Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Review


Destiny 2: Shadowkeep reviewed on Xbox One X by Travis Northup. Also available on PlayStation 4 and PC.


  1. A tad higher than what Iโ€™d give it but mostly spot on. Story was nonexistent other than the pyramid ship. The armor affinity system needs to go. Itโ€™s just there to make you grind more needlessly. Vex offensive like you said is nothing special. Thereโ€™s only 3 PVE armor sets which is extremely disappointing and thereโ€™s not many new weapons either. Overall a pretty small and disappointing expansion

  2. If it hasnโ€™t ended maybe you shouldnโ€™t review it early.. Wait for the 4 seasons to end and do a complete review rather than doing one each season.

  3. Old location, reskinned enemies, only a handful of new exotics and gear/weapon sets. Nothing new at all. But some great changes to ui, more rpg elements and overall a pretty great game for new players to jump into. Hardcore fans have nothing new to fight and grind for other than a higher power level on their character. Very disappointing but a step in the right direction, Destiny 3 could be something great

  4. I think Shadowkeep is one of the best expansions to ever come to Destiny and itโ€™s mostly due to Activision being gone. I enjoyed the campaign for the most part other than the abrupt ending and the new armor system pvp and pve changes are very nice. Plus with New Light its soo much easier to hop in now for new players. I think that this is the best place that the franchise has ever been and itโ€™s only looking better from here

  5. I have a feeling that over the course of the next year with the new seasons we are gonna learn a lot more about the pyramid and the veil (supposed name of the race that is coming for us on the pyramid ships)

  6. Too early to review the content. You claim that it has nice setup for stuff to come, but Shadowkeep is a persistent yet also changing world state for the game. There are mainstays and things that will change over the course of the season. To review it this early is basically like reviewing a meal at a restaurant when all you've done is received the drink you asked for… comes with your visit.

  7. If you are a true destiny fan then you'd know that this whole dlc is just setting up the darkness and the pyramids finally coming into play, bungie did say they wanted to spread out the content more which they are doing but ign will be ign and ignore all that because why not

  8. Destiny 2 is the best game this generation…it had grown so much and it is soooooo deep and yet can be soooooo simple…it has something for everyone….me personally I have played this game more than any other game this generation and that is says alot…
    Yes best game for me this generation…even better than GOW…the simple reason is replayability…..

  9. >Earn minimal rewards from Vex Offensive
    But it's one of the most rewarding instanced activities yet by virtue of guaranteed legendaries each stage?

  10. this is a HORRIBLE review. How could you address the fact that this expansion is geared towards the dedicated Destiny player base, whom all have grinded for every piece of gear they've got since Destiny 1, to complaining about how monotonous the grind in this expansion is?? We KNOW what we're getting ourselves into, and there is a TON of gear that drops for every run of Vex Offensive. Sure, the campaign's story might not be too great, but that's not what we're after here. There's a crap ton of content to playthrough in Shadowkeep, and you didn't even mention the fact that it INCLUDES the season pass for FREE which will release 3 waves of DLC throughout the year which will keep things fresh. I've played nearly nonstop since release and still have a ton of exotic quests to finish, and if that ever gets boring then there's a gajillion other activities to do (Strikes, PvP, Gambit, Menagerie, Reckoning, Raids, Nightfalls)

  11. Yeah, l'll wait until that storied setup content drops and blows me away before I buy anything else from Bungie. The grind ain't my gig and with how Bungie has been retconning the past story I've no interest in investing my time in a story that'll be rewritten in Destiny 3

  12. Thereโ€™s literal lies in this review. You should really leave the review to people who get Destiny. This expansion is fantastic. The story is deep and alluring and should be an actual 9. The vex Offensive drops a ton of loot! And can be very fun. Although I do agree could use some variance. The menagerie was better tbh.

  13. As a new player, I loved the new DLC. Reminds me of Halo. Now the only thing I wish Destiny 2 had was vast open worlds instead of smaller hub worlds. Anyway, I'm still loving the gunplay and the grind to get better gear and weapons.

  14. Can't say I agree with this review. The content that is there is fun. There is a massive amount of content for new people to explore. Destiny always starts out slow every expansion but it ends up being a great ride in the end.

  15. As far as sandbox changes for Destiny 2 they needed to happen. While certain weapon archetypes become too dominant others now have a chance at becoming viable for both pve and pvp. As for the review itself i feel as though a lot of things were overlooked in this expansion and frankly it improved a lot from Forsaken too. For me this expansion is a 8.5/10 at the most.

  16. It's odd to me to hear a reviewer gripe so much about grinding in Destiny. I'd recommend that anyone who doesn't like grinding stay far away from D2. Yes, the ShadowKeep campaign is short but this is something that will play out over the course of this season. Even so, I play about 2 hours every night and still find plenty to do. I've enjoyed Vex Offensive and I disagree with the reviewer's take on the rewards you receive from playing. I've gotten a bunch of gear from playing.

    That being said, the gear is repetitive but that allows the opportunity to obtain several different rolls. I'm not sure what the point is of Ikora's Vex Challenge Seed bounties though because Offensive drops the same gear without having to fulfill the terms of a bounty.

    There are so many new things that came along with SK and many new things yet to be revealed and released as part of the purchase. I don't love all of it but even being back on the moon feels GREAT!!

    Anyways, those are my main disagreements with the review. And while my perspective is different, I still appreciate the reviewer for giving their view of SK. I don't mean to bash on anything, just giving my take.

  17. This game is garbage. Reskinned raid armor, reskinned harpy boss fight from D1 vex strike and reused location. You D2 players are a bunch of hopeless losers.

  18. This dude doesnt know what hes talking about. There are many ways for you to earn powerful gear. Hell after the first week some players were getting close to 940 power or more. Its all about playing it smart

  19. Its weird how as soon as Activision left, people started praising this game when it still releases content that are shallow and have most of the same problems that plagued destiny as a whole.

  20. 1:32 is literally describing every Destiny DLC besides Forsaken. Donโ€™t know why Bungie keeps ending the story at the peak of the rising action, then using Lore to finish it. Honestly itโ€™s a really toxic practice and a shitty cop out for them, but you wonโ€™t hear the lore community complain because those betas get off on anything storywise regardless of if it makes sense or not

  21. I don't think the person that made the review understands Destiny…. I have been a destiny player since the first year of Destiny 1 and the way he described the grind, as repetitive and boring, is kind of wrong. The grind is repetitive yes, but it's not boring, the people that play destiny, like myself, actually enjoy the grind, the best thing about the game is its gameplay. The story, the loot, the visuals, they are all great, but the reason I and a lot of other players return to Destiny again and again is because of its addictive gameplay. I like killing the same boss again and again because I can see how easier it becomes as I get stronger, I can try different gear to see what is the best one for each encounter and I can defeat stronger enemies that will give me stronger gear to the defeat stronger enemies and so on and so on…. Plus doing all that with your friends is the best. You see, the difference between destiny and, lets say cod, is that you don't need to be focused all the time, you don't need to communicate about what you are doing all the time (like you would do in a competitive match in Rainbow 6 for example) you can relax and talk about your day or other things that consern you while killing hundreds and hundreds of vex goblins in your game. And if you desire a challenge, you can try to beat a raid or a competitive crucible match, in which you will need to communicate about the game.


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