Warning! Spoilers Ahead!
There was a shot heard around the Destiny universe. A million or more of us stood up and cried out “No”! Others cried in disbelief at what had happened. Some even raged before planning revenge. Cayde-6, our fearless and often humorous, leader of the Hunter Vanguard has been killed. Shot dead by Uldren Sov the Awoken Prince of the Reef. This has happened and this is how Destiny 2: Forsaken begins.
Upon beginning Bungie’s new and massive DLC entitled Forsaken, the urge to fight and seek out revenge was overwhelming. I went straight to the first mission and was immediately in awe of the job done with the opening sequence in the Prison of Elders. Not only is this quite possibly their finest storytelling to date, the Prison of Elders is immaculately created. The sights and sounds are amazing, ominous, and foreboding. Cayde is on point with his usual humor and charming antics as you team up and run, guns blazing, through the prison break. Petra Venj has returned as well to assist your guardian as well, and the three of you go on a massive ass-kicking spree of all the more common villians in the Destiny universe. The prison is broken open and there are baddies everywhere. It is mass chaos as you cut a path from top to bottom and the ride does not slow down until the end.
This is where I’m going to leave off with the story in Destiny 2: Forsaken. There is so much more, but in the interest of not spoiling it more than I have, I will give you a breakdown of what has changed with the update. This will not be a full list as this will be an ongoing series for me where I will go into details about future changes and my progression.
Your old gear and weapons are now obsolete. Dismantle them for parts as soon as you have time because they do not have the extra perks that new weapons and gear have. Destiny 2: Forsaken has brought back random rolls on gear and weapons, so if a mediocre gun you would normally scrap pops up with a roll of armor piercing rounds, zen moment, and firefly it now has become a PVE destruction machine. This type of thing is rare and players will be grinding for “God Rolls” daily. Season one mods are also now useless in the new systems, so it is safe to dismantle all of those as well to purchase the new ones. Most season one weapons have been retired, but a few popular ones have been kept and added back in; such as Better Devils and Nameless Midnight.
Any weapon or piece of armor you have dismantled can now be acquired from the new collections tab in your inventory at a small cost. This opens up vault space and anything you accidentally wasted can be yours again. All of your shaders can also be dismantled and purchased here now as well. While on this topic Destiny 2: Forsaken has also brought a new light cap with the soft cap being 500 and hard cap set at 600. Do not waste time and resources infusing armor at low light. Wear your blue gear and it will constantly go up until you hit 500. Then start going for powerful engrams to get past the 500 mark. There is a lot of new stuff to experiment with Guardian, have fun with it and you will grow quickly.
Guardians also have access to all their triumphs and lore in an inventory tab now. I have only briefly examined this and found the collections of lore to be outstanding for those who will want to know the actual story of the game outside of the visual campaign. The more I read about it, the more I care and understand the vast Destiny history and world. The Triumphs section is a great way to see everything awesome you have accomplished and even keep track of how close you are to finishing other Triumphs as well. Make sure to check this because you will get a few cool new emblems for doing so!
There are amazing new supers for each class and with them new and powerful abilities. Finally after all the waiting they have arrived and each seem well executed and seem a bit more thought out for each game type. Whether you want to launch yourself like a missile across the map to land and explode everything in your blast radius or throw a 360 degree fan of burning and exploding knives you now have another choice for each Guardian. Also added is the choice of support roles for healing and defense. But choose well, because they are not easily obtained and you will be stuck with what you pick for at least the duration of the campaign if not longer.
The Tangled Shore is the starting point for Destiny 2: Forsaken and seems small and desolate at first. It appears to be nothing more than small islands floating in the air and held together by cables. As one ventures in further you discover this is hardly the case. The different areas go underground, in the air, through caves, and up spires. If you remember the architecture of the Fallen then imagine it, but post apocalypse. Fire and twisted metal from crashed ships abound and the sky seems to be permanently overcast in most places. The music is dark and sets the mood quite well for revenge. I would suggest taking a drive around on your sparrow to experience the lay of the land and get familiar because you are going to be moving around a lot. I could go on and on about this, but I’m trying to not spoil the area too much and am leaving out a whole lot.
Now for PVP. Crucible is not for the casual player anymore at all. It’s ruthless out there and there isn’t room anymore to see what works and what doesn’t or your it will drop your KDR very fast. Auto rifles are a thing of the past and have been replaced by snipers and shotguns. Everybody is looking for the one shot kills and with the changes to weapon slots and ammo types you can just about do whatever you want with a few restrictions. The new maps are fantastic however and a bit more open and quick sniper friendly. I found these changes to force me to try new combinations that became enjoyable over time but only after being brutally massacred several times.
In conclusion Destiny 2: Forsaken is absolutely what the Destiny franchise needed. It is nearly perfect with just a few bumps that need ironed out, but those bumps are minor. The epic feeling of grandeur and powerful emotions have returned and I found myself completely immersed and overwhelmed but at the same time. I wanted revenge for the crimes of Uldren Sov. I felt the need to avenge Cayde-6 as every Guardian should. Any doubt of how good this expansion would turn out should be cast aside. It is brilliant so far. Be sure to check back for my continuing coverage!
Destiny 2: Forsaken is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. This review is based on an Xbox One copy provided by the publisher.