Destiny Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Destiny RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Get Destiny 2 for Free https://www.gameskinny.com/klhe4/how-to-get-destiny-2-for-free https://www.gameskinny.com/klhe4/how-to-get-destiny-2-for-free Tue, 01 Oct 2019 14:11:39 -0400 Josh Broadwell

While most Destiny 2 legacy players are already knee-deep in Shadowkeep, new players might be wondering how to get Destiny 2 for free. After all, one of the biggest shakeups to hit the game in recent months was the reveal of New Light, the game's free-to-play version, which is currently available on PC, PS4, and Xbox One. 

Below, we go over how to get Destiny 2 for free, as well as what you get when playing the free version of the popular shooter. 

It's important to note that while the free-to-play version of Destiny 2 is technically called Destiny 2: New Light, none of the storefronts below currently have an entry with that title. 

How to Get Destiny 2 for Free

On PC

You can download New Light on Steam. Steam is the only platform where PC players can get Destiny 2, with Bungie forgoing the Epic Games Store and GoG for the time being. It is no longer available on Battle.net. 

On PS4 

Go to the Destiny 2 page on the PlayStation Store. Click "Add to Cart." Begin downloading. You will need to confirm your purchase, but no funds will be deducted from your account. 

On Xbox One

Go to the Microsoft Store here. You can also find the game on the Xbox Marketplace. Click "Get." Begin downloading. 

Free Destiny 2 gives players a load of content, including PvP

What is Destiny 2: New Light

Destiny 2: New Light is the base game (first season) and part of the second season. Although you get a lot, you don't get everything currently available for the game.

Here's a rundown of what is and what isn't included. 

What You Get 
  • A new intro mission
  • Seasonal events
  • Every destination*
  • Crucible (PvP)
  • Strikes
  • Gambit
  • All Year 1 content
    • Red War campaign
    • Curse of Osiris campaign
    • Warmind campaign
    • Eater of Worlds raid
    • Spire of Stars raid
    • Exotics
  • Some Year 2 content
    • Black Armory Forges
    • Gambit Prime
    • Menagerie

*Not every location is open in New Light. Some are locked because the F2P version does not include all Year 2 content. 

What You Don't Get 
  • Year 2 story content
  • Year 2 annual pass content
  • Last Wish raid
  • Scourge of the Past raid
  • Crown of Sorrow raid
  • Shattered Throne strike
  • Alternate subclasses
  • Forsaken class supers
  • Shadowkeep 
  • Most Year 2 exotics

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Despite what you don't get, nabbing Destiny 2 for free is a huge steal. Most of the missing content is affordable and easy to get. With the entire base game and all of Year 1's content at your fingertips, now's the time to jump in and see if Destiny 2 is for you. Or, if you've been away for a while, jump back in on your platform of choice.  

If this is your first time venturing into the massive world of Destiny 2, be sure to check out our collection of Destiny 2 guides to get started. 

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Destiny 2: Returning Exotics And The Black Armory Forges https://www.gameskinny.com/jy0tf/destiny-2-returning-exotics-and-the-black-armory-forges https://www.gameskinny.com/jy0tf/destiny-2-returning-exotics-and-the-black-armory-forges Mon, 25 Feb 2019 12:52:42 -0500 Joe Garcia

Recently, The Last Word, a fan favorite exotic hand cannon from the original Destiny, found its way into Destiny 2 via a quest from the Drifter. This is just one of many exotics that have been reintroduced in Bungie's newest multiplayer shooter, and they are usually obtained by completing a grind-heavy quest.

This got me thinking: Why not have players craft these returning exotics using the different forges from the Black Armory DLC? Not only would this make players feel like they are getting a brand new version of their favorite weapons, but it would also keep the Black Armory relevant into the future, as fans would continually return to the forges to craft.

Old Meets New

With the forges introduced in the Black Armory, we can now craft new weapons via the weapon frames that Ada-1 has available. However, it would be more interesting if we could use these forges to get our old weapons from the original Destiny back as well.

This could be done by calling on a method that was used to forge weapons in the Curse of Osiris expansion. With the Lost Prophecy quests, players were able to forge Vex-themed weapons by completing various activities and acquiring specific materials. With all the necessary components in hand, players would visit the forge next to the quest giver in order to obtain their new weapon.

This could be done again with returning exotics and the forges from the Black Armory. Under this system, players would craft their exotic weapon frames in these new forges. 

This method would increase the nostalgia players feel as they craft the new version of their old weapons. They could remember the great times they had clearing the original Nightfalls with Icebreaker or sniping someone from across the Crucible map with Hawkmoon.

However, I'm not saying that all exotic weapons should return in Destiny 2. Instead, I am suggesting that whichever ones are planned to come back should follow this new quest method.

This would give players a great reason to keep coming back to the Black Armory content they paid for, making it useful for a long time. This is the way to keep existing content relevant, continually breathing new life into it.

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7 AAA Games That Would Make Awesome CCGs https://www.gameskinny.com/qeve7/7-aaa-games-that-would-make-awesome-ccgs https://www.gameskinny.com/qeve7/7-aaa-games-that-would-make-awesome-ccgs Thu, 22 Feb 2018 20:07:09 -0500 Nicolas Entrabartolo

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Wolfenstein

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Wolfenstein: The highly acclaimed series where Nazis won the war. An interesting concept for a card game, to be sure.

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It would be easy to harmonize the card game with the main series too, where it is rebels versus the Nazi regime and all the technology you get throughout the game is what your power ups are based on. It would certainly make for some interesting story and some interesting cards as well.Making mech and gun power ups could be a fun time for the developers, as well as the players making combos, allowing you to create new power ups and weapons.

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Did you know Zelda had a card game? Though there are many more games  and card games out there, there are several that many don't know of. It just takes some digging and some imagination to come up with the next great thing!  And speaking of the next great thing, stay tuned to GameSkinny for more interesting articles about your favorite games.

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Assassin's Creed

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Assassin's Creed is another series just begging to be a card game. The war between the Templars and Assassins would be yet another interesting and engaging game, allowing for all out card wars between and across the many different time periods that the games take place in.

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The stories that have already come to pass only cover a few parts of history, so the card game could cover everything else that the video games have not touched. In addition to providing an almost limitless amount of  content, it allows for multiple expansions to be released (which is good for the developers), along with an endless possibility of timelines to take advantage of. AC the card game could be just what the franchise needs to be revitalized!

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God of War

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There are multiple possibilities for a God of War card game. It could turn into a simple adventure or several Kratoses battling it out across the earth. It could easily be made into different eras that one or several games take place in, and, of course, you can customize your own deck/character to fit that era.

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The cards that you gain can be power-ups, along with monsters that you fell during your adventures. Along with the many unique stories that are still to open with the Norse God of War, there are many possible storylines they can follow and many cards they could create, as many as there are myths and legends.

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Halo Series

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With Halo being one of the most iconic franchises every created, there are so many stories that 343 Studios can follow now via other channels, now that the Halo games themselves are slowly grinding to a halt.

