Onward, To Mars

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been playing Destiny quite a bit as of late. I’m really falling in love with the game, and it’s been a long time since I’ve been hooked by something that so closely resembles an MMO. I know, it’s not really a “true” MMO, but as far as pseudo-MMOs go, this one is about as good as it gets. I’ve barely scratched the surface, so there’s still plenty to do and it feels like I might actually be hooked enough to see things through to the end. Not sure how much I’ll enjoy end game grinding, or having to level up other characters, but at the same time I look forward to nearing the end and seeing all that the game has to offer.

I shared this picture last night, and shortly thereafter I surpassed the 100 light level, and also hit level 18. Finishing off a strike where I had to kill this horrible witch character on Earth was a challenge, but once that was done I was rewarded with my first legendary piece of gear, and that was a nice upgrade from the blue I had in the slot. At this point most of my gear is blue, and I’m starting to feel fairly powerful, despite the fact that I know end game is somewhere in the 400 light level range. Still, progress is progress, and I’m having a blast progressing through this story line and seeing all of the sights, meeting new integral characters, and of course improving my character. Perhaps I just needed an RPG in my life. Lord knows there’s plenty of those in my backlog as is.

I believe I’m moving towards the last bit of the original game’s content. I know that the first couple of expansions were “lackluster” according to friends of mine, but I’m definitely not yet into Taken King territory. The storyline has lead me from Earth, to the Moon, then to Venus, and I’ve met the Queen of the Awoken, who sent me on a mission to kill some Vex. Having completed that quest, she then sent me to Mars. This opened up a new city hub similar to the Tower, and a quest called House of Wolves which I believe is part of one of the first expansions. Regardless, that’s where I left off. The next mission is on the red planet, and from what I recall that is the last bit of the vanilla game, as I’m nearing the original level cap. I’m hoping that things continue on as smoothly and that the game transitions right into the other bits of content. I know I could look all of this up and have my questions answered, but for now I’m just enjoying the ride!

I have yet to play any games in the Crucible, but I think that should be pretty fun. I also just opened up the Strike playlists (vanguard) so I suppose that’s similar to being able to do dungeon runs at my leisure. It seems that leveling is pretty quick, at least to 20, we’ll see how the additional 20 levels go. I’m kind of sad at this point that I don’t believe there will be any more content added to the game in the way of expansions, but I guess since Destiny 2 is in the works, there’s at least that to look forward to. Honestly I’d take more content over more levels, as when you jump into other MMOs with outrageous level caps, it’s not fun to slog through all of the old content. In the case of Destiny, it’s not so bad. The story is engaging, the world is beautiful, the combat is tight, and the progression is fast going. Perhaps it wasn’t this way initially, but it’s going at a rapid clip to this point and it’s made it feel fun, rather than work. Perhaps I’ll hit that work wall at some point, but for now I’m loving this game.

If you play the game, feel free to add me on PS4, my user name is Built4Sin82. I’ll be playing this title for a while to come.