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post #51 of 604

Public events are the best.

 

Last night I started a public event that involved the Cabal drilling into the planet.  You're supposed to hold the line next to the drill as it ticks up from 0 to 100%.  I was horrendously under leveled for this event, and there weren't any other players nearby.  So I just started running in circles around the drill.  They'd kill me, I'd respawn, and start the countdown going back up.  With a minute left and only 54% completion, I knew I couldn't finish the event.  But I ran back, and started my usual circle...

 

Time expired.  When I died, the event would be over.  A few super brutes shot me and I fell--

 

And another player jumped in the circle, keeping the clock going.  He revived me, and we managed to hold off the Cabal until the meter hit 100%.

 

It's been my favorite Destiny experience so far.

post #52 of 604

Maaaan I aint got the time to be playing this game!

 

I saw a screenshot earlier of what looked like a house. Some sort of abandoned chateau. And I was like, wtf. Destiny doesnt have any houses in it.

post #53 of 604
I picked it up for $20, post-gift card because people in the real world asked me about it.

The first few hours are already much better than Destiny. This feels like the game they wanted the first one to be, but we're all thumbs in building it.

That's not to say it's perfect. Just a couple minutes in, I fell into a spot in the prologue (along the main path!) that I had to struggle for a couple minutes to get out of, jamming the jump button. The menus are still clunky as fuck, and all the character creation choices are EXACTLY the same.

But it's more fun. Getting to the Farm was pretty epic, and I like being part of a rag-tag resistance more than I did looking down at The Last City from the tower.
post #54 of 604
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PS4 or back to Xbox?
post #55 of 604
Xbox... Wasn't my first choice. I'm honestly pretty frustrated with XBox One these days - the dashboard gets worse and worse with every update. But the friends and family playing are almost all on Xbox.
post #56 of 604
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Dig it. Y'all may have to make a Clan for Xbox, not sure the status of that. We already have almost half the XP for the week on PS4 and already have 1/4 of the clan engrams you can earn each week for all members.
post #57 of 604
Hit me up with yout gamertag DT. I'll see if I can make a clan this afternoon.

Minor post campaign NPC stuff-
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Finally got to see my waifu Holliday again. I was worried she wasnt going to get a spot in the social space. Found the empty Future War Cult lounge too.

Spent 15k spacebucks to make my new ship shiny purple. Daaaaaaaamn Bungie.

Still got a ton of fresh adventures to do. Feels like it's going to be a while before I get a decent gear setup for Crucible. Need a good legendary or exotic autorifle to drop.
post #58 of 604

I think this should work:

 

CHUD Xbox Clan

 

https://www.bungie.net/en/ClanV2/Chat?groupId=2319761

 

Once I get another member on there I can start cranking out the rewards.

post #59 of 604

Hit level 20.  This is probably the greatest single achievement of my life.  I'm going to cry and drink now.

post #60 of 604

So whats the word here?

If my appreciation for D1 was derived from a sense of wonder and exploration, and also shooting dudes in the face with a Flaming Revolver in the Crucible....

 

how does this stack up? I find that the ethics of video game journalism are woefully inadequate when it comes to accurate gauging this sort of release, and so it falls on you fine people to give me a solid assessment here.

post #61 of 604

I didn't set out aiming for futuristic cyborg cowboy, but that's where I've ended up.

 

 

 

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So whats the word here?

If my appreciation for D1 was derived from a sense of wonder and exploration, and also shooting dudes in the face with a Flaming Revolver in the Crucible....

 

how does this stack up? I find that the ethics of video game journalism are woefully inadequate when it comes to accurate gauging this sort of release, and so it falls on you fine people to give me a solid assessment here.

 

It's MORE DESTINY, IMPROVED.  Basically everything the first game did is back, and now it's better.  I'd give Destiny a 6.5/10 and Destiny 2 an 8/10.

post #62 of 604
Zhuk- game is outstanding so far. 9 out of 10 Reeses.

I came to Destiny 1 with the full post-Rise of Iron package, so I missed all the droughts. With the amount of Adventure missions it has, D2 is at least the size of post-Taken King D1.

Without having done any heroic strikes, I don't know how the whole package will shake out, but I've had a blast %90 of the time so far.

I got a 265 Risk Runner, so every time enemies use arc damage on me, I shoot back with a bottomless ammo clip and Palpatine lightning. It's insane.
post #63 of 604

Maaaan.

post #64 of 604
Maaaan
post #65 of 604

Why do people on strikes insist on splitting up from each other and diving into clusters of enemies?

