Game Review: Destiny 2


PC: Destiny Website

Console: PlayStation 4

Game: Destiny 2

Developer: Bungie

I have a lot of hours into the original Destiny.  In fact, I have 559 hours of gameplay in the Destiny 1 universe.  That’s almost 24 days of playing. So believe me when I say I was really excited for Destiny 2. I marked the release date on my calendar, planned nothing for that week and told everyone I was going to be unavailable. When it finally released … We had problems downloading. We pre-ordered from Best Buy – they didn’t deliver the code until a day later. I ended up having to download a code off of Amazon because you can’t game share between two consoles (I have one and my husband has the other – mine is the primary console but the licensing is different for Destiny 2). When I finally was able to sit down and play the game, I was way excited.

Destiny 2 started with a tribute to the original game players… showing activities you did, when you completed them and who you completed them with. By the end, I was in tears because I am a crybaby and love emotional things like that.

Destiny 2 – like its predecessor – is an online world where you can do missions, patrol planets and find adventures. We played as a fire team of 3.


I played through the first couple of missions by myself (required by the game) but together in a group chat. From the get-go, it’s full of emotion and sadness.  Without giving too much away, the story is heart-wrenching, beautiful and is definitely a compliment to the first game. A lot of the missions in the first game were quick and the first playthrough I didn’t quite get why they were important. In Destiny 2, everything made sense and they explained objectives really well.


You still start off as picking a Hunter, Titan or Warlock to start. If you played the original game your character will reflect the facial features, race, gender and other discernible features that you chose in the first game.


The Hunter – PC: Bungie


Titan – PC Bungie


Warlock – PC Bungie

Music and Sound

The music and sounds complemented the game really well. I usually turn the music all the way down on games but left it on for my first playthrough. It definitely made it better. When it came to character speech I was blown away. Without giving too much away, Ghost sounds different after the first mission. The humor behind certain characters makes me laugh every time. I love listening to the talk while doing a mission.

Cinematics and Graphics

I love cinematics in a game. Mini-movies that add to the mission you just did, with their beautiful graphics and drama – are my favorite. Destiny 2 had some exceptional ones. Cinematics that showed a “behind the scenes” if you will with the enemy. Cayde-6 (he’s my favorite, I’m sorry!) and humorous moments in the life of a guardian. The Graphics are A+ and the details everywhere you go were well thought out and planned. Secret caves, Vex constructs, and the social spaces are gorgeous. Each new planet is well thought out, unique and memorable.


European Dead Zone / PC Bungie


Io / PC Bungie


Titan / PC Bungie


Nessus / PC Bungie

Gameplay and Replayability

The gameplay is simple Destiny style, with a couple of changes from Destiny 1. There are some new types of missions with different activities (that almost felt a little Halo-y, but I’m okay with that).  When you finish the main story there is always something to do. The Raid, Patrol Challenges, Strikes, Strike Challenges, the Nightfall (now timed) and of course Crucible. I already have gone through the main story again with a different character and enjoyed it just as much the second time.

Game Info

  • Destiny 2 can be single player but the campaign can be easier if you have a Fireteam of 3 (or 6 if you are doing the raid – keep in mind though that matchmaking is available through guided games)
  • You are unable to change the game’s difficulty in regular play (although you can do a harder “prestige” version of the raid and nightfall), but it’s really not that hard. When I’m alone I can manage it with only a couple of deaths (if I’m thinking smartly)
  • Destiny 2 is rated T for Teen because of blood, language, and violence.
  • The main story itself is about 16 missions long (which is longer than the 1st one) and the game also has strikes, the raid, the nightfall, adventures, challenges and you can replay missions after you beat the story.
  • There are no self-save points in the game – but autosave. I’ve never had a problem with Destiny not saving my game though.

Prestige Strike with 2 members of my clan

In conclusion, I loved Destiny 2. I think it was worth all the hype that it got pre-release. It was a good game to keep me intrigued in Bungie’s universe – and to get me back into Destiny. I love that they even made small fixes in the game – like you stay in your menu if your fireteam leader is taking you to a different activity. You can also travel to different places without having to go back to orbit.

I do wish that Crucible had a “Choose your Own” game mode like the first one (I really don’t like supremacy and hate when it comes up) and I miss the 6 man teams. However, I do really love the “Survival” game type! I played with some members of my clan recently and we worked really well as a team.

I also miss Grimoire score and hidden revivable ghosts. In Destiny 1 my Grimoire was over 5000. However, I do like being on a random planet and finding something to scan and get the backstory of.

