April Game Challenge: Week Two (Progress? No, Destiny.)

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I should have seen this coming.

If I had not gotten disillusioned with The Division’s endgame and decided (out of silliness at the time) to pop on over to Destiny for the first time in around six months to do the Nightfall, I may not have been quite as susceptible to the impending April update. But I did, and I am, and I am so excited it borders on the nerdiest type of excitement I am capable of.

That I know of.

I have been reading articles about the Destiny update. I have been watching videos on the update. I have been spending time in-game getting as many consumables ready for the update as possible. I have been stocking up on three of coins.

My guardian’s body is ready.

I’ve been trying to temper myself by also playing other games, but that either hasn’t been going well, or, going at all.

I am most of the way through Bedlam and, I have to say, I’m puzzled by this game. It’s build like an old school (think the original Doom) shooter, but even on normal, the game proved to be difficult. The difficulty couldn’t be changed after the game was started, so I decided to start over on easy. I have done this only three times now (changed the difficulty of a game to the easy setting) in my life, and I’ve never regretted it, as I’ve always done this to simply experience the game as opposed to swearing at the game while getting super frustrated at whatever gameplay I was getting hung up on.

I’m not opposed to difficult games, there have just been a handful of games where I wanted to spend more time enjoying the story than dealing with whatever strange combat I was encountering at the time.

So, I decided for Bedlam that I would start a new game (at that time I was in the middle of chapter 2) on easy and see how I did.

I did fine. Until.

I reached a level that reminded me of Wolfenstein. I was doing fine, but I was supposed to find a second key for a second door. The enemies seemed to be respawning and ammo was limited. I went into every building. Some multiple times.

I have still not found the key. I got so frustrated that my stomach started to hurt so I put the game down yesterday and haven’t gone back to it.

I’m sure I will go back, but I have to say, I’m not terribly excited about it.

What I am excited about is the Destiny update hitting tomorrow. As I write this, I have an archived Bungie livestream playing in the background. I like that the update is making a more friendly experience for solo players, as I often find myself playing alone. It will be nice to rank up even if I don’t have a partner to enjoy the game with.

That being said, I hope I get a chance to team up with a few people after the update! I may even be (horror of horrors) heading back into the Crucible for the first time in the better part of a year. I imagine I will feel the hurt of being out of practice very soon.

As you may have guessed by now, I haven’t played a speck of Doom BFG or Half-Life 2. Oops.

See! This is what Destiny does to me. It’s not as extreme as when I play Borderlands (not much else matters when I play Borderlands), but it does tend to overtake a significant portion of my brain. This means that right now my brain is telling me to finish my to-do list for the day so I can get into Destiny and stockpile as many engrams as possible.

So I’m going to go do that!

I’m sorry I’ve not made progress on my monthly challenge, but I’m super excited for tomorrow’s update. So excited that I may take a nap so I can stay up late for when it goes live.

Boy oh boy!

Do you have a challenge going for April? If so, how is it going? What are you playing?

7 replies »

  1. Hey Rebekah! If you need a second for Destiny, I’ll be on tomorrow at my usual time, 5-9pm. Just drop me a message! I am excited for this update. It might be the thing that keeps me interested in Destiny for a minute.


  2. For April I’m hoping to finish Mass Effect 2 and begin Mass Effect 3. I really should get back to XCOM: Enemy Unknown as well…

    I’m eager to hear your thoughts on the Destiny update, particularly how they relate to solo play.


    • Oh wow, you are spending a lot of time in space.

      So far I think Destiny has made good strides to get solo players more activities. They just need to work on their drop rates.


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