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Destiny finally finds its groove with House of Wolves

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Cast your minds back to last year. It’s September 2014, and the most anticipated and hyped game of the year, Destiny, has finally landed. And it’s somehow both great and terrible. There’s a ton of content available in the vanilla edition of the game, but it’s hardly explained. There’s a wall that’s quickly hit, with the first DLC expansion The Dark Below, not exactly patching things up. House of Wolves will most likely end up being just as polarising as Destiny itself. But it does so with an absolute ton of new content that gives the game the upgrade that it needs.

The Dark Below was not the second chance that Destiny deserved. It was too short, the new raids and modes felt meagre and the expansion was thoroughly underwhelming. House of Wolves doesn’t suffer from that, and is instead overwhelming with all that it offers. It’s still heavily skewed in favour of Crucible players who get the bulk of the DLC and what it has to offer, but at least those players who stick around for the story will have something more to do.

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And what a silly story it is. The thing is, Destiny is well aware of its cosmic space opera being perceived as slightly silly, and have decided to run with that idea instead of burying it. The end result? A game expansion that doesn’t take itself too seriously, and actually decides to have some fun. The Dark Below may have succeeded in adding more variety to story missions in Destiny, but House of Wolves improves on that formula even further. Again, its going to be polarising for some players, but having the ridiculously-named Petra Venj (Pet Revenge as I call her) eavesdrop on you and crack a few jokes, makes for a fun game overall.

The universe just got a little bit bigger

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There’s a certain flow in Destiny. Do a couple of missions, pick up a few decohedrant engrams and hit the tower to decode them, while claiming a new bounty or two. House of Wolves throws in a brand new social space over in cosmic wastes of the Reef, which now means that there are two places to check out every day for bonuses and bounties. Yes, this made me ridiculously happy as I break my standard formula of shooting, looting and tower-visiting. Throw in some new bounties, strikes, raids and Destiny finally feels like it has enough content to wallow around in and live up to its MMO aspirations.

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Hell, even going for a patrol on the Moon or in the wastes of the Russian Cosmodrome feels worthwhile again. Petra Venj’s Queen bounties feel somewhat like a quick event, as you scour the wastes for certain Fallen targets. Don’t be too surprised to run into a Fallen with a bounty on his head, as you’ll soon find yourself joined by other Guardians on the hunt for the turncoat wolves. But above all that, it feels good to explore once again and invest some time in the game.

Guns, guns guns…and gear

Venetian Destiny

A new expansion means new weapons. But in House of Wolves, your trusty firearms are getting a makeover. Bungie has taken some of the grind out of guns, with challenges and Etheric Light drops now able to amp your damage and other bonuses on your rare death-dealers. A gunsmith can help reforge legendary weapons, giving you a chance to gamble on obtaining new perks as you work your way through to obtaining the best gun to suit your particular Guardian. That, and the actual design of these weapons looks quite spiffy.

Even older guns are getting in on this action, with any legendary weapon now able to be upgraded in order to make it worthy of the hardest level 34 challenges. It’s time to dust off your hand cannon and truly get The Last Word in. Etheric Light now also allows for players to better customise their armour, further increasing your own personal stake in the look of your Guardian and hit that hallowed level 34 cap, boosting your armour and giving it the love that it deserves.

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Right now however, I’m saving up for a new spaceship for my Warlock. I don’t need it. I really don’t. But it’s there and I want it dammit. And then there’s the latest addition to the Destiny arsenal: pistols. Pet Revenge will gift you a free taste of the new Pistol class during a story mission, giving you a beautiful space-equalizer by the name of Vestian Destiny that deals around 331 damage. It’s a mix between a hand cannon and a heavy machine gun essentially, as pistols spit out enormous amounts of ammunition towards your foes while dealing a decent and stable amount of damage. In other words, say hello to my little friend…

Walk like an Egyptian

trials

Crucible players as I mentioned, still get the most love. With the Trials of Osiris, those players who find themselves regularly buggered by a touchy loot system can go for broke and attempt to win nine straight matches every week in some classic PvP action. The benefit of this being that those elite players will then get access to an elite loot chest on the planet Mercury. And that’s something special. Because now every weekend, is a Destiny weekend that’s worth a shot at undertaking these trials in the quest for better number-crunching pieces of loot. It’s a multiplayer event that Bungie can easily build on, and it’ll most likely be responsible for many a broken controller as players strive for that perfect 9-win finish.

And then there’s the Prison of Elders. Easily my favourite piece of the expansion. It’s horde mode for Destiny, as you deal with waves of enemies and surprisingly decent loot drops between levels 28 and 32. Destiny’s Horde-mode quickly becomes harde-mode, necessitating strong teamwork within the massive arenas as your fireteam faces the worst possible odds, easily capable of breaking you. But it’s a mode that’ll give you plenty of hours of fun.

