The doors are open to all
The Destiny two early access PC beta got off to a bit of a rough start yesterday, but it sounds like Bungie managed to get it smoothed out quickly–and more relevant to our immediate interests, it’s now open to everyone.
Those of you who have been enjoying in the first access beta will have to update, which might expect a Battle.net restart. For everyone else, simply fire up the customer, pick”Destiny 2″ in the games list, and hit the”Install” button.
It’s a 16GB download, which is nothing to sneeze at, especially if you’re on a slow or restricted connection. On the fantastic news side, it’s apparently running very nicely: We have got a breakdown of everything you will want to run it at 4K/60fps right here, however even mid-range hardware seems able to keep it flowing fast and pretty.
We’ll have a full performance evaluation coming to you soon, and in the meantime you can avoid unnecessary hassles by ensuring that you’ve got the latest video drivers installedAMD here, and Nvidia here. As for getting the maximum, here are few recommendations from our inhouse expert/junkie.
To replay the initial story mission, which can be called Homecoming, just create another character. You should do this anyway to be able to get a taste of three classes: Warlock, Titan and Hunter.
Each category also includes a choice of two subclasses, Dawnbreaker or even Voidwalker for Warlocks, Sentinel or Striker for Titans, and Arcstrider or even Gunslinger for Hunters. To alter subclass, simply enter your character menu and look for the diamond icon in the top left.
When you restart the beta your personality’s perks are reset to the default choice. Tinker around with various builds (pay particular attention to the grenades and jumps on offer) to get a taste for the favorite play style.
Do not worry too much about loot. There is only a very limited selection of weapons on offer from the beta, and how it drops in-game (engrams do not really fall throughout the Attack mission in this build) isn’t representative of the final game.
Do however check out the exotic weapon you pick up from the Homecoming mission. It is the one with all the yellow icon you receive from Shaxx’s armoury at the start. Depending on which course you’re playing, it is going to be different also –Hunter’s get the Sunshot hand cannon, Titans get that the Sweet Business auto rifle (that is a freaking primary minigun), and Warlocks get the Riskrunner SMG.
If you are searching to play PvP, look for your own Nightshade or Nergal PR4 pulse rifles. They are dominant in the current sandbox.
Do attempt to play with friends. Destiny 2 utilizes Blizzard’s Battle.net launcher, therefore there’s a fantastic chance you already have some chums checking the game out. It’s a game that’s at its best shooting the shit (and the aliens) over voice comms.
As for more general impressions, Tim says he is impressed. As hoped, the PC version, aside from becoming something of a technical marvel, extracting superb performance from even low-end rigs, has dealt with a lot of the problems we had with the preceding PS4 beta. The ammo market is much better balanced, player movement feels substantially more reactive, and the recharge rate and energy level of supers and other skills are tuned to reflect the idea that we are space magic-slinging warrior gods. So, given it’s open to all, there’s little reason to not jump in and see what the fuss is all about.