Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen Review – The Battlefield Changes Guardian

Destiny 2 continues to expand and add new content with its newest season. Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen is upon us. Is it worth its weight in silver or should you leave this one in the cold of Europa?

Read on to find out


Destiny 2 was first released back in 2017 and then in 2019 embraced the free-to-play model. Since that time, the game has received a couple of major expansions and then seasonal content on top of that. For those that haven’t visited the game in a while, you may have quite a bit to do just to get caught up, and if you have a powerful next gen console, say goodbye to almost all loadimes. That’s definitely not a bad thing if you love this 3rd person shooter’s gameplay and loot system.

Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen brings the Co-op Battlegrounds

Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen brings with it new additions to the storyline as well as a new game mode. Battlegrounds are similar to strikes, but consist of a more intense, constant battle with you and 2 fellow guardians, with matchmaking available, pitted against an array of Cabal soldiers and bosses, some of which that can shield up and regenerate health. Unstoppable champions will come at you relentlessly, and are a formidable opponent, but the Barrier Champions are even tougher.

These Barrier Champions, when left injured and uninterrupted, will throw up a shield and regenerate health. Thanks to the seasonal artifact, though, some weaponry is at your disposal that can stop these guys dead in their tracks. The Bell of Conquests artifact has some unlockable components, and as you rank up within the season, you’ll be able to equip some mods on scout rifles, sniper rifles, SMGs, and even your melee attacks, which will interrupt these guys and not allow them to regenerate. Your first encounter with one of these guys might leave you scratching your head as expend round after round into one of these guys, only to watch them replenish back to full health.

Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen – The Hammer and the H.E.L.M.

Upon completion of your first Battleground encounter, you are awarded with the Hammer of Proving. This is used to forge Challenger Medallions which then allows you to open an additional chest when you complete more Battlegrounds. The hammer is then charged up and these charges are used to focus a new type of loot, called Umbral Engrams, into a specific category of weapon or armor type.

In order to focus these new Umbral Engrams, you’ll have to visit the newest locations near the tower called the Hub for Emergency Logistics and Maneuvers (H.E.L.M). Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen also adds some new story elements to the game and you’ll need to visit the HELM in order to hear more about it and work towards completing the related quests. Your hammer is upgradeable as you progress through the season and complete seasonal challenges, and this will allow you to bank more Cabal Gold and bank more hammer charges.

Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen – More Gear, More Power, and More to Do

Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen brings with it a handful of more exotic quests, which are being released weekly, so that we can unlock more and more exotic weaponry. Some of these quests can be quite lengthy and are reminiscent of past jumping levels that will test your mobility and timing. Some of the quests are hidden, and will require a little sleuth work on your part (either in game or your favorite internet search engine), and some will come from one of the NPCs scattered throughout the game world.

Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen does a great job of not only furthering the story and lore of the Destiny universe, but also shows that even after being thirteen seasons into the game, developer Bungie can continue to grow and evolve the gameplay and the gear, and in essence, give the game an ever expanding feel to it. The current season goes until May 11th, so now is a great time to jump back in if you haven’t spent anytime here in a while.

Destiny 2: Season of the Chosen review code provided by publisher and reviewed on a PS5. For more information on scoring, please read What our review scores really mean.