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E3 2017: Destiny 2 Gameplay Preview

June 24, 2017 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris

During this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Activision allowed 411mania to take part in an early playable demo for Destiny 2. The demo was for the highly anticipated Windows PC version of the game, as Destiny transitions to PC for the upcoming sequel. The demo didn’t feature anything new in terms of content. The demo was essentially the intro level for the game.

To be perfectly honest, I’m more of a console gamer, so adjusting to the PC controls and mechanics for the demo was rather jarring. I’ve played every single expansion and update previously for the original Destiny, but all of that was on a PlayStation 4. On a personal level, I’m not great with keyboard and mouse controls, especially for a first person shooter, so I did have to soldier through the demo.

The level for this year’s E3 demo was essentially the intro stage of Destiny 2. All seems quiet, but it’s a little two quiet in the Guardians’ Tower. Unfortunately, they are blitzed by a surprise attack from Dominus Ghaul, and what appears to be the entire Cabal fleet attacking the Guardian hub. The Vanguard manage to survive the early attack, and the player’s own Guardian jumps into the fray. The demo I was given access to featured a female Warlock Guardian. I’m more of a Titan player myself.

Mechanically, this didn’t feature like that much of a departure from Destiny in terms of overall presentation and execution. Granted, the level does start with an all-out attack on the Tower, the Guardians’ home, which is literally crumbling around you. Also, you get to actively interact with the Vanguard Guardians during the fight, which is fun. the Cabal are dropped into the Tower with these strange drop ships that look like hologram balls. The enemies weren’t too hard to dispatch after getting the hang of the PC controls. New weaponry included a type of grenade launcher, which looks like a nice change of pace from the usual long-range weapons.

Eventually, the player’s Guardian makes it deeper into the Tower, and the Speaker’s office has been trashed. The fate of the Speaker is left intentionally vague, so he could technically still be alive. After this sequence, Ikora Rey is royally ticked and takes the fight directly to a Red Legion ship. The Guardian then heads to the North Tower to get a pickup from shipwright Amanda Holliday. One of the more interesting things to notice in the invasion is that the Cabal appear to be capturing the Travel with some sort of massive claw device. Holliday is preying for the Traveler to wake up and do something, but that’s completely futile. The Guardian is then dropped off on the Red Legion’s command ship to take the fight to Dominus Ghaul. The enemies start to get a higher difficulty level, but there’s nothing too soul crushing. After crushing some Cabal troopers, the Guardian heads deeper into the command ship. Like the gameplay footage reveal, the demo ends right when you encounter Ghaul for the first time. So, it seems the Cabal have learned English now, or the Guardians have really awesome universal language translators built into their tech and armor.

The most exciting thing about the demo was the new grenade launcher weapon, which has some nice punch to it. This was really just an early chunk of the game and didn’t really offer a broader view of how the rest of the game will turn out or really be a significantly different experience. I did like the integration of the story and narrative elements for the introduction level, but hopefully the more burning issues and questions that were always left aside during the life of the first game will be addressed. For starters, where the heck is the Exo Stranger, and why didn’t she have time to explain that she didn’t have time to explain? Has the Speaker been able to talk to the Traveler again after destroying the Heart of Darkness? These are things I would like to know.

Overall, the demo was a little on the short side, but I’d like to see more of what Destiny 2 has to offer. As a longtime Destiny player, I will definitely give the game a look. However, I hope the loot drop and grinding issues that constantly plagued the first game are not as big of issues as they were in the in first game. Destiny 2 arrives on September 8. The game will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC.

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Bungie, Destiny, Destiny 2, Jeffrey Harris

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