Metabombed: Destiny 2 Is ‘A Lie In A $60 Box’

As both a professional hater of the corporate machine and a videogame critic, one must walk a fine line between providing information on distasteful business practices and measuring said practices against the positive accomplishments of any given piece of work.

User reviews are subject to no such concerns, which is why METABOMBING a game for any reason in particular happens so often.

Destiny 2 is, for my money, a damn great game. A great game undoubtedly held back to some degree by Activision’s monetization tactics. I might have to take the time to weigh the good against the ill, but Metacritic’s community reviewers have let their feelings known with both barrels.

As you’d expect.

Remaining a popular game, Destiny 2‘s average score hasn’t been thoroughly tanked like less fortunate games we’ve featured. Troops were nonetheless assembled, enough troops to keep Destiny 2 hovering around a mediocre score range. After a week, it’s climbed from around a five to an average user score of 6.0 for the PS4 version.

The Xbox One version enjoys a less favorable 5.1, because who cares about the Xbox version?

While Destiny 2 has been withstanding its Metabombing with impressive resilience, it owes much to a mobilization of defenders who have flooded the game with 10/10 scores in counterprotest. Truly, this is a battle that shall be sung of by minstrels for years to come.

The common complaint among negative reviews is, of course, the issue of shaders (outfit/weapon recolors) being altered to fit into a fee-to-pay model, now intrinsically linked to Destiny 2‘s new microtransactions. Other criticisms cite an unoriginal premise and a lack of significant upgrades from the first game. In addition, many users complain of terrible experiences using a PS4 Pro.

Agree or disagree, we’ve collected the most striking, outrageous, and entertaining user reviews for your perusal, because that’s what we do.

We kick off with PoseidonTeam, who must really hate the Half-Life series.

Destiny 1.5 mega DLC priced as new game. Delivered a nice campaign but your speechless guardian ruins the entire story and makes you look retarded. The reuse of guns, enemies, sounds, etc is so ridiculously obvious. Fan boys and new fans will love it, everybody else who has played the first one and is a bit critical will hate it. (0/10)

mcInturf’s criticism begins the console-specific critique. For the record, I’ve not encountered any problems playing on a Pro myself, but that doesn’t mean they’re not real.

I can’t in fairness give this game anything higher at this point because it absolutely unplayable on PS4 Pro. It’s the reason I signed up for an account here. I hope others follow. (0/10)

They’re not the only one, either. Here’s Ryuzaki911 with a little bit more information on Destiny 2‘s Pro woes.

Crashes every 1-2mins, can’t even get past the intro mission, how could I give it a score of anything other than complete turd! Worst game of the decade. (0/10)

Then there’s the pointedly named F-U-Bungie, damning the PS4 Pro experience even further.

Literally unplayable on PS4 PRO due to crashes and errors. Do not buy this game you will need to return your system to Playstation for maintenance. What a letdown (0/10)

You’re going to think the score for this one is a typo on my part, but it’s not. After all that’s written, GamerFantatic really did give it a big ol’ zero.

Absolutely loved this game.

Pros:
Well executed story (much better than the original Destiny)
Beautiful Cinematics
Fluid Multiplayer for both Competive and Casual
JAWDROPPING SOUNDTRACK
The dynamic scenery and enviroment of each planet
The characters were likeable, especially Cayde-6
I’m impresse with the brand new vanguard strikes as well
Earning Loot

Cons:
Shader System
Microtransactions for cosmetics.

Bungie did a great job. (0/10)

TiredOfTheBS is tired of the BS.

$60 game with lootboxes.
Exploits the sick. takes away content. game will shut down in a couple years leaving you with a $60+ lump of plastic
trash is trash
will most likely succeed anyway because noone cares about ruining things for themselves (0/10)

Sometimes you can say all you need in a sentence. Sometimes you should consider more sentences. Let’s see what Postaratum thinks!

i will give it a zero played too much destiny 1 last time i played desiny was October 2016 this is a sequel not new game the end game is super repetitive raids strikes nightfall raids trials iron banner its very boring dont not buy this game (0/10)

DestInylord1134 brings their lordly might to bear on Bungie’s latest.

