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Destiny 2: Shadowkeep

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sci-fi shooter with intense combat encourages teamwork.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 2+

Great Destiny 2 DLC

Great Destiny 2 DLC
age 13+

Good, but not great DLC has more intensity; some heretic elements may not be for children.

Ok before I start Im gonna include everything in Destiny 2. Destiny 2 is an online shooter that promotes teamwork and avenging our race. Violence wise, this game has intense first-person combat that promotes killing aliens and robots using a variety of weapons including pistols, auto rifles, shotguns, sniper rifles, fusion rifles-high caliber weapons that fires a burst of energy-rocket launchers, grenade launchers, and swords as well as a range of magical abilities that can injure and even disintegrate enemies. Also, some of the weapons are called "exotics" which do special things, for example, the hand cannon Crimson's exotic perk allows you to gain health upon killing enemies, and it's default appearance contains blood on it. Any other blood appearing from the player is smeared on the screen. Players may also go against other players in many modes in the Crucible. Also, the review for the blood is all wrong. When you precision shot a Cabal soldier, a mixture of oil and gas spurts out, not blood. With the introduction of the Scorn in Forsaken, precision shots first explode their head, and if you look at their dead body they look very disturbing. Sexual content wise, there is a Crimson Days event that allows you and your "partner" to go against another pair of lovers and defeat them, and Lord Shaxx's dialogue may be mildly inappropriate. Other than that, no sexual themes. Language wise, there is a couple hell's, some damn's, one rumor of an a**hole, and *spoilers* when Cayde 6 dies, Ikora says "We will mount the head of that son of a bitch on his throne," other than that, the only other language is through the enabled chat. Consumerism wise, there is a heap of Destiny 2 merchandising on it's website, and on others as well. Players may also experience hackers in PVP, and it may be very annoying. No drugs, but Cayde mentions some drinks.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (5 ):

The second major expansion to Bungie's online sci-fi shooter is a mixed bag. Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is praiseworthy for allowing new players to jump in without needing to purchase the original game. And it smartly keeps core elements that worked -- namely, the fantastic shooting and traversal mechanics -- while making bold moves to evolve the series. For example, weapon modifications are much more substantial, allowing players to essentially boost their favorite guns beyond their Power limits. And the range of activities that bestow useful rewards is now so diverse that players can pick and choose what they want to do according to their tastes and play styles while continuing to grow their characters, rather than be forced into quests and missions they're not interested in.

But for all the right moves Shadowkeep makes, some players are bound to be disappointed by how small it feels. The campaign missions can be completed in a single evening by a dedicated player, and the ending isn't satisfying. More quests are slated to be doled out following the expansion's release, expanding the story and lore, but that will do little to soothe players who expect more instant gratification. And while the evolution of the game's growth and quest systems are bound to be welcomed by those who have always enjoyed Destiny's complicated schemes, they'll likely do little to win over those who tend to get annoyed trying to work out what they need to do next. For all its changes, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep still feels an awful lot like the Destiny players have known for years. Whether that's a good thing will depend on the player.

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