It’s now two weeks into the launch of Destiny 2 Forsaken, and I am not bored. The “lack of content” the masses had previously complained about with the first two DLC installments of Destiny 2 is not an issue here. This expansion is massive and it has taken me the entirety of the two weeks to just barely squeak by a 520 light level towards the max cap of 600. The grind is no casual matter. I personally have been at it an average of four hours a day and have finished the campaign with two characters. The epic story is very emotional and sad, and ended with an extended sigh after the emotional roller coaster. However, this was only the beginning of Forsaken and now the gravity of how much is going on here will begin to sink in. There are so many new systems at play here that it really is a lot to take in, so I will only focus on a few of these new aspects this week.
Players may be wondering what to after finishing the campaign, so first off, before you do anything else, grab as many bounties as possible for your planned activity. Just about every vendor has them and you will need them to get extra gear and for powerful engrams to increase your light level. Hawthorne also has them for clan experience and some of these must be done with clan mates. A lot of these are completed merely by just playing a certain activity or by clearing out enemies in a specific area. Or if you want to model yourself as a bounty hunter you can visit Spider in The Tangled Shore and he will have you track down escapees from The Prison of Elders.
There is a huge and very beautiful area yet to be unlocked that is going to take a bit of time and maybe some assistance from friends. It’s a multi-step quest to gain access to The Dreaming City and it begins with repairing The Awoken Amulet by doing a few steps for Spider. And by a few steps I mean it will take you a while to visit different locations, kill a ton of enemies, do a specific public event, and finally, complete a fairly difficult solo mission. The mission can be done with friends and this of course makes it a bit easier. Once you have completed all of this you are free to fast travel to The Dreaming City, an ever changing and absolutely gorgeous new area that also happens to be the most difficult area of Forsaken. It is also the home of the current end game activities and many things that will most likely blow your mind if it doesn’t kill you repeatedly first. Petra Venj is here and hands out bounties and area specific items for trade. I am not going to spoil this with details and will do a full write up on the area later. As a warning though, her bounties are the toughest, even above Spider’s escapee of the week.
There are tons more things to discuss, but this week happens to be the first Iron Banner of Forsaken so head up to Lord Saladin and grab your bounties before starting. Once again we are playing Control and it is pretty lopsided. Most seasoned vets are going all out and racking up big scores by preying on the weaker and inexperienced players. However, I have witnessed people just standing near capture points and not moving except to fire at attackers. This could be due to the influx of new players to the game with the massive resurgence since the update. Iron Banner is not for the timid and your light level does count this time around compared to Crucible where there is a level playing field. It is also difficult to counter weapon types now that random rolls are back and you really have no idea what people have in their hands. With the new meta it could be anything and it has changed the game. Luckily, Bungie has anticipated this and blessed us with some awesome rewards. There are six new guns and a new and an incredible looking armor set for this season. Keep an eye out for Talons of the Eagle, a scout rifle that has since changed the game up a bit for me. There is also a rocket launcher that has been dropping with tracking and cluster bombs that could very well be useful outside of PVP. The tokens and rewards seem to come pretty fast and you should have some gear from the event pretty quickly. So, grab your fire team and get out there, Guardian!
To wrap things up for this week, there is an overwhelming amount of things to do now and I can’t cover it all at once. There will be a weekly update, so keep checking back to Electric Bento. Forsaken is absolutely amazing and the game fans have been wanting since the launch of Destiny 2. Destiny is back in a huge way and there is plenty to keep players busy. If you have been waiting to try it out or if you are a player considering making a return to the game, now is the time. Forsaken is massive, glorious, and amazingly fun. I hope to see you out there.
Destiny 2 Forsaken is available now for Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Purchases are available here.