You are the master of your…”Destiny” part 3…

As mentioned in the first Destiny post,  in-game you, the player, take on the role of a Guardian – protector of the Last City.

The fun begins right away with Character Creation…you get to customize the look of your character. Choosing from Make or Female, then Human, EXO (cyborg?) and Awoken (mysterious species with lite blue skin and glowing eyes).

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There are plenty of customization options to choose from for each, so you can give your character a pretty unique look.

But then comes the important part…your Guardian Class, and again there are three to choose from. Each class comes with unique abilities and are tailored to certain combat roles and tactics

Titan – The Armored Engine of War – or TANK – focus on withstanding large amounts of damage to allow close quarters combat. The Titan’s super in the Arc-based “Striker” sub-class, “Fist of Havoc”, is a ground slamming attack that destroys all enemies in its radius. Its Void-based “Defender” sub-class offers the ability to generate a shield with its “Ward of Dawn” super. The shield can also provide temporary stat bonuses to other players that step within it. The Taken King added the “Sunbreaker” sub-class, which features a Solar-based super, the “Hammer of Sol”, creating a flaming hammer that can be thrown at enemies, or used for close-quarters combat. Destiny 2 also introduces the “Sentinel” sub-class, with the class ability Barricade (which employs a large or small barrier), but the super Sentinel Shield is crucial for surviving high-end content.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warlock – Weilder of Arcane Power – Mage or Space Wizard – focus on offensive abilities, recovery, and melee attacks that can reduce the cooldown time of its abilities. Its super in the “Voidwalker” sub-class, “Nova Bomb”, is an explosively powerful sphere of Void energy capable of being thrown in different ways. Its “Sunsinger” sub-class features abilities based around the Solar element, with the “Radiance” super allowing the player to temporarily improve their statistics, or revive themselves if killed. The Taken King added the Arc-based “Stormcaller” sub-class that includes the super “Stormtrance”, which produces lightning bolts that chains between enemies. 

 

 

 

 

 

Hunter – Master of the Frontier – fancy footwork and trigger happy – focus on agility and mobility. Its Solar-based “Gunslinger” sub-class tree includes stat boosts that award accurate play, a throwing knife attack, the ability to upgrade to a triple jump, and the “Golden Gun” super, a very powerful, flaming magnum with a base magazine of three shots. The Arc-based “Bladedancer” sub-class has a heavier focus on close combat, offering an extended-range “Blink Strike”, and an “Arc Blade” super (which allows the player to quickly dart between and kill enemies) with a temporary invisibility option. The Taken King added the Void-based “Nightstalker” sub-class that includes a bow-like super called “Shadowshot” that tethers enemies together, limiting movement and preventing enemies from using abilities for a short time. Destiny 2 introduces the “Arc Strider” sub-class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I started as a Titan, mainly because i loved their look. The armor designs are very cool. The i tired out the Warlock. And then, after much hesitation, I finally gave the Hunter a shot (i really didnt like the way they looked at first)…and ever since i have been hooked. took me a minute to figure out that you have to get the max levels for the really cool looking armor’s. But those moves…i tried going back to my Titan but found it couldnt move the way i wanted him to now, being so used to that Hunter!

Same is true now with Destiny 2, went right to my Exo Hunter…cant wait to start showing him off (finally can make some screenshots now that i have the XBox One 🙂 )! but that’s for a future post. there’s still so much to talk about before we even get into the details of Destiny 2.

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It’s your “Destiny”, Destiny Part 2

When i first played Destiny, i was hooked. The Visuals, the Armors, the Weapons (more on both of those laters). Then the voices of some of the NPCs (non-player characters) started to register, and made me love the game that much more…

Many of these NPCs aide and guide you through your journey in the Destiny world, and then others serve as merch and gear vendors.

There’s Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Carribean II and III, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) as The Speaker,  Representative of The Traveler….

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Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as The EXO Stranger…

Gina Torres (Firefly, Serenity) as Warlock Vanguard Ikora Rey…

 

 

 

 

Lance Reddick (The Fringe, Lost, John Wick) as Titan Vanguard Commander Zavala…

 

 

 

The always entertaining Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Serenity, Castle) as Hunter Vanguard Cayde-6…

 

 

Your Ghost was originally voiced by Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) but was replaced by Nolan North (Uncharted, Assassin’s Creed)

 

 

 

 

and the under-used Claudia Black (Farscape, Pitch Black) as the reviled Tess Everis of the Eververse Trading Company.