 

I tend to play a support role, and it's a bitch to revive them when they're lying in the center of 15 goons.

post #66 of 604

Some more newbie questions:

 

1) Can you join more than one clan? And what's the perk of being in a clan? And how do they differ from a group?

 

2) At what level should you jump into the crucible? And for beginners what is the best crucible type option?

 

Thanks for any feedback! 

post #67 of 604
One clan per system. There is a 'leave clan' button on clan options on the clan page if you need it. I don't fully understand the benefits, but certain activities put Clan XP into the pool towards rewards.

Level doesn't matter in crucible, you can jump in anytime. What helps is using a weapon type and power setup you are comfortable with. The 2 playlist options still need some work and fleshing out imo, the main difference is Competetive has that pain in the butt Countestrike mode. Quickplay has Control and TDM, also Control, and Control too.
post #68 of 604
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Haha, I can't hit the broad side of a barn with this Nightstalker arrow thing. I'll try to stick with it, though. I sorta get the gliding over the battle laying down tethers aspect. Remapped super to RB so I can at least aim while I multishot.

I've got 10 mobility and 1 recovery right now, so the smoke bomb invisibility is a game changer for survivability.

Archways and doorframes speak to this day of the horrible pain they suffer at the hands of my tethers.

post #69 of 604
The 2nd to last EDZ World questb Differential Diagnosis, appears to be bugged for me. It gets stuck on a -Loading- popup near the end. Tried it twice, happened again in the same spot. Argh. Once I wrap that up, I'll have cleared the EDZ.
post #70 of 604
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I have had several Adventures bug to where I had to abandon and redo.
post #71 of 604
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Originally Posted by The Dark Shape View Post

Public events are the best.

Last night I started a public event that involved the Cabal drilling into the planet.  You're supposed to hold the line next to the drill as it ticks up from 0 to 100%.  I was horrendously under leveled for this event, and there weren't any other players nearby.  So I just started running in circles around the drill.  They'd kill me, I'd respawn, and start the countdown going back up.  With a minute left and only 54% completion, I knew I couldn't finish the event.  But I ran back, and started my usual circle...

Time expired.  When I died, the event would be over.  A few super brutes shot me and I fell--

And another player jumped in the circle, keeping the clock going.  He revived me, and we managed to hold off the Cabal until the meter hit 100%.

It's been my favorite Destiny experience so far.

Similar story, I was on my tod in a public event and getting battered by this big floating orb thing. With seconds to go three lads appeared on bikes and annihilated it. One got off the bike and saluted me, then they all took off.

I'm enjoying it, I never played the first so I have no idea what's happening but it's decent. I suck though.
Edited by Mike's Pants - 9/11/17 at 9:40am
post #72 of 604

Another friend encouraged me to go for it by talking up all the content, and now October 24th seems very far away.

post #73 of 604

Now that the math has mostly resolved itself, I'm eager to dive into some of the complete game quests (that reward some cool gear).  I quite like the game itself, after finally getting some REAL play time in.  They kept the rock solid shooting and movement mechanics, changed up the weapons in a good way (added a bit more variety), expanded the environments, and reduced the overt grinds.  There is still work to be done, but it's more pleasant and less obvious.

 

Some quick advice before the reset.

 

1) Get to 260 with the blues and occasional Legendary drops - Public Events and Crucible (try not to hit the Flashpoint and Crucible Milestone until you are closer to 260).

2) But make sure to do the Milestones each week.  They drop "Powerful Gear" which are NOT capped like everything else is.  After 260, it appears that Blues are capped at "Power minus 6/7 points."  At 270, my blues drop at 263.  This will matter for the next piece of advice.

Milestones are: Crucible Weekly, Nightfall/Clan, Strikes (??), Flashpoint (wandering around), presumably Raid

3) Don't do Milestones in a row, especially starting tomorrow at reset.  Going back to the comment about Rares, each Milestone drop should buy you a level.  If you can then use Blues/Legendaries to rank up your low hanging fruit and get another Power level or two, THEN go to your second Milestone.  Rinse and repeat.  Think of the Milestone drops like grappling hooks and using Blues/Legendaries to climb up.  Once you go no further, use another grappling hook.

 

The Planet Quests also drop weapons that aren't capped like everything else.  Save those for when they'll make a difference, just like the Milestones.  Once you get to 280, you can "buy" Legendary Mods, and that is 5 Power Levels right there.

 

As for the Clan, we are HOPING to perhaps start the raid on Friday night, but we will see.  There is no rush, except to say that many of us would like to start the Raid blind if possible.  Blind raids are very fun.  We are speculating the Raid Light Level will be 280, but with reset the day before, it could be higher.  Maybe we'll get lucky and it'll be lower.

post #74 of 604
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Finished the campaign with my Titan Saturday evening. I am going to be as spoiler free as possible about content but the below does hint at the ineffectiveness of the story for me.

