Destiny 2 Review (PC)

Destiny 2

Destiny 2’s arrival on PC marks Bungie’s return to the platform after well over a decade. The shared world shooter has been available on the PS4 and Xbox One since September. In order to get a rundown on Destiny 2’s core experience, head over to our review for the console versions. In several ways, the PC version feels like a different experience altogether.

When it comes to first-person shooters, the mouse and keyboard combination is always the ideal input device owing to its precise aiming and quicker camera control. Bungie has made a strong case for console shooters in the past, and its games have indeed felt really good to play with a controller thanks to a well-tuned approach to recoil and aim assist. With Destiny 2 now on PC, the studio has successfully managed to bring the feel of its shooter over to the platform.

Coupled with a stable frame rate of 60 frames per second (or 120fps, if your system can manage), the mouse and keyboard controls provide a level of control and accuracy not seen on the console versions. Moreover, the game feels a lot more fluid and responsive in general, owing to higher refresh rates. The recoil in effect on consoles simply would not have worked with the mouse, so Bungie went back to the drawing board and modified it to best suit the more precise input device.

Additional options in settings menu that enhance the quality of life for the average player include the field of view slider. Once you get used to the broader view with more visibility, it becomes nearly impossible to go back to the narrower console field of view setting. There’s something special about being able to see more of the Destiny 2’s beautiful environments in a single camera instance.

Key bindings are fully customizable, so if you end up displeased with the default ones, you’re free to alter things to your liking. Switching between the kinetic, energy, and power weapons has never been easier, as you can directly switch to the one you want with a single key as opposed to cycling holding the weapon switch button to bring up power weapons on the PS4 and Xbox One controllers.

Inventory management in the Destiny series has never been as easy it is now on PC. With the ability to move your cursor much faster using a mouse, you’ll find yourself infusing useful gear and dismantling useless ones much faster here. Similarly, going through your library of shaders also feels easier.

With respect to graphical enhancements, being able to play the game at much higher resolutions yields greater visibility of detail. Moreover, increasing level of detail via character, environmental, and foliage detail distance settings further enhances visibility for distant geometry. This, in effect, makes it easier for you to spot and target enemies from a distance in, say, a PvP match. Additionally, those sporting a 21:9 display can also benefit from native support.

Those who prefer to play with a controller can do so at any time during gameplay. Doing so automatically adjusts the recoil and adds aim assist on-the-fly. The latter can present some problems, however, as you can continue to play with the mouse and keyboard and reap the advantage of aim assist, which isn’t applied on the standard mouse and keyboard settings. This can be a major concern for players, who may see it as a cheat system built right into the game.

With its MMO hooks and considering the fact that it is an FPS, the Destiny series theoretically seemed like a best fit for the PC platform ever since the first game launched on consoles. With the sequel now on PC, this theory has been realized beautifully, as this version doesn’t feel like a port. Rather, it benefits from all of the platform’s strengths and delivers a fulfilling experience for PC players.

Destiny 2 Review (PC)

Game Reviewed on: PC

Game description: Destiny 2 is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision.

Summary

Destiny 2's MMO hooks and solid FPS gameplay make it an ideal candidate for the PC platform. The PC version delivers in spaces by taking advantage of the platform’s strengths and delivering a fulfilling experience for PC players.

8.5/10

Muhammad Ali Bari

Reviews Editor at GearNuke

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