Destiny 2 Log 2: A Review in Progress (Story)

Destiny Log. Entry 2: Hunter: Awoken: Male

Our journey has been a long one, and it still feels like we have barely scratched the surface of what is to come. We have brought the fight back to Ghaul and to the forces of Darkness. Our Vanguard is scattered. Each of them is on their own refuge. Zavala has made his way to Titan, a fitting place for the Guardian of its namesake. While Cayde-6 is on a Vex inhabited world called Nessus.  Ikora has been missing since the attack on the City. We will have to find her in order to take back our city.

The storytelling in Destiny 2 is some of the best I’ve ever seen, from moving emotional scenes, to a real connection to the new baddie in town; Dominus Ghaul. Destiny 2 takes every negative aspect of its predecessor and refines them. Lore is now on items in-game and inside of scannable objects in the world. The story is deep and straightforward and is contained in the game. This is a huge improvement, but it’s not all great.

I became addicted to the lore in the original Destiny. Listening to podcasts and lore channels on YouTube became normal for me. Instead of listening to music while driving, I would sink deeper and deeper into the abyss of The Books of Sorrow, the Battle of Six Fronts, and why the Eliksni is now referred to as the Fallen. For as much as I’m pleased about the new storytelling and lore systems, there is a part of me that is feeling selfish. I want more. I want to scan something, get the lore, and then put it into an archive of sorts so that I can go back and reread it as much as I want. With the current system, I will be tasked with going back and finding the same object to scan again. This is a small gripe and one that very well may be fixed with upcoming expectations. However, right now it’s a problem I would like to see addressed. In a perfect world, I would like to see all of the Grimoire you have acquired in the original Destiny to also be in this game. That hope doesn’t just stop at Grimoire though, but that’s a hope for another log.

All in all, Destiny 2 has blown me away with how much effort and time it put into its story. From beginning to end, I never wanted to stop, and that’s a drastic difference from the original Destiny. If you have no interest in Strikes, PvP, Raids, or reaching the highest level, there is still a great story for you to experience. Bungie, good job. You have done this Guardian proud. I will be diving deeper into the story in a spoiler log after everything is available for Destiny 2. If you are interested in discussing the details of the story, be on the lookout for that.

Mark Kriska is a journalist for Mammoth Gamers. He plays primarily on PlayStation but also plays on Xbox and Nintendo systems. Mark is an all around nerd and if he is not playing games he's watching sports, movies, or TV and if all else fails enjoying a nice book or comic.