Destiny 2‘S sunlight expansion as now was unavailable for a whole week. It did bad first impressionbut after the campaign she was much stronger. There’s a lot to appreciate between the disappointing story and the overall mixed bag new additions and confusing changes. Aside from the jovial cyborg surfer Nimbus, who I’m still incredibly torn with, here’s everything I love sunlight yet.
Grab, grab, grab
It was no secret that sunlight will introduce a new Strand grab ability that will allow Guardians to rotate, but I had no idea how good it would feel from moment to moment. Yes, the cooldown feels a little brutal, although you can ease some of the pain with the right build. But that really just underlines how fun it is to do what I wish I never stopped. Like the carefully calibrated acceleration arc of each thruster stroke, the grappling skill is like creating a small black hole on the map and then shooting a slingshot around it.
Sorcerer Strand’s Gestures
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Another important element of the Strand, at least for Warlocks, is Arcane Needles. You can hold up to three of these melee ability stacks at a time, and they throw little green darts at your enemies. The most satisfying part, however, is the detailed hand gestures that precede it. Other Destiny 2 melee attacks are like shooting a fireball Super Mario Bros. The Arcane Needle is like casting an ancient and mysterious spell over the universe.
With the Traveler gone, dark pyramids have taken over the earthly sky, and the Tower is full of new visitors. Yes, there’s more Eliksni and Cabal than ever before, but there’s also chicken. I have not yet discovered the reasons for this fact, but I will use my Guardian’s entire infinite life to defend it.
sunlightThe new patrol zone is a shiny, futuristic city called Noumena. It doesn’t quite live up to the hype of being a long-lost, bustling human colony. However, it is nice to look at them, especially when you look up. Bungie’s skyboxes are often second to none, and the view from the top of Noumena’s skyscrapers always stops me for a moment or two.
The soundtrack of the new expansion is really strong, going from a synthesizing sense of sci-fi discovery to triumphal marches that remix familiar Cabal battle songs. Just 20 seconds later, “CloudArk” is something I can’t get out of my head. A few simple notes move the background music for Noumena from conspiratorial to hopeful optimism and back again. It reminds me of my first step to the Presidium on mass effectCitadeland the overwhelming discovery of being a much smaller fish in a much larger pond.
Noumena can sometimes feel like a fuzzy swirl of neon turquoises, hot pinks and mint greens. This makes the occasional artwork that can be found on the sides of buildings that much more intriguing. The patrol zone is full of small unique icons, symbols and other visual decorations. My favorite is the giant mural of past Cloudstriders to the right of the initial landing area. Pop art’s homage to graffiti indicates a level of humanity and social exuberance that is rarely seen Destiny 2post-apocalyptic world.
Cloud Strider Figures
Each new expansion contains more collectibles and sunlight it is no different. This time, the 80s-inspired cyberpunk city has figurines scattered around in their original packaging. If only I could display them in the cockpit of my ship.
Destructible dressing kit
sunlight it has a giant computer power plant that enables all its citizens to live in the metauniverse. Pleasant to look at, and even more impressive in giant gunfights when things start to go wrong. Cracked LCD panels. Exploding equipment. It’s a minor effect that makes the action even more satisfying by translating a small portion of each alien’s super award-winning death animation into the surrounding environment.
I didn’t like the expansion’s main story campaign, but I loved these guys. The Headless Tormentors, mysterious abominations born of Calus’ biological experiments and newly forged alliance with the Darkness, all they want is to run to you and hug you to death. The survival horror behavior is a refreshing change of pace, as is the fact that while other bosses stomp to push you away from them, Tormentors will chase you to stay close. I hope the raid has them all over the room.
I’ve already mentioned how much I like the new grappling ability, but I also like what players have discovered while experimenting with it, such as the ability to lock onto each other and spin in your own little cosmic dance, or whip over giant chasms effortlessly.
The terrifying whispers of Nezarec
Years ago, the Nearec was just an old exotic helmet that alluded to a long-forgotten legend deep in the game’s lore pages. Now it is everywhere and more important than ever. Apparently, he is still alive and haunting Neomuna. You’ll hear strange whispers from time to time as you explore the city, but equip gear named after a former student of The Witness and you’ll hear him speaking directly to you about how he’s going to get out of his mental prison and how the world is doomed annihilation—the usual terrifying voices. This added a whole other dimension to the usual grind in the patrol zone.
It’s fucking awesome exotic. Part of the season pass is the Stasis Bow, which does decent precision damage when aiming down sights and can unleash multiple Stasis arrows when fired sideways from the hip. I don’t think I’ve ever used the Exotic season pass that much, and I don’t even run Stasis that often on my Warlock.
The disgraced Cabal Emperor has a new Pyramid ship that looks like a huge aircraft carrier. Always a narcissist, he even has a giant Calus face sculpt on the front. However, you may not have noticed that the eyes will follow you as you travel around Neomun. As indicated in Bungie sunlight Documentarythat’s basically it Destiny 2is the Mona Lisa.
Thrilladrome arcade game
Who would have thought the Neomunians were big players? By far the city’s best Lost Sector is the Thrilladrome, a multi-level arcade with a Vex portal at the end. It is full of tons of slot machines, crane games and even an esports lounge. “This was the highlight of Extreme E-Sports,” says an NPC named Sam. “What is this? Like… video games? your Spirit answers. “Extreme. Esports,” Sam fires back. Turns out nothing can kill bubble of professional players. You can even see some Vex trying to play Dance revolution.