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Still With Destiny, After All These Years

It’s been two years since I started playing Destiny, a game by Bungie, the original makers of the Halo series of games. It’s the only game that I have been this involved with for this much time, and today I still love it.

It’s hard to believe, but we stopped working on BalanceDo two years ago.  In order to truly wind down, I bought a game that had just come out two weeks before.  I had loved the Halo series, but hadn’t really played a game fully since GTA IV, and Destiny looked like the right balance of dumb and fun.

I picked it up, breezed through the story mode, and played the weekly strikes and other match made content.  It wasn’t until Christmas when I started using LFG (looking for group) sites to match up in order to play some of the end-game content.

I was turned on to a site called The 100, where I joined a group, and started playing the raid weekly for about a month.  It was good fun.  Then I got into the PvP modes and played those a lot.  By the time the two expansion packs had come out, I was knee deep in The Dark a Below and House of Wolves, fully invested in the lore, and I decided to upgrade to a PS4.

Last year The Taken King came out, and Destiny finally reached its potential. Up until then the game was fun, but the various mechanics had you spending a lot of time farming materials.  With The Taken King, farming wasn’t nearly as necessary as you would find stuff just in the course of playing the game.

With the Year 3 expansion on the horizon, I am as invested in Destiny as I have ever been.  I have three characters with maxed out stats, and some sweet gear.  I have my favourite play style (which differs for each character), and even though I play all three classes, I think Hunters are best.

I can’t remember a game that has so enthralled me. I have played others like Star Wars Battlefront during this time, but I keep coming back to Destiny.

I can’t wait to battle alongside the Lords of Iron and be part of the legend that is Destiny.

By Brian Garside

Brian is a digital experience expert, and part time internet superhero. He focuses on digital first design, digital strategies, content management, website usability, and user experience. He was part of the team behind BalanceDo, the co-founder of All New Comics, and the chief strategist at NorthIQ.