Destiny 2, which is out now on PS4 and Xbox One, is a great game that I’ve already lost too many hours of my life to and will only continue to sacrifice more of my time to over the coming
months years. I just thought I should get that out of the way, just in case this article is misconstrued as a hit piece on the game. Destiny 2 is pretty much the game I and many others wanted the original Destiny to be, as it fixes a number of that game’s issues and doubles down on the things people loved, such as getting loot and playing cooperatively and competitively with friends.
Still, even though Destiny 2 is in many ways an ideal sequel, it still has a few issues that hold it back from true greatness. Fortunately, many of these problems are relatively minor and could be fixed quite easily in a patch but as of this moment, these are my biggest problems with Destiny 2 — a game that will simultaneously make you wonder how you ever put up with the first game and make you wish that Bungie had been a bit more ambitious in their design goals.
11. Making You Wait For A Sparrow
I don’t think Bungie made very many objectively wrong decisions with Destiny 2, but gating off Sparrow vehicles until after you finish the story missions definitely qualifies as one in my mind. The original Destiny gave you a speeder bike to tool around with almost from the get-go and yet for some reason, Destiny 2 makes players wait to drive a Sparrow until after the credits roll. Am I missing something here? Why couldn’t I have had a Sparrow earlier than this? Yes, you do have a slight chance of getting one from Bright Engrams before this, but most players won’t be this lucky and in practice, this means that it takes way longer to get around the game’s environments than is necessary.
The big problem is that the game doesn’t telegraph this either and I would have spent far too long wondering if I missed an important Sparrow quest had I not heard that you have to finish the campaign first in order to get one. As such, I actively avoided doing most of the open-world activities in favor of just plowing through the story so I could actually get a vehicle. It’s not a big deal, but definitely an area where Bungie was ostensibly asleep at the wheel (if Sparrows had steering wheels this would be a great pun).