As my May game challenge was fairly relaxed on the terms, I can say without hesitation that it’s going quite well! I played far more Destiny over the weekend than I planned, but since I got to everything the new content from House of Wolves has to offer, I can’t feel too bad about it.
I was absolutely sucked in to the Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The game is engaging, intriguing, and beautiful to explore. I can’t tell you how many times I just stood in one place and admired the scenery and the emerging weather. The sound design was immediately noticeable, as I was often struck by the authentic sound of the wind rustling through the trees, grass, and over the water.
The game is immersive.
There is apparently a save bug that is plaguing the Xbox One and PC versions of the game, sometimes wiping out entire hours of progress. I have read that in very few cases it is also touching the PS4 version, and that has me a bit scared to keep playing on the off chance that it gets my save as well. I have been saving early and often, and backing up those saves.
I am especially wary of this as I had a few issues early on with the game crashing entirely. Each time I would choose to pass in the in-game card game Gwent, the whole thing would crash sending me back to the main PlayStation menu. I found out that that wasn’t uncommon, but found a way around the issue, so things have been mostly okay since. There were a couple of times where the game wouldn’t allow me to save (even though I wasn’t currently in combat), but otherwise, it’s been mostly smooth sailing.
The majority of my weekend, however, was spent in Destiny. I played solo quite often, but also with others for periods on Friday and Saturday. I completed the new story missions and the new bounties, ranking up to level 2 with the queen (I want that giant blue ship!). I dove into the Trials of Osiris and the Prison of Elders and oh boy…
The two other people I was doing the Trials with are both good at the Crucible. I can be pretty good, but when I start to tank, watch out. I will tank hard.
Anyway, we went in, round after round, and super lost. Repeatedly. We began to get the hang of things, but only ever won one round.
And only one person on our team even ended up with gear.
It was pretty demoralizing and disheartening.
We had a far better time with the Prison of Elders. It was chaotic, exciting, and fun, and at the end I came out with another Gjallarhorn.
While that was a great reward, I would have quite appreciated some Etheric Light so I could start leveling up appropriately. Not finding any Etheric Light in the three places it is supposed to show up (Nightfall, Trials, or the Prison), I felt discouraged.
I came out of the weekend feeling like I may be putting Destiny behind me for a few reasons. The slog of getting all these things with the RNG in control is always a gamble. I have also been having a hard time finding people to play with, and the experience is getting me down. So I’m not sure how much more Destiny I will be playing. Or multiplayer games in general.
On that note, I am looking forward to playing more single player games, as I know I can count on myself, and I rarely have to worry that I’m letting myself down or expecting more than I should.
I hope everyone had a marvelous holiday weekend. Cheers.