Monday, 5 October 2015

VIDEO GAME NEWS: Destiny: The Taken King - Bungie

Release Date:15/09/15
Publisher:  Bungie


(Text refers to Destiny: The Taken King Legendary Edition) Destiny: The Taken King delivers the next adventure in the Destiny universe

Destiny: The Taken King - Legendary Edition is perfect for new and existing Guardians that are ready to jump into the Destiny universe or continue to carve their legend in the stars. The Legendary Edition features the complete Destiny experience including The Taken King, the next evolution in the Destiny universe, Destiny, Expansion I: The Dark Below and Expansion II: House of Wolves. Unite with 20 million Guardians in the fight to defeat Earth’s enemies, reclaim all that we have lost, and Become Legend.
Pre-order and Gear Up

Pre-order and upgrade your weapon arsenal with an early access weapons pack. Guardians will receive a Vanguard themed Auto Rifle, Pulse Rifle, and Side arm.

Early access to Weapons Pack available starting 15 September 2015. Weapons Pack can be attained by pre-order of digital or physical editions of Destiny: The Taken King or by the purchase of the digital or physical Collector's Edition. Weapons Pack may also be attained through gameplay starting on 01.01.16. See for additional details. Weapons Pack not exclusive to any retailer or platform. Subject to availability.
The Taken King

A dark shadow has fallen over our worlds. Oryx, The Taken King, is hell-bent on vengeance and is raising an army of corrupted “Taken” forces by manipulating the Darkness itself. You must find a way into his impenetrable Dreadnaught ship to defeat The Taken King before he and his dark army consume our civilization and bring our solar system to ruin.

Destiny: The Taken King, the next great adventure in the first person shooter Destiny universe, introduces a new story campaign and quests, new enemies to fight, new locations to explore, new Strikes and Crucible maps, a new Raid that will put players to the ultimate test, and more. To stand up to the challenge, players will have access to three new devastating Guardian subclasses, and a massive arsenal of weapons, armor, and gear.
VIP Rewards

As a thank you to our most loyal fans who have reached Light Level 30 or who previously purchased Expansion I and Expansion II by August 31, 2015, you will receive an exclusive commemorative Founder’s Fortune Year 1 Emblem, Sparrow, Armour Shader and more at launch with your purchase of The Taken King. Many Guardians serve the City, but tales of your bravery will echo through time. Return to the Tower on September 15. Its champions wish to celebrate and commemorate your accomplishments. May these gifts prepare you for the battles to come.

To be eligible to receive the VIP rewards, players will need to have at least one Light Level 30 character or own both Expansion I and Expansion II on or before 31/08/15 AND purchase and play The Taken King on or before 01/02/16. VIP Rewards applicable for any eligible purchase of Destiny: The Taken King, Destiny: The Taken King – Legendary Edition, and Destiny: The Taken King – Collector’s Edition (digital or physical).
Feature Highlights

Powerful New Abilities

To battle back the Darkness and the Taken army, players will get brand new subclasses with new supers. Warlocks will now harness the power of an electric storm, Hunters will carve a bow formed from gravitational void energy, and Titans will summon a flaming hammer that can sear their adversaries from a range or deliver a devastating melee impact.

New Campaign

A massive Hive Dreadnaught ship looms in the rings of Saturn. Oryx, The Taken King has arrived in our solar system, bringing with him a corrupted army to exact revenge on the Guardians who destroyed his son Crota, and to consume our worlds. Arm yourself with newfound abilities, weapons, and gear. Defeat the Taken hordes. Make your way aboard the Dreadnaught, and face Oryx himself within his inner sanctum.

New Locations

The amazing Destiny universe continues to expand - Infiltrate a Cabal base on Phobos, and establish a beachhead on Oryx’s flagship – the Dreadnaught – a mysterious, loot-filled fortress. Charge into the Crucible where all-new competitive multiplayer maps await you and your Fireteam.

Level Cap Increased and All-New Gear

Fill your arsenal with brand new weapons and armor. Find and collect new, powerful Exotics while continuing to level up in the Destiny universe.

New Activities

Adventure through new Strikes featuring powerful bosses, follow more questlines that lead to powerful, new gear and brave the next major Raid to test six-player Fireteams.

Access the Complete Destiny Universe alongside The Taken King


You are a Guardian of the last safe city on Earth, able to wield some of the Traveler’s incredible power. Destiny is a next generation first person shooter featuring an unprecedented combination of cinematic storytelling, cooperative, competitive, and public gameplay, and personal activities that are woven into an expansive, persistent online world. Venture out alone or join up with friends. The choice is yours. Become Legend.

Expansion I: The Dark Below

Beneath the surface of the Moon, a long-forgotten enemy stirs. Survive the true depths of the Hellmouth, and stop its dark army from invading Earth. Expand your Destiny adventure with a wealth of weapons, armor, and gear earned in new story missions, three new competitive multiplayer arenas, and a new cooperative Strike and Raid.

Expansion II: House of Wolves

Only the bravest Guardians will hunt down the rising Fallen threat and lay claim to the mysterious treasures of The Reef. Discover where your legend will take you next with a wealth of weapons, armor, and gear to earn in new story missions, three new competitive multiplayer maps, and a new cooperative Strike. Expansion II introduces a new competitive elimination mode in the Crucible and an all-new arena activity – The Prison of Elders.


OK, I fell out with Destiny with the last DLC, The House of Wolves. I felt cheated as you could play through the new content in less than a day, a lot of it was very repetitive (and when you found the safe corner for each scenario you could sail through) and all round left me wondering why the hell I’d paid for that.

So when I was offered The Taken King, I was prepared to give it a go but wasn’t really expecting too much and to be blunt, was expecting more of the same with another high priced product for very little. What I actually got was a whole lot more. New content, the chance to upgrade my guardian to level 40 and a whole new host of guns, armour and skins for my ghost. Yeah that’s right, something I’ve wanted for quite a long time.

All round, it is a lot of fun and I’ve had a good amount of pleasure playing through to get my level up and unlocking the new abilities. What I also liked was the various new options, the bigger gameplay and a reason to replay through everything that has gone before to hear the new Ghost voice and his comments (although I miss Peter Dinklage.) Back this up with a whole new host of enemies to figure out the best way to destroy as well as having to get all the new gear and you’ll be more than happy with the options. The only real downside is that people new to the game and who have putchased the legendary edition get all year one products with the Taken King for £50 whereas if you’re just getting The Taken King you’re paying £44.

That said, I have had a lot of fun and at the end of the day, that’s what gaming is all about plus with the new work that’s gone in to fixing a lot of the buggy problems with the original as well as making it more streamlined, generates a whole new experience. Just remember that to make the most of it you’ll need to find others to complete the raids with and in case you think that on that one you’re on your own, there is a great site where you can find others to game with ( Great stuff. I just hope that as much care goes into Year 2 updates as there has been with this instalment.

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