 

The story is no ESO(which had me enrapt and engaged as I progressed) and more cut scenes, skippable or not, do NOT equal more story. Weirdly there is less story it appears than there was in D1 if you managed to read even some of the Grimoire and they almost appear to contradict/walk-back or outright act like some of the story of D1 never happened. Maybe I am too close to this chapter to see how it all ties in to the lore and universe overall right now but it appears this campaign was an odd hiccup that ALMOST created some narrative issues going forward except for the bit of handwaving they do at the end.

 

The mechanics of the gameplay are top notch and I, while not being a traditional gamer and not having played a bunch of stuff, cannot tell you who implements shooting aliens in the face and guns that feel good any better than this. The way the game plays is a benchmark. The gun designs so far aren't the wonder they were in D1 but a few things have felt above and beyond, even lowly Blues.

 

That all being said, when I finished the final story mission, which followed a tradition dating back to D1 of "That's it?" with respect to the final encounter I had done all the Adventures on each planet except Nessus. I think there was six or seven(one now that I did them last night) of these mini missions left to do there.

 

The Challenges for each planet reset every day so you will have three new things to do on each planet each day which includes but is probably not limited to Looting a Lost sector, killing x number of particular combatants and looting supply caches of specific combatants, etc. Think of Challenges as Patrols Plus if you are familiar with D1 Patrols. Patrols are back but they don't appear to be necessary except to maybe activate while doing something else. I didn't pay attention to if they are giving rewards of a certain nature to a vendor or if they are just XP farms.

 

If Adventures are mini-missions then Lost Sectors are micro-missions. Lost Sectors are marked on your map but I suggest not doing them until they are listed as the Challenge of the day for that planet because otherwise you are actually blowing all the content away and not spreading it out. There are a bunch of Lost Sectors so tying them to the Challenges will mean you have new stuff to look at for several weeks. And when(if?) they do begin to rotate then you will have likely have forgotten what the area of the Lost Sector looked like so that is good.

 

The story missions do not remain on your map like they did in D1 once you complete them. There does not appear to be a Heroic Story Mission of the day as in D1. Now you will visit a representative to do a selection of what are called Meditations which, at this time, appear to be the replacement for the Daily Story mechanic. There are three available at a given time and as of now it appears these three will change with the reset as they are not rotating daily. Doing them gives you rep tokens and the chance for better engrams/gear. Not having a daily mission to do every single day on three characters brings the "workload" down from 21 missions to 9 for the week as a whole which goes a long way towards making D2 less of a second job. Being able to tackle one character every other day will be helpful.

 

I played enough Crucible to know that the 4v4 works like they intend it to but I would still rather have five other people to socialize with than three. I am hoping Iron banner retains 6v6 because of my next point.

 

Did the Nightfall and was able to complete it and the social aspect of the game is still there. If Bungie did anything right they made a game that has the best gameplay and mechanics that you want to share doing with other people. Our clan has already hit Level 2 and we have gotten engrams for Crucible and the NF for other people who may not get those kinds of rewards week in and week out. I like that. Many D1 conversations revolved around what if there was a Raid mechanic where I could gift my armor or weapons to someone I was in that activity with or a clan member and this so far seems like a good meeting point between ideas that were thrown around and where we are.

 

Final verdict if you're on the fence?  Get the game.  Meet some people you don't know and have some fun a few hours each week.  Make "friends" over those mics. The story isn't going to blow your socks off but the game play overall, the mechanics of the NF modifiers and hopefully the Raid will.  Vault of Glass and King's Fall were unbelievable gameplay and social times that were a lot of fun. Crota's End not as much but the social aspect of beating and climbing and being excited for your friend who has done this raid 50 times and finally got that weapon was fantastic. I don't imagine things will take that long anymore with the smarter loot system but the social aspect should shine on regardless.

 

Right now I see you easily getting your $60 bucks worth out the game. Hell, I could see you getting a console+games worth out of your money.  The first DLC does not come out until December. Hard Mode Raid drops in October or November I believe. Ask me again in October if I still feel the game is worth it. I may have a better view because when I hit max light I can always fall back to Overwatch.

 

But as of right now, if you don't have it and have been wanting someone to help nudge you to it? Take it from someone who thought Bungie was gonna fuck this up.  They haven't yet. Which might be damning with faint praise but I can fairly say you'll enjoy the social aspect of shooting aliens in the face enough to warrant a purchase.

