You just can’t keep a good meme down. A couple of months back, lootathon shooter RPG whatchamacallit Destiny had a secret area that was just dripping with extra gear. Extra gear which was necessary, seeing as how the Cryptarch was more tight-fisted than a Christmas gift from your grandmother. Naturally, this Loot Cave was patched out of Destiny. But the memory of that splendiferous location lives on, in Dying Light.
Over on Reddit, people are debating the merits of Evolve's pricing system. Rather than having players buy a full price game, plus DLC, they are questioning why it wasn't made as a free-to-play experience. Does this apply to all multiplayer games?
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.
There were a bunch of excellent games released this year - we are celebrating them with all our awards today. However, many of us are looking back on 2014 and wondering what happened. It was supposed to be an amazing year for gaming, but so much went so wrong.
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.
I’ve yet to jump into Destiny head-on. Because right now, I’m playing a waiting game, as I’ve got a R10 bet with Matty that we’ll see a GOTY edition of the game by September 2015 that packs in all the game DLC. That might be a wise move on my part. Because without that DLC which cost the prettiest of pennies, players are going to be locked out of certain in-game content.
Finding a group of like-minded, sufficiently levelled players to tackle Bungie’s arduous raids is a difficult task. If you don't have a group of friends ready and willing to raid, you’re left out. One of the most oft-requested features from people who don’t have a regular group of Destiny-playing buddies is for some sort of Raid matchmaking. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like that’s coming. Bungie has said it has “no plans” to implement Raid matchmaking.
Destiny’s first expansion, The Dark Below, is coming next week. As you’re likely aware, those playing the game on PlayStation platforms will be treated to exclusive content that won’t be going to that other platform until "at least Autumn 2015." Sony’s PlayStation Blog has finally detailed that content.
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.