Destiny is a phenomenon that I still can’t quite get my head around. In one way it’s an extremely bland and shallow game that holds no more than fifteen hours of base content, but no matter how many times I curse it, I’m still coming back begging for forgiveness as soon as a new DLC is released.
Last time I have played Destiny was in December. In wake of the Dark Below release, I have downloaded the game once again and with it the ‘expansion pack’. Dark Below, was and still is an extremely disappointing addition to Destiny. The story that entailed the DLC was short and insignificant, and same goes for the strikes and the raid that featured within it.
After I’ve achieved everything there was to achieve within the depths of the Dark Below, I have instantly deleted the game of my hard drive. After doing so I’ve promised myself that I’ll never plat this game again. However, as it turned out, this is not the case.
Destiny‘s newest addition is available to download now, as its released on May 19th, and it is going to cost you a lot. Just like its immediate predecessor, ‘House of Wolves’ costs $24.99/£19.99, and arguably, its horrendously irrational price tag is its biggest problem.
House Of Wolves Is Nothing More But Daylight Robbery
I currently reside in United Kingdom, and if not for the fact I own the season pass, I probably wouldn’t have purchased Destiny’s newest expansion. Unless you’re fanatically in love with Destiny, and justify the purchase of its newest add-on it’s still the same experience. The ‘story mode’ that is included within the pack, can be finished under two hours, and is nothing but a barrier from playing the rest of what the expansion has to offer. Same as with the Dark Below, House of Wolves’ story is short, vague, and so unbelievably dull that you’ll probably lose interest in it during the very first mission.
Once finished with the obstacle you’ll allowed to access the Prison of Elders. Titular Prison is a survival arena that has you fight waves of enemies, while taking care of the objectives that are thrown at you one after the other. The prison itself is composed of five separate areas. First is the airlock, it’s a starting area which is linked directly to the other four rooms, and each of them represents a different type of enemy. On your way to ultimate glory you’ll fight Vex, Fallen, Hive and Cabal in no particular order, as each time you enter The Prison of Elders your encounters will vary. First four rounds are against each race of adversaries, and once all have been defeated you’ll face the ultimate challenge which will see you fight a horde of constantly spawning enemies and a single boss.
Once you pulverize all that stand in your way, the next challenge is the vault, but before you access it you will need to possess a key which can be acquired through a variety of mundane activities. This will reward you with crafting materials, strange coins, and few occasional motes of light. However like usual in Destiny, your first chest will always contain minimal rewards forcing you to repeat story mode.
Ultimately, House of Wolves is more Destiny. Yes it does have an all ‘new’ survival mode in form of the Prison of Elders, but ultimately it is just like the rest of what Destiny has to offer. A short, bland and, impact-less feature that will only be as engaging as you are vein. Destiny that is fed by your vanity with the more you concentrate on the armor and firearms that you can possibly acquire, the more appealing the game is going to be. I am an extremely vein person, but my need of new and shiny equipment has now completely perished in the newest expansion.
Ultimately some games and expansions can be like the famous ‘box of chocolates’ as they will serve you with something new and enticing every time you turn a corner. Whereas, House of Wolves, is like a cheap chocolate bar. Every piece of it is exactly the same as the other. It is satisfying, but, there will come a point where it will make you sick, and you’ll turn your back to it as the insipid taste that it has to offer will be of no interest to you.