While this game mechanically is identical to D1. You can really tell what a copy/cut and paste job D1 was. The train wreck of the previous game becomes more noticeable with how this game flows. The story is superior in every way possible. There is purpose, narrative, and direction. There is an actual villain, and you have a real goal. The musical score is amazing. They could probably Rerelease Destiny 1 ten years from now in some special edition for whatever underpowered Nintendo console is out at the time, with all its cut content restored/redone. So far the story is really good. And if you're wondering, the Generator room nerf consisted of the second tier turbines being removed so there is only one set of them.
What else is good?
They actually fixed just about every issue the beta had. Ammo drops a lot, power ammo drops from every yellow bar, but its still kinda scarce. Your super charges a lot faster to where you can needlessly hold on to it for big moments that may never happen. The enemy AI is a lot better in this game. While the Cabal are still the same clunky oversized enemies. The fallen are a lot smarter and have new movement tactics. They now do this running dash where they set there body really low to the ground and run to cover or away. Its actually annoying as i had to chase down a HVT in the open world when he kept doing this. It can really throw off your aim as well. The hive is still pretty similar but so far thrall spawns are more tactical and annoying. Instead of a bunch all running out of a narrow doorway, I experienced them in more open areas spawning out of a wider array of corners. They are still terrifying when you hear the screams. The game doesn't shy away of bringing back all your "favorites" at the start. The exploding thrall's, and the exploding shanks all make sure you make your life miserable near the start.
Once I played past the opening mission I ran around the EDZ a bit. I still don't have a sparrow so I did what I could while there. Adventures are pretty neat. Way better than the bland patrol missions in the first game. Then again I don't know if I'd want to repeat any of them or if i can. There also seemed to be a lot of stuff locked off from me as far as exploration goes. I hit a few public events... they were your standard fare of stop the fallen mining and the devilwalker. What is interesting is I got 2 exotic engrams from two different PEs. Exotics I could use at my low level as well. Sadly the boots I got already have been outclassed by the time I stopped playing by greens. Still, its interesting to get low level exotic stuff. I also did two lost sectors, but I was guided into them by the introductory adventure, and by a second adventure I did later. I'll reserve judgement on how much there is to do on patrols. After running 4-5 adventures I seemed to have done them all for the EDZ, but then again maybe its because that's all that shows up for my current power level. Like I said I saw a few force fielded walled off areas I couldn't get into yet.
Missions are varying lengths The last one I did was a good 20-30 min long.. but it was really 2 missions that were just back to back off a cut scene. Either way, they make sense as you know what you're doing, and why you're doing it. Instead of wandering around aimlessly listing to your ghost ramble about nonsensical stuff, there is a bunch of radio chatter between important characters as a narrative. It really gives the game more life.
The grenades still take forever to come back. That's one thing they didn't fix. Also, you always revert to your primary kinetic weapon out of your super... I mean wtf? Why? It's thrown me off so much when I think I'll go back to shooting my SMG only to shoot one shot with my hand cannon. Also I had to wait 30 minutes after launch to get in because servers were at capacity. So much for that "rolling launch". The tool tips are annoying as fuck and wont go away until you do them. They're very obstructive to where you just do them to get rid of them.
I'm kinda iffy on the new light system. Both your weapons and armor contribute to your power level which replaces the light system. The issue I have with it is that you're basically forced to use the weapons that drop that have the higher power value regardless of the type. Got a sweet shotgun? Too bad this shitty nade launcher dropped with a higher power level moments after you got it. Once you reach level 20, and the power level cap it won't matter I guess, but along the way it kinda sucks. Especially since adventures and missions have recommended power levels sorta like The Division had.
I also don't like that I'm having to wait to get access to my sparrow.. wtf?
So, all I can say right now is that its like D1 probably should have been, there isn't anything ground breaking or new.. you just have Destiny with a better story that isn't limited by old gen consoles. It's like a "sorry guys for that last game, this is what we meant to make". I'll post more impressions once I get into strikes and discover how useful if at all patrolling is as endgame content.