Destiny - Suros Regime

This blog is rapidly turning into a Destiny Diary. At the moment I'm not really playing anything else (except PMG Ghost Recon & Borderlands Pre Sequel on local co-op).

After pushing my luck & gaming Mon to Thu last week, the boss put her foot down & said no to gaming on Friday so I could not continue the Raid effort.

It's a shame that the Raid resets every Tuesday, the time pressure to complete the raid in a week is just too much & difficult to commit. So for now I'm out of any future raids until I've upgraded my weapons & armour.

Xur arrived on Friday & had an exotic assault rifle Suros Regime to sell. Because you can only equip one exotic weapon at any time I wanted that to be the primary weapon. I've got a legendary scout rifle but I'm a 'Spray & Pray' type of player so Assault Rifle is perfect for me.

I could do with a nice legendary sniper rifle to complete my arsenal and I've also got my exotic bounty to complete for Bad Juju. I completed the 25/25 strike missions yesterday & then had to run around the tower speaking to the gunsmith, vanguards & even Xur. Now the last section of my bounty needs me to play the crucible and get 10.000 points :(

Sad face because I don't really enjoy PvP, I suck at multi-player but maybe by forcing me to play via the bounty I might enjoy the experience.

So Destiny targets for next week is to try & complete the exotic bounty. Collect enough ascendant energy/shards to continue upgrading weapons & armour to advance to level 29.


Destiny - Jump, Jump a little higher !!

A mixture of old & a couple of new raiders inc Hakk managed to take down the Templar with ease yesterday before we ventured through the Labyrinth, I was just waiting for a fire-breathing dragon to appear & Gandolf to shout 'You shall not pass".

Then there is an annoying jumping a chasm section which took me forever to do, stupid annoying kept on failing to make the last jump.

We managed to loot some chests along the way but I did not get anything decent, other players were rewarded with 'Patience & Time' Sniper Rifle & 'Hawkmoon' Handgun.

Arriving at the last fight we gave it a few attempts but truthfully by then we were tired & called it a night.

Hopefully this evening we can tackle the final boss & complete the Vault of Glass.


Destiny - Vault of Concrete

Team NOOB from RLLMUK (Soi, Stebbo, SuperMBo, Soo Denim, Funtime Dave pipped Billy to the post & awesome me) attempted the Vault of Glass?! More like Vault of Concrete !!

It is hard, very hard !!

It took us an hour to get past the first stage where you need to activate three plates to grow the spire to shoot it's beam to unlock the door. The enemies kept respawning & we kept on dying. Thankfully after this we got treated to our first chest reward, some ascendant shards.

The next stage is very tough first you need to defend some pillars of light from sacrificing vex. The difficulty then ramps up even further when you have mere seconds to destroy yellow oracles that randomly spawn across the map. There is no rest, you now have to start to attack the Templar (main boss) whilst also killing oracles & harpies. If you do not do this section quickly enough the Templar 'enrages' and spawns more enemies which ultimately leads to your death.

It's tough, the raid is very tough. Maybe even too tough.


New Game - Borderlands Pre Sequel

Started this on local co-op with my daughter, she went for the Nisha character & I went for Wilhelm.

It took us a while to get familiar with the controls once again & once I managed to find an assault rifle it was business as usual.

I hate the addition of an Oxygen meter, it's just another bar to keep an eye on in the heat of battle.

It does feel like an expansion pack & is obviously a cash-in before the 360/PS3 generation of consoles are consigned to history.

Once the 'Claptrap Boys' have completed Ghost Recon we will be finishing our amazing run of PMG (Planned Multi-player Gaming) games which started in 2010 with Borderlands & will finish with this Pre Sequel game playing as Claptraps.

Lost Cities - Complete Set

Managed to get a full set of all the numbers in a recent game of Lost Cities.

Shame I did not get more coin cards to apply to the colour.

Still a great game, even though there are Game Center issues with iOS 8 (which is why I have not updated, I'm still on iOS 7).


Destiny - Armamentarium

New armour shader Thunder Devil now applied to my Titan which I received from completing a daily mission.

I had a good week playing Destiny, completing the weekly strike with Kamino on hardest difficulty to get 9 strange coins & I managed to unlock a few more through decrypting blue engrams.

