The moon has always been mysterious. Ever since President Kennedy declared that the United States was going to be the first country to put a man on the moon back in the 1960's, people have been speculating about what types of lifeforms can be found there for generations. Actually, people have had their own theories about alien lifeforms for much longer than that, it's just President Kennedy made it a true possibility of actually stepping foot on the surface of the Moon and finding out for ourselves. Science fact: the side of the Moon that always faces the Earth and never seems to change is known as the 'near side,' whereas, the side of the Moon that faces away from Earth is known as the 'far side' or 'dark side of the Moon.' It looks as though only one side faces the Earth and never changes because the rotation of the Earth and of the Moon are essentially the same. So, unless you are in a space shuttle and traveling around the Moon, you'll never see the other side from Earth's surface. For many years, people have speculated as to what "lives" on the dark side of the moon; many conspiracy theories exist that reference the dark side of the Moon. Hollywood is guilty of bringing some of these conspiracy theories to life. Many Apollo space missions were said to have gone to the Moon specifically to explore the dark side (and still coming back with nothing to prove or disprove conspiracy theorists and scientists alike).
The gaming industry, like Hollywood, loves to play into the idea of life on the Moon. The Moon isn't always a place of thriving alien communities (that's what other planets are for). It is usually a launching point, or base of sorts, for missions. Sometimes the Moon is just a fueling station, and other times, the Moon is the mission. The Destiny franchise uses the features and mystery of the Moon to the fullest. In this latest expansion to the Destiny 2 franchise, Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is sure to bring the childhood wonders of the Moon back to the forefront.
Destiny 2: Shadowkeep marks the return of Eris Morn. Play as a Guardian alongside Eris Morn to stop the Nightmares that have emerged from under the Moon's surface from destroying Earth and its remaining inhabitants. These Nightmares seem to have been awoken by the return of Eris Morn and are manifested in the memories and traumas of previous encounters. Most of the Nightmares are old foes [from Destiny 1 and 2], including: Crota, Son of Oryx, the Taken King [killed in the Crota's End raid], Dominus Ghaul [the final boss of Destiny 2], Omnigul, the Will of Crota [from Destiny 1, killed in the WIll of Crota Strike], Skolas, the Kell of Kells [from House of Wolves expansion from Destiny 1], Phogoth [Ogre from the original Destiny, killed in The Summoning Pits Strike], Zydron [Vex Gate Lord from Destiny 1, killed in "Eye of a Gate Lord" mission], and Atheon [killed in the Vault of Glass raid in Destiny 1].
Shadowkeep includes plenty of new Exotics (rare weapons and armor). Previous expansions of Destiny 2 have already introduced players to a wide array of Exotics, but Shadowkeep just keeps the list growing. Some Exotics include: Leviathan's Breath, a large heavy bow that shoots explosive arrows [Rambo style!], Eriana's Vow, a hand cannon that doubles as a sniper rifle (which also sets the character on fire if they use it too much), and the Deathbringer Exotic, a rocket launcher.
Armor 2.0 allows for a greater variety of customization for the player than ever before. According to an article by gamesradar.com,
"Destiny 2 Armor 2.0 is shaping up to be the single biggest change to player customization in Destiny 2 Shadowkeep. Among other things, it will double the amount of stats on armor, enable players to add up to three mods of their choosing to each armor piece, and tailor their appearance using a selection of universal armor ornaments."
Also, once a mod is unlocked, it can be applied and reapplied as often as you want; mods are no longer consumed when applied. However, be aware that although you won't lose your 1.0 mods, they are not compatible and/or usable with Armor 2.0. You'll have to put in the time, do the work, and unlock the newer mods.
Bungie has added a new feature to Destiny 2: Shadowkeep that will add that much more intrigue to gameplay. Finishing Moves are available to all Destiny 2 players. Just as the name suggest, Finishing Moves allows the player to rush a weakened opponent and trigger a devastating, final blow [Mortal Kombat, fatality style!]. These moves, and their subsequent animation, are sure to provide some extra motivation for close combat. According to bungie.net, "Equip Finisher Mods that use Super energy to customize its effects, such as self-healing or spawning ammo for your fireteam."
Included with your purchase of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is Season of the Undying. According to bungie.net,
"Defend our Moon from the Vex invasion and face the Undying Mind. In Season of the Undying, you will experience a new activity, discover new exotic weapons, collect exclusive universal ornaments, and grow more powerful."
Check out the trailer below:
You can order the Standard Edition, available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam. Some features of Destiny 2: Shadowkeep Standard Edition include: new missions and quests, new Destination and Dungeon, new weapons and gear, an all-new raid, and a season pass for Season of the Undying. You can upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition (also available for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, and Stadia) and receive all of the Standard Edition Content, Four Season Passes (each offering unique and exclusive activities and rewards), and exclusive Eris Morn themed items [Exotic Emote, Exotic Ghost Shell, and Emblem].
One of the best things about Destiny 2: Shadowkeep is that it does not require ownership of any previous Destiny 2 expansions to purchase or play. It basically plays as a stand-alone game!
Check out the trailer for Destiny 2: Shadowkeep below: