Destiny 2: Forsaken – Review

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Part 1 of who knows how many….

Once again Bungie has not disappointed me. When I first loaded in to the Forsaken I was blown away by the level of detail that had been put into the scene around me. I was quickly immersed into the Reef and once again I felt as if I was my Guardian. Now, I don’t know if it was just me or if they tweeked the interface with our Guardians a bit, but it felt…. amazing!

Once I got over what I was seeing and feeling, it was time to go kick some ass. I played through the story mission in about 4 hours, not bad for a campaign. On the way I got to experience some amazing new things. I am going to try and relay my experience without any spoilers!

I would also like to thank Activison for my copy of Destiny 2: Forsaken on PC.


The New Weapons System

One of the first blue engrams I got was a Sniper in my primary slot! Though not very practical, I ran double snipers for bit. It was fun and I can see challenges galore coming out of having this as an option. Then I remembered, as I was deleting a redundant weapon, random rolls! I quickly regretted not checking the stats on the shotgun that I just deleted, but C’est la vie.

Now the hunt is on. I am not going to pretend to know all of the perks and stats available for every gun, I have a guy with a spreadsheet for that (love you GreatDaemon), but I can tell you that I will be keeping my eye out for just the right roll on my primary Hand Cannon.

Then something amazing happened. I had almost forgotten that they added this to the game. I got my first bow! Lightning had just hit! I got chills, yes actual chills. At this point I knew that my son had also found his first bow as I heard him cry out in excitement. A smile crossed my face and I don’t know if it was because I found a bow first or that he had found such enjoyment over finding his.

I spent the better part of the story with that bow in my hands. I loved it. The only reason I stopped using it was the fact that, I need more power Jim! Of all the weapon types and all the weapons they have added to this game since D1, this is by far the best thing that they have done!

Oh ya, I almost forgot. They also added a section in your character for Collections. In which you can go and re-acquire any, non random roll, weapon. Thank you for clearing up my vault (if I ever get time to do so).

If I have a single complaint about the new weapons system, it would be that your once again need regional materials for infusion. I down right despise this, as I don’t have time to farm materials, I am hoping to find a spot to purchase materials somewhere in this giant world!

The New Director

Not that the Director itself is very interesting, however they did re-arrange things in there.

More to the point, they added things to do. There are now challenges for every day. In more than one spot. Every day when I log in there is another one of those glowing dots somewhere in the solar system. It’s likely going to start aggravating me that I am unable to always get rid of the dot, but that also means they have added enough content that as a hobby I should always have something to do. Let’s not forget that they brought back Bounties as well. Not only did they bring them back, they are EVERYWHERE! The only thing I am not crazy about is the expiration date on the Bounties, and that is only because I don’t often have enough time to finish them all in one day, first world problems!

Explodey dudes

You should by now have a feel for the fact this Destiny 2: Forsaken – Review has a positive theme. In the spirit of wanting to play the game I am going to cut this article off here, but watch for the next one as I experience more of the Forsaken.

One last thing…

Their claim in the weeks prior to the release of the Forsaken, was that they were going to make this game a hobby once again. To me that was a pretty bold statement. I had invested around 2,000 hours into D1 and barely broke 150 on D2. Until now it was missing something. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, but I think the team at Bungie did, thankfully. I find myself, even after only a week, wanting (needing) to get on and play. That’s a feeling I haven’t had in over a year.

Well done Bungie, Activision and Vicarious Visions. You have once again  piqued my interest in an Epic adventure, with an Epic story and even more Epic gear for me to use while doing so!

Psst… My guardian could have a few more voice lines!


Osiris Returns Dec 5

The Destiny franchise is quickly approaching the status of Legend in the gaming world. Another step in that direction is the expansion Curse of Osiris for Destiny 2. Osiris returns on Dec 5, 2017 and it is unclear if he is friend or foe? In the trailer below you will see him fighting Vex, but in the story line from OG Destiny, Osiris is…. well… insane!

It appears that we are headed back to Mercury, in an attempt to stop the time travelling robots again!

If you were luck enough to make it to the Lighthouse in D1 you may have also discovered Osiris’ “lab”. In which was a non working portal and a various other items scattered around. I am curious to see if they work that into the new story line and even more curious to see if the developers have been listening to their audience as attentively as they did in D1.

Currently the player base is somewhat on the fence if they are going to continue to invest the amount of time into this franchise that they have in the past. Some of the “quality of life” upgrades they made for the “casual” player in D2 have taken away some of the allure for the semi-hard to hard-core players.

Weapon roles, armor roles and exotic hunting. All things that I myself got caught up in at times. Looking for that perfect role on the Palidrome or the right combination of stats to have a Tier 12 build in several armor sets! It is what kept some of us interested in the game long past it’s expiration date.

Don’t even get me started on the everyone gets a medal approach! It’s ruining our society and now a gaming community that I love! We need to fail in order to appreciate our success.

I digress….

I haven’t touched Destiny 2 since Iron Banner on PS4 and I have been working through the story line on PC since it’s launch. I still love the game and I hope that this expansion points us back in the right direction!

By the looks of the art for the Season pass expansion 2 is due to hit in the Spring of 2018. I am having a hard time discerning if the image is of a dead Ghost or of the Aegis… again… only Time will tell…

390 Crota Incoming

Tomorrow is a day that many Guardians have been asking for since the first DLC in Destiny 1. The return of the “Old” Raids at current Light Level (LL).

Let’s start the celebration as the closing days of Destiny 1 are upon us and Destiny 2 is on the horizon.

The Son of Oryx get’s the honor of being our first sacrifice! Let’s have a closer look at the weapons and armour that we can earn during this remastered Raid.


The Word of Crota

The Abyss Defiant

The Fang of Ir Yut

The Oversoul Edict

Each of the weapons will be able as a Legendary weapon dropping at LL and as an Exotic dropping at LL with elemental damage!








Age of Triumphs Recap

With all the craziness surrounding the Destiny 2 news let’s not forget that Destiny 1 still has the Age of Triumphs ahead of us.

Starting next Tuesday, March 28th we will have access to all of the Raids that Destiny has hosted in the past brought up to current Light Level. All new Armour sets from ALL raids. New Exotic Elemental Primaries (Arc Fatebringer at 400, damn!) plus a plethora of other new enhancements, toys and quests for us to tackle.

Most importantly is the Age of Triumphs Record Book. 13 pages of things to help you complete your Destiny 1 journey. Each page featuring a different aspect of the game and offering rewards for each of those moments.

There is literally too many images to show in one post… so we will hit the highlights here.

Weapons post coming soon.


Sandbox Stream Incoming

Tomorrow marks the final reveal stream for the Age of Triumph, a.k.a. The Taken Spring! Not really the Taken anything from what I can tell though.

New armor, weapons, ornaments and more to be revealed. The spikes on the Titan make it look like something out of an 80’s sci-fi flick! I love it….

After this the final chapter in Destiny 1 comes to a close.



Tune in this Wednesday, March 22, at 10 a.m. Pacific for the last livestream celebrating Age of Triumph, the final live update of the Destiny 1 era content launching March 28.

This week’s livestream, “Sandbox Update,” will feature Bungie’s 3D Character Artist, Ian McIntosh, and Sr. Gameplay Designer, Josh Hamrick, viewable on Bungie’s Twitch channel.

The livestream tune-in video is available here: LINK