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With the Halo Wars stories also starting to take over the scene, they can create new content and follow the stories of not just the Spartans, but also the Covenant as well. We can also follow the stories of Master Chief and his comrades in arms! 343 can make a system that is just as simple as any -- two factions, cards on both sides, and brawl it out, straight or mixed.

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For Honor

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For Honor the CCG is the perfect way to bring about engaging combat and story between the the factions that wage war in the game. Between the Vikings, Knights, and Samurai, there can be so many compelling stories and cards to help develop the game.

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They can delve into the stories and origins behind cards that they create, and enhance to a more story based game centered around strategy, instead of just carnage.And the especially interesting part is a pillage mechanic, where you can steal power ups from other factions to use yourself. That alone would help set this game apart from all the others and manage to keep the original's tone and mood.

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Call of Duty: Zombies

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One of the most interesting card games that could be created has to be Call of Duty: Zombies, which could literally be made into the MTG card mode, the Horde. There could be a game made where you are fighting off zombies with your deck.

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It would be an interesting crawl going after better loot, and your rewards would be better power ups, even more in-depth stories, and new content for zombies and the WWII era.What's not to love? Activision can make a cash cow out of this, especially since the Horde is only really played at MTG events and player gatherings anyway.

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Destiny

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With three main classes in Destiny, Bungie could follow a route similar to Hearthstone, having several kinds of decks to fight enemies of the Light. The Bungie team could also explore stories they were never able to cover in the main game, allowing them to finally please fans --which is always nice -- and come full circle with some of those loose ends.

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But that's not all. They could also just make it where you have cards of all the alien lifeforms, allowing you to wage war with any combination of factions you desire.The content and massive amount of customization would bring about a ton of interesting playstyles and complex decks every bit as intense as Magic:The Gathering.

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Hearthstone is breaking the scene for CCGs, but what else is out there exactly? There isn't much to compete with it, other than Magic: The Gathering. Though Hearthstone is just a card game about Warcraft, there are many other games out there that could take the same approach and be just as awesome. The question then becomes: what games out there have what it takes? Imagine a game that takes you on the space odyssey of Halo or the war that Kratos wages against the gods? That's exactly what we did with this list, and here's what we came up with.

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The Best Game Glitches of 2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/w65n8/the-best-game-glitches-of-2017 https://www.gameskinny.com/w65n8/the-best-game-glitches-of-2017 Tue, 13 Feb 2018 16:16:43 -0500 Blackcreed11

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Destiny

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Destiny is a third person shooter, where you are trying to save the universe. Only, that's not likely going to happen with some of these glitches. One glitch that should have actually been in the game is glitch number 9, Fallen Skiff Glitch. That is a glitch would save so much trouble during story mode. Another crazy glitch is glitch number 5, Crazy Portal Glitch. This glitch was so bad, it managed to draw an audience from other players.

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From the wacky to the beneficial, the world of glitches is almost as entertaining as the games themselves. What are some of your favorite glitches? Let us know in the comments!

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Assassin's Creed: Origins

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Assassin's Creed: Origins is a fan favorite game with a storyline that is marvelous and full of adventure. These glitches add some much needed light humor to the game, especially with how they effect the player. GOLDTHEWRITER has the funniest glitch, with a two headed horse just sliding across the stage behind the player's character. Yet another horse glitch is by SUICIDE KNIGHT, with a horse is stuck in a river running in place. 

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Overwatch

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Now, everyone knows Overwatch is the game to play. It's a game that's fun, exciting, and frustrating all in one. These glitches are not only frustrating, but hilarious as well. Some of the best glitches are in the above video, and there's a definite theme to them. An example of this is the first glitch, where the character Tracer keeps getting stuck in the payload. Another glitch is with Mei as her character gets stuck mid battle. Funny for everyone else, yes, but definitely not something you want to be experiencing yourself.

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Grand Theft Auto IV

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The best glitches are ones that make the game more enjoyable. These glitches from Grand Theft Auto IV are exactly that: so great that it makes you want to play the game just to experience them yourself. One example of an awesome glitch is when your character can glitch through the water onto the other side of the map. Or the incredible death drops from high places and the character, instead of dying, glitches into the ground or water. Even better, though, is when you glitch through a building with a helicopter. 

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Fallout 4

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Next is Fallout 4a post apocalyptic game that has mutants, bombs, survivors, and, of course, odd glitches that just make the game less serious. Check out some of these glitches that leave you scratching your head or laughing. This video starts off with the weirdest glitch of a character that should be running, but is swimming down a set of stairs instead, y'know, like we all do at times. Then there's another glitch of a torso squirming on the ground, when it should be dead -- but whether that's funny or just plain creepy is up to you to decide

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Battlefield 1

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Battlefield 1 has its fair share of wild and unfair glitches, glitches that would frustrate even a saint. Of them all, the worst glitch is when the character is not responding, or then there are the general glitches in the system. One great example of this would be XSEVEROHATREDX. This player clearly had a plan that was ruined because of this nasty glitch.

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The end goal for any developer is to deliver a clean, polished product to the user. But, as we all know, that often doesn't happen, with even huge budget games having a glitch or two. Many of our favorite games contain some...interesting glitches, some that add to the experience, and some that are just plan weird. To illustrate that point, we've compiled a list of the best glitch videos on the Internet from last year, all for your viewing pleasure.

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Destiny 2: How to Increase Power Level https://www.gameskinny.com/o35ot/destiny-2-how-to-increase-power-level https://www.gameskinny.com/o35ot/destiny-2-how-to-increase-power-level Thu, 09 Nov 2017 11:29:45 -0500 Brandon Janeway

Destiny 2 has been out for a while now but with the release of the game's free-to-play element, the shooter is set to see more guardians than ever before. Many players will want to know how to increase their power level. 

The game can be a little confusing about how players increase their power level, so we came up with some of the best tips to expedite the process.

1. Beat the Game

It seems simple enough, but the game really opens up once you beat the story and is when Destiny 2 is at its best. You have a lot more freedom and have access to new game features such as raids and nightfall.

If you want the best gear and best Destiny 2 experience, you need to beat the campaign.

2. Crucible

Destiny 2 does not have the most variety when it comes to PvP, but it is a good way to level up.

Item drops from these matches are decent, and you can easily work your way to an engram for crucible reputation. Plus, these matches provide a nice contrast to PvE content and an opportunity to meet new players.

3. Pay Attention to your Milestones

Your milestones are essential to keeping tabs on what you need to do to level up, and they offer you some nice opportunities to get experience and gear. It can be easy to disregard your milestones but they offer good rewards. They also provide variety outside of the main game.

4. Public Events

Destiny 2 is filled with numerous public events. Happening almost all the time, they offer a lot of experience for completing them.

They do not require a lot of time and will provide you with nice rewards in the form of gear, reputation, and glimmer. If you have been ignoring your public events, be sure to try the next one out.

5. Join a Clan

Destiny 2 is very much a social game. Yes, you can play it independently, but it is at its best when you are fighting alongside a group of allies.

