How the Raid Virgins in Destiny changed me as a Gamer

When Destiny was first announced I wasn’t that intrigued. A new, space shooter from the creators of Halo? Surely that should be something I should have been immensely excited for? Well, here’s something to shock you dear TiX reader. I don’t like Halo. There you go, it’s out there in the open. I don’t like, and never have liked Halo. I played the first game, obviously, and tried the multiplayer madness of Halo 3. But it has just never resonated with me.

I suppose the problem is my age. And my rapidly failing reflexes. I am not old, but when the days of first-person shooters were all the rage, I was in my early thirties, and my attempts at competing in these twitch shooters left me angry, annoyed and feeling bereft of any skill whatsoever. I constantly finished bottom of the leaderboards, which led me to pick more single player, story based experiences as my gaming habits. The sometimes toxic behaviour of certain elements of the player base of any online shooter also further reinforced that decision.

There have been games that have tempted me back to shooters, but any attempt into multiplayer led back to these dark feelings, and I often finished a multiplayer session questioning why I gamed. Not just the multiplayer aspect, but all gaming in general. Like it was childish and a waste of time, as critics of the hobby still like to point out. It really had that much of a detrimental affect to my wellbeing. Some shooters, like Titanfall, were notably different and enjoyable, as they were so much fun I didn’t mind being at the bottom of the pile, and sometimes I actually found myself getting closer to the top as the controls and mechanisms started to gel with me. It also probably had something to do with the Grunts, as it meant I could get some kills in!

But that’s where Destiny came in. I fell for the hype and initially purchased the game for the single player campaign. Yes, the much maligned story mode was what dragged me in. But I was then confused. What were these “Strikes” I was reading about on social media. Then there was the light level, and strange coins, and glimmer, and grimoire. As quickly as I fell for the hype I was lost. It was too confusing and I didn’t understand it all. My son was hooked, and he talked constantly about Xur, about the upcoming raids, and what new exotic engram he’d got and, with his enthusiasm rubbing off on me, I realised that I had not given Destiny enough time and energy.

So I forced myself back in, but to start with it was still very much a single player experience for me, despite being part of a large gaming community, as most friends had chosen the PS4 for their next-gen console. So, I soldiered on alone, and the more I played the more I learnt, and the more I started to understand.

Then, one Facebook message changed everything, and I didn’t realise at the time that it would also change my gaming habits for the forseeable future. I had heard about the raids, both from my son and from social media. But again, they were still a confusing part of Destiny for me. But that message was a call. A call from raid virgins. Who were two people short of a six man team. None of whom knew anything about what the raid entailed, but wanted that experience. And I answered that call.

So, a few days later I found myself in a party with 5 other, unskilled and curious Destiny Virgins. This was in September 2015, about the time that the third raid, The Kings Fall, was being released. But we weren’t interested in The Kings Fall, we were going for the Vault of Glass. Late to the party I know, but we were going in at the start. What followed was a great deal of late night sessions, swearing, laughing and messing around whilst we attempted to solve the many puzzles or worked out how to kill certain enemies.

At times messages would pop up, informing us that we had the Mark of Negation. Eh? But we figured it out. Then there were the oracles, and we figured those out. Then the wonderful part where you had to find your way through the maze with the Gorgons. If you’ve done it you’ll have been through what I was experiencing. It was fun, it was joyful, it was exhilarating. But the most important thing was that I was working together with others to solve problems. Not trying desperately to shoot them. The Vault of Glass was completed, along with Crota a few weeks later. Then the Kings Fall was attempted, until unfortunately work schedules and real life got in the way, as it does occasionally.

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But, thats where I changed as a gamer. I had my first positive experience with Co-Op multiplayer and it was for me. Now I play Rainbow Six, GTA Online & Rocket League on a weekly basis. But always when I am part of a team, whether battling AI, or against others. And my headset that was barely used has now been replaced many times over. It also seriously started my love affair with Destiny. I was still playing daily, up until the release of Fallout 4, and then, when others were sinking all their time into that masterpiece I was still sinking days into Destiny.

And, in the coming days Destiny 2 is being released. This time I will be there from the start, striking and raiding on a very regular basis. And I won’t be alone. My team will be there with me.

Road Rage gets an official release date

Road Rash is coming back to consoles on October 24, well… kind of. Road Rage, published by Maximum Games and developed by independent Team6 Game Studios, is inspired by Road Rash and is the closest we may get to seeing the motorcycle brawler return to console.

Road Rage is an open-world city that is run by underground gangs intent on pummelling each other while riding at high speed on two wheels and over 90 missions, which include both story-driven and side mission objectives.

You can preorder Road Rage from your favourite retailer for £19.99 / €29.99.