A lot of people don’t like that you have to pay glimmer (in-game money)  to apply a shader to each piece of armor. I would agree with that. But I like that you can apply separate shaders to separate pieces of armor and do a mix and match type deal.

I like that the Trials of the Nine gives you access to the spire for wins and that you can advance up the spire as you gain more wins.

I love new characters, places, and changes to social spaces (as well as emotes!)

I’ve beaten the raid a couple of times;  it’s complicated but only took me about one round to understand what I was supposed to do. My clan works well as a team so we beat it fairly easily, but it was still challenging. Each part is a puzzle in its own – and don’t even get me started on the underbelly!


My Hunter at the beginning of the Raid

If you haven’t picked this game up I recommend doing so if you are a Destiny fan! It’s a fun great addition to the Bungie family!


10/10 from me!





GAME REVIEW: Tales from the Borderlands



(I do realize I’m reviewing a 3 year old game… my bad)

I love the Borderlands Game series.  I played Borderlands 1 when I first met Nick; we were just dating and I realized how much he loved video games. Instead of being a pain about it, I asked if I could play too (I played games before that obviously, Halo and stuff like that). We beat it pretty quickly and had a ton of fun along the way.

Fast forward to 2012 (2 years into our relationship) and Borderlands 2 came out. I absolutely adore this game. Nick and I played together and have beat it many times through. We’ve played all the DLC and holiday expansions. We both have max level characters, as well as many others, started in an effort to help friends (we always end up going back to the high level). The Borderlands Series is easily one of my top favorites. (My car is named Sir Reginald Von Bartelsby for hell sakes haha!)

So – for the month of May Tales from the Borderlands (episode 1) was free on the Playstation 4 Store. I figured “What can it hurt? I might as well try it.” I downloaded episode 1 and started playing – and absolutely adored it.

It’s obviously different from Borderlands 1, 2 and the Pre-Sequel. Those are first person shooters where you are a badass Vault Hunter who is large and in charge. In Tales from the Borderlands, you play as two characters, Rhys and Fiona. And you aren’t doing (a lot) of combat – you are mostly choosing dialogue, making decisions and scanning things. It takes place after Borderlands 2 and is a “Choose Your Outcome” story.  I’m 3 out of 5 episodes in – so there may be some spoilers – but not many.

Playable Characters


Rhys is the first character you play as. Without trying to give away too many spoilers, he is smart, confident and will do whatever it takes to rise up in the Hyperion chain of command. He has a neat eye that can scan things, assess them and helps a lot when playing the game.  He’s a kind character (at least the way I’m playing him) who makes good decisions and trusts easily.

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I love Fiona. She’s the other playable character, and she is a con artist. Along with her sister, Fiona is just trying to score big. She can actually carry items in an inventory and seems to be in charge of the Money of the group. She’s a great fighter, smart thinker and I think she’d make one hell of a Vault Hunter.


From L to R: Sasha, Rhys, Fiona and Vaughn

Main Group:  

  • Vaughn: Rhys’s best friend – accountant, nervous, funny
  • Sasha: Fiona’s younger sister and partner in crime  – brave, tough, loyal
  • Loader Bot: (Easily my favorite character) Rhys requested a loader bot at the beginning of episode 1 – and he’s stuck by us ever since. Strong, funny and helpful.

There are some other characters (INCLUDING SOME FROM THE ORIGINAL BORDERLANDS 1, 2 and Pre-Sequel! *insert heart eyes emoji here*) that join the group, help the group or … y’know…. try to murder the face off of everyone (It is Pandora)  – but it’s not hard to follow along with who is who.


  • Good fun! I love stories in video games, and this is basically playing a Story. Telltale games did an AMAZING job.
  • The graphics are great! Cartoonish, clear and stay true to Borderlands style
  • The humor is the BEST. I don’t know what it is, but all of the Borderlands humor just gets me. This game is no different. Whether it be descriptions from Rhys’s Eye Analysis, or Loader Bot being “Coooool bro,” I guarantee you will laugh.
  • You DON’T have to know or have played any of the other Borderlands games to play this one! The story is completely different! Sure, there are some characters from the games and some history from the games in it, but you can play it as a standalone game with no prior knowledge


  • You can rewind parts of the story, which is neat if you made a decision you think you’ll regret later, but I wish I could rewind shorter. Or at least choose where I’m rewinding back to. I hate going through a large part (you can’t usually skip anything) again because of one stupid dialogue choice I made.

In conclusion, I think this game is awesome. It’s a good, funny story with likable characters. It has just enough Borderlands that fans of the game should adore it and people who just wanna play a funny game on the world Pandora will like it too! I recommend it highly!

