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  • Blog Post: Bungie's Endgame: Destiny's Raid Philosophy And The Scope Of King's Fall

    Aside from the fact that King's Fall will be Destiny's biggest and most complex raid to date, Bungie has been reluctant to talk about it. The studio hopes for King's Fall to be a complete surprise for players when they first dive into it in September, but we managed to wrangle up an interview... More
  • Blog Post: Through The Fire: How Destiny's First Year Shaped The Future

    You probably have an opinion on Destiny. Since the game's launch last September, the game has amassed a thriving community and a handful of vocal detractors. One take-away from our trip to Bungie for our September cover story is how plugged in the studio is to both the community's criticism and... More
  • Blog Post: What’s Going On In Destiny’s Story, Anyway?

    Destiny has taken a lot of well-deserved heat for its approach to storytelling, but after our recent cover story visit to Bungie and extensive hands-on time with The Taken King, it’s clear that the studio is moving towards a far more robust narrative experience in future releases. Knowing that... More
  • Blog Post: Head Of The Class: Destiny's New Subclasses And Abandoned Fourth Class

    Destiny players have been eagerly awaiting a third subclass for their Guardians for a long time. The Taken King expansion looks to deliver big with the new Stormcaller, Sunbreaker, and Nightstalker subclasses that should help Guardians tear through Oryx's forces. You might be comfortable with your... More
  • Blog Post: Why Gjallarhorn Is Overpowered, And The Tricks To Balancing Destiny's Weapons

    Weapon balancing is a delicate operation. While some players might hate the fact that another player's weapon outclasses their own, that other player might be happy to exploit an overpowered weapon. Some fans cry foul whenever a company rebalances its game after release, but balancing is an important... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion – The Taken King Fixes Destiny's Three Biggest Problems

    Despite Destiny's popularity, it remains a very polarizing game. For every enthusiastic fan, there seems to be another player who quit in disgust. I understand the hate, because I used to be one of the haters. However, sometimes games deserve a second chance, and The Taken King looks to be the perfect... More
  • Blog Post: We Analyze Destiny: The Taken King’s Eight New Crucible Maps

    Destiny’s Crucible has always given players the opportunity to visit new and exotic locations within Bungie’s universe, and the upcoming Taken King expansion will add eight new stamps to players’ virtual passports. While Bungie used to design maps to cater to a particular game mode... More
  • Blog Post: New Details Revealed In Our Exclusive Destiny: The Taken King Hands-On Impressions

    Bungie opened its doors to us a few weeks back to show off what the team has been busy working on in recent months, and gave us the chance to play not just a few select missions, but the full scope of what’s on offer in The Taken King. We have a wealth of in-depth details in our monthly magazine... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny: The Taken King's New Approach To Storytelling

    You know all of those things that annoyed you about Destiny? Bungie's aware of them. In addition to revamping the game's leveling system for The Taken King and a host of other changes, the developers are "pivoting" from how they've conveyed Destiny's story in the past. With... More
  • Blog Post: The Life Of A Destiny Exotic: Designing Gjallarhorn’s New Competition

    For the Taken King, Destiny is crafting a suite of new exotic weapons for players to fawn over and collect. However, not all of these will be acquired randomly; some truly powerful tools will require work to unlock. The journey Bungie took to create Sleeper Simulant, however, is nearly as interesting... More
  • Blog Post: 104 Questions And Answers About Destiny: The Taken King

    Destiny has a thriving community that endlessly thirsts for more information on Bungie's burgeoning universe. With the launch of our extensive September cover story on Destiny: The Taken King , we explained as much as a cover story can contain, but there were still some lingering questions like "Whose... More
  • Blog Post: Opinion - How Destiny’s PvP Converted A Non-Believer

    I’ve tried and failed to enjoy PvP for ages. If my friends could spend hour upon hour locked in a Battlefield match, I figured I should at least be able to enjoy a round or two every now and then. I’m not exactly sure why, but it didn’t matter if we won or lost; I just couldn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Activision’s Destiny Missteps Are Common Business Wrapped In Terrible Communication

    It’s been a rough week for Activision and Bungie. While The Taken King garnered attention at E3, what followed was poor messaging about a collector’s edition, exclusive in-game emotes, and a belief that players are being forced to buy content they already own. In order to understand where... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny – Xur’s Gear For The Weekend Of June 19

    There’s been a lot of big Destiny news this week, offering us some exhaustive details about the upcoming Taken King expansion, including a vidoc and details on the three new subclasses . In the midst of the excitement, Xur has appeared at the Vestian Outpost, and brings with him two items he’s... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny: The Taken King Story And Gameplay Details Emerge From The Darkness

    Yesterday, Bungie officially pulled back the curtain on the long-rumored The Taken King expansion. Today brings a new vidoc with all sorts of details about what we can expect. Storywise, we learn that guardians start out by exploring a Cabal base on Phobos, a moon of Mars. There, they learn that the... More
  • Blog Post: Tips For Surviving The Cauldron In Destiny's Trials Of Osiris

    The Cauldron has been revealed as this week’s Trials of Osiris map in Destiny, so it’s time to get your fireteam of three together and make a run at the Lighthouse, the reward granted to those who manage a 9-0 record in their Trials Passage. First off, let’s talk about this week’s... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of June 12

    Happy Xursday, everyone! This week, Xur is getting ready for E3 by allowing you to dash from press conference to conference, get a much needed burst of energy to keep up with the news, and give your friends a helping hand when they stumble. OK, this is just really a clever way of avoiding the subject... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny - Xur's Gear For The Weekend Of June 5

    Happy Xursday, everyone! I hope House of Wolves is treating you well and the treasure keys are flowing better after the recent patch. This week, Xur has some oldies but goodies. No, really. While he's sold everything in his stock this week before, a couple of the items might pique your interest.... More
  • Blog Post: 21 Destiny Bounties We’d Love To Play

    As I discussed in this accompanying article , Destiny is at increasing risk for alienating its solo players, who desire more activities to engage in at or near level-cap. One possible solution is for Bungie to more fully embrace its existing bounty system, providing new storytelling and gameplay for... More
  • Blog Post: Destiny’s Solo Problem, And How To Solve It

    As I noted in my write-up about House of Wolves , now is the best time for lapsed or new players to get into Destiny. The Prison of Elders arena mode and end-game PvP Trials of Osiris event round out an already compelling package of activities. At the same time, the endgame experience is increasingly... More
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