 

*EDIT* Amos and Zhukov, I'm looking at you with some of these recommendations to get the game.


Edited by TzuDohNihm - 9/11/17 at 12:07pm
post #75 of 604

But I just started EVERYBODY GOLF!

post #76 of 604
Thread Starter 

Hunters are Trump supporting Nazi's.

 

It figures....

post #77 of 604
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As much as Destin Legarie annoyed me in Fireteam Chat for D1 he writes a solid D2 review.

 

Two characters and 45 hours in and he's wondering about a few things going forward.

post #78 of 604
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Hunters are Trump supporting Nazi's.

 

It figures....

 

Not surprised. Warlocks for life.

post #79 of 604
As in real life, Hunters get the most kills in Destiny,

The next time a 6 man fireteam says "we need a Warlock for this Raid", it'll be the first time. But I seem to remember CARRYING motherfuckers through the Gorgon Maze. And the Abyss in Crota's End. And Crota himself in hard mode. And Skolas' bombs. And making orbs and running relic for Oryx. I'll admit, being a Hunter didn't matter as much in Wrath. That was just about mechanics. But I never said, damn I wish I was a Titan.

Hunters 4 LYF, still.
post #80 of 604
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As in real life, Hunters get the most kills in Destiny,

 

About how many would you estimate that is? Six million?

 

Quote:
 

The next time a 6 man fireteam says we need a Warlock for this Raid, it'll be the first time. But I seem to remember CARRYING motherfuckers through the Gorgon Maze. And the Abyss in Crota's End. And Crota hard mode. And Skolas' bombs. And making orbs and running relic for Oryx. I'll admit, being a Hunter didn't matter as much in Wrath. That was just about mechanics. But I never said, damn I wish I was a Warlock.

 

Yeah, you know you changed that to Titan cux of last minute revives.

 

But also, that bubble when needed.

post #81 of 604
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About how many would you estimate that is? Six million?
Ten million, I believe. All of the gypsies too.

Interesting that the Raid usefulness of both Titan and Warlock are defensive...teaches bad habits. Hunters get shit done.
post #82 of 604
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Originally Posted by First Class 782 View Post

As in real life, Hunters get the most kills in Destiny,

The next time a 6 man fireteam says "we need a Warlock for this Raid", it'll be the first time. But I seem to remember CARRYING motherfuckers through the Gorgon Maze. And the Abyss in Crota's End. And Crota himself in hard mode. And Skolas' bombs. And making orbs and running relic for Oryx. I'll admit, being a Hunter didn't matter as much in Wrath. That was just about mechanics. But I never said, damn I wish I was a Titan.

Hunters 4 LYF, still.

 

I'm a Stormcaller. I drop healing, chain all my lighting attacks to spread the damage as much as possible, and finish up with Stormtrance. So far, I've been absolutely melting, and mopping up in public events.

 

Doesn't hurt that I've had good luck with weapon engrams, too.

post #83 of 604
275, baby. A few more Power, and I'll be tastin them sweet purple nurple mods.

Fresh milestones today, so I'll be ready for the raid soon.
post #84 of 604

Just hit 280.

 

Also, my Hunter still has the legendary Nazi gauntlets. Feel free to shame me publicly.

post #85 of 604
My fan theory: Lord Shaxx is a mentally ill homeless man who wandered into the City one day. Nobody could figure out how to make him leave, so they gave him a fake job as officiator of an imaginary tournament known as the "Crucible", just to keep him out of trouble.
post #86 of 604
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Just hit 280.

Also, my Hunter still has the legendary Nazi gauntlets. Feel free to shame me publicly.
go load up on Weapon and Armor mods in any available slots. Get you another 1-3 levels quick!
post #87 of 604

I did! Got up to 283 and still have a couple of those "powerful gear" engrams to get this week.

 

So who's trying the Raid today?

post #88 of 604

As tcj mentioned, Leviathan drops today.  For those members who didn't play much Destiny (1), the Raids were the pinnacle PvE (therefore, pinnacle game) experiences.  In Destiny 2, they are the ONLY place six of us can get together and play the game.

