Destiny wants you to grind. And grind and grind and grind. There's a lot to be said about Bungie's design behind their loot system and how damn random it is, but a lot of people don't mind endlessly shooting at the same enemies for the hope of a shiny reward. Not this guy though, which is why he's built a robot to do it for him.
There isn't much good to say about how Destiny deals with endgame content. Once you hit that Level 20 soft ceiling, it's all left up to chance. Progression is based on new gear, so two roommates set out to see just how many times you'll have to grinds Strikes in order to get some shine new Exotic weapons. It took them a long, long time.
I stopped playing Destiny a long time ago, but I know thousands of others haven’t. The game’s most recent expansion, The Dark Below, was a bit of a disappointment to most, but Bungie has a few chances to makes things right (and better) with their projected expansion roadmap this year. Too bad they’re not getting better at plugging up leaks.
Finding exploits in a game, is a game in and of itself. Take Destiny for example, Bungie's “don’t call it a shooter MMO” title, which comes packaged with new ways to game the experience with each piece of DLC released. The Crota’s End raid happened to have an exploit that allowed players to rack up gear during the end encounter. But as of this week, that little exploit is getting flushed away like a terribly underrated and brilliant movie starring rats.
Whether you loved or hated the game, there’s no denying that Destiny is a platform for DLC. It has plenty of that content on the way, having recently released the Dark Below DLC and paving the way for House Of Wolves in March. But that’s nothing compared to what’s on the horizon for Destiny.
I've always been too afraid to modify my tech. I'm sure it's perfectly safe or awesome, but I'm just one of those people who doesn't touch anything that could void a warrantee. Besides, if I wanted to modify my tech, why would I buy a console? Bungie seems to have the same feeling as they were swinging the ban hammer this week.
Destiny fans, prepare yourselves. Because the game is about to unlock the potential of its exotic weapons. Those magnificent death-dealing guns that are pried from the dying hands of various high-level foes are about to be overhauled, and buffed to be even better than usual at the speedy delivery of lead implants into the face of your nearest nemesis.
Despite a mixed reception at launch, millions of you are still playing Bungie's online shooter, Destiny. The first major content expansion is on the horizon, with the Dark Below aiming to deliver on fan's requests since launch. That's probably why Destiny's greatest weapon has a much bigger role to play this time around.
I haven't played Destiny in weeks, and I don't plan on returning soon. I do know that millions of other people are still playing though and loving every social second, and I'm glad not everyone found it to be a waste of hard money. So if you're one of those people, here's a heads up on some server downtime.
Destiny is about safeguarding humanity, uncovering the lost secrets of our golden age and fighting back against the McDarkness that threatens to to engulf our species and snuff it out once and for all. It’s also all about the loot, which is infinitely more important, something that most number-crunchers can agree on with me. Here’s a look at all the lovely new potential gear on the way back into the game.
If I have to be honest, Destiny has been a massive let down for me. I've grown bored of Bungie's MMO-like shooter very quickly, and I know I'm not the only one. But that doesn't mean no one is playing Destiny. In fact, a lot of people still are - who are all looking forward to the first expansion which now has a release date.
One of the most underrated, and yet important, video game design factors is the standard user interface that you have no choice but to use.
Yesterday Bungie detailed a new hot fix that would be going live later in the day. It did, bring a host of small tweaks and changes to the game’s weapons and raids. Some players, however, are finding that the patch also manages to destroy their Destiny installation altogether.
Despite all of the negative press, Destiny still has a surprisingly large active player base. It might not be as high as Bungie would've hoped, but their continued support could entice some burned players to return. Especially those who loved their scout rifles, because they're finally useful.
Right now, the only way to tackle Destiny’s Raids is to have a group of high-levelled friends who want to get shot in the face repeatedly in the perpetual quest for better gear. That’s right; there’s no matchmaking for Raids – which means it’s impossible to jump in to a raid with a group of strangers for a few arduous hours of shooting. That could change.