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Storm Churning Through Caribbean, Hits Turimks and Caicos – The New York Times

Storm Churning Through Caribbean, Hits Turks and Caicos – The New York Times

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Hurricane Irma Pummels Caribbean and Churns Toward Florida

The Atlantic’s strongest storm has left destruction across the Caribbean. Witnesses warn others to brace themselves as Irma moves toward Florida.

By CAMILLA SCHICK, ROBIN LINDSAY and CHRIS CIRILLO on Publish Date September 6, 2017. Photo by Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times. Watch in Times Video »

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This is Thursday’s storm coverage. Read the latest with Friday’s live updates on Hurricane Irma »

Hurricane Irma, an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm with sustained winds of up to 155 miles an hour, continued to tear through the Caribbean on Friday, moving through the Bahamas and along the northern coast of Cuba, the National Hurricane Center said.

The death toll from the storm was at least seven as of Thursday afternoon, but the authorities warned that the number could rise as emergency crews reached flooded areas and as communications improved. The hurricane is expected to hit the Florida Keys and South Florida starting Saturday evening, said Kevin Scharfenberg, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

A second storm, Jose, strengthened into a Category 3 hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean and could hit Antigua and Barbuda, which have suffered extensive flooding and wind damage from Irma, according to the National Hurricane Center.

In Florida and Georgia, officials issued mandatory evacuation orders for coastal and some inland areas, leading to gas shortages and heavy traffic on local highways. The National Hurricane Center issued a hurricane warning for South Florida, the Florida Keys, Lake Okeechobee and Florida Bay and a storm surge warning for South Florida and the Florida Keys.

• Half of the 100,000 residents of Antigua and Barbuda have had their homes destroyed or heavily damaged, the prime minister said.

• The governor of Puerto Rico said at a news conference that electrical service had been restored to 144,000 households — which still leaves nearly a million in the dark.

• Officials in Florida have issued evacuation orders, including mandatory ones for all of Monroe County and for parts of Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, Pinellas and other counties.

• Irma’s 185-m.p.h. winds persisted for more than 24 hours, the longest period ever recorded. The French weather service described it as the most enduring superstorm on record.

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Conditions are deteriorating in Turks and Caicos.

Hurricane Irma slammed into Grand Turk on Thursday evening, ripping off dozens of residential roofs, flooding streets, snapping utility poles and causing an island-wide blackout. It also damaged the roof of the hospital in Cockburn Town, the capital of Turks and Caicos, a British overseas territory.

Providenciales, the most populous of the Turks and Caicos’s 40 islands, was experiencing howling winds, rough seas and steady rain. Hurricane shelters across the island were full. A government spokesman, Zhavago Jolly, said he had not received any reports of fatalities or injuries.

Earlier in the day, Virginia Clerveaux, the director of the Disaster Management Department, warned that emergency workers would “not be able to provide relief services during this time until further notice.”


A child fills a bucket with water in Nagua, the Dominican Republic, on Thursday, as Hurricane Irma moved off the northern coast. Credit Ricardo Rojas/Reuters


Haiti shuts down, but avoids the worst.

Moderate winds and rain were reported in northern Haiti, but the impact was not nearly as severe as officials had feared.

Although two people were reported injured near Cap-Haïtien after a tree fell on their house, “to this moment, we have had no major devastation,” Interior Minister Max Rudolph Saint-Albin said at a news conference Thursday evening. He cautioned that rain would continue and that flooding might still occur.

Despite public warnings broadcast across the country over the past two days, fewer than 160 people went to temporary shelters in the north, according to preliminary government figures. Many feared that their unattended houses would be looted, or did not believe the government’s dire predictions, said Tania Escamilla, Oxfam’s regional communications coordinator.

This time, luck seemed to be on their side.

Officials had been worried not just about possible drownings and injuries from the storm, but also that a surge of cholera could follow, as happened last year after Hurricane Matthew devastated the country’s southwest.


In Puerto Rico, ‘our prayers were answered.’


Residents picked up debris in Fajardo, P.R., on Wednesday. Nearly a million people in Puerto Rico were without power. Credit Alvin Baez/Reuters

In Puerto Rico, nearly 70 percent of households were without power immediately after the storm, but the island was otherwise largely unscathed, Gov. Ricardo Rosselló said on Thursday. By the evening, power had been restored to about 144,000 households, though nearly a million were still in the dark.

Roughly 55 percent of hospitals were functioning, Mr. Rosselló said.