 

 

 

 

“Other notable NPCs include Lord Shaxx (Lennie James), the Crucible Handler; Lakshmi-2 (Shohreh Aghdashloo), representative of Future War Cult; Arach Jalaal (Peter Stormare), representative of Dead Orbit; Executor Hideo (James Remar), representative of New Monarchy; Banshee-44 (John DiMaggio), the Gunsmith; Amanda Holliday (Courtenay Taylor), ship and sparrow merchant; Lord Saladin (Keith Ferguson), former Iron Banner vendor who became the main NPC of Rise of Iron; Xûr (Fred Tatasciore), an Agent of the Nine and exotic items vendor; and Eva Levante (Nika Futterman), the Guardian Outfitter (vendor that sells emblems and armor shaders).

Several characters were introduced in the expansions and events of Destiny. These include Petra Venj (April Stewart), the Queen’s Emissary who was introduced with the Queen’s Wrath event and returned as a main NPC in House of Wolves; Eris Morn (Morla Gorrondona), Crota’s Bane vendor that was introduced as the main NPC of The Dark Below and is a main NPC of The Taken King; Variks the Loyal (Dee Bradley Baker), House of Judgment vendor who was introduced as a main NPC of the House of Wolves and is a Fallen Vandal loyal to the Queen; Master Ives (Gideon Emery), the Vestian Outpost’s Cryptarch; Brother Vance (Bob O’Donnell), a Disciple of Osiris and the Trials of Osiris vendor — Osiris is a character in the lore of Destiny; Tyra Karn, an archivist in the Iron Temple added with Rise of Iron who is also a Cryptarch; Shiro-4, a scout and Vanguard vendor in the Iron Temple; and Lady Efrideet (Riva Di Paola), a former Iron Lord discovered to still be alive who has taken command of the Iron Banner in Saladin’s place, as Saladin is now focused on the SIVA Crisis” – from Wikipedia

Even more have joined with Destiny 2, specifically…

Morena Baccarin (Firefly, Serenity, Deadpool) as Sagira, Osiris’s Ghost…

and Oded Fehr (The Mummy, Resident Evil: Extinction) as Osiris himself…

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Take control of your… “Destiny” Part 1

We’re going to step away from comic books and movies and comic book movies and Star Trek here for a little bit. I have been wanting, for quite some time, to do a series of posts related to my favorite Console Video Game:  Bungie’s Destiny. And now, with the release of Destiny 2, I figured its as good a time as any.

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So…what is Destiny, you ask?

Destiny was a hugely successful console gaming FPS (First Person Shooter) released in September, 2014. This online-only multiplayer video game, developed by Bungie and released by Activision,  took place in a science fiction world of mythic proportions that featured a “Shared-World” environment. Activities within the game included the story-driven campaign mode (PVE?) and player-versus-player (PVP) matches. Additional PVE content (player-versus-environment) came in the form of Three-player “Strikes” and Six-player “Raids”, as well as free-roam patrols on the various worlds within the Destiny gamescape.

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According to the awesomeness that is Wikipedia:

“Bungie described the setting of Destiny as a “mythic science-fiction” world.The setting, about 700 years in the future, follows a prosperous period of exploration, peace, and technological advancement known as the Golden Age. In a universe where humans have spread out and colonized planets in the Solar System, an event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious dissolution of these colonies, the end of the Golden Age, and mankind teetering on the brink of extinction. The only known survivors of the Collapse are those living on Earth, who were saved by “the Traveler”, a white, spherical celestial body whose appearance centuries before had enabled humans to reach the stars.The Collapse was caused by a mysterious force called the Darkness, an ancient enemy of the Traveler that plagues the galaxy. The Traveler now hovers above the last safe city on Earth, simply called The Last City, which is surrounded by a massive Wall, and its presence allows the Guardians — the defenders of the City — the ability to wield an unknown power, only referred to as “Light”. The player takes on the role of a Guardian, and is tasked with reviving the Traveler while investigating and destroying alien threats before humanity is completely wiped out.

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Upon mankind’s first attempt to repopulate and reconstruct after the Collapse, it is discovered that hostile alien races have occupied mankind’s former colonies and civilizations, and are now encroaching upon the City. Throughout the game, players have to combat aggressive aliens who have occupied the Solar System. Just like the Light for the Guardians, the Darkness lends powers to these alien threats. There are five separate races in the game, each occupying different planets. The Fallen are an insectoid race of nomadic pirates who scavenge ruined settlements on Earth, the Moon, and Venus for resources. The Hive are a macabre race of ancient aliens who have created massive underground settlements beneath Earth and the Moon’s surface. The Vex are semi-organic androids who are attempting to seize control of Venus and Mars by turning them into their machines, which they have already done to Mercury. The Cabal are a military-industrial empire of gigantic amphibians who have established massive fortifications on Mars. The Taken, a new race introduced in The Taken King, are corrupted versions of regular enemies, who infest areas on every planet. Rise of Iron added a new faction of Fallen called the Devil Splicers, which are Fallen who have been modified by a technological plague called SIVA. They are found on Earth in a zone outside of the Wall called the Plaguelands.”

Coming up in Pt2…the marvelously entertaining Voice-Talent!

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