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  Destiny Limited Hard-Cover Edition Strategy Guide

YOUR HERO. YOUR STORY. YOUR LEGEND.

Now is the time, Guardian. Arm yourself to defend the last safe city on Earth. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system and reclaim what was lost. Use your light to fight our enemies and push back the darkness. Though many challenges stand in your way, hope is not lost…Become the great legend that you were always meant to be. Fulfill your Destiny!


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Genre: Shooter    Platform: Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, and PS3

     Destiny Signature Series Strategy Guide

YOUR HERO. YOUR STORY. YOUR LEGEND.

Now is the time, Guardian. Arm yourself to defend the last safe city on Earth. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system and reclaim what was lost. Use your light to fight our enemies and push back the darkness. Though many challenges stand in your way, hope is not lost…Become the great legend that you were always meant to be. Fulfill your Destiny!


The Missions: Your guide to the missions, patrols, public events, and strikes within

the solar system of Destiny. Reclaim hidden chests and Ghosts.


The Field Manual: Learn the best ways to outfit your Guardian to suit your playstyle. Tips and strategies for creating your build and maximizing your performance in both player-vs.-player and player-vs.-environment gametypes.


The Armory: Discover the hidden values associated with all types of in-game gear. Equip yourself with the best gear for your playstyle and learn how each item mod affects your weapons and armor.


The Multiplayer Crucible: Tips and tactics learned on site at Bungie. Learn how to adjust your Guardian’s abilities and gear to dish out maximum carnage in multiplayer games.


Bonus: Includes access to a digital version of the strategy guide!

The DESTINY soft-cover version is a 400 page volume that acted as a play manual for me while I was heavily involved in PS3 action. I began by putting in the DVD and then had to wait a considerable amount of time - nearly 30 minutes - while the 5.96GB transferred across. 

The story begins long after the Traveller had arrived on Earth and through its power habitable cities were built on Mars and Venus and things were looking good for all of mankind. But the Traveller was followed by an entity that man has named the Darkness, and this evil has turned all the good the Traveller did upside down. This is also where the game begins.

      

Using the guide to assist my choices I selected the AWOKEN race from the three on offer, the other two being HUMAN and EXO. Each race looks different (naturally) and can be customised to a certain degree. All of this is aesthetic as all charcater races have the same possibilities during the game. The differences for play come when you get to the next selection phase: Character Class and Abilities. This is where the FIELD MANUAL section of the book was an absolute boon to me.

The three Classes are Titan, Hunter and Warlock. Each class has 2 sub-classes and 6 different grenades (3 for each sub class). The sub-classes are STRIKER and DEFENDER (TITAN), GUNSLINGER and BLADEDANCER (HUNTER) and VOIDWALKER and SUNSINGER (WARLOCK). While it may be fun to try each out in the game it is also time consuming. Using the Brady Guide I was able to choose from a menu rather than trial and error. Seeing as each class and sub-class are so varied and that each grenade has such a totally different effect it is best to read through the guide before selecting your Class and sub-class; you aren't really afforded this luxury when you go into the game without prior or, on hand, knowledge. The game allows you to use general movements (such as jump) in various ways depending on your class. Titans can jump fairly high, Warlocks can glide as if on warm air currents and the Hunter can jump jump and jump. Melee is another basic ability affected by your selection. Without the BRADY GUIDE I would have been in a state of frustrated confusion trying to decipher the variable combinations available when you take all thing possible under consideration.

   

Your character, once chosen, is a Guardian. Mainly you will be exploring and entering combat against the minions of the Darkness but there are times when you will enter an area, a zone if you like, where other Guardians wonder freely. This is a Private Zone and will generally be found in an interior area beginning or continuing a specific mission. Speaking of missions and stories, the game begins at the Tower in the desolate Cosmodrome area which used to be Russia. It is a land where survival is not expected and unless you quickly find the Rifle you will not survive more than a few moments. You may have to dodge past a few of the FALLEN before you get to it but any direct contact with them while you are unarmed will almost certainly end up very badly for you. Luckily there is an entity who will guide you to the gun. The Fallen you will encounter to begin with are DREGS and very easy to deal with once you are armed, however once you come up against the VANDALS you need to despatch them quickly and efficiently as they are quite a lot tougher and thus a preemption of what is to come.  Once again I came to thank the Guide book, not only because I knew what to expect but also because of the maps, these really helped me get through this section - although I have to admit to being a bit blasé about this knowkedge and thus ended up more than a bit dead. Respawning isn't a problem though, it is quick and safe - you don't come back exactly where you died just so you get killed again immediately, you spawn in a safe place where you can take stock before going into the fray again.

