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  • Summary: Augment the Destiny experience with a myraid of weapons, armor, and gear earned in new story quests and missions, 3 new competitive multiplayer arenas, and a new Strike and Raid. Under the surface of the Moon, a long-ago forgotten enemy awakens. Survive the true depths of the Hellmouth, andAugment the Destiny experience with a myraid of weapons, armor, and gear earned in new story quests and missions, 3 new competitive multiplayer arenas, and a new Strike and Raid. Under the surface of the Moon, a long-ago forgotten enemy awakens. Survive the true depths of the Hellmouth, and stop its dark army from invading Earth. Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 41
  2. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. Dec 15, 2014
    96
    My favorite part of all of it was the way that Bungie forces you to employ new tactics and new styles of play. They force you to break out of your comfort zone to try and new load-out or a new way to play through a level you have been through a hundred times before.
  2. Games Master UK
    Feb 22, 2015
    79
    An extension of Destiny's triumphs and flaws that ultimately wins us over with its new raid. [Mar 2015, p.68]
  3. New raid, strike missions and multiplayer maps look brilliant. On the other hand, story missions are so short, and the price is too high.
  4. Dec 17, 2014
    60
    If you're interested in The Dark Below, you know what kind of game Destiny is. You're okay with the grinding. You have a like-minded clan that you play with frequently. You've been level 30 since October. You spend two or three hours a day racking up resources just in case.
  5. Jan 28, 2015
    60
    Dark Below is for seasoned players only who possess the perfectly functional fire team. The rest of you can turn around and leave.
  6. Edge Magazine
    Feb 7, 2015
    50
    Rather than expanding on what came before, too often it punishes the committed player, their weapons rendered obsolete, their best gear reset, their flair for teamwork hamstrung by aggressive mobs. [Feb 2015, p.118]
  7. 30
    Destiny: The Dark Below is a combination of all of the worst parts of the original game. It offers little value to all except the most dedicated of players and revisits the same overused locations that we've seen a dozen times.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 94
  2. Negative: 73 out of 94
  1. Jun 11, 2015
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I know im going to get a lot of hate for this but im not the type to really give a flying toast about it.

    This might not come to you as a surprise to you guys but all you see on this forum all day, everyday, all the god damn time is someone whining, complaining,crying,hating or telling everyone that their leaving destiny forever. So I decided to make this post of appreciation.

    I like Destiny, Im 25 years old, married, no children. I paid about 100$ for this game(including both dlcs), and I have over 1000 combined hours of play time and entertainment from it, I would be an ungrateful brat if I said that I didn't get my moneys worth. Destiny allows me to burn free time with enjoyment. I like the thrill you get when you finally obtain the exotic that you've been waiting for. I like to open chests and find undiscovered presents. I love the fact that no matter how bad Bungie Fcks up, I keep coming back for more. I like the fact that this game entertains me enough that I don't have to spend more dough on other games(for the meanwhile). I love the fact that unlike COD, team tactics are actually essential and necessary to beat the competition. I love the fact that you have so many different things to do every week, all you have to do is chose(Poe/ToO/Nightfalls/Crota raid/Vog raid/Crucible/Farming/Bounties/Strikes). i love the fact that (LFG) allows you to meet new people, and play together from all over the world(diversity is awesome), conversating with them, making new gaming friends, have some laughs about Bungies mistakes, and knocking Skolas on his arse. I love the sense of accomplishment that you feel when you first beat a new raid, or the first time you get 9-0 in ToO, The first time you get that Darn GJallarhorn(although some of you havnt gotten it yet, it will come).

    I know that some of you will hate
    Some of you will be teachers, and correct my spelling mistakes
    Some of you will insult or degrade
    Some of you will dispute that this game is actually pretty good
    Haters gona hate, ainters gona aint...you hate us cuz you ainus
    But that has nothing to do with this post.

    All im saying, is that we should appreciate destiny for what it is. A fun, sometimes rewarding, addicting, very social, visually stunning and enticing game. If it wasn't, people wouldn't have hundreds of hours invested into it.

    Sincerely,
    A satisfied casual gamer
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  2. Dec 28, 2014
    7
    Only by the Dark Below if your are hungry for more, and feel like Crota (the new raid boss) needs to die.

    Playing this, it seemed that
    Only by the Dark Below if your are hungry for more, and feel like Crota (the new raid boss) needs to die.

