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Destiny 2

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GUESS WHO’S BACK, BOYS...

Couldn’t resist a Destiny 2 thread. Some of you will already know that I’m... a little keen on Destiny. Oddly, I bought it when I bought my PS4, and after playing it for a couple of days forgot about it. I was then tempted back by The Taken King, and have been a fan ever since. I’ve also bred a further Destiny fan - my oldest son is as keen as I am - and consequently Destiny 2 was my first multi-format, full-price purchase. 

Having played D2 fairly extensively on PS4, and from an admittedly biased perspective, it’s FUN. The story is considerably beefed up from D1, and actually quite moving in places. It’s taken on a bit of the Ubisoft-style “collect all the icons on the map” gameplay, although not to an annoying degree. Weapons feel suitably chunky, with a reasonable variety - although not as varied as D1 (but then that had several expansions). 

Gameplay is exciting and can be challenging without being ridiculously hard. Multiplayer PvE scaling is really well done - you don’t suddenly face massively tough enemies because a higher level player has joined your squad, but equally they won’t feel like they are playing in God Mode. 

Crucible - the PvP element - is well handled as well. I rarely come up against people that seem to be cheating, and matchmaking is pretty good at putting you up against people of similar ability. There’s a reasonable range of modes and maps. 

The only thing I can’t really comment on is the stuff that demands a fully formed MP fireteam - the raid, and the Trials of the Nine - mainly as I don’t have enough friends playing on PS4 to make a team. Hopefully that’ll change with the PC version 
 
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A good friend of mine was really into the original on PS4 and I actually got a copy when I bought my PS4 but I don't put any time into console gaming sadly which means I've played very little time on the original, but heard a lot of good things.

When I heard Destiny 2 was coming out on PC I was very interested, ended up getting a copy along with my GPU, and now I'm pre-loaded ready for the launch in the week. I'm hoping to get really into this as I haven't got stuck into a game for a long while (probably GW days if anyone remembers that!), and Desinty 2 should be right up my street.

I've requested to join the clan, my battle.net id is bsoltan#2364

Hopefully servers will survive on Tuesday and I'll get to start a character at least. I'm thinking to roll a Titan first, I like the idea of the support aspect. I think that's what I had on Destiny 1.

Looking forward to putting in some game time!
 

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Titan is probably a good choice for a new player, but really it boils down to what special abilities you want more than anything - all classes can use all weapons, but the Supers and the armour vary. I’ve mained a Titan Sunbreaker since TTK, gotta love flinging burning hammers that explode on hitting people...

i think I’ll play Warlock on PC, they get the coolest looking gear. 

In terms of tips, you will unlock your first exotic item surprisingly early. For the Titan, one option is the Actium War Rig, a chest piece - if you have decided that you like Auto Rifles, get it and keep it - it reloads your weapon for you, effectively increasing clip size. Very handy.

I’m DocAndyH#2484 on Battle.net.
 

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Oh - also: whilst the loot level goes Common - Uncommon - Rare - Legendary - Exotic (white - green - blue - purple - yellow), and it’s generally true that rarer=better, don’t automatically trash stuff if you get rarer items. I’ve got an Auto Rifle that’s only Rare, but is an absolute bullet-hose and really irritates people in PvP. 

I’m not telling you which one it is, though, you might use it against me... :D
 

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Ohhhh man - I LOVE the bit of the introductory mission that picks up after where the beta ends. The music is PERFECT - Kronos Quartet FTW. 

I’ve gone for an emo space wizard this time around ;)
 

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Anyone got the Nightfall Strike unlocked yet and fancy teaming up to do it tomorrow? Nearly did it on my own this evening.
 

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I'm not sure what that is, so I'm guessing I haven't reached it yet. I did two random Fireteam missions today and that is a lot of fun. I can see how with more gear and a coordinated group they become tactical.

Is my understanding correct that you can't sell/trade at all? You just dismantle the stuff you don't want for the 'tokens' that you trade with the NPC to get more random loot? Quite a cool thing.

