After 5 hours with ‘Destiny 2,’ the most-anticipated game of 2017, I’m anxious to play more

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The first “Destiny” game, for me, is associated with deep disappointment.

As a long-time “Halo” fan, I was excited to be there for the launch of the next big series from Bungie Studios. The beloved studio even entered into a 10-year deal with mega-publisher Activision, ensuring that its next big franchise would be exactly that: big.

Expectations were high and, after a series of chances to play early versions of the game ahead of launch, I was cautiously optimistic. “The shooting is fun!” I said to myself. “Assuredly the story is just bare bones because I’m playing a beta version of the final game; there must be other areas to explore that are bursting with life.”

Obviously I was wrong.

When the original “Destiny” launched three years ago, it felt rushed and messy. The story was incoherent, its world was small and empty, and enemy encounters were cookie-cutter — my interest in continuing to play fell off a cliff around halfway through.

On Wednesday, “Destiny 2” arrives. In my brief time with it thus far, “Destiny 2” seems like a vast improvement.

After spending around five hours with it, I have a very different reaction than I did last time: hope.

It is — dare I say it — a beautiful, thoughtfully designed, well-paced game. At least so far.

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Allow me to be clear that this isn’t a review of “Destiny 2.” It’s a large game and I’ve only spent five-ish hours playing it (as of this writing) on PlayStation 4.

Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Destiny 2,” including story and gameplay.

It probably goes without saying, but I’m going to speak explicitly about the first few hours of “Destiny 2” — beyond where the beta’s intro mission ended. If you don’t want any of that spoiled, turn back!

In “Destiny 2,” you’re facing a new foe named Ghaul. He’s got a real Alexander the Great vibe about him. If you played the beta for “Destiny 2,” you already met him at the end of the intro mission.

Ghaul isn’t a particularly complex enemy — he wants to be the emperor of the stars. He’s come to Earth to take control of “The Traveler” (the orb that usually floats above Earth in “Destiny”). And by the end of the introduction, he’s well on his way to doing that.

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Source:: Business Insider

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