Another trash game promised to be great on the hype train. Same failure as the first, with only 2 years of development you can’t expect the story Bungie promised. Cheesy and bland. Do not buy. (0/10)

See if you can answer NovaKIngway’s challenge. It’s a fun game you can play at home. More fun than Destiny 2, perhaps.

Can you name 1 thing that they couldn’t put in an expansion or DLC and not an entire new game? Didn’t think so. It’s an obvious sequel just because. Don’t waste your money. (0/10)

This review is written by someone called dfhdfthdfg.

Bad game with full of bugs. Finished campaign in under 8 hours and then im offered to pay $30 for more content. Endgame is only about grinding campaign missions. DO NOT BUY THIS GAME (0/10)

While it might not be as badly Metabombed as other games, the reviews are a goldmine. Next we have gamerchamp101.

this game is a lie in a 60$ box. It is not what we have been waiting for it is not “better longer with more to do” the story is complete childish **** (0/10)

Aaaaand here’s jackancoke using the notorious “J” word that pops up in almost every review bombing.

Game is a joke way to short DO NOT BUY AT THIS TIME!!!!!!!! It is not even close to what was promised the game would be at launch. Get ready for all the DLC to milk your wallet dry. (0/10)

We’d be remiss not to include some of the 10/10 exaggerations, often entertaining in their own right. Let’s check out Medlalover.

Haters gonna hate. This is an incredible FPS title. Groundbreaking in how they have executed such a big world with attention and care. Everything missing from Destiny 1 is in here. Beautiful title. If you like FPS get this game! (10/10)

You know, kraenk may be right about some of the reviewers they’re lambasting but it does come off like the burglar criticizing the robber.

Those user ratings here are a sign of how pathetic gamers have become these days. Bungie has delivered a sequel which improves in every aspect on the original game. It’s clear that the majority of those giving bad ratings here didn’t even play the game or, if they did, gave it the time it deserves. The game is a 9 in my book but I’ll rate it a 10 to counter those pathetic low lifes giving zeros on here. (10/10)

Here comes firstmode to bravely lead the charge against Metacritic by… using it.

This site is garbage. Either a 10 or a 0 review from the majority. A 10 (best thing ever made on earth) or a 0 (no merits, not even the music is good, the graphics are not pretty, the art is not nice, the animations are not good). Total complete garbage that a game with music as beautiful as this could score a 0 from anyone because the truth is, it is not a 0, even to those giving it a 0.

This game has glorious and beautiful textures and graphics. Even if the game was horrible, the graphics, art, and music alone would have to give it anything above a ZERO.

Garbage site.

I AM GIVING THIS GAME A 10 IN PROTEST TO THE ZEROS. Want to know another reason I am giving the game a 10? This is personally, the best game I have ever played in my entire life. It is all consuming to my soul in a way no other game has ever been. I have been playing game since the Atari 7200. I have played all the amazing classics when they were NEW and FRESH, not on some emulator years later, but when the music and graphics of those classics were cutting edge and amazing.

This is the best game I have ever played in my life. I am so happy this game exists. It makes my life better.

GO BUY DESTINY 2, BUY IT FOR YOUR FRIENDS WHO CANNOT AFFORD IT AND PLAY IT WITH THEM TOO. START A CLAN, PLAY PLAY PLAY. BEST GAME I HAVE EVER PLAYED IN MY LIFE.

Buy the soundtrack, AMAZING!!! (10/10)

Right, that’s enough of that. Time for Destiny1GOTY to bring the anger.

I loved destiny 1 but then the glorious sequel EVERYONE WANTED came out and it’s a bag of dooky. They took out soccer so now im supa dupa mad i want soccer i want dedicated servers, bungie has gone downhill (0/10)

lbjmvp23 has used a term I’ve not seen before. That’s rare.

Nothing but lies and BS from Bungo. It is not what we have been waiting for it is not “better longer with more to do” the story is complete childish crap in a bob (0/10)

Sometimes you get the sneeeeaking suspicion that some reviewers are using multiple accounts. How you doin’, NeoReaper?

Anyone who scores this game higher than a 3 has sever brain damage. This game is a lie in a 60$ box. It is not what we have been waiting for it is not “better longer with more to do” the story is complete childish ****. Only retarded fanboys like this boring ass grindy awful game. Every mission you just go some places, scan some objects with ghost, kill same old hordes of enemies, kill a resized boss. (0/10)

So many of them need to shout when they get to the obligatory part about “saving your money.” I suppose angrymax can be excused, since they’re angry to the max.