    Playing this, it seemed that bungie took onboard feedback from the community on destiny and made some changes. The few missions that come with the expansion had some good fights. However, all those hours I put in the vault of glass (previous raid) to reach level 30 seem for naught, as now I can just go buy armor from a vendor to reach level 31.

    The expansion really is more of the same and if your interested in taking on the new raid (which seems alot shorter than the VOG raid) and using your exotic weapons in PVP or PVE, then you should get this expansion.

    For those of you who weren't impressed with destiny in the beginning then there really isnt a need to get this. For an expansion, its OK.
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  3. Dec 12, 2014
    4
    The Dark Below is a huge disappointment because not only is the content not rich enough, but also because it introduces problems with newThe Dark Below is a huge disappointment because not only is the content not rich enough, but also because it introduces problems with new level cap at 32.

    The new character, Eris, which acts as a vendor and quest giver, just appears in the Tower out of the blue with no background or introduction whatsoever apart from the trailer, might as well be a posting board . The 3 new story missions are just more of the same "go there, kill everything along the way, use the bot sometimes", there's virtually no storytelling or character interaction whatsoever. AND they're relatively short and mostly on the same kind of areas as before on the Cosmodrome and on the Moon, except on the second mission which is literally two corridors and one large room. Not having a completely new setting, like for instance a new planet, which would be very cool is a huge detriment to this DLC. And being on the same locations it really makes it feel like this was content removed from the original game only to be sold as DLC later... They did, however, take care to prevent exploiting the maps on these missions, you actually can't stay safely back where the enemies won't follow you, behind the door/passage to the main boss area, which was usually possible before. Before starting them and after finishing them, the world is very much the same as before, there is absolutely no impact in defeating the so-called almighty Crota... These missions are harder than before too, for instance a level 26 mission here is harder than a level 26 mission before. The same goes for the strikes. The one on Earth is hard because it's a constant shooting gallery mostly on closed quarters with little room for flanking and strategy, which makes for more than a grind overall. The one on Mars is more interesting, due to its location - the Black Garden. Didn't play the new raid yet, but I've heard good things about it. The 3 new multiplayer maps are ok: they're entirely new maps, one on the Moon in the style of the Temple of Crota (only darker), one on Earth, a bigger, more open sniper's map with vehicles as well, and a corridor heavy map in the Black Garden.

    The level cap is now 32, and new weapons go to 331 attack, making your old weapons kind of obsolete, especially if you aim for doing dailies, weeklies, nightfalls and the new raid at the max level of difficulty (30, 32 raid is coming later). So all those hours you spent grinding? Get ready for a lot more... You can technically update your old exotics (ONLY EXOTICS, no luck with legendaries) with Xur, but doing so resets your upgrade progression and in practice costs ~7500 glimmer and 8 strange coins... FOR EACH weapon and armor piece. And you can only do this for a random selection of 6 weapons and 6 armor pieces that Xur has available each week. Furthermore, Vanguard, Crucible and Faction weapons and gear require not only rank 2 or 3 and marks as before, but you need one new item (vanguard or crucible commendation) that you can get only as a reward for ranking up levels. So, effectively, you will only buy one of those items per 2500 reputation points, forcing more grind for reputation even on players that are high level on that faction (if you're level 9 say on vanguard, you don't get commendations retroactively). People who just got into Destiny are actually better off than veterans because they don't have the huge history of the previous grind. Furthermore, the new missions and strikes are now part of the daily and weekly pool of missions, so when the daily or weekly is one of the new ones, people that haven't bought the DLC will not be able to play those and get rewards. They paid money for Destiny, and now they have access to even less content... This DLC is not exactly "extra content" then, people that don't buy it are actually penalized for not doing so... And the DLC effectively forces a new grind phase if people want to keep going after higher level stuff. This is what Destiny keeps boiling down to: keep grinding the same missions/strikes/raid/locations over and over again.