A clan is a good way to do that. Clans will also allow you to have access to unique perks that will enhance your Destiny 2 experience.

These are just a few ways to get you on your way to help boost your power level in Destiny 2. For more on Destiny 2, be sure to head over to our guides page

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Destiny -- Beyond Science Fantasy https://www.gameskinny.com/n8800/destiny-beyond-science-fantasy https://www.gameskinny.com/n8800/destiny-beyond-science-fantasy Fri, 10 Nov 2017 12:18:04 -0500 Kengaskhan

In some of the interviews Bungie had leading up to the release of the first Destiny, they referred to their game’s setting as “mythic science fiction.”

That may come off as a bit odd, given that they could’ve simply called it a science-fantasy world. It could have just been a marketing trick to give their game a fancy label, and in some ways it probably was -- however, "mythic science fiction" is a pretty specific (and intriguing) description.

So what, in the eyes of the devs, sets Destiny apart from other science-fantasy games, films, and literature?

Destiny Embraces Fantasy Tropes

To start with, all works of science fantasy draw from classic fantasy (or sci-fi) tropes to some extent, but Destiny in particular is almost too on-the-nose with its implementation of some of these generic conventions.

Atmosphere and Aesthetics

While you’ve got some decidedly futuristic locales like the Titan arcology and some Bladerunner-y synthwave-ish tracks like Nessus’s exploration music, the European Dead Zone alone has a few settings that’d feel right at home in any traditional fantasy game.

There’s the Blackened Forest that may as well be Destiny’s version of the Mirkwood -- except instead of being enchanted by Middle-earth magic, it’s home to a shard of the Traveler. There’s the Farm, which has a rustic fantasy feel that manages to cut through all that science-y tech stuff that you’ll find there -- maybe it’s the music.

Fantastic Beasts

In Destiny, each of the enemy factions is tied to a specific real-world group -- the Fallen are pirate themed, the Cabal are Roman themed, the Hive are Medieval themed, and the Vex are Greek themed.

At first glance, it may seem like the only thing that ties the Vex war machines to ancient Greek mythology are the names: there are Vex Minotaurs, Vex Harpies, Vex Hydras, Vex Gorgons, and more. But there’s even more to it than that.

For example, in Destiny 2, most players are introduced to Radiolaria,the liquid found flowing throughout the alien landscape, when they first arrive on Nessus.

In a way, Radiolarian fluid (or Vex mind fluid) can be seen as a sort of ichor, the blood of an ancient, mythical race -- anyone who’s fought the Vex will know not to shoot their heads but instead their mind cores, the glowing pods that contain the Radiolarian fluid.

Like the blood of the ancient Greek gods, Vex mind fluid has a few special properties -- most notably, it burns any Guardians (and probably any living non-Vex creature) that touches it. Funnily enough, in Greek mythology, it was the blood of Nessus the centaur that poisoned and killed Hercules when it touched his skin.

None of these tropes are unique to the Destiny series; however, what is unique about Destiny is what it uses to inspire some of its fantasy.

Weapons, Armor, and Magic

“An ancient weapon, battered and worn -- but it still fires true. Perhaps it’s been waiting for you.”

The Khvostov is the first weapon you’re given in Destiny, and it makes no attempt to hide what it is: it’s that rusty iron longsword you start with in every fantasy game, an heirloom from battles long past.

And that first set of uncommon armor you’re rewarded with after the tutorial may as well be your Leather Armor +1.

There’s also the fact that many class supers involve "enchanted" medieval weaponry: Dawnblades wield flaming greatswords, Arcstriders dance across the battlefield with electrified staves, and Sentinels pummel enemies with shields forged from Void light.

Destiny Is Steeped in Its Own Mythology

The developers didn’t just use “mythic science fiction” as a buzz phrase to help market the game (although I’m sure that’s part of it). Unlike a lot of other works of science fantasy, Destiny really does draw heavily from a rich mythological culture: its own.

Destiny is a game that focuses on the past -- just not our past. The first Destiny begins around the year 2700 -- a future so far removed from present day that the past they reference isn’t our own but a past hundreds of years in our future -- starting with the Golden Age.

Nearly every piece of lore regarding humanity, their worlds, and their culture is drawn from the centuries between the start of the Golden Age and the beginning of the first game.

The Khvostov 7G-02 isn’t technically a sword, but it's what people used hundreds of years ago in the world of Destiny -- kind of like how we still used swords in the 1400s.

There are many historical figures and items in the game that are treated with reverence, like the Iron Lords, the Gjallarhorn rocket launcher, or even the Khvostov. Some legendary and exotic gear pieces tell tales about their origin or of the guardians who wielded them long ago. There’s even a game mode that’s named after a character: the Trials of Osiris.

Players will often find themselves delving into the remnants of human civilization, be it the run-down Cosmodrome in Old Russia or the entombed ruins of the Clovis Bray research lab on Mars. Players will dig up artifacts and engrams so old they’ll have to bring them to a crypto-archaeologist to identify them.

This focus on the game's fictional history helps to create the sense that there’s a real mythology behind the guardians and their actions, that they truly are living legends.

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While Destiny may have nailed most of the elements common to the science fantasy genre, that alone doesn't necessarily warrant a brand-new label for the game. However, Destiny does take things a step further, using its fictional mythology to inject a sense of wonder into its science fiction world.

Destiny doesn’t just embrace fantasy, it embraces the fantasy of its own mythological past, and that is what sets Destiny apart from most other works of science fantasy.

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Open World Games Lead to Lazy Design (Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Narrative) https://www.gameskinny.com/ojnnq/open-world-games-lead-to-lazy-design-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-narrative https://www.gameskinny.com/ojnnq/open-world-games-lead-to-lazy-design-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-love-the-narrative Thu, 27 Jul 2017 12:28:37 -0400 LuckyJorael

It all started innocently enough. I played the original Assassin’s Creed way back in 2007, and thought it was pretty amazing. Large, explorable areas, tons of NPCs to glide past, guards to attack or hide from, and – wait, I need to collect how many flags?

I’m somewhat of a completionist. Sometimes I can ignore the pull of getting every single achievement, but if I love a game, I’ll try to get every single collectible, find every ending, and nab every achievement I can. Game designers love players like me, because it takes very little effort to pad the total hours of a game through collectibles, side missions, and secret areas. And I fall for it (almost) every time.

Because it's shiny, I need to find ALL OF THEM.

The original Assassin’s Creed is kind of an egregious example. It was a long time ago, and the collectibles were done clumsily, you might argue. So instead, let’s take a look at another game I became obsessed with for a time: Tom Clancy’s The Division. (As an aside, I think I have a penchant for playing fundamentally flawed games.)

In The Division, one of the achievements is to collect every single piece of Intel: phone recordings, drone black boxes, compiled video/audio/satellite data called an ECHO, survival handbook pages, incident reports, etc. There are 293 different pieces of Intel to collect, scattered around the empty New York streets and sewers.

