Sorry, I was out last night unexpectedly so I missed out on this until now.
JerecTo date it would be 2 Story expansions (10 levels), 3 Strikes, 1 Raid: Crota's End, 8 Crucible maps, The Prison of Elders Arena (Horde type) and Trials of Osiris (3v3 Elimination over 9 games) and a few odds and sods like new Sparrow and Emblems etc.
I know its a hard pill to swallow, Â£35 seems a lot of money, especially when the 'Full' game at launch wasn't massive to start with, but I think when you weigh up the hours you play compared to another Â£50 game, the cost is nothing really.
I can understand the logic. It's just that the only thing that seems to actually be locked out is the story missions, strikes and raids. When it comes to loot and crucible maps, they're available to me. With the story content not being that great (though I've read this stuff is better than the main game), is it worth that? Like you said, if it's providing hundreds of hours of content, it makes complete sense. I guess I just don't know if I'll be one of those people putting in hundreds of hours. I'll have games to review and of course, Halo 5 will be the game I keep coming back to, much like you with Destiny.
OK - read it - I think you have hit quite a lot of nails on quite a lot of heads.
Thanks! I appreciate you reading it and I'm glad you liked it.
hancocajI would emphasise the sense of community - playing Destiny has been like being on Xbox Live back when it was new. You connect up with players either via forums, or LFG sites, and for the most part they are semi-reasonable human beings who can actively communicate and help get stuff done.
It will probably have a different feel now, but it's hard to describe the excitement of managing to find 5 other willing Guardians (easier if you have lots of gamer friends!) early on in the games life and plunging down into the vault of glass. Having 6 players, working really hard to beat game mechanics and shoot monsters as a team, is just a great feeling.
I consider myself a veteran Destiny player, and there are still new Destiny players coming into the fray and it is pure joy to guide these guys through the game, whether its the Vault of Glass, teaming up for Iron Banner or even just a story mission thats holding them back. Its this compassion that we (long time Destiny players) all share and strive to give. Like for example since I was level 30 and able to run the Vault, I've missed out on Fatebringer (arguably the best Hand Cannon in the game) and so we all banded together to grind it out, week after week after week, and each game we played, someone that didn't have it, got it, but they would still join in the next week and the week after, and finally I got it (well 2 in fact in the same drop!
) and we all celebrated and T-Shirts were printed (I was there when....) and that was great. And I believe there are others that need the same assistance and thats what I do, this weekend I'm grinding out the Vault again to hopefully get one of my PS buddies a Fatebringer, and for me fingers crossed for Hawkmoon!
That's something I've heard a lot. The perception seems to be that the Destiny community is chill and helpful. I just don't have a dedicated fire team, most of my friend's list who plays already has their group and have been grinding for months already. Ben has been a big help but it's not enough for raids or being an effective team in crucible. I can imagine having a team that plays every (or other) night provides a much better experience. If you do see me on Destiny, I'm up for forming a team. Though I wonder if I will have a different/lesser experience because you guys know all the secrets to the VOG and I don't, so the sense of discovery is gone and a sense of order is installed.
I forgot about trials - I think you're a Halo online MP fan? - Trials is a really intense PvP mode where you HAVE to co-ordinate as a team of 3. and it's an elimination mode so once you've lost 3 games your progress is "fixed". The more wins you can get before you accrue 3 losses the better the loot - up to 9 wins. If you like loot drops etc and are sucked in to Destiny then it has a really big pay-off if you manage to go 9-0.
Regular players have been going nuts about it
I am a Halo guy, yeah. Halo is my go to multiplayer experience when it comes to PvP, so as you can expect, Halo 5 is my big thing this year which is the biggest threat to Destiny's shelve life for the future. The ToO sounds like a lot of fun (and is much like Breakdown in H5). I'm not nearly good enough or have good enough gear to be competitive though. I can only imagine those hardcore in the Trials are level 32-34 and dedicated as fuck.
hancocajIf you're getting a VoG run together then PM me - if I can make it I'd love to jump in
On that note, I'm actually not levelled up enough for VOG yet. I'm a 25, so will be trying to up my stats as best I can. Even if I don't commit to the DLC and the hundreds of hours like you guys, I'd at very least love to do the raid and finish all the game's content available to me before selling my disc. There's also very much the possibility that the VOG is what pushes me to buy the expansions as well. Who knows.
Had my 5th Gjallarhorn drop last night, did not need!
Ha, I've seen videos of people freaking the fuck out when they get it and you're just like URGH SO USELESS!
I've just had my first Legendary drop and it was a Titan Mark, was so annoyed. Thankfully when I first logged in, Bungie (I don't know why) had put a Legendary sniper from House of Wolves into my post box, so that has been a sweet back up in PvE. Everything else I have though is blue gear.