I played a lot of base Destiny hoping for it to finally click and it never really did in the way I wanted. That being said all of the changes announced for The Taken King seem to address the majority of issues I (and many others) had with the game. Now that Bungie has pretty much laid out all of the changes coming to the game will any of you who gave up on Destiny come back and give it another look?
Will The Taken King bring you back?
Given that I didn't buy Destiny the first time around, The Taken King seems like a pretty good deal for me. I'll probably just wait for Destiny 2 though. If Year 2 is largely a response to criticisms of Year 1, then Year 3 should introduce some real forward progress for the game. Right?
I liked Destiny, but I just got tired of the process of going through shit. I mostly played Crucible in the end and then it was getting tough to keep up without the right guns sometimes. I just didn't really have the interest in running raids all the time. I'll mostly see how it all pans out and it might bring me back for a bit.
That is if I can stop playing Rocket League these days.
No, I felt pretty burned by the base game/"expansions" but willing to reconsider based on reviews. The changes they're making to the systems in the game sound very positive, but not sold on the amount of content/value for $40. Hearing there's only one new playable zone and its on a ship dampens my excitement to see new stuff. (and the fact that Bungie said something like "you can expect the new zone to be a big as the Cosmodrome!" like that's a selling point makes me feel they still don't get that they shipped a base game that realllllly lacked enough zones/content.) Could be totally wrong, the ship zone could be super unique and interesting to explore, and maybe this time the strikes wont be 90% recycled maps from story missions/patrol zones, but that's the kinda stuff I'll hope to hear about in reviews before I consider buying in.
For me the two knocks on the game that ultimately caused me to put it down were not having enough content and the light system. While they haven't been super clear how much content is being added getting rid of the light system excites me. I like the core combat loop in Destiny so I will enjoy levelling to 40.
I'll probably pick it up early next year when I can get it and the other two expansions on a disc (or online, but that's less likely) for about $30. I payed $30 (or maybe $40, I can't remember) for Destiny, and that felt about right. I love the shooting, and I'd like to do it more, but I just ran out of new things to do and I have no interest in grinding for gear. The previous two expansions didn't have enough content for me (I don't care about the competitive multiplayer and I don't have enough friends who play to do raids), but all three of them together for a reasonable price would probably get me back in.
Honestly it all depends on how many new players it brings in. I got in to Destiny kinda late and my biggest problem was when I would try some strikes for the first time players would just run through all the beginning fights to get to the boss and that's what would frustrate me. It didn't feel like I was playing cooperatively but that I was hindering my teammates from their own personal goals. I only ended up playing until level 22 because of it so if more people play for the first time, I'll come back.
I still play Destiny regularly (Xbox one) although not as many hours as I used to. Taken King will definitely bring me back just because of the new raid and getting my raiding party all back to start running through it for old times sake. I still love the gun play though which keeps me playing in the crucible.
If the light system is removed without having to buy The Taken King I'll probably play through it to level up using experience points. That way I'll actually feel like I'm getting somewhere with progression when killing enemies and not wasting my time doing missions and waiting for random drops (ugh).
@keith7198: I played it for probably about 60 hours before calling it quits. I'd still call it barren. My expectations included that there be an actual story and a proper loot system, not particularly high goals for a game that was selling itself as a narrative driven game with loot. Just go back and listen to any time Jeff mentions their pitch of "people are going to ask you about that weapon". It had neither. Because there is no story and you by all your guns from a dude on the weekends.
If people enjoyed it, then cool. But I struggled to get that 60 hours out of it and I haven't gone back or gone near the DLC because I don't agree with the value proposition they put on it.
@jesus_phish: Your complaints are completely fair because they come from your experience. As for Jeff, I tend to dismiss some of his Destiny criticisms as a bit irrational at times.
But you have put 60 hours into the game. Even if you grew tired of it I would think you got your money's worth. I've put 18 hours into a game, wrapped up the story, and never played it again. Then there are games like Arkham Knight (which I love). Finished the story and the side quests fairly quick (much quicker than 60 hours). Haven't played it since.
Also, I don't get this idea that Bungie sold Destiny as a deep narrative-driven game. I never once got that from them. In fact my one gripe was that they were never clear on what it was. That is why I wasn't certain about getting it until after playing the beta and finally getting some last minute info drops. They just weren't clear. But they certainly didn't proclaim this to be a Halo-esque story-driven experience.
I cant really bring myself to play Taken King. They have not put out enough content and most of it has been incredibly shallow, the Raids were great fun though, and the prices are kind of disgusting (they still do $20=£20=20 Euros) for the amount of content they produce. When they put out more content for a fairer price then I would love to come back because the moment to moment gameplay feels fantastic to me but there is not enough to do with that gameplay.
I never really left. I took a break for several weeks after Prison of Elders dropped because most of the new stuff is for people who have regular groups or use LFG sites, but I've done that before because of new games or whatever, too. But whenever I fall behind on Giantbomb content or other sites' podcasts I'll pop in Destiny for a full day of bounty hunting.
I haven't been as dedicated to doing everything possible in a sitting now that there's so much to do, though. I haven't done the dailies/weeklies in a long time and I haven't played my Warlock or Hunter in over a month, maybe even two, for sure.
I bought the game from a friend for $15, played it for a week, then sold it for $24. I didn't hate what I played, it was just kinda lonely and the story (as I'm sure with everyone) did nothing to intrigue me, however the shooting was incredible and that's what kept me going. After hearing all the changes in TTK, I am excited, I repurchased the digital version with both the previous DLC's. Now all my friends are on playing it's a lot less lonely.
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