Friday, 30 September 2016

Destiny - Tips for Beginners




With the release of Rise of Iron, more people than ever will be hopping onto Destiny for the first time.



Destiny title screen

This is a short yet (hopefully) sweet little cache of beginner’s tips to help those newbies take their first steps on the road to greatness, or the wrong end of a Knight’s cleaver.

·         Class doesn’t really matter – It’s the age-old dilemma: which starting class to choose? You get three choices in Destiny – Warlock, Hunter or Titan – and each have their own skill trees and armour. You also get three character slots though, so if you want you can have a go with all of them.

They can use exactly the same weapon types; Hunters, despite the name, aren’t limited to sniper rifles, nor Titans to shotguns. You can build whatever the hell kinda class you want – the only difference will be the skills on offer, and base stats such as health (understandably, a Titan is a bit tougher than a Hunter).
Then again, if you want to feel like Emperor Palpatine then the Warlock is totally the way to go. #justsayin

·         Xander 99-40 – Sure, you might not feel like Boba Fett when you complete these pretty simple bounties from Xander 99-40 (found in the Tower area), but they are extremely important for levelling.

Xander 99-40 refreshes his bounties every day, so it’s wise to visit him before going anywhere else. Completed bounties give a massive amount of xp towards your level progression and item upgrades, so it’s worth remembering to pick up the easy ones – stuff like kill 50 Fallen and suchlike. Seriously, at lower levels just a couple of completed bounties can result in levelling up.

But just how do you complete them? You’ve achieved the objective, but the bounty symbol is still yellow. What gives?

Players who aren’t fans of fetch quests needn’t worry; you can complete bounties at any time, from anywhere. Just go into the Progress tab, find the completed bounty highlighted in yellow and select it, Job done!

·         Dat crazy ol’ map – The galaxy map, while initially quite simple, gets more cluttered as the game progresses. Here are a couple of things to look out for:

o   Crucible – If PVP is more your bag then you’ll be wanting the Crucible arenas. To find them, look for the white outline of two crossed swords in top right section of the map.

o   Strikes – These are available from level 20 onwards, and are essentially dungeon runs with random matchmaking. They can give great loot, so they’re worth a shot. Just look for the sword-and shield symbol in the top right of the map.

o   Symbols – As with the above points, some things on the map may look as though they’re just decoration – they aren’t. Hover the cursor over everything and who knows what you may discover!

·         Free roaming - Those coming from an MMO background may wonder initially if the whole game is just a series of semi-scripted missions. ‘Where is the free roaming, exploration of planets?’ one might ask as they cheerfully defend another objective from the irrepressible Fallen.

Fear not! You can indeed explore a series of connected regions on each planet to your heart’s content – all you have to do is open up the galaxy map, find a planet, select the marker shaped like an arrow on the planet’s surface (i.e. not a mission star) and Hey Presto! You’re in.

·         Patrols – You may eventually receive a mission to do a certain number of different patrols. This is ultimately confusing as Destiny doesn’t really explain what they are or how to do them.

To complete patrols you need to open up the galaxy map, find a planet, select the marker shaped like an arrow on the planet’s surface (i.e. not a mission star) [déjà vu anyone?]. Once you’re free roaming on the planet, you should receive patrol markers come up on the HUD; just locate and activate them and you get a mission objective to complete. Huzzah!

It’s also worth noting that doing patrols, and exploring in general, is a good way to collect materials needed later for upgrading weapons and armour.

·         Random Events and how to find them – Have you ever been out walking when suddenly a horde of aliens emerges from a cunningly hidden dropship? Thankfully I’m talking about Destiny’s random events and not real life – though that would be quite cool, wouldn’t it?

These events can occur, as the name suggests, fairly randomly in any zone on a planet which isn’t an instanced location. What this means is that you won’t get a Taken invasion in the middle of a crucial boss fight, but that you can take part in random events in open zones even while technically doing a mission. Essentially, anywhere that you can see other players (who aren’t your fire team) these events can crop up.

Having said that, it’s often a struggle to find these events if they really tickle your fancy. So, here’s a handy website to help you do just that.

Got any more tips n tricks which haven’t been put in this article through sheer laziness? Let me know in the comments!


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