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Anybody playing the alpha of this game, which is by Bungie and is coming out in september or something and is like Halo and Mass Effect and Diablo and Borderlands all baked into a very time-consuming pie? Because I am and

antexit, Saturday, 14 June 2014 14:59 (five years ago) link


calstars, Saturday, 14 June 2014 15:03 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

This looks pretty cool imo

polyphonic, Monday, 21 July 2014 18:27 (five years ago) link

Yeah it helps that there's almost nothing else out this year but I'm definitely looking forward to DENSITY.

JimD, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 01:49 (five years ago) link

I pre-ordered and got a beta key but have to wait til Wednesday to download and play. At least I'll have the weekend.

calstars, Tuesday, 22 July 2014 02:02 (five years ago) link

Beta is open for the next day or so, just played the first 30 mins, seems...fine.

JimD, Saturday, 26 July 2014 00:08 (five years ago) link

the demo (sorry, "beta") is kinda fun. i wonder if there will be more to do in the full game, questwise, or if it go-here-shoot-this forever.

adam, Saturday, 26 July 2014 02:26 (five years ago) link

one month passes...

Picked this up and played a chunk last night. Feels like Borderlands, with a Mass Effect skin and a WoW hub. Only played story missions so far though, suspect it's going to open up more when I get into the less standard stuff.

The free-upgrade-to-next-gen convinced me to buy it on PS3, but I have a very short PSN friend list compared to my XBX list so if anyone's on this add me, I'm Jimodo.

JimD, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 08:10 (five years ago) link

I keep forgetting this isn't coming out for PC :(

Andrew Farrell, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 09:55 (five years ago) link

this is a str8 multiplayer right? like, if you want to single player it you are still fucking around in the online world a la WoW, there is no offline campaign or w/e?

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 12:36 (five years ago) link

I dunno, I'm playing completely solo so far and yeah, it's easy enough to ignore anyone else in there and just get on with what I want to get on with. It feels like it might be silently funnelling me into my own instances, so on a specific level the open areas have other players running around too, but then when I get into the lead up to a boss area or whatever, it's just me (plus I guess anyone else I had in my party if I wanted to do that). But it's too soon to be sure really, I'll report back when I'm deeper in I guess.

JimD, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 12:56 (five years ago) link

at least in the beta, i think the zones were it reset on death were instances.

i didn't love the beta tbh but i am interested to hear if there is more content/story/non-shooting stuff to do.

adam, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 13:07 (five years ago) link

thanks jim, pls do

Roberto Spiralli, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 13:14 (five years ago) link

is this good, is it skyrim in spacefuture

am0n, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 14:52 (five years ago) link

is it worth buying a ps4 for? (should i just buy the 360 version?)

Mordy, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 22:14 (five years ago) link

I dunno yet, but I just bought a PS4 for it.

(Well, not really, but it's the first game for the PS4 that I actually want to play.)

polyphonic, Tuesday, 9 September 2014 22:18 (five years ago) link

just watched footage of the tutorial beginning. the tyrion voicework is lolterrible

am0n, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:12 (five years ago) link

also looks like halo. not interested!

am0n, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:15 (five years ago) link

MMORPG halo?!

Mordy, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:19 (five years ago) link

should I move my PS4 out of the guest bedroom for this game?

stacked as fuck & imposing (DJP), Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:24 (five years ago) link

if you do, tell me if it's worth buying a PS4 to play it

Mordy, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:25 (five years ago) link


Roberto Spiralli, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:29 (five years ago) link

The long commercial I saw for this had graphics that were so good that, at one point, I thought it had switched to a live-action+CGI blockbuster movie-style trailer rather than game cutscenes

stacked as fuck & imposing (DJP), Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:32 (five years ago) link


am0n, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:48 (five years ago) link

hahahahahahahahaha um... yes

stacked as fuck & imposing (DJP), Wednesday, 10 September 2014 20:59 (five years ago) link

DJP - get it for ps3 and upgrade later.

