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Posted 9/21/14
This was my first time farming, and I was doing it with two of my friends, so it made it a little less boring. As we could talk about other stuff. We did this treasure cave one, at Old Russia, which also has some public events during it. So that shifted away from farming a little there too. As well as farming on the moon. I also did get a legendary item from playing Crucible, but was nothing worth remembering. Maybe a rare gun, that I didn't need.

Right now I need to do a treasure run for some Spirit Bloom. So I can upgrade my chest armor, since for every defense upgrade requires 16 Spirit Bloom. Which was around 80 total, and I only have 12. I also need 18 Ascendant Shards, which from what I understand, come from rare drops. I only got 3 for now, so I got a long way for that.
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If I'm not mistaken you get Ascendant Shards as rewards for Public Events. It's hit or miss for me finding them though, I've only been in a few events. I don't know if every event gives it either, all my characters have a few pieces. Nor do I know if there's a daily cap like theres a cap on most things in this game.

It annoys me that you can only get 100 crucible marks a week, but can play the same mission over and over and farm to your hearts content.
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Posted 9/22/14
I am so over farming!! Every Legendary engram I get is either a rare item or a Legendary item that isn't for my class!
Posted 9/22/14
relevant - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzopWRXK_r4

Grinding is finally starting to get old for me. luckily the multiplayer is pretty good. I really wish the game had a more immersive story like halo or ME but i guess its hard to do on a borderlands type game.
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lol so I skipped from bungie forums to find people talking about the farming here too not that I wasn't giving people grief over starting topics over it.

I am an EXO Warlock. This is, technically, my first console FPS, so I am not terribly good at it. I am currently level +24, about to ding 25 whenever i either get marks or ding my gears. I can't remember the class name, but I am not a sunsinger if you are asking. Trying to get an achievement, so attempting to max out the first subclass (just hours away from it!)

I have finished the story, but i also made a mistake and am not sure how to correct it (trying not to spoil it for anyone so I won't discuss it here just yet). I really liked the potential of the story, but at this time, the storyline seems rather short and abruptly so. would love to be able to explore the reef one day - perhaps this will happen from Queen's Wrath?

Secrets: The cave isn't as interesting and fun to farm as everyone makes it out to be. Each planet has actually a couple of good farming spots, of course, you have to be up to it (level wise) to actually do it, and actually find your niche too. You can also farm the story lines as well. set the story closer to your level (changing difficulty modes) and use the save points to your advantage.

I have found people farming the cave from get go, and frankly speaking, if you haven't gotten green and blues when you hit your 20s, you were already "doing something wrong" and perhaps you should be exploring the game more than farming a hole. The game is here to support you, not to guide you to an abyss.

Crucible: have done a few crucible, at least one of each different types. Personally prefer clash but overall i am still not good at fps and therefore i don't support my team very well D: but I do enjoy crucible and it's a fun alternative to farming and certainly very fun overall.

Thoughts on the games

Pros:
After spending very long 2.5 days, i discovered i was on the wrong account, had to restart on my main account. Playing once through before, this cut down on the learning curve immensely and I reached end game in about 1.5 days (sleep is included). The ease of the game's levelling system does not indicate any less fun though. I only levelled up so quickly mostly because I loved the game that much i sat for hours in front of the tv.

Basic gearing up is not difficult, even for end game. Drops levels according to the grimoire cards you have, so realistically speaking, you can get exotic gears even from level 1s. that said, even level 1s can kill you too, that's really terrible for my pride.

PVE vs PVP: You don't have to pick one and stick with it. Unlike other mmos out there, your gear for pve is also good for pvp. you aren't locked to a weapon either, which i found refreshing as well, though i highly recommend shot gun for pvp lol! Furthermore, pvp can be fun. there's capture the flag, there's deathmatch, there's counter strike like shoot the other team many times.

You are not awarded based on your K:D ratio neither are you rated for the amounts of kills (thank god for that), which makes awarding of gears rather random and the points system is somewhat gratifying (yes! I was useful to my team!).

Class based pros: I really love being a warlock! I get to melt faces, i get to blow people up! I get to put people's existence into question, YES! and, i teleport! YESS YES YES!

Fantastic graphics, makes me want to lick my screen.

MEH:
Would have preferred to have the option of playing this with a keyboard and mouse.

Cons:
After a while, it can seem repetitive, this part is true. You're killing mostly the same mobs (understandable) in essentially the same kind of scenarios (they are doing bad stuff! kill! scout!).

paying 100 bucks for it (australian) and then having to pay another lot of money for immediate DLC feels very painful and a ripoff, though I will still pay it.

This is meant to be remote playable but the ingame instructions for the controls (attempted this with a newly created character) does not change, meaning i couldn't get rid of on screen instructions for ages. Furthermore, the sensitivity on PS4 doesn't seem to translate well over, so minute movements = huge movements, making aiming more difficult than it already is for a non-console fps player. i had to guess a lot of the controls as well. overall, gameplay on the Vita was certainly splotchy and unwieldy for me.

strikes: they seem unusually hard for a dungeon that needs only 3 people. but then again, a lot of my pugs are noobs like me, so i supposed maybe it's just us and our inability to cope.

