So you can say that I’ve played my fair share of Destiny since its launch. Not as much as some of the most serious players, but enough that the game has become one of the important entertainment properties that has become close to my heart. There is just so much crazy potential within the world, and a large number of players have kept with the game since its launch in September of 2014. Yet, as 2016 has firmly begun its creep, the game faces some serious issues. Bungie has discussed in their most recent update that there will be another large expansion this year with a full sequel planned for 2017, with smaller events taking place as the year goes on. Last week was one of those events and it drew me back in after taking a few weeks off. The Crimson Doubles were challenging a partner and I to wage battle in the Crucible.
The first thing I realized was how rusty I had become in PvP. As my teammate and I stroll through the seven matches necessary to finish the quest I began to realize that PvP events are not enough. Sure, as a PvE player I am very biased in this regard. My ramshackle and stitched together raid team still hasn’t beaten the hard mode Oryx challenge, but right now there isn’t much of a drive because there is no real date that it “has to be done by.” We plan on getting it done eventually, but overall it’s not important. What is important, however, is the lack of anything concrete for us to do next. As a PvE player I want to go on to the next story mission, the next raid, and to see this world grow. At this point I wait, just like my character, for fresh objectives to call me back into the fray.
Yet, with Destiny, I know they will come. I figure that all fo my rambling above makes me sound unappreciative and/or lame, and while that might be true it doesn’t accurately portray one positive outcome of Destiny’s current hiatus.
I played so much Destiny last year that I hardly got to play many other games. It was only after I decided to take a break that I got to play Witcher 3, a game that became my favorite of the entire year. The break has allowed me to focus more on achieving what I need to do in the real world, and to take a step back and appreciate what all my friends and I have accomplished together. It’s been an amazing ride so far, and I know there will be more to come. Destiny may not be what everyone wants in a game, and I know for a fact that it isn’t perfect. I can’t imagine how boring the game would be to play alone, but I’ve been lucky enough to play with some awesome people over this past year.
With the coming of games like The Division and Dark Souls III, the amount of Destiny I continue to play will be determined by how much I can afford those other experiences. Truth be told, however, no matter how much I am a fan of the Souls games and how hopeful I am for The Division, if story content is released for Destiny there’s nothing else I would rather play.
Also, shout out to Ashley Hagood over at Robo♥beat for discovering how great Destiny can be. It’s impossible for me as an early adopter to know what it feels like to have everything be fresh and new, but I’m thankful that the game keeps getting new blood so that the world lives on. Who knows, maybe I’ll start playing more regularly again. There’s always another date with Lord Saladin on the horizon.