THE TAKEN KING
a dark time for the Guardians. Although Crota has been destroyed,
Oryx’s dark armies have driven the Guardian forces from their Earth
base and pursued them across the galaxy...
FPSRPGMMO saga is rekindled with this compilation of two previously
released major expansions and this new one. So that would be three
major expansions then. The original Destiny – which has
been patched way beyond anything that it resembled when launched in
2014 - is also on-disc.
If you’re already a dedicated
Guardian recruit then buying at retail’s superfluous, but if you’ve
yet to have the pleasure then boy are you in for some action.
The original started with a bang, but many found the story
lacking. Through the expansions – in particular The Taken King
- the narrative becomes ever more “must-see” thanks to a hearty
injection of epic.
Some housekeeping’s also been done,
jettisoning that freeloader Peter Dinklage in favour of Ghost
narration by every gamer’s favourite person with a voice, Nolan
OK, so we’ve mentioned the glitzy stuff, but
improvements go beyond mere aesthetics. This release heralds a
rather massive (17GB, give or take) update that changes lots of core
stuff that many wished would change.
But... but... but... We
haven’t mentioned Nathan Fillion. He’s here, he’s Tower merchant
Cayde-6, and he’s ace!
OK, now to the meat and potatoes
In-game currency’s been simplified, killing off
Crucible and Vanguard Marks for all-encompassing Legendary ones.
There’re new sub-classes, maps, modes and a whole bunch of virgin
(we type presumptuously) enemies to flambé. The quest system’s been
rejigged and, crucially, the levelling system’s been revised, now
relying on experience. It’s also now easier to keep tabs on your
Ultimately, Destiny now has more character
and more immersion. If this package had been released as Destiny
2 eyelids wouldn’t have been batted. So, hail to The Taken