Destiny: The Dark Below Review

Destiny: The Dark Below Review

Last updated on January 2nd, 2017

The Dark Below is the first expansion for Destiny, released literally three months after the release of Destiny. Being the first expansion of Destiny, that has been available for pre-order since Destiny’s release and prior, The Dark Below has set out to give with a unique but similar experience to players. But would Guardians be willing to even descend into the darkest depths of this expansion?

Genre: FPSMMO
Developed by: Bungie
Published by: Activision
Release date: December 9th, 2014
Platforms: PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360 (Reviewed on PS3)
Launch Price: 19.99 USD

Story Overview:

Eris Morn was the last survivor of a six-person fireteam. This fireteam was hunting for Crota, Son of Oryx. But as they failed, Eris was able to escape. Eris made her way to the tower, as she seeks Guardians willing to stop Crota and the upcoming Hive threat.

The story for the expansion in particular was much more direct than the initial story of Destiny. Yet, it was still hollow in itself. Much of the information presented was information already known, with not much more building onto the actual story. The few story missions have guardians doing various tasks for Eris, from fighting off the Hive, Crota’s forces, to even defending Rasputin. This could have simply been added into the initial story of Destiny from the start, as it would have made a very fine fit like a piece of a puzzle.

Destiny Dark Below 1

Darker, much darker.

Characters:

Eris is basically the only new character presented. She remains mysterious, without giving much information about herself. She would speak in the Tower about how Crota is a threat that must be stopped, as if she is obsessed with Crota. She gives story missions, new bounties and other items and levels up as a faction. Information about her is as a shadow as her presence.

There is not many notable enemies in this expansion. This expansion centers around the Hive. Crota is the main boss, who can be fought in the Raid. Omnigul, who is the main servant of Crota, is the boss of the new Strike on Earth, the Will of Crota. Other various enemies that relate to Crota are also present, such as the Might of Crota. All of these enemies are generally the same enemies fought in the initial game, just harder and slightly different.

destiny dark below Eris

Welcome to the Tower, Eris

Graphics and Appearance:

The game still looks good within the new environments. The locations within the new expansion are nicely different in terms of design. The atmosphere in many of the locations are grand, especially in certain sections of the Raid. The only drawback is that many of these locations are accessed within locations previously accessed, which disrupts the feeling of exploring new places as you return to previous locations.

New equipment look very nice in detail. New weapons and armor also are bathed in atmosphere, as they resemble an appearance that fits the overall theme of the expansion.

Destiny Dark Below 2

Beautiful new battlefield.

Sound and Audio:

It would have been nice to hear more excellent quality audio that the initial game presented. Sadly, not much more was given. Eris was basically the newest voice. Her voice acting was well enough though. Not much new audio tracks were presented either. The new ones that were presented were also decent, but not very noticeable. The only memorable piece of audio in this expansion was the disturbing scream of Omnigul.

Destiny Dark Below Omnigul

No Omnigul, screaming is not pretty.

Gameplay:

The Dark Below still plays as great as the initial game. Not much has been added in terms of new mechanics. Probably the most notable addition to its gameplay is the availability of the Sword, which is encouraged to use in bounties and in the Raid.

The Level cap is now increased to 32 and new gear and weapons are available, which would questionably make previous loot inferior. Much of the new weapons and gear, notably the accessible Murmur fusion rifle, have been enjoyable to use. But a majority of the new content is limited; items from Eris cannot be bought until a certain rank level, certain gear from the Crucible and Vanguard can only be obtained with Commendations, and the new Raid might be difficult for some to obtain new loot.

Destiny Dark Below Murmur

Thank goodness this is easy to gain.

Content:

The expansion comes with a few new story missions, which are not lengthy. New bounties are available with Eris, some in which are not playable if you do not have the proper class and some are grindy. A new Roc playlist is added, to play Strikes at level 26. Three new Crucible maps have been added, with new playlists for these. One new Strike has been added to Earth and a Playstation exclusive Strike has been added in Mars. Mostly all of this new content can be played within a day; some bounties may not be done without Xur though.

New weapons and gear are also available, with the Playstation exclusive exotic weapon, The 4th Horseman. But as mentioned, access is limited as effort is needed to obtain these.

Destiny Dark Below 3

Another grindy bounty.

Overall:

Pros:

  • Great Presentation
  • Questionably good story

Cons:

  • Limitations to players
  • Lack of content
  • Poor length for completion


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5
Summary: This could have been a way for Destiny to amends for its errors in its initial game. Instead, it failed to add more and possibly gave what could have been nicely added from the start. If this was a $10 - $15 DLC, this could have been a fairly good deal in value. But to bear the price of $20 and to be called an expansion, this was not very expansive. This is possibly more suitable to those that already intend to spend more time in Destiny and would like a few new things to do.
Story & Setting (7)
Gameplay (8)
Design (8)
Replayability (3.5)
Pricepoint (3.5)

4 comments on “Destiny: The Dark Below Review”

  1. Avatar AnCapaillMor says:

    I like it but do agree on a lot of your points, we’re pretty much breezing through it now, it doesn’t feel as daunting as VOG is\was. Hopefully they’ll mix it up for the hard version of the raid. As for the content, yeah it kinda felt a bit short, however i’ve paid the same and more for dlc in games that had a lot lot less.

    Actually what does kind pee me off is that they kinda screwed those without the DLC, 2 of the nightfalls so far have been the dlc strike and this week xur pretty much sold only DLC items.

  2. Avatar Back_Lot_Basher says:

    I’ve had an interest in consumer rights issues for a long time, and unfortunately, Bungie has crossed way too many lines with this game. From the misleading pre-release hype to these newly imposed "paywalls", I have officially given up on the game. This is the kind of model I’d rather see squashed early. If they want a subscription fee, then charge one…don’t hide behind these nickel and dime tactics.

  3. Avatar Argetlam350 says:

    The issue is definitely the lack of content, besides the raid what’s the point of this DLC. If they had the grimore cards in game it actually would have more value since reading the lore behind Crota it’s actually interesting but because it’s not in game it partially ruins the immersion.

  4. Avatar SUPER_POTATO says:

    So Is it worth the $20? I’m thinking about buying it


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