When I was first introduced to the traveler and the guardians of light, it was on console. When I first started playing, and within the opening sections of the game, I knew Destiny belonged on a PC.
This has been a long time coming, and now that it has found its still-controversial presence on Battlenet, Destiny 2 feels more at home than its predecessor ever did on console.
Of course, this is just the beta, and most features are locked, but whatever we are granted is enough to justify the switch to PC, regardless of what Luke Smith is promising you as rewards for playing D2 on the same console you played Destiny on.
Let’s start with the basics. The same classes are making a comeback (Yay? Boo?) but their sub classes have been altered (Yay!). In fact, in more ways than one, Destiny 2 feels more like Destiny+, or the game Destiny originally set out to be, which is still a good thing, but if you weren’t a fan of the first one, you probably won’t be converted.
If there is one reason for you to play Destiny 2 on PC it would be for the sublime 60fps. Would we ideally want it to be uncapped? Absolutely, but when you compare it to the paltry 30fps that the consoles are being limited to, there is no contest.
I played the beta on PS4, but after experiencing it with a mouse/keyboard setup, there is no turning back. The precision that a mouse offers over the tank controls of a controller is sublime.
Of course the caveat of choosing to play a game on PC is sorting out your output performance and balancing the graphics and gameplay fidelity. Consoles have it easy: insert disc, load game, work out sensitivity, and you’re good. Game stuttering? It must be frame drops or a faulty connection, it’s cool. On PC, however: install game, micro-manage video settings, confirm mapping of keys and remap, launch the game. Game stuttering? Are my settings too high? Is my CPU overworked? Am I downloading files in the background? Do I require a debugging? Do I have the latest drivers installed?
That said, the beta may be worth checking out just to see how well your computer runs the game. Nothing is as good of a test as simply booting up the game for yourself, but Bungie recommends that you have at least an Intel Core i5-2400 or AMD Ryzen R5 1600X. For GPUs, meanwhile, the studio suggests an Nvidia GTX 970 or an AMD Radeon R9 390. 8 GB of RAM is recommended, too.
Needless to say, AAA PC gaming is a hassle, but the results are always worth it. Destiny 2 is no exception. The visuals are stunning, the gameplay is seamless and that 60fps is a godsend.
Bundled with the beta is a strike, The Inverted Spire, and access to the crucible, much like its console counterparts, except for the addition of one more crucible map, Javelin-4. During the console beta, The Farm, Destiny 2’s social hub, was made available for a very short time, but it doesn’t seem that PC players will get that opportunity.
We can’t wait to get our hands on the full release on October 24.
Destiny 2 is available for PC [reviewed], PS4, Xbox One. A beta review code was made available to us via Activision.