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  1. Basara

    Destiny 2

    A little late to the party since we couldn't jump on until Friday. We then proceeded to drop about 15 hours into this over 2 days and haven't even finished the story yet. So much stuff to do. I'm sitting on level 507 at the moment. We got about half way into the story then started doing a bunch of milestones since we wont get chance to do them before the reset so might as well take advantage of the while we can. There seems to be a near endless supply of activities for 'powerful gear'. I hit 500 pretty quick which seems to be a soft cap, i'm guessing there's several more along the way or it would be way to easy to hit 600. The collections is a real good idea. I can basically purge my entire vault and fill it with new gear with random rolls that i will obsess over and be afraid to delete in case it one day becomes relevant. Gambit is a ton of fun. I imagine it's pure hell as a solo player going up against a full team but all 3 games we played were against teams of randoms. Were undefeated so far, haven't event dropped a round! Exotics seem to be incredibly rare? Not a single drop yet and as i understand it, Xur wont be having Forsaken exotics in his Fated Engrams. Feels like Destiny 1 again when you were actually excited for one to drop, event he bad ones. We didn't play much during the last expansion and never got a chance to do a full Escalation Protocol. We knocked out 2 level 7 in a row with a bunch of randoms that jumped in. Absolute insanity and one of my favourite parts of the game now. Played 2 of the new strikes while doing bounties and milestones. The one based in the prison is great fun. Loved all the call backs to to PoE and CoE. House of Wolves was always one of my favourites because it was 3 man end game content instead of 6, Much easier to put a team together. Am i being blind or cant you access old raids? I'm guessing they unlock again when you finish the Forsaken story? Or have them moved them on the Director and i just cant find them? I'll be trying to finish off the story when i get chance over the next few days. Then the grind begins!
  2. Basara

    Destiny 2

    Goddamn it i'm back in the game. Me and a friend grinded the crap out of the 400 light gear quest over the past week or so, complaining all the way, then dropped £80 on the expansion and annual pass like good little Bungie fanboys. We're part of the problem! In other news, Destiny 2 base game is now free on PS Plus. It's Septembers game but already available. That's some super villain level genius on Bungies part. Anyone that gets hooked has potentially £115 worth of DLC available to buy.
  3. Basara

    Destiny 2

    I am massively behind with this game. I've not played in about a month and even then it was just logging on, knocking out a milestone or two and logging off. I've still not completed an Escalation Protocol or any raid in Destiny 2, i'm not max light yet, i think i've done 1 Iron Banner and 1 Faction event this season and now there's a new expansion coming in a month. On top of that this whisper stuff pops up. Anyway, we jumped on to give it a try. A public event was about to start on IO so we jumped in, and pretty much got straight into the portal. Spent our first attempt working out the jumping puzzle. Figured it out but ran out of time. Attempt 2 has better results, we get through the maze, take out the first wave and almost the second but run out of time. Aaaaand then not a single eligible public event for the rest of the night. Who thought that was a good idea? Granted it's better than the randomness of the original Black Spindle quest, having to wait for a daily heroic, but a timed event, locked behind a random event, to unlock a timed event is not my idea of fun and isn't really going to draw me back into the game..
  4. Basara

    E3 2018 THREAD

    Shadows Die Twice and a free Life is Strange game? i'm loving this so far.
  5. Basara

    2018 VIDEO GAME CATCH-ALL THREAD

    So it took me 33 hours across 2 weeks but i beat Dark Souls: Remastered. For a mostly blind play through i'm pretty happy with that. I'd previously played through the first few areas ages ago, and i had to google how to access the DLC (because why would that be straight forward!) but other than that, it was just good old fashioned exploring. I'm sure i missed a whole bunch of quests and after looking it up post game i missed 2 optional bosses but other than that, it was a good playthrough. Having already beat Bloodborne and Dark Souls 3 multiple times, and Dark Souls 2 once, i actually found the combat fairly easy to get into (by Dark Souls standards). It's a lot slower than BB and DS3 giving you a lot more thinking time. There were a few bosses that i thought where a little unfair or badly designed (i'm looking at you Bed of Chaos) but on the whole the main game bosses and combat was easy to step back into after spending so many hours in the other games. The DLC on the other hand was suitably brutal as all FromSoft DLC seems to be. The final 2 bosses kicked my ass for a good long while before finally going down. On the whole, i'd say it's got the easiest combat of the series but the hardest world. If that makes sense? The later games tend to hold your hand a little more and aim you in the right directing. This one has so many different ways to go, so many different types of upgrade materiel and items that playing the game itself is a lot harder than the later games. The remaster it's self? i know it's getting some hate because of how similar it is to the original but it's a remaster not a remake. It's just a prettier looking version of the original with a higher, stable, frame rate.
  6. Basara

