For all its faults, Destiny has remained popular since its debut almost exactly one year ago. When Bungie’s blockbuster RPG/shooter hybrid first hit, it was enormously flawed, to say the least. While the bones of a great game were present (the gunplay is some of the best around), there were so many minor annoyances, all but the most dedicated Destiny players started throwing in the towel after the first few months. Fortunately, Destiny is currently undergoing something of a renaissance, thanks to last week’s massive 2.0 update and this week’s release of the massive new expansion, The Taken King. The Taken King not only fixes a ton of Destiny‘s problems, but makes the game a legitimately great experience. In many ways, The Taken King is the game Destiny should have been from the start and makes it worth investing time in again. Skeptics may be hesitant to give Bungie’s massive shooter another chance, but as the following ten reasons show, Destiny: The Taken King is the real deal and absolutely worth your time and money.
10. No More Dinklebot
One of the most curious stories prior to The Taken King’s release was the announcement that Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage was being replaced as the voice actor behind companion robot Ghost. Now, Dinklage is a fine actor but his vocal performance in Destiny received a lot of criticism, a combination of his dry delivery and admittedly poorly written dialogue he was forced to spout off. Once The Taken King gets rolling, Dinklage’s replacement, veteran game voice actor Nolan North, proves himself to be a more than capable replacement. North infuses Ghost with some actual personality and even spruces up Dinklage’s old lines, as North rerecorded all of the Ghost parts from Destiny year one. As much of a shame as it is that Dinklage was not able to continue the role and have the chance to improve upon his prior performance, North’s version of Ghost may just actually make you love your little robot companion for the first time, which is a commendable feat.