********** 10/10 stars from me!

Game Review (ish): Horizon Zero Dawn

Within the first 5 minutes of the first video of Horizon Zero Dawn, I was crying.  Besides having stunning graphics and almost lifelike characters in the beginning of the game movie, it has a story that kept me intrigued and I didn’t want to skip it like I would in other games.

When I finally got to play as Aloy, I was taken aback again by how good the graphics are, and how fairly simple the layout of the controls is as well. I started out as a child Aloy, learned some controls and then watched another movie sequence. I got to about level 10 and am on the main story mission 8 out of 22 . I won’t drop any spoilers here, I promise.


Credit: PlayStation

I’ll publish a full review once I have completed the game, but so far I am in love. It’s beautiful, got a great story mode and has lots of cool perks that make it exciting and not repetitive.

When I play games like this I like to explore and sometimes will go out of my way to avoid combat. That’s something I like about this game, if you don’t want combat you can duck and hide or run away. There are some story missions that require it (obviously) but even then it’s not that bad. I do play on normal though – but for me that seems to be perfect.


Credit: PlayStation

Another thing I like about this game (that I mentioned before) is the story. It’s quick to pick up and not hard to follow, but so far has been cute, interesting and heart wrenching. I love to read – so I enjoy playing games that are like reading a book. I also love the dialogue options you get for Aloy. You can make different decisions, ask different questions and talk to characters with your choice of dialogue.

I’ve got a ways to go before I finish, but I think all my readers with a PS4 should consider picking up this game and hang out in the Horizon Zero Dawn world!


Credit: PlayStation 


Game Review: Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands – Closed Beta

I spent my Sunday flying a helicopter, riding a dirt bike off of huge cliffs, and stopping drug lords. 

I was lucky enough to receive and invitation to play the new Ghost Recon Wildlands Closed Beta – and I can definitely say this is a game I will be purchasing.

Watch the trailer here: Ghost Recon Wildlands Trailer



Photo: Ghost Recon Wildlands Website


Pros: Easy to understand controls, fun to play, good character customization, fun co-op game play

Cons: enemies can be a little buggy (to be fair it was a BETA)

The Beta was available for the weekend starting Feb 3 and ending this morning (Feb 6). I started yesterday evening and was pleasantly surprised. This game can be single player or online co-op. You can drive vehicles, fly helicopters, build your guns and fight the Cartel.

The game starts with character creation. The first option is Male or Female. You can then choose from a number of pre-created heads available.You’ll then choose hairstyle and color… after that you move on to choosing shirts, backpacks, plate carriers, accessories and tattoos.

The first mission is a rescue mission and is pretty easy. I was playing co-op with two other high level people though, so that could be why. The missions go from pretty easy to harder as you progress – and the story is interesting as well. Besides the main story mission, you have a number of (sort of repetitive) side missions to choose from.

The mechanics of the game are comfortable and easy to work with. You level up fairly easily, and there is a leveling tree with a number of options to boost your character. You can be more resistant to bullet damage, have better stamina, heal teammates faster, equip night vision for your Drone and so on and so forth. This menu is also where you will find gun and character customization and mission information and files.

One of my favorite parts of the game is the drone (I LOVED taking over enemy drones in Black Ops 3). You get your character close-ish to the group of enemies, release your drone and mark enemies on the map. Once an enemy is marked the whole team can see what they’re up against. You can also mark an enemy for a team mate to kill, which is useful if you are trying to stay stealthy but have to enemies standing near each other. By the way – Stealth seems to be the way to go! I’m no good at it, but I was pretty good and hanging back and marking enemies while my team mates did their thing. If one of us got busted I “Rambo-ed” right in!

The guns are ones you would find in real life and are pretty cool!  Obviously in the last couple hours of the Beta I didn’t have enough time to unlock them all, but I unlocked a couple and enjoyed the ones I was using. I also found a sniper that worked fairly decent. One of my team mates had unlocked the grenade launcher from the level up menu and it came in handy. It demolished enemy helicopters and vehicles.

That’s another part of the game I really enjoy – the vehicles. You can find some on the side of the road and drive them to any location without consequence (don’t run over civilians though) or if worst comes to worse you can commandeer one from a local. There are cars, vans, trucks and dirt bikes available for your driving needs. A word of warning though – if you are crossing a street on foot, look both ways. If you get hit by a car it’s an instant down (something that happened to me like 3 times).

Overall, my experience with Ghost Recon Wildlands was positive.  I love the game play, the mechanics, the story line and the co-op. It has a lot of positive qualities and I for sure will be purchasing it when it releases on March 7th!