EZ Snappin, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 21:07 (five years ago) link


am0n, Wednesday, 10 September 2014 22:25 (five years ago) link

I think I'm onboard with this game? I'm lvl 12 or so. It sure is incredibly beautiful, and the mechanics are great. But there's something that feels really weird about playing something that feels like an MMORPG and gives you really nothing much to do except shoot aliens (or shoot each other). There seems to be no exploration, almost no loot, and no sidequests that aren't about shooting aliens. I like shooting aliens and I like RPGs, but it feels a little like a forced marriage or something. I'm sure for people who were really into Halo's online MP it's like heaven on earth, but for me it feels more like if COD insisted you play through singleplayer to level up and get access to better guns and equipment in multiplayer.

Maybe it really opens up in the later levels, but for right now it feels a little weird. For the amount of time you're liable to put into an MMORPG you don't really want to be listening to screeching aliens and a thumping techno soundtrack ALL THE TIME. Also Peter Dinklage turns in some really really surprisingly bad voiceacting, and you hear a LOT of him. It's like the whole thing was a cold read.

antexit, Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:34 (five years ago) link

ugh that does not sound interesting to me at all. i was hoping for something more like borderlands. all loot all the time.

Mordy, Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:36 (five years ago) link


Roberto Spiralli, Thursday, 11 September 2014 14:42 (five years ago) link

For the amount of time you're liable to put into an MMORPG you don't really want to be listening to screeching aliens and a thumping techno soundtrack ALL THE TIME.

maybe I'm overrating the thumping techno soundtrack but on first blush this sounds like it might be awesome

although really I think I'm imagining Borderlands 2 with a thumping techno soundtrack

stacked as fuck & imposing (DJP), Thursday, 11 September 2014 16:00 (five years ago) link

The enemy character design is the thing that's most like Borderlands 2 (which is a weird thing to be most like Borderlands). It's kind of like Borderlands 2 with no sense of humour and 95% less loot. (Whereas what you want is Borderlands 2 with 95% less sense of humour.)

Pretty sure I can get into the groove of this game, don't get me wrong. I think it's one of these deep geek things that don't open up until you get the story mode out of the way and go into endless deep grind mode. I can get down with that. The boss battles are really nice and hard too. Like 30 minutes long and if you die the boss's health regens, which I guess means it'll be harder/more boring to endlessly grind bosses to farm loot the way people do in Diablo etc.

btw the soundtrack is really good but it's super intense and sometimes it's enough already

antexit, Thursday, 11 September 2014 22:26 (five years ago) link

I love the humor of Borderlands 2. I want more, not less.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 11 September 2014 22:29 (five years ago) link

Played my first PvP tonight and it was no fun at all.

JimD, Thursday, 11 September 2014 22:32 (five years ago) link

ugh this sounds really really disappointing

Mordy, Thursday, 11 September 2014 23:11 (five years ago) link

this game isn't reviewing too well huh

( X '____' )/ (zappi), Friday, 12 September 2014 17:21 (five years ago) link

all right then, time for me to start playing Borderlands 2 while listening to various Wipeout soundtracks

stacked as fuck & imposing (DJP), Friday, 12 September 2014 18:11 (five years ago) link

This game is pretty bad, but I'm glad I have a PS4 now.

polyphonic, Friday, 12 September 2014 18:36 (five years ago) link

Comparing this game to Borderlands is incorrect. Borderlands has a story, a sense of humor, loot. This has basically none of those so far.

The gameplay isn't bad but it's also the same thing over and over again, with nothing to break it up except walking.

Maybe it'll get better, but it doesn't sound like it will from what people are saying.

The menus are nice.

The first time it asked me to press gray rectangle to go into orbit I didn't realize the touch screen is also a button, so I spent ages trying to figure out what I was doing wrong.

polyphonic, Friday, 12 September 2014 19:16 (five years ago) link

Borderlands has a story, a sense of humor, loot.

