Review: Destiny: The Taken King (PS4)
Intro and Gameplay
Destiny. Haven’t heard of it? Well, you suck. Or you’re out of the gaming loop. Or you’ve clicked on the wrong link. Oh hi, welcome to our review. Year one of Destiny divided gamers more than any title as of late that I can recall. Why? I am sure there are several reasons but the hype and marketing surrounding the game was unprecedented. Also, the repetitive and sorry, super grindy nature of leveling turned a lot of people off, including me, this chick, right here. I’m going to fast forward to The Taken King because to be blunt, with year two, I don’t dislike this game anymore. In fact, I’m in love with it. Really, too much in love. Like obsessive. My personal hygiene is suffering (not like I am a poofy, high maintenance woman anyway) and my other review responsibilities are also being neglected. So, without ruining any surprises, let’s just say that Taken King is a huge improvement in all gameplay aspects. Yes, multiplayer is still absolutely unforgiving and definitely not for n00bs, more so than ever. If you were on the fence though before, with a special item, you can jump to level 25 to dive right into the expansion, so do it.
Let’s get straight to the point: Destiny has always been host to some serious eye candy. Even on our old review display, the PS4 version of the game was a sight to behold. All the new content in King is absolutely stellar if not better than the original. It never gets old seeing the loading screens.. ok.. it does but at least they are purty. Technically, there aren’t any huge advances but the new missions are beautiful. Once again, don't listen to me, check the gallery below for how gorgeous this game really is.
Audio wise, the biggest change was that of Ghost who’s gone from boringly robotic to interestingly and fittingly robotic (Thanks Nolan North!) Music, sound effects, and other voices are of course, top notch. That’s what you get when gamers buy all your games, DLC and addons like little crack fiends, you make millions and you live happily ever after. We all win with stunning audio production.
Should You Play?
In the end, I had pretty low expectations for Taken King. Sure, I was hopeful in the back of my little geeky mind but I figured it would be just more of the same and not much to write home about. If this is the future of the Destiny saga, series, whatever; I’m fully invested and you should be too. We reviewed the Ultimate Edition that comes with the base game,DLCs and Taken King. Whether you are starting new or a veteran of the series, Taken King is quite frankly, da bomb. So after all my yammering, the biggest question becomes: Should You Play? (tm) And the answer is a resounding YES!
In a very crowded shooter market, Destiny: The Taken King stands tall and really above the rest as it melds not only a stellar (though extremely unforgiving) multiplayer component, the RPG elements, the loot and especially the marked improvements of all the DLC, it simply rocks. Don't take my word for it, try it yourself. The graphics, sound, polish and overall feel just drips and oozes (gross) quality.
Digital Hippos Highly Recommended