And while the missions where these collectibles are found push the story forward, the collectibles themselves are really just a distraction -- to both the player and the development team. 

These are boring to listen to -- unless you're REALLY invested.

Both of these examples present missed opportunities. Why? Because the resources dedicated to placing flags, phones, and crashed drones could have been put somewhere else. In Assassin's Creed, there could have been more, better fleshed-out missions (remember the endless, repetitive side missions?). In The Division, they could have fixed some of the terrible writing.

But at least Ubisoft had the foresight to make collecting everything in The Division mean (a bit of) something. Get every object in an Intel set – all of the crashed drone black boxes, for example – and get rewarded with cosmetic gear. With Assassin’s Creed, collecting all the flags gets you nothing more than a digital pat on the back.

So why should I care that you can’t help but collect widgets in games, I hear you ask? Because it’s bullshit time filler that can (sometimes) negatively impact the narrative you're pursuing. 

Look, I really like a lot of games that have hidden collectibles. Every Assassin’s Creed has them, and some of them are done well. The Division has them, even in its first DLC, and they are… acceptable. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has them in the form of Korok Seeds, and they are perhaps the worst example I’ve seen in a while.

Only 899 to go!

900 seeds.

You need to collect NINE HUNDRED SEEDS, so Hestu can have all the seeds back in his maracas, and you get a “reward” that looks like a golden pile of shit. Way to troll everyone, Fujibayashi.

I’ve collected 40 seeds in my game, and I’m standing outside of Hyrule Castle ready to kick Ganon in his stupid face. I’ve visited all 120 shrines and beaten them because they are interesting and fun. But I refuse to find Koroks because even if I get more slots for my weapon, shield, and bow inventories, it’s completely ridiculous to tie inventory expansion to random collectibles.

I love Breath of the Wild. It has eclipsed Ocarina of Time as my favorite Zelda game, but I learned something while playing it. I no longer need to find every side mission, collect every tiny piece of whatever, or get all the endings to a game. I don’t need to track down the 87 pieces of the dragon’s heart to get the Infinity +1 Sword. I don’t need to trudge through a dozen boring side-quests to get the Flaming Armor of Jotun Strength -- because I’m trying to save the world, and I don’t have time for this.

I mean, hold on dude; I have to collect 60 stone fragments first.

I can beat the game without spending an additional 20 hours grinding through content that adds nothing but time spent in the game. I say this as a fan of Destiny and Final Fantasy VI, two of the grindiest games I know (and love). Where open world games go wrong is thinking that collectibles and mundane side missions add enjoyment to the game, instead of just time.

What I won’t look back on fondly is the hours spent shooting into a cave in Destiny, hoping to find a Legendary Engram, or the hours I spent walking back and forth on the Veld in Final Fantasy VI, waiting for a random battle.

I will remember the first time I took down Atheon in the Vault of Glass and got a Vision of Confluence (still my favorite weapon in Destiny). I will remember beating Kefka the final time in Final Fantasy VI, ending his reign as the god of magic.

I don’t want to have to grind through a million unrelated things or collect a bunch of useless junk just to power up enough to enjoy the game. All I want to do is enjoy the game and the plot. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a bunch of sidequests to ignore in The Witcher 3.

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The Best Gamer Gear You Can Buy on Etsy Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/y2he0/the-best-gamer-gear-you-can-buy-on-etsy-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/y2he0/the-best-gamer-gear-you-can-buy-on-etsy-right-now Tue, 30 May 2017 15:05:43 -0400 Jerline Justo

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Bonus: Will You Be the Zelda To My Link?
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Price: $359
Where to Buy: Gold and Sliver Co

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Jino Vazquez, owner of GoldandSilverCo, designs various types of engagement rings, many with unique bands and dazzling jewels. Along with his other amazing designs, he created this Legend of Zelda themed ring that features the Hylian crest surround by a diamond. 

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If you or your significant other are ready to take the next step, this Legend of Zelda themed engagement ring is the way to take it. 

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There you have it! From Destiny themed clothing to Legend of Zelda inspired engagement rings, Etsy offers a lot more gamer gear that any player would hope to find.

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Even though there are thousands of products on Etsy for the gamer guy or gal, these items present the best gaming gear on the website. If you are looking to purchase something for yourself or as a gift, check these items out. 

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What kind of gamer gear have you purchased on Esty? Share it in the comments below!

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"Grow Up & Get a Life" T-shirt
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Price: $17.95
Where to Buy: TrendingShirts

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People love to speak their minds by wearing graphic T-shirts. If that happens to be you, you might want to buy this one from TrendingShirts. It's a design created with all gamers in mind -- those who both love games and humor. The red and green mushrooms from Nintendo's Mario pull the phrase together -- and the little angry mushrooms set the design off. 

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Assassin's Creed Bronze Locket
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Price: $10
Where to Buy: HazelWeiss

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Want to show your loyalty to the Assassins? You can hunt down Templars while wearing this bronze locket crafted by HazelWeiss. The locket’s detailed emblazing of the Assassin’s sigil makes it fitting for any Assassin’s Creed fan. You can also check out Hazel's other products, which include lockets from The Legend of Zelda and Game of Thrones.

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Transform Into a Pro Gamer
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Price: $14.99
Where to Buy: NerdvanaClothing

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E-sports athletes practice each and every day to improve their skills and take them to the next level. Although we all can’t be pros, NerdvanaClothing offers video game lovers the opportunity to look the part. Whether you want to feel like an athlete or support e-sports, this T-shirt’s red and yellow colors and logo fit anyone who appreciates competitive gaming. 

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Destiny Ghost Onesie
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Price: $14.95
Where to Buy: RayzGraphix6

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It's hard not to be excited about Destiny 2 after seeing the recently released trailer for the game. Instead of keeping that excitement to yourself, you can share it with the little baby relative or sibling in your life with this awesome onesie. RayzGraphix6 created this design for any little Destiny fan, presenting Ghost with the words, “Little Light.”

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Pokemon Red and Blue Knitted Hat
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Price: $35 
Where to Buy: Hatsbycharlotte

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As much as Pokemon fans love playing Pokemon Go and Pokemon Sun and Moon, they equally love to reminisce about Pokemon Red and Blue, with its retro design and sound. Hatsbycharlotte takes the design of the 8-bit Pokemon trainer and slaps it on a knitted hat, even taking note of the trainer’s hat and backpack. Not only does the design look on point, but it exudes Pokemon nostalgia. 

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Customers use Esty to find cool hand-made items all the time. Whether it's originally designed crafts or items inspired by movies, TV shows, or video games, Etsy is one of the only places on the web to find truly unique items. 

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From hats to jewelry to clothing, Etsy store owners create truly awesome gamer gear for players who want to show their passion for video games. Whether it's Final Fantasy or Minecraftthese gaming items will definitely make you feel stylish and ready to game.

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Without further ado, here are some Esty items created by talented artists that are definitely worth checking out, especially if you're on the hunt for some great gamer gear!

