Episode #019: A Review of Destiny 2

It’s finally here!

Destiny 2 has arrived for PS4 and XBox (hang tight, PC players — it will be worth the wait!) and the Guardians from Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast are bringing you their spoiler-free review of the game that has been receiving stellar reviews across the board.

After a week (give or take a day) of gameplay, here’s what the Guardians think!

What are your thoughts on Destiny 2? Give us your own review (spoiler-free, please) at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction

  • Nick is turned into a drop-in!
  • Brandon really should not have made that crack about Tee on the Geek Wolfpack Podcast.
  • Coach has returned!
  • And wow, did he ever pick a terrible time to move south!

2:00 — Episode #019: A Review of Destiny 2

  • Destiny 2 is here! Whoo-hoo!!!
  • Not many spoilers in this episode, we promise!
  • Where we are in both character development and progress in the storyline.
  • Overall thoughts from the Guardians on Destiny 2 
    • Shout-out to our last episode and our discussion with ZGPhoto on  Destiny as a Beta.
    • Brandon doubles down and states Destiny on its weakest day was not The Division.
    • Nick does the same, only with Iron Fist.
    • A lot more to do this go-around, not just with story but with the world on a whole.
  • There’s a show in the hopper that we may have to try and drop into the feed.
  • Even the villain is more active in this sequel.
  • And we creep up the precipice of spoilers, but manage to pull it back…
  • …but Tee steals a bit of Nick’s thunder totally by accident. (Did you know the Consul was this actor?)
  • The game’s most terrifying moment.
  • From Nick Kelly: Destiny 1 is Alien. Destiny 2 is Aliens.
  • Ron’s disappointment: Your Silent Character with a Ghost Interpreter
    • A subject also covered on Return to Orbit.
    • For Tee, it’s no big deal. For Cayde-6, it’s an Easter Egg.
  • Other little nods and touches throughout the new world.

17:22 — The P.I.Y. Workshop 2017, presented by Tee Morris & Chuck Tomasi of Podcasting for Dummies, 3rd Edition

18:28 — Episode #019: A Review of Destiny 2 (Part 2)

  • Still got it, even across the distance.
  • Tee goes nuts over the score of Destiny 2.
  • Let’s talk about voice talent
  • Mechanical Improvements in Destiny 2
    • Fast Travel — Brandon loves that!
    • A tiny touch in the Map that the Guardians are appreciating hard
    • Nice nod to Donkey Kong
    • Nick doesn’t have a problem with overkill from time to time.
    • A drop-in that we will no longer be playing on our show…
    • Improved Foley
    • Improved Public Events, and the benefits of Heroic Public Events
    • Some love for the Adventures
  •  What a ride! Worth the Wait!

29:20 — Destiny in the News & Closing Thoughts

  • The Family that raids together stays together! Check out Michi Gopp and his family!
  • Michi’s got advice for running into Germans in the Crucible…
  • News Item One: Curse of Osiris DLC leaks, Bungie Confirms It’s Legit
  • News Item Two: Here’s What’s Coming Up THIS MONTH in Destiny 2. (Just. This. Month.)
  • What are we looking forward to in Destiny 2?
  • THE BIG QUESTION: What Destiny 2 worth the wait?
  • Hope you have enjoyed the podcasting rally to launch week!
  • And Brandon gives the Creative Commons tag a try. Not as easy as he thought it would be…
  • Let us know what you think of the Destiny experience and how Destiny 2 is treating you!
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

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Episode #007: The Reveal of Destiny 2 and Tee’s Raid Revelations

Brace yourselves! This episode of Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast is YOUGE! BIGLY! SUPER-SIZED FOR YOUR PLEASURE!

Let’s just be honest here: We had a lot to say about that Twitch stream from Bungie!

We’re breaking down the big reveal from May 18 with Special Guardian Guest Ron Dauphin jumping in on the conversation.

And…wait…Tee’s got a reveal of his own? And it’s got something to do with the Listener Feedback? What’s he revealing to his fellow Fireteam mates?

