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Moving on, I’d like to take the time to introduce myself. My name is Zack and as Landon mentioned in the first post for Pro Strats Noob Stats, I was the best man in his wedding. Landon and I have been lifelong friends and we’ve accumulated more than our fair share of stories over the years-but I’ll reserve those for another time. I assure you that my life story is nowhere near as interesting as Landon’s, so I’ll save you the lengthy introduction. I have been to the lighthouse in Destiny multiple times so as Ron Burgundy put it-I’m kind of a big deal. I jest; however, Landon and I have shared the common interest of playing video games since high school. Now, in our mid-twenties, we still love video games and we hope that we can help provide some insight and helpful information to those of you out there who also love video games with this blog.
So, without further ado, I’ll get on to what I was brought here for and that’s a review for Destiny 2’s latest expansion Forsaken. For those of you who don’t know, Destiny is a First-Person Shooter with both role-playing and massively multiplayer online game elements. It’s developed by Bungie, the same studio that brought us Halo, and personally it’s one of my favorite video game series in recent years. While the initial launch of both Destiny 1 and Destiny 2 were surrounded by their fair share of controversies e.g. Eververse, experience throttling, complete reconstruction of the storyline for Destiny 1-they both share one thing. One year after release, they provide an expansion that is completely game-changing and directly addresses most of the issues the initial offering had.
Without getting into TOO many of the details, I’ll just give a brief overview of what Forsaken has offered to the Destiny community. Some of the new content includes:
- New Story Missions
- New Raid
- New Strikes
- New Subclasses
- New Game Mode (Gambit)
- New Planets/Explorable Areas
- Collections (previously acquired gear)
- New Perks
- New Mod System
- Reinstating random rolls for guns
- New Guns
- New Armor
- New Exotics
- Hidden Content
Perhaps the biggest takeaway from this expansion is the implementation of the last bullet point. I have waited for quite some time to do a review for the Forsaken expansion so that I could adequately review everything in the expansion. As I’m discovering though, Bungie just keeps coming out with new hidden content. Most notably, last week they released a secret three person “dungeon” which is essentially a three-person raid. By completing objectives in the dungeon, you unlock one of the new exotic weapons named The Wish Ender. Not only that, but in their new game mode, Gambit, there’s a secret Taken boss that if you defeat, you unlock a quest for another exotic named Malfeasance. All these activities are dependent upon The Dreaming City (one of the new explorable areas) and the corruption level the city is exposed to. I know that most of this probably seems like a foreign language, but I believe that’s a testament to just how much there is to do in the Destiny universe. Bungie has created a grind for everyone. If you enjoy playing against AI-then you can play the story, the raid, the strikes, and the new dungeon mission. Strikes now have specific loot that can drop from their Nightfall variant by the way. If you enjoy PvP, then you can grind for Luna’s Howl, Redrix Broadsword, and Not Forgotten. And if you enjoy all of it, then you can do everything and try to complete bounties that are now offered by Tess Everis of Eververse so that you can unlock emotes, gear, ornaments, and other cosmetic items.
I’m getting overwhelmed just by writing about all there is to do in Forsaken now, and I’m thinking of everything I need to complete on each of my characters. This is a good problem to have though, and I highly recommend Destiny 2’s Forsaken to anyone who is able to invest the time. Perhaps the best part of Destiny isn’t even something that’s exclusive to this expansion-and that’s the ability to play with friends. So much of the Destiny universe and its greatest moments are experienced in a fireteam full of friends.
Raids, crucible, strikes, Gambit matches and bears oh my. There’s so much to do and with over 2 million active players, there are plenty of other players to do it with. Personally, I think for anyone who enjoys Destiny, Forsaken is a must play. So get out there and fight Guardian!