Opinion: Yes, Destiny 2 Is Worth Checking Out If You Hated The First Game

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Opinion: Yes, Destiny 2 Is Worth Checking Out If You Hated The First Game

It would be an understatement to say that I did not like Destiny upon its release in 2014. Years later I still maintain that it's a bad game. Not even a mediocre one. Straight up bad, with its environments composed of endless, barren plains with enemies surging toward you horde-style, its constant grind with diminishing returns, and let's not forget the awful, non-existent attempt at storytelling culminating with a character saying "I don't have time to explain what I don't have time to explain." Admittedly, expansion packs like The Taken King and Rise Of Iron helped fixed a lot of those problems by inserting mini-campaigns into the game and filling out what was essentially a clunky proof of concept with the kind of content that should have been there in the first place, but it still felt like a bandaid on a broken bone, as none of Destiny's locations or activities were as interesting or satisfying as its gunplay.

Replay – Project Altered Beast

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Replay – Project Altered Beast

Altered Beast was a massive hit in arcades when it released in 1988, prompting ports to Commodore 64, Sega Master System, even Xbox Live Arcade and more. It's almost confounding that in this age where everything from everyone's childhood has been rebooted twice, we never saw an attempt to revitalize Altered Beast. But as it turns out, Europe and Japan got to see one in 2005: Project Altered Beast for PlayStation 2.

Though it sits at a less-than-ideal 53 on MetaCritic, Andrew Reiner, Dan Tack, Jeff Cork and I couldn't put it down. Interesting combat, a campy B-movie plot, and a huge roster of beasts left us wanting more. Then, after we force ourselves to move on, we try out an old game that was forgotten for perfectly good reasons. Meanwhile, Kyle tries to assemble a roster of heroes to compete in the upcoming Replay: Civil War.

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Watch Us Play The Surprisingly Racy Project Octopath Traveler Demo

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Watch Us Play The Surprisingly Racy Project Octopath Traveler Demo

Square-Enix's upcoming game Project Octopath Traveler is a striking blend of old-school RPG with updated visuals. Sort of. The game was featured at Nintendo's recent Direct stream, where viewers got to see how the game's developers are creating a world where 16-bit-era sprites interact with 3D environments. The reveal was accompanied with the surprise that Switch owners could download a demo of the game and explore a bit of Octopath Traveler's world with two of the game's eight characters. Today, Andrew Reiner and I checked out Primrose's path. Don't let the game's innocent-looking presentation fool you – it gets really gross.

As you can see in our video, Primrose's tale is one of revenge. The character witnesses the murder of her father, and she devotes her life to tracking down the three men she holds responsible. When we meet up with her in the game's beginning, she is working as a dancer in a tavern, hoping to get leads on one of the murderers. Unfortunately, as you'll see, these aren't the only bad guys in her life. In short, her boss is an A1 supercreep.

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Funny To A Point – Heeding The Call In Destiny 2

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Funny To A Point – Heeding The Call In Destiny 2

After years of listening to gamers gripe about how the original Destiny ruined their lives in every conceivable way (even as they logged in hundreds of hours), Destiny 2 is finally here. Does the shiny new sequel provide Bungie with the redemption it doesn't really need and has never asked for? Seeing as how all the early criticism has focused on the way shaders are used to paint your guardian pretty colors, it seems like the answer is yes. But we all know that the real verdict won't be rendered until the professional critics weigh in – and we all know that the only professional critic that really matters is ME. Well, fear not, dear readers: Like my hideous Smurfette of a guardian, I am up to the task and ready to save the day!

Full disclosure: I never actually managed to finish the original Destiny. I played for about a week or so when the game first came out, but lost interest when that weird emo prince showed up in the incomprehensible-yet-paradoxically-simple story. My experience with Destiny since then has been downloading every new expansion and then feeling progressively more guilty for not actually playing them.

Touring The Massive Regions Of Shadow Of War

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Touring The Massive Regions Of Shadow Of War

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor allowed players to explore Sauron's forbidding home in ways never before showcased in a video game. However, with only two regions available to play in, players only got a taste of the geographic diversity available in Middle-earth's most notorious area.

With Middle-earth: Shadow of War, Monolith is expanding from two regions to five new locales, making for much more variance to the backdrop of Talion's sophomore quest. Not only that, but according to vice president of creative Mike de Plater, fans should expect much more from each of the five regions.

"Every region is significantly bigger than either of the regions we had in the first game, and also much more diverse," he says. "We have a lot more verticality and a lot more detail in the environment and topography. We have caves and mountains and pits and those sorts of things. We have the fortresses. Each of the regions is controlled by these large fortresses. Then we have that each of the regions can vary based on the tribe that's in control of it."

Destiny 2 – Xur's Gear Rewards For The Weekend Of September 15

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Destiny 2 – Xur's Gear Rewards For The Weekend Of September 15

Xur is once again selling high-powered gear for a limited time. This weekend, the Agent of the Nine has set up shop on Nessus at Watcher's Grave, near the Chamber of Water. His location is a little peculiar, as you find him standing atop of a beautiful autumn tree, which you'll need to ascend by following the roots up. Xur is selling four items this week, a weapon for everyone, and a piece of armor for the Hunter, Titan, and Warlock class.

As of this writing, Xur is selling this gear for another three days and 18 hours. He will likely reappear in a new location next Friday with a different selection of loot. Here are the items you can buy this weekend (Note: I am a Titan class, which allowed me to preview the items up close):

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (September 14, 2017)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (September 14, 2017)

Destiny 2 got plenty of love within these hallowed blogging walls this week. Take a break from the alien blasting and loot drops, and get reading!

Community Blogs For September 7 – September 13:

Some Thoughts On Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice I didn't even realize this game had released until seeing Genera Mills44's blog. This is what he writes: "Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice is one of the best games to come out of this medium in years." It is not only a good game, but one that helps the writer relate to his own health issues. Between this blog and the fact that the game contains Norse gods, I am pretty sold.

Watch Us Play The First Hour Of Divinity: Original Sin II

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Watch Us Play The First Hour Of Divinity: Original Sin II

The first Divinity: Original Sin was a throwback to the best RPGs of a bygone era. Absurdly detailed customization, dialogue paths, and co-op play made for one of the most exciting entries in the genre to date.

Editors Dan Tack, Andrew Reiner, and myself are all fans of the original and were eager to jump in and see what kind of bizarre, unique characters we could create and play with in the sequel. Watch the video below to see how the robust character creator, choice system, and strategic combat have evolved since the first entry.

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The Virtual Life – Celebrating The Stubbornness And Complexity Of L.A. Noire

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The Virtual Life – Celebrating The Stubbornness And Complexity Of L.A. Noire

Warning: Minor Spoilers For L.A. Noire Ahead.

L.A. Noire released in the summer of 2011. I was just starting to dip my toe back into video games after being away for years. My brother and I went 50/50 on a copy of Team Bondi's ambitious open-world game and then spent a week playing through it. I distinctly remember not liking the game at all my first time through. It was clunky. I didn't like that I couldn't run over pedestrians or the skew toward detective work over shooting. And I especially didn't like protagonist Cole Phelps, an unlikeable boy scout-type drowning in self-righteousness. That said, I did fall in love with exploring Bondi's presentation of the infamous city, examining everyone and their routines, and soaking in the atmosphere. But for 21-year old me, who craved shooting digital bad guy after bad guy, I found the whole experience to be pretty dull and disappointing.

SMASH CUT to three years later. I'm in grad school. I've become a much more patient person and have started playing games that fall out of the shooter/action/RPG mold. I've even started writing about games on the internet for some reason (because I'm a fool). I decide to give L.A. Noire another whirl. Why? Because I'm in grad school and L.A. Noire is three bucks. What else am I going to do?

The Blade Of Galadriel: Meet Shadow Of War's Elven Assassin

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The Blade Of Galadriel: Meet Shadow Of War's Elven Assassin

Middle-earth: Shadow of War's Talion is a far less isolated version of the character from Shadow of Mordor. In addition to the continued back and forth with the wraith of Celebrimbor, Talion interacts with NPC characters much more frequently, and they play a much larger role in the story and overall experience. Side characters not only fight alongside Talion in story sequences, but they even have side-quest lines centered around them.

Be warned that this article contains some spoilers on the first act of Middle-earth: Shadow of War.

One of the main characters Talion interacts with in Shadow of War is the Blade of Galadriel, Eltariel. This elegant assassin has been charged with combating the Nazgûl, a group of sinister ringwraiths who serve as Shadow of War's boss fights, to keep them within Mordor and prevent them from spreading to Middle-earth. Since the ringwraiths keep coming back, she's been at this task for millennia. Thankfully, she's blessed with the ability to track the Nazgûl.