I like sleep. I especially like regular sleep. As I get older, I find that I quite literally need to get eight hours of sleep each night. If I don’t, I feel miserable, physically.
Since the release of Destiny 2, my regular schedule has been completely wonky. I’ve often been feeling miserable, physically. I have been playing Destiny 2 when I should be doing other frivolous things like eating, writing, and sleeping.
It is catching up with me.
I typically write my pieces the night before I post them (e.g.: I am writing Monday’s piece on Sunday night), as I like having things done well in advance. This past week, I didn’t do that once. I was scrambling to write on the day of, and I am not a fan of that approach.
So, this week, my goal is to get back to my schedule so I don’t feel like garbage. All things in moderation.
I’ve been playing loads of Destiny 2 and, while I’m still enjoying myself, I’m starting to see more and more issues with some of the changes that were made to systems that were fine as is (e.g.: shaders, weapon and armor infusions). Even though I’m doing everything I should be doing to level up, the drops are all off. In OG Destiny, loot and engram drops were based on the level of gear you currently had equipped. This time around, Bungie said they would be based on your highest possible light level, even if those items weren’t currently equipped. Right now I’m light level 283, however every drop I’ve had for days is 274. Every engram, every reward, everything. It is infuriating. It is either a glitch, or it means I don’t need to play nearly as much since nothing seems to matter.
I also agreed to play Trials with three friends, and holy good gravy, we were TROUNCED. It was almost painful. Crucible has never been my favorite activity, and Trials is the Crucible turned up to 11. I did not have fun.
I also did not have fun the two times I tried to do the Nightfall and failed. This new time limit feature is so frustrating. I feel like so many things about Destiny 2 are about making changes simply to make changes. That’s something I can’t get behind. I feel like so much about the systems in the game that were streamlined by the end of OG Destiny’s run, have been rolled back to maximum frustration.
Case in point: I finally managed to find a pair of arms with a high enough level to infuse the pair I like. I went to infuse them…and it wouldn’t let me. It said the base power was too low…even though it was a higher level than the ones I was trying to infuse.
I was so frustrated.
Also, for weapons, you used to be able to infuse primary into primary, secondary into secondary, and heavy into heavy. It was simple and made sense. Now you have to infuse the exact same type of weapon into the exact same type of weapon. If I want to level up my sword, I have to find a better sword.
P.S. I have been trying to find a better sword for most of the week and I’ve not gotten one. It. Is. Infuriating.
Never mind that all the drops are dropping too low so even if I did manage to find a sword, chances are it wouldn’t be usable anyway.
I’ve been doing the weekly activities and even they aren’t dropping usable items like Bungie said they would.
Basically, I’m terribly frustrated. I just don’t understand why these changes were made. They are taking the systems of the game in the absolutely wrong direction. After all the progress OG Destiny made over the three years since its release, this feels like a major series of missteps. I can only hope Bungie makes appropriate adjustments to this game, too.
In the meantime, Destiny 2 and I are on the outs a bit. Don’t get me wrong: I still love Destiny, I’m just super irritated by it at the moment.
This week, my goals are to do my writing on my usual schedule of composing them the night before, getting to sleep at reasonable hours, and trying to play Destiny 2 in moderation. I feel confident all those things are doable.
What will you be playing this week? What is the next big release you are looking forward to?