Destiny Starts Winding Down With The Age of Triumph

It is a little known secret that Destiny 2 is on the horizon, targeting a late 2017 release. While fans continue to wait for any sort of news regarding the mysterious sequel, it should come as no surprise that the current world of Destiny is soon going to be left behind. Late last week, Bungie finally pulled the curtains back on their plans by announcing the last major update coming on March 28 known as Age of Triumph.

Earlier today we got a teaser trailer and news that all of the older raids would be updated but this last update also includes a massive record book and weekly rituals which aim to help push certain things into the next game. Again, there’s still a few details we still don’t know, but Bungie did confirm that it’s looking to reward people who have been part of the game for a while with honors that reflect each player’s Destiny 1 accomplishments.

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The bad news is that a lot of Destiny 1 content won’t carry over. For example, Destiny 1 power, possessions, and Eververse-related items and currency won’t be moving to Destiny 2. All is not lost however as Bungie is making sure that character personalization is saved and transferable as long as the player has reached level 20 and beaten the Black Garden mission. We’re talking class, race, gender, face, hair, and marking selections.

Personally, being able to move my character over to the next game isn’t a big priority. I kinda feel like my current characters character are just a shell anyway. Basically a vessel that was resurrected by a small robot creature after getting killed in some unspecified event that happened at some point in the past. Outside of selecting to be human, a robot, or an alien, and if you want to shoot space magic, fire a magical golden pistol, or power slam the earth, there’s not much meat on those character lore bones to chew on.

In fact, I’m perfectly happy to leave them all behind and start fresh. I’m hoping that Destiny 2 will really flesh out the character creation process , add some background to the lore, and perhaps utilize a more advanced graphics engine (or at least the same one with visual enhancements since the franchise is “next-gen” only now). I think we can all agree that the current character customization options are fairly barebones.

I guess, part of me is used to having to start over with most franchise type of games, so I wouldn’t feel like I was losing anything or that I “wasted” hours of my life. You may feel differently and that’s fine. As I’ve written before, I’m hoping Destiny 2 really is what many expected the current game to be in the first place. Deeper character customization, expanded story with strong NPC characters and cut scenes, and just more content waiting for players right out of the gate.

If they hit those goals, I won’t mind starting from scratch.

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Saturday Video Round Up: February 26 – March 4

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome back to the weekend and an all new edition of the Saturday Video Round Up. As usual, I’ve gather up the best video game trailers and gameplay from around the industry this past week and put them all in a handy dandy post for your viewing pleasure. Let’s get to it, shall we?

After a leak last week, WB and Monolith officially confirmed that Middle-earth: Shadow of War is indeed real. Picking up where the first game left off, players jump back into the armor of fallen ranger Talion and his spirit elf Celebrimbor as they create a new ring of power and prepare to go toe to toe with Sauron. With a newly updated and expanded Nemesis System, I am ready to return to the land of Mordor.

With the Nintendo Switch now out in the wild, there’s also a handful of launch videos for the new console watching for your views as well.

I’ve also got new videos for Nier: Automata, Injustice 2, Mass Effect Andromeda and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

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Now Arriving: Games of March 2017

We’re now knee deep in spring release territory. After a busier than normal February, March is here and isn’t relenting. In fact, some may argue that March is much more action packed. I hope your wallet is ready, because there’s a lot of interesting stuff that needs your attention.

As many gamers know, arguably the biggest news this month is that Nintendo’s next major home console, the Switch, is hitting store shelves. For the majority of those owners, it doesn’t get any bigger than The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I have no doubt that game will take many, many hours from players.

Outside of Nintendo, there’s a ton of new games to look forward to as well, such as the long awaited and highly anticipated Mass Effect Andromeda. Time to head back into space, this time with the Ryder family as they search for a new home for society in the Andromeda galaxy. Fans of military shooters should be happy as well with Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, a game that promised to deliver unique and outrageous open world shenanigans, especially for those playing with friends.

There’s plenty of other titles arriving this month as well, so make sure to click below to see the full list.

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Saturday Video Round Up: Feb 19 – 25

Hey, look! Saturday is here and that means the Round Up is here to (hopefully) entertain and delight you. For those new here, the Video Round Up collects the best trailers and gameplay videos from the past week and puts them all here for your viewing pleasure. There’s a lot to get to this week, so here’s just a small sampling of what is waiting for you after the jump.

It was a big week for BioWare as a number of Mass Effect Andromeda videos came out and for myself, increasing the hype meter considerably. The first video shows off more single player gameplay, along with how the upgrade and skill tree process works this time around. A second video introduces us the Lexi T’Perro, the chief medic and the first person players will meet. Lastly, a third video which dropped on Friday has security chief, Liam Costa, discussing weapon training.

Sony’s first major AAA title for 2017 Horizon Zero Dawn finally launches next week and a handful of new trailers also arrived showing off more of the gorgeous open world, combat, and exploration players will be taking part in.

I’ve also got new videos for Nier: Automata, Injustice 2, Nintendo Switch and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

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For Honor Campaign Impressions – For the King/Shogun/Warlord!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve talked at length about the multiplayer component to Ubisoft’s melee action title For Honor. I think at this point you all have a pretty good idea on how I feel about it and how it plays. So in an effort to not repeat myself or continue to talk about the same content, I’m taking a different approach this time around.

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One thing that I find somewhat interesting is that not many people are talking about the single player campaign all that much. I know that the big draw for this game is the multiplayer, but after spending a good amount of time with the single player content, I feel like it deserves some attention as well.

I won’t lie, I wasn’t expecting too much, but the campaign was not only a good introductory tool for a number of heroes, but has some really cool moments as well. Let’s discuss!

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Gets A Season Pass

The big Nintendo news last week was that their big AAA Switch launch title, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is getting a season pass. While Xbox One and PlayStation 4 users probably wouldn’t bat an eye at that news due to the landscape they’ve found themselves in for a while now, things are understandably different with Nintendo. I think this caught on for a couple of reasons.

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Saturday Video Round Up: February 12 – 18

Saturday is back once again and along with it comes a brand new edition of the Video Round Up. It’s back to bring you the best trailers and videos from the past week, so without further delay, let’s get into it, shall we?

It was a big week for Injustice 2 as the upcoming DC Comics fighting game introduced a bunch of fighters to its expansive roster of heroes and villains. Swamp Thing made his debut, followed by another trailer showing off four femme fatales with Black Canary, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, and Cheetah.

After much success with their Wii U season pass experiment for first party games like Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart 8, and Hyrule Warriors, Nintendo has revealed that they’re doing another season pass for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. While many of you may be worrying that Zelda has always been a complete experience on day one, it appears that Nintendo is not planning on cutting out content and reselling it. Based on the limited information, the post-launch content appears to be additional, and optional content.

I’ve also got new videos for Nier: Automata, Sea of Theaves, Horizon Zero Dawn and so much more after the break, so come check out this week’s batch of trailers!

The full list of videos await you after the jump…

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