There’s a lot to say about the long-awaited “Destiny 2,” which launches on Wednesday on Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
But first, before we say anything else, let’s just marvel at how pretty it is.
Since I started playing “Destiny 2” on Tuesday, I’ve been repeatedly struck by how gorgeous it is. Beyond the sweeping vistas that impressed in the first game, there are tons of little details in the world of “Destiny 2” that make it feel alive.
It’s got a real sense of style that comes across in everything from quiet moments like the one above to massive firefights with dozens of enemies.
Even the new armour looks fresh, and reflects the state of the in-game world:
I’ve been taking screenshots constantly while playing “Destiny 2” on PlayStation 4 — here are some of the coolest things I’ve seen.
From the first moment of action in 'Destiny 2,' the game is a looker. It's a gruesome picture in the wake of an alien attack -- the impetus for your journey of rebuilding and revenge -- but a pretty one nonetheless.
From some of the earliest scenes, 'Destiny 2' plays with contrasting colours to highlight important moments. This one, for instance, where you first meet a returning character is particularly impactful.
There's also a excellent use of shadows for dramatic impact. In this scene, you're running past the citizens of The Last City -- the city that's currently under attack -- and they're huddled together in fear.
When you do finally get outside, there's plenty of breathtaking imagery to gawk at. This massive alien cruiser firing missiles isn't a cutscene -- this is in-game. I walked past that and stopped to take a photo.
After this point, I'm showing images from the first few hours of 'Destiny 2' -- beyond where the beta's intro mission ended. If you don't want any of that spoiled, turn back!