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Destiny 2, the most disappointing MMORPG in Gaming History …

Destiny 2, the most disappointing MMORPG in Gaming History …

Introduction

It feels like the more we talk about Destiny 2, the more and more we begin to unravel just how empty and lifeless this game is. I paid $90 for this title. I stayed up for the midnight release, hoping and praying that the game would live up to the promise of being better than Destiny 1. However, after spending a total of 334 hours played, I have come to the sad conclusion … Destiny 1 (game mechanics wise) is better than Destiny 2, hands down. It kills me to say that, but it’s the truth, and allow me to explain.

No reason to do anything

There is absolutely no incentive to do any activities. Strikes, nightfalls, crucible, public events, hell even the raid are all but pointless to do. There’s no Strike-specific gear you can get from them like in Destiny 1. You get nothing cool from the Prestige Raid like the Hardened Raids back in Destiny 1. The Crucible has no variety like in Destiny 1. Public Events give you no decent rewards like in Destiny 1. A lot of the mechanics that made these events attractive back in Destiny 1 have been completely gutted in this game.

“Vendors” aren’t vendors anymore

No … no they are not. These new “vendors” don’t sell you anything like they did in Destiny 1. Gone are the days when you could buy the gun or armor piece you wanted from the vendors. So, how do we get stuff from these “vendors” now? Oh you know … earn fucking tokens and give them to the “vendors” to boost their reputations. When you fill the rep bar, they give random (shitty) rewards. That. Is. HORRIBLE. You couldn’t have made a more terrible system. Unless you prove me wrong in the next update…

Shaders shaders shaders

I know I’ve spoken about this previously, but it is still an insane move by Bungie and an obviously greedy tactic to buy the stupid Bright Engrams. In Destiny 2, shaders can only be used on one armor piece/weapon and they cost a handful of Glimmer (the game’s in-game currency). The more rare the item, the more the shader will cost to put on. A system, when compared to the shaders from Destiny 1, is completely garbage.

The Meta Reigns Supreme

In Crucible, I never feel like I can use what I want. There’s a clear dominant weapon currently in the game, and I see literally everyone using the same damn weapons again and again. The main guns people use are: Better Devils, Origin Story, Nameless Nemesis, any auto rifle with a Rate of Fire over 450, and three-round-burst sidearms. That’s it, and it gets worse during Trials of the Nine, because you have no other option. You have to use these guns, or you will lose.

Trials of the NO

Trials of Osiris is an activity in Destiny 1 that I never really got into. Mostly because I’m actual trash at competitive games. However, this time around, I decided to give it another shot and see how it was. After completing it (not getting flawless), I was so disappointed, that I had no incentive or reason to try again for flawless. Compared to Destiny 1 (again) these new guns look terrible, and with no random rolls, I don’t feel like I got anything special. Especially when I hear my friends telling me that the gun I got was shit. Fuck Trials.

Rest in Peace Random Rolls

What made guns in Destiny 1 special was their random rolls on weapons. It made you want to keep trying until you got the perfect gun. When you did, you felt truly accomplished, and you felt like you had something no one else could get (or have a hard time getting). However, with that system removed, there’s nothing special with any weapon you have. You most likely have a gun that everyone else has. You aren’t special in any way. You’re just like everyone else. Fucking awful.

XP Controversy

I’m sure most of you have heard about this debacle, but for those of you who haven’t, I’ll explain how it went down. It was found by a Reddit user that Destiny 2’s XP system has been giving it’s players false information regarding their XP earnings. When you complete activities, you get a specific XP amount. However, as you continue doing more activities, your XP earnings begin decreasing drastically. If you earn 750 XP from completing an event, that is actually a false number. Instead, you really receive about 1/5 of that. While Bungie said they fixed this issue, that was a lie. Instead of fixing the issue, they just increased the XP Bar limit from 0 – 80,000 XP to 0 – 160,000 XP. While they did stop making us lose XP earnings, they also still made it take longer for players to earn XP from doing activities. They say now that they’re still working on this, but after dealing with this game for over a month, I have no hopes anymore.

The Sad Curse of Osiris

The news is already out on how lifeless the Curse of Osiris DLC is going to be. IGN talking about how little there is to do on Mercury and even the admittedly most disappointing live stream by Bungie. There is no hope for the DLC, that’s just fact. The map of Mercury is small, the Infinite Forest is bland, the story is short, the weapons are lack luster, and the raid (for some fucking reason) has us back on the Leviathan. Yes … because we all know we want to go back to that piece of shit. Jesus … typing this is making me so sad.