 

In light of that, I wanted to provide a suggestion to all members of the two clans represented in this thread (which I'll repeat in clan chat or on the PS4 Messages system).  Raids are relatively precious (since D1 averaged 1.33 raids a year) and first time raids are incredibly unique.  There will be a LOT of information on the intrawebz about Leviathan, and I'd encourage our clan(s) to avoid videos, walkthroughs, and even articles about the raid.  We had a tremendous amount of fun going through the raids as blind as possible.  Trying to ascertain the mechanics and struggling through the scenarios (and platforming) is a lot of fun, and one of the very best things about the game.  I myself would prefer to try Leviathan as cold as possible, which really requires 5 other people who would like the same experience.  They've given us a bit of a break on the Power Level, so hopefully a few other folks would like to stay ignorant until we open the Director and launch the raid.  Which will be whenever the group can support.  I myself prefer Friday night (since I can stay up LATE LATE) as the start, then we can tackle it again on Saturday and Sunday as needed (it always been needed before) to continue.  It'll be tough to wait two days.  If enough people want to start tonight, I will absolutely volunteer, but I'd recommend a Friday start.  We still have folks who need to Nightfall and may want to level up a bit more.

 

Looking at the Clan roster, it appears we easily have enough relatively active members for two teams.  And part of being in a clan is making certain everyone who wants to raid gets a chance to do so.  We weren't always good about that in the past.  I'm not saying we need to spreadsheet it or actively schedule it, but we should come up with some mechanism for the clan to get into the experience.

 

Luft

Tzu

Perl

dave

tcj

james

Zyz

Cronic

Worky

Chuck

weremichael

Malph

 

And we've recently added thedarkshape, Steve_B, and Quinn.

 

That's fifteen relatively active members.  We also have a brother clan with a decent number of members, so we can do some cross clan raiding as well.  But we (and they) will want to raid as a clan to get that weekly engram.

 

All of that to say:

 

I'd like to go in to Leviathan blind, preferably Friday night (say 7), with 5 other blind people from our Clan.

post #89 of 604

I haven't done a blind raid. I started playing after King's Fall had already dropped, and didn't get a chance to do Wrath until it had already been out a few weeks.

 

But I'm also in the interesting situation where I have more time to play today and tomorrow (due to Irma) than this weekend work-wise. So, my preference is earlier rather than later. I also know that I probably won't be able to resist watching videos/reading reddit and the like if I don't get to try it before Friday.

post #90 of 604
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I've played with most of the people in the Clan. Blind won't be a problem. Hey-ooo!
post #91 of 604

You know I'm in for Friday at 7:00 (or 8:00 if need be as I believe Tzu and Pearl may be tied up to that point)

post #92 of 604

Still looking forward to the 60+ frames-per-second PC release  A GODDAMNED MONTH FROM NOW!

post #93 of 604
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Still looking forward to the 60+ frames-per-second PC release  A GODDAMNED MONTH FROM NOW!

 

I know brother...this is killing me. 

 

Hopefully I can play on the US server and we can have our own clan. With Blackjack! And Hookers! 

post #94 of 604
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Still creepin' toward 280. Gonna try out the Guided Games for Nightfall later.
post #95 of 604
Chad, you can always try r/fireteams if you have the time. It'll be with randos, but I usually had good experiences. I think there is even a "blind raid" subsection of it (or somewhere on Reddit).

I don't want the clan to slow you up if you have the time and interest now.

Kyle, that goes for you as well, but that Guided element may be much better in the long run.
post #96 of 604
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I've played with most of the people in the Clan. Blind won't be a problem. HRO

 

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I've played with most of the people in the Clan. Blind won't be a problem. Hey-ooo!

I can't help thinking  you are referencing Old Man Luft and his Cataracts.  or maybe just my total lack of platforming skillz

post #97 of 604
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Hopefully I can play on the US server and we can have our own clan. 

 

FYI: I tested both servers during the Beta and found zero difference between them.

 

Really surprised by Jim Sterling's video review which came out today. He infamously loathed the first one but absolutely loves the second. I can't remember the last time I saw a reviewer go from one extreme to the other between sequels. 

post #98 of 604
It's fascinating because Destiny 2 is very much a continuation of the first game in almost all facets.

The execution of the under the hood stuff is much improved, but the gameplay and structure is nearly identical.
post #99 of 604

Unfortunately I can't do the raid Friday night due to my girlfriend getting back in town from overseas.  I can do it tomorrow night or Saturday morning/afternoon, though, if anyone's up for it.

post #100 of 604
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Chad, you can always try r/fireteams if you have the time. It'll be with randos, but I usually had good experiences. I think there is even a "blind raid" subsection of it (or somewhere on Reddit).

I don't want the clan to slow you up if you have the time and interest now.

I don't think that one bit. I've just never been part of a launch like this so it's unexplored territory for me.

 

BTW Bungie is still having issues. Tried to redeem my Pop Tarts codes and it says my account isn't "linked" to my PS account, which it clearly is. Click on a link and it says it's "disabled for maintenance" so I wouldn't be redeeming any codes until you hear stuff is back up. 

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