While console gamers have been enjoying Destiny 2 for close to 2 months now, it has just launched for the PC. The delay was taken with great thought and consideration by Bungie. This was obviously a huge decision, but it was done to ensure the best possible experience for PC gamers. Expectations were set extremely high for this release and it is a outstanding experience with incredible visuals.
The controls have been fine tuned for the precision of a keyboard (custom key mapping) and mouse support. The PC version also has 21:9 monitor support and is capable of displaying a resolution up to 3840×2160 that includes a uncapped frame rate. There is an impressive amount of graphical options to tweak to your liking, as well as Low, Medium and High presets if you want to jump right into action with minimum fuss.
Other areas of configuration include sound, accessibility and key mapping. If you prefer, you can use your favorite gamepad and adjust it to your liking. The big area to really dig into is the advanced video settings. Here you can alter all the graphics and rendering options implemented by Bungie. There is a long list of areas to modify that include ambient occlusion, foliage shadow distance, anti-aliasing, FOV, VSync and light shaft detail. There are also settings for HDR, film grain, HUD Opacity and chromatic aberration that allow for a highly customized experience within Destiny 2 on the PC.
If you are able to push your rig to the highest graphical preset, it is absolutely impressive. It’s a beautiful shooter with detailed textures and environments. Our rig consists of a Nvidia GTX1060 OC with 6 GB of GDDR5, an Intel Core i5-7500 @ 3.4 GHz and a modest 8GB of RAM. It was able to hit and stay above 60 frames per second at this setting. That is pretty remarkable and shows the TLC that Bungie’s team put into the PC build. The lighting effects on the highest setting is really striking. Detailed shadows are realistically cast from your character and over the entire landscape. Light shafts splinter out of the clouds producing some amazing visuals. The grass and foliage look excellent as well as you spring and jump your way through the game’s colorful levels. The game is highly scalable too. Selecting the medium preset, we were able to average around 100 frames per second.
The blood, sweat and tears from Bungie’s efforts are clearly evident by the sheer performance of Destiny 2 on the PC. Players don’t need a cutting edge gaming PC to take full advantage of this title, as seen with our results with a modest rig. The game looks stunning with the highest settings dialed in and it delivers one of the best first person shooters seen this year on the PC. This marks a huge milestone for Bungie.
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Destiny 2 (PC) - Was the Wait Worth It?
Review Score - 95%
Destiny 2 is an online-only multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Bungie and published by Activision. It was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on September 6, 2017, followed by a Microsoft Windows version the following month. It is the sequel to 2014's Destiny and its subsequent expansions.