Once upon a time, I spent $100 of my hard earned money on a game that promised to change video games forever. That game was Destiny. It was a shiny space shooter/RPG hybrid, made by the creators of my favorite FPS, Halo. It sounded like everything I could ever want in a game. And for a time, I was in love. I formed my fire team. I traversed the solar system, combating enemies of The Light. But then one day, it all came to a screeching halt.
Eventually, expansions to the game changed the leveling system, which ended the “forever 29” club, but there would still be a soft level cap that required gear from the newest raid to surpass. And Destiny 2 has maintained this tradition, but in a slightly different way. Now there are soft level caps at every 5 light levels starting with 265. This is especially frustrating because the minimum recommended light requirement for the new raid is 270. So, how do you get past these new level caps? The only way is to complete special weekly challenges that are guaranteed to give you better gear than what you are wearing. It sounds easy enough, but the problem with these challenges is two fold. First, they are weekly challenges, meaning that once you finish them, you have to wait until next week to continue leveling. A game shouldn’t tell you which days you are allowed to progress. It’s your game, you should be able to do what you want, when you want. If you ask me, this is just a ploy to force you to keep playing long after the release.
None of these tasks are for the faint of heart, so Destiny 2 leaves you with only 3 options: give up, do them anyway (even if it means suffering through hours and hours of agonizingly frustrating gameplay), or complete the one and only challenge that can be completed on your own, and without a clan, for a powerful reward each week. I’ve chosen option 3, and additionally hope that Cayde 6’s treasure chests will award me a good item. I find myself trapped, not it a Forever 28 cycle, but in a new cycle that has me just barely inching up in power once a week.
Here’s what I think should be done. Every item should have it’s power scaled with you throughout the entire game. I’m more than fine with a maximum drop strength at or up to 5 over your current average. Even at your average, you will be able to make progress most of the time. Right now, all items drop below your average unless they are Exotic or Powerful Rewards/Radiant Engrams. Just that small change would give me some hope that I could progress by actually playing the game. Unless something like that happens soon, I will probably abandon Destiny 2 for exactly the same reason that I abandoned the original. Are any of you having trouble with Destiny 2leveling? Do you have tips or tricks for anyone who is? Drop a comment below to talk about this or anything else.