“We would like to start out thanking the Almighty,” he said of the relatively small impact, with fallen trees and electrical poles making up the bulk of the damage on the main island. “Our prayers were answered.”


Fallen trees in San Juan, P.R., on Thursday. Credit Erika P. Rodriguez for The New York Times

Many residents, though grateful the damage was not worse, were furious about the vast power failures. How is it possible, Puerto Ricans wondered aloud, that a hurricane that passed at a distance and hardly claimed a shingle could leave more than a million households in the dark?

“This is an abuse, a lack of respect,” said Isla Rosado, a 58-year-old secretary. “Irma had not even arrived yet when we were already without power.”


A devastated Barbuda braces for yet another hit.


Families took shelter in a church in Las Terrenas, the Dominican Republic, on Wednesday as the country braced for Hurricane Irma. Credit Tatiana Fernandez/Associated Press

Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda said that half of Barbuda had been left homeless by the storm, which blew through on Wednesday. Officials declared a state of emergency. And with another storm, Hurricane Jose, expected soon, many of Barbuda’s 1,600 residents are trying to evacuate to their sister island, Antigua.

Michael Semple, a resident of Codrington, said his roof had been blown away and his kitchen destroyed. “The only thing I have left is my wife and my family,” he said.

Teline Charles, 33, a New Yorker who was visiting family in Barbuda when the hurricane hit, said she had “never experienced anything like that.”

“The roof came off during the storm,” she recalled, “and we actually had to leave the house and run into the car until the eye came, and then ran for better shelter.”

With a hurricane watch in effect as Jose approaches, the government is hoping to transport all of Barbuda’s residents to Antigua by the end of Friday, either by sea or by air.


Boarding up windows on Wednesday in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Credit Ezequiel Abiu Lopez/Associated Press

In the Dominican Republic, officials evacuated some areas near the beachfront town of Cabarete on the north coast, though some residents chose to stay boarded up in their homes and ride it out.


A satellite image of Hurricane Irma made Thursday afternoon, as the eye approaches the Turks and Caicos Islands, on a track that could lead to a strike on Florida. Credit National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

President Danilo Medina canceled work for public and private companies, and schools were closed until Monday as emergency workers spread out to manage the expected fallout. But residents in Cabarete said that so far, the effects of the storm had been relatively mild.

“It’s really not that bad,” said Lindsay Sauvage, who lives with her family in Cabarete and said the electricity had shut off around 3 a.m. “We expected much worse.”


‘It’s just unbelievable. It’s indescribable.’

Four people have been confirmed dead on the island of St. Martin, Mr. Philippe, the French prime minister, said on Thursday, lowering a previous toll of eight deaths given by local rescue officials.

Around 50 people were injured, including two seriously, he said, and 65 percent of homes on the island are uninhabitable. Rescue workers are still assessing the damage on St. Martin and St. Barthélemy.

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A reference to its famous monument, “Great Faces. Great Places” appears on the license plate of which U.S. sta te?

A reference to its famous monument, “Great Faces. Great Places” appears on the license plate of which U.S. state?

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· North Dakota

· Wyoming

· South Dakota

Answer: South Dakota is known as the land of "Great Faces. Great Places." It refers to the famous faces of the four American presidents on Mount Rushmore National Memorial. The state slogan was adopted in 1990 and can be seen on license places, promotional materials and some road signs. Sculpted by Gutzon Borglum and later by his son Lincoln Borglum, Mount Rushmore features 60-foot sculptures of the heads of former United States presidents (in order from left to right) George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln.

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A person suffering from leporiphobia would fear which cartoon character?

Question :A person suffering from leporiphobia would fear which cartoon character?

  1. Bugs Bunny
  2. Mickey Mouse
  3. Daffy Duck
  4. Yogi Bear



Bugs Bunny

Leporiphobia, is an abnormal, debilitating, and often paralyzing fear of bunny rabbits. It is among the most common phobias in the Western hemisphere. People with leporiphobia will, by any means necessary, stay away from any area they believe to be inhabited bunnies. If they see a bunny they will refuse to enter the general vicinity until they overcome the severe panic attack that is always associated with it. Leporiphobia begins at a young age for most, and usually lasts until death. Tennis star Andy Roddick is rumored to have a fear of bunnies.

What is the most commonly used condiment in the world?

What is the most commonly used condiment in the world?