Enjoy this double-sized engram, encoded with all sorts of thoughts, opinions, and feedback from Bungie’s big day! Share with us your own thoughts on the big changes, new storylines, and incredible surprises from Destiny 2 at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com. We’d love to hear from you!

00:00 — Introduction

  • Big nod to the Red Legion!
  • Nick sharing his love for Amanda while Brandon gives his most serious of faces.
  • Check it out — ObiOrion is in studio!
  • Let’s talk about May 18, 2017…IT WAS NICK’S BIRTHDAY!!!
  • But we think something else was going on that day…

1:52 — The Reveal of Destiny 2 (Part One)

  • Bungie unveiled Destiny 2 on Twitch…and Guardians were pretty happy about it.
  • Piper watched me watch the gameplay…and she loved it.
  • How many times did you watch the gameplay?
  • Do you feel the tension between the classes?
  • Reactions to “Homecoming” from the collected crew…
  • Sweeperbot FTW!!!
  • These Guardians were taking notes!
    • Celebrating the Best of Cayde-6
    • New Special Abilities: The Sentinel, the Dawnblade, and the Arcstrider
    • More news from Mr Fruit’s Gaming Channel on surviving subclasses.
  • Representation matters, especially in Destiny!
  • What we’re digging from the opening cinematics…
  • What we want to see more of in Destiny 2
  • What’s with the salt on Forums and Facebook Discussion Boards?
  • Tee gives good Lance Reddrick.

14:20 — Washington Metropolitan Gamers’s Symphony Orchestra on Twitch

15:01 — The Reveal of Destiny 2 (Part Two)

  • You were expecting this show to be a half an hour? This is the Destiny 2 reveal, thank you VERY much!
  • More about the Red Legion and their leader, Gary…
  • And ObiOrion brings the gravitas to Happy Hour from the Tower.
  • Where’s Eris Morn?
  • Speculating on what happens after the “Homecoming” mission…
  • If Orion had that armor, he would be wearing the new armor.
  • Does your power come from Experience or Light?
  • Tee needs to practice a bit at the jumping for Destiny 2
  • Nick features the new maps coming in September
    • On Earth, we rendezvous at the European Dead Zone
    • On Nessus (Cayde-6’s hideout)
    • Saturn’s moon, Titan (Zavala’s hideout)
    • Jupiter’s Io (Ikora’s hideout)
    • …and getting from place to place has gotten a touch easier.
  • Destiny 2 introduces sidequests into the mix.
  • Tee’s theory as to why Guardians never had a map in Destiny 1.
  • Tee owns his inability to navigate current maps in game.
  • Changes in The Crucible
    • All matches are 4v4
    • Ron’s take on it: Destiny now compels players to work harder.
    • Coordination will be key
    • The H.U.D. is even more effective and dangerous…
  • We’re not going to let Nick slink away from the Crucible this go-round…
  • Nick covers changes in Social Matchmaking.
  • Bungie wants people to play in Fireteams.
  • And the Beta is coming….when?
  • Another break…but Nick gets in the last word.

31:14 —  The Phil Rossi Experience

32:24 — The Reveal of Destiny 2 (Part Three)

  • Nope…we’re not done. We’re NOT — DONE.
  • The new subclasses have some great abilities that encourage cooperative play.
  • Some Warlock love featured in the new Strike! (Love your Warlocks!)
  • Can we just take some time and enjoy the world designed for us?
  • Reflections on the Vault of Glass…
  • The debate between Dedicated and Peer-to-Peer Servers
    • No love for Division on this podcast, apparently…
    • Connections are a bit of a dice roll with Peer-to-Peer connections
    • Why would Bungie fix something that isn’t broken…for them?
  • Nick continues his descent into Destiny’s Grimlore
    • The backstory of SIVA
    • A Hardcore Destiny Guardian has collected all the cards and created bound volumes.
    • What happens when you go exploring in the Plaguelands…
    • Tee’s #DestinyGoals: Writing a tie-in novel.
  • Shout-out the THIS GUY in the audience…
    You, sir, are Legend!
  • Closing thoughts. Finally
    • Tee draws a line in the sand. Truly, he does.
    • Some thoughts on the Defender subclass
    • Zavala’s moment in the opening cinematic
    • No, seriously, Ron wants to know where is Eris Morn?
  • One more segment to go…