An easier way to get more strange coins is obviously to have more than one character & complete the weekly mission on the hardest setting with each character but I don't have time to even think about starting a new character.

I also unlocked quite a few ship engrams from blue engram drops but I still like my Phaeton Class v1.

It's a shame Bungie have not introduced any ship gameplay in the game, I would have enjoyed playing a few missions or maybe even some strikes that involved using the ship.

At least the Sparrow Bikes you can use in the game, the ships are just eye candy for the loading screen.
When Xur (Trader in Tower who only appears Friday to Sunday) arrived yesterday I first spent some mote of lights on the engram but it decrypted into warlock armour.

I was hoping I might have gotten lucky to get the Titan alpha lupi chest armour but Xur wanted me to spend my hard-earned coins so I purchased the Armamentarium for 13 coins.

It's abilities are carry more special, heavy ammo & an extra grenade

Yesterday with Hakk & Kamino we attempted the heroic strike but soon realised we were way too under-levelled & gave up to try the vault of glass with Skim.

It took us a while to figure out what we had to do but we needed an extra two players and truthfully probably needed better weapons to really stand a chance of getting past the first stage.

During the week I  also got offered a exotic bounty & went for the Pulse Rifle Bad Juju. Thanks to the weekly strike I completed the first stage of the bounty. The second stage is to complete 25 strike missions, I'm currently on 3 so that will take me a while.

Borderlands arrived on Thursday but apart from entering some shift codes I've not started playing it yet. Last week I thought I would stop playing Destiny for Borderlands but I'm enjoying Destiny far too much at the moment to let it go.

Tasks for next week on Destiny are to level up my new chest armour & complete more strikes to complete 2nd stage of bounty. Also on Tuesday I'm teaming up with 5 other RLLMUK guys to attempt the vault of glass. Hopefully we can get past the first stage.

Fingers crossed that Xur has an Assault Rifle for sale next week.


Destiny - Completed

I had a good session yesterday evening playing Destiny first with Chown doing the daily mission & some bounties. Then later with Skim & Kamino we manged to complete the weekly strike on the third attempt, that Archon Priest was really difficult to take down with all the other enemies spawning. We also has a great farming session on Mars whilst doing some Patrol missions and I manged to collect 43 Iron Relics & a new purple scout rifle.

I also got 17 coins to purchase the sniper rifle from Xur but I'm still in two minds because it's taken me this long to accumulate this many coins & what if he has the chest plate or an assault rifle next week. So I'm going to save them for now.

To upgrade later stages of legendary purple armour you need materials (which are easy to get from farming) and Ascendant Shards which are much more difficult to get. The daily mission on the highest difficulty will gift you two shards & public events or random drops is your other chance if luck is on your side.

I'm level 26 at the moment so could tag along on the raid mission but I'll just keep on dying & don't really have powerful weapons yet so will wait till I've gone up another couple of levels & got at least one exotic weapon.

With all the disappointment of DriveClub & the near purchase of a XB1 with Forza Horizon 2 it was good to ignore this & get back to gaming.

I also decided to complete The Black Garden (last story mission) to finish the main campaign. It's crap, what little story there is in the game is just a confusing pile of mess. Coming from Halo, I don't understand how Bungie could have messed up the story so much, there are various reddits which show the game had a troubled final 12 months & changes were made that ended up with what we have now.

If it was not for the gameplay which is amazing I doubt anyone would still be playing this, Borderlands Pre Sequel arrives next Friday so I expect to be spending more time playing that than Destiny. Although I will still try to play every day to complete the daily mission to collect some shards.


New Logo - No Man's Sky

Explore ....
I've been enjoying Destiny for the past few weeks. Time for a logo change & my most anticipated game. No Man's Sky.

Still no idea when it is getting released, hopefully sometime in 2015.

Destiny - Legendary

The Queens Wrath is an ongoing event till October 6th, you can complete specific bounties which in turn unlock missions (these missions are basically playing a story level of the game on harder difficulty). I tried yesterday with great difficulty to complete on of these missions.

I kept on dying on the second stage of the The Nexus mission on Venus, thanks to Boxoctosis joining my fireteam, I manage to complete the mission & collect my reward a legendary chest armour.

I also luckily manage to change a purple engram  into a legendary weapon called The Swarm.