    Destiny 2

    I've not really enjoyed a raid/end game since PoE. From King's Fall onward they've just gotten more and more mechanic heavy. I'm fine with a challenge and team work but the final bosses for the last few raids have just gotten to the point where unless you have a perfect run you cant beat them. Crota might be a bad example since you could cheese pretty much the entire raid and solo Crota himself fairly simply. Plus with the way melee and swords worked in Destiny 1 the higher light you were the more damage you did to him. Still, i enjoyed being able to knock out a 2 man of Crota in about 15-20 mins. Skolas gets a lot of hate but it i enjoyed it mainly because it was 3 player instead of 6. We have 3 good players and never really struggled with it. But when we tried to carry a different person through it became a nightmare. I can only imagine the hell LFGs went through. King's Fall was fine up until the Oryx fight. That was the start of Bungies decent into insisting the final raid boss was needlessly complicated. Wraith of the Machines i only played 3 times and beat twice. It was a fun raid up until the last boss. Beating it twice was enough to know i didn't really want to go through it again even though the whole thing only took about an hour. I've not beaten any of the Destiny 2 raids yet. I played the Leviathan the week it came out and we did the first encounter massively under levelled before deciding we needed to gear up. The second is the closest I've come to beat, played it twice and got to the final boss twice. But it's another example of an overly complicated final boss only this time it's got a crap tone of health on top. I've not tried the new one yet. Vault of Glass is still my favourite raid. It was mechanic heavy but it didn't require a full team for every encounter. A good team could make up for a lack of players. The newer raids almost force mechanics on you that need a minimum of 4/5/6 people. VoG is still the perfect level of difficulty and mechanics for me. I would play the crap out of Escalation Protocol if it was a self contained thing like Prison of Elders rather than a public event requiring complete luck to not only get a team of people but to get a decent team of people. I love hoard modes, another reason why i liked Skolas, but like you say, Bungie managed to screw it up. Just make it like they did the Prison. An easy version with matchmaking and a harder version where you need your own team.
  7. Basara

    Destiny 2

    Power levelled the hell out of my Titan. In 2 sessions he's gone from 335 to completing the Warmind DLC and being 358. I dumped all the 360ish weapons from my main on him, brought my way to 345ish armour using tokens on various vendors then popped a few milestones for powerful engrams. All 3 of my characters are of similar level now ranging from 358-362. So even weapons dropping on my alts should be half decent light. I finished off the Sleeper Simulant quest and collected all the memory fragments to finish off another exotic quest. Aside from part 5 of the Nascent Dawn quest and a couple of adventures it's on to the max light grind.
  8. Basara

    Destiny 2

    Got a solid session in yesterday. My Warlock is 362 now and my Hunter is 359. We did our first Prestige Nightfall and it was surprisingly easy. We set it to Solar Burn and Heavyweight and everything in there just got melted. The boss on it's 3rd stage went down in about 5 seconds. The whole thing took less time than the regular Nightfalls usually do. Finished Nascent Dawn 4/5 after a bit of a grind. Did a whole crap load of Escalation Protocols. We got to level 5 a few times but couldn't get it done. At least it was burning through the steps for some quests i had active. Level 4 is absolutely insane. We had 2 Hunters with bows in there and with so many enemies constantly spawning and making orbs the entire round was just people firing off supers. Weirdly level 2 still feels the hardest. That damn Wizard just has so much health unless you've got 6 people in there it just seems impossible to do the DPS. I think if we were higher light we'd have had a shot at the level 5 but at that point the enemy level jumps up too and we just couldn't take or deal out enough damage. Interestingly, and i'd never seen this happen before, if an Escalation Protocol starts the same time as a Public Event it merges the 2 activities and you have to complete the Heroic version of the public event, while fighting off Hive bosses within, i think, 4 mins. It happened to us twice yesterday, once for the drill and once for the warsat. Going to try and get the Titan through the story missions today and then work on some nodes to progress that quest.
  9. Basara

    Destiny 2

    I'm back! I've missed the conversation since Warmind dropped so i'm a little behind! A few points and observations before we get back into this thing proper. The story mode, typical Bungie, it's enjoyable but too short. Kind of cheap making the 2 longer missions count as the 2 new strikes as well. Despite playing a bunch of Heroic Strikes the PS exclusive hasn't popped up yet. Speaking of strikes. The Heroics are now harder than the Nightfalls. They have modifiers and are light 350, the Nightfall is just a harder strike now with no modifiers and light 270. That seems like an unusual decision unless there's something i'm missing. Escalation Protocol, holy crap is that hard! we are massively under levelled for it at around 350, it's enemies are 370-380. We managed to get to the 3rd event once before failing, turns out there's 7 all together. I honestly didn't expect the new end game patrol content to actually be end game after how easy Court of Oryx and Archons Forge was. Looks like there's a bunch of collectables and quests this time around that have been rewarding new weapons. We tried a raid for the first time in forever! Not the new one but we went back to Eater of Worlds since we'd done a bit of it before. Didn't get it done but got to the final boss and actually got some half decent loot too. The raid grenade launcher and gauntlets. Along with a powerful engram. Not bad since we didn't kill the final boss. Our problem was we couldn't do enough damage, we were trying to 5 man it, but the gear seems to help. The gauntlets i got increase all damage by 20% in a raid after a melee kill. Other gear seems to have slimier perks. So if it stacks it should make damaging the boss, and the adds, so much easier. I don't like that they've reduced the amount of powerful engrams you can get each week making that grind to max light even worse. Clan engrams are no longer powerful, they are just regular legendaries, and exotic engrams don't drop at a higher light anymore, rather they just drop at the same level as a normal legendary. All in all though it's got me hooked again for a bit, especially if we can get a some what consistent raid group going again.
  10. Basara

