Luke Smith Weighs in on Destiny 2's Shader Brouhaha

10 September, 2017, 15:36 | Author: Sherri Guerrero
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I suppose console gamers, and shooter fans specifically, might not be used to it. Similar to a Guardian's Light level from the original Destiny, this is what determines how combat-ready you are, and what types of enemies you'll be able to defeat in battle.

Destiny 2 shaders are a little more than colors, they can add effects like textures and chrome effects for example.

You are now probably wondering how Activision/Bungie should handle shaders in Destiny 2. It all seems like an obviously disgusting mess, but if you told a gamer in the 90s that, for an extra dollar or two, they could buy new characters or levels for their favorite games, they'd probably be thrilled, and that's why it's such a tough issue to crack. Your Power Level must reach 230 in order to unlock the Nightfall Strikes.

A Reddit thread demanding that Bungie remove the single-use rule (but strangely, not the microtransactions themselves) has more than 41,000 upvotes. Of course, such an argument doesn't erase the fact that the shaders are still a real-money carrot dangling in front of the player throughout the game. "Customization will inspire gameplay".

Once you have successfully completed these steps, you may begin to earn Destiny 2 Clan Progression and Rewards. The raid shaders were particularly a thing of beauty because seeing a full fireteam drop into the tower only to be wearing all the same shader they had just acquired spoke proudly about their recent accomplishment. In the original Destiny, players often received shaders as loot drops from various activities.

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Having played Destiny 2 at its LA reveal event back in May, Eurogamer's Wesley Yin-Poole said it's "a lot of fun to play, but it does feel very familiar". However, he also confirmed that reinstalling the game solved the problem, so if you experience freezes, maybe reinstalling will get the job done. Director Luke Smith took to Twitter however and broke down why Bungie made the changes it did.

Visually, Destiny 2 is a great looking title.

That might not seem like much, but it's the thinner end of the wedge. "Today marks the culmination of many years of planning and partnership with Activision, but it's also much more than that". If you can't, it's no big deal.

The original Destiny has been a polarizing game since its 2014 release. But if you were let down or disappointed back in 2014, Destiny 2 goes a fair way toward improving variety and simplifying the previously complicated systems that hampered its predecessor, expanding out its side activities into new "Adventures" that have a much stronger sense of objective.

But personally, I fell off of Destiny pretty quickly. Some players are actually calling for a boycott of the game's microtransaction system, which is gaining a lot of traction.

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