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Destiny 2 Needs to Wisen Up to Succeed Long Term https://www.gameskinny.com/nxlxp/destiny-2-needs-to-wisen-up-to-succeed-long-term https://www.gameskinny.com/nxlxp/destiny-2-needs-to-wisen-up-to-succeed-long-term Sat, 01 Apr 2017 16:00:02 -0400 Dan Roemer

Destiny, for the most part, is held in a very high regard from loyal fans and fans of Bungie alike, but its player base since launch has dropped immensely -- as has the sentiment towards the series itself from non-fans or casual players alike. So the question to ask is; what can Destiny 2 improve upon and do to avoid it having the same fate as its predecessor?

If we take a step back from Destiny for a moment and look at Titanfall, the same thing happened with that player base; it tanked within weeks of release. Then with the release of Titanfall 2 back in October, it sold well below expectations -- now sure you can blame this on the monstrous release schedule from fall of last year, but how exactly can Destiny 2 also avoid this same fate? Today I'll be breaking down the three things that I believe need to be improved upon and that in the end originally made me stop playing.

Tell me an Actual Story

Easily the biggest complaint I had with the original Destiny at launch was the extreme lack of any kind narrative. The game was completely void of almost any kind of story or progression structure altogether -- a character would blatantly tell you they don't have time to explain, then you basically stood there and shot waves of enemies, this would then happen about twenty more times throughout the game, then the main quest line would be over. For any real depth, character bio, or lore you'd have to go to some website and read walls of text; invigorating stuff.

So if Destiny 2 is going to have any hope in hell of keeping me interested, it better actually have some characters I can care about -- if you're like me and only played Destiny at launch, let me ask you this; can you even remember a single character's name from Destiny? -- I sure as hell can't. That or at least throw me some sort of overarching plot or goal I can actually stay attached too, loot grinding and PVP can only keep me interested for so long; which in my case, not very.

Raid Matchmaking Absolutely Needs to be Added

Bungie thought it would be an incredible idea to design these challenging yet fun raids to take part in, which are so hard -- you have no choice but to have a full team before going into one... Except they decided you can only play and enter them with your friends because they believed you needed coordination and voice chat in order to tackle these -- which is such a weird naively incompetent design choice that it makes my head spin. However it probably also then explains why less than 20% of Destiny's player-base have never even completed a raid to begin with. This absolutely needs to change for Destiny 2, not including matchmaking for something like this was such a weirdly bad choice from a developer who gave us the Halo trilogy. Which by the way is a common theme in my opinion for Destiny overall -- a cool concept wrapped up in weirdly stupid decisions.

Some of which I imagine weren't entirely of Bungie's choosing...

Tone Down the Grinding

The final thing that absolutely made me stop playing the original Destiny and made me never come back despite how cool or possibly interesting those expansions were, because I'd always think to myself “Yeah that looks cool, but I don't wanna spend another 10 hours replaying the same two missions over and over for some new specific gear.” -- Seriously when I think back to my time spent with Destiny, I'd say 50% of it was just grinding and replaying the same missions and boss fights over and over late into the night, just so I can find some better gear and increase my level more. I think this needs to be completely toned down in Destiny 2, a game like this shouldn't have to be a complete grind fest if you want some half decent gear.

But like I mentioned, I haven't played Destiny since launch -- so if any hardcore players still playing today have any recommendations for Destiny 2 I'd love to hear them in the comments below, as always thanks for reading and stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Destiny 2 coverage.

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Xur Vendor Location in Destiny This Week (3/31-4/2) https://www.gameskinny.com/xztx2/xur-vendor-location-in-destiny-this-week-331-42 https://www.gameskinny.com/xztx2/xur-vendor-location-in-destiny-this-week-331-42 Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:05:35 -0400 ThatRainbowThing

Happy weekend, Guardians! With all the hype happening around this week's Destiny 2 announcement, a lot of you are probably flooding back to Destiny and biding time until it releases.

If you've got Strange Coins to spend and need some new wares, you're probably on the hunt for Xur this weekend. Let's see where you can find him and what he's got to sell this time around. 

This weekend, Xur's location is near the Crucible Quartermaster.

Check out the map below for his exact whereabouts:

(Photo courtesy of WhereIsXur

Xur's inventory for this weekend includes:
  • No Land Beyond (23 Strange Coins)

  • Ruin Wings (13 Strange Coins)

  • Fr0st-EE5 (13 Strange Coins)

  • Astrocyte Verse (13 Strange Coins)

That's it for this weekend!

If you're not sure about any of these items, don't worry -- his stock changes every weekend! No matter your choice in Guardian, Xur is sure to come through at one time or another. Personally, I think my Guardian is gonna look pretty hot with that Astrocyte Verse helmet. 

Let me know what you guys thing of Xur's weekend collection in the comments below. Hope to see you again next week!

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Bungie Teases Destiny 2 With a Tweet https://www.gameskinny.com/jg0xn/bungie-teases-destiny-2-with-a-tweet https://www.gameskinny.com/jg0xn/bungie-teases-destiny-2-with-a-tweet Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:59:29 -0400 Scopersniper

Today Bungie seemingly begrudgingly confirmed the existence of Destiny 2 by tweeting out Destiny 2 's official logo.

The tweet was met with a positive response, amassing over 32,000 likes in roughly 5 hours.

After all the leaks and rumors, it will be interesting to see what is true and what is not as more information becomes available. It will also be interesting to see how Bungie follows up on Destiny 1's success and to see if they improve on the lack of in-game lore outside of the Bungie website, a common criticism of Destiny 1. No official release date has been given for Destiny 2, but it is predicted to come out by the end of the year.

One cannot help but wonder, was this planned or was Bungie's hand forced? Did the leaks force Bungie to confirm Destiny 2 early, or was the announcement planned to come out at this time? The answer to these question will most likely not be known until long after the game's release.

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The Vault of Glass Returns in Destiny's Final Event! https://www.gameskinny.com/1uepl/the-vault-of-glass-returns-in-destinys-final-event https://www.gameskinny.com/1uepl/the-vault-of-glass-returns-in-destinys-final-event Wed, 08 Mar 2017 04:28:14 -0500 StrongerStrange

Destiny's final event is set to bring back one of the game's finest moments, I'm talking about The Vault of Glass.

A trailer has recently been released to show the upcoming Age of Triumph event, and shows players once again diving head first through those gates in search of sweet precious loot and of course going head to shin with Atheon (at least you can Nova Bomb him off a ledge this time).

After nearly three years on from the original release of Destiny, the Age of Triumph is being designed as a send off for all of our Guardians, and for a game that has seen numerous changes during that time.

The Age of Triumph is going to add the game's biggest Record Book to date, starting at a whole 12 pages worth of challenges, some of which are tied to each class. Which of course begs the question, will you need all three classes to complete this book?

Once more the Speaker is talking to us, he's back and is briefly seen in the trailer. Whatever the reason for him finding his voice again, it's nice for fans to have a character returning from the vanilla portion of Destiny.

