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Blackstar and Narcogen are picking up with playing Destiny in co-op mode with the first moon mission: The Dark Beyond. (The Cosmodrome story missions and strike seem largely unchanged from the beta test, at least at their lower difficulty levels).

CORRECTION: I misidentify the text on the structures in this video. It is Chinese, not Japanese.

We venture into Hive territory to find a fallen Guardian and track down its Ghost.

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Dumping on Story
I've seen this for Destiny as well as Halo before it... accusations of being silly, derivative, and obscure, and I don't really understand it. Some of it seems to come from those who either don't want any story in their shooters and so don't pay attention to it, or those who are used to the kind of depth you get in an RPG and are put off by things drawn with a broad brush. The Halo series supplemented its backstory with the novelizations, whereas Marathon and Myth used the in-game terminals and journal entries, respectively. I have high hopes that the Grimoire cards you get in-game and then view on Bungie.net will be the best of both worlds here, allowing those who want to explore the world in-depth a chance to do so without overburdening the game with backstory during gameplay or through traditional cutscenes.

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We played co-op in the Destiny Beta! Join Blackstar and Narcogen as they go through each story mission, plus the strike, and point out the golden chest locations. (These may change before final release, though.)

This time, we enlist the help of Kermit7 to take on Sepiks Prime in the Devil's Lair strike. Some notes: Narcogen and Blackstar's audio is being recorded separately in Skype, so Kermit7's audio is unfortunately missing from most of this recording.

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We played co-op in the Destiny Beta! Join Blackstar and Narcogen as they go through each story mission, plus the strike, and point out the golden chest locations. (These may change before final release, though.)

In this episode, we're going to reinstall the old AE35 antenna control unit and wait for it to fail. Wait, that's not right...

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We played co-op in the Destiny Beta! Join Blackstar and Narcogen as they go through each story mission, plus the strike, and point out the golden chest locations. (These may change before final release, though.)

In this episode, we find a turn of the century, Russian New Age audiobook, plus an artificial intelligence with the least imaginative name ever!

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We played co-op in the Destiny Beta! Join Blackstar and Narcogen as they go through each story mission, plus the strike, and point out the golden chest locations. (These may change before final release, though.)

In this episode, we find a wizard that came from the moon!

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We played co-op in the Destiny Beta! Join Blackstar and Narcogen as they go through each story mission, plus the strike, and point out the golden chest locations. (These may change before final release, though.)

In this episode, we brave a Fallen Archon Devil to recover a warp drive for our ship.

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I have an extra Destiny Beta code for Xbox 360. PM me here or email narcogen@rampancy.net to claim it!

UPDATE: The code has been claimed.

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Testing our 360 setup for the Destiny beta produced some odd results in Halo Anniversary online co-op.

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Jason Jones tells you everything you need to know about Destiny (almost) while also showing off a few new character designs, environments, enemies, and map locations. There's a shot of a Venus map, and a location in the overview map called "the reef" which I'm guessing is the asteroid belt.

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Bungie put out a new Destiny trailer for E3 2014 that lays out the game's premise in a pretty straightforward way and also shows off a bit of gameplay.

UPDATE: The audio in this version is messed up. A replacement is uploading, and when it's done, I'll replace the embedded version here with the new one.

UPDATE 2: This version should have the fixed commentary audio.

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A good mix of both gameplay and some additional story in Bungie's "New Beginnings" trailer for E3 2014.

Also the first time I think I've seen it explicitly stated (by Peter Dinklage's voiceover here) what I've suspected for awhile here-- that the Traveler was the cause of both humanity's lost golden age and its downfall, and the enemies we face are the enemies of the Traveler, not necessarily the enemies of humanity.

Still, that might not ever become relevant, but it is something I've been thinking about for awhile.

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The beautiful piano part to the ending of the Halo 3 OST from the song Roll Call. Ignore the elevated note ties on measure 37, Finale
just decided to save it like that.

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I arranged my favorite Halo 3: ODST song!

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...at least that's what Bungie's lead investment designer on Destiny, Tyson "Ferrex" Green, is counting on. Watch this GameInformer interview to see him talk about what Bungie has learned from other games and where they are striking out on their own.

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