Beyond Light is an incredibly strong reminder that what Bungie has been delivering to Destiny is more than an expansion-a-year live service game, but an ever-evolving, grim dark world filled with rich lore, nuanced characters, and questions yet unanswered. While the plot has a mix of missed (or purposefully delayed) opportunities with developing some characters while creating some powerful, gut-wrenchingly emotional moments with others.
To start well over %60 of all content was deleted, but the campaign was good experience as it allowed for the use of darkness. I will say it did have its downsides as it was a bit **** to finish but that's barely a negative as you gained XP and light to prep for the raid. Speaking of the raid no DLC is set in stone until the raid has come out and just like shadowkeep this was what I defined as the endpoint of the DLC as leveling was difficult and the raid was harder, but the rewards were perfect as the raid wrapped up beyond light and gave us more insight on what was to c9me.
Ignore any review prior to December 2020. Beyond Light is a perfect Destiny expansion, it has all you could possibly ask for. People have review bombed this expansion because they're pissbabies upset about developmental choices for the game at large. Not because any of the content in this expansion is bad, because none of it is. Beyond Light has the best story experience in Destiny, one of the best raids ever released in the series, an amazing new destination chock-full of ongoing developments and secrets to uncover, and finally a supreme selection of Exotic weapons and armor that every player will find enjoyment from.
Easily the 2nd best Destiny release period, and considering it's predecessors that's no small feat. Don't skip the lore or you're illiterate and I'll make fun of you online.
Post-sunsetting and content vaulting, Destiny 2: Beyond Light had some big expectations to meet. Instead, it plays things safe, delivering a boring main campaign, the usual Power grind and routine busywork to keep players engaged. Even with some interesting story bits, strong art direction and a fun raid, it's hard to recommend for both new players and die-hard fans.
Beyond Light fails at pushing Destiny 2 in a good direction. It's lacking in countless ways, from the campaign to the seasonal content, and it doesn't give you nearly enough for the price. Even the most hardcore Destiny fans will probably find plenty to dislike here, and casual players should skip this without a second thought.
The replayability is lackluster especially because they cut so much from the game in the process of adding this DLC. Here's hoping it actually gets replaced over time. Granted it was content few people even wanted to play... it's still like removing tons of furniture from a room and now it just feels empty.
The endgame content is more or less a joke. People were quick to celebrate the Raid as being one of the best while infact it's just a bunch of really good set pieces with theoretically some good encounters that instead are just annoying instant-death mechanics with no real danger or skill requirement. The final boss of the raid is honestly a joke... of all things they could do and even hinted at... they did what they did. It's a travesty because it marks just how creatively bankrupt some of the people at Bungie are.
The raid is already boring after 3 weeks and this is going to be the only new endgame content until they reintroduce a Destiny1 raid sometime next year. It's no shock that the playerbase has already fallen back down to Pre-DLC numbers.
PvP is a travesty. Probably the worst PvP I've ever played in any game. The new abilities create some interesting options on paper but in reality exasperate existing issues while creating all new ones. Such as the Matchmaking. Never before have I seen such a mess where almost every single game is a lopsided joke round. Or how the lag can randomly make your shots do nothing or even an enemy lag teleporting around with virtual impunity.
I just cannot recommend Destiny2 anymore.
You are paying more to get less.
'The slow but steady removal of contents' is now the grand trend of Destiny 2. I cannot quite comprehend the reason why; to add little or no new contents is one thing, nevertheless to delete already existing contents is something a rational mind cannot possibly understand. Yes of course, Bungie, the developers, came up with all the fancy excuses. Unfortunately, I doubt those hallow words truly convinced anyone. They were pathetic.
Don't get me wrong. I like this game. I played a lot, and still playing to some extent. However with every patch, with every new season and expansion, Bungie somehow managed to make it worse every time. It showed their utter lack of understanding of the game. I genuinely wonder if the developers have actually ever played their game. Don't even get me started on the bloody 'Sunsetting'.
The recent outrage has been sparked by Bungie's preposterous greed. I personally don't mind micro-transactions on items which do not affect the actual game play, such as aesthetic related items. However it does become an obvious problem if micro-transaction is the only 'contents' the developers are dedicated for. Minimal new contents. Re-used contents. Deleted contents. Glitches and bugs left out for eternity. Yet, more and more new items added on the micro-transaction section.
Destiny 2 is slowly dying. It is still possible to revive it, however based on what we have observed so far, I would say to have any degree of hope is simply too much of an optimism.
The 'Activision era' was far better, superior. This pretty much sums up the current state of the game.
SummaryThe frontier of Europa holds many lost secrets from the past, including the dark power of Stasis. Work with the mysterious Exo Stranger to harness this new power before Eramis, the Kell of Darkness, bestows it on her Fallen forces. Grow your arsenal, command Stasis, and go beyond the Light.