Destiny 2: Beyond Light

Game review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Online expansion encourages teamwork and cooperation.

Parents say

age 9+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 6 reviews

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Positive Messages

Online play rewards teamwork and cooperation as well as friendly competition. Players are encouraged to find groups of friends with whom to play to take on tougher missions, such as raids. But play revolves around tense and frenetic action that glorifies deadly weapons.

Positive Role Models

The player's customizable Guardian is fighting for the survival of the human race and is clearly framed as a hero, though their only means of protecting humanity seems to be to kill or destroy all threats.  

Ease of Play

Returning players should fall back into the swing of things swiftly. But new players could be confused by the game's sprawling lore, complex loot, and upgrade systems. The only way to become comfortable with these elements is to put in the time required to gradually learn about them through play, including reading lengthy text explanations.

Violence

Players engage in first-person sci-fi combat using an arsenal of energy, kinetic, explosive, and melee weapons. Enemies -- a mix of aliens, machines, and, in competitive play, other humans -- typically yelp in pain, fall to the ground, and disappear when defeated. Red blood occasionally appears to stain the screen when the player's character is hit, and some aliens bleed a blackish liquid.

Sex
Language

Spoken dialogue contains the word "a--hole." Online play is unmoderated, which could expose players to all kinds of inappropriate content.

Consumerism

Players who purchase only the base game will be nudged to upgrade to a "deluxe" edition to access additional content and season passes. Players can also spend real money on cosmetic upgrades. This is the latest chapter in the Destiny franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know Destiny 2: Beyond Light is the latest downloadable expansion within Bungie's popular sci-fi first-person shooter series for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbos Series X/S, Google Stadia, and Windows PCs. Missions revolve around constant and intense action, as players wield an enormous arsenal of kinetic, energy, and explosive weapons in futuristic firefights against various aliens and machines. Enemies yell out in pain and disappear when defeated, sometimes accompanies by splashes of black blood. The player's customizable Guardian fights to protect humanity and is regarded as a hero, though their only means of solving problems seems to be to spectacularly destroy or kill anything that gets in their way. Much of the game's designed to encourage cooperation and teamwork -- especially when playing with friends -- while other parts foster friendly competition. Families should note that players new to the Destiny experience may find the game's convoluted story and complicated loot and upgrade systems difficult to understand. While online gameplay is unmoderated, which could expose players to inappropriate content, "a--hole" can be heard in dialogue.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLemonandlimes February 3, 2021

Not as bad as you think

Ok so I let my 7 yr old play this it’s not that bad really no swearing at all says a hole once or twice but that’s it
violence is like Star Wars or Jurassic pa... Continue reading
Adult Written byBob Kamson December 10, 2020
Teen, 16 years old Written byB-RexTheT-Rex May 3, 2021

Bungie will be Bungie I guess

Bungie routinely disappoints me. The company I once idolized for bringing the world Halo is now nothing more than a money hungry shell of its former self. Desti... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byJade-Smamurai April 5, 2021

Overall Great Game

Ive been playing Destiny for about 3-ish years an I love it. The power grind is takes time and commitment. PVP is a little toxic with max power players steamrol... Continue reading

What's it about?

DESTINY 2: BEYOND LIGHT takes the Guardians' fight to save future Earth to the icy Jovian satellite Europa. Players descend on the storm-ridden moon aiming to help a four-armed alien save his people from a new villain, Eramis, who has discovered the dark power of Stasis, an ability that freezes movement at an atomic level. Angered at how her people have suffered and fearing for their long-term survival, she plans to use her newfound power to destroy the Traveler -- the giant floating orb above the Last City -- and in the process, doom all that it protects. As a Guardian, your job is to thwart her plans by engaging in a series of missions that will take you across the cold surface ruins and into the interior of the moon. As always, you'll want to keep an eye out to collect as much loot -- weapons, armor, collectibles, and currencies -- as you can along the way to augment your strength and abilities. You'll also have the opportunity to wield the power of Stasis, even though it's a facet of the Darkness, the antithesis of Light, the power from which your Guardian draws strength. And, of course, you'll also have opportunity to engage in new co-op strike missions, a difficult new raid mission (yet to be released at the time of this writing), and try new maps in the competitive Crucible arena.

Is it any good?

It's a tricky question whether new players will grasp all of this expansion's convoluted lore, complex and evolving loot systems, and focus on playing with friends. Destiny 2: Beyond Light drops players straight into the deep end by simply assuming they're familiar with key events, places, and characters -- like poor, Cayde-6, a much-loved Destiny personality now dead and gone, yet still referenced in this story. Rookies will have loads of catching up to do. That said, it's very possible to just ignore the narrative, since most campaign objectives can be achieved simply by travelling to map markers and killing everything you find there. As you do this, you'll gradually come to figure how to upgrade the weapons and gear you find, and how to complete steps in the seemingly endless quests and bounties you'll inevitably take on in order to speed progress. Hopefully, you'll also run into some nice players along the way with whom you become friends so that you can take on some of the game's harder activities -- such as raids -- as a cohesive unit.

Helping ease people into this complicated experience is the franchise's instantly intuitive combat, which remains among the best you'll find in a sci-fi shooter. Weapons feel powerful and satisfying, and movement is quick and precise. It's easy to enter a kind of zen state as you find rhythm in battle. Plus, this is an undeniably beautiful game. Europa's icy tundra is mesmerizing, and the Guardians -- no two of which look alike, thanks to Destiny 2's enormous and still growing selection of customizable guns and gear -- are pretty much the epitome of futuristic warrior cool. That said, Destiny 2: Beyond Light is essentially just more Destiny. More mysterious narrative to ponder, more quests to keep you busy, more loot to covet and collect, and more ways to grow your Guardian. It's all wrapped up in top-notch art and excellent combat mechanics, but Destiny's distinctive design philosophy will either grab you or it won't.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in the media. Is the impact of the violence in Destiny 2: Beyond Light affected by the lack of blood and gore in the game compared to other shooters? Since the action is constant and intense, do you notice any physiological changes in yourself during or right after playing?

  • Some of Destiny 2: Beyond Light's group activities are intended to be experienced with friends so that you can effectively plan and cooperate together, so what happens when you try these activities alone or in the company of strangers?

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