    I started playing when the demo came out, about 2 weeks ago and met nice people to play with. Everyone that started playing since the game came out or a little later are very frustrated with these changes. It's true that the shooting mechanics are very well done, playing feels good, the game is addictive, and playing with friends provides fun in doing things together - if you're already fan of Destiny this DLC is kind of obligatory. But if you're on the fence about buying or not, know that the new content is short and poor, mostly more of the same, still no storytelling whatsoever, and overall promoting and being based on continuous grind. And even for veterans I've met a few that actually are giving up on the game due to extreme dejection and frustrating.
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  4. Dec 18, 2014
    2
    Bungie is charging way too much for this DLC it should cost $10 tops. It brings nothing new to the table. The "new" missions take you onceBungie is charging way too much for this DLC it should cost $10 tops. It brings nothing new to the table. The "new" missions take you once more through the same levels… but wait says Bungie; this time you start at the end of the level and make your way through to the beginning.

    Just when I thought the bounties couldn't be more annoying and boring, "Erin" comes up and gives us another round of tedious bounties.
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  5. Dec 16, 2014
    1
    As one of the biggest fans of Halo 1 & 2, the biggest issue with recent Destiny games is the assumption of the sinking intellect of its fans.As one of the biggest fans of Halo 1 & 2, the biggest issue with recent Destiny games is the assumption of the sinking intellect of its fans. The plots have been reduced to the dark vs the light.. Really? The dark vs light? Oh lets go kill the wizard and the knight, that seems original to an rpg? Are you intentionally trying to insult the intelligence of your gamers? My other biggest issue is that so little time has been spent on the multiplayer, there is no competitive incentives, like a ranking system? Also, now there are so many one hit kills/pause button items that the competitive nature is nearly gone from the game.... Maybe the intelligence of the gamer isn't the issue, maybe its the intelligence of the developer... Extreme buyers remorse for not only the expansion, but destiny as a whole... Expand
  6. Dec 23, 2014
    0
    What a heap of garbage. This is what passes for an "Expansion" these days? I remember back when an expansion was an entire new campaign orWhat a heap of garbage. This is what passes for an "Expansion" these days? I remember back when an expansion was an entire new campaign or better (Starcraft brood war, remember that?) and worse yet, most of this stupid DLC is already ON THE DISC.

    So what do you get? Oh a couple new strikes, a new raid, and all your gear you worked so hard to get? Yeah its now useless. Oh you can "upgrade" it if the gear was exotic, BUT you'll have to completely re-level it and spend a bunch of strange coins for the privilege.

    And that new raid? Oh it's about as buggy and boring as the old one. Did they add any real story? Nope! Here's the whole story for the expansion: the lone survivor of a failed raid group from the new raid has come back to earth to tell everybody that big hive bossman CROTA is coming for us, so now we have to do her laundry list of chores to get ready for the fight. Then go beat up croatato with his one weakness... a sword he keeps five feet away from him held by a wimpy guy a strong wind can push over.

    Oh, but she doesn't actually give you enough gear to go fight him if you do all her chores. Nah she'll give you a secondary weapon and a pair of gloves then tell you to bug off and go GRIND GRIND GRIND for vanguard tokens and the new big crappy token you only get for leveling up vanguard ranks. Oh! but you need the new big token for EVERY GUN they sell now, as well as helms and chestplates, that is, in addition to the same amount of marks you had to give them before.

    OH! did we mention the new vendor purples are actually WORSE than the old ones? They only have 31 more damage, but noticeably worse statistics than the old guns, especially the new vanguard handcannon vs the old one.

    BUT I DIGRESS the fact of the matter is, you shouldn't bother with this. There are so many more enjoyable things you could spend your money on, like a burger or some toilet paper.

    Not to mention this whole stupid thing is an artificial gameplay extender by resetting your grinding for new gear, which is exactly what the next expansion will do, introduce new armor and weapons they expect you to grind up into... really this is a massively stupid plan since it does them no good to keep you playing, they aren't selling you any microtransactions to speed up the grind, so more players just means more server strain/bandwidth used after they have put out the product, so WHY try so hard to artificially extend it's play life? Ah, well.
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  7. Dec 9, 2014
    0
    This is the worst game I have ever played, don't buy this junk. This DLC adds hardly any content, all Bungie has done is raised the max lightThis is the worst game I have ever played, don't buy this junk. This DLC adds hardly any content, all Bungie has done is raised the max light level to force its players to keep grinding over and over for little reward. And for all those loyal players who maxed out their exotics, Bungie decides to make their guns into a piece of junk, and force them to do it all over again if you want it to be any good. And most importantly the game is no fun. Everyone I know is just grinding to unlock more pointless loot. Expand

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