Some of the crucible levels are not well balanced. maps are so big for 12 players. i have spent some 80% of level time getting lost on a level a few times now. This is especially so when it comes to mars maps. Yes, I get that the Cabal are huge people. but we are not. make a map that seems reasonable and doesn't need us travelling so much just to find point a b c or another person to kill.

lack of bag space. Vault is shared between characters, while each gear piece has 9 slots. sure, i may not need everything i got, but surely i am allowed not to dismantle them?

lack of trading: why?

lack of ability to communicate to another party: i haven't tried a mic ingame with other players. I prefer NOT to chat to them orally actually, for various reasons. why can't i type stuff in? that said, its not exactly a con. some internet people are ******

my cons look like a huge list, but it's more what i think might improve the game a little. at the end of the day, i rate this game 8/10. I love it a lot, i play a lot on it. I don't have to worry about farming all the time or grinding all the time, i have that ability to explore as much as i like and go to places i prefer to level up/farm in. as a shift worker, this is a boon in many ways as well. i spend about 1-2 hours each day just collecting marks, reserving the bulk of it for my days off, and still have a life outside of the game. i am very satisfied with that.
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I am currently playing this on PS4, Have all my legendary guns and working on Bad Juju exotic weapon bounty. Missing head and chest legendary but that will be coming this weekend if Xur has the correct shit I need. Well over 20+ hours of farming to get all this crap and honestly the loot system is still shit. I feel like the Cryptarch is a greedy douchebag and the fact that you get more blues from legendary engrams than you actually get legendary is pure crap. Granted I've bulled two exotics from purple engrams but still that is way into my 20 hours of just farming. Sorta feels like card farming on an normal rate RO server.
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Posted 9/22/14
Tl;Dr

Just kidding, but seriously, trading would ruin this game. It's already bad enough that you can outright buy legendary and exotic gear, but if you allowed trading you'd get people fully decked out with things they didn't earn. Not to mention the potential for duping and real life selling of characters and stuff, etc.

Since you get loot at random from the crucible, you'd effectively have 5 people a game not even participating just to "play" 100 games for the free gear. I'd rather them at least offer rewards for certain things, but only for the top end achievements. Like hitting a 15 kill streak would automatically net you a Legendary Engram. I had a game that I put up a 15 kill streak, 2 5 kill streaks and had like 7000 points and got squat for it. I could appreciate some reward for particularly good performances. But then again, since people are already dead set on farming 2 weeks after release they'd probably find ways to fix the PvP for rewards so it's probably better to have no rhyme or reason to it.

I just wish the story was more engaging as well. It's why I do the PvP so much, the story bores me and I find myself doing maybe a mission every few days unless I'm in a fireteam.
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lolol sorry for the wall of text.

I wanted trading because i want to give gears to my friends whom i feel sorry for. I would like to argue that, yes, people get gears, but is it what they wanted? I still can't find a piece of armour with the kind of + that I want. but that's because i have an odd combi of weapons i guess.

As for farming gears and having crap drops - I keep hearing that and I still had like to say you are likely not doing something right. how's your grimoire looking? it affects your drops. I haven't had any big issues per se, besides preferring auto rifles to the pulse rifle i currently have to use.

and pvp vs farming - as far as i am concerned, pvp gives better drops than farmin and, honestly, i have seen some of the gears people get off farming - it's really not that fantastic. and PVP's gears still isn't as good as some of the vendor ones.

Story might get better later on. i am looking forward to queen's wrath though.
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Honestly if I can get people to play Strikes with me or the Crucible I wouldn't spend pointless hours farming the moon, venus and earth. I akind of regret spending so much time farming because I could have spent more time getting the factions ranked up to get proper legendary gaer and as for exotic gear I haven't gotten anything and Xur doesn't have anything good excpet the gauntlets he was selling over the weekend but I'm not using the Sunsinger ability but I am currently working on it and I'm close to hitting 24.

EDIT: So far a lot of people on my friend list are playing the game on ps4 but they always turn me down more than twice so I end up deleting them which sucks because I met them through here but if they ain't going to play then I don't want to take up space for otgher people who do want to play
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bob, i ain't very good. ahem, if truth be told, i die a lot and can't aim to save my life either. but i don't mind going on strikes/crucible with you when i am not doing night shifts - i get 1 week on and 1 week off, dedicate about 4 days of that time to gaming or the likes. next days off is coming up in a couple of days. I live in AEST zone (australian). where are you at?
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Posted 9/22/14

anivyl wrote:

bob, i ain't very good. ahem, if truth be told, i die a lot and can't aim to save my life either. but i don't mind going on strikes/crucible with you when i am not doing night shifts - i get 1 week on and 1 week off, dedicate about 4 days of that time to gaming or the likes. next days off is coming up in a couple of days. I live in AEST zone (australian). where are you at?


Pacific US in California. Also it's no big deal if you die a lot, just would like to be able to play with someone because being a lone wolf is kinda boring
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Posted 9/22/14
I have to admit i added people i see around town in the game and then am too shy to add them

When do you usually play? I think i can do around, possibly, 7.30 pst on some days (other people can join in please don't be shy lololol). For now, I will tentatively say wednesday and sunday 7.30pst

oh by the way, i am anivylia on PSN
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Posted 9/22/14
Though I'm mostly a Crucible guy I can run Strikes and missions and whatnot as well. Of my 92 Hunter games on PS4, 72 have been the Crucible lol.

And the numbers thus far, worry not if you're not a great Crucible.....er. I've carried plenty of teams to victory since this broken ass in game chat feature doesn't exist.



And of course the PSN (PS4), same tag on the X1 if there's any here as well. I've got a 15/Warlock and 18/Titan on PS4 as well, and the only worthwhile guy on X1 is a 25/Titan.

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Posted 9/23/14
I just remembered. The Queens Wrath starts sometime today. I'm looking forward to it, and hopefully it adds something more to the story.
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Posted 9/23/14
Couldn't get to play queen's wrath today as i have been working. 1.5 days to being free!

UnlimitedEnergy - aww, pity I don't play on xbox 1. When I say I am bad, I mean my KD is something like 0.27-0.35. D: but I had like to think my deaths mean something when they mark my death spot on the map
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