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So Bungie released the 2nd expansion, Warmind this week (Tuesday).

So the basic story is that we're flying around the solar system when we get a distress call from Mars....and we need to go there and shoot a bunch of stuff and kill dudes.  No major departures from the main Destiny format.

I've played through part of the campaign (still need to level up more), but I've read about it, and talked to my clanmates about it.  It's a good story idea, but it's executed too quickly, too rushed.  But the core game play remains.

Season 3 brought some major changes to how exotics work, and they are pretty dope.  The Gravaton Lance is amazing.  It creates mini-nova bombs on headshot kills.... Yeah, it's REALLY fun!  There are lots of other changes as well.

Escalation Protocol is the new endgame event (outside of the new raid lair releasing today).  Waves get harder and harder, but the loot gets MUCH better, and it's going to be another way to get yourself up to 385 light (cap).  Right now, it's UBER hard because most people are running around 345-353 light.  In a CON to some, the grind to get max light is MUCH harder.  The only way to get light level improvements is to do your powerful engram milestones, nightfalls, and raids.  Not sure on Trials yet.  So for a filthy casual like me, it could take me until September just doing my strikes, public events, and crucible milestones to get to 385...  I may have to actually play more (summer goals!)....

There's a ton of new loot, but it's kind of similar to the old loot (boo), but the weapons from Escalation Protocol are pretty cool.  Sleeper Stimulant is back (I'll be going for that), and there is an exotic sword (which I am working on right now, not hard to get).

It's an improvement, and the folks at Vicarious Visions (who made it with Bungie) did a really good job on making an OK piece of DLC that shows a lot of lessons have been learned.  September is going to be the real showcase of all the community feedback.

My criticism is what happened to all of our feedback from D1?  Where were those lessons?  But, it's still a fun game, and I like my clanmates.  Color me a glutton for punishment, I guess =P

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So bunige just released their livestream for the September Expansion (Called Forsaken).  You can find the vidoc and other items here (https://www.destinythegame.com/)

Here's my thoughts:

1.  First impression - super f'ing pumped!  This looks like it's going to be amazing in that this is a VERY different feel for Destiny.  The art, is as always, incredible.  There are SO MANY CHANGES, I can't even list them.  Weapon systems are going bananas.  One of the Devs laughed as he talked about breaking the game.  It looks like it will be fun!   The whole reef environment looks incredible, and the raid location is so beautiful.

2. Gambit - the new playmode is a hybrid PVE/PVP.  You and your team of four will kill enemies and gather motes which you can use to either mess up the other team OR summon a tough boss.  Oh and one player can go to the other team and try to wreckface.  So this looks like a TON of fun.  I can't wait to try it out.

3.  The "cost" factor:  $40 for the expansion, AND then $30 for an annual pass.  I'm still a little foggy what the actual updates are.  Are they like the "expansions" we have where there are a few missions, some maps and quests?  I'm looking forward to seeing what details emerge over the next week and at E3.  Some people are like "$70 for an expansion, what's wrong with the $60 game???"  They can do that.  I used to sub to a MMO or four in my days so I know how that works.  I'm fine with it.  Some won't want to pay, and that's fine with me.

In summary, this looks to be a BIG TIME departure from regular D2.  I can't wait to see what happens, what will be revealed, and I HOPE there is some kind of summer BETA for Gambit.  Or else I'm just going to be SOL next fall...

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On 6/5/2018 at 4:33 PM, fieryprophet said:

I will check it out but Rocket League is still my bae.

I know a lot of people are going to wait and see what's going on with D2.  The hype train leading up to release was so big, and the game so promising, lots of people have written them off as kind of a tease.

I'm really looking forward to it, and I still enjoy playing.  But I'm also really enjoying Monster Hunter World (whenever I can get it away from my son.  He loves hunting dinosaurs.).

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OMG guys....we talk!  Our guardian is talking again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

I've tried to be super chill about Forsaken, after getting taken so hard by D2 (though I still LOVE to play, it's still fun for me).  I can't anymore.  Let me at'em!!!!!  I'm coming for you Uldrin!!!!!!!!

TL/DR - I'm kind of excited!

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Spelling - too excited!
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I was on my Hunter...All I needed was 2 more grenade kills to finish my blue armor. Bungie decides to screw me over with a maintenance job....I am beyond sad right now. 

