Games like Destiny trigger the collector part of my brain in ways I will never fully understand. Here is an example… in Pokemon or Blizzard Pet Battles for that matter… I don’t actually like the act of battling pets. I do however love the aspect of collecting new critters and not so secretly wish there was a way to skirt all of the other aspects and just let me get shiny new pets. I feel similarly about Destiny when there is a set of armor or weapons to collect, and right now I will be grinding the Faction Rally until I catch them all. As it stands I still need the Shotgun from Dead Orbit, Sidearm from Future War Cult and both Scout Rifles from New Monarchy. At this point I have done my weeklies on the Hunter and Warlock and ground out 20 or so loot packages on each, giving me only 10 more chances to get the items I actually need. I have a similar number of chances for New Monarchy and have just started working on the Titan going through his weeklies. The thirty packages cap thing is likely put there for people like me… that would have potentially ground their fingers to the bone trying to get that last weapon. So at least on some level I am thankful that it exists… but on a totally different level I am frustrated beyond belief that I might not actually get all of the things.
The truth is however that the shotgun from Dead Orbit is horrible at least compared to Hawthorne’s… and there has never been a case post Destiny 1 that I have ever said to myself that I want to use a sidearm. In Destiny 1 I kept an assortment in the vault with various elements just so I could easily complete those kill X targets with X damage type bounties. There are a few burst and full auto sidearms that are interesting… but I have yet to see a reason why I would ever choose them over a more versatile weapon in that slot. So that mostly just leaves me with the two Scout Rifles from New Monarchy that are weapons I would actually use. It’s bizarre how the precision of the PC version of Destiny 2 has completely flipped me around from not liking Scout Rifles at all, to running with them pretty often. I am super interested in Good Counsel IX shown above because of the hip fire perk… given that hip firing weapons is actually a completely reasonable way to play on the PC version. Stat wise it looks very similar to the Frontier Justice scout I got this week and one that I already know that I like… so I am going to ultimately be extremely bummed if I wind up not getting it during this faction rally.
Song of Justice VI is a weapon that I have on the console version of Destiny 2 and like it fairly well but it always felt like it was at least under performing slightly. I am primarily interested in getting this weapon to see how different it feels with the precision of the mouse and keyboard. I cannot mention enough that the weapons feel vastly different between the console and PC platforms, and there are so many that I did not like at all on console that I know really enjoy using on PC. It is ultimately my hope that this is going to be the case with Song of Justice. Hakke weapons in general so far have worked better on PC so I am hoping this continues to that pattern. In other positive news… today is my Friday so I should be able to poke around in the game tomorrow during the day. I might even get so bold as to stream a little. I’m going through a deluge of changes right now and my natural instinct when that happens is to go into super turtle mode. Piddling around Destiny solo mode has been something I have been doing for the last three years so it is definitely comfort gaming. That said I really do need to get the Nightfall done and hopefully make some attempts on the raid. I am going to try really hard to make myself available to shenanigans tonight, but no promises. In other other news… I popped into Diablo 3 last night and cleared my mail box in prep for the season start that begins soon. They have roped me back in with more cosmetic rewards… that of course trigger that collector instinct in me.