In Conclusion

Don’t buy Destiny 2 … don’t. It pains me to say that, but it’s the truth. This game was a colossal disappointment at launch, and I don’t think it’s going to get any better as the days go on. Supposedly there is a big update coming in early 2018 that’ll “fix Destiny 2”, but I’ve given up on Bungie at this point. They’ve given me little to no reason to trust them on anything they say. It is a shame what this game has become, and at this point, we need a new MMO to come out that can completely blow Destiny 2 out of the water. Make Destiny 2 look like absolute shit and dominate all MMOs on consoles, and I really think Monster Hunter World could have the chance to make that a reality. I don’t know, we’ll see. We can only hope at this point.

 

So DICE turned off loot boxes, but…

So DICE turned off loot boxes, but…

While this seems like a major victory for us, it feels like we’ve merely won the battle, not the war. As of last night, DICE has finally delivered to us the news we had all been waiting and begging for. They have turned off micro-transactions and loot boxes (for now), and have tied progression to gameplay versus the former loot box system. Again, this is some excited news without a doubt. However, we shouldn’t get too excited, because this recent message does come with some negatives.

One of the more important parts is this sentence here, “The ability to purchase crystals in-game will become available at a later date, only after we’ve made changes to the game.” Now this could mean one of two things. Either they’ve decided to change the contents of loot boxes cosmetic only, they plan on keeping them in their and having them only be purchased through crystals and not credits, or both. Again, like many of their previous responses to these questions, it seems very vague as to what will happen when the crystals return.

This may be the start of a new hope, but I fear it won’t be long before the empire strikes back … I’ll be here all week. Jokes aside, I do feel this is a major victory for us, but sadly, this war is far from over. I want to believe this statement. I want to trust DICE and EA on this recent move, but like Palpatine once said,

Beings believe what you tell them. They never check, they never ask, they never think. Tell them the state is menaced by quadrillions of battle droids, and they will not count. Tell them you can save them, and they will never ask—from what, from whom? Just say tyranny, oppression, vague bogeymen that require no analysis. Never specify. Then they look the other way when reality is right in front of them. It’s a conjuring trick. The key is distraction, getting them to watch your other hand. Only single-minded beings don’t join in the shared illusion, and keep watching you too closely. Single-minded beings are dangerous. And they either work for me, or they don’t work at all.

I guess all we can do now is hope. Hope and pray that this will be the beginning of a better, brighter future.

 

RANT: Bungie is digging their own grave!

RANT: Bungie is digging their own grave!

Alright, Bungie, what the hell guys?? I was extremely excited for Destiny 2, and so were millions of others who absolutely hyped for the game, and you just keep blowing it. At every chance you get, you seem to always screw it up. Not only that, but when you do mess up, you take ZERO responsibility. You’ve become the boy who cried “Fake News!” on everyone who critics your game. However, at the end of the day Bungie, you need to grow up and face facts. Yes, your player base IS dropping from launch. Yes, your PC version of the game is failing with it’s bugs. Yes, your multiplayer is a bug ridden mess that has ruined many aspects such as Trials of the Nine.

I’m almost surprised, damn near shocked that this was the same company that brought us the masterpiece that was Halo! What happened?? Who’s now calling the shots now?? I miss the old Bungie! The company that took time with their product. The company that wanted the game perfected before release. The company that wanted balanced and fair multiplayer. The company that wanted a gripping story that would keep the player on the edge of their seat. That’s the Bungie I know and love. Look yourself in the mirror, look at what you’ve become.

A mindless, faceless corporation that has become just like all the others. Driven by greed and no longer caring about what the fans want. Quantity over Quality is the only thing you believe in now, and sadly I don’t think that’ll ever change. Once you’ve become greedy in the gaming industry, it is very hard to stop. We’ve seen this with EA, Activision, Square Enix, and now you. The one company everyone loved and adored as kids for being different from every other company, has now succumbed to the corporate greed of the gaming industry. As far as I’m concerned, Bungie was dead the moment they announced Destiny 1.

Mason, where have you been??

I once again apologize for the lack of uploading to the site. A lot has been happening lately with work and stuff going on at home. I’m also in the process in working on some other things towards expanding my site. Trying to go for doing new things and also trying to get a larger audience. All of which is in the early stages right now, and will continue being worked on as we move forward. I am going to start uploading more starting tomorrow.

That’s not an empty promise this time, so don’t worry. Thank you again, and I apologize again for not uploading. I will fix this.