This game feels like empty shell. It is very boring, the classes has no meaning, leveling up has no meaning since you almost always has to choose only one perk. Reached level 15 only cuz my friend insisted, but it is one of the most regrettable purchase. All the enemies are the same, you seen one you seen them all. The worst part that sometimes you can’t even play since the servers are over capacity.

SAVE YOUR MONEY, NOT WORTH IT! (1/10)

I have to agree with dunnyone… the emotes are worth a point.

Is this a joke?

Am I in crazy land?

It’s the same DAMN GAME as Destiny 1.

Yes fans will say – sure of course what did you expect we just want more – but there is zero innovation.

Dark Souls series is 3 (or 4 if you count demon’s souls which you should) brilliant games that all look better over time and introduce so many new tweaks and updates to the core gameplay that it feels like a newish game each time.

Destiny 2 feels like Destiny 1, looks like it, plays like it, Nothing new, nothing interesting. I’m halfway through the campaign and I’m just pushing forward. It’s so easy, such a joke of a game. Please, no more Destiny. $60 gone forever :(((((((

1 point for cool new dance emotes. (1/10)

No no no, fuck off XxMasterPlaysxX. I normally try to remain smugly aloof in these articles, but I cannot brook a person claiming, on any level, that Knack 2 is better than most things.

knack 2 has better graphics, better story and characters and Ice knack as special guest, terrible game Destiny 2. And this must be like 150 characters long, so lets go for that. So, i hope u see the reality, Knack 2 is way better, and if u dont belive me buy and OG xbox and play Halo 1, u will see what im talking about. (2/10)

Alright, after reading that one I need a hot shower to scrub off the fucking dirt. See you next time a big game annoys message boards!

Chris Topher
Member
On launch pro version did crash alot. It was a known issue they corrected. I had it and it annoyed me. Beyond this as a hard core high ranking leviathan beating d2 player I equally love and hate it. It’s an amazing game but it does still have that grind and it is incomplete and yes shaders are an issue. Every day I have problems with then as the system only gives out popular colours now and again but fills your inbox with browns and greys. Also I have a sparrow which is terrible. I haven’t won a food one… Read more »
MopeyBloke
Member

Scalan15’s actual review is:

“What is with these losers giving this game bad scores? The first Destiny was great, needed work with the story, but they fixed that with some amazing DLC. Bungie has improved this game in EVERY AREA. they obviously listened to the fans and gave us a great story this time. So now people are being cry babies over microtransactions that you don’t need to buy”

So I guess the argument is you needn’t buy the micro transactions.

ANTI-SANTA
Member
ANTI-SANTA

So this is what Metacritic has turned into.

“I actually like this game, 0/10”

Alexey
Member

“This is personally, the best game I have ever played in my entire life. ”

I can’t help but feel sorry for the guy…

Alexey
Member

“USER reviews are subject to no such concerns …”

*remembers Homefront: The Revolution review*
*smirks*

InfamousDS
Member
InfamousDS

Pray tell, what business practices did Jim take a stand against for his Homefront review to give it the score it received?

Was it:
Financing things aside from QA testing?
Financing things aside from script writers with even a little bit of awareness about common slang?
Financing what was ultimately just a copy/paste of every other major release video game by being a brown, boring, bog-standard open-world shooter?

If you are gonna be a smug jerk about something, at least do it in context of what the article was actually discussing. And also pick a hill to die on which isn’t just a compost heap.

Chris
Member

It really, really isn’t worth responding to the troll.

InfamousDS
Member
InfamousDS

Eh, what else are we gonna do? No more guest accounts means that the comments sections are a lot smaller now, at least until people get the urge to register again.

Anton
Member
Anton

Well, it takes all of thirty seconds, so there is hope.

I miss Disqus, though…. comments were so much more lively back then.

Chris
Member

I really don’t think of that as a problem though. I do still want a mute/block function back though.

Alexey
Member

Tssssssss…

Arella Jardin
Member
Arella Jardin

You copy pasted Medlalover’s review twice, now I’ll never know what Scalan15’s excuse for microtransactions was! Worst article ever, I can’t in good conscience give it a higher rating. 0/10

MopeyBloke
Member

It’s been 3 days and it’s still wrong.

