We have one week down officially for the Sparrow Racing League… and I have to say I am still having a blast. There is just something about this game mode that makes me happy… and the bounty of rewards available only serves to sweeten the pot. It seems that when SRL goes away officially… it will still be available through the private match list so there is even talk of organizing an unofficial league of sorts to race during the off time. There is just so much to like about this event that it hard to place my finger on what exactly makes it special. You have entire sets of gear up for grabs, with light levels up to 400. I have to admit a lot of my drive to keep on racing is for the glimmer of a chance at finding some light 400 items. So far I have gotten one, that I ultimately infused into my best fusion rifle that I am not pretty partial to. A good amount of my gear is sitting at 399 light with my two severe hold outs being my artifact at 393 and ghost shell at 394. There are technically ghosts available through the SRL but I have not personally seen one. As far as the Artifact I guess my option there is probably doing some Court of Oryx because I have heard they drop there up to light 400.
Probably my personal favorite thing about the event is the availability of all of these interesting shaders. You can check my twitter feed for a shot of one I found last night called “Ghast” which given my name seems a little fitting. The above shader is my current favorite called Krokos which is mostly white with purple accents… that just happens to look really cool with the PS4 exclusive Jovian armor set. There are fourteen shaders up for grabs… and I have managed go get thirteen of them with the last one tied to the record book achievements. According to Destiny Tracker I have raced 68 times and played a total of 7 hours 38 minutes of the Sparrow Racing League… which is pretty much entirely this year given that for whatever reason I only raced last year on my Hunter and Warlock. Generally speaking I do a few runs to clear up the bounties and then retire downstairs to racing through the remote client, because really… me winning or losing doesn’t much matter when I am largely in it for the possibility of maybe just maybe hitting 400 light level. The goofy part is that even with the input lag caused by remote play… I still generally end up finishing in the top three and have even managed to win a few maps in this fashion.
The other huge perk of the SRL is that it levels your crucible rep while at the same time giving you access to some older legacy crucible weapons. Of these the one I have been wanting since initially coming back to Destiny during Taken King is the Eyasluna. This weapon is essentially a legendary version of the Hawkmoon, a personal favorite of mine in the exotic hand cannon category. Over time I strayed away from Hand Cannons due to the ammo issues, but have recently started getting used to them again and even bought the vendor Palindrome last time I was capped on Legendary Marks. When I saw this weapon was on the list of available items… it has been my hope to see it show up on my end of match rewards list and finally last night it did. I am not really sure what a god roll looks like on this weapon, but I can make the one I got work with Triple Tap, Braced Frame and Grenadier. While this is going to drop me down to 9 instead of 10 shots in the magazine… it gives me 5 points from maxed stability which should make it insanely easy to headshot with. The range of 38 is pretty solid for a Hand Cannon as well and the 81 impact is nothing to complain about. I spent some time running around with it last night… and I think I am going to like it.
If you were not around for the Sparrow Racing League last year, I highly suggest you get in on the Dawning event while it is available. We still have two more full weeks of racing… but at some point soon I am going to have to care about the other side of this event… which is the strike list scoring if I hope to complete my record book. Playing SRL really has made me realize how much I miss games like Wipeout, and the fact that we will at least get to play this game type in private matches going forward gives me some solace. The only thing that worries me is that a lot of my enjoyment right now absolutely comes from the fact that I have a shot at interesting rewards at the end of the match. With this carrot removed… will I care about it nearly as much? As a final side note…. I have to thank Playstation support for taking care of my issues yesterday quickly. It took some doing… but I finally managed to find the correct link to get some resolution with. Within a few minutes and a few questions answered… they reset my compromised account back to the original email address and I was able to get in and take control once more. Additionally when I got home I added the two factor authentication… which I did not even know they offered until yesterday. I guess when they introduced it they didn’t make much of an announcement. In any case… after talking to some folks who got compromised there was a pattern to these attacks.
- They transferred 50 of whatever the local currency was to the wallet… for me it was Dollars for others it was Pounds Sterling or Euros.
- They changed the Sign-In email for the account… which frustratingly invalidates the links being sent out in email that allows you to quickly contest these actions
- They created a sub account and set it up with unlimited purchasing rights.
What they were planning on doing from there is unknown because I think I maybe got things stopped in time to be able to find out. I had already put in a Paypal dispute, and Sony asked me to cancel that and they refunded the $50 taken from within their system. They were quick to point out that they had no legal requirement to do this… since all sales are final… and that they were doing it out of the goodness of their hearts as a one time exception. Whatever makes me feel better at the end of the night, because in the end I got my money back without having to claw it back through paypal. The gotcha however is that instead of refunding it to the bank… they just placed it in my PSN wallet, which in truth I guess is fine given that I was going to pre-purchase Horizon Zero Dawn at some point anyways. It was a frustrating start to the morning, but in the grand scheme of things everything seems to be restored to normal. The only thing that I am going to do as a follow up is to get them to completely remove the sub account. For now I have changed its password and decimated it through parental controls so it really can’t do anything.