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So aside from work and the occasional monthly pissup, this game is what I have been doing with my time. Destiny on XBL is the only way I can keep in contact with my uni lad mates since I dropped out of education, hence the amount of hours played. Here's a summary of the game.
As you begin the game and familiarise yourself with the mechanics and how everything works, the focus is pointed towards levelling up a number. Your level caps at 20.
During PVE, fighting an enemy one level higher than you will result in you having a 20% debuff to damage done by you and a 20% increase in damage taken, another 20% is added if the enemy is 2 levels higher, and so on. You can't attempt to fight something exceeding 3 levels above yours. Enemies in the game suffer the same consequences if you're higher than them.
You gain large bulks of XP from doing story missions for the first time on a particular difficulty (There's a harder "heroic" difficulty with a slightly larger bulk of XP).
You also get big bulks of XP from doing these "bounties". You can do up to 6 bounties a day given to you by an NPC in the player hub. They're your classic "Kill X of Y enemy", "Complete X mission on Y difficulty" type objective. A grind done for the sake of leveling. It takes around 40 mins to clear these 6 bounties once you're familiar with the game.
You can gain smaller chunks of XP by playing PVP games or replaying "Strikes". A strike is a long level with more content in than your bog standard mission. There's about 7 throughout the whole story I think? These strikes get very fucking repetitive.
The main focus of the game was to get to level 30, the highest level in the game; quite simply because a higher level means an easier time killing enemies. Once at 20 the quickest way to get to 29 is to wear armour that has a stat called light. There are 4 pieces of armour, Boots, Chestpiece, Gauntlets and helmet. To obtain armour that gives your the required amount of light (27 light per piece) you need to grind through either 53 strikes or 105 PVP games, obtaining enough of a currency called "marks" in order to purchase the armour.
Once you've got the armour, you need to level it up by doing your 6 bounties, every day, for about 3 to 4 days.
When you're 29 the only way to get to 30 is to do a "raid", this is the only memorable part of the game. 5 mates and myself attempted to work out how to make it through, we're all designates roles and have to communicate frequently to overcome what feels like an intense situation.
This content loses its charm if you look up a guide to spoil it for yourself. Playing through it for the first time was a great experience. It took 3 hours for me and my mates to play through.
Randomly whenever overcoming a prominent point in the raid (defeating a boss) you will get a loot drop which has the potential to give you gear with enough light to take you to level 30. You only get loot drops during your first playthrough of the raid in a week. There are 4 pieces needed, and you can get duplicates. I got to level 30 on the second month after release, that's 8 raids where I got loot.
DLC has been out since, now there's content that makes a lot of previous game play irrelevant.
You can easily acquire level 31 gear since the DLC. They've broken the game. I'm done with it.
Oh, there's also these tiers of rarity that all guns and armour have, the rarest tier is called "exotic". I was attempting to collect all exotic shit, there's approximately 20 exotic guns that all have there own background story and perks that make them desirable. There are fewer pieces of exotic armour I think, never really bothered with that; the gun play is what you play for.
All in all, for a couple of quid It's definitely worth buying a pre-owned copy, you'll have to post in forums to find people to play with a lot though, other wise you'll be unable to play a lot of the content. It's really multiplayer based.
MMO addicts that enjoy the sociable aspect of games like WoW might like this. FPS nuts will adore the gunplay but burn out once the 5 hour story is over. I say story, the lore is very weak.
The game should've been on PC, I'll only play it again if it gets released on Steam.