We’ve spent the past few hours playing Destiny 2’s Season of the Haunted release and we’re having a blast (pun intended because of the Solar 3.0 rework).
Destiny 2 is truly in the best state it’s ever been. Here are our initial impressions of Season of the Haunted.
The Solar 3.0 rework makes explosions even more fun
One of the best feelings in Destiny has always been grouping up mobs and blowing them up in fun and creative ways. Solar 3.0 somehow makes it even better.
The new Scorch effect applies a burning DoT debuff that damages enemies. At a certain number of stacks, the Scorch debuff causes an explosion dealing AOE solar damage. Plus, it looks really cool.
In particular, the Warlock’s new finger snap grenade has been a ton of fun. Especially, since it lets us live out our Roy Mustang fantasies. While we aren’t super happy with the Well of Radiance nerf, the healing grenades almost make up for it.
The new aspects for Solar 3.0 are super fun as well. We love the Titan’s Sol Invictus aspect that applies buffs to your party while damaging enemies with Sunspots.
Exotic buffs actually make underused Exotics fun to play
For Season of the Haunted, Bungie buffed a few Exotics that have fallen of the wayside including Xenophage, Fighting Lion, Skyburner’s Oath, and a few others. Testing these weapons out in PvE content has been a lot of fun and makes it even harder for us to decide which weapons we want to keep using.
As a longtime Graviton Lance fun, the new Vorpal Weapon perk makes it useful against bosses now which is a dream come true.
Weapon crafting is now much simpler
Thankfully, Bungie made it much easier to upgrade and craft your weapons by removing unnecessary currencies. It’s now much easier to craft the weapons you want.
Plus, gold borders around masterworked weapons are officially back.
The Leviathan is hauntingly beautiful
Players who went through the Leviathan raid should be extremely happy with the Leviathan’s return. Its updated visuals and creepy aesthetic show Bungie’s art team at its peak.
Plus, all the new corruption and Darkness effects throughout the ship look super cool and reminds us of Metroid.
What’s not so great about Season of the Haunted
So far, Season of the Haunted has been off to a great start. The only real complaint we have right now is about the number of bugs. While every season launch has bugs, we’re noticing a higher amount of bugs than usual (we’re playing on PS5).
We hope Bungie release a few hotfixes soon to smooth out the playing experience.
Overall, Season of the Haunted is off to a great start. We can’t wait to keep playing the season and seeing what surprises Bungie has in store for us.