Every week on The Free Cheese Podcast, we begin with a segment called Now Playing where we talk about the games that we’ve been spending time with. In this article, we’re bringing a bit of that conversation to the written word because it isn’t dead yet.
We’ll share what we’ve been playing and we encourage you to ask questions or share your own thoughts on what you’ve been playing in the comments.
This article was almost not written because I was playing Destiny 2. It’s been that much fun. What’s most surprising to me is how easily I reversed my stance. I had no interest in the original game after playing through both the alpha and beta tests. Comments echoing about the original launch of the game, its lack of story, and the heavy grind that followed just reinforced my already negative opinion. Yet, in recent years my curiosity for the Halo franchise has really picked up. I nearly bought an Xbox One a while back, and I occasionally consider it still – just to play through the Master Chief Collection. When Destiny 2 came to be and offered a similar experience, it was intriguing. As more and more buzz started to generate about this game and how much everyone playing it seems to be enjoying it, my middle finger attitude to it had to take the backseat.
In just a few nights, I reached the level cap and completed the story. I’ve started to collect some higher level gear and weapons, and I’m working myself toward becoming raid-ready. I’ve done things in games that I haven’t done in years. The simple idea of partying up with my friends suddenly reentered my life this week. I really love what I’ve experienced so far and I’m really excited to continue exploring the world. I’ve become more confident in PvP, something that I always avoid in any game like this. It feels really good to get lost in something so heavily.
I haven’t quite started the second play through but I’m excited to jump back into it when I have the chance. Despite the combat being really repetitive, I find myself enjoying it. Changes of pace happen at the right moment to keep it somewhat fresh. One moment I’m fighting in third- person and the next I’m playing top down. It’s just enough to bring variety and to camouflage the fact I’m pressing square repeatedly.
What kept me coming back was the world building. It’s not so much the narrative though. There was never a moment I said “Oh shit” out loud at a plot point or twist. I did however find myself in some of the most bizarre situations including but not limited to a robot orgy. Essentially, I’m glad I finally found the time to enjoy this game and look forward to continuing it.