A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Promotes teamwork, cooperation -- especially during Strikes, Raids -- potentially resulting in a sense of camaraderie, friendship among players. But it also glorifies gun-based combat while inspiring little pity for otherworldly enemies that players kill by the hundreds.
Positive Role Models
Player's customizable character doesn't speak much, clearly enjoys battle, but he/she is fighting for survival of humankind.
Ease of Play
Terrific controls are tight, should prove intuitive to both serious, casual players. Story missions aren't too hard (assuming players' characters are properly leveled up), but there's a much greater challenge in multiplayer, particularly in cooperative Strikes, Raids, competitive matches.
Violence & Scariness
Fast-paced first-person combat with sci-fi weapons including pistols, shotguns, submachine guns, sniper rifles, rocket launchers, swords, grenades. Players fight against aliens, who emit splashes of black blood when hit, robots that explode when destroyed. Competitive play sees humans fighting humans.
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Products & Purchases
This is an expansion to an existing game, which players must own to be able to play. Supports in-game transactions with real money.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Destiny: Curse of Osiris is a downloadable expansion to Destiny 2, a first-person online sci-fi shooter with fast and nearly constant gun combat. Players take on the role of a defender of humanity fighting aliens, robots, and humans (the latter only during competitive play) using a variety of sci-fi weapons including rifles, pistols, shotguns, submachine guns, swords, and grenade launchers. The sensationalized gunfights are fast-paced and nearly constant, but they stop short of the gore and grittiness seen in many other modern shooters. Defeated aliens bleed black blood, while robots explode and disappear. Portions of the game make teamwork an absolute necessity, potentially creating a sense of camaraderie and friendship among players. Note that the base game -- sold separately or as part of a bundle -- is required to play this expansion.
Is It Any Good?
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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