Destiny vs Destiny 2 – Which is Better?

Learn about some of the differences between the original Destiny and Destiny 2 in order to determine which of these multiplayer first-person shooter games is better.

What is Destiny and Destiny 2?

Destiny, developed by Bungie, is an online multiplayer first- person shooter that was released worldwide in 2014 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One consoles. The final update to the game, Destiny: Age of Triumph came out in March of 2017. The sequel to Destiny, Destiny 2, was first released in 2017 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows platforms, as a pay-to-play game. In 2019 the game was re-titled Destiny 2: New Light and became free-to-play. The most recent expansion, Beyond Light came out in November 2020. It can be hard to improve your rank and get the best weapons and gear in the game but a Destiny 2 carry service can assist you.


Many fans feel that Destiny 2 improved on the original Destiny, while others maintain that the original game is superior. Our task today is to take a look at both games and determine which is better.


  • Player Base: This is an area where Destiny 2 has a distinct advantage. Since it first launched Destiny 2 has attracted over 20 million players. Accurate data on the current number of Destiny 1 players isn’t available but there is considerably less. This can make it difficult to find other players to team up with to participate in non-solo activities. Unless you have a group of friends that you already play Destiny with, it is much easier to participate in group activities playing Destiny 2.


  • Weapons: In both Destiny and Destiny 2 players can carry three weapons. However in Destiny 2 the way weapons are classified was changed so that there are now kinetic, energy and power weapons. A weapons category is based on the ammunition it uses rather than its make so you can equip similar weapons such as 2 different auto rifles. This provides you with more options when you arm your Guardian. Also all weapons in Destiny 2 are already fully leveled up. In Destiny many weapons had to be upgraded, and you may spend a lot of time and resources to level up a weapon just to find out it isn’t very good which can be disappointing. Destiny 2 also has the edge when it comes to exotics. There are many more exotics well worth going after than in the original Destiny.


  • Story: The story mode in Destiny 2 is definitely an improvement over the original Destiny. Much of the original Destiny story and plotline had to be deduced from the Grimoire cards and it is somewhat confusing. It did get straightened out a bit in the Destiny’s Taken King expansion. In Destiny 2 lore entries are in the game and for the most part every story has a clear beginning, middle and end so it is easier to follow.


  • Character Development: In both Destiny and Destiny 2 there are three character classes players can choose from: Titan, Hunter and Warlock. However beyond that each character has new and special abilities in Destiny 2. There are 4 elemental subclasses that group abilities making the process of developing your character easier. That being said, many players miss the customizable subclasses from Destiny and feel that the move away from RPG mechanics detracts from the game. This boils down to a matter of preference.


  • Armor: With the mods and perks in Destiny 2 armor is much more customizable than that in the original Destiny. The flip side of the coin is that many feel the armor in the original Destiny was more cosmetically appealing and better suited to the character.


  • Content: Destiny 2 offers a far greater variety of content than the original Destiny. There are worlds to explore, plenty of raids, dungeons and many competitive modes such as Gambit and Crucible. Destiny 2 has even brought back the moon from the original Destiny although it has been altered somewhat. The season model that Destiny 2 uses adds new content on a regular basis as well. The bottom line is there is just a lot more to do in Destiny 2. On top of that it is easier to move from planet to planet without spending a bunch of time in orbit and you can fast travel between locations.


  • PvP: For players who enjoy PvP, Crucible is where you will likely be spending a large portion of your time. Both Destiny and Destiny 2 have a good selection of modes to choose from as well as plenty of different maps. However Destiny 2 has the superior weapons sandbox. Virtually all Primary weapons with the exception of Scout Rifles can compete against other primary weapons. In every game you will find an assortment of Shotguns, Grenade Launchers, Sniper Rifles and Fusion Rifles. Various weapon perks and armor mods are able to interact together to make most weapons work in the Destiny 2 Crucible which was far more difficult to manage in the original. In addition, Destiny 2 has Gambit which is a hybrid PvP/PvE mode that doesn’t exist in the original Destiny.


  • Gameplay: The gameplay in Destiny and Destiny 2 is fast-paced and one of the best parts of both games. PvE and PvP offer plenty of differences which attract different types of players to the game. The gameplay in Destiny 2 might be slightly better as it has been fine-tuned from the original but it doesn’t add anything significant to the overall feel.


  • Raids: Raids are the most difficult missions to complete in Destiny and Destiny 2 and require a team of 6 players. There are a total of 4 raids in the original Destiny while Destiny 2 has almost double the amount with 7 raids. The “Vault of Glass” raid from Destiny was just added to Destiny 2 with some slight modifications. One of the best things about raids in Destiny 2 is the Guided Games feature which makes it easy to team up with other solo players to complete missions you wouldn’t be able participate in alone.


Overall in this person’s opinion Destiny 2 provides a better experience but it’s subjective and some original Destiny fans feel otherwise.