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Ketchup 39.2%

· Mayonnaise 11.7%

· Mustard 16.9% – answer

Mustard seeds were a popular spice in India and in Sumer as far back as 3000 BCE. There are frequent mentions of this spice in Greek and Roman writings. Its popularity has grown so much that in the 20th century, the use of mustard as a condiment is the largest use by volume in the world. It is mainly grown in the temperate regions of the world, unlike most spices. Source: Britannica.com

· Vinegar32.2%

breaks another record, becoming first Atlantic hurricane to maintain 185mph winds for 24 hours | The Independent

breaks another record, becoming first Atlantic hurricane to maintain 185mph winds for 24 hours | The Independent

Hurricane Irma has set another record, having sustained max wind speeds of 185 miles per hour for more than 24 hours – so becoming the only Atlantic hurricane to sustain that powerful wind speed for so long.

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The last hurricane is maintain such winds for even close to that long was hurricane Allen, which hit northern Mexico and southern Texas in 1980. Allen had winds of 180 mph and above for around 18 hours. The top wind speed for Allen was 190 mph.

Irma has clobbered Caribbean islands with pounding winds, rain and surging surf on Wednesday as officials in Florida called for evacuations ahead of the storm’s expected landfall there this weekend.

Irma could become the second powerful storm to thrash the US mainland in as many weeks, but its precise trajectory remained uncertain. Hurricane Harvey killed about 60 people and caused as much as $180 billion in damage after hitting Texas late last month.

Latest updates on hurricane Irma in our live blog

The eye of Irma was passing over the northernmost Virgin Islands on Wednesday afternoon after crossing the half-French, half-Dutch island of St. Martin, the US National Hurricane Center said. Category 5 is its highest category.

On its current path the core of Irma, which the Miami-based centre said was the strongest Atlantic storm on record, was expected to pass near or just north of Puerto Rico on Wednesday before scraping the north coast of the Dominican Republic on Thursday.

Karel van Oosterom, the Netherlands ambassador to the United Nations, said Irma had hit the Dutch islands of Saba and Sint Eustasius before overrunning St. Martin.

“First information indicates that a lot of damage has been done, but communication is still extremely difficult,” he said at a UN meeting.

Hurricane Irma – in pictures

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Hurricane Irma – in pictures

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A tree collapsed on a house in St Martin

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A hotel in Saint Martin is gutted by floodwater during the hurricane

Guadeloupe 1ère

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Cars submerged in Saint Martin

Rinsy Xieng

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Debris floats amongst the floodwater in Saint Martin


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Household items float down the street in Gustavia, Saint-Barthélemy

Carole Greaux

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The coast of St Martin is flooded as the hurricane hits the island

Météo Express

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A whole street underwater in Saint Martin


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A car crashes into the tree amongst the chaos in Saint Martin


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A building on the St Martin seafront, destroyed by the hurricane


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Palm trees bend in the wind in San Juan, Puerto Rico as Hurricane Irma slammed across islands in the northern Caribbean

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A woman runs in the rain as Hurricane Irma slammed into San Juan, Puerto Rico

Reuters/Alvin Baez

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A picture taken on September 5, 2017 shows a view of the Baie Nettle beach in Marigot, with the wind blowing ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma

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A man rides past a boarded up house as part of preparations ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma on September 5, 2017, in the French overseas island of Guadeloupe

Helene Valenzuela/AFP

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Employees of the Mercure Hotel fill sand bags on the Baie Nettle beach in Marigot, as part of the preparations for the arrival of Hurricane Irma

Lionel Chamoiseau/AFP

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People in line at Costco, as they find out the store has ran out of water on September 5, 2017 in North Miami

Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP

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Night view of the city of Cap-Haitien, in the north of Haiti, 240 km from Port-au-Prince, on September 5, 2017

Hector Retamal/AFP

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Bonjour Food Market in Miami prepares for Hurricane Irma

Michele Eve Sandberg/AFP

Irma began lashing Puerto Rico with rain at mid-morning. Governor Ricardo Rossello told residents to stay inside as the storm bore down on the island. “There is no reason to be in the street,” Mr Rossello told a midday press conference.

Many businesses in the capital San Juan were closed and many buildings were covered with storm shutters. Occasional shoppers were out making final purchases of water, ice and food to prepare for what could be several days without power.

Rene Franco, a 37-year-old medical student, said he had still not decided whether to flee to a shelter.

“I feel ready. I bought groceries. I bought water — too much water,” he said as he walked his 12-year-old dog Heaven before the storm arrived. “In the past I have always stayed in my house but this time it depends. It depends on the waves and the water. This is a very difficult storm.”

