Parents' Guide to

Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Expansion pack delivers more gun combat, cooperative play.

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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Smallest DLC to date amidst controversy over gambling simulator legislation.

The first thing a parent should know is that the game developer, Bungie, has been secretly tampering with progress and in game loot with a deceptive system and have been caught more than once doing so. This system was implemented to keep kids playing but they also throttle progress to get them to purchase in game content with REAL money. This 'game of chance' known as the Eververse 'engram' is essentially a slot machine type of loot box where prizes are randomized. There are legislators from Hawaii and 5 other states trying to implement regulation against these predatory practices which target kids and would force developers to label any gambling simulations as 'adult only.' THE GAME ITSELF with regards to this DLC are that it is the most repetative and smallest DLC add on to date. THIS steeped with the recent backlash has given this game a poor user score on metacritc with 57% on critics and a 1.4 out of 10 from users. Having played it myself, it is not an unplayable DLC, but the raid is much shorter and the replay value is very low adding little long term content. As an innocent purchase, it's just OK and can be enjoyed innocently without actually making randomized in game purchases with real money. That said, with the revelation of the developers focus on in game purchases rarther than content, it reveals why this DLC is so short and designed the way it is for exploitation of players through retention and monetisation of content. Be forewarned before purchasing that the current state of the game IS designed to manipulate young players very much like a casino, but with proper precautions you can be forewarned that the temptation for kids to blow their gift cards on endless in game purchases can break their piggy banks very quickly.

Is It Any Good?

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It's not exactly ground-breaking, but this expansion to Bungie's popular sci-fi shooter delivers plenty of new stuff to keep players busy. Destiny 2: Curse of Osiris' four-hour story is completely separate from the original game, provides interesting and beautiful new locations to explore in both Mercury and the Infinite Forest, and introduces a fun new character in the overly confident Sagira, Osiris' longtime ghost, who gets separated from him at the story's outset. The two new cooperative Strikes follow the familiar cooperative mission formula, providing a series of straightforward objectives and boss fights for groups of up to three players to tackle as a team, and the two new Crucible maps fit nicely within the existing roster, providing a little more diversity while rotating through multiplayer matches. And through it all, players will gradually grow their avatar's power level and earn better weapons and gear either through random loot drops or by completing challenge and milestones for various non-player characters.

Where Curse of Osiris falls a bit short, though, is in delivering anything truly new to the Destiny formula. It throws a few more locations, missions, weapons, and characters onto the pile, but stops short of introducing any fresh modes, features, mechanics, or functions. Players aren't able to grow their character's class-based abilities beyond what they did in the original game or learn any new ones, and there aren't really any new types of multiplayer modes. It's just more of what players already had. That ought to be enough to satisfy some fans of Destiny 2, but players hoping for something a little different might want to hold off a bit and see what the next expansion has in store. Keep in mind, too, that those who don't buy into this first expansion will begin to be left behind as others continue to grow their characters and gain access to power level-restricted content, including prestige Raids and Strikes.

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