Destiny 2’s PC beta gets off to a rocky start

It’s a shaky go for launch.

As promised, Destiny 2 kicked off the headstart for its PC beta test today, preceding tomorrow’s official start for everyone else. The test will run through Thursday, August 31st, and allow computer players to see how their version of the game stacks up to the console edition, which has been in testing for weeks now.

Not everything is guns ‘n’ roses, however. A couple of dire launch errors have kept players from getting into the game (which is a double shame, since all of today’s eligible crowd has spent money on a pre-order). Error messages with odd names like “saxaphone” or “chive” have been popping up, with Bungie furiously tackling them so that everyone will be able to get in and play.

Looking to take part in the beta fun? Head on over to the official site and enlist for the battle this week!

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NeoWolf

I’m glad I decided to wait, watching the beta debacle via twitch was just painful, there were SO many issues for folks just trying to get the game to start its was cringeworthy lol

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Anthony Clark

They should let it be downloaded early so as to avoid the slam they’re going to have now.

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murmillo

I’m really curious about this game, but I’m holding back because I’m scared my computer won’t be able to run this properly without looking like Tetris.
My spec is:
CPU Intel Core i5-4670K
GPU Nvidia GTX 760
SSD Samsung 840 Evo 250GB
RAM Corsair Dominator DDR4 3000 C15 2x8G
MBD Asus SABERTOOTH Z87

But I guess I’ll find out tonight during Open Beta, barring dl/log in/server issues.

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Reht

I am running basically the same rig except i have an older i7-3770 – they bench mark about the same (running gtx 750, 16gb RAM, SSD) and the game runs fine and looks great with no stuttering, etc. I haven’t tested it on any ultra high settings.

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murmillo

That’s good to know, thank you very much.
As long as it runs smoothly and looks decent, then that’s awesome.

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Koshelkin

I didn’t expect I would be so disappointed by Destiny 2.

Art:
The weapons and armor are ugly, the environment looks uninspired.
Gameplay:
– very average gunplay with minimal impact, even when emptying a gatling the enemies just stand there and take it without flinching
– the major “trick” of the AI seems to be copied straight out of Mass Effect, random sideway jumps once in a while, which is kinda the cheapest thing you can do
– no autonomous behaviour of the enemy, they don’t care about cover, they don’t care about standing right on top of each other, it’s like playing hordemode of a bargain bin shooter
– the classes seem very shallow
Story:
The plot starts cringeworthy right at the start(I’m curious why the faction hq is right on top of the outer wall btw), the cutscenes try hard to be exciting but fail to do so, not much more to say here, I don’t see this developing any quality later on. it’s a string of SF stereotypes and “cool” stuff the devs apparently saw elsewhere

Miscellaneous:
– the weapon fx are rather bad
– the edgy names of the weapons made me cringe big time; who did them? A 12yo?.

I didn’t think a single time “wow, that was cool”. It’s all rather generic, lifeless and average.

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Paarthurnax Dragonhearth

It’s all that and a bag of poop…. But what you see Mediocre ppl see quality and they will flock there like the sheep that they are … uhhh … Games … sure … fun suuureee …. -_-

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Estranged

Would be nice to know the lore. lol

Saw elsewhere? Bungie has been making these games for around 15 years. Some of the tactics look straight out of Halo.

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Reht

Not sure if this helps on the lore front, but saw this on another board: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2avSq-82oI

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Estranged

Reht – yeah, sorry, I was being sarcastic. Played all of the 1 story. Might help others.

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Tiresias

Er… I guess you didn’t play Destiny 1?

The Cabal (the enemies you faced) are very straightforward brawlers with heavy weapons and armor. They don’t use cover and they don’t flinch much from non-headshot weapon hits.

Other enemies are completely different.

The Fallen use cover and try to keep you at long range. However, if you get close to many of them they will try to swarm you.

The Hive are extremely tactical. They use cover, they try to flank you, and they have certain types that will attempt to swarm you from multiple directions. They have spellcasters that can use area-denial effects.

The Vex are well-balanced and capable of teleporting around. They have very lethal snipers and make liberal use of shields on the more powerful enemies.

The classes rely very heavily on their firearms early on. As you level up you get abilities and equipment that reduces your cooldowns, altering the way you play.

It’s cool if you don’t much care for what you experienced, but there is a lot more to the game. Perhaps you should try the Strike (The Inverted Spire) or jump into some PvP.

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Estranged

This is the issue with a limited beta. MMO players should know games progress as you level.

Tactics and knowing your weapons/abilities was essential to clearing harder content in Destiny 1.