    Destiny 2

    My 2 month long Bloodborne binge is over so we jumped back on today to prepare for the coming DLC. 6v6 Iron Banner is a lot of fun. Despite not really playing for a few months i was consistently getting 20+ kills and finished top of the board quite a few times. I think i'll find i hard to go back to regular 4v4 crucible. All in all it feels like a much faster paced game. Multiple super uses in each match. More enemies so more engagements. The new heavy ammo economy works quite well, not as much ammo from the pick ups but enemies now drop their heavy if you kill them. Saladin is very trigger happy with the mercy rule now. We played maybe 7 or 8 games and 3 ended in a mercy. Before you could be quadrupling their score and Shaxx would let you keep on beating on people. Either way, i got the last 2 pieces of Hunter IB gear so if new armour drops in season 3 i'm not missing anything. We also knocked out a Nightfall. Not much to report on that side of things. I don't know if they've buffed Knights shields but they seemed to be popping them up and healing faster than i could kill them. Maybe i'm just out of practice. I've not really watched anything from the new DLC. This will be the first time since the original Destiny where i am going in nearly blind. Aside from the initial teaser trailer i don't know anything about it. Actually looking forward to playing on Tuesday for the first time in a long time!
  11. Basara

    2018 VIDEO GAME CATCH-ALL THREAD

    Cheers, might have to take the plunge then
  12. Basara

    2018 VIDEO GAME CATCH-ALL THREAD

    So, those Yakuza games? I've never played one but 0 and 1 are pretty cheap on the PS store here in the UK at the moment. I'm tempted. £19 for 0 and £10 for the first game i think. So dumb question, should i start with the first game or play the prequel first? Does playing Yakuza Zero ruin anything that might be in the first game?
  13. Basara

    2018 VIDEO GAME CATCH-ALL THREAD

    I got my 4th Platinum trophy with Batman: The Telltail Series on PS4. OK, so that's not as impressive as 106 platinums, and it's a tell tail game so it basically just gives it away. But it still counts damn it! It's actually the first Telltail game I've played despite owning a bunch thanks to PS+/GWG/Humble Bundles. I've played other 'walking sims' before, Life is Strange is one of my favourite games on the PS4, but there wasn't a whole lot of walking in Batman. Are other Telltail games as light on the walking as Batman? It was pretty much just watching an 8 hour Batman movie with the occasional quick time event. Not that i'm complaining, the platinum trophy told me i'm Batman, so i'm Batman now! It had some interesting takes on characters and backgrounds. I did enjoy it though, i'm tempted to pick up season 2 the next time it goes on sale which will probably guarantee it going free the next month. I think Telltail and Assassins Creed are in competition to see who can give away the most games in their franchises. I also played through Ratchet and Clank last week since it was free on PS+ last month. I'd never played any of the original games but it was a lot of fun and either i suck at it or there is a massive difficulty jump for the final boss because i struggled with that more than i'd like to admit. Who would have though out of the 2 PS+ titles in march that i'd have more trouble beating a Ratchet and Clank boss than Bloodborne. Granted I've played Bloodborne to the point where i can just casually knock out a run now. I love that game. Speaking of Bloodborne, i played through pretty much the entire game last month again in co-op form with a friend of mine. I always find watching other people play Dark Souls/Bloodborne games interesting because everyone seems to struggle with different things and has their own approach. I played a lot of games over the past month, and barley touched Destiny, this is unusual for me.
  14. Basara

    Destiny 2

    Yeah i'm pretty much in the same boat. I played 2 weeks worth of the new, timeless, Nightfall a couple of patches ago and that's pretty much it. Might try and get in on those last 2 Iron Banners just to finish off a set of gear for the Hunter but once i hit max light on all 3 characters i kind of lost interest. Even though I've not done the raid this time around that carrot on the end of a stick just doesn't seem to be there for Destiny 2. I cant find a reason to keep logging in each week like a could for the original Destiny. I'll be back for the second expansion in May since i already brought it but the game will need a massive overhaul for whatever the Year 5 content is and not just these small improvements they keep dropping.
  15. Basara

    Destiny 2

    I've been doing another Bloddborne playthrough with a friend of mine since it's free on PS+ this month so I've not tried out the latest patch yet, i didn't even realise last week was Faction Rally week. I'll have to get some Nightfalls in for the new strike specific loot though. I'm interested in the new 6v6 Iron Banner when it's in rotation too. I see they mentioned that that was the last Faction Rally of season 2, does anyone know if they've commented on how many Iron Banners are left too? I'm guessing it will be new loot for when season 3 hits.
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