Jiryn
Member
Jiryn

Played through the entirety of the game on the PS4 PRO and didn’t encounter any of the problems people have mentioned with the Pro version. However, I was playing on a 1080p TV, and not a 4K.

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
Member

Oh sweet firstmode…you clearly recognised the problem but lacked the self-awareness necessary to avoid becoming another cog in it. You were almost there… almost!

These articles are rather enjoyable in a way that feels like watching a Come Dine With Me episode with a glass of wine and a spliff. It’s technically trash elevated solely by the delivery of said trash by a charismatic presenter full of snarky wit. 🙂

Amy
Member

Ah Metacritic reviews; the place that reminds you that no matter how terriblely considered a proffesional review can be, you can still find even worse.

Chris Topher
Member
I love the game play but I’ll point out something no one else has which shows how sleazy Bungie have become with microtransaction and gambling loot crap. Beyond the shader debate and all the normal garbage buying exotics which is the goal of the entire game so it is 100% pay to win. At light level 270 you’re stuck and that shot gets very tempting every day as even obsessive grind doesn’t level up. Beyond that in the beta version the shop is quite separate and the audio and frequency of the voice of triss is low. Though in comparison… Read more »
Jiryn
Member
Jiryn

Never forget Bungie bet their company on this game.
When they signed the contract with Activision, it stated they have to release a new Game or Full Expansion (Taken King, House of Wolves) every year for 10yrs or Activision takes controlling share of the company.
This was reported on by various media outlets, then weeks/months later Bungie came out to say “we’d never make such a deal” but I think that’s more damage control, to try and keep strength in their brand name.

JackieGoOutside
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JackieGoOutside

You know, at first I thought the reviews were somewhat reasonable. If the game won’t let you play it, whether because of bugs or server errors, it’s not the thing you were promised so the 0/10 were completely understandable to me.

But then the reviews just got progressively worst, but for once it’s not the people giving the game a 0/10 that are eye rolling but the 10/10s. Phew boy.

Ziio
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Ziio
This metabomb is quite aggravating for a pc users standpoint. I’ve heard all about the highs and lows of Destiny 1 yet have always been fascinated by how it drew back its audience and that could be nothing more than grinding yet was mostly entertaining. Borderlands 3 is way too far off, and I’m not buying a console any time soon, so this will be my best chance for a good MMO style FPS on pc (I don’t like Warframe). The reviews are so inconsistent, Jim hated the first one but loves this one, others that loved the first one… Read more »
Allan Weallans
Member

I’m curious: why don’t you like Warframe? I didn’t like playing it the way I felt the community wanted me to play it. i.e. as fast as possible. I enjoyed it a lot more when I got into groups that were interested in taking a more relaxed pace, but that didn’t happen often. I wonder if Destiny 2 is any better for that, because I do understand the impulse to want to rush in a grind-based game, even if I don’t share it.

Dj_Ziio
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Dj_Ziio
That is the exact reason. Starting out I was always grouped with people that would rush the target; I wanted to explore and get a feel for the level, grind experience and try out weapons. I invested a little bit of money but never felt rewarded in the game, mostly because I was left scraps and was lost in the levels while experienced players were finished and impatiently waiting for me to get to the end point. The game seemed like it could be enjoyable, but for me I would have needed to start much earlier than I did, as… Read more »
anything butthat
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anything butthat

One of the reviews appears twice in a row, might want to fix it so it doesn’t flow like:

“Scalan15 trots out one of the lazier arguments in favor of microtransactions, one I’ve had to answer countless times over the years. Nobody listens.

Haters gonna hate. This is an incredible FPS title. Groundbreaking in how they have executed such a big world with attention and care. Everything missing from Destiny 1 is in here. Beautiful title. If you like FPS get this game! (10/10)”

Heath Von Lind
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Heath Von Lind
Every game review site I’ve read on Destiny 2 has been heavily saturated with their respective bias. Their opinion is written as absolute truth and you’re a complete fool if you dare to disagree. This is the first site I’ve read from top to bottom and loved every bit of it!!! Jim’s opinion is expressed without abusing the opposition, and his humor peppers the entire article perfectly. Even the comments section is filled with fun reads!! Well spoken and with an air of decency that is all but vacant in today’s interwebs. I’ll definitely come back to this site for… Read more »
Pilkington
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Pilkington

A lot of reviewers do tend to do that sadly, it’s the melting pot we’re all in when it comes to game reviews. =/

Alex Brown
Member

I have been on a “humanity is spiraling the drain” sort of mood for the past few days. Reading this didn’t help.

