If you want the best gear in Destiny, you’ve got to work for it. Legendary engrams don’t grow on trees ya know! Some of that gear can be won through sheer blind luck. Some of it can be bought from Friday specialist Xur, provided that you’ve got a few Strange Coins to part with. But right now, Ether Chests and the Prison of Elders are popular locales in the Destiny universe, ripe for the picking and grabbing of an engram or two. And it’s about to get a little bit easier to grab that loot in Destiny.
Destiny’s loot system isn’t exactly typical of games that share a genre or two with it. Sure, enemies may drop gear now and then, but once you hit the higher levels, it’s those blue engrams that you’ll be hanging onto. And hopefully decoding to get a legendary item in return. HA! Just kidding, that ain't never going to happen thanks to that stingy Cryptarch bastard. And Destiny’s trading system doesn’t really allow for easy exotic grabs either, as you’ve got to work for your gear. But an auction/trading house could make the pursuit of better guns a tad easier, something which a new trademark points to.
Destiny kicked off a new multiplayer mode last week with its House of Wolves DLC, the exotically-titled Trials of Osiris. It’s online competition to the extreme, as the mode drew in a ton of players who were hoping to secure enough straight wins in order to pick up a few pieces of high-level gear for the game. And of course, the Trials of Osiris drew in a few cheaters. Of course it did. And Bungie wants to do something about that.
When it comes to the RPG side of Destiny, the current-level cap is a tad on the low side. After all, you tell any ardent fan of levelling up that Destiny caps you at the magic number of 20, and they’ll scoff in your general direction. Scoff to the max, of course. Thing is, it’s a soft cap. And a clever one at that, because you’ve probably noticed a few players hitting numbers well beyond that limit. And it’s all about your gear baby.
Cast your minds back to last year. It’s September 2014, and the most anticipated and hyped game of the year, Destiny, has finally landed. And it’s somehow both great and terrible. There’s a ton of content available in the vanilla edition of the game, but it’s hardly explained. There’s a wall that’s quickly hit, with the first DLC expansion The Dark Below, not exactly patching things up. House of Wolves will most likely end up being just as polarising as Destiny itself. But it does so with an absolute ton of new content that gives the game the upgrade that it needs.
It may not be to everybody’s tastes, but I’m genuinely digging Destiny as I approach my twentieth hour while patrolling the Cosmodrome. Sure, it’s not perfect, but there’s a lot to love. Especially when it comes to loot. Now that I’m busy working my light level up and earning both Crucible and Vanguard marks which will be spent on some of that sweetass exotic gear, I’m also keeping my eyes peeled for when I finally get my first taste of exotic loot. And baby, I want this helmet. I just gots to have it!
What the hell is an Ether chest? It’s a gateway to all your hopes, dreams and goals in life. Provided said ambitions revolve around obtaining fantastic loot in Destiny. The latest Destiny patch has thrown these sought-after chests into the game, provided that you were able to vanquish several of the wanted Fallen in the Queen’s Wrath bounties. They’re still hard as nails to find however, but we’ve got your back.
Destiny is by all means, not a perfect game. As Geoff still succinctly put it last year, Destiny is “a confused game that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be”. And he’s quite right. There’s a heavy grind at play here, the narrative is rubbish and the Cryptarch is indeed a bastard. And yet, the game has an audience. Despite these imperfections, Destiny still commands a particularly loyal fanbase. And I want in on that. So I’m jumping into Bungie’s massive legacy-building project.
Destiny's House of Wolves is coming and it just might lead to a spike in players. For those looking forward to the expansion, though, there might be a slight delay. But don't worry, you'd prefer a delay considering Bungie's explanation.
It's not just about how many people play your game. Sure, it's important to reach a lot of people, but you don't want that game sitting there, barely touched. Destiny's player base is growing, but that doesn't mean that the overall hour count is going to keep rising.
It’s been almost a year since Destiny released. And since then, it’s been staying the course on the DLC promise, realising its potential. And there’s more DLC on the way. Now, I don’t who you are, or what you want. If it’s money, I can assure you that I’m quite broke after buying a Hatsune Miku body-pillow. But what I do have are a very particular lack of skills, skills I have acquired over a very short career. Skills that make me an annoyance for people like you. If you let my game go, that’ll be the end of it. I will…Dammit Bungie hung up on me.
Despite the perceptions you may come across on the internet, Destiny is still very much alive and kicking. It might not have the massive, mainstream appeal people expected it to have after launch, but there still seems to be a dedicated pocket of people who love the shooting, grinding and looting fun that Bungie has on offer. And if you hang around the PvP realm more often than others, Bungie is catering to you with House of Wolves.
Say what you like about Destiny, but the game clearly has a dedicated fanbase who do see some sort of potential in Bungie’s newborn franchise. Reddit threads, wikis and weekly video guides are all par for the course in this fandom. But some fans go a step further than merely contributing to a thread or discussing weekly Xur sales. Like this guy, who made a backup plan to get his hands on some Destiny loot when the world was against him.
Can you hear that? That deep rumbling sound emanating from the Internet? Well it's because there is a storm brewing because apparently the latest Destiny DLC was showcased in a Destiny video from 2013.
Mining! It’s the industry of the future! Especially if said future results in the city of Johannesburg falling down a massive sinkhole thanks to unscrupulous activities which have weakened the ground around that metropolis! But data-mining is also good! And that’s exactly what has happened with Destiny, as details regarding the upcoming House Of Wolves DLC pack have been data-mined out of the latest patch. So uh, spoilers and all that.