Still doesn't make me want to play right now. Which is sad.
I couldn't make Sturm and Drang work. It's a neat idea, having two weapons reloading one another so you can theoretically keep shooting forever (or until you run out of ammo), but having a sidearm and hand cannon feels really weird to me. I'm too used to having one long range weapon and one short range weapon.
Bungie is shitting their pants over the past weeks PR. Canceling third Osiris stream tomorrow in favor of head honchos telling us why what we want from the game is wrong and why we should be grateful they have done what little they have for the game so far.
I stepped in the Destiny 2 subreddit the last couple of days and it's a full on hate train. I myself still love the game. I don't care much about how my character looks, so I'm not going crazy with th egrind to try to get matching gear sets or whatever. The XP thing didn't even really bother me either. Yeah, it's nice getting a bright engram, but that usually drops shaders, maybe a ship or emote. And grinding for matching gear sets? Yeah, it looks cool, but ships, shaders, emotes, and a matching wardrobe don't really have anything to do with me putting a bullet in an aliens face.
I am bummed the season is almost over. I did want to try to get all 10 Iron Banner packages for the season milestone. Didn't even dawn on my that the season resets with the DLC drop (which I still need to get).
If that is really what they are going to do, I am floored. This has been a disastrous week for them, and talking down to the people that made D2 a hit on the backs of the experience of D1 (which took time to get right, then wrong, then right, then wrong, then right again) isn't going to go well. I've already paid for Curse of Osiris (via the Season Pass I got with the Digital Booyah edition (or whatever it was called)), but we'll see if I get around to playing it. If I could get the two DLCs refunded, I probably would, and then wait for reviews.
I love the game, but it needs some TLC from the developer; if they are too busy telling me that my opinions are wrong to consider/examine/correct at least some of the larger D2 issues, then it may be tough sledding going forward.
They definitely need to GET RIGHT.
They did GET IT RIGHT.
The whole House of Wolves-TTK era was pretty fuckin great.
But sure lets just throw all that out the window and start from scratch.
Management at Bungie is certainly something.
House of Wolves sucked ass. It was the beginning of a major decline in player base. The Taken King did right the ship but Bungie's continued fuckwittery just made it a chore to be hyped for the game.
I gave D2 an incredibly fair shake and I am utterly floored that I have not had a solid Raid group for going on three weeks now. That is something I NEVER thought would happen. And anyone seeing my posts looking for a Raid team will probably tell you I am the last person they thought would still be playing this. The fact that is what it is, sample size be damned, is very, very indicative of how the 1% have gotten shafted this time around. The hardcore are never gonna have content to keep them busy I have resigned myself to that. But to double down on kicking them in the balls by lying about XP gains and fucking over what is arguably the third tier of end game content( Raid, Trials, Iron Banner) in the way they have is utterly fucking crazy.
I came out swinging for D2 but as FC says above, if I could get my DLC's refunded I would do so right now. Tomorrow may change that. What I do know is that I have spent money on the DLC, I will play it because I can't recoup that money from a refund so they have me until April. At that point if I am struggling to complete end game content because of a lack of clanmates then future DLC and D3 wont see me at all.
Well, I imagine the tone they take tomorrow will be more conciliatory...all of the press they've gotten in the past week has been bad. Showing some reskinned guns and armor isn't going to help.
And I consider the TTK release the golden age...it was a beautiful bounty of new gear, new supers, new challenges, new quests, a rich endgame, and plenty of QoL refinement. I didn't say they needed to GET IT RIGHT, but that they need to GET RIGHT. What is needed now is communication. I don't need these QoL changes tomorrow or next week or even next month. They need to communicate the PLANS, that they are hearing the frustration, and that they are working on it. That is all.
As Tzu can attest, I was probably the last man standing for D1 (from our clan and certainly our long-running group. Tzu was an early escapee (into year 2 of Destiny), other friends moved out, and then the stalwarts eventually got bored (which wasn't until spring 2017, for a fall 2014 game, which is mighty impressive), I still played, because I genuinely enjoyed it. And I enjoy D2 (and certainly don't want to rain on the fun of our new PC brethren), but there are some much needed fixes on the console side; us old hands remember how polished and sharp D1 was after the fixes (which D1 needed as well).