I'm on Level 24 now need to get some more vanguard marks before I can purchase some more armour.

Would love to try the Raid but at level 24 I think I am going to get torn apart, I think you need to be at least two levels above the mission you are playing to have a chance of surviving.

There have been lots of complaints by gamers at the level of content on offer is the same but regurgitated with modifiers. This is true but the enjoyment comes in playing with friends to complete a difficult strike & Planets/Moon areas are quite large to explore (although there is not much to do).

Lots of comparisons with Borderlands mention in various reviews (which I would say is the better game) but this is an MMO type game & should be compared to WoW or Guild Wars which do offer more content & a better experience but Bungie's first stab at a MMO/Halo hybrid is not a bad effort & will only get better.

Only time will tell what will happen when I complete the story (what story?) missions & hit the level 30 light cap. Will I still play it? Probably but not as much.

Because Borderlands Pre Sequel is released October 17th.


Destiny - Level 20

Reached Level 20 & you get a colour modifier for a reward to make you look a little bit like Master Chief.

Now starts the hunt for Rare armour to increase my light stat which will in turn increase my level.

Completed all the missions on Venus, now I'm going to visit Mars.

Still got a few of the strike missions to do for the Moon & Venus.

Because I am not really interested in PvP (Crucible) mode I am not going to join a faction to earn points/marks & will stay neutral so I can focus on earning Vanguard Marks to purchase rare weapons/armour from the traders in the Tower.


Destiny - Guardian

My Guardian is up to level 14 at the moment, I've just started the story missions on Venus.I'm enjoying the PvE gameplay more than the PvP which I tired for a bit and then just got bored mainly because I suck. The PvE is more enjoyable & I've got lots to explore on the Moon & now Venus.

There are still quite a few areas on Earth where there are higher level 20+ enemies that I have not yet visited. I'm still a bit unsure about what is happening in the story but the gameplay is very enjoyable & the planets are huge !!


New Game - Destiny

I decided to go with the Titan class and after the tutorial mission joined up with Hakk & Orrah to complete the various missions on Earth.

Some changes from the Beta, loot drops are less & I have not yet come across any public event. Not sure if these are turned off by Bungie to manage the day one influx of gamers.

Thankfully no issues with PSN or Bungie servers except one drop out back to orbit on the start of a mission.

I've little interest in playing the PvP mode so will focus my time enjoying the PvE with lots of Old Russia still to explore & the other planets.

Just glad to finally have something with which I can turn my PS4 on & enjoy.


New Game - Ghost Recon Future Soldier

There are very few remaining co-op game left to enjoy on the Xbox 360. Toby recommended Ghost Recon Future Soldier because it has a 4 player campaign mode. During a recent digital sale the Claptrap Boys purchased for less than a fiver each.

After a long summer break thanks to the World Cup, Ramadan & Holidays, we finally managed to get together to start playing.

It is a tough game even though we are playing on veteran (which I assume is normal) difficulty. When one of us gets shot the other players have around 10 to 15 seconds to heal otherwise the game ends. Guess who was the first of us to get shot? Yes, Sessile.

The second mission had a couple of difficult sections which took us a while to complete. The first we had to follow Macaba to a arms shipment, along the way there were enemy soldiers that we had to taken care off without Macaba noticing & a later section at an airfield in which we had to destroy the airplane whilst trying to kill enemy soldiers. We ended up playing these two sections quite a few times.

Slow & steady is definitely the way to play this game which makes a complete change from the fast-paced Borderlands or Dead Island games we have played in the past.


Carcassonne - New High Score

One more post for the catch up and another high score post against who else but Lufferov again :)

Walking Dead - Season 2 - Completed

Took me a while to find the last episode the game kept on saying coming soon for Episode 5 & a search for Walking Dead on the console store could not find the latest episode. In the end I had to use the laptop to use the web storefront and add the latest episode to download.

No spoilers on the ending but I have no idea how Season 3 is going to start with the very different endings you can play out.

I'll most likely will end up jumping platform again, going to the PS4 for Season 3 so not sure how the save file can be moved over? Will probably have to roll the start a few times to get the season 2 ending I want.

I don't think I will be returning to Zelda Wind Waker (possible Shredder) anytime soon with Destiny arriving next week.