Hands-on: Destiny 2 running at 4K is one of the prettiest PC games ever – PCWorld

Destiny 2 is the best-looking PC game I saw at E3.

I’m more than a little surprised to write that—after all, the first game didn’t even make it off consoles. Hell, Bungie hasn’t even had a game on PC since Halo 2. I expected, at best, a workmanlike console port with a few more bangs and whistles around the edges.

But not only is Destiny 2 the best-looking PC game I saw at E3, it’s one of the best-looking shooters I’ve seen on the PC ever. We got the chance to go hands-on with the game in Nvidia’s booth, on machines running an Intel Core i7-7700K, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and piped through an Acer Predator IPS G-Sync display at 4K, 60 frames per second. We’ve embedded a video of our entire demo further below so you can see if for yourself.

It was gorgeous.  

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Gorgeous and nonsensical—at least to me. I never finished the original Destiny, never went back after Bungie supposedly “fixed” the story, fleshed it out with expansions, and all that. I remember Peter Dinklage awkwardly drawling his way through a “That wizard came from the moon” line or whatever in the beta, and that’s about it.

Not the best first impression.

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So I feel like I arrive at Destiny 2 at something of a disadvantage, at least so far as the story elements go. I can tell you Lance Reddick voices one of the characters—I’d recognize his smooth and menacing voice anywhere. I also killed a bunch of Red Legion, hulking gorilla-like enemies in spacesuits, with military ranks apparently stolen from the Roman Empire.

I don’t know who I am or who these characters are though, nor what the stakes are. Throughout the demo, a host of ships advanced threateningly on some far-off moon—a beautiful sight, an awe-inspiring spectacle, but meaningless without any context. It all seems interesting, but it remains to be seen how Bungie is going to on-board people who missed the last three years of Destiny. Though to be fair, Destiny’s grimoire card system of storytelling likely means there are plenty of people who did play the game that also have no idea what’s going on.


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