Today is a day that many gamers have been looking forward to for quite a while, because it brings the opportunity to expand their Guardian’s legend in the expansive world of Bungie’s MMO-style first-person shooter, Destiny.
Today, Bungie released “House of Wolves,” the second expansion to the game that became the highest selling new IP in video game history when it was released last fall. Released on its own or as part of the discounted “expansion pass” — which includes both the first pack “The Dark Below” and today’s release for a slightly smaller price — “House of Wolves” brings with it new story missions, three new multiplayer maps for the game’s “Crucible” mode, as well as the thing that will keep players coming back again and again: brand new gear, weapons, and armor. “House of Wolves” also includes a new co-op “strike” mission, as well as other smaller perks like armor shaders, themed emblems, and player ships.
Probably one of the most ambitious games of the last several years, Destiny attempts to take the tried-and-true formula of the MMORPG and apply it to the framework of a hardcore first-person shooter. Repetition is the name of the game, as you often have to run the same set of missions multiple times in order to acquire new sets of gear, weapons, and armor. Although receiving generally positive reviews upon its release, some outlets and gamers expressed frustration at the elusive and overly-cryptic formulation of the story, which isn’t very accessible for people not used to Bungie’s sometimes convoluted methodology.
In our own review of the game, we felt that the gameplay and scope were both top of the line, but we had a bit of an issue finding a way into the minds of the characters, and the stakes that everyone was fighting for.
“House of Wolves” can be purchased individually on the Xbox Games Store or PlayStation Store for $19.99, or you can acquire both “House of Wolves” and “The Dark Below” in the game’s “expansion pass” for $34.99. Bungie has stated that they have a 10-year plan for Destiny, so this is likely not the last bit of downloadable content that will be released for the game. For more on the future of Destiny as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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