Destiny: The Taken King Review
Destiny: The Taken King Box Art
System: Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3
Dev: Bungie
Pub: Activision
Release: September 15, 2015
Players: Massively Multiplayer
Screen Resolution: 480p-1080i Animated Blood, Violence

PvP players have a fair bit to look forward to, with eight new PvP maps and the new Rift and Mayhem PvP modes. Rift matches, which are basically capture the flag games, work best on larger maps, while Mayhem caters to players who want maximum carnage in their PvP. My favorite new PvP map is Memento, set in a gorgeous fallen European city with tons of hidden nooks that serve well as sniper nests. Though I admit to not being a huge PvPer myself, it seems like the new subclasses should help PvP balance a bit, with the Stormcaller and the Titan able to match the Gunslinger’s massive damage Supers.

Will all players love everything about The Taken King? There are certainly elements to the expansion that will make some folks cranky. All that hard-earned raid gear will be replaced pretty quickly, if not by early greens, than certainly by blues found in the latter part of the story campaign. Some players will love having new gear goals to meet, while others will feel that their hard (former) endgame work has been too quickly invalidated. Anybody looking for a huge narrative step forward will also be disappointed. The quest log does help tell a more coherent story, but the tale of Oryx is hardly Shakespeare. He lends himself well to in-game moments of creepiness and panic, but narratively he’s little more than one more powerful bad guy you have to kill.

Destiny: The Taken King Screenshot

Overall, though, Destiny: The Taken King is a love letter to Destiny fans and an apology to critics who felt let down by previous expansions. Systemically, this is the game Destiny should have been from the beginning. Content-wise, it lives up to the hype, with huge additions to solo, group, and PvP gameplay. I strongly encourage anybody who has ever enjoyed Destiny to give this expansion a look, and I encourage newcomers to take this opportunity to jump into the game. Destiny: The Taken King is fun to play and irons out the rough edges that poked at the game during its first year.

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Providing that the upcoming raid is strong and we see good support and content-rich expansion during Destiny’s second year, we could see this MMO-shooter go from a game beloved by a dedicated core of fans to one that excites the mass market for years to come. It got this RPG fanatic invested in a shooter for the first time since Hexen, and it might just hook you, too.

By
Becky Cunningham
Site Editor
Date: September 15, 2015

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
5.0
Graphics
Destiny is as gorgeous as ever, and Bungie continues its mastery of using graphical effects to set the mood.
4.5
Control
Simple, fluid controls keep your focus on the action, and the new sub-classes feature mechanics that are fun to use.
4.5
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Strong voice acting is front and center during the story campaign, complementing the excellent score.
4.5
Play Value
There’s a lot of new content in all areas of the game, and it’s more accessible than ever thanks to the quest log and simplified progression mechanics.
4.5
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend below for a final score breakdown.
Review Rating Legend
0.1 - 1.9 = Avoid 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 3.5 - 3.9 = Good 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair 4.0 - 4.4 = Great 5.0 = The Best

Game Features:

  • Powerful New Abilities - To battle back the Darkness and the Taken army, players will get brand new subclasses with new supers. Warlocks will now harness the power of an electric storm, Hunters will carve a bow formed from gravitational void energy, and Titans will summon a flaming hammer that can sear their adversaries from a range or deliver a devastating melee impact.
  • New Campaign - A massive Hive Dreadnaught ship looms in the rings of Saturn. Oryx, The Taken King, has arrived in our solar system, bringing with him a corrupted army to exact revenge on the Guardians who destroyed his son Crota, and to consume our worlds. Arm yourself with newfound abilities, weapons, and gear. Defeat the Taken hordes. Make your way aboard the Dreadnaught, and face Oryx himself within his inner sanctum.
  • New Locations - The amazing Destiny universe continues to expand - Infiltrate a Cabal base on Phobos, and establish a beachhead on Oryx's flagship - the Dreadnaught - a mysterious, loot-filled fortress. Charge into the Crucible where all-new competitive multiplayer maps await you and your Fireteam.
  • Level Cap Increased and All-New Gear - Fill your arsenal with brand new weapons and armor. Find and collect new, powerful Exotics while continuing to level up in the Destiny universe.
  • New Activities - Adventure through new Strikes featuring powerful bosses, follow more questlines that lead to powerful, new gear and brave the next major Raid to test six-player Fireteams.

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