Anyways, it isn't a good sign when *I* have no interest in the DLC that is literally a week away. I am the guy that took a day off for the release of DLC1 (The Dark Below) and DLC2 (House of Wolves) in Year 1, took off TWO days for The Taken King (and woke up at reset to play), and was awake at reset again (waiting in the queue) to play Rise of Iron (start of Year 3) last fall. I love Destiny, love playing it with my friends, love being excited about new gear, and new missions, and new quests. But the tokens, fixed rolls, mediocre endgame rewards, boring strike list (in the old days, every week had a set of modifiers you could run the majority of the strikes with...some made it extra hard for you, and some made you feel incredibly powerful), weakened Exotic weapons and armor, and inability to really spec out towards some play types (using armor perks and related weapon benefits and the like) makes the game feel a lot smaller. Some of that is okay to lose (in order to make the new game feel more welcoming and less obligational), but they didn't add anything to make up for it. Add that in to the PR fiasco (I don't like being misled, and then told it was an accident when caught, when we damn well know it wasn't an accident) and an empty friends list, the result is apathy from their biggest fans. They have a lot of work to do to GET RIGHT is what I am saying.
It's probably a good thing that I never played the first game as it seems, by comparison, the sequel is a lesser game; at least going by what those here and elsewhere have said. Whilst the XP fiasco itself doesn't annoy me (the Bright Engrams are the least exciting engrams in the game, as they're only shaders or occasional cosmetic items, and my excitement comes from increasing Power), I'm disappointed at being lied to and it's made it harder for me to trust the guys running this game.
Still having a good time with Destiny 2, although I wish we received more Milestones each week, or that there were other ways to get better gear and therefore increase your Power. Very much looking forward to next week's expansion as I'm ready for some more campaign missions.
You better finish that campaign, Sir. We're running a goddamn Strike together damnnit.
This is the one thing that makes me sad. It's so great on PS4 - I'd log on and have two new engrams because Tzu and the like were knocking down the Raid, Nightfall, and Trials.
Does it have to be a laptop? Cause I could whip up a decent mid-budget Desktop rig for you no problem. Good thing is the game runs well on a variety of systems so it doesn't have to be a top-of-the-range Monster that costs more than my car.
And yeah, I'm still loving the game personally. Even though I'm taking a few days off to finish Horizon (almost done, would've finished last night if the whole town didn't experience a blackout) I'll be jumping back in soon. Multiple armour sets are cool and all but kind of a waste and yeah, I don't really care much for Bright Engrams and felt I was earning them at a regular pace previously. Even though what Activision did WAS scummy, it didn't bother me a lot personally.
My Titan is at 285 at the moment.
This is probably where we run into problems as PC Guardians. I thought six-man raids was a laughable number when I first heard about them.... but trying to get six people together could prove an issue for us.
Alternatively, we all go to Flowery Branch and force Jacob to non-stop play Destiny until he's at Raid level. It'll be like one of those Chinese sweat shops except he'll be producing a fourth Raid partner for us rather than poorly made t-shirts.
You just ain't been looking. That shit is top 5 complaints since TTK. Hell, it was a huge bitch fest that they just reskinned the enemies with the Taken wiggle and shimmy. And people are still moaning about it for D2. It's why the post-credits cut scene got everyone so excited.
So regarding that scene...
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Nah, its pretty fun man!
It just can't sustain the level of content that people expect of it. And for the amount of money you gotta slot in to play along at launch, with all the DLC and expansions and stuff, it really is a pretty bogus deal.
But if you're swinging in on the back end, catching it on a deal, and not dedicating your life to it: there's a lot to recommend.
If you like the PVP, then its a pretty great value. The Crucible is a shitload of fun, at least in my opinion.
No pressure but GET TO 270 AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE COZ WE NEED MORE PEOPLE FOR RAIDING NOW NOW NOW ARE YOU 270 YET GET THERE NOW
But no pressure.
Just gotta warn you, I fell off of everything, A LOT when I played the demo.
My number one gripe.
I BOUGHT A SHOOTER NOT A F'IN PLATFORMER YOU JERKS
I appreciate they're trying to do something, but the fundamental problems are still there. I don't feel powerful. Being able to swap a speed reload mod on an AR instead of something else isn't going to make me do that. I want to fire up my super and wreck shit. I don't have fun. And that's why we play, right?