Pilkington
Member
Pilkington

It’s alright, there will always be stupid people, and the trick is to not let it affect you. ; )

Allan Weallans
Member

If you’re using the r-word you’re pretty awful, but if you’re using the r-word over matters of taste then you are awful and also throwing stones within the proverbial glass house. Which actually might NOT be a bad idea, given how fond NeoReaper (seriously?) obviously is of edge.

But I was still reeling from the first one when I read that: “new fans will love it (…) 0/10”. What.

YoDude
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YoDude

The internet hates new things.

Galactix100
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Galactix100

There’s no need to specify, the internet hates everything.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

The Internet hates.

Jacob
Member

No reviews citing the dreaded essjaydubyoos for causing the downfall of western civilization? 0/10.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

HEY DID YOU KNOW AN SJW KILLED MY DOG!?

Epi
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Epi

Are you that one woman who tried to open a men’s abuse shelter?

Sperium3000
Member

I mean, on one thing men suffering abuse is totally a thing, but on the other the details about it were probably bullshit because society loves to twist real issues into bullshit.

Arella Jardin
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Arella Jardin

I started an account just to counter protest this review. I commend Sterling for not validating the use of that fucking pointless term by posting any reviews using it. 10/10

varmintx
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varmintx

The “Haters gonna hate” one is repeated which means I had to read that insipid line twice.

Also, not a single “slap in the face” one? What the hell? That’s, like, tradition or something.

YoDude
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YoDude

It’s a slap in the face of respected game journalism.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

I wonder if Jim copied that on purpose as some sort of attempt to combat the propagation of that lazy microtransaction-excusing argument via keeping it from being reposted, even for discussion purposes, on a site that many eyes will visit. =)

Galactix100
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Galactix100

It’s been a while since we got one of these, always enjoyable to watch people go into melt down over a videogame. My favourites are the guys who don’t seem to be able to spot the difference between this and the original.

My personal favourite is the guy who thinks you should play Halo CE to understand why Knack 2 is better than Destiny 2. I’d love to know his thought process for that one.

Harvard Irving
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Harvard Irving

Congratulations, XxMasterPlaysxX. You broke Jim. Are you proud of yourself now?

Cyrus
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Cyrus

Literally saw an ad for this playing inside GAME an hour ago and customers looking bery impressed while watching it. I wanted to feel bad on their behalf.

OwningXylophone
Member

I’ll never understand this mentality.

Do you feel bad for people in HMV looking at albums you don’t like?
Do you feel bad for people in Waterstones browsing categories you don’t like?
Do you feel bad for people at the cinema going to watch a film you don’t like?
Do you feel bad for people at an art exhibit musing paintings you don’t like?
Do you feel bad for people buying coffee at Costa when you’re a Starbucks guy?

Then why feel bad for them for being interested in a game you don’t like?

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Because for some reasons video games inspire a burning hatred on people liking stuff you don’t like. Remember when people tried to discredit Jim for liking DmC: Devil May Cry? I’m pretty sure he did a Jimquisition episode about that too.

Pilkington
Member
Pilkington

Oh, it was because at the game store, the guy said to the other, “I’m so glad Destiny 2 isn’t going to be one of those games with microtransactions.” Never said Destiny 2 was disliked. =p

mjc
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mjc

Medlalover and Scalan15 have the same review 🙁

Akaya
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Akaya

Pretty sure the quote from Scalan15 was the wrong copy&paste, otherwise nice article Jim

Thomas
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Thomas

“The reuse of guns, enemies, sounds, etc is so ridiculously obvious.” It’s… it’s a sequel, mate. The whole point of a sequel is you don’t have to make all the assets from scratch again. The clue is in the fact the title is the same as the previous game, but with a 2 on the end.

Onshki
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Onshki

HERESY!!!!

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