If you want any more information on this upcoming event then be sure to tune in every Wednesday for the next few weeks as Bungie have weekly live streams set up to showcase some Age of Triumph content.

The first of the streams will be on Wednesday, March 8th on the Bungie Twitch channel, with two further Streams set for the two following Wednesdays, The 15th and 22nd.

Are you looking forward to The Age of Triumph or have you given up on Destiny? Let me know in the comments down below.

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Destiny Veterans Won't Have to Completely Start Over in Destiny 2 https://www.gameskinny.com/hqgym/destiny-veterans-wont-have-to-completely-start-over-in-destiny-2 https://www.gameskinny.com/hqgym/destiny-veterans-wont-have-to-completely-start-over-in-destiny-2 Sat, 04 Mar 2017 12:41:19 -0500 ESpalding

In an announcement on their website, Destiny developers Bungie have started to give us a clue about what will be coming in the next installment of the Destiny universe. They have confirmed that players will not be able to play Destiny 2 with any of their current powers or possessions, including Eververse items or currencies, which would have been built up during the first game.

"Sequels represent the start of a new adventure for every player, with new worlds to explore, new stories to tell, new powers to acquire, new loot to earn, and much more."

-- Bungie 

The developer has also stated, however, that they do want players to carry forward some of what they have accomplished in the original game, so the classes, races, genders, and every other aesthetical choice for all your characters that have reached level 20 and completed the Black Garden story mission will be carry forward. And as in recognizing veterans of the game, they will be adding various honors to reflect your accomplishments.

But before we can turn our minds to Destiny 2, the last live event for Destiny will be revealed next Wednesday. Over the course of the next few weeks, Age of Triumph will be a fun and memorable event that will bring Destiny to an end and introduce a lot of what will be coming up in Destiny 2. Make sure you check back here next Wednesday so that we can let you know what this final event will entail.

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Xur Vendor Location in Destiny for This Week (2/10-2/12) https://www.gameskinny.com/32zzt/xur-vendor-location-in-destiny-for-this-week-210-212 https://www.gameskinny.com/32zzt/xur-vendor-location-in-destiny-for-this-week-210-212 Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:43:07 -0500 Marc Anthony

Welcome Guardians! Just like every other week in Destiny, Xur will be hiding somewhere as usual to sell some exotic items. But are they beneficial to your inventory? And where will he be, anyway?

This week (2/10-2/12), Xur will be in the Tower Hanger at the bottom staircase.

Here are the exotics being sold this weekend:
  • The (once-elusive) Hawkmoon for 23 Strange coins


  • The No Backup Plans for 13 Strange Coins


  • The Skyburners Annex for 13 Strange Coins


  • The Apotheosis Veil for 13 Strange Coins


In addition to these items, Xur will also come with a chest legacy engram as well. These items may or may not fit your specific build today, but Xur continuously comes with different exotics each weekend. We'll see you next week for his next appearance.

What do you think of this week's exotics? Will the Hawkmoon be in your arsenal, or has its window of superiority run out? Let us know in the comments.

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Where to Find Xur in Destiny This Week (1/20-1/22) https://www.gameskinny.com/ghkiz/where-to-find-xur-in-destiny-this-week-120-122 https://www.gameskinny.com/ghkiz/where-to-find-xur-in-destiny-this-week-120-122 Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:38:42 -0500 Clayton Reisbeck

Welcome to the weekend, everybody! With the weekend comes the opportunity to spend those hard earned Strange Coins at Xur's shop in Destiny. But where is that guy hiding? Luckily, I'm here to do the leg work for you.

This weekend Xur is hiding in front of the door by the Speaker.

(Thanks to WhereIsXur.com for the map)

Here's his inventory for the weekend:

  • The MIDA Multi-Tool for 23 Strange Coins

  • The Helm of Inmost Light for 13 Strange Coins

  • The ATS/8 Arachnid for 13 Strange Coins

  • The Obsidian Mind for 13 Strange Coins

And that's all for this weekend! Now if you aren't feeling any of these items, don't worry. Xur's stock changes every weekend! I know my warlock would be looking pretty cool in that Obsidian Mind helmet. Whatever your tastes lean towards, I hoped this helped. We'll see you back here next week to help find Xur!

What do you think of this week's items? Will you be picking anything up? Let me know in the comments!

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Everything You Need to Know About Destiny: Rise of Iron's "The Dawning" Holiday Event https://www.gameskinny.com/i7f91/everything-you-need-to-know-about-destiny-rise-of-irons-the-dawning-holiday-event https://www.gameskinny.com/i7f91/everything-you-need-to-know-about-destiny-rise-of-irons-the-dawning-holiday-event Thu, 08 Dec 2016 06:03:30 -0500 Lydia M

Last Saturday, Bungie showed brief details about its upcoming Destiny: Rise of Iron event, "The Dawning". This in-game holiday coincidentally coincides with the real-world holiday season. And what better way to celebrate with new additions to Destiny!?

As a winter event, "The Dawning" will have new quests, weapons, gear, gifts and treasures that are all event-exclusive. But two permanent additions to the game will include the Sparrow Racing League and a Strike scoring system

Sparrow Racing will be a bit different from last year, as you'll be able to infuse gear and item drops based on your Light level. New tracks and Sparrows will also be added, along with a record book for anyone who owns Rise of Iron, providing more objectives as you race.

The record book will also include Strike scoring, which will lead you to earning new weapons and quests.

"The Dawning" starts for owners of Rise of Iron December 13th and ends January 3rd. Stay tuned to GameSkinny as the holiday rolls around for more information on the event and guides on how to get the most out of it. 

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Someone Shit in My Sandbox: When Open World Games Don't Deliver https://www.gameskinny.com/1kbia/someone-shit-in-my-sandbox-when-open-world-games-dont-deliver https://www.gameskinny.com/1kbia/someone-shit-in-my-sandbox-when-open-world-games-dont-deliver Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:00:01 -0500 chopchamen

Open world sandbox games, the magic of Skyrim, the wonders in Red Dead Redemption, The craziness of Saints Row. These companies know how to do it! A giant map with loads of activities to do, taking any approach you feel for your current objective. 

By definition a sandbox game would be a game where you can go anywhere you want, and take a situation in any way you see fit. So what about those companies that failed to do that?

Like Bungie, talking about Destiny at a presentation saying "All that stuff, if you ran out there, it's all playable terrain" while they were looking at places outside of the map where you cannot traverse, even to this day. Destiny would be a completely different game had it allowed you to traverse those huge wide open spaces, and it probably would have steered them in a different direction concerning the enemies you might encounter, or the events that would happen. Imagine having to fight a giant monster as part of an event (Like Oryx on Kings Fall raid kind of big.)

Or there is the case of Fable II, which claims to be open world. While it can be seen that way, it's also very linear, only offering you a few routes to take in between objectives.

And as much as I enjoy Metal Gear Solid V, I have to admit it's also this way in certain areas. As infinite as the tactics seem on this game, why wouldn't you be able to snipe from the cliffs in the maps? They already have the limitations on the outskirts, I don't see why you cant climb a cliff with some sort of tool.