Hungry like the wolf

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I’ve barely scratched the surface of House of Wolves. It’s a massive new addition to Destiny, and much like the core game itself, it’ll benefit players who are in it for the long-run. There’s still so much to uncover, and like I said, some of it may be polarising. But it’ll still be fun discovering everything that House of Wolves adds to the game, or breaks inside of it in the months to come.

Last Updated: May 26, 2015

55 Comments

  1. The evens that i can’t….

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  2. Blood Emperor Trevor

    May 26, 2015 at 12:06

    I don’t think D knows how much a ton is.

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    • The D

      May 26, 2015 at 12:08

      It’s approximately how much one of my over-sized testicles weigh.

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      • Blood Emperor Trevor

        May 26, 2015 at 12:10

        Something borrowed, something blue. ;P

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      • Trevor Matrix

        May 26, 2015 at 12:13

        Oooh. That sounds nasty. Should have a doc check it out. Or wank a bit more. Don’t worry though, you won’t give birth to little hands.

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        • The D

          May 26, 2015 at 12:16

          Or I can stop slamming my junk in a microwave when winter gets too cold.

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          • Trevor Matrix

            May 26, 2015 at 12:18

            Mutant Junk? Cool! Hey! At last you will have DragonBallZ in real life!

          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 12:20

          • Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

            May 26, 2015 at 12:26

            That is disturbing on so many levels.

          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 12:31

            He did it for medical marijuana and lot’s of people followed suite. In the end they were all hopping down the street on their balls.

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            May 27, 2015 at 14:24

            That was a great episode! hahaha! Didn’t he microwave his balls to get cancer?

          • Hammersteyn

            May 27, 2015 at 14:35

            Yup and that enabled him to buy marijuana

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            May 27, 2015 at 14:44

            As any sane man would… hahahah! That reminds me, I haven’t seen the latest season of South Park…. :/

          • Hammersteyn

            May 27, 2015 at 14:48

            Same here…..or the last three O_o

      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 26, 2015 at 12:15

        He said ton, not micron

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        • Hammersteyn

          May 26, 2015 at 12:16

          He weighed the D as well?

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          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 12:19

            It is possible he did, anyone who cremates meat like he does has strange likes/dislikes

  3. Hammersteyn

    May 26, 2015 at 12:12

    I got tired of grinding in Destiny. Maybe a in year or so I’ll go back to it, depending on how amped the people I used to play with are.

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    • Ir0nseraph

      May 26, 2015 at 12:17

      O well a shot of whiskey and I will join you , a bit disappointed that horde mode doesn’t bring level 34 weapons and armour though.

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 26, 2015 at 12:19

        I haven’t even gone through all the changes, but that’s the other thing. You almost need manual to figure out how to get all the great gear.

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        • Ir0nseraph

          May 26, 2015 at 12:19

          Yeah that or a Serbian that kept up to date .

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 12:20

            LOL!

          • Nikola

            May 26, 2015 at 14:02

            Hey!!! CHeap shot there not all of us have amazing Pretoria internet;) hahahaha

          • Ir0nseraph

            May 26, 2015 at 18:55

            My dear man that was supposed to be a compliment.

          • Moz Bourne

            May 26, 2015 at 18:44

            He isn’t Serbian, but I have a gamer friend who does that. he is a Lv 33, and I am a Lv 5…He loves to play Mass Murderer, and I generally follow along and try not to die, as I get like, 5 kills, and he gets 104…True stats after a mission…BUT, he knows the game inside out, and helps keep me from wandering aimlessly for hours trying to defeat the endless waves of bad things…lol! Everyone should have a Lv 33 or 34 at the beginning, they are FAR more valuable than the stupid, “called in the performance,” dead voiced Ghost. You die far less, and can enjoy the action far more. Thank you Smokeyt2014!!!

      • Hammersteyn

        May 26, 2015 at 12:26

        At least I can grind with you…..no wait…not like that…..

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        • Ir0nseraph

          May 26, 2015 at 12:32

          LoooL

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    • Nikola

      May 26, 2015 at 14:02

      I am sooooooooo NOT amped lol! After Witcher we can get back into it!

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    • 40 Insane Frogs

      May 27, 2015 at 14:25

      Aye, same here.

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  4. Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

    May 26, 2015 at 12:14

    I’m a bit surprised it hasn’t come to PC yet.

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    • Admiral Chief's Adventure

      May 26, 2015 at 12:15

      Indeed, as am I, however, not really phased

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      • Hammersteyn

        May 26, 2015 at 12:17

        It really is an awesome FPS game. But you’ll just wake up one day and not feel like grinding anymore.