This has loot, kinda. At first it's just "finish a mission, here's a new gun" which doesn't really count but I did a strike this afternoon and some of the sub bosses in there were dropping what seemed to be fairly random items, some of which were rare/enchanted/etc. Strike was pretty good fun actually, random matchmaking for fairly hard co-op missions worked out well.

But yeah, main reason it reminded me of borderlands was that it has various distinct levels (rather than one big open world), each spread over a fairly wide area, which you can tackle relatively non-linearly. Borderlands is the only other fps I've played which has that but I rarely play fps these days so maybe that's a lot more common now.

JimD, Friday, 12 September 2014 19:48 (five years ago) link

It definitely feels like Borderlands in that sense, yeah.

polyphonic, Friday, 12 September 2014 19:54 (five years ago) link

looking at the Destiny reddit suggests to me that in fact this game does turn into a totally different, dungeon-crawling type action rpg-styled game after you beat the story and get to level 20. Possibly it's premature to judge based on the story mode if this is one of these games where the story mode is basically a really long training level. Funny when you read a forum about tedious loot farming and that's what gets you excited for a game. (farming doesn't even seem possible right now)

antexit, Friday, 12 September 2014 21:42 (five years ago) link

eg: "A few tips for you guys trying this -- when you have killed 1,250 Vex Goblins, the grimoire card says it doubles the effect of using the consumable (same for 500 hobgoblins, 1000 dregs, and 750? vandals) so if you've gotten those cards you can double your glimore gains by using Blue Polyphage (for Vex) or Ether Seeds (for Fallen). Not sure if this also increases the likelihood of item drops. Additionally, getting 2500 kills on Venus will double the materials picked up from Spirit Whatevers so after getting your 2500 kills go back and pick up some of that stuff."

this makes NO SENSE based on the game i've played so far

antexit, Friday, 12 September 2014 21:44 (five years ago) link

JimD, Friday, 12 September 2014 22:29 (five years ago) link

^pretty much exactly this happened to me today, had to quit mid strike because I couldn't put off the school run any longer.

JimD, Friday, 12 September 2014 22:30 (five years ago) link

yeah. I guess this sort of thing is normal in mmorpgs? all those poopsocking stories.

however that is really only an issue on the team-based strike missions, that playing them you're signing up for several hours with no pause button. Everything else, including the bounties where you're not allowed to die, you can just quit and pick up at the quit-point. All the story missions drop you back at the last checkpoint when you go back into them--I think you can have a few "saved" missions going at once, even. I noticed that by accident. I don't know why they don't make it clearer.

antexit, Saturday, 13 September 2014 21:43 (five years ago) link

I stand, throwing my arms in the air. “Who is this for? Whose life does this fit into?” I ask.

Nhex, Saturday, 13 September 2014 22:44 (five years ago) link

new b

♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 14 September 2014 22:10 (five years ago) link

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♛ LIL UNIT ♛ (thomp), Sunday, 14 September 2014 22:11 (five years ago) link

jamie why do you have green stuff at this point. does that color become relevant again?

polyphonic, Thursday, 1 October 2015 18:44 (four years ago) link

its because in some categories i'm still getting more greens drop with higher attack than i am other colours
also because some are just enjoyable to use in crucible!

jamiesummerz, Friday, 2 October 2015 10:00 (four years ago) link

got my first exotic drop today off some rando story mission ultra, finally cracked 260, off to heroic strikes tonight who wants in

adam, Friday, 9 October 2015 17:29 (four years ago) link

polyphonic, Friday, 9 October 2015 20:24 (four years ago) link

its frustrating in places, and the lack of matchmaking on certain things is mega irritating (prison of elders above level 28), but by god this game is so fucking addictive and enjoyable.

now to do that first raid...

jamiesummerz, Monday, 12 October 2015 16:41 (four years ago) link

third week running i tried the new raid and my grp could only make it to the first boss. plus side - im becoming expert at the first three or four steps

hoping to take another stab tonight but it may not happen.