I'm accumulating a lot of Glimmer, I assume that when you talk to some NPCs and they have 5/6 weapons and armour under their dialogue this is stuff you can buy with your Glimmer? Is there any reason to do that or is the stuff you get as rewards/drops fine?

I'm trying to find a Destiny 2 wiki but there doesn't seem to be much info out there, anyone got a link?

Armour wise (I don't know if it differs based on what class you're playing) is there an upper limit? Same goes for your 'Power' I suppose.

Servers failed me this morning just as I was completing a few objectives which is annoying.

Other than the main story, is everything else repeatable? All the objectives/bosses etc? Is there any disadvantage to repeating the same stuff or should I always seek out the ones I haven't done?

Didn't realise I had that many questions. :D :D

I also found the FPS counter hidden in the settings, getting decent performance (100+) with pretty high graphics. Everything looks gorgeous, specially the environments.
 

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I believe Gear caps out at 350 power, but your total power can't currently go over 305.
 

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I see, quite a way to go then. Does gear drop based on your XP or Power? Like most MMOs I assume there will be a good place/quests to go for getting better loot?

What is the mid game like? I understand there is Crucible for the PvP and eventually there are the Raids/Fireteam missions.

In between that is it just a case of moving around the worlds to see what you get from rewards? I was completing the Challenges on Io this week and they were all the same which was a shame. Specially when there aren't any other players and you have to solo!

I'm enjoying it but starting to see where the grind/tedious part comes in.

Also can 1@justplainandy[/USER] get in here to answer the questions in my previous post. :D

 

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Hang on 1@bsoltan[/USER], I'm still rusty with this place...

Is my understanding correct that you can't sell/trade at all? You just dismantle the stuff you don't want for the 'tokens' that you trade with the NPC to get more random loot? Quite a cool thing.

Sort of - dismantling anything common or uncommon gets you Glimmer only. Dismantling Rare items gives you weapon parts which you use to rank up with the Gunsmith. Dismantling Legendary and Exotic gear gets both of the above plus Legendary Shards, which you use to "infuse" gear - in other words level it up. So you get to keep your favourite Legendary kit but make it better.

I'm accumulating a lot of Glimmer, I assume that when you talk to some NPCs and they have 5/6 weapons and armour under their dialogue this is stuff you can buy with your Glimmer? Is there any reason to do that or is the stuff you get as rewards/drops fine?

Glimmer is just for those purchases, really - and the random drops are usually as good, other than very early on.

I'm trying to find a Destiny 2 wiki but there doesn't seem to be much info out there, anyone got a link?

Nope!

Armour wise (I don't know if it differs based on what class you're playing) is there an upper limit? Same goes for your 'Power' I suppose.

See Barry's answer!

Servers failed me this morning just as I was completing a few objectives which is annoying.

Other than the main story, is everything else repeatable? All the objectives/bosses etc? Is there any disadvantage to repeating the same stuff or should I always seek out the ones I haven't done?

This is where it gets interesting. You can repeat the Campaign Missions too, but as "Meditations" - speak to -errrr - "someone" after completing the campaign - these are like a New Game + version so they are harder to complete. If you complete all the Adventures on a planet - including some that pop up AFTER the campaign - then you usually get a decent reward - either an exotic weapon or a quest to get one.

Add me. Name is self explanatory 
Errr I accidentally removed you, dude - sorry!!!! Please forgive me!!!

 
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Also, all exotic weapons when you redeem them come in at 15 power higher than your current power level so you may want to hold off on them until you have got your power up to about 260+ so that you have got a decent exotic for late game.
 

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Also, all exotic weapons when you redeem them come in at 15 power higher than your current power level so you may want to hold off on them until you have got your power up to about 260+ so that you have got a decent exotic for late game.
Actually that changes at higher light levels. Exotics only go 5 higher. There’s no point in hanging onto engrams as they scale to the power level you were at when you acquired them regardless of progress since.

also don’t forget the infusion process...