Hello all, resident Destiny “expert” Pantless Steve here. Lets talk about this little thing called Destiny for a bit. I have spent a disturbing amount of time playing this game. Many ask me why, or how I can play the same content for that long. I’m going to attempt to put my feelings for the game in writing. Let’s see where this goes.
Destiny has taken over my gaming life in a strange way. It’s a game that I want to stop playing, but I don’t think I can quit it. I have heard many people describe their time with World of Warcraft as an unhealthy obsession. While Destiny is a very different game, I feel like my day to day life lines up with that same obsession. I wake up and log in before work just to see what the daily bounties are. I plan them out and see if I can finish most of them in ten to fifteen minutes before I have to leave. While at work, I think about what my plans will be in the game come night time. I look up stats on certain guns, where to unlock them, how to best maximize my time spent before getting them. I constantly do math on how many resources I have, how many I need, quickest way to get to the amount I need. I’m not kidding when I say that I think about this game for a majority of the day. But why?
It’s a question that I’m not sure that I can honestly answer. My time with the game has been unlike any gaming experience I have ever had. (Disclaimer: I have always been a console player. So much of what this game does has been done before on PC. I have just never experienced it) So here goes, this is what keeps me coming back every single day:
– Community: I have met and made friends with so many people through the shared love of this game. Some of those friendships have manifested into real world meet ups. In a world where game communities have become so rotten and exclusive, the Destiny one has been extremely open to most. Of course there are always a few bad apples, but I have generally never had a bad experience. It’s a community that feels like it is always working towards a common goal and wants everybody to achieve that goal. They welcome in “newbies” for raids or nightfalls, they take the time to explain mechanics, they stop to show people where collectibles are even when they don’t need them anymore, and they celebrate with you when you get something new and exciting. It’s an experience that I have honestly not seen anywhere else. Once you experience it, you then want to turn around and share that experience with others. It’s a chain reaction of positivity.
– Fear of missing out: This was a big one early on and has only been amplified with the release of The Taken King. Daily missions, weekly missions, weekly playlists, raids, and Xur are just some of the things that everybody looks to accomplish. Daily and weekly stuff often rewards with currencies that allow you to advance your character. You advance your character so that you can enter into raids and other end game content where you unlock the best of the best gear. Along the way you are collecting strange coins and anticipate the arrival of everyone’s favorite black market dealer on Friday. Eventually you get to the point where you have your character where you want them and are able to complete these things rather quickly, but you still want more. Now you have two characters and eventually even three for some. Now you take the activities that you are looking forward to and multiply that by 2 or 3. You never know if there will be a secret one day only thing, so you “have” to log in daily just to see. Once you are in, you might as well complete some bounties.
– Gameplay: Moving and shooting in Destiny feels like it should. This may seem like common sense, but if you have ever played a first person shooter that has felt “off” you know how much that breaks the experience. Every gun type feels different when firing it. If a gun is supposed to hit hard, you generally come away feeling like you did big damage. Of course it helps that damage numbers are displayed, making you feel like you are really punishing the enemies in the game. When jumping, your characters feel like they have weight. Even thought it’s all made up, the world feels real. That creates a sense of immersion to your character(s)
I would also like to take some time to address some common complaints that are brought up. They are all completely valid and I understand how they can be turnoffs for anyone. Hopefully anyone with these complaints would be willing to give Destiny a second chance. The game has evolved with its player base. Anyways….
But there is no content, how do you play the same thing over and over? While this was initially a valid point, this has changed greatly. We are now 3 expansions deep. The addition of the quest system has changed how the content is delivered. Even though you may be revisiting certain areas, you are doing so with a new goal in mind. A lot of times, a new path will be open that allows you to explore deeper than you have been able to. Sometimes you come back with a specific goal of completing a bounty. With the release of The Taken King, new quest lines continually pop up and give reason to revisit older content and areas. Bungie uses what they have in very smart ways.
Destiny is a loot game and has no loot! Again, a valid point that has been addressed. While the game was never designed to be on a Borderlands level with the loot it drops, it was light early on. This is yet another area that The Taken King has addressed. Loot drops are much more frequent now and you are constantly getting new stuff. Higher end gear generally has a very explicit way of unlocking now as well. So if there is something you want, you know what has to be done to acquire it. You can let the loot just come to you or target specific items.
The game is so boring to play alone! 100% agree. This goes back to the community aspect though. There is always a group looking for one more. I’m sure your friends list is full of people that would love to play with you. Just ask! Again, this community is fantastic. There are also LFG sites that can help you out if you are looking to complete something very specific. The game is not built to play alone and if that is the only way you have experienced it, I highly recommend reaching out and putting together a fireteam. Hell, invite me. I’m clearly always looking to play more.
Hopefully this allows you to understand at least a little bit into why I don’t shut up about the game. It’s a love for a game that I haven’t experienced in a very long time. This is probably just a long ramble of words that I had to get off my chest though. Thanks for sticking around this long.
My gamertag is Pantless Steve. If you see me online, send me an invite. If you see me in the tower, come up and wave and lets play.
Just don’t do that damn Carlton dance!!!