Destiny 2 PC Beta Impressions

Before I begin with my impressions, let me start by explaining that I am an avid destiny player. There are certainly many players far more dedicated to the game than I but I have over 1200 hours into the franchise across all of the expansions. I started playing Destiny on day one back in 2014 simply because I didn’t have anything else to play until AC Unity and DragonAge Inquisition came out that year. I even played the Destiny beta and wasn’t overly impressed.

You’d think that if my early impressions of the game were so low I would have stepped away immediately after the poor excuse for a story/lack of a story and bare bones end game experience. Somehow that wasn’t the case and I didn’t even play pvp at first as my few attempts had left me with a poor taste in my mouth due to getting “owned”. Eventually I decided to “git gud” and jump back in to the Crucible but that’s besides the point. There was something about Destiny, even in its early days, that gripped me and I think it comes down to a few things. First and foremost, friendships and community. The Destiny community is an outstanding group of people and I had friends who played this game. Hence, I found myself coming back on a daily basis to interact with friends and enjoy the game together. Second, the gun-play is straight up fun as can be. It’s simple, you point and shoot and enjoy it every time. For me it was the perfect mix of Halo and COD.

Third, raiding. Eventually the time came to attempt the raid. My first attempt was several weeks after the initial release of the raid and it took a lot to organize a group of 6 adult men, most married with children, to get together and play a video game for 4-5 hours straight. We had one or two who had experienced the raid previously and these people certainly helped us along the way. I found the experience to be addictive and an adrenaline rush. While I wasn’t able to get a group of friends to regularly raid, I loved the chances I had to do so. When I got my drop for Vision of Confluence, I immediately fell in love. That gun rarely left my primary slot throughout all of year one pve.

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Now that my back story is out of the way, I will get into why I loved the PC beta so much. I can definitively say it is a better version of the game than the console version. I played the beta on Xbox One last month and thoroughly enjoyed it. The PC beta made some adjustments from the console beta but that isn’t why I preferred it. It simple comes down to the fact that I love high quality visuals. One of my reasons for playing video games has always been for the visuals. I have loved the journey over the past two decades of gaming that has seen massive improvements. I remember when I though Final Fantasy VII was a great looking game and now we have games like The Witcher 3, Horizon: Zero Dawn and more. Destiny 2 isn’t even really on the same level as those games but playing my favorite shooter in 60+ frames per second cannot be understated. It felt smooth and satisfying to melt competitors in the crucible in such high graphics and frame rate. My rig is only a mid level PC but it felt so much better than my day one Xbox One did.

I’ve been a console gamer all my life and recently adopted PC in the last year so keyboard and mouse is a hard switch for me. Even still, I determined to play exclusively on mouse and keyboard. I had some foul ups but overall, I loved pointing my mouse over the head of a fellow guardian and seeing their health tick away until I defeated them. Likewise, I watched as I was helplessly killed while trying to realign my fingers on the right keys but oh well. It’s a learning curve but one I am willing to dedicate myself to as I know it will make my PC Destiny experience all that much better.

I admit that it is simple. Destiny 2 is better on PC for two reasons. One, the pure fact that it is a better visual experience. 60 FPS is the new standard for shooters and PC is the only place where that is possible. Two, and this is more valid, a smoother interaction with the interface. On the Xbox One beta, I was constantly kicked from my menu when entering a crucible match, leaving a match and other scenarios. This was also present in the original Destiny but I expected it to be fixed since the game is only for current generation consoles. Unfortunately it wasn’t fixed. Perhaps this was a beta issue and the full game will be better in this regard for consoles but it was not an issue on PC. I could look at the specs of my character, mess with load outs, check my settings, tweak graphics and more without being booted from my screen when exiting or entering a match. This simple quality of life improvement solidified my desire to main PC. Getting rid of that annoyance and adding 60+ FPS are enough to tear me away from my friends on Xbox and excite me enough to find a new crowd to raid with.

Destiny 2 releases on September 6 for Xbox One and PS4 to the great excitement of millions of fans around the world. I intend to join my fellow fans on day one on my Xbox as well until the PC version releases on October 24. I’m ready to kick Ghaul’s alien horde into the ground, push the Red Legion back and gain back the light!

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From the makers of the acclaimed hit game Destiny, comes the much-anticipated FPS sequel that takes you on an epic journey across the solar system. Humanity’s last safe city has fallen to an overwhelming invasion force, led by Ghaul, the imposing commander of the brutal Red Legion. He has stripped the city’s Guardians of their power, and forced the survivors to flee. You will venture to mysterious, unexplored worlds of our solar system to discover an arsenal of weapons and devastating new combat abilities. To defeat the Red Legion and confront Ghaul, you must reunite humanity’s scattered heroes, stand together, and fight back to reclaim our home.

For more video game news, check out Xbox One X: Defying Expectations and Final Fantasy XV Coming to PC.

 

 

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