also iron banner and trials start this week. prepare for frustration!

all my friends are vampires (art), Monday, 12 October 2015 18:31 (four years ago) link

had to put this down after i spent saturday chasing the exotic sword. why do i want an exotic sword.

great game tho

adam, Monday, 12 October 2015 20:25 (four years ago) link

ugh yeah im on the "collect materials & get ability kills" step and after an hr last night i wanted to tear my eyes out.

i only want the sword bc i think it will put me at 300 light at which pt i can start decoding exotic engrams again. im not sure there's much use for it outside boosting ones light level

all my friends are vampires (art), Tuesday, 13 October 2015 14:36 (four years ago) link

is there an ilx raid group

am0n, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 19:36 (four years ago) link

im doing the 5 heroic strikes on a 2nd char and theres one that is just a huge pain in the ass from the get go. i think its called saber, its got a defend the warsat thing at the start that was just endless wipes til i gave up

am0n, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 19:40 (four years ago) link

xp not to my knowledge but there could be. are you in the ps4 community thing?

Also yes saber is the worst. it was the nightfall a week or so back and i think a lot of people cheesed it. there's a spot where you can ride your sparrow at just the right angle and fall through the map to spawn under the warsat which allows you to stay in range for transmission and out of range for enemies, thus negating the danger of that encounter

all my friends are vampires (art), Tuesday, 13 October 2015 20:08 (four years ago) link

ha i heard about that glitch. in fact i think i saw a teammate fly by me towards the cave and disappear so i guess thats what that was

how do i join the ps4 thing? seems like it doesn't allow you to search for groups. ive got multiple psn accounts but this is my destiny one

am0n, Tuesday, 13 October 2015 22:43 (four years ago) link

jesus there is a shit ton of quests when you finish the main story of The Taken King! a bit overwhelming.

anyway, finally had some helpful dudes help me through first raid (VOG) last night - and after probably pissing them off for 20 minutes failing to do some simple jumps, scored a gjallarhorn :D
fun times.

jamiesummerz, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 10:09 (four years ago) link

This is pretty woah, if anyone missed it:

JimD, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 12:41 (four years ago) link

Martin O'Donnel wins lawsuit v bungie

dutch_justice, Thursday, 22 October 2015 18:36 (four years ago) link

trials of Osiris is fucking nuts.

INTOXICATING LIQUORS (art), Sunday, 1 November 2015 02:57 (four years ago) link

way more fun with new bounties, you are pretty much guaranteed some trials loot which was super hard to get in y1

still need a 7 win card to get the full auto scout. got to 6 earlier before we lost it earlier

INTOXICATING LIQUORS (art), Sunday, 1 November 2015 03:00 (four years ago) link

obviously most matchmade teams would be shitty in this, but its still a bitch that you cant even have the fun of taking part without a fireteam

jamiesummerz, Monday, 2 November 2015 11:04 (four years ago) link

yeah one of the big hurdles to the best content in this game is working w randoms in fireteams matchmade from the various sources. i'd be down to get a fireteam of ilxors to try out trials next time if anybody is interested. i'm no dead-eye but we could at least move through some of the bounty steps.

INTOXICATING LIQUORS (art), Tuesday, 3 November 2015 18:59 (four years ago) link

Got sleeper simulant AND black spindle tonight, feel like this might be a good time to put it down for a couple of months though and get back into some backlog.

JimD, Friday, 13 November 2015 02:06 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Destiny®: The Taken King - Legendary Edition

^^^this is on deal on the UK store. do you need destiny retail disc to run this?

hot doug stamper (||||||||), Friday, 11 December 2015 19:20 (four years ago) link

also I don't really get destiny. does it have a campaign mode and is it any good? or do you need to play online to get the best out of it? and is the online competitive or is it co-op?

hot doug stamper (||||||||), Friday, 11 December 2015 19:22 (four years ago) link

Yeah that's the whole thing. It has a campaign. It's not great when you're playing through the year one bits but gets a lot more fun later. You need to be online all the time to play it. There's some pvp but you can choose to ignore it if you like, mostly it's co-op.

