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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Pros and Cons

Destiny 2 - Shadowkeep Pros and Cons

Do You Want to Play Destiny 2?

Video games have undoubtedly become one of the most popular forms of entertainment for many people the world over. There are many different genres of video games and every serious player has at least one or two favorites that they consider to be the best game ever. Destiny 2 is a video game with a large player base of dedicated fans. While the exact number of players isn’t known, Gamstat.com shows that there are 21 million players on PlayStation alone and Destiny 2 is also available for PCs and Xbox. Its popularity is such that they are even considering turning the game into a movie or television show.

Destiny 2 which is also known as Destiny 2: New Light is a free-to-play multiplayer first-person shooter video game that is only available online. It was developed by Bungie and debuted as a pay to play game in 2017. In October of 2019 it switched to free-to-play under the New Light title. The setting of Destiny 2 is a science fiction world and game activities include both player versus environment and player versus player elements. The premise of the game has players assuming the roles of Guardians with the job of protecting the last safe city on Earth from various alien races as well as the threat posed by the Darkness.

Destiny 2 has 3 character classes with their own specific upgrades, special abilities and perks. There are also three sub-classes for each character class. Players can gain better statistics that improve performance through experience points that are earned by playing the game. They can also increase their power level by acquiring better equipment by completing various activities such as strikes, raids and dungeons.  Gaining higher levels and obtaining the best weapons and equipment can take a lot of time, effort and skill and some players may use a Destiny 2 PC boosting service to speed up the process. Destiny 2 adds new content to the game and furthers the story through the use of expansion packs. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is the fourth expansion for Destiny 2.

Pros: Shadowkeep

Overall Shadowkeep was a good expansion that saw some major changes that will affect the game in the future. The pros of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep include:

  • Armor 2.0: This is definitely the biggest positive to come out of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep. Rather than focusing on a system where the player is trying to make a single stat number go up, the Armor 2.0 system adds the Discipline, Intellect and Strength stats to the original 3 character stats of Resilience, Recovery and Mobility. The combination of these 6 stats can be used to reduce the time it takes for health to recharge, increases health, reduces the cooldown of abilities and increase movement speed. Each armor piece contains stats so players can look for rolls that offer a specific stat they are looking for. Decisions made now have a greater effect on how a character fights and how effective they will be. Armor pieces can also be upgraded to slot more mods. Mods are abilities or stat bonuses that attach to armor pieces and provide different effects such as the ability to reload hand cannons faster. There are over 100 mods in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep that can be used in a vast number of combinations to improve a characters loadout. Upgrading armor isn’t cheap and the process is in part designed to direct players into the game’s more challenging areas. Armor pieces have a limited amount of energy and that energy is used to power mods. Upgrading using Glimmer and Legendary Shards is relatively easy early on but becomes a bit more expensive with each upgrade. Eventually players will have to seek rare materials like Enhancement Prisms or Ascendant Shards to upgrade. Fully upgrading a piece of armor will likely take quite a bit of time and will require a group working together to get through the most challenging sections.
  • The Moon: The moon is a familiar destination for anybody who played the original Destiny game but it has been enlarged and improved from the original version. It has a more eerie feel to it now. Despite the fact that it is a return to an old destination and not completely new it is still a positive for the game.
  • New Additions: While no single addition really stands out, overall they add up to something pretty decent. Two new “player versus environment” strike missions have been added and there are an additional 3 “player versus player” maps, although 2 of them are recycled. Throw in a new dungeon, a new raid, some new weapons, armor and exotic gear and it adds up to a positive.

Cons: Shadowkeep

Not everything in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep was positive. Here are a few of the negatives of the Destiny 2: Shadowkeep expansion:

  • Shadowkeep Campaign: At best the Destiny 2 Shadowkeep Campaign is just okay. It is set mainly on the moon and doesn’t add very much to the story. There are some new strikes and a new patrol area, but the main story is definitely a little short and can be completed in 5 or 6 hours. It also comes to an abrupt end and you may not even realize it is over. It is intended to be part of a bigger story that will be added to but it could have been longer.
  • Lack of Additions: As mentioned the new additions in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep are pretty good but there just aren’t enough of them. While there are new additions in almost every area, there just aren’t that many. It would have been nice to see more new stuff.

Destiny 2 is a game that is constantly evolving and being added to. The Shadowkeep expansion introduced Armor 2.0 which really affects the way players will approach developing their characters in a positive way. It is the highlight of the Shadowkeep expansion and makes the game better.

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