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Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below Preview


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The new weapons and gear seem cool. I wish the game would emphasize more on the plot and new locations. I was hoping to see a new world shown in this trailer, but it doesn't. Instead it looks like they added some more missions to the earth and the moon and added 1 strike and a raid that I'll probably never complete. But at least there is all new raid gear for the hard core players. I'll definitely play this when it comes out to see how the new story missions are but I wish they would add match making to the raids and weekly missions tho to make the game a bit more enjoyable.



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I got my first purple engram today and the cryptarch trolled me. I got a crappy blue helmet. -_-;

 

I love this sniper rifle. I easily beat the level 20 daily challenge by myself today, of course it was one on earth tho. :P I defeated Rikis in the cosmodrome with 3-4 headshots. And it took me 6 headshots to kill Draksis on Mars. XD

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I want this gun, the Vex Mythoclast, but you have to beat the Vault of Glass on hard to possibly get it. wtf.

 

Its a scout rifle that shoots fusion rifle rounds and dominates completely.

 

 

The Patience and Time exotic sniper rifle is ridiculous. It has to be the best sniper rifle in the game.. It has a couple special abilities that are OP.. When you use the scope, 3 seconds later you will be clocked and the invisibility lasts 10 seconds or until you unscope.. and while scoped you have active radar. O_O

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The only way you could beat the guy is with the Hawkmoon and good aim.. wow. I still want the Hawkmoon more. It seems you can get three hits off faster than he can shoot that thing. I've become accustomed to head shots only at that for instakills, and bounties.

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They should have to experience the cryptarch as the great troll we all know. :P

 

Thats a pretty nice contest. I'm going to try the 'no purchase necessary' method of entering the contest when it starts. I might break down and buy one of their big box meals too. I haven't had a burrito from them in years and I see a supreme one is in a meal. I always get the Doritos tacos only.. damn taco meat and their grey meat. But those doritos taco shells are delicious.

 

I have two videos.. A montage of headshots with The Supremacy.. At one point I joined Strider, and found him and a bunch of people fighting a Devil Walker.. I showed up, hit the walker with one shot and I got a gold tier rating for it. XD

 

 

And here is the heroic weekly strike we did tonight. I started the video right where we all died and you can see Strider's body flailing in death as he tries to revive me. XD This video is still processing when I posted it, it should be finished soon.

 

 

That fight was pretty intense.. If I'd have jumped up on that ledge to begin with I wouldn't have screwed us those first 3 attempts. ^_^;

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http://destinypublicevents.com/ I'm going to try this out a little later. If it is effective, we should be able to farm PEs and easily get our weekly 100 vanguard marks.

 

 

After trying this, I found it iffy at best. I was about to get 2 hits out of about 7-8 tries. If I had to guess the common events spawn every other cycle, uncommon spawn 3-4 cycles of this timer, and rare 5-6+

 

Oh and I saw this on Kotaku. XD!!!

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I've had a captain do that to me in the beta too. But I've had that exact same captain on that roof top glitch out. I got shot at, looked over and saw the captain tea bagging in place while staring at me.. after about 40 seconds of tea bagging he disappeared. Lol.

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Old Russia is the best place to farm. Ive hit 3 in a row just now. Skywatch and The Divide are reliable as long as people are there besides you. The Mothyard has turned up twice... once when I was alone. I ended up with another ascended shard and energy out of it.

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Here is a link to our official clan page:

 

http://www.bungie.net/en/Clan/Playstation/442807

 

Once we get at least 3 members not including myself the group will be upgraded to clan status and I think we'll see the clan tag "AC" on our usernames once thats done. :look: I set the group so that anyone can join it without approval. Someone else registered the clan name "Ancient Clan" so I squished the words together: "AncientClan".

 

I think we can join multiple clans too, but only set one at a time as the represented one. I'll look into it some more later.

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Lmao. When I was filling out the form for making a group / clan that field said: "Enter your motto." It seemed fitting. XD

 

*edit*

 

I just noticed that even tho we have 4 members, it shows that only me and Strider are set as "Clanmates"

 

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So it looks like we can join multiple clans, but I guess we have to click an extra link somewhere to set ourselves with AC as the primary clan. I don't know why Bungie made clans so awkward to join.

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I ended up giving GW2 some love last night because I haven't played it in a bit, and Monthly Challenges started.... Tequatl need a beat down at my hands anyways. :P

 

I had the late to early shift connection, so I only played for about 30 minutes tonight. I knocked out 2 bounties, and I took out a Devil Walker solo on a public event. I have 24 Strange Coins... I'm hoping I can buy a weapon tomorrow when Xur shows up.

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Me strider and the56ker teamed up yesterday and got the trophy for all clan members on a fire team completing a strike. I'll be on for a good chunk later today to get some bounties done. But after that if nobody else is on at the same time I'll switch to some GW2 or maybe some half life 2.

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I'll be on tonight at around my usual time with is 6:30 yours so if you're on I'm up for anything, I'll be doing my bounties here this morning so they're out of the way so we can do Queen's Wrath, Heroics, or anything else.

