Destiny – I was wrong about the Gjallarhorn

Destiny GjallarhornIn the wake of Bungie’s first twitch reveal about Destiny The Taken King many players came to a disappointing but unconfirmed realization. Bungie quickly solidified the unsettling news in their weekly update: the Gjallarhorn is getting left behind. One of the major pieces of the reveal about The Taken King was a run down of how year 1 exotics can be leveled up to year 2 status with new perks, power, and even aesthetics. Many are calling foul as we were given the impression that year 1 legendaries were being left behind but that exotics would still have a means to be leveled up. While I think leaving behind the Gjallarhon will be a good decision in the long run, I think Bungie totally botched and mishandled this with respect to the community. Continue reading

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 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

What Bungie really thinks of you and their game

bungie destiny taken kingIt didn’t take long for the incredibly stupid price structure of Destiny’s next DLC installment, The Taken King, to make waves. In a recent interview with Eurogamer, Luke Smith fumbles just about every ball possible. It’s hard at this point to not look at the entire situation with an eye of suspicion as it’s difficult to accept someone could be so inept and arrogant all at once. I have my own theories about what is going on, which I won’t go into here, but I highly encourage any fan or potential future fan of Destiny to go read the interview. It sends a pretty loud and clear message that being a long time player of Destiny comes with derision and a lack of appreciation. So take note potential buyers of the alluring bundled Destiny packages, below I will show how the interview betrays a serious underlying problem both with how Bungie views their community and their own game. I already have posts and videos about how the House of Wolves was basically one step forward and eight steps backward. For the most part my concern was the casual players, but now Bungie has doubled down on frustrating its player base by asking hardcore fans to literally buy the game a second time if they would like special edition perks. Paul Tassi at Forbes has already predicted there will be damage control by the end of the week with respect to giving something to legacy players, and I hope he’s right. If Bungie doesn’t act fast their decreasing fan base won’t just shrink, it will vanish. And the desperate price point to draw in would-be fans won’t be enough to convince enough to jump into such a caustic and toxic pool, especially with so many other next-gen games coming out. Yes, Deej has said there is an announcement coming about how year one players can’t get the special edition content without re-buying the game, but that they will get “something better”. This interview, however, is very telling about why so many of us feel a rift with Bungie that continues to widen with every interview and press release. Continue reading