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Related video: Dramatic footage as NOAA plane flies into Irma

After Irma battered the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, emergency officials reported three injuries and minimal damage, with some roofs blown off. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said flights would resume from the airport Wednesday afternoon.

Many of the Caribbean’s Leeward Islands were under a hurricane watch, including the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern Bahamas, the NHC said.

In Paris, the French government said it had delivered water and food to two overseas territories, St. Martin and St. Barthelemy, and that emergency response teams would be sent once the storm had passed.

Power was knocked out on both islands, according to prefecture officials on Guadeloupe. At least four buildings were damaged and low-lying regions had been flooded, French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb said.

The UN World Food Programme prepared to provide emergency aid to Haiti if it was hit by Irma. The country was ravaged by a 2010 earthquake and Hurricane Matthew last year.

US President Donald Trump said he and aides were monitoring Irma’s progress. “But it looks like it could be something that will be not good. Believe me, not good,” he told reporters at the White House.

Mr Trump, whose Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, could take a direct hit from the storm, has already approved emergency declarations for Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, mobilising federal disaster relief efforts.

Florida Governor Rick Scott said Irma could be more devastating than Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 storm that struck the state in 1992 and still ranks as one of the costliest ever in the United States.

Residents of the Florida Keys, a resort archipelago at the state’s southern tip, were ordered to leave by Wednesday evening. Residents of low-lying areas in densely populated Miami-Dade County were urged to move to higher ground.

“We can expect additional evacuations as this storm continues to come near our state,” Scott said at a news conference in the Keys.

He said 7,000 National Guard troops would report for duty on Friday, ahead of the storm’s expected arrival.

In South Carolina, Governor Henry McMaster also declared a state of emergency and urged residents to prepare for Irma’s potential landfall there.

“It’s too soon to rule out any possibilities,” said Kim Stenson, director of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division. “Hurricane Irma is a dangerous storm and its projected path could put South Carolina in harm’s way. Fortunately, people in South Carolina have time.”

Reuters contributed to this report

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Who invented the safety pin?

Question :

Who invented the safety pin?


  1. Walter Hunt
  2. Susan Johnson
  3. Elias Howe
  4. Isaac Singer



Walter Hunt

Walter Hunt invented the safety pin. He first got the idea for the safety pin while nervously twisting a piece of wire. He was trying to think of something he could do that would allow him to pay off a $15 debt. He patented his safety pin invention in April 1849. He didn’t think the invention would ever amount to much and soon sold the patent for $400. Source: TheInventor.org

Who shot and mortally wounded President William B. McKinley on this day in 1901?

Question : Who shot and mortally wounded President William B. McKinley on this day in 1901?

John Wilkes Booth
Sirhan Sirhan
Leon F. Czolgosz
Jack Leon Ruby



Leon F. Czolgosz

On September 6, 1901, William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was shaking hands with the public when Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot him twice in the abdomen. McKinley died eight days later of an infection which had spread from that wound. He was the third American president to have been assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881. Czolgosz was executed just over seven weeks later.

Question: Who shot and mortally wounded President William B. McKinley on this day in 1901?

Question: Who shot and mortally wounded President William B. McKinley on this day in 1901?

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Answer: On September 6, 1901, William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States, was shot on the grounds of the Pan-American Exposition at the Temple of Music in Buffalo, New York. McKinley was shaking hands with the public when Leon Czolgosz, an anarchist, shot him twice in the abdomen. McKinley died eight days later of an infection which had spread from that wound. He was the third American president to have been assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln in 1865 and James A. Garfield in 1881. Czolgosz was executed just over seven weeks later.

Review in progress: Destiny 2 is ready to take over your life again | Metro News

Review in progress: Destiny 2 is ready to take over your life again | Metro News

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Destiny 2 – the launch is only the start

GameCentral takes a look at the opening hours of Bungie’s mega sequel, including the story campaign and co-op play.

It was obvious from the moment it was announced that Destiny 2 wouldn’t be doing anything fundamentally different to its predecessor. Despite its enormous success the first Destiny earned a mixed reception upon its launch and was heavily criticised throughout its lifetime, even and especially by those that dedicated dozens of hours a week to playing it.

So while the sequel may seem unambitious, and relatively miserly in terms of new features, it will still prove more than worthwhile if it manages to streamline the original experience and add more content. And judging by the opening hours alone, it seems to have done exactly that.