If you could have access to every part of the map entirely, it would add much more depth to planning your approach, effectively increasing the replay value, or at the very least appease someone who enjoys sniping.

While these are just my opinions, I feel like these games could be much better if they didn't have these limitations. What do you think? Do you have anything to add to this subject? Let me know in the comments!

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5 of the Best Voice Actors in Games https://www.gameskinny.com/yqv6h/5-of-the-best-voice-actors-in-games https://www.gameskinny.com/yqv6h/5-of-the-best-voice-actors-in-games Tue, 25 Oct 2016 01:58:55 -0400 Aaron Grincewicz

Since I was very young, I recognized certain voices on my favorite shows as being performed by the same person.  As I got older, I learned just how talented these actors are.  One great example is Hank Azaria of The Simpsons, who voices at least a dozen regular characters like, Moe, Chief Wiggum, and The Comic Book Guy. Needless to say, The Simpsons has one of the greatest casts in history. Seth Macfarlane, the creator of Family Guy, is also an insanely versatile voice actor.

As great as those actors are, they are well known. It's often the ones who don't appear on TV that have the longest resumes. For those reasons, and more, I support these actors in the SAG-AFTRA strike.  Some of their voices (like Homer Simpson) pop in my head when I think of just about anything, making it tough to imagine a world without them.  It might seem like an insignificant thing to lose but for me, and many others, they've been a big part of my life. 

In recent years, video games like Call of Duty have started using well-known actors from movies and TV. While this makes the games more like blockbuster movies, there isn't always a guarantee that the actor will give the same Emmy-winning performance in a game as out. Veteran voice actors sometimes don't have the red carpet looks to be motion-captured in games, but they set the bar for the screen actors trying to step into their shoes. So without any further delay, I'll name five of the best voice actors in games today.

#1: John DiMaggio

Games he is best known for; Gears of War series (voice of Marcus Fenix).

Also known for; Futurama (voice of Bender), Adventure Time (voice of Jake the Dog).

"I don't like it when celebrities get voice work. But then again, if I was the producer, I wouldn't want a bunch of no-names doing my show and have to worry about word-of-mouth. I see both sides of the story."

 
 

#2: Jen Taylor

Games she is best known for; Halo franchise (voice of Cortana), Left 4 Dead (voice of Zoey).

 Also known for; the voice of Cortana on Microsoft devices. 

"You know, when I was initially cast, something the guys at Bungie said to me was, 'This character is in your head all the time. She is your best guide and the best aid that you have — the only guide and the only aid really. So we don’t want her to sound naggy, we don’t want her to be a pain.' They wanted her to be like the girl next door, your best friend that you want to hang out with.

And she's that and so much more because she is so smart. Obviously, she knows more than we could possibly know. It's always fun to play a character that is powerful in that way."

 

#3: Mark Hamill 

Games he is best known for; Batman: Arkham series (Voice of The Joker).

Also known for; Star Wars (Luke Skywalker), voice of The Joker in DC Animation.

"I never saw myself as much of an actor. I wanted to be a cartoonist like Charles M. Schulz and create my own world and be able to have a studio at home and not commute and be able to be with my family. I just didn't have the skills to pull that off and so I've gravitated toward theater because I like all of it."

 #4: Troy Baker

Games he is best known for; The Last of Us (voice of Joel), BioShock Infinite (voice of Booker Dewitt), Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (voice of Ocelot), Far Cry 4 (voice of Pagan Min).

Also know for; Voice of The Joker in several DC Animation productions.

"I don't ever want it to be about me. A friend of mine told me, 'The difference between fame and notoriety is fame is when people know you, and notoriety is when people know your work.' The first one is not respectable, but the second one is, because that leaves a legacy."

  #5: Nolan North

Games he is best known for; Uncharted Series (voice of Nathan Drake), Assassin's Creed Series (voice of Desmond Miles), Shadow Complex (voice of Jason Flemming), Batman: Arkham Series (voice of The Penguin), Destiny (voice of Ghost).

Also known for; General Hospital (Chris Ramsey '97-'03), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-Nickelodeon (voice of The Kraang), extensive work with Marvel.

"The Penguin from Batman: Arkham City is a real departure from what I'm most known for. People actually didn't realize it was me. That's the one thing about doing voice over work that people don't realize, and you can interview anybody in this industry, you have to be a good actor as well as having a good voice."

There are several more notable voice actors worthy of mention, but the ones I've listed have the most extensive resumes, acting range, and well-known games.  Their performances often help make the games they are in great.  I should also mention Kevin Conroy (voice of Batman), Tara Strong (voice of Harley Quinn, Twilight Sparkle, etc.), Frank Welker (he has possibly the longest voice acting resume being the voice of Scooby-Doo), and Peter Cullen (voice of Optimus Prime).

Celebrity voice actors are often used to spruce up a marquee, and attract attention, but it's the career voice actors whose names you might not know, that often bring life to the characters they portray.  After reading this article, I hope you'll take notice of the credits from your favorite games, and animation.  You might notice the same names appearing dozens of time, often for more than one voice.

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Destiny Rise of Iron: Guide to the New Iron Banner https://www.gameskinny.com/2f8q4/destiny-rise-of-iron-guide-to-the-new-iron-banner https://www.gameskinny.com/2f8q4/destiny-rise-of-iron-guide-to-the-new-iron-banner Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:32:26 -0400 Synzer

The Iron Banner is a popular Crucible event in Destiny. The Rise of Iron expansion revamped this beloved event and now it is better than ever. If you are trying to gear up, there is no better place to be.

I'm going to go over the recent changes to Iron Banner and gives tips for efficiently playing through this event.

This guide will go over the new Iron Banner in Destiny including:

  • Iron Banner Basics - What the Iron Banner is and how to do it.
  • Iron Banner Rewards - What you can get from the Iron Banner.
  • Iron Banner Tips - How to raise your light level using the Iron Banner.

Iron Banner Basics

The Iron banner is a Crucible event that lasts a week. It takes the place of the weekly crucible playlist

  • It has its own rep faction that resets every event.
  • There is exclusive armor that you can only get during the event.
  • There is a vendor that is only there for the event.

Things are a bit different this year.

destiny rise of iron iron banner quest

  • There is now an Iron Banner quest that starts at the Iron Temple social space in Felwinter Peak.
  • There are also only 4 bounties for the event, instead of daily and weekly bounties.

You get rep whenever you turn in a bounty, or win a match. you will not get rep if you lose a match.

Iron Banner Rewards

Each bounty gives you a piece of Iron Banner gear. There are 2 that give weapons and 2 that give armor. You can also do these on your other characters for a total of 12 pieces of gear.

As you rank up, you will complete the quest, and be able to buy gear from the vendor. The vendor gear is different for each event, but it will always have both armor and weapons.

  • The quest gives you a reward for reach rank 1, rank 3, and rank 5.
  • Be sure to turn the quest in each time you complete a step because you will get gear.
  • You can buy gear from the vendors at ranks 3, 4, and 5.

