As a lot of current Destiny players know, The Dreaming City is a very fluid and ever changing place. Since the World's First Completion of Last Wish, Forsaken's Raid, it has changed every single week, culminating in this week's Final Curse state where players can see a drastically different Dreaming City from a visual standpoint with giant Taken Blights all over the skybox and a sort of upward flowing "Taken Rain" misting through the entire area. Some pretty significant things also happen story wise when players finish their Weekly Offering, but if you want that spoiled I'll let you watch the linked video. Outside of these changes, with each week's cycle since that first clear, Petra Venj has had a new story mission, and after this very likely 3rd and final one, a hidden encounter was unlocked for players who completed them all. That mission can be found in a rather hidden room called the Confluence in The Dreaming City's underground level, and players will there find a mission Activity labeled a Dungeon called The Shattered Throne. And like many hidden missions before it like, it is very much tied to an Exotic Weapon, this time, the Wish Ender Exotic Bow.
The Shattered Throne Dungeon itself is not to be taken lightly. It's more or less a 3 player Raid Lair, with a Raid light Puzzle, Jumping Puzzle, Crota Lamps like Thrall escape, a Dark Souls style platforming section with Ads that will push you off a tiny walkway, a major Boss Encounter, another Jumping Puzzle, and then the actual final Boss Fight. All of that and the entire thing and all enemies are set to 590 Power Level. Needless to say I had no clue what I was getting myself into last night with two other 370+ very skilled players, and this still took us 2:21:55 to complete. From the despair of never thinking we would beat it last night, to destroying the final Boss, it was one heck of a ride and I highly recommend it. Dungeon's are exactly the type of content Destiny needs going forward, and this is an incredible first showing of that.
When you start to add it up... The best Campaign in Destiny's history (at least in most players eyes), 4 of the best Strikes in Destiny's history, Gambit as the first PvEvP content, 2 entire Destinations with one being The Dreaming City which is a full End Game patrol zone, a pretty satisfying new wave based Activity in Blind Well, an entire End Game Arc to the Campaign, Last Wish being one of the most complicated and fulfilling Raids in the history of Destiny, The Dreaming City seeing major changes post Raid completion, a multitude of hidden secrets and Quest objective that rotate on a weekly basis, and then this launch of Destiny's first Dungeon... Destiny PvE has never been better.
I'm not going to say it's without it's faults. I have some serious reservations about the Power Leveling system in play for Forsaken and think the post 500 grind is way too much, especially in that 520-550 range when you can't quite do End Game content yet, but you started to hit 2nd and 3rd Softcaps (see this). Note: After writing this, I don't think I'm stressing enough how serious my reservation are about the current Power Level situation.I think it's the #1 problem with Forsaken right now, and it's preventing a lot of players only willing to put in 5, 10, or even 15 hours a week into Destiny from seeing what is truly great about Forsaken. Now at 582 (9/25), I'm not worried about hardcore players like myself as much as friends of mine. It's going to both take them a long time to get Raid ready, and they may never get a chance to experience things like the new Dungeon, or ever get settled in this DLC at max Power Level, which is nothing short of a tragedy. Public Space Activities that allow you to instance with random players also need to allow you to match friends on purpose, which has been a requested feature all the back as far as Court of Oryx in The Taken King. It's a serious hindrance to Activities such as Blind Well and Escalation Protocol, which are fantastic Activities. The absence of Faction Rallies and Trials of Osiris are also particularly troubling to me, but I hope those Activities will return, and better than ever come December.
That's where I stand on Destiny 2 Forsaken right now. It's easily the best the franchise has ever been from a PvE standpoint minus a huge glaring Power Leveling issue that I hope gets rectified soon. What do you guys think? How has Forsaken been for you?