Destiny: House of Wolves
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It's always been easy to be optimistic with Destiny; the game almost enforces it. But this side of two expansions, it's difficult to know what we are looking forward to. There's plenty to suggest that the formula is set, the slow trickle of content constant. The arrogance of Destiny has been to assume that it is already an extended universe, already a franchise before it has earned that right.
House of Wolves is the most fun I've had in Destiny since launch. If grinding wasn't your thing--there's less of it now. If you wanted a horde mode--there' Prison of Elders. If you're better than me at PVP--there's Trials of Osiris. House of Wolves packs plenty of fun for all of Destiny's players.
House of Wolves doesn't reinvent Destiny and might not appeal to people who aren't fans, but those who haven't picked the game up in a while will find a lot of new activities here, and those who play daily will have a lot more options for their continuous grind toward higher levels and coveted loot. The story is finally coming together, and House of Wolves sets the game up for bigger, better things to come.
As expected, House of Wolves sticks with the pack when it comes to story missions, strikes, and new multiplayer maps, but it still represents a point in Destiny's life where Bungie has tried to push things forward, attempting to leave behind the mistakes of the past in the process. Both Prison of Elders and Trials of Osiris are welcome additions to the formula, and are the real reasons to invest in the DLC – even if the asking price remains a little too steep and the title's core problems persist.
All in all, this DLC definitely brought me back to a game that I figured was going to end up on my shelf and rarely get played. Bungie has more than made up for all the things they did wrong in The Dark Below. I feel like this DLC pack will keep me playing for some time to come. I have spent three days burning the midnight oil with this expansion and so far, I have not been disappointed. So in closing, Bungie hit a solid home run with this one. If you are a fan of Destiny, it's the reason to come back if you've grown tired of it. If you haven't gotten Destiny yet, this DLC is a great reason to start playing.
House of Wolves is the first time since Destiny launched eight and a half months ago that I feel a glimmer of hope about the game's future.
The House of Wolves is easily the best of the two expansions currently available, only predicated by the fact you'll need friends to play it with to explore the full birth of its features. The free update content makes the base game much more approachable to new players or for old ones to build secondary characters, all while smoothing out a great many of the original's limitations. The narrative is lackluster at best and haphazard at worst, but if you're still playing Destiny at this point that's probably something you've grown to tolerate. All and all this a great expansion to purchase if you haven't already, and one to be proud of if you already did.
If you're still playing Destiny on a regular basis, I don't think you'll be disappointed if you pick up House of Wolves. Between the new arena mode and the additional competitive multiplayer content there's a lot to do here and it should keep you busy for some time.
'House of Wolves' is a better attempt at post-release content than 'The Dark Below', although that particular achievement is of questionable difficulty. We get some fun new things that have the potential to hold our attention for awhile, at least. I wouldn't say it's worth $20, but if you've already purchased the season pass and have been neglecting 'Destiny', it might be worth your while to come back and take a peek.
Bungie has been on trial by fans of Destiny since the release of The Dark Below, but House of Wolves has shown great strides in the evolution and support of a game that has personally held my attention for hundreds of hours, even if I have had my share of criticisms about the way certain things have been handled. It's not quite perfect, but if the improvements made in House of Wolves are any indication of the future, then I'm eager to see what kind of stuff Bungie comes up with to support and evolve Destiny next.