Destiny year 1 – Was it a beta?

destiny year 1The marketing campaign for Destiny’s incoming expansion, The Taken King, is in full swing and players are weighing in about the updates and changes. Something I have continually heard is that the first year of Destiny was basically just a beta and that The Taken King with all the other content is the complete game we all should have received. Now I’ve continually said that the incessant and bothersome weapon balancing has made the game feel like a paid beta with the moving weapon goal posts. I cannot, however, align myself with the idea that the entire first year of the game was a beta and that the game is only just now becoming a complete $60 game. Continue reading

Destiny The Taken King finally looks promising

Destiny The Taken King Game Informer CoverThe incoming expansion for Destiny, The Taken King, is the cover story for August’s Game Informer. I have been admittedly very skeptical and worried about the expansion since E3 and the subsequent interviews and updates. Each update seemed to be fostering more mystery than information, and the pre-order incentives still have me a little worried about how some players will feel they were motivated to purchase. Now, almost a month before launch, we have received a substantial amount of information, and not from Bungie, but from Game Informer. While I couldn’t help but feel a small sense of conspiracy theory welling up as I read the well written and wordy article, on the whole it felt very light on hype and heavy on details. Continue reading

Destiny leaks get traction for a reason

bungie destinyThere was another Destiny leak on reddit recently, and Paul Tassi has already spoken about why he thinks the whole thing is bogus speculation. To a point I think Tassi is right as most of the things claimed in the reddit post aren’t that difficult to come up with just from being familiar with the game, lore, and reveals of the Taken King. Tassi was admittedly disappointed that the post was receiving so much attention, traction, and belief from the community. I happen to think this sort “leak” is potentially by design from Bungie, but at the very least, it’s the result of how they talk about the game. Continue reading

Destiny Matchmaking in Taken King

destiny the taken kingDestiny is one of those things that can be more enjoyable after some time apart. With a few weeks since my last heavy dose of Destiny I have found the grind to be a bit more entertaining and fresh. Who I ended up playing with, however, was a very different experience than when I first ventured into the Destiny universe. Most of my friends have moved on to other games, and using LFG sites for runs on The Prison of Elders or a Nightfall just seems like overkill. And especially after reading Paul Tassi’s recent experience with using the LFG sites it’s hard to dive into that pool. My use of the “looking for group” avenues went very similar to what Tassi described, and I really resonated with his conclusion: it’s no different than matchmaking and is actually worse. So is it time for Destiny to get the dreaded m-word added to it? I happen to think so… Continue reading

Destiny Taken King – Devil in the details

destiny taken kingDestiny has been a problematic and confusing game since its launch. Fans have criticized the size of the game, the amount of DLC, and recently the pricing structure of The Taken King expansion. Bungie even went so far as to sell the digital pieces of the Collector’s Edition after the outcry from fans because of an interview with Eurogamer. In the midst of this controversy Bungie has assured the fan base that more details about The Taken King are coming that will excite the community. Prior to this the consistent language from Bungie has been that The Taken King will be the most substantial injection of content to date. However, I think something is worrying when we examine the recent update with details about the content. Continue reading