New map and modes coming to The Division

The next update to The Division will include a new map area and multiplayer modes to the apocalyptic world of New York City.

Update 1.8 is the biggest to date, including numerous tweaks and bug fixes, the update is host to a new area that includes two new zones to explore in the West Side Pier area and a new social area – Camp Clinton.

The new area is also home to the two new modes. A new PvE mode called Resistance pits you and three other agents against horde-based waves of enemies that include enemies from all factions. For PvP fans there is a skirmish mode for two teams of four.

It’s great to see that Ubisoft have continued to keep The Division continually updated with fixes and new content.

PlayStation Plus September games confirmed

The US PlayStation blog has confirmed the haul of free stuff that PS Plus members will get in September.

Heading things up this month is inFamous Second Son and aerial combat game, Strike Vector EX, but the thing that has caught my eye is the first PSVR game to be included in the offering – RIGS Mechanized Combat League – available from September 5-November 7. Meanwhile, last month’s That’s You! is still available for free until October 23.

Meanwhile, PlayStation Europe has revealed Child of Light as the second PS Plus title instead of Strike Vector EX.

Dead by Daylight gets a free-play session from September 15-18, with 30% off the game until September 22.

Finally, PS3 will receive Truck Racer and Handball 2016, and PS Vita will get We Are Doomed and Hatoful Boyfriend, both of which include cross buy with PS4.

Vermintide 2 announced

The cat’s rat’s out the bag, Swedish developer, Fatshark are developing Vermintide 2.

“On October 23rd, 2015 we introduced the world to Warhammer: Vermintide, and since then it has sold over 1.5 million units.” says Martin Wahlund, CEO of Fatshark and continues “Now it’s time to introduce the upcoming sequel – Warhammer: Vermintide 2”

Details are currently thin on the ground with the full reveal taking place via a live stream on October 17 at 10:00 PST/19:00 CET. That’s quiet the wait for a full announcement, but I’d imagine the team will build upon the first game rather than revolutionise it.

The team here at TiX had a lot of fun with the first game, you can check out what Greg made of it here.

 

 

CEX has online security breach and recommend password changes

UK gaming chain CEX has apparently fallen victim to a large scale online data security data breach. Last night, CEX contacted customers via email to inform them to change their passwords as their data may have been stolen.

It seems to only affect those who have registered and made online transactions through the cex website, and doesn’t affect those who have only registered in-store. If you received the email it doesn’t necessarily mean your data has been breached, but CEX has contacted as many customers as possible as a safety measure.

CEX stopped storing customers credit card information in 2009, but the hackers may have obtained names, addresses, emails and phone numbers. CEX is recommending customers change their password on the site as soon as possible, along with changing passwords to any other accounts that share the same email and password combination. Of course, if you want to be as safe as possible then you should have different passwords for each site you visit, and these passwords should not include personal data.

For more information of what to do, please visit the CEX website page on the hack.

Xbox Deals with Gold from August 29th to September 4th

The new list of games available for cheaps on Xbox Deals with Gold have been announced. All the below are available at the discount given from today (29th August) through to 4th September. Great news here for fans of Assassins Creed, with nearly every single game available. Black Flag was one of my favourite ever games, so I would suggest picking that up, as well as TiX favourite Rainbow Six Siege, just after the free weekend!

 