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        • Admiral Chief's Adventure

          May 26, 2015 at 12:18

          Hence why I have fun on Auraxis, for free

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    • Hammersteyn

      May 26, 2015 at 12:22

      Why, so that it can be hacked,modded and pirated like GTA?

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      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 26, 2015 at 12:24

        xD

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      • Kensei Seraph - Terran Ghost

        May 26, 2015 at 12:36

        Who wouldn’t want to see a Mass Effect mod for Destiny?

        Reply

  5. Andy Thomas

    May 26, 2015 at 12:41

    ????? Moreable person wants to Earn money At home .. Its best opprutunity for you,,, i just got paid 160 usd per day …Make A huge profit just doing Simple Tasks……. Last saturday I got a great Alfa Romeo after I been earning $9498 this past four weeks and a little over 10k lass month . with-out a doubt this is the nicest-work Ive ever had . I actually started 4 months ago and pretty much immediately began to make more than $89.. per-hour . find out here now ->

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    • Andy Thomas

      May 26, 2015 at 12:41

      ????? Moreable person wants to Earn money At home .. Its best opprutunity for you,,, i just got paid 160 usd per day …Make A huge profit just doing Simple Tasks……. Last saturday I got a great Alfa Romeo after I been earning $9498 this past four weeks and a little over 10k lass month . with-out a doubt this is the nicest-work Ive ever had . I actually started 4 months ago and pretty much immediately began to make more than $89.. per-hour . find out here now ->

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  6. Admiral Chief's Adventure

    May 26, 2015 at 12:44

    Now I’ve seen something new. A spambot, spamming another spambot! (I’ve deleted them, but man, so weird!)

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    • RinceTheElfRoot

      May 26, 2015 at 13:01

      Make sure you block them too. Not sure if you are, often see they are deleted but accounts not blocked.

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      • Admiral Chief's Adventure

        May 26, 2015 at 13:03

        That would be Private STYN’s doing, I ALWAYS blacklist retroactively with the HAMMER OF TIME

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        • RinceTheElfRoot

          May 26, 2015 at 13:09

          Agreed. I suspected his cowedly actions would be to blame. Perhaps we should think
          about arming him with something more than pompoms. He looked so happy in pink last time http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20110906225453/glee/images/0/0b/Lauren_pom_poms_%281%29.gif

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          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 13:12

            *Sits on Rince

          • RinceTheElfRoot

            May 26, 2015 at 13:13

            Ha, at that size I can run away from you! *RUNS

          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 13:20

            *Rolls

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 13:14

            STYN uses gravity, it is super effective!

        • Hammersteyn

          May 26, 2015 at 13:12

          As do I

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          • RinceTheElfRoot

            May 26, 2015 at 13:14

            What’s this talking back, insubordination?!

          • Admiral Chief's Adventure

            May 26, 2015 at 13:14

            Flippen STYN

          • Hammersteyn

            May 26, 2015 at 13:20

            Shut it before I tell Darryn on you.

  7. RinceTheElfRoot

    May 26, 2015 at 12:58

    I’m actually happy to read this. A lot of people were let down, hopefully this will cheer them up.

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  8. Jonah Cash

    May 26, 2015 at 13:43

    I am 100% on the other side of this… so sad, this was easily my favourite game since September last year till two weeks ago. Maybe I will try and be social and get into the Trials of Osiris and the Prison of Elders. Otherwise I will just wait for the Iron Banner and get my level 32 ass handed to me for the first two again?!

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  9. Fnuik

    May 26, 2015 at 14:18

    Still waiting for more of the D’s destiny diary, or should we call it tripple D (DDD)

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  10. Dawid Eduard Roestorf

    May 26, 2015 at 14:20

    I cannot agree with your review of House of Wolves.

    Upgrading your weapons have become even more of a mission than before, as now you have to farm for etheric light, which you can only get from POE and TOO.

    Also, yes, HOW feels new, but in the end you end up farming for keys, which means go to an area, sit around and wait for the wolves to come, kill them, look for the chest, rinse and repeat for hours on end.

    Honestly, the HOW expansion has made things worse.

    Defeating POE lvl35 the first time was awesome. Got the ship there. Defeating it a second time, we are good enough. But no ship, only crappy legendary gun.

    Another problem, if you had a raid team of six, you cannot be in the same part doing POE, as everybody is shouting over each other. So it means you have to mute each other. It is crap. What they have done is broken raid teams for a new activity where the hardest boss in the game can be beaten in 40 seconds. I actually think we may have done it in 30 seconds. That is ridiculous

    No, for me HOW is a major let down. Yet I still play it daily. It’s crazy

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  11. 40 Insane Frogs

    May 27, 2015 at 14:24

    I’d rather slit my wrists… ugh! Just the thought of subjecting myself to this grindfest makes me physically ill. Sorry D, maybe you’re right, maybe Destiny found its groove, but I just can’t… sniff…

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