After much anticipation, Bungie finally released Destiny 2 today on both Xbox One and PS4. It will also release on PC for the first time, but not until October 24th. So the big question is, is it worth waiting over another month to play Destiny 2 just to enjoy it on PC? The answer is yes and let me tell you why.
I am new to Destiny, I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until now and that’s because of all the harsh criticism it received upon initial release. Many thought that it unfulfilled promises and didn’t have enough story line to go with it. Over time, Destiny made improvements to the game and created a game that is beloved by gamers everywhere. However, it took a while to get there which is why I never ended up purchasing the game and moved on to other titles. But ever since Destiny 2 was announced, it showed promising gameplay and enticing graphics which had itching for the release.
In case you don’t know the obvious differences between Destiny 2 on console and on PC, I’ll list them here. The PC version offers an uncapped framerate while console can only do 30 fps. This is a big difference already, and it’s noticeable. The gameplay on PC is smooth and the gunplay is clean. And speaking of gunplay, another difference is that console provides gun recoil while PC does not. In an Interview with Finder, project lead Mark Noseworthy explains this decision saying “there’s no recoil on guns on PC because recoil on the controller feels really good. ‘I’m firing, I’m firing, I’m firing, oh, I’m losing control of my gun a little bit.’ That feels great, especially with magnetism and all the magic in the controller that makes you feel it. With a mouse and keyboard, you don’t want the mouse moving without you moving it, so recoil doesn’t feel good, so there is no recoil on PC”. In my opinion, I prefer the game without gun recoil which is another reason I have favored the PC version.
Now let you give you some details on my personal experience with the PC and console version. I started with the PC beta as my first time experiencing Destiny and I was not disappointed. The graphics were stunning and immersive and I really felt like I was a part of the game. The mouse and keyboard gameplay felt comfortable. However, I found the PC version a little more difficult to learn from. Today I rented the Xbox version of Destiny 2 to test out what it’s like on console and the tutorials were much easier to follow and I learned a lot more about the gameplay that I took me quite some time to figure out in the PC beta. However, gameplay with the controller felt clunky and stiff and it was something I didn’t enjoy at first but I did get the hang of after some time playing the game. But after a full day of playing on the Xbox, I decided to wait to purchase the game until it release on PC.
Your decision on which version to purchase really boils down to which platforms you have and which ones your friends are playing on, but if you’re having trouble deciding between PC and console then my recommendation is to go with PC. That is, if you can wait another month!