   

The guide book is set out with the aforementioned Field Manual, the weapons and equipment glossary (the Armory), and throughout there are the Missions. The ARMORY is brilliantly set out as a series of graph charts for all the different weapons and variations. Then there are the tables that fully describe the weapons and equipment (scopes, sights, ranges, optics, barrels etc) which are laid out in spreadsheet fashion. 

The previously mentioned Ghost is not the only one you will encounter - the Guide has lists of the hints the Ghosts have to offer. (I did think it was amusing that under the MARS section of the book on page 199 the heading for such a list is "Bungie's Dead Ghost Hint" - "Dead Ghosts" ? Are there any other kind ?

The game itself is a rip-roaring stonker of an action adventure. It is fast and it is unforgiving if you make an error, though it's forgivance is in the (aforementioned) respawning. This genre of game is usually quite exciting but this is real edge-of-seat exhilerating exploitation of the PS3s graphics,sounds and overall gameplay abilities. It's difficult to explain why DESTINY is one of the better games in this genre I can only say that it has what has been described as, the now over-used, X-Factor. It is like a culmination of so many all-action games and could well carry the mantle of the ultimate action-adventure title, at least of 2014.

    

In the past I have actively encouraged readers and visitors to use the BRADY BOOKS STRATEGY SIGNATURE SERIES GAME GUIDES and I have always used them myself when possible to assist during gameplay, but in this case the BRADYGAMES, DESTINY game guide, beit the superb soft-cover version or the expansive (please note that I said "expansive" and not "expensive") hard-cover limited elite edition, is the bees-knees. Without it I wouldn't have found as much, done as much or enjoyed the game as much. It is so good that BUNGIE should consider a reissue of the game with the game guide as part of the bundle. The Ultimate Game with the Ultimate Guide - that would make a great copy title for the console magazines and online game magazines and blogs. and then came an expansion ......

Beneath the surface of the Moon, a long-forgotten enemy wakes . . .

Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below Gears Up to Expand the Destiny Adventure on 9th December

London, UK - 29th October, 2014 – Activision and Bungie today announced that Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below will be available for download on December 9thThe Dark Below marks the first expansion to the universe since Destiny’s record-breaking launch in September and features all-new weapons and gear to earn through new story, co-operative and multiplayer activities.

Destiny was created as a living universe, which has allowed us to improve the experience post launch in real-time,” says Harold Ryan, President of Bungie. “It also gives us insight into the things players are looking for in new content. We’ve seen from feedback that people want new activities, gear and weapons and of course the immensely popular Raid. The community helps shape our development decisions and that’s really important to us.”

Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below will feature the following:

o   New weapons, armour and gear to earn, including Legendary and Exotic items

o   Light Level cap raised to 32 and five additional Bounty slots added

o   New story quests and missions – after years hiding amongst the Hive shadows, a new character, Eris, has come forth bearing an ominous warning: The Hive seek to summon a god, Crota, to destroy the Earth. Find Eris in the Tower to take on special quests that include three new missions where you will increase your Light and earn new rewards

o   New co-operative Strike, The Will of Crota, pits you and your Fireteam against Omnigul as she works to expand the Hive army at the command of her master, Crota

o   Three new competitive multiplayer arenas

§  Pantheon – set deep within the Black Garden in an ancient Vex temple that features Vex-designed landscapes and tight corridors

§  Skyshock – an old interplanetary defence array that offers both vehicle and infantry engagements

§  The Cauldron – an abandoned Hive ritual site that offers close-quarter combat

o   New six-player Raid, Crota’s End, set deep within the depths of the Hellmouth

o   PlayStation platforms will also get access to an exclusive co-operative Strike, The Undying Mind and an exotic weapon, and more (timed exclusive until at least Autumn 2015)

Players can purchase The Dark Below individually (£19.99), or as part of the Destiny Expansion Pass (£34.99), which includes both Expansion I and Expansion II, on PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

The community can interact directly with the developers at www.Bungie.netwww.facebook.com/Bungie and @Bungie on Twitter. For game information, they can visit www.DestinyTheGame.com and follow the official Destiny social channels at www.facebook.com/DestinyTheGame and @DestinyTheGame on Twitter. 

 

© Chris Baylis 2011-2015