We’re entering year 2 along Destiny 2’s roadmap, which now includes the latest expansion, Forsaken. Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection includes the base game as well as the first two expansions, Curse of Osiris and Warmind, and the newest expansion, Forsaken. Just like the original Destiny, this expansion is looking to redeem the series after several missteps and complaints from the community.
Forsaken is the biggest expansion since Destiny 2 launched last September. It’s also the best expansion. This is due to the amount of work the developers put in to it to bring new players and old Guardians alike. Additionally, they added the highly addicting Gambit mode and added an impressive story that includes the loss of fan favourite Cayde-6.
Though many are still wondering if there enough content for gamers who left Destiny 2 to jump back in? What about those thinking about diving in for the first time?
Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection Details
A legendary Hunter dies
Bungie revealed that Forsaken would center around the death of Cayde-6. They weren’t lying, the game begins with a bang as you escape the Prison of Elders. Set around the Reef from The Taken King, players take revenge against Uldren Sov, the brother of Mara Sov, the Queen of the Reef.
In terms on content, this expansion is like The Taken King. It brings the series once again back onto track and righting the many wrongs of the earlier expansions. The new main hub is called The Tangled Shore.
And, while its not massive, it is a decent size with lots of things to do. Known as a lawless wasteland, there are droves of Fallen and Scorn spread through out the land. Within the Tangled Shore, you’ll meet several strong Fallen called Barons. The social area is called The Dreaming City, a location set on the Reef.
New weapons, gear and super powers
Forsaken brings gameplay changes to the existing Destiny formula. Bungie introduced a bow as a new weapon class. It fires slow, but packs a wallop when it connects with it’s target. There’s also new gear to unlock, new weapon buffs and new supers for each subclass.
Unlocking supers is done through a new path, and by collecting Visions of Light, a new item in-game, and a Seed of Light. By progressing through the campaign, you collect the Visions of Light, until eventually finding a Seed of Light—this unlocks one of the new Supers. In an added update prior to Forsaken launching, Bungie reworked how the new weapon slot worked and introduced a perk roll system.
Weapons in Forsaken are still divided into three categories: kinetic, energy, and power. Though they are now considered property of the weapon instead of being chained to the weapon slot. Also, weapons are categorized not by their weapon types, but by their damage output.
Furthermore, weapons now receive random rolls, giving weapons a number of random perks. And, by dismantling weapons you can keep the perk as a mod to add to another weapon. Gone are Rare modes leaving only Legendary mods, but they are much more powerful, making them worth having.
When looking at the graphics of Destiny 2, which launched last September, and Forsaken—I immediately noticed improvements. Bungie has tweaked minor things here and there that now make every location feel lived in. The environments look better and particle effects are more realistic.
I’ve always been a fan of the game’s designs and levels, so seeing the developers fine-tune their levels with each expansion is a nice touch.
An all-new multiplayer 4v4 mode
Bungie has included a new multiplayer mode in Forsaken called Gambit. This mode mixes up PvE and PvP as you form two teams that compete against each other. It’s a race to see who can take out the most enemies first before moving on to a boss at the end, while facing off against each other.
Also, each side needs to build up a supply of motes. By building up your stash, your team can send an enemy to drop in on the other team’s arena, which is called a blocker. The blocker prevents the other team from collecting motes until it is defeated, leaving the other side to bank as many motes as they can.
The round ends when a powerful enemy known as a Primeval appears in your arena, leaving it up to your team to defeat it to win. I spent a fair amount of time with Gambit mode and loved it. I enjoyed the largely co-operative PvE elements and being able to invade the opposing team’s arena. It’s an entirely new way to play a familiar game. I hope to see Bungie improve the mode by adding more maps and more elements to the gameplay.
Does Forsaken make it worth your while to jump back into Destiny 2 or jump in for the first time?
Above all, Destiny 2: Forsaken Legendary Collection shakes up the franchise’s formula and as a result offers the best version to date. Bungie has listened to their fans and as a result made changes that make the game feel fresh and new.
They have added a lawless frontier to explore, a new beautiful city to get lost in, new powers for each class, a new raid, and an exciting new multiplayer mode that combines the best of PvE and PvP.
Whether you are a long time fan of the franchise or looking to jump in the first time, I can’t think of a better place to do so than with Destiny 2: The Forsaken Collection.
+Loads of new content
+Great revenge story
+New locations are fun to explore
+Gambit mode is fantastic
-No new Crucible add-ons
OVERALL ASSESSMENT OF DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN LEGENDARY COLLECTION
Lasting Appeal/Replayability: 4/5
Overall Rating 4/5 (80%)
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