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53 minutes ago, Ivan The Awesome said:

I was on my Hunter...All I needed was 2 more grenade kills to finish my blue armor. Bungie decides to screw me over with a maintenance job....I am beyond sad right now. 

I started, and was committed to it....then decided to spend my time drinking and hanging out with my family...  I figured it would get vaulted forever anyway...  New random rolls are coming hard and fast!

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On 8/29/2018 at 9:47 PM, The Lobo said:

I haven’t played since Osiris, if I get this will I be really far behind?

Not really.  Warmind was actually a pretty cool expansion though.  Do you own Warmind?  You do need that to play Forsaken.

I really liked Warmind, not sure if that help.  There are several other editions where you can purchase the missing DLC and get into Forsaken.  I imagine that the starting level is going to be like level 30 with a power of like 200.  Shouldn't be too horrible to start the climb again.  

I'm going to be jumping on tomorrow to do the Gambit free Saturday.  Starts at 10am PST, so see y'all tomorrow afternoon =)  Gambit looks SUPER fun!  

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10 minutes ago, d-dave said:

Not really.  Warmind was actually a pretty cool expansion though.  Do you own Warmind?  You do need that to play Forsaken.

I really liked Warmind, not sure if that help.  There are several other editions where you can purchase the missing DLC and get into Forsaken.  I imagine that the starting level is going to be like level 30 with a power of like 200.  Shouldn't be too horrible to start the climb again.  

I'm going to be jumping on tomorrow to do the Gambit free Saturday.  Starts at 10am PST, so see y'all tomorrow afternoon =)  Gambit looks SUPER fun!  

I just ran through warmind. It wasn’t bad at all. I also just read that if you pre order the expansion you will get an Engram that will put you at the level where you are supposed to be for the expansion, kinda like they did in D1. I also heard something about shaders being taken away or something along this lines

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45 minutes ago, The Lobo said:

I just ran through warmind. It wasn’t bad at all. I also just read that if you pre order the expansion you will get an Engram that will put you at the level where you are supposed to be for the expansion, kinda like they did in D1. I also heard something about shaders being taken away or something along this lines

Cool, I really liked a lot of Warmind, they just needed to give it more room to breathe.

There is a character boost, I'll be using that on one of my babies.

You can just mass delete shaders slightly better..  Like 5 stacks.  I haven't had a chance to really play as I've been updating my xbox one x which is taking forever over wifi.  Will finish it up on my network this weekend.

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29 minutes ago, d-dave said:

Cool, I really liked a lot of Warmind, they just needed to give it more room to breathe.

There is a character boost, I'll be using that on one of my babies.

You can just mass delete shaders slightly better..  Like 5 stacks.  I haven't had a chance to really play as I've been updating my xbox one x which is taking forever over wifi.  Will finish it up on my network this weekend.

Yeah, mass deletion is great for the shaders. Good luck updating the box, it took mine a long time as well. I’m off Tuesday so I’m going to play a while, if you want to join me, feel free to hit me up.

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21 hours ago, The Lobo said:

Yeah, mass deletion is great for the shaders. Good luck updating the box, it took mine a long time as well. I’m off Tuesday so I’m going to play a while, if you want to join me, feel free to hit me up.

Mine took forever on my US wifi...  I'll move it to my router for future updates!

I just did mt first extended playing last night.  I got some expansion arms on my titan on the Mars flashpoint.   I run around with an elemental shotgun and had a blast.  I sniped, with rockets and a shotgun...too much fun! I did a strike (the one we used to skip on io with the annoying boss) that was actually fun and didn't take 45 minutes.   I played some quick play and enjoyed the heck out of it.

D2 IS SO MUCH FUN!!!! W00t!

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So I played some Gambit today (the trial).  Its in the bottom ceneter of the director.

Man, it's a frantic game mode.  I was running 358ish or so, and I felt weak.  Tolesto is life.  I cleaned so much house with it.  The mobs, blockers and invaders happen so quickly! It's fun, but I bet its much better with a team.  I was soloing, and running against stacked teams...needless to say I lost all my matches.

I did a lot of butt kicking on invaders, and even invaded and managed some kills.  That was my favorite part, killing the invader.  Communication is key though.

Anyone else try it today? It will end at reset time, 10am PST tomorrow. 

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