JimD, Friday, 11 December 2015 19:45 (four years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I got Taken King and it has its hooks in me again. It sucks that I spent all that time leveling up Level 20 weapons and armor last time around, though. If I had known that I'd never have spent a dime with that fool Xur.

I miss Dinklage!

polyphonic, Monday, 28 December 2015 19:55 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

This worth picking up now?

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 25 February 2016 15:05 (four years ago) link

I can totally understand people's beef with how badly this launched, how much they ended up paying for the DLCs as they came out, and what a sometimes irritating journey its been to get where it is now... but having come on board with The Taken King, i can't say i've ever played a game as much as this or had such enjoyable multiplayer experiences...even back when I was a 16 year old and had a shit ton of free time.

so, i would say, if you don't mind it possibly sucking up a lot of your spare time, then yes definitely. the satisfaction of clearing the Kings Fall raid for the first time was amazing.

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 25 February 2016 17:12 (four years ago) link

i would recommend for finding a decent group to do any multiplayer stuff with. there are some amazingly kind and very patient sherpas out there who will deal with your rubbishness to help you out on some of the harder end game pieces

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 25 February 2016 17:13 (four years ago) link

I'm 265 light if anyone needs an extra on ps4. psn: josephcotten.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Thursday, 25 February 2016 18:11 (four years ago) link

cool. It's getting cheap now and I'm looking for games to spend too much time on.

EZ Snappin, Thursday, 25 February 2016 20:02 (four years ago) link

yeah I've seen Taking King legendary edition in CEX for about £15-20 so its really good value now considering you get the original story campaign, house of wolves + dark below campaigns, the big new taken king campaign which also triggers off a ton of additional quests and missions + all the PVP modes and events

psn: jamiesummerz
at about 311 light now, only things i've yet to do are kings fall hard mode and Trials Of Osiris lighthouse... one of those almost definitely won't be happening

jamiesummerz, Friday, 26 February 2016 10:27 (four years ago) link

I've not picked it up since the SRL stuff was happening around christmas, the valentine's day business didn't tempt me back but I'm sure the next significant content drop will. I'm 305 light at this point and I think I read they're upping the level cap again pretty soon? So that killed any motivation to battle up towards 320 now, when I can no doubt breeze past it if I just hold off a few weeks/months.

JimD, Friday, 26 February 2016 11:02 (four years ago) link

i don't really care about 320 at all, but it definitely helps to keep you a bit more competitive on iron banner/trials/doing the raids to be at least somewhere near that upper level. Crimson Doubles was surprisingly fun, and after some whiners didn't get the ghost shells to drop they ended up giving everyone who did the quest a 320 ghost, so was worth a quick go.

jamiesummerz, Friday, 26 February 2016 12:52 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Right, sequel unlocks tonight, who else is jumping back into this?

JimD, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 16:06 (two years ago) link

waiting for pc. october! wtf

adam, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 16:16 (two years ago) link

I'm just behind you, few light points away from 21. Even though the story was guff I do feel like a big chunk of my motivation vanished when I got to the end of it. Does seem like it's grind-only from here on, and so far it's still fun grind but I don't know how long I'll stay interested.

― JimD, Friday, 3 October 2014 12:11 Bookmark

hahahaha and here were are 3 fucking years later and I'm still playing and getting hype about the new one.

