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So, last time, I found myself in a quandary regarding how to work through my gaming back catalogue while maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle, work, and family life.
In the weeks following, I still have the same issue; however, I feel a lot better about the situation. I’m a collector. And that’s fine. I realised that I don’t NEED to continue or even finish a game I’m just not having that much fun with. Why do that to myself? It’s not fun.
However, I have cherry picked a handful of recently released wonders that I’m playing around with. The list goes as so: Odin Sphere Leifthrasier (PS4), Salt and Sanctuary (PS VITA), The Witcher 3 (Xbox One X) and Destiny 2 (XB1X).
I took a long hiatus from Destiny 2 a little after the previous expansion. I found it a little tedious and the grind felt like justs that, a grind. I wasn’t enjoying it. Even the party banter and clan mates were dropping away to play other things, and I retreated back to Dark Souls (XB1X Back compat). Dark Souls is that rare thing, that one game I’ve found in the last decade that I can always have a good time and find a challenge in. Whether playing alone, or in a small, chat-less group... I can always find new ways to play, challenge myself to a specific play style, or just see how quickly I can kindle the first flame. It’s my go-to game for the familiar and consistent challenge that’s fair and personally rewarding.
But that’s a story for another time.
I want to talk about my experiences with Destiny 2: Forsaken. Remember I’d dropped off because I’d found whatever the expansion was before Forsaken to be boring and a grind? Well, from the jump in D2F I’ve had a complete blast. Our small clan has all returned. So, evening party chat is bubbling with banter and laughs, tactics, and fizzes with excitement at freshly garnered exotics or Light Levels. It’s a fun time. The initial story is engaging as all hell too. And while the Character Cayde-6 will be missed (thanks in part to the brilliance of Nathan Fillion’s best, not-so-foul-mouthed Deadpool impersonation), the weight of Cayde’s personality and charisma (again, Fillion is a heavy weight here) is burned into the player with, a first for Bungie since Halo Reach, a deftness of touch and some subtlety.
Chasing down the Questline for Cayde’s signature Ace of Spades hand cannon is a treat, and then you get to use it. The Escalation Protocols are tiered rounds of wave combat in the open world that are as fun as they are chaotic. And the sense of achievement when beating something like the nightfall or finally getting your hands on that one exotic piece you’ve been chasing is like nothing else.
And then there’s Gambit. The PvE/PvP hybrid that has really stolen my time in this expansion. I find it addicting and completely brilliant. It’s a race to beat a Primeval that’s summoned when your team has banked enough motes. Tear the Primeval down and you win the round; however, enemy players can ruin your chances at victory by invading and picking off you and your teammates before returning to their own hunt for motes. It’s a fascinating tug-o-war that’s as frustratingly challenging as it is blisteringly action packed and intense. It’s the best thing Bungie has done in years.
And then there are the new zones, a commitment to new regular content and I haven’t even mentioned the secrets, the quality of life changes like how you trade unwanted shaders with the Cryptarch, and the compulsion to do dailies and grind out bounties is stronger than ever and doesn’t feel like that much of a grind at all.
It’s not without faults, but Bungie, as always, listens to its community and promises to address gripes, but this expansion is everything a good expansion should be. Better than what came before. And if Forsaken is anything to go by, despite taking the better part of five years to get here, we’re in for further treats. As I write this, The Festival of the Lost is in play at The Tower. Here you can travel to the Haunted Forest and attempt to beat 7 branches of tough enemies with a hallowe’en twist. And there are some neat rewards and new items and quests/bounties. It’s a great time to be back in D2. I can’t recommend it enough.
I’ve barely mentioned all the great things to do and see here. I wouldn’t want to spoil it if you’re going to join in.
In other news, I plan to post more regularly. Thanks to those that gave the last post a read. I hope you enjoyed it.
See you at the jump.