Assassin’s Creed Chronicles – Trilogy – Xbox One Game – 60% off
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China – Xbox One Game – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: India – Xbox One Game – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: Russia – Xbox One Game – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Xbox One Game – 60% off
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag Illustrious Pirates Pack – Add-On – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Freedom Cry – Add-On – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag – Season Pass – Add-On – 67% off
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Xbox One Game – 60% off
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Gold Edition – Xbox One Game – 60% off
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Jack the Ripper – Add-On – 60% off
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Season Pass – Add-On – 67% off
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Steampunk Pack – Add-On – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Streets of London Pack – Add-On – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – The Last Maharaja Missions Pack – Add-On – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed Syndicate – Victorian Legends Pack – Add-On – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed The Ezio Collection – Xbox One Game – 50% off
Assassin’s Creed Triple Pack: Black Flag, Unity, Syndicate – Xbox One Game – 67% off
Assassin’s Creed Unity – Xbox One Game – 60% off
Assassin’s Creed Unity – Secrets of the Revolution – Add-On – 60% off
Battle Islands: Commanders – Exclusive Battle Over Berlin Bundle* – Add-On – 35% off
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition Duke Nukem Bundle* – Xbox One Game – 50% off
Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition* – Xbox One Game – 50% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Character: Kokoro – Add-On – 0% / 100% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Core Fighters 30 Character Set – Add-On – 20% / 30% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Flower Set – Add-On – 20% / 30% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Honoka Character + Debut Costume Set – Add-On – 20% / 30% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Mai Shiranui + Debut Costume Set – Add-On – 20% / 30% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Naotora Ii + Debut Costume Set – Add-On – 20% / 30% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Newcomer Set – Add-On – 20% / 30% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Pop Idol Costume Set – Add-On – 20% / 30% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Shrine Maiden Costume Set – Add-On – 20% / 30% off
DEAD OR ALIVE 5 Last Round – Ultimate Kokoro Content – Add-On – 30% / 50% off
Doodle God: Ultimate Edition* – Xbox One Game – 50% off
Evolve Digital Deluxe* – Xbox One Game – 75% off
Evolve Ultimate Edition* – Xbox One Game – 75% off
Evolve* – Xbox One Game – 75% off
Final Fantasy Type-0 HD* – Xbox One Game – 50% off
Forza Horizon 2 VIP* – Add-On – 80% off
Forza Motorsport 6 Fast & Furious Car Pack* – Add-On – 50% off
Forza Motorsport 6 VIP* – Add-On – 75% off
Goat MMO Simulator* – Add-On – 67% off
Goat Simulator: GoatZ* – Add-On – 67% off
Goat Simulator: PAYDAY* – Add-On – 60% off
Goat Simulator: Waste Of Space* – Add-On – 35% off
Mafia III Deluxe Edition* – Xbox One Game – 35% off
Mafia III Season Pass* – Add-On – 35% off
Mafia III* – Xbox One Game – 35% off
Ride 2* – Xbox One Game – 60% off
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Complete Edition* – Xbox One Game – 45% off
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege Year 2 Gold Edition* – Xbox One Game – 45% off
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege* – Xbox One Game – 50% off
Tour de France 2017* – Xbox One Game – 40% off

Playstation to have largest ever presence at EGX

PlayStation will have a large presence at EGX 2017 as it returns to the event with its biggest ever stand.

Attendees will have the opportunity to get hands-on with several of the platform holder’s first party titles including Gran Turismo Sport and Bravo Team, as well as several PlayStationVR games and big name titles from the likes of Activision, EA and Warner Bros. PlayStation 4 Pro hardware will be available to try giving visitors the chance to experience dynamic 4K gaming. More game announcements will follow on what other games will be playable from Playstation.

This adds to the announcement that Xbox will also have a large presence showing Sea Of Thieves and Forza Motorsport 7 amongst others.

The Rezzed and Leftfield collection, showing the best of the Indie scene will also be present, and for details of the multitude of games that are playable can be seen here – https://www.egx.net/egx/2017/show-floor

Destiny 2 file size on consoles revealed

The Destiny 2 hype train is already speeding it’s way through this week and isn’t showing any signs of stopping.

After the character reveals From last week, we can now reveal the file size of the game on the Xbox and PlayStation.

On Xbox One, you’ll need 29.15GB of free space. This of course doesn’t allow for any last minute patches. On the PS4 it’s slightly bigger, clocking in at 30.87gb.

So, not too bad in the end. Are you hyped yet? We can’t wait to play the game at TiX towers, expect plenty of Destiny 2 talk this week!

Planet of the Eyes leaps to console

Toronto-based independent game studio, Cococucumber, have announced that their sci-fi atmospheric puzzle platformer, Planet of the Eyes, will be jumping on to Xbox One and PS4 on September 12.

Stepping into the robotic shoes of a lone robot trying to survive a mysterious planet filled with danger, the action is inspired by Limbo – and it’s clear to see just how inspired it is from the trailer below.

“Planet of the Eyes is great for console gamers as it’s an immersive narrative puzzle platformer with tons of atmosphere,” said Martin Gauvreau, Co-founder of Cococucumber. “Best played in one sitting, we invite players to treat themselves in discovering a captivating world that can be enjoyed by gamers of all ages.”

Planet of the Eyes was featured as a finalist for “Best Indie Game” at the Canadian Videogame Awards and boasts the following features:

  • Handcrafted, 2D side-scrolling environments
  • Physics-based puzzles and platforming challenges at a solid 60fps
  • Beautiful vector art inspired by a retro sci-fi aesthetic
  • Riveting audio log narration that immerses players
  • Mysterious story by Will O’Neill of Actual Sunlight with an uplifting ending
  • Haunting score by critically-acclaimed sound designer John Black
  • Robot deaths galore

It looks good, but has anyone else seen enough of these Limbo-esque titles? Hopefully Planet of the Eyes can bring something new to the table otherwise Cococucumber may suffer from living in the shadow of Limbo, a game that not only defined a new genre, but remains the king of it.