Destiny 2 • Win a Gambit match • 20G • 10.68% of gamers unlocked this
I have lamented the lack of Destiny 2 achievements for a little while now, and I was particularly miffed when the two expansions from Year 1 didn’t have any additional rewards for completing the subsequent campaigns (Osiris and Warmind), and this lack of ecosystem support largely contributed to my decision to move to PC. Well, that, plus it’s so much nicer to play it on PC!
Nonetheless, it’s good to see ‘something’ be added into the mix for Forsaken … and so I finally managed to dedicate some time to my Xbox instance, and get through – and win – a match of Gambit.
First things first, I took the opportunity to use the free character ‘boost’ you get with Forsaken to upgrade my new Titan. Since Destiny 2, I blew away all but one of my D1 characters, my Exo Hunter … now in the absence of Cayde-6 it seems even more poignant to keep him. I had intended to slowly build up a new Warlock and Titan in the vein of Zavala and Ikora … an Awoken and Human respectively (they were reversed in my original save), meaning I would have a collection that represented the collective spirit of the Vanguard. With my newly-minted Titan, I glossed over everything else available to me, and with my heart set on this achievement, I dived straight in.
I don’t want to be ‘that guy’ who complains about playing with newbies, or how ‘casuals’ make the game more-or-less difficult to get wins, but I can certainly empathise with dedicated players who likely experience the same frustration I had in trying to obtain today’s achievement. Except, the difference is, I don’t blame those players. I think everyone – from the ‘filthy casuals’ to the ‘hardcore gamer’ should be able to enjoy Destiny … there’s a place there for everyone. I do, however, blame the collective Bungie-Sony mess that has made cross-play and cross-save a mess for everyone. My PC characters are strong, they’re familiar, and – more importantly – they have had many, many Gambit wins. Well, that might be an exaggeration, but they’ve certainly had more than the one win I had to get this achievement.
After two losses (and that’s not two games, that’s five separate games resulting in eventual 2-0, 2-1 losses), I could feel myself getting frustrated and making silly mistakes as well. I would stay in fights way too long, I would get involved in melee, and it would ultimately result in me loosing anywhere from 5-10 motes at one time. I suspect that this is the difference between competitive gamers and the amateurs like myself … the pros need to be able to comfortably shake-off those losses and get their head back into the game. Me … well, I get angry when I haven’t eaten for two hours … so my journey to pro gamer is probably going to take a little longer.
Nonetheless, I felt like it was a numbers game … and it was – ironically so. My win in the end didn’t come from sheer luck of playing games, it came from a heavily lopsided contest in which two of the opposing team had dropped out, and the 4 vs 2 match that ultimately netted me the achievement was essentially a no-contest. I seriously hope the opposing team got themselves a good engram or two for their valiant effort staying in the fight.
I still haven’t gotten around to Spider-Man on PS4 yet, due to a lengthy Software Update and the inevitable Day 1 patch. Maybe tomorrow.