I spend just about every word in this blog espousing my love and adoration for Tabletop Gaming but anyone who knows me outside of social media knows I’m every bit as enthusiastic about Video Games, and no other game has grabbed my attention in a long time quite like Bungie’s first-person shoot em’ up MMO Destiny. You may recall that on of my friends contributed an article on the game right around launch and sadly I wasn’t even playing it at the time. It took until December for me to finally get in on the fun. To date I’ve logged nearly 300 hours, have gotten three characters to level 31 (merely waiting for the right raid drops to get to 32), and have played every aspect of the game…many times over.
There are countless people chatting about this game on the net. Players complaining about certain aspects of the game that are still funky, folks finding clever ways to “cheese” (a term to denote finding an unusual way to cheat the regular play) their way through levels, in-depth reviews on weapons, farm locations, etc. etc. etc. My personal favorite stories though? Weird things people get away with that were likely never anticipated.
I think the fact that Destiny remains a somewhat small-scale MMO in regards to actual playable maps and missions ends up fostering the desire to find new and creative ways to play the game. My favorite things to hear about are the players that challenge themselves to complete portions of the game in crazy ways that were in all likelihood were never considered to be something anyone would ever try to do, or even possible to accomplish. Thus, I’d like to showcase some of the best stories I’ve come across.
THAT GUY WHO KEEPS SOLOING THE HARDEST PVE RAID IN THE GAME
Destiny has more game beyond its main storyline than during and the toughest chunk of PvE in this endgame content lies with its Raids. The one I’m referencing here is titled Crota’s End and the guy who soloed it is a Youtube user known as “The Legend Himself”, aptly named considering his achievements. Crota’s end is no joke. You start out in an area of almost solid darkness with small beacons of light you have to get to in order to continue onward as a “weight of darkness” constantly piles up slowing you down and removing your jumping ability. All the while enemies known as Thralls harass you from the dark and try to slice you up. The remainder of the Raid is no less difficult, actually more so. For example when you get to parts like the Deathsinger where you have a time limit to take her down before she just outright kills you, or the final fight where you can’t even hurt Crota without dropping his shield first to get a few shots in with a giant sword!
Difficult enough for a team of six (the recommended number) but this guy did it solo. I have watched the video he was kind enough to make and it’s just insane that he pulled it off but what’s even more insane? He did it again when they finally added the Hard version of the Raid into the game. I haven’t even been able to join a team that’s beaten “Hard Crota” yet and he soloed it. Hats off to The Legend Himself!
SPEAKING OF CROTA, THESE GUYS BEAT IT WITHOUT GUNS
I laughed really hard when I heard about this because I immediately pictured how that did it. I was right too. One of the playable characters in the game is the Titan Class. This class can switch between being a Defender and a Striker type and plays some really good support for the team all while also being the most heavily armored. The main super ability of the Defender choice is a Bubble of force that players can hide beneath to stop incoming bullets. It allows players and enemies to pass through the walls and thus would normally not provide any protection against those Thralls I mentioned above. However, there is a piece of armor you can equip that will cause any enemy that passes through the Bubble to be temporarily blinded.
Using such techniques we witness this group crawl its way through the raid only meleeing enemies, using supers, and throwing grenades. Not a single shot was fired. Truly an incredible feat, not to mention hilarious.
FLY ME TO ATHEON
The other Raid available in Destiny is called the Vault of Glass. This one features the mechanical yet biological enemies known as the Vex. It is also well-known for long drops, platform jumping, and insta kill enemy dodging. Needless to say it’s hard enough to get through this thing on your own two feet but these guys managed to fly one of the game’s hover bikes (known as a Sparrow) through the entire Vault of Glass Raid.
To get an idea of the feat that was accomplished here you need to understand how players utilize the Sparrow. First you need to know that the Sparrow is summoned via some form of teleportation from your character’s ship but only in areas where such a thing is possible, so yeah you can summon it outside the Vault of Glass but once inside you’re out of luck. Second, the Sparrow doesn’t just sit around if you jump off of it. The thing will disappear (presumably back to your ship?) in a matter of seconds after you dismount so they couldn’t just park the thing and return to it. No, for the most part the player(s) riding the Sparrow needed to remain out of combat altogether. Lastly the ways to lose your Sparrow otherwise are typical, it can be blown up, if you fall off one of the many cliffs it is also gone.
Seeing these guys dancing around the burning (nearly destroyed) Sparrow at the finale of the video was great to see!
