If House of Wolves had a raid, most people wouldn’t make it there, anyways.

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Destiny. Once you’ve hit level 32, your gear is all maxed out and you have plenty of cool weapons, you don’t really have much to complete. Crota has been slain dozens of times, with cheese shortcuts or not. The game has been patched repeatedly and now here we are, awaiting the second DLC, “House of Wolves,” set for release on May 19.

As far as the story goes (hahaha, I’m talking about the story of Destiny), There was one cutscene in the vanilla game that shed light on the “Queen of the Reef.” It’s assumed The Reef is just kinda…out there in the asteroid belt somewhere. You’ll even get to just hang out there! This is alright, as long as it doesn’t completely replace The Tower.

bridge keeperI know this reference is going to be very old and obscure, but indulge me. In Everquest, there was a zone outside the human city, Freeport, called East Commonlands. You remember now? There was a cave where everyone would do their trading, buying, and selling. But then a new expansion came out which included “The Bazaar” and East Commonlands became totally barren. I’d just hate to see The Tower suffer the same fate. Bungie wouldn’t do that, right?

When “The Dark Below” was released, we got a new raid, “Crota’s End.” This time around, we won’t get a new raid. But you already paid your $35 for both expansions, right? I did. I guess I don’t regret it, even without a new raid for “House of Wolves.” It still comes with a lot of new content. Instead, there is a mode called “The Prison of Elders” which is a new cooperative kind of mode. People might be upset with this because the endgame has always been get geared up, go do the raid, get sweet loot.

In this article from Forbes, it says only 19% of players have ever completed a raid. That is mind-blowing. That means only 19% of players have reached the main content put out in the game. If you don’t get to that point, you’re missing out on a lot and not getting your money’s worth. Granted, it does take a large time investment to get to that point. Getting to the near-max level and finding enough people (you need six) to form a raid group can be too much for players.

What I see this expansion doing, is opening up more content to the average player. I expect it will be easier for lower level players to get into and it will give these players more opportunity to get the gear they need to compete at a higher level. What it’s looking like is a horde mode which you fight against wave after wave of enemies, trying to survive. But that sounds a lot like what you do in a lot of the story missions, waiting for Peter Dinklage (your Ghost) to hack into whatever device while you fend off the enemies from him.

If you want the whole skinny on the upcoming content, Redditors have already taken care of that for you in a megathread. I’ll be picking up the Xbox One controller once again to battle the Fallen in a month. I’ll see you there.

How Evolve is changing (without the obvious Evolve pun)

It’s been nearly a month since Evolve was released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC. I honestly haven’t touched it much. I think it’s a game that is much better when you have your full team together and you’re playing with your friends. We haven’t been able to get everyone together at one time to play a few games. We’re hard-working adults! Evolve is a lot of fun to play, but I think there’s a bit of a learning curve. There’s a long list of do’s and don’t’s for playing as the monster as well as the hunters that I won’t get into. The game itself seems to favor the hunters if you have a competent team, especially if you have the Trapper with the “dog” named Daisy that can sniff out the monster for you early on.

Here are the details for the upcoming patch. There’s no ETA on when it will go live. One problem we had when the game first came out was that we had six players. Well, you can only play with five players. So one of us sat out and waited a couple games for the next guy to call it quits for the night. Soon you’ll be able to spectate with Observer Mode while you wait without having to listen to party chat to try to piece together what is happening. Evolve encourages you to stream the game in Observer Mode and commentate on the game like a sport. Here’s some Observer Mode gameplay:

It seems like Evolve wants to get in on the e-sports action. Can 2K Games get Mike Tirico to call some games in Observer Mode? I’d watch the hell out of that. What I like the most about Observer Mode is the Survival Odds display. It’s interesting to see in this particular match the odds swing from the hunters’ favor to the monster in one encounter. After the game, there’s a new post-game stats screen. You can follow the discussion on that here.

Observer Mode post-game stats

Observer Mode post-game stats

Earlier I talked about how you can buy skins on skins on skins as DLC for Evolve. This weekend you can get some golden skins for free as long as you play between now and 9:00 PM PT on Sunday. Look at that, good guy game developer giving players a chance to earn some free content, plus a heartfelt message. Hopefully we see more content given away to players who are rewarded for getting online. It looks a lot better than nickel-and-diming them for skins.