46:48 — The Shared Desk

47:48 — Feedback & Tee’s Raid Revelations

  • Yikes! We’re still going!!!
  • #IMissMyDinklebot
  • Listener Email from TurtleSnake75…in Germany!
  • Listener Voicemail from our Fireteam’s own WikiReedia! (The one and only, Nobilis Reed.)
  • And now comes to the reveal as to how all this ties in with Tee’s surprise…but Nick steals the thunder momentarily with some lovely art for the studio!”
  • Tee’s big reveal: He got busy last week.
  • Mad love to ZGPhoto (Zac) and the Photobombers on Twitch!
  • Are you curious as to what Tee got up to? Well, guess what — this adventure was broadcast on Twitch for all to see.
  • Tee waited for the call from Team Leader ZG of “A good effort, but you’re done…” but nevertheless, the Photobombers persisted.
  • When Tee found his groove, he found it in Wrath of the Machine…but when he didn’t…
  • Then there were the directional challenges.
  • And in the end, we made it the final phase only to be outdone by Bungie.
  • Tee’s Revelations
    • Destiny’s Community rocks my world hard.
    • Zac and the Photobombers were patient, kind, and good guys—all of them.
    • Tee’s been playing Destiny all wrong.
      • He needs to master jumping.
      • “Wrong Way” needs to end. Now.
      • He’s got two months…and a standing invitation to return to the Wrath of the Machine Raid with ZGPhoto.
    • Another Takeaway: Watching the Raid is not the same as running the Raid.
    • Practice, practice, practice…
    • Thanks again, Zac.
  • Now it’s time to get practicing.
  • Remember, we want to hear from you…
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  • We need to have Ron on more often…

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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

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Episode #005: How Do You Play Destiny?

It’s that kind of Tuesday where Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast is live! Brandon, Nick, and Tee are talking this episode about how we play Destiny. There are different approaches to the game, and everyone has a favorite way to play. In the second half of the show, they discuss ways they can improve their game.

Have a listen and feel free to share with us your own approaches to the Cosmodrome, the Dreadnaught, or the Plaguelands at 703.791.1701 or podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com.

00:00 — Introduction

  • Tee is trying hard to make everybody feel good about the show in its infancy…
  • Carving out time for Destiny sucks when you adult on a regular basis.
  • Brandon inches closer and closer to 400 Light. (UPDATE: He made it Monday night.)
  • Who’s coming out on top? Cayde-6 or this guy?

3:30 — How Do You Play Destiny?

  • Nick sums up his style-of-play with the Titan succinctly. (#TankLife)
    • There are other classes out there for the Kellys, and their KinderGuardian is a Warlock
    • Nick’s Advice: Don’t play a Hunter like a Titan.
  • A quick visit from the Studio Cat. (One of them anyway…)
  • Where to find us on the PSN…
    • Nick Kelly — TBA
    • Brandon Kelly — Th3rmalw0lff
    • Tee Morris — TheTeeMonster
    • Nick and Tee are making Brandon squirm…
    • How does Brandon play?
      • One word — He’s a Baller.
      • Crucible Doubles is Brandon’s jam.
    • Nick likes to farm the Forge.
    • “Titan no jump good.”
    • Why Brandon prefers Nightstalker over Gunslinger
  • Tee’s approach to Destiny
    • Thanks to Nick, Tee’s working up the Defender with his Kinderguardian Titan.
    • Tee’s more confident with the Hunter in the Crucible, but he’s got mad-love for his Warlock.
    • Brandon hates the Warlock melee…especially when he’s on the other side of it.
    • Before anyone says it, yes, Tee knows the Telesto is a FUSION Rifle. He was buzzing hard off the Rev3.
  • Thanks, Clark Gregg.