JimD, Tuesday, 5 September 2017 16:18 (two years ago) link

clever way for bungie to market a new expansion

👁 (am0n), Wednesday, 6 September 2017 15:08 (two years ago) link

reviews are saying that the setting/story is less impressionistic and nonsensical this time around, which kinda puts me off. the dinklage gibberish was half the appeal.

adam, Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:11 (two years ago) link

rip dinkbot ;_;

Wesley Shackleton explained "look at that beast." (bizarro gazzara), Thursday, 7 September 2017 17:31 (two years ago) link

maybe I don't understand what a sequel is. i keep seeing people call this a new expansion or new dlc.

there's a completely new story much better than anything in D1 or its expansions.
there are hundreds of new guns and armour pieces.
there are 4 new planets/areas which are much bigger, far more active than anything in D1.
there is a shit ton of extra missions on every planet.
almost every system of the grind is improved.
it look a ton better.

what else would it need to constitute "sequel-ness"?

jamiesummerz, Monday, 11 September 2017 11:10 (two years ago) link

Yeah hard to fathom, especially when you can move from one Far Cry or Just Cause to another and hardly see any change, and nobody takes issue with that.

I mean I guess if you're one of the people who played D1 for the story missions only, then did the same for D2, then you could perhaps argue there's more recycled bad guys and/or cabal ship interiors than you'd expect? But as soon as you even scratch the surface pretty much everything else has changed to some extent. The new patrol areas especially, they're lovely this time round.

JimD, Wednesday, 13 September 2017 13:29 (two years ago) link

and they're just so so full of things happening - its almost non stop compared to the pretty barren landscapes of D1. i keep planning on clearing side missions on each planet and get sidetracked by public events / exploring / high value enemies etc.

blind raid attempt happening tonight!

jamiesummerz, Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:32 (two years ago) link

How did that go? Don't think anyone in my group has had a crack at it yet but I'm not ready for it anyway, baby + destiny don't mix so well so I've only got up to about 240 so far.

JimD, Friday, 15 September 2017 09:34 (two years ago) link

fuck me its a challenging one. its also the most wildly different raid tone-wise they've ever done. I mean seriously very weird conceptually, with a huge mazelike space underneath it all which has lots of interesting hidden parts. Checkpoints work differently and it's much more mechanics/puzzle based than just being boss after boss DPS checks. Rewards seem less generous than before but you do earn specific Rep tokens which you can use once you complete the raid once.

We got stuck on the third part and had to sleep - brains too fuzzy and rushing things leading to wipes. That third part is very difficult and will lead to meltdowns - its the prime example of why matchmaking for destiny raids is generally an awful idea. I know people laugh at that idea given WOW etc do it, but there is so much split second communication and concentration needed from all 6 of you on certain parts that if a team doesn't meld together properly.

Blind raid for destiny continues to be one of the funnest things in gaming, even when its a struggle.

jamiesummerz, Friday, 15 September 2017 15:24 (two years ago) link

sorry that should be 'if a team doesn't meld together properly you will NOT get through it'

jamiesummerz, Friday, 15 September 2017 15:25 (two years ago) link

four weeks pass...

4 hour session last night and we still couldn't beat Calus in our second try. after doing them once we breezed through all the challenges – but Calus is fucking impossible.

Mad Piratical (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Saturday, 14 October 2017 16:39 (two years ago) link

one year passes...

Hi friends.

I bought Destiny 2 at launch, played it for one night, and then never touched it again.

Finally gave it a fair chance a couple nights ago--have sunk in maybe 7-10 hours since then. Really enjoying it. Anyone still playing? Anyone have any tips for new players?

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 13:04 (five months ago) link

The game has changed a lot since I was playing it (pre-Forsaken). Sounds like the progression system is completely different.

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Wednesday, 9 October 2019 17:54 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

Alright, I'm roughly 30-35 hours into playing.

It's almost impossible to figure out the weapon/armor system on your own, and even reading tutorials isn't that helpful. I've hit softcap, but someone basically told me not to mess around with the upgrade system until I get closer to 950.

However, the game is fucking great and so much fun to play. The gunplay is good, hanging with the boys on Discord and grinding powerful rewards is great, and the grind itself feels satisfying. The environments are captivating and beautiful. I'm happy I took the plunge.

unashamed and trash (Unctious), Monday, 28 October 2019 17:02 (five months ago) link

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