29 days (or so), 412 hours into Destiny 2 and … there’s still a lot that doesn’t make sense. I may not be the brightest, but after 400 hours of anything, you should be some sort of expert. At this point, I don’t think it’s possible to understand Destiny 2.
So, I have tons of misgivings about D2, or, rather, about it’s management and systems design (the gameplay part is fine), almost enough that I should just give up and stop playing, because there’s something extremely, fundamentally, wrong with this game. So of course I bought Shadowkeep…
Still need to do what seems to be the last part of of the Shadowkeep campaign, but so far it’s pretty meh. And it cheats; recommended Power is from 800 to 860 or something, but compared to a 820 Nightfall Strike, it’s really easy (820 solo strike would be a challenge for me, severely so with certain strikes). So they don’t follow their own rules. Which is BS.
The story is … well, Cayde-6 is apparently considered a very good, well developed character for Destiny 2 and he’s seriously not much of anything, so it’s a pretty low bar (honestly, my current lich in Warframe, who says a couple of lines when I log in, has more personality). Eris Morn is fine, but she isn’t actually part of anything, other than her voice. At least Cayde was in the missions.
The most emotional moment so far was when Eris promised to teleport us out when I got my hands on an important thingy and … she didn’t. So, I’m a tad unimpressed with her (and her bloody map icon keeps bloody blinking too, as if she has something new, but she never does).
oh, and there’s a quest which is solved by following the incredibly enlightening hint: “Work with Eris Morn”. And she isn’t telling you anything… That’s all you get. That’s some amazing design.
So, basically you buy Shadowkeep for the weapons and 60 Euros is some severely expensive weapons (yeh, I guess there’s a raid thing and a dungeon thing, but that’s for people with clans. And speaking of clans, I’ve been invited to two so far, but since there’s no way, in this MMO, to get any idea whatsoever what they’re about, I haven’t joined them).
Compared to what you get with something like the Guild Wars 2 expansions, which are cheaper too, Shadowkeep so far seems like practically a scam.
The sad thing is, I guess, that that’s what I expected when I bought Shadowkeep. And I still bought it.
Which is pretty weird.
It’s just become clear to me that there used to be progression in D2. Right now I have a quest which unlocks the Dreaming City, for example. Problem is I’ve been able to go there since day one, so this quest is practically pointless for me, aside from a bit of lore.
The story missions explain things, but as of New light, there’s not really much incentive to do them because you already have access to all the areas (and you’ve probably already spent time there when you eventually run into the quest that was supposed to introduce you to them. It’s a mess).
And of course, new players now start at Power 750, which is the recommended level for most basic things. I’m 950 + the … 17-18 the season artifact gives, and it does make a difference, but it’s not like there are areas you can’t go and do relatively okay as a new player, so there’s not really any major urge to get higher Power quickly. It just kind of happens.
I don’t think Bungie understand games at all, possibly aside from Halo.
Edit: I guess I get a tad cranky when I’m drunk… ‘Scam’ may be excessive, but I do think Shadowkeep is a very overpriced DLC.