Yesterday was of course the release of the first expansion content to Destiny 2 in the form of the Curse of Osiris DLC. I was sick yesterday so completely out of it and did not realize until that evening that I could have been playing around in the expansion during the day. I did however have time to finish the main story line and am now in the after game that involves going around and doing a bunch of adventures on Mercury. I am not entirely certain what I was expecting but I enjoyed myself and found a lot of the new areas really cool to roam around. The level cap is bumping up from 20 to 25 and the light cap is bumping from 305 to 335. This means we all need to spend time pushing up that number once again, and have a whole slew of new weapons to help us with that process. Based on what I am seeing blues seem to still be bound to the 5 below your base light level as I am seeing 303 drops with a base light of 308.8. Legendary engrams which seem to be dropping like candy for me are dropping at my base light level and as a result seem to be providing a decent way of bumping up my overall power level. Unlike before I am not quite as rabidly focused on trying to squeeze the last bit of light out of each week as I have in the past. I am sure this will change but for the moment I am trying to take things easy as I may or may not have burnt myself out a bit.
In Destiny 1 we spent a good deal of time exploring the Fallen and the Hive and with Destiny 2 we have spent the bulk of our time dealing with the Cabal. This expansion sees us taking on the Vex in ways that we have not seen before. You get a decent idea over the course of the content we have seen to this point that the Vex that essentially hacks time to create the most favorable outcomes for themselves. However we have not actually really seen this in progress other than the tiny unexplained bits of the Black Garden. With Curse of Osiris we get to roam around in the massive simulation worlds that the Vex are constantly using to collect data to update their models. What is really cool about this is that we see simulated versions of all of the other races, that are very similar… but not quite exactly the same. Pay close attention to the way that the “Axis” versions of various troop types look because they appear to be almost Vex hybrid versions. As far as the length of the expansion… I would say it is probably about the same number of missions as the base game. You spend a lot of time roaming around and trying to sort out how to stop this one Vex simulated future from coming true.
As far as characters… Sagira is great and I like the fact that even after completing the main game we occasionally get to hang out with her again. Osiris was honestly not much of a character, and still remains this madman prophet that we are really no closer to fully understanding than we were going into the expansion. Brother Vance still has a fanatical devotion to Osiris even though he could not be bothered to pop out to the Lighthouse long enough to even see his acolytes. There is a nice passing of the Torch of sorts to Ikora, because really she is the Warlock we care about. Its not so much that the student has surpassed the master… its just that the student is done being a student. If nothing else this expansion brought with it one of the most badass final boss fights I have seen in awhile, and while it isn’t exactly technically complex it is fun as hell and makes the player feel awesome… even though it is really Osiris hacking reality to make it happen. It reminds me a lot of the way the Oryx fight in the Kings Fall raid felt… with this massive imposing figure that you are able to bring down by doing some stuff with some things. Unlike the main campaign I am actually looking forward to finishing it on each of my alts, as I attempt to get them ready to start pushing up power level once again.
As part of the main story we get another choice of a vanguard legendary, and I not shockingly went with the auto rifle that looks and feels a lot like the Jiangshi AR4 that I cannot seem to get the Gunsmith to give me. The bulk of the really interesting system changes go into effect next week with the December 12th patch, but we did get a fresh assortment of weapons to find and an armor ornament system. I’m looking forward to the next Iron Banner so that I can unlock the requirements to use those with my Iron Banner set. Additionally there was a refresh of the eververse store and with it a new set of fluff engrams, this time including a set of armor that I think actually looks cool. I was not a big fan of the weird formal armor set that came from the last batch, and even though I have collected a set of it on my Titan I doubt I will ever wear it. This time around however it is Vex inspired and looks pretty badass… but it has some hefty competition with both my New Monarchy and Iron Banner armor sets. All in all I think I am going to like the influx of content, but I am also not extremely focused on grinding to get everything instantly either.
Honestly the thing that has most soured me on Destiny 2… may or may not have anything to do with Destiny 2. A few weeks ago on patch day I started having issues running the game. Ultimately this thing would occur where the game would freeze for anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes in the worst cases… all the while the audio would continue playing in the background. If I happened to be watching a YouTube video on the second monitor its video would freeze as well, as would my ability to alt tab or interact with anything. Everything would recover itself and return me back to whatever I happened to be doing… and if I was in a group activity the game would rapidly catch me up to the same time frame as the other players… often resulting in my death. As a result I had been avoiding doing anything serious and anything that forced players to require on me not fucking up. I’ve searched the forums and crawled through the bowels of Reddit attempting various fixes, until this morning when I found something that is a possible culprit. Around about this same time I got forced upon me the heaping pile that is yet another windows 10 update. As a result it force reset a bunch of my settings, one of which flipped my system into power save mode for some ungodly reason. Before sitting down to write this post I played a bit of crucible because that seemed to always make it happen… and seemed to be doing just fine. I need to run around on Mercury a bit to do some further testing but I am hopeful that maybe this was the mystery sauce that was causing all of my problems. I would love to be able to return to doing group content without fearing that I would be a liability.