OH THE CHEESE
Bungie has put together a fun game and has certainly added in a lot of material to challenge us… so naturally players have learned how to exploit things so those challenges are minimized! “Cheesing” something is the term players use to describe the exploits they’ve uncovered in-game that help them defeat certain portions without the actual effort of completing them the “right way”. It boggles my mind how some of these things were ever figured out in the first place. here are a few examples I’ve heard of, some I’ve even used myself.
- Scaling the side of a cliff by jumping to tiny landing points in order to get on top of a building where mobs of enemies with eventually despawn because you are no longer on the map.
- Ledges you can jump to under a portion of the map where nothing can harm you so two other players can finish off the main baddie while waiting to revive if they both go down.
- Using in-game explosions to launch yourself to various parts of the game where either enemies can’t get to you or to clear a gorge where you were supposed to spawn a bridge.
- Pulling out your LAN cable at precisely the right time so Crota freezes and you can take him out without worry (Heard this one was fixed though).
- Hanging out in a side room reviving your fellows while they shoot at the main boss and go down over and over. They don’t care, you’re off to the side where she can’t hit you!
Honestly, all of this makes me feel like there are three styles of play in this game; Player vs. Environment, Player vs. Player, and lastly Player vs Makers! It seems every time Bungie chuckles at our cheesing and claims to have patched it a whole slew of new exploits appear. I love it!
THE EXTRA LITTLE THINGS
Don’t believe me? Just watch.
The other day I landed in the tower (home base for all us Guardians) and what to my wondering eyes did appear? Roughly ten Guardians surrounding one other guardian who was standing still (presumably away from their controller) dancing, squatting, pointing, waving, pushing that Guardian around. It made me laugh rather louder than I intended to at nearly midnight, but damn was it funny. I also learned how to kill myself by standing in water and shooting my foot from my good buddy Topher.
I’ve gotten to do some wonderfully creative stunts myself playing this game, even if they aren’t of the caliber as those above. There’s been a number of times I’ve taken out the enemy targeted by a Patrol Mission using only my Sparrow as a ramming instrument (my favorite was the Ogre I launched into from a high platform). I enjoy grabbing the sword that a certain enemy drops and attacking the giant mechanized Spider that appears in the area known as “The Divide” on Earth. My friend and I even managed to get the purple rubber ball found at the tower onto a roof where you could blow it into the air using a fan…maybe you need to be more familiar with the game to understand that last one.
Bottom line is this game is tons of fun, even when you aren’t playing it “by the book”. It also shows that the player base might just be getting a bit antsy for more content. I’m happy to report though that an update is coming down the pipe and I get the impression we will be seeing Destiny 2 sooner rather than later, just a hunch. If there’s a story out there I missed let me know about it, or if you have something you or you and your friends pulled off I’d love to hear about it! Here’s to good drops folks!
-Melvs (Shout out to my Clan! Hey Dads Gaming!)
P.S. All this talk about playing Destiny by not playing Destiny has me remembering some fun things my friends and I pulled off in those older Bungie games, the Halo series.
We quickly tired of the standard multiplayer and decided to get creative with our own challenges. A few of my favorites include:
- Getting every vehicle (in Halo 1) on top of the bunkers in Blood Gultch using rockets and grenades.
- Creating a Multiplayer game where we shot skeet by having people ramp Ghosts off the back of one Tank and trying to shoot them down with the other.
- Creating a Team Deathmatch Multiplayer game called “MechaWarZ” where we were only allowed to kill each other using vehicles to run them down. No guns, no melee, no grenades. If someone else was in a vehicle you had to flip them out of it!
- One of my favorite ways to play, fully ruined by making it so you could destroy vehicles in later iterations of the game.
- In whatever Halo first allowed the sword we created a Multiplayer game we called “Bat Leg Rounds” where we only used the sword and could only fight in a specific spot. You had to run immediately to that spot and then try to keep it as long as possible. Screaming “There can only be one!” constantly was encouraged.
- Golf… Yes a buddy and I created a way to play golf where we… ok, this is kind of complicated. There were four players, two teams. Two guys were Red and two guys were Blue. Then you pair off by making one Red guy the caddie for a Blue guy and vice versa. What you needed to do was kill the other persons caddie. By game standards they were your teammate thus it gave you negative points. However if you accidentally killed the opposing golfer you’d naturally gain points off setting any negative points gained by killing their caddie. Just like in golf, the person with the fewest points won! This was more of a chance for my buddies and I to drive around Blood Gultch pretending it was a golf course…and yes we did this at like four in the morning…shut up.
Other than my buddies attempting to get the Warthog as far into EVERY mission it was made available in, much further than it was meant to go I assure you, I can’t recall anything else for now. Oh well, long Post Script for ya!