Destiny 2 is finally here, and either you or someone you know has been spending inordinate amounts of time slaying alien invaders and getting ready for the upcoming raids.
Looking to learn how to level up faster or find some better gear? You can discover all that and more with our helpful guide to Destiny 2. Happy hunting, Guardian!
Bungie. Great at first-person shooters, bad at platforming. But that didn't stop the developer from adding more than a few tricky jumps throughout the game, which lead to lots of cheap deaths due to the Destiny 2's floaty movement.
You can offset some of this by spending those first upgrade points on improving your jumping ability. Because it's one thing to die in the heat of battle, but quite another to bite the dust while trying to leap from one platform to another.
The worlds of Destiny 2 are bigger and even more beautiful than that of their predecessor. They're also filled with hostile alien factions looking to make every step your last. And while it's easy to get lost in the battle, take some time to stop and smell the intergalactic roses. Each of those planets has secret caches stowed away in the nooks and crannies just waiting to be discovered. You can also find some interesting items for your Ghost to scan that add more depth to the story and, depending on its shell, can help sniff out a secret cache or two.
Scattered throughout the many planets of Destiny, you'll see a large white marker scrawled on a random boulder or building. That means it's time to put on your explorer hat. Search around the area and you'll discover one of the game's many lost caves. These secret areas are typically chock-full of enemies, but once you kill the mini-boss you'll receive a cache key that will unlock a treasure chest that typically offers a weapon (rare or legendary), some glimmer and a reputation-boosting token.
There are so many loot crates hidden throughout Destiny 2, you'll be lucky if you find 10 percent of them. That is, of course, unless you purchase Cayde-6's well-detailed Scouting Reports and Treasure Maps, which detail the locations of all the secret goodies. Keep in mind you can purchase Treasure Maps only after you hit level 20, as they show the locations of more high-level equipment.
Part of the fun of Destiny 2 is the loot --The Fallen, Cabal and Taken are really just little loot pinatas waiting to drop all types of cool gear. So why spend your hard-earned glimmer on guns and armor that you're probably going to find on the battlefield, anyway? This goes double for common items. However, the shops are worth a look once legendary items become available, if for no other reason than to buy them and distill them into another weapon. But until then, save your glimmer.
Yeah, I know. You're the lone-wolf type, but playing with others can be fun and beneficial. The randomly generated Public Events are a great way to get large amounts of experience points in one sitting while grabbing some good loot. Also, it's the only way to unlock your subclasses. So when that massive enemy communications hub drops from the sky, get ready to blast it with your fellow Guardians.
Just like Destiny 1, you can swap out gear as soon as it pops out of an enemy carcass. When you get to a quiet, enemy-free spot on a mission, take a few minutes to check your inventory. After punching through several waves of hostiles, you're bound to have picked up a piece of gear that's better than your current loadout. And who doesn't need an extra boost of power before your next boss battle?