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‘Destiny: The Taken King’ adds reasons to continue playing, makes vanilla game feel like a beta

‘Destiny: The Taken King’ – from Bungie
Xbox One, Playstation 4
9 out of 10

By Jack McAuslan

“The Taken King” add on for “Destiny” is out and, despite it being just an add on, it is essentially “Destiny” 2.

The original “Destiny” was for sure a fun game to play with friends and it was pretty easy to get into.  

It was essentially a first person shooter mixed with a massive multiplayer game taking place all around our solar system, but it did have problems.

It’s main issue though was, despite the amazing gameplay and countless things to do every week, the story was just not there.

I hardly knew anything about the backstory and you really had to dig deep into “grimoir cards,” in-game information that can be found by completing certain tasks, just to understand a little bit of backstory.

This is where “The Taken King” shines—story.

The first cutscene to activate the massive add on contains more story than the entirety of year one “Destiny,” and this is hardly an exaggeration.

Another problem that year one “Destiny” had was the strike playlist.

Something that should be fun to play with two of your friends hardly gave any rewards and the bosses at the end of the fights were just bullet sponges.

Every “Taken King” strike, the Shield Brothers, S.A.B.E.R, and the Darkblade, is interesting in some way and the bosses are not boring and grey.

The Shield Brothers attack in different ways and in waves.

S.A.B.E.R is very well thought out and requires the players to have a good strategy.

The Darkblade is simply terrifying the first time you play it and is entertaining every time after.

Besides this, the new subclasses, Sunbreaker for titan, Stormcaller for warlock, and Nightstalker for hunter, are extremely powerful, useful in different situations, and are so much more entertaining.

I have used all three of them and they are more fun than any other super ability in “Destiny.”

The new raid, King’s Fall, does not disappoint either.

It is extremely challenging and extremely difficult to complete without a full group of six people.

It takes hours to complete and it will be frustrating, but completing it is one of the most rewarding things in a video game I have experienced.

“Destiny: The Taken King” improves “Destiny” in every way and provides a story and raid that do not disappoint.

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