So, without getting too political, the situation around the publishing of this has gotten a bit rough. The concept of having "lootboxes", or engrams available for extra purchases is definitely a hot topic. For this review, I will note that I am definitely a bit miffed by all of this, but I will not let it sway my view too far.
The game itself is beautiful. Whether you play on the base PS4 or XB1, or you have the advanced capability of the PS4 Pro, or XB1X, this really shines. Performance has been pretty stable since day 1, and has only gotten better. The few glitches that I have encountered have not been game-breaking, and actually were just kind of funny. I would love to run this for PC as well, but I haven't gotten around to it, so I won't delve into 60fps performance, or ding the consoles for not being able to run that way. The point is that while the first Destiny was hampered by having to bridge the old console generation and the new, this gets to take full advantage of the hardware.
Storyline and characters are phenomenal, compared to the first offering in the Destiny Universe. By the time Bungie had added The Taken King expansion, they had dug themselves out of the hole, for the most part. But this time around, things were pretty solid from the beginning. Granted, they have tweaked a few things now that the first expansion is out (a separate purchase, FYI), but it mostly works just fine. Characters have been consistent, believable, and enjoyable, especially considering that this is primarily a first-person-shooter. Mechanics have to be solid, and story comes second, but they've stepped up to the plate this time.
Packaging is okay. The cover art looked nice, at first, but has become somewhat dull. And since the install will require the same storage as the blu-ray holds anyhow (plus patches), you might be better off with a digital copy, if only to free yourself from having to switch discs. That is up to your preference with discs, having the ability to resell the game, how often you use the disc drive, or play other games/media.
Overall, I'm willing to give it 4/5. The mechanics are beautifully handled, the story is great, the graphics look SO much better than Bungie's first Destiny, and the promise is that there is more to come. However, the kickback comes from the shenanigans about certain items being available from purchased engrams, and consumables (like shaders now), being limited, compared to the first game. Between the semi-pay-to-win silliness that Bungie seems to want to continue running, the current attitude toward "lootboxes", and some serious issues that have yet to be completely addressed regarding leveling, item drops, etc., I have to take it down at least one notch. BUT, it's still a great game.