Destiny Taken King Six Man Patrols

destiny patrolAt this point Bungie has added a lot of cool things that can happen while you are patrolling in Destiny around the different planets. Some of the new missions will even send you on a patrol to kill taken champions that show up in a similar way to how the wolves would prowl in the House of Wolves. I’m actually not a huge fan of how the champions had to be killed within so much time mainly because there is sometimes not enough people around. The same thing can happen when you want to run the Court of Oryx higher tiers and nobody is around to help. So why do we need six man fire teams while on patrol? Continue reading

Destiny the Court of Oryx needs fixed

destiny the taken king the court of oryxIn previous reviews and videos I have said that the Court of Oryx, a new public event in Destiny The Taken King, was a lot of fun. I still stand by that as I have thoroughly enjoyed all three tiers of the event. However the event requires extra players and reasonably high light levels in order to even stand a chance in the third tier. If you are below a certain light level you actually can’t even do damage to the enemies that spawn. Now, none of this would matter if there were always people around to take part. Continue reading

Destiny King’s Fall Raid Guide past Warpriest

destiny the taken king kings fall raidA group of people from my stream and I managed to start the new King’s Fall raid in Destiny The Taken King and we got passed the Warpriest!

If you’d like to watch how we did it click here for an exciting time of us figuring it all out.

Destiny Rift Gameplay Improvements

Destiny The Taken King RiftDestiny is officially in year 2 with the launch of The Taken King and I thoroughly enjoyed the two new PVP game modes in the week leading up to the release of the expansion. Rift is easily the mode with the most potential for competitive gaming, but in a way that allows players of varying skill levels enjoy it. However, after just one week in the game type there are some elements that I think could be improved for the overall quality of the game and enjoyment for everyone. Continue reading

Destiny PVP is changing for the better

destiny pvp mayhem riftI recently wrote about and made a video entitled, “Destiny PVP is finally fun”, and after another fun day in the two new game modes, Rift and Mayhem, I started to see the writing on the wall: Destiny PVP is changing. For many players this is a welcome change as virtually every person I’ve talked to or played with has unanimously said this is the most fun they have had in Destiny PVP. And a lot of these players are like me and have been pretty unenthused and uninterested in Destiny PVP, especially Trials of Osiris and The Iron Banner. This is when I realized why the player versus player side of Destiny was changing and why I think it will help player engagement. Continue reading

Bungie lawsuit – Activision to blame for Destiny

Destiny ActivisionFor a while those of us who have criticized Destiny for its shortcomings have theorized that Activision may have been the primary cause behind most of the game’s problems. A recent lawsuit between Bungie and composer Marty O’Donnell puts meat on the bones of a theory many of us had. Bungie was being sued for monies due to O’Donnell for work he did on the soundtrack for Destiny and for profit sharing as well as other contractual agreements. What is now undeniable, thanks to details outlined in the lawsuit, is that Activision caused significant turbulence with the creative staff at Bungie around the time that the game was significantly delayed and had the story substantially revised. 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 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