly wrong.
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  1. Sep 8, 2017
    A full assessment is virtually impossible at this time, especially with the raids not activated yet. But the impression after completing the story is a thoroughly good one. In terms of visuals and sound design a real beauty and improved in small mechanical details, Destiny 2 is everything you could expect.
  2. Sep 5, 2017
    Until then, I have Destiny 2: a game that knows exactly what it is and isn't. D2 is bigger and better than its predecessor, and it keeps me coming back with mixed expectations of better loot—and clearer expectations of a good shooting time with friends. The former is fine, but the latter is what makes me recommend Destiny 2 right now for anybody eager for the next great chat-and-shoot gaming franchise.
  3. Sep 5, 2017
    When I sat down to play this game I had one mission for Bungie: prove to me that Destiny 2 isn’t just another expansion. Thankfully, it turns out that Destiny 2 has listened to the fans and has taken a look in the mirror: the product is one that I –so far– thoroughly enjoy.
  4. Sep 15, 2017
    Bigger and better - but there's not enough genuinely new for Destiny 2 to achieve greatness. [Recommended]
  5. Sep 5, 2017
    To my delight, the story's at least as long as the classic Halo games I fell in love with so many years ago, and there's a whole world – four of them, in fact – to investigate with my fellow Guardians. In the depths of Nessus, Ghost has even heard tell of a planet-eating worldship and a pissed-off emperor named Calus, who might have an axe to grind with Ghaul. Sounds like we're in for a long wild ride. [Review-in-Progress]
  6. Sep 19, 2017
    This is clearly a high point, the highest since The Taken King launched nearly two years ago. It’s a red-carpet welcome for new players and a slightly bittersweet payoff for those of us who’ve been there from the start. Soon enough, everything will change yet again.
  7. Playstation Official Magazine UK
    Oct 15, 2017
    Bungie's blaster offers some of the best shooting on PS4, but right now, it feels more like a bumper expansion than a full-blown sequel. The Strikes are amazing, mind. [Nov 2017, p.75]
  8. Sep 7, 2017
    This is how Destiny 2 is panning out for me so far: like rampaging through Doom stuck in god mode, or a room full of balloons with a nail gun. Bungie's online shooter sequel for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One surpasses its predecessor in other vital ways, but sets the difficulty bar lower for reasons I can't fathom
  9. Sep 13, 2017
    I still want to explore that world, and maybe as I do more Adventures and Lost Sectors I'll be able to do so, but in its main campaign Destiny 2 is stubbornly, resolutely avoidant of its own themes and contradictions. It stirs from its complacency just a bit at the start, only to rock itself back to sleep listening to the percussive rhythms of combat.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 1984 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 16, 2017
    Completely Addicting & Amazing game!! Was completely surprised as to how much better it is than the original and it is a leap of faith I tookCompletely Addicting & Amazing game!! Was completely surprised as to how much better it is than the original and it is a leap of faith I took with buying it and I'm so glad I did! Full Review »
  2. Sep 7, 2017
    I want to like this game but as others have said it's just a rehash of the original game... more like Destiny 1.5. I was hoping for some realI want to like this game but as others have said it's just a rehash of the original game... more like Destiny 1.5. I was hoping for some real mmo features but they must have to keep this game dumbed down for the masses. Why isn't there an economy wtih trading? Why is the loot so generic? Why aren't there any new classes? End-game content is spoon fed to players. Destiny is stuck somewhere in the middle of an epic FPS that is one of the most beautiful games I've ever played. And a really lame attempt at being an mmorpg... and that is what kills this game for me. It's pretty sad that the first raid isn't even up yet... not even a complete game. I was hoping there would be two or three raids open the day the game released so that players had a ton of progression to look forward to but they don't. The first raid will be completed in one day by some elite gamer crew then everyone will rinse and repeat. Then you'll be standing around town with nothing to do but kill the same **** you've always killed with much better gear then when you completed the raid... it just doesn't make sense why we have to buy the next expansion to get the next raid. Money? More then likely... There should be higher end raids that only a handful of people get into but there is not. This is a rpg made for the masses and its obviously brought down to that level because of it... that is why Destiny 2 suffers to achieve what it set out to do originally. Here's to looking forward to Destiny 3... Full Review »
  3. Sep 6, 2017
    Bungie knows how to produce tons of eye candy and how to convert you into an addict. They have no idea how to write a story and interestingBungie knows how to produce tons of eye candy and how to convert you into an addict. They have no idea how to write a story and interesting text that is beyond the quality of Transformers. The story is so unbelievably cheesy, it hurts. All the NPCs always tell you what a great guy you are and that they never could have done it without you! For **** sake! The rest of the game is the same D1 RNG and mission grind as always. The new Tower is more interesting than the old, but you have to walk endlessly to do what you came for. In Warframe you can do most of your chores on board the ship, without loading into an MMO town. MMOs do it because you walk into a bigger world mostly seamlessly, while in D2 you still go to orbit. No walking out of the gate into the world.
    I guess the raid will be great again and that is the only thing really unique and goid about Destiny. It's all about finding 5 other people playing the raid to get top tier loot. Something they blew in TTK and won't this time. Since loot is RNG, you have to do it over and over again. Pull that lever sucker! PvP was what kept me doing D1 for a long time, because it was a blast with all the super abilities, but now it's a typical primaries only fight that some other titles do better. Bungie also has still not invested in dedicated servers and uses a P2P hybrid that sucks. That's why they kept it to 4vs4 battles this time. You really only need this game, if you are a D1 addict. All in all, D2 is the same slotmachine paired with an FPS D1 was.
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