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I cleaned up my bounties and got the moat of light I needed to buy the Exotic Engram.... what do ya know? I got myself an exotic helm! Two things from Xur in one day... I call that a successful play session.

 

Its real adjustment switching from hand cannons to pulse rifle. I'll reserve my judgement until I max it out, but I still like my blue hand cannon better. Over the years I've went from a spray and pray run and gun type mentality with the MP5, Type 100, AK47, FAL Full Auto on COD, to a precision shooter starting with the DMR's on Battlefield, M14 on PAYDAY2, and now scout rifles and hand cannons on Destiny. I love the one shot head pop. I'm kinda missing it right now, but I'm looking forward to this guns perks... and my defender class is shaping up quite nicely to be a good companion to it.

 

I also farmed some Old Russia public events. The timer showed its flaws when I first landed in.... The Steppes public event launched and it wasn't due for another 16 minutes according to the website. I was able to get the Mothyard and Divide events to spawn for me. I have the least success at the Forgotten Shore, even though its uncommon and not rare. Skywatch is highly reliable one, but I'm too lazy to run through the hive room and the subsequent battle between hive and fallen just to get to it. Its only a minute ahead of Mothyard so I just stick with that area since it is close and seems to have a good success rate of triggering.

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Two exotics in a day, nice!

 

I honestly thought of saving my coins and trying to get enough to buy it but I hate Pulse Rifle, not a fan of that burst damage. I'll stick to my Monte Carlo, damn nice Auto Rifle and highly accurate too (pop head shots off like it's a scout rifle). I'm quite happy with my helm I bought from Xur though, 1 extra golden gun shot is going to come in handy down the road (especially in Vault).

 

I haven't tried farming public events, figured I'd do Playlist Tiger and grind out marks when I want to. Strikes aren't hard to do and I hate waiting for public events (and running around to do them).

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It looks like the raids might be getting matchmaking soon:

 

http://www.bungie.net/7_Bungie-Weekly-Update---10032014/en/News/News?aid=12243

 

I'll get back on later to try to get my vanguard upgraded so I can get some legendary armor. I doubt I'll be getting anything from Xur this weekend but if I luck out, I'll be able to buy something off him in a week. Its a bit annoying that we have to grind so much just to level up via armor.. I really want to see try out the Vault of Glass, but unless we're all highly leveled up we wont stand a chance.

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The reason public events are worth farming is that you have a chance at getting legendary shards or energies even after you get your daily post master reward. Its not gauranteed everytime, but I've got my hands on 4 so far this week doing it.

 

EDIT: After doing Tiger Strike playlist, its def the way to go for farming unique items, vanguard marks, and rep. I didn't get any legendary materials for upgrades, but I got a new shader, and hit Cryptarch rank 10. With no insane modifiers like juggler, the strikes are fairly easy.

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That level 24 strike play list paid out for me. After two strikes I got 5 blue engrams a mote of light and a shader. One of those blue engrams turned into a legendary hand cannon too. With no modifiers the strikes are easy to farm but still just difficult enough to enjoy.

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I'm assuming there will be an level 30 strike playlist once the games population gets to that point. I would put up restrictions to where only level 30 players can play, and awards are legendary materials and engrams. It would reward you for being at that point along with helping you progress another character class more quickly, or other legendary/exotic equipment you want to use, but not until you can level it up to par.

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I was just thinking.. If they increase the level cap then everyone's high end gear would be negated. All the current equipment wouldn't hold a candle to the newer level 30-40 exotics and legendary gear and everyone would need new endless loot caves to level everything up again. I hope if that happens, then Bungie will increase the drop rate again so we don't have to endlessly grind with every new expansion.

 

I read the spoiler in DX's post from a few pages back about how all the guardians could actually be the bad guys in Destiny and it got me thinking more of this possibility. Even though we are playing as the "light" against the darkness, we are technically a reanimated corpse.. and if a corpse can be revived, then I would assume the perspective of the guardian could be altered by the ghost as well. Just as we see everything as light, we could actually be the darkness and the light is actually surrounding us. Aliens always look evil because they look different, but they could be the ones trying to fight off the evil of the Traveler. It struck me odd that when we saw the queen and the awoken for the first time, they never acknowledged that my own character was an awoken. Perhaps it was bad writing, or maybe they didn't see me as an awoken.. because to everything or everyone outside of the influence of the traveler, they see us for what we really are.. an animated corpse or whatever darkness we really are.

 

 

I remembered an old interview from 2011 with Alan Rickman. He talked about his experience of playing evil characters and it fits into this theory:

 

http://www.npr.org/2011/11/29/142903636/alan-rickman-from-shakespeare-to-snape

 

On playing the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and other bad guys

 

"You can't ... say to yourself, 'I am playing a villain.' [The characters] don't think they are anymore than heroes think that they're heroes. They're just who they are and this is what they want. It's other people that put that label. So you can't judge the character you're playing ever.

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