On Tuesday I ripped open the Amazon box and quickly put The Taken King Edition of Destiny in my Xbox to begin the long download time. I started it and then watched a TV show with my wife, (The Goldbergs, hilarious by the way). Upon its conclusion she left to begin putting my daughter to bed and before I went to help with those efforts I loaded the Taken King downloadable content into the queue for download as well. Destiny was at 71% and I felt good that when I came back downstairs it would be locked and loaded. All told I would imagine it took an hour to get all the content. Chris and I agreed that our first foray would be Wednesday night so he could finish his hellish project at work. But I found out there was a prologue level of sorts that we would need to play first before we could join forces. So I built my character and got started. The game allows for choice between Humans, and Fallen Human Type which unnatural skin tone, and a sentient robot class. You can specify a gender so I assume the robots are not asexual. I chose a human male which my wife might jokingly say is a real stretch. The customization is not very deep, like my beard could not be recreated, nor my glasses, etc. So I do not feel a real personal connection to my created character, but I decided he is a cool dude. He likes long walks on the beach, drinks high-end Whiskey, and prefers to snipe villains while his cape billows in a cinematic fashion behind him. Oh by the way, I have a cape. The game has 3 classes, and while Chris was not on to make his selection I imagined he would prefer the brutish simplicity of the Titan class, or the power wielding Warlock so I chose the Hunter which seems to be a mix of a sniper and rogue from classic RPG tropes. Each one has a unique décor item and mine is a cape, which is the king of all flair attire. The whole sequence in The Incredibles bashing on capes is nonsense, you need only take in the visage of silver tongued rogue Lando Calrissian and know that you have chosen the right mentor and hero. With his likeness in mind I roll through the prologue level with relative ease and learn how the basic gameplay works. It is rather straightforward for a FPS in its play, but upon arriving at the Hub of social gathering in the Destiny world I start to find some unique factions to align with and some neat items to aspire to and loot. The game also seems to have a micro-transaction booth where you can buy animations that I imagine would be exclusively done on top of vanquished foes. You are given only enough for a basic movement like pointing or shrugging, but if you plop down 5-10 bucks you can literally do “The Carlton” or the famed “Apache” dance on the grave of thine enemy. I promised Chris I would play no more so I turn off the game pondering whether or not I will need to demonstrate my prowess in such a way. WWLD (What would Lando Do?) Next time I am on I will see if they have a wink and a grin animation option.
Wednesday night, I hurry through putting my daughter to bed and even give my wife a little wine so she is more forgiving of my quick escape to play Destiny. Then I get a text from Chris “I have to cancel Destiny tonight, work is kicking my @$$”. He goes on to count the hours worked in the last 3 days and it is 40 hours, so he “claims” he cannot see straight. As straightness is important in shooting, running, and Republican Conventions I allow him this evening to get sleep. So already a casualty in the group MMO battle for us busy dads. We made a pact to not play without the other until we reached the level cap of 40 (we start at 25 with this edition so we can get busy quickly) so this means that I have to play something else in this time I had set aside. Instead I watch TV with my wife and no video games were played at all. We recommit to another evening this week, and once it happens the second chapter will be underway and we will find out who Chris chose to emulate with his digital avatar and whether or not I made a mistake attaching my dreams to his availability.