A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Rewards teamwork and cooperation while fostering a friendly competitive atmosphere. But the story focuses on seeking revenge for the death of a friend and ally by the relentless and unhesitant hunting down and slaughtering of those responsible.
Positive Role Models
The protagonists solve all problems with guns and make light of dangerous situations. They debate whether or not to carry out an act of vengeance, not because they question the morality of it, but because they're not sure it's the best use of their time as Guardians.
Ease of Play
An accessible, intuitive interface makes it easy to begin playing, but success requires plenty of practice and -- in some modes -- a team of reliable, experienced teammates. New players will need to level up enough in the base game simply to access the new content.
Violence & Scariness
Players use futuristic guns, explosives, swords, bows, magic-like abilities to attack, kill a range of alien, robotic, and -- in player-versus-player combat -- human enemies from both first- and third-person perspectives. Spurts of black liquid/energy burst from some enemy bodies, and red blood occasionally splashes on the screen when the player's character is injured.
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The word "asshole" can be heard in spoken dialogue. Players can be exposed to inappropriate content through unmoderated chat.
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Products & Purchases
This is a paid expansion to Destiny 2, which is required to play.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Destiny 2: Forsaken is a paid expansion to Destiny 2, which can be played on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PCs, and the basic game is required to play. This is a first-person sci-fi shooter focused on gun, melee, and magical combat against a range of alien, robotic, and -- in competitive modes -- human enemies. The expansion's story is focused on carrying out vengeance for the death of a close friend and ally, with little discussion about whether or not eye-for-an-eye justice is the moral or proper response. Fights are accompanied by screeches of pain, spurts of black blood/energy from aliens and robots, and splashes of red blood that appear on the screen when a player-controlled character is injured. But the depiction of violence stops well short of showing more graphic content. Multiplayer modes demand cooperation and reward teamwork while fostering a welcoming atmosphere of friendly competitive play. Keep in mind that this is primarily a multiplayer game, and that kids will need to play with others to access some content and have a real chance of success in certain modes, potentially exposing them to inappropriate content through chat.
Is It Any Good?
If you were to rank the many pricey expansions Destiny and its sequel have had over the years, this one would be near the top. Destiny 2: Forsaken provides a wealth of content that gives players good reason to play for a couple more weeks or months to reach the newly raised level and power caps, now 50 and 600, respectively. The new missions and adventures lead players on hunts to take down a series of nine new memorable bosses, each with its own special abilities and tactics. One particularly gleeful mission even involves driving a Halo-style tank through hordes of swarming enemies toward the final target. Earning new gear -- like the surprisingly quick and extremely powerful Legendary bow -- and superpower abilities that can knock off a third of a boss's health in one blow are satisfying rewards for the time players put in. Forsaken plays it pretty safe for the most part -- there are no revolutionary changes to game systems or narrative direction -- but successfully delivers more of the frenetic, habit-forming action that series fans enjoy and expect.
A bigger change can be found in Gambit, a new multiplayer mode -- with its own collection of objectives, bounties, and rewards -- that combines elements of several popular genres of competitive modes ranging from MOBAs (multiplayer online battle arenas) to Gears of War's Horde-style play. Players experience the camaraderie of working as a team to take down waves of enemies as well as the competitive thrill of sending AI foes -- and sometimes even one of their own players -- to another team's map to sow destruction. It's fast-paced and a bit confusing to start, but once you get a sense of the teamwork and strategy required, it becomes deeply compelling. It's one of Destiny 2's best multiplayer modes to date. Taken alone, Gambit probably isn't enough to justify investing in Destiny 2: Forsaken, but add in the new campaign, gear, superpowers, and cooperative strikes, and you have a very worthwhile expansion that ought to satisfy most series veterans.
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