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Destiny 2: Forsaken Review (Xbox One)

Activision and Bungie have released the Forsaken expansion for Destiny 2.

The Destiny series has always done a great job of adding content to the franchise through innovative expansion sets that manage to bring a whole new era of replayability to the base game. Destiny 2: Forsaken brings a slew of new areas, loot and weapons alongside new enemies and raids. The new areas included in Forsaken are Tangled Shore and Dreaming City. The Tangled Shore is found between Mars and Jupiter in an asteroid belt and is completely breathtaking. Dreaming City looks just like the name describes, it has a very fantasy-style design, like something you might find in the Lord of the Rings series. To say it is exquisite would be an understatement.

Destiny 2: Forsaken tells a very dark story centered around revenge with new co-op missions, strikes and achievements. The new co-op activity involves the Drifter, an ancient wielder of the Light, who after a long absence arrives at the tower. The new co-op activity, Gambit, has two opposing Guardian fire teams racing to see who can get the most Motes and be the first to summon the Primeval to destroy.

With the Destiny 2: Forsaken campaign, you have all new enemies to take down that includes the latest addition, the Scorn. As you venture through the Prison of Elders, you will complete missions to unlock new areas like the Reef. You can now equip any weapon you like in your three slots as the expansion takes away weapon types while adding a new bow & arrow weapon with a level cap of 50. If that wasn't enough to get you hooked, then add on new super abilities for your characters alongside four immersive new strikes. You have the PS4 exclusive strike, Broodhold, alongside The Corrupted, Warden of Nothing, and the Hollowed Lair. The replayability value is off the map this time around with a ton of great content for your buck.

Forsaken is expected to get a ton of content drops from Bungie and so a brand new Annual Pass has been introduced for Destiny 2 in order to accommodate this. So gamers can expect a ton of great content to come once they have finished playing through the just released expansion set. Forsaken is a huge release and you can bet it will take you quite awhile to explore and enjoy everything that it has to offer. It has to be Bungie's biggest and most expansive release yet for Destiny 2.

Destiny 2: Forsaken tells its story through exquisite cutscenes that are just as dramatic as they are dark. After the death of Cayde-6, you find yourself amidst a prison break with Spider and Petra Venj. The game's fantastic voice acting draws you into the story and keeps you there until the very end. You chase down those responsible for Cayde's demise on action packed sidequests full of adventure. The six hour campaign gives you a dark ride all the way to Dreaming City, once unlocked, you can access new secrets, raids and bounties. The sandbox has been completely revamped in Destiny 2 and is especially noticeable during the Crucible gameplay. Within minutes of playing Forsaken, you are overcome with that feeling that most gamers felt when playing the game for the first time. It not only feels fresh and invigorating, but gives die hard fans everything that they have been wanting for years.

In the end, Destiny 2: Forsaken shines a light at the end of a dark tunnel revealing an expansion that has magically recaptured everything fans love about the series and more. Gamers have been waiting for a release like Forsaken for a long time and it manages to not only immerse the player once again fully into the world of Destiny but brings back that feeling you had when you first popped the game into your console or PC. Destiny 2: Forsaken might only be an expansion but it has managed to invigorate the whole series giving gamers back the passion that poured through them during their very first playthrough. You'd be insane not to pick up Forsaken!

Score: 9.5 out of 10
Reviewed for Xbox One

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