I tried out Destiny 2 for the first time yesterday and I’m honestly incensed at how bad it’s new player experience is.
My experience was that I load in and a little robot talks to me and tells me to grab a gun, and that they’ll get me to to the city. Cool, I get a ship, I get to the city.
Everything immediately stopped making sense from there on. The game told me basically nothing from that point on. It just put waypoints on NPCs that I knew nothing about, who told me nothing about themselves. One of which told me to do a strike, gave me some dailies which would give me some currency (currency which I still don’t know the use of), and sent me to a strike called “the gun runner” or something like that. I had no idea what I was doing, or what was going on, or who the NPCs talking at me were, or why I should care.
After that I found a different NPC that sent me to some other NPC on Earth. At which point I thought to myself, “Ok, cool, this must be the main story, surely it will all make sense”.
Then that third NPC gave me more daily missions, one of which involved making “orbs of light”. So I said fuck it and went back to Monster Hunter.
It was maybe an hour of playtime, and it was the most confused a game has made me in recent memory. Hearing Austin talk about his experience made me realize that it would have only gotten more confusing from there.
I can’t help but shake the feeling they really are just trying to bury everything that isn’t the most recent content, which is WILD to me. I understand that by the nature of MMOs, the newest stuff is always going to be the most important. I get that, I’ve played FFXIV since it’s first expansion. But burying even the story of old content just feels like the game yelling at me “NONE OF THIS MATTERS, AND SOON, SHADOWKEEPERS WON’T MATTER EITHER”.