One of the Best Quests in ‘Destiny 2’ Is an Unexpected Meditation on Grief

Games often struggle when dealing with grief, and this is especially true for bombastic shooters. The oft-memed “press F to pay respects” moment from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is a prime example of this, because when the rest of your game is built around the generally limited verbs of “shoot, throw grenade, melee attack,” it can be hard to involve the player in moments of emotional depth in satisfying ways. Because of this, many shooters tend to avoid this subject matter altogether. This lineage is why one of the weekly quests in Destiny 2: Shadowkeep, involving the player helping an NPC work through the grief of losing people close to her , has been a surprisingly pleasant balm to what is, on average, a more hamfisted approach.

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