I still flinch when dealing with those bastards in the underground areas on the Moon.

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Tiresias

I played in the beta today with no issues, but I’m not sure why I had no problems while others suffered greatly.

I can say that the game is exactly what I expected: a modestly upgraded Destiny 1 experience (all classes have a new ability and a few new movement options) with much of the same feel and gameplay… except now I have a mouse and keyboard, making the experience 1,000,000% better for me.

I’m looking forward to launch, but I have GW2 and its upcoming expansion to tide me over until then.

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krieglich

The error messages were gone after ~ 20 minutes – maybe you just jumped in at the right time. :D

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Denice J. Cook

As someone who is extremely skeptical of Destiny 2 after going through three years of Destiny 1 on PS4, I have to say the sequel looks great, plays great and is much easier for me to play all around on PC than on PS4. I’m not much of a shooter peep on either platform, although I think 35 years of gaming on computers is helping me a bit here. ;)

I hope the first two expansions don’t suck wind nearly as much as House of Wolves and Dark Below did. :P

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mjayg

It looks and plays great and looking forward to the full game.

Only issue I had with the beta was if you don’t PvP there isn’t much to do. Just the intro mission and one Strike mission then /done.

Going to be a looooooong wait for 10/24! :(

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Reht

No joke, but i have to say, the first strike mission was pretty damn fun (never played destiny 1).

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rafterman

If you liked the first game this is pretty much the definitive way to play the second. I had a blast playing today and don’t think I could go back to 30 fps Destiny after this.

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krieglich

Man, I will play it on PS4 and PC (because of different friends) – this’ gonna be hell switching from 30 fps to 60 fps and back … ;_;

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rocketskates69

I was getting 60 fps on ps4….hate it when people don’t know what their talking about.

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Nynja Squirrelle

Hate it when people don’t know what THEY’RE talking about.

“Bungie PC Lead David Shaw revealed that Destiny 2’s 30fps is locked on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, and Xbox One…”

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primal

guess you must hate yourself then… doesnt matter if your using the pro at 1080p or even the xbox one X at 1080p the game is still 30fps and part of that is because its multiplayer so they dont want to give anyone else an advantage but the main reason is the cpus are so crap they simply cant handle any higher

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rafterman

No you weren’t smart guy, which makes your post kinda ironic.

BTW, I have Destiny and played the shit out of it on the PS4 Pro and played the Destiny 2 beta for the Pro…neither of them run at 60 fps.

Here ya go:

https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2017/08/bungie-prioritizing-simulation-over-frame-rate-for-console-destiny-2/

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Space Captain Zor

I played through it earlier this afternoon, didn’t have any trouble. Was pretty damn fun!

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Space Captain Zor

hmm i guess that link above doesn’t let you play it.. so here’s a clickable one

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mjayg

You picked a great part of the mission to show. When I saw the weather effects and the covers on the crates flapping in the wind I was blown away! :D

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Reht

Some of the big streamers were having account related issues that apparently turned out to be associated with having too many pending friend requests – watched Quin figure it out on Twitch (that’s also why making a new account worked – no pending friend requests). I have played through the intro on an older pc – gtx 750 ti and 32 inch 1080 tv and the game looks great to me and the game play was incredibly smooth. It’s incredibly nice to see a game that is polished in an era where everything is unfinished early access.

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Dug From The Earth

had no problems getting into the game from my work computer, which is a piece of garbage.

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Armsbend

“(which is a double shame, since all of today’s eligible crowd has spent money on a pre-order)”

Not really if it truly is a beta. It is this attitude of beta is now early access for money that is ruining your industry.

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Ahelms Tub

Calm down there.

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agemyth 😩

By the time I got around to trying it out I had no technical problems, but I am guessing tomorrow might bring some more issues to light.

Seems like a great PC port if the servers hold up and all.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Tazuras

Mmmm… puns… excellent!

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Estranged

I watched DK stream earlier. Seemed fine.

Bungie has quirky error codes, just their sense of humor.

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Arktouros

Very easy to Ctrl+F then “Chive” :)

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Estranged

lol

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Exxar

So, the client for open beta folks who haven’t bought the game won’t be available for download until tomorrow?

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Indigo Salma

Getting Canary error , which means i don’t have internet connection … So much for my early access …..

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Iain B

No issues for me with the PC beta so far. The game client, and game, have been working flawlessly.

Specs – i7 2600k, 16GB RAM, ASUS ROG STRIX GTX 1070 08G @ 3620×2036 on my Dell S2716GD running at “high” settings.

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