‘Destiny 2’ Controls: Does the beta handle differently than the first game?


Destiny 2’s beta will be live for preorders on both PS4 and Xbox One by the end of Wednesday, but if you didn’t preorder, you might be curious how it controls. The one thing most people can agree on about Destiny is that its shooting was best-in-class for a console FPS, with buttery smooth aiming, ultra-satisfying headshots and some of the best melee attacks in the genre. It would be a real shame if that were to change in Destiny 2.

Destiny 2 controls: It plays just like the original, and that’s a good thing

According to Heavy, the basic controls dictating super attacks are the same in the new game — and my coworkers tell me in Slack that everything else is as you’d expect. Left trigger to aim, right trigger to shoot, shoulder buttons for abilities and all that other fun stuff have been maintained.

That IGN video of the campaign mission in the beta shows off what moment-to-moment gameplay in Destiny 2 looks like. Guess what? It looks like a flashier, prettier Destiny. Hooray.

This is good news. Destiny didn’t need wholesale gameplay changes, it just needed everything around the shooting to be better. If Destiny 2 still has the great shooting of the original with an actual story and more stuff to do, count us in.

More Destiny 2 news and updates

If you can’t wait to get back out on patrol with your Fireteam, check out the rest of our coverage for Destiny 2. We’ve got the scoop on why Bungie opted not to use dedicated servers for the sequel, why there won’t be cross-play and cross-saves for PC and what you can expect from the game’s PC specs and Battle.net partnership. Additionally, you can check out the new Supers being added to the game, some details behind guided games and the new Crucible changes as well. Finally, you can read our ongoing coverage of the beta here.