Executive summary for adults and parents: Good game you can play with your family and friends. If you are new to the game, purchase the Legendary (full) edition. You will get all the game content from last year as well as the latest release. If you own year one, there is no difference in the disk. Purchase the update for $20 less in-game (you will see the mission highlighted in-game).
Download content is released to add new missions and strikes. These will cost you $20 each at the time they are released, though.
Parents: This is a single player per console game. Even if you have more than one controller, the game only allows for one person to play. You need to have more than one console (Xbox or Playstation) to have more than one person play. A definite down-side in a house with multiple players. Also, this games takes a large chunk of console memory. If you have the opportunity to purchase an external terabyte drive rather than a Kinect or additional games, it would be worth it in the long run.
Full review (for Xbox One)
This is the second release in the Destiny title. The rating is Teen and it is a First Person Shooter (FPS). However, the violence is fantasy based where characters are killed using guns and special abilities. As a parent, I would say this is no more graphic than a TV show. Definitely appropriate for a Teen and even some pre-teens and more entertaining for the adult than some other game titles.
The graphics and story is better this time around than the first. That may in part be due to the fact the foundation for the universe was laid in year one. If this is your first time through, you will be playing year 1 story and missions working to level your character up to the point you can play the newer missions. Depending on how much time you wish to spend, it could take a while to get to the new content. But, there is an option…
New players and those with characters below a level of 25 can instantly level up one character to 25 to allow access to the newest content. This level up mechanism is a “Spark” which is made available to you in-game. Note, however, that your character will not have all the abilities unlocked that they may have gained through the traditional “grind” method of completing missions, bounties, strikes and raids. But, if you want to get right into the latest action with friends, this will get you there.
Elements of the game include missions which advance the story and provide rewards the first time you play them to help you with the next story mission. Strikes are side missions focus on killing a specific target and don’t advance the story but give you a reward the first time you play them. These strikes are included in a special menu called “Strike Playlist” which will randomly pull from the strikes and set the difficulty for that strike according to the level listed in the play list. These offer a different set of rewards which are based on the difficulty and are known to you prior to selecting the strike. You can play it as many times as you like. There is a daily story mission and weekly missions that also provide rewards for the first time they are run. The daily resets each day, the weekly each week. Raids have a specific agenda like a strike and do not change. They advance the story to a degree in that the results of the raids play a role in future story. The rewards are given the first time you run it for the week and reset each week. If you need to leave a raid before you are finished (raids can take a while), your checkpoint progress is saved and you can enter back at that checkpoint any time before the next reset (thank you, developer Bungie!).
The Crucible is player versus player multiplayer shoot to kill matches. Some crucible games are objective based, other are deathmatch where the objective is to kill the most players. There is no requirement to play any of crucible, though it does help to level up your character and it allows for a larger group of friends to play together.
Bounties are tasks to complete that will gain experience points (XP) to level up your character. They often include some other rewards like glimmer (a form of game currency), weapons or armor, or the materials needed to level those items up.
The game refers to fireteams which are 3 character teams. You can play with alone or with 3 friends. Strikes require a team of 3 and most will match you randomly with other members if you do not have 3 players. Raids and Crucible require 6. The crucible will match you with others to fill a team, raids will not.
Overall, year two adds interesting story, strikes and missions to the game. If you are into science fiction you may find this enjoyable. The download content game additions that come over the course of the year help to keep the game fresh and interesting.