As with any online-only game there was no way to properly review Destiny 2 before launch, especially considering that the first raid doesn’t go live until next Wednesday evening. The rest of the game switched on yesterday, at around 1pm in the UK, ahead of the official midnight launch. How smoothly that goes we’ll have to wait and see, but there were no major problems with the first one and the Destiny 2 beta seemed to go well.

The other problem with reviewing Destiny 2 is that we’ve already played the opening campaign level twice now, and you’ve probably watched it even more times via the official gameplay videos (not to mention all the streamers that leap upon the game the second the severs went live). But as overfamiliar as the opening has already become it is still a useful statement on just what developer Bungie is trying to achieve with Destiny 2.

Their stated priorities are improved storytelling, given there was almost none in the original; expansion, particularly of the open world patrol zones; and reinvention of flawed elements such as character progression and the competitive multiplayer.

Considering developer Bungie was previously best known as the creator of Halo it always seemed bizarre that Destiny never featured any coherent plot or characters, but the new campaign is almost falling over itself trying to rectify that oversight. The thrust of the story is that Earth has been invaded by a new faction of Cabal invaders, who destroy the Citadel and rob all Guardians of their ability to use Light. In other words they press the reset button on everyone’s character, so every player has to start again from scratch.

All of this is illustrated by much more structured set pieces than before, that immediately feel a lot more like Halo than anything in Destiny 1. The plot and characters are fairly bog standard sci-fi clichés though, where everyone is either a wannabe comedian (Cayde-6 is already almost unbearable) or stoic hardass whose every utterance seems more portentous than the last. There’s a certain sense of desperation in the game’s attempts to add more personality to its world, and while that’s preferable to nothing at all it hasn’t really grabbed us so far.

Destiny 2 – not exactly what you’d call all-new

Where Destiny 2 shows unequivocal improvement though is in its open world areas. These were always impressively large but also largely empty – with only some dull fetch quests and the occasional public event to liven things up. Destiny 2 adds two important new aspects in the form of Adventures and Lost Sectors. Adventures are basically proper side quests, with not only more varied objectives but also more snippets of storytelling and characterisation. Which come across as a lot less heavy-handed than the main campaign.

Lost Sectors have been billed as the first person shooter equivalent of a dungeon crawler, although they’re a little underwhelming so far in terms of size and loot harvest. They’re hidden in plain sight in the open world, and you can replay them as often as you want, but they’re not very difficult and basically just involve wiping out every bad guy in the area.

But of course the main appeal of Destiny, and the real reason for its success, is playing with other people. Something that’s not emphasised by the campaign but has become increasingly important for the open world areas. As a result public events have evolved from the simplistic boss battles of the first game into much more complicated group activities, with multiple objectives – including a hidden one that unlocks a higher difficulty version of the event.

The simplest way to play co-op remains a strike, which so far seems to be the least altered element of the game. Although raids will now have a kind of matchmaking, in the form of the guided games option. What has seen significant change though is the Crucible’s competitive multiplayer. Every play mode is now limited to four vs. four, and one of the main new ones uses Counter-Strike for inspiration, as you alternately try to plant a bomb and defuse it.

Destiny 2 – are you ready to get addicted all over again?

The Crucible was always the least distinctive part of Destiny’s design but the new Survival mode is an interesting new addition, in that you have to share respawns with your team and once you run out you can’t rejoin the match. We’re not sure the lowered player count was really necessary to make that work, but it’s fun nonetheless.

The nuances of Destiny 2’s new modes and options will become clearer over the coming days but it’s the little improvements that are going to be most obvious when you first start. Like the fact that the open worlds now have a proper in-game map, that lets you track public events, add waypoints, and use fast travel. Things that seem blindingly obvious now, but for some reason were never in the original game.

There’s a long list of reasons to be disappointed by Destiny 2. There are no completely new races, relatively few new worlds, and little change to the types of weapons available – even if they have all been recategorised. There’s no new class types either, just new subclasses that are sadly lacking in any real kind of novelty.

It’s not hard to imagine a much more ambitious version of Destiny 2, but it’s also hard to deny that the mixture of perfectly tuned action and endless loot farming works just as well as ever. Destiny 2 is a refinement, not a revolution, but everyone knew that months ago. And if you weren’t put off by that prospect before you certainly won’t be once you get your hands on the final game.

Formats: PlayStation 4 (reviewed), Xbox One, and PC
Price: £54.99
Publisher: Activision
Developer: Bungie
Release Date: 6th September 2017 (24/10 on PC)
Age Rating: 16

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