You also have a chance at getting Iron Banner gear at the end of every match, whether you win or lose. The drop rate is high and it not affected by rank.

Iron Banner Tips

Iron Banner is the best way to raise light level if the event is active. First, make sure you get the quest started and all 4 bounties.

  • Play Iron Banner matches until you reach rank 1, then turn in the quest.
  • After the rank 1 quest is done, you can start turning in bounties, but pay attention to the rewards.
    • Some give weapons and others give armor.

Look at your lowest pieces and find out which you need more, armor or weapons. Turn in a bounty if it gives one of your lowest pieces.

  • Example: If you need boots the most, turn in a bounty that gives armor, and save the weapon bounties for later.

This way, you will have the best chance at raising your light level and not wasting a potential higher light level drop.

  • Try to save at least 1 bounty for each reward type, armor and weapon, until later ranks.
    • This allows you to potentially increase your light level from the drops after matches, then cash in for higher rewards.

Playing 3 characters is the best way for huge rewards.

  • Complete all the bounties on one character and get to at least rank 4.
  • On your other characters, you will get increased rep up until you reach the same rank as your highest character.
    • So if you reach Rank 5, your other character will get to Rank 5 a lot faster.

Don't forget to sue a Three of Coins each match if you have them, since that gives you a chance of an Exotic engram.

That's all for my guide to the new Iron Banner in Destiny: Rise of Iron. Let me know if you have any questions!

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Destiny Rise of Iron Raid Guide: How to Beat Aksis https://www.gameskinny.com/qqnkk/destiny-rise-of-iron-raid-guide-how-to-beat-aksis https://www.gameskinny.com/qqnkk/destiny-rise-of-iron-raid-guide-how-to-beat-aksis Tue, 27 Sep 2016 09:29:04 -0400 Synzer

Aksis is the final boss in the Wrath of the Machine Raid in the Destiny expansion, Rise of Iron.

There are 2 separate parts to fighting Aksis and each count as a different fight, meaning you get loot for both. This guide is going to go over each of these fights and how to win them.

If you are looking for the rest of the raid up until this point, check out my Wrath of the Machine raid guide.

This guide will go over both Aksis fights in Wrath of the Machine in Destiny including:

  • Aksis Boss Fight Part 1 - How to beat the first boss fight against Aksis.
  • Aksis Boss fight Part 2 - How to beat the final boss fight against Aksis.

Aksis Boss Fight Part 1

Loot
  • Ghost
  • Artifact

The header video shows me doing this fight.

When you make it to the final room, it will be mostly dark. As soon as the fight starts, the room lights up for you to see.

  • Split up into teams of 2, left, right, and middle.
  • Fallen will attack from all 3 sides, with a yellow bar enemy coming first.

After a while, a captain will spawn on each side and have a cannon for 1 of the elements: Scorch/Solar, Shock/Arc, and Null/Void.

  • 1 person needs to pick up the canon after the captain is killed and get ready for the next part.
  • After the captain dies, a servitor will spawn on that side, also with 1 of the elements.

Each side needs to call out which servitor is on their side, because the people with cannons must shoot the servitor of the same element.

Example: If the arc servitor is on left and the arc cannon is on right, the person with arc cannon must shoot the arc servitor on left.

When the servitors are destroyed, the drop a SIVA charge. You will see an energy target on the platform where the boss is at.

  • The person who is not holding a cannon must pick up the charge, and throw it at the target.
  • Timing doesn't matter this time, the shields will go down after all 3 hit.

Once all targets are hit, everyone should come to middle and kill all the shanks that drop down in front of the boss.

  • Once all the shanks are gone, repeat the above steps until you win the fight.

The first time there are only 2 targets, the 2nd time there are 3 targets, and the last time there will be 7.

  • During the last time there will be multiple servitors. 
  • Keep calling out where the servitors are and quickly get them down for the charges.

Aksis Boss Fight Part 2

Loot
  • Auto rifle
  • Scout rifle
  • Helmet
  • Class item

The fight starts when you shoot Aksis in the chest, so be sure to wait until everyone is ready.

This is a long fight and requires good communication with your team.

  • Split the raid with 2 on each side: left, middle and right.
  • To damage Aksis, you must throw charges again, but it is a little unique this time around.

If you turn around from where you see Aksis, you will see 4 platforms with light in the back. These are safe platforms for when SIVA density goes critical, like in the Archpriest fight.

At the beginning of the fight, shanks spawn and Aksis will shoot ranged attacks.

  • SIVA swarms are also shot, so hide behind pillars out of line of sight from the boss when you can.

Aksis will teleport around the room, so you have to constantly watch and call out.

Eventually, 3 people will get an Empowered buff. This will be used to stun Aksis, but more on that later.

After a while, a captain will spawn on each side and have a cannon for 1 of the elements: Scorch/Solar, Shock/Arc, and Null/Void.

  • 1 person needs to pick up the canon after the captain is killed and get ready for the next part.
  • After the captain dies, a servitor will spawn on that side, also with 1 of the elements.

Each side needs to call out which servitor is on their side, because the people with cannons, must shoot the servitor of the same element.

Example: If the arc servitor is on left and the arc cannon is on right, the person with arc cannon must shoot the arc servitor on left.

When the servitors are destroyed, the drop a SIVA charge.

  • The person who is not holding a cannon must pick up the charge, and throw it at Aksis.
  • Timing doesn't matter this time, the shields will go down after all 3 hit.

The next part is the most important part of the fight and requires the most communication and coordination.

  • Before you throw the last charge, make sure you know who is Empowered.
  • You need to have 1 on each side to be ready to stun Aksis when the last charge hits.

If you have the Empowered buff, you must jump on Aksis' back and hold X/Square to stun.

  • Aksis will teleport from the middle to a random spot, and you only get a few seconds to stun before SIVA density goes critical.
  • Each time you stun Aksis, you get a little time to damage the boss, but save your big damage for the 3rd stun.

After the 3rd teleport and stun, Aksis will be stunned for a long time. This is when you use heavy weapons, supers, and get Weapons of Light if you have a Titan.

  • Eventually SIVA density will go critical.
  • Remember the platforms in the back? Your whole team needs to go to the same platform during this part and wait for the explosion.

Afterwards, the platform begins to fall, so jump back to the main area. At this point you just repeat the steps above until you kill Aksis.

You will have 5 phases you can damage Aksis since there are 4 platforms and you get 1 more shot after the last platform disappears.

When you get the the boss low on health, it will teleport back to the middle and began the self-destruct sequence.

  • This is similar to the Oryx boss fight from The Taken King. Just keep damaging Aksis to stop the self-destruct and win the fight.

Also, do not be alarmed if you see enraged, this does not mean you will lose the fight. It just means this is your last chance to kill the boss before dying.

That's it for my guide on how to beat Aksis in the Wrath of the Machine raid in Destiny. Let me know if you have any questions or helpful tips of your own!

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