Destiny 2 on PC feels tighter, quicker and still looks gorgeous

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Destiny, Bungie’s space opera of guns and ammo, may be one of my favourite games of all time but I have a feeling that the game I’ve been jamming won’t appeal that much to PC gamers. On a console controller, it was terrific stuff and made full use of every button under the sun to deliver all kinds of action. Action which I always imagined was a hair too slow for the Windows crowd.

That’s the thing with PC gaming and shooters in particular: They’re fast as f***. Mouse and keyboard controls have and always will provide a level of precision that can’t be matched by analogue sticks and face buttons. If Destiny 2 truly wants to capture the PC crowd, it’s going to need to put on its running shoes. Fortunately, it has.

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I got a chance at E3 to go for a fresh hands-on session with Destiny 2 on PC again, which is perhaps the scarier than a dentist mouthing the words “root canal” to me while I scream in his fancy chair. I am not a good PC gamer, as that control scheme feels downright alien to me. It didn’t help that Destiny 2 has a lot of actions to perform either. Run, gun, glide, grenade, super and strike attacks may not sound like much, but Destiny 2 manages to make all of your skills an essential part of your Guardian that you need to combo at any given time.

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With my stupid fingers, it wasn’t exactly easy to master at first. After some trial and error, I finally got the hang of things and into a groove.Targeting is superior to console (EVERYBODY GETS A HEADSHOT!), movement felt that little bit quicker and the game still looks downright gorgeous. Especially in 4K. Seriously, check it out below. NVidia had Destiny 2 running on their best hardware at the full 60 frames per second on the best settings available at the moment thanks to a flagship GTX 1080Ti graphics card. My Voodoo 3000 graphics accelerator weeps.

Don’t blame me if your lick your screen while I lament that the Xbox One X and PS4 Pro versions won’t have that silky-smooth action.

After the hands-on session, I grabbed a few PC gamers and got their experienced impressions from them. They were keen for the game, having definitely noticed a bump in speed thanks to the platform and controls. Their only concern? That Destiny 2 might be too easy for experienced shooter fans on launch. Fair enough, although I imagine Nightfall Strikes and the first Raid will be the true Crucible in which those skills are forged further.

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Last Updated: June 19, 2017

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