Top five discoveries in Destiny: The Dark Below
The new Raid is the real meat of this expansion, offering another gauntlet of seemingly endless enemy hordes, obtuse puzzles that require full team coordination and one of Destiny’s toughest boss battles to date. For the best experience, go into it blind with a full Fireteam and try to work it all out for yourselves – it’s far more satisfying than just following guides.
HUSK OF THE PIT
New enemies called Blades Of Crota regularly pop up on Earth and the Moon during missions, with this seemingly awful Common rarity weapon a rare drop from these bad boys. While many will simply throw it away, it’s Destiny’s Magikarp – level it up and it’ll evolve into a Legendary Auto Rifle, then again into an Exotic with rare materials from the Hard version of Crota’s End.
Even before the expansion, weekly events were a highlight of Destiny and while the likes of Queen’s Wrath and Iron Banner launched in clearly unfinished states, these timed events are only getting better. Based on the last run of the Banner, it seems as though you’ll need the expansion to take part in some (maybe all) of these, so there’s some long-term value in the upgrade.
In a clear move to avoid pay-to-win accusations, most of the improved weapons and armour added in Destiny’s first expansion are available to all. Vault Of Glass veterans were annoyed by the fact that vendor gear outclassed the old Raid gear they’d toiled over earning and upgrading, but with the base level of the game’s most challenging weekly events like the Nightfall rising from 28 to 30, it’s a necessary move to keep people playing.
The Crucible maps don’t seem to be mentioned all that much in discussion of The Dark Below, and that’s a bit of an oversight. FPS players will be used to shelling out for map packs, with this pack offering more than that to justify its higher price point. The three new ones vary in quality, from the tense close-quarters Hive arena of The Cauldron to the multi-tiered Pantheon. Skyshock is the weakest by far – it’s simply too big.