15:07 — The Phil Rossi Experience

16:20 — How Can We Be Better Guardians?

  • We love this game…but what can we do better?
  • Tee volunteers as Tribute
    • When the E becomes a P, Tee’s aim makes him ready for the Imperial Armed Forces.
    • And here comes the hump-busting…
    • Tee’s other problem: He missed his calling and should have played hockey..like Nick.
    • The Rage isn’t directed at other players. It’s all on me.
  • Sebastian (the Cat) returns, and loves on the plug bell.
  • Tee got an awakening about “aggressive styles” of playing when watching the H1Z1 Event.
  • What makes Tee unravel: The voices in his head(set).
  • Brandon’s Room for Improvement
    • Channeling an Inner Leroy…
    • Brandon hates Pulse Rifles and Shotguns.
    • SIDENOTE: Tee’s a sword guy.
  • Nick looks at where he can improve.
    • “Titan no jump good.”
    • Patience is a virtue….and a measure for how much Heavy Ammo synthesis you have.
    • Can Nick get over those jump puzzles? He’s confident.
    • #DestinyGoals 
  • How do you play Destiny?
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    • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com

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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

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Episode #003: The First Week of Age of Triumph and Destiny 2

Episode #003 of Happy Hour from the Tower: A Destiny Podcast was not supposed to happen for another week but let’s be honest— Bungie had a pretty jam packed week last week and we needed to get back to the Tower and talk about it.

What a week, indeed!

00:00 — Introduction

  • How about those new drop-in’s?
  • This is so NOT a weekly podcast…
  • …but HOLY HANNAH IN A HELICOPTER, Bungie is keeping us busy!

2:05 — The Age of Triumph: Week One 

  • So what do we think?
    • Nick’s got some catching up to do…
    • What is up with that “From the Beginning” accomplishment?!
    • Tee sums up the Age of Triumph.
  • Brandon is closing in to the coveted 400 Light Level with his Huntress after five days. Five. Days.
  • Shout out to Obi Orion!
  • Inching closer to our own six-person fireteam…
  • Tee hopped on to Twitch to celebrate AoT…
  • Whatever Tee is drinking, he’s having a wild ride with this episode.
  • With the Husk of the Pit, Tee was making poor Destiny choices.
  • Brandon is a man of few words…
  • Nick’s First Impression: Don’t leave the house without your Sunbreaker!
  • Brandon was getting a lot of Ogre Love.
  • Where was Vin Diesel on today’s strike?
  • Tee learns something new about rocket launchers from OneActual on Twitch
  • Age of Triumph, baby — it’s on!

13:25 — The Steamrollers Adventure Podcast

 14:36 — Destiny 2: Electric Boogalloo

  • On the FIRST TAKE…
  • Summing up Tee’s misadventures today…
  • When you need to mine for loot…
    • Tee and Nick prefer Archon’s Forge.
    • Brandon is all about the Crucible.
    • Quick Tip for the Crucible: How’s your Three of Coins stash?
  • So you think people are digging Cayde-6?
  • Who doesn’t love the SweeperBot?
  • Thoughts on the teaser trailer and then the trailer for Destiny 2
  • How can you purchase Destiny 2?
  • Have you picked up a Cayde-6 from GameStop yet?
    • What we know about Destiny 2?
      • The Tower has fallen.
      • When heading into the hot zones, get ready to go Cabals-deep!
      • Bungie’s word on the importing of characters.
      • Destiny 1 is not going anywhere soon, but no new content after AoT.
      • A few other upgrades to the game itself.
      • PC Gamers are jumping into the Cosmodrome on Day One.
    • Remember— April 1: Don’t believe anything you read on the Internet.
    • The Internet has got this. Seriously.
    • Want to share your thoughts with the Tower?
      • Voicemail — 703.791.1701
      • Email — podcast (at) happyhourfromthetower (dot) com
    • Shout out to the Headshots podcast!

Signing off from the Tower…

Remember to leave us a comment or questions
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Eyes up, Guardian!
Time to give up the Ghost.

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