In addition to normal story missions, PvE features three-player " strikes " and six-player raids. A free roam patrol mode is also available for each planet and features public events as well as new activities not featured in the original. These new activities have an emphasis on exploration of the planets and interactions with non-player characters NPCs ; the original Destiny only featured NPCs in social spaces.
PvP features objective-based modes, as well as traditional deathmatch game modes. Players assume the role of a Guardian, protectors of Earth's last safe city as they wield a power called Light to protect the Last City from different alien races.
The player sets out on a journey to regain their Light and find a way to defeat Ghaul and his Red Legion army and take back the Last City. Like the original Destiny , the game features expansion packs which further the story and adds new content and missions. A third, large expansion, Forsaken , was released in September , beginning Year Two with an overhaul on gameplay. The base game and the first three expansions were packaged into Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection.
An annual pass was also available alongside this release, containing three premium content drops for Year Two. Year Three began with the large expansion, Shadowkeep in October It is a standalone release, not requiring the previous expansions to play. Released alongside this fourth expansion was a version of Destiny 2 called New Light , a free-to-play re-release of Destiny 2 and the first two expansions. Separate seasonal passes also became available for each season's content.
A fifth expansion, Beyond Light , is scheduled for release in September , with two more expansions, The Witch Queen and Lightfall , planned for release in and , respectively. Upon release, Destiny 2 received generally favorable reviews from critics. The game received praise for its many improvements over its predecessor.
The original Destiny received much criticism for its story, but Destiny 2 was praised as having a "more robust story" and an actual fleshed out villain. Reviews were divided on the recategorization of the weapons, the Leviathan raid, Crucible mode and the newer activities like the Adventures and Lost Sectors, but praise was unanimous on the exploration of the game world.
Changes to PvP were welcomed by some reviewers, though others were critical for the mode lacking player choice. Similar to its predecessor, Destiny 2 is a first-person shooter game that incorporates role-playing and massively multiplayer online game MMO elements.
To communicate with other players in the game world, players had to use their respective console's messaging system. As in the original game, players are able to improve their characters, referred to as Guardians, by gaining experience points EXP — when a set number of experience points are accumulated, the player's character will level up and gain improved statistics which further enhance performance in battle. As of the Shadowkeep expansion, this leveling system has since been replaced with the "season pass" system where players use EXP to "rank up", which rewards different items each rank while there is no max rank on a season pass, seasonal rewards end at level Quests , including the "main scenario" quests, are specific tasks given to the player by non-player characters NPCs which reward items and EXP.
Completing main scenario quest lines progresses the overarching plot of the game. Destiny 2 features the same three-character classes as the original Destiny. Each class has its own specific upgrades, perks, special abilities, and three sub-classes that allow players to finely tune their individual characters to provide a different play style.
The three classes are Warlock, Hunter, and Titan. After choosing a class, players select one of three species for their character: Human, Awoken bluish-gray-skinned descendants of Humans , or Exo humanoid machines. They can then customize their characters, such as changing their gender or skin color. A character's species is cosmetic and does not affect gameplay.
Players can create two more characters to have a character of each class. Upon reaching the character EXP level cap level 20 at launch, expanded to 50 , character progression shifts to improving their "Power" level formerly "Light" level by acquiring new and better equipment.
This equipment can be gained through a variety of sources, including " strikes ", raids , and in-game events. The three weapon classes and five pieces of armor each have a Power level; a character's Power level is the average of that gear.
A higher character level allows for better equipment with higher Power levels to be equipped. A higher Power level improves damage output and defense. The highest obtainable Power level at launch was but has since been expanded to max as of season Weapons and armor were reorganized in Destiny 2.
In the original game, weapons were divided as Primary, Special, and Heavy weapons. At launch, the weapons were categorized as Kinetic, Energy, and Power weapons. Primary weapons and some Special weapons in the original — such as hand cannons and sidearms — are classified as Kinetic and Energy weapons.
Those without an elemental damage type go in the Kinetic weapons slot while those with an elemental damage type Arc, Solar, or Void go in the Energy weapons slot. Power weapons include the Heavy weapons and the more powerful Special weapons from the first game, such as shotguns and sniper rifles, as well as new weapon types, such as the grenade launcher.
Year 2 of Destiny 2 consisted of the Forsaken expansion and the three-part Annual Pass. The main activities in the Annual Pass are included with New Light. First, the Black Armory Forges. These are horde modes which let you forge specific weapons by completing multi-step bounties. Next is Gambit Prime, an advanced version of Gambit with unique armor that grants set bonuses tuned to specific roles. Finally, we have the Menagerie, a randomized multi-stage dungeon which also allows players to pursue specific pieces of gear.
They're all very fun in their own right, and Bungie confirmed that they'll all drop their normal loot in New Light, so they'll be well worth doing. Here's how Destiny 2 Menagerie rune combos work, if you're wondering. Play for Free. A patchwork wasteland on the edge of the Reef, in the Asteroid Belt. Home to the BrayTech Futurescape and Rasputin. He spends most of his days trying to pitch deep-dive analytical pieces about Killer Klowns From Outer Space to an increasingly perturbed series of editors.
Phones Laptops Headphones Cameras. Tablets Smartwatches Speakers Drones. Health Energy Environment. Importantly, no platform will have any content advantage over another — no Xbox-specific guns or PC-specific levels. Moreover, see the massive changelog of today's update over here, which rebalances many of the gameplay elements and introduces a new armor system, among other changes. Be ready to have almost GB free to get the game, however. One issue the new update aims to address is the requirement for players to have bought older expansions in order to access newer content.