Destiny 2: Yeah people still play this

What’s up guys, I’m back again with some news from the Destiny universe. The sequel is happening. We have worked, looted, cheesed, and pissed off a half-dozen different alien species. This time, it gets real.

Gary(as r/destinythegame refers) and the cabal are launching a full-scale invasion and conquest of the city. All our armor, loot, ships, sparrows, everything is gone. So tighten those boots, grab a gun, charge your supers and get ready to get some fat loots; because why else do we kill aliens but for the loot they bring?

Destiny 2 launches September 8 for PS4, Xbox One, AND PC. So pick your platform with your friends and get ready for a lootstravaganza(this is a word now, ask Gearbox and Borderlands franchise). Preorders will get you early access to the beta.

 

Milestones

I’m gonna be 34 years old this Friday.  Yep.  Time flies when you’re having fun.  I’m not gonna lie to you guys, it’s been an absolute blast making the occasional comic and blog entry with you all.  And for that, I’m grateful.

Also, SSB’s been around for close to 9 years now.  I really need to nail down a definite start date for SSB…I’ll wait for my Timehop to let me know when I made that post with Jenny.

Anyway, I seriously can’t express how happy I am to be around such cool fuckin’ people every day of my life.  Just some things to look forward to over the next few weeks:

  • More Hood Tours.
  • More playthroughs
  • Destiny’s “Look Back” streaming
  • And more comics.  For sure.
  • Otakufighter posts again!

Soooo, to Jared, Ericka, Brian, Justin, Josh, Jairus, Jesse, Mario, you have no idea how much I appreciate you guys putting up with my random shenanigans and even more random schedule.  Thank you.  I appreciate all of you guys more than you can ever know.

SSB vs. Yakuza 0

Okay, enough bullshit.  If you were afraid of getting into the Yakuza/Ryu Ga Gotoku franchise because it spans 6 games, then 0 is the perfect entry.

Welcome back Guardians! Christmas…Destiny style!

Wassup readers. I’ve been away for a while doing other stuff trying to get caught up on various games that have come out recently. While I continue doing that, here’s a quick update on everyone’s favorite game to hate: Destiny.

This time we have the Christmas themed event called The Dawning. Check out the reveal trailer:

Everything starts on December 13th just after Iron Banner next week. So far we know that SRL or Sparrow Racing League will be coming back with new tracks, sparrows, and other various goodies. There are also supposed to be new quests, armor, shaders, emblems, decorations (Tower looking savvy) and updated strikes with a new scoring system. Oh yeah ICE BREAKER is back as well as two new machine guns code-named “Void Lord” and “Solar Lord”. Both were in the database since the Taken King, but are finally being unveiled. There will also be new items to Eververse and without dipping too deep into the salt mine that was Festival of the Lost, hopefully things are better this time.

icebreaker-y3

Stay locked on December 13th to get started on the newest live event. Don’t worry this one will be free.

UPDATE: Icebreaker will be available through a quest involving the nightfall and SRL and Strike scoring will be sticking around. SRL will be available through private matches only though. courtesy of Game Informer

Anthony Green & The Trolley

So I was recently blessed by the awesome people at A Red Trolley Show with the opportunity of seeing one of my favorite artists of all time, Anthony Green in person. When I say in person, I was literally right in front of the dude.

By this point you should already be largely familiar with Anthony Green…you know, from Circa Survive… No? What about Saosin? alright I get it, sometimes I forget that I don’t know my audience. Most of you didn’t care about music as much as I did while in school. If you were, I bet it was music from Dance Dance Revolution but, I digress.
Emerging out of just about no where in a large way with a sound so absolutely refreshing it’s a wonder he hasn’t already exploded into the general mainstream. To listen to his crooning voice come over his effortless guitar strums (Hand claps for alliteration there) was amazing.
Catch me in the background in the video below and enjoy the music.

Destiny: Festival of the Lost

Welcome back to another installment of Destiny news. This time we’re talking about festivities. That’s right it’s the Halloween season and Bungie has rolled out the red carpet for Festival of the Lost. I’m going to be running over the main information you need to know before jumping in and grabbing all that cool gear. To get started visit Eva Levante in the tower near the emblem/shader kiosks to begin your quests.

 

First off we’re going to talk about quests, because that’s where the event kicks off from. There are multiple quests varying from going into the crucible, taking on the Taken in the Court of Oryx, to running a heroic strike as the speaker. I had a lot of fun performing the various deeds along the way. There is also a special quest involving Eris Morn’s raisins this time around. You can find the details here as well as more courtesy of Reddit.

Gotta Keep the Traveler included

Gotta Keep the Traveler included

Now let’s dive into what makes Festival of the Lost, well festive. All three social spaces, Tower, Reef, and Felwinter’s peak have been decorated to celebrate this event. There are candy bags that you can fill by wearing a paper mask and killing enemies, or guardians in the crucible. There are special shaders and emblems that have come with Festival of the Lost to really get your guardian in the festive mood. I found one called Candlelight from opening a Skeleton Hoard chest at the end of a strike. After looking around for verification, you can get this one from any strike hoard chest as all you will need is a skeleton key to open it. There are plenty of masks to be had and worn throughout this event as well as some new weapon skins for the exotic weapon Bad Juju, which look pretty awesome.

Hey Girl, we almost match

Hey Girl, we almost match

Which brings me to my next point, while I have no issues with micro-transactions and vanity items, I do have an issue with locking the majority of it behind pay schemes. As of Rise of Iron’s debut, micro-transactions have been a hot topic and a target of Bungie’s most loyal fan base. Many players have no issue paying for new emotes, special sparrows, even weapon skins, but people do have issue when these micro-transactions begin to invade the regular game where you need a new currency “silver dust” which is locked behind premium loot boxes to purchase things in the game. Many of the cooler masks and new skins for your ghost are locked behind pay walls to acquire and you only get three premium loot boxes (one per character). Not that bad as they are all vanity items, but I wish there were more ways for people to acquire them WITHOUT paying money and hoping RNG (random number generator) gives them what they want.

Various New Eververse items

Various New Eververse items

I cannot say this was a success in my opinion. This Festival of the Lost was a massive step backward to me. Keeping the majority of masks locked behind pay walls is ridiculous and insulting. There should be more avenues to acquire items without paying for it. The only reason I can run around in my cooler masks is because I had them from last year. There are 6 new masks, 2 new ghost shells, one premium mask, and a sparrow (Which is another trick sparrow not an over-boost. Come on Bungie!). Sure I have fun with the festivities, but once I was done with the quests, I couldn’t find the drive to keep going like I did last year. The grind made it fun to get rare masks and materials to make your favorite ones permanent, but this year Bungie replaced the grind with micro-transactions. Yes, there should be some premium content locked behind pay walls, but not the majority. There should be ways for the casual gamer without disposable income to acquire the collectibles. Nothing should be free or simply given, but fair avenues for all to gain.

Premium Loot Box contents

So while I had fun running around performing tasks and filling my candy satchel, I did not have fun overall. I had more fun just shooting the breeze with some random guys in Archon’s forge with various masks we had on us talking about our favorites and acting out the characters. So personally I cannot say this was successful, despite my earlier comments. These micro-transactions are slowly taking away from the meat of the game and I feel Bungie is in store for a rude awakening when the player base finally says enough is enough. If you have the money and don’t mind spending it, that is ultimately your choice as a consumer. Either way, have fun your way, that’s the whole point of playing games.

See ya later !

See ya later !

#N2B

So…yeah, this one took a little longer than expected, but it turned out great.  This one was written by yours truly and drawn out by shida214 over on fiverr.

Yes, this is truly how SSB gets down before a con.