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Destiny: The Dark Below costs a hilarious £20, here are ten much better ways to spend your money

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Matt Gardner
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Destiny: The Dark Below costs a hilarious £20, here are ten much better ways to spend your money

There's an article titled "Destiny: The Dark Below Review... from someone who uninstalled the game months ago" sat in my Drafts tab right now, containing a 400-word rant about how mind-bogglingly cynical Destiny is as a game, and how offensive their first content drop is given the wealth of recycled material that you get for your £20 in The Dark Below.

For twenty of your British pounds, you can delight in three new missions, two new Strikes (sorry, one if you don't have a PlayStation), a new Raid, three new PvP maps, and a smattering of new weapons and armour.

Listing it all like that actually makes things sound a bit better than most DLC packs. But most DLC packs don't cost £20, or take place largely in areas of a game you've gone through time and time again. Don't expect Bungie to have suddenly learned how to match their gunplay up to decent level design, from what we've seen the AI is as dumb as before, and boss battles are still just a case of standing in a small room while mobs try and distract you from a lumbering, idiotic bullet-sponge that takes between 10-30 mins to kill by dogged attrition.

I played Halo 3 again over the weekend and remembered that Bungie used to actually be pretty good at this sort of thing. How I wept.

Destiny: The Dark Below costs a hilarious £20, here are ten much better ways to spend your money

Destiny has now left my PS4, uninstalled to make way for games that are actually good and don't sucker me in with slot-machine mechanics and deeply cynical, borderline lazy design features geared towards fuelling grindy addiction rather than actual enjoyment.

With that in mind, we're going to perform a public service today and give you ten alternative ways of spending that £20 of yours. Don't buy The Dark Below and make yourself miserable as you wonder where the hell all that time you've wasted went. Spend your money on these things and be awesome instead.

This is an end, after all, but also... a beginni... no. Can't do it. Stupid f@#$ing pile of vague bulls#! t. Let's get to the better ways of spending £20...

1. Buy 3 copies of Titanfall

Titanfall has been leading Destiny in our Game of the Year community poll (click here to cast your vote if you haven't already) and we reckon that's fair. Jon already named it his Game of the Year 2014 for essentially setting the template for things to come. It's still brilliant, and you can pick it up for just £6 (£5 with code) at Tesco. Get two or three mates onboard and you're all set.

Destiny: The Dark Below costs a hilarious £20, here are ten much better ways to spend your money

2. Buy Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on PC for £17.99

Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel is a flawed game, but it's also ridiculously good fun, especially with a friend. Read our Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel review here, and pick it up for £17.99 on PC from GameKeysNow.

3. Jump into Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare for under £20

This is how ridiculous Destiny's DLC pricing is. You can buy Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on PC for under £20 right now! It's also a better game than Destiny, as our COD: Advanced Warfare review explains, and its multiplayer is truly a step forward for the series. Buy it here.

Destiny: The Dark Below costs a hilarious £20, here are ten much better ways to spend your money

Look at how much fun you could be having!

 

4. Pick up £25 of PSN credit for just over £20

Okay, so I'm cheating with this one as it's a few pennies over the £20 mark. But it's still a damn fine deal, and you can spend your credit on lots of shiny PSN titles. Click here to grab the card itself, and don't forget to knock 5% by snaffling up a CDKeys voucher code from Facebook. Remember, there are loads of 20th Anniversary PSN deals to be had, click here for more info.

5. Buy Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris

Lara Croft's isometric, top-down, pick-up-and-play adventures are great, and this latest one offers up some 4-way co-op action too. It's brilliant fun, with some excellent puzzling and cracking level design to be had. Click here to buy the game itself for £14.99, or if you want to buy Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris and the season pass for £19.99, click here. Remember, you get 10% off if you're a PS Plus subscriber.

6. Grab Game of Thrones: Iron From Ice's season pass for £19.99

The Game of Thrones season pass is already under £20 on PSN. Seriously, you're going to get The Dark Below over this? Hahahaha. Click here to buy it.

Destiny: The Dark Below costs a hilarious £20, here are ten much better ways to spend your money

7. Buy two Amiibos

Amiibos are cool. I mean, they're fairly useless right now unless you have Smash Bros, and even then, they don't really do much. But you'll smile every time you look at them... which is more than can be said for Destiny. every time I think about Destiny a cloud of disappointment coalesces above my head and my mood turns thunderous. Let some sunshine back into your life with the cheery charm of Nintendo. It's worth noting that you can pick up Mario, Fox, Link, and Samus still for a tenner.

8. Buy two copies of Nidhogg

Nidhogg costs £4.99 over on the Humble Store right now, and the arcadey, acrobatic fencing extravaganza is pretty brilliant with a friend. Plus, you'll have £10 left over for a few beers. You could also just spend the £20 on beer.

Destiny: The Dark Below costs a hilarious £20, here are ten much better ways to spend your money

9. Have more fun with Wolfenstein: The New Order

Brendan named Wolfenstein: The New Order his game of the year, and it's difficult to resist the old-school, explosive, dual-wielding, robo-dino romp that is The New Order. It's brilliantly OTT in its finest moments, and it'll put a massive grin on your face. Buy Wolfenstein: The New Order cheap on PS4 here, and pick it up for Xbox One by clicking here.

10. Get a masterclass in atmospheric FPS awesomeness from Metro: Redux

Pick Metro: Redux up for £15 on PS4 by clicking here, and do the same on Xbox One here.

So there you have it. Ten things that you should probably do with your money other than spending it on The Dark Below. I mean, you could buy that Destiny DLC if you're actually having fun with the game and have a money tree. No one's stopping you. But I want you to think of these weekend tears of mine when you do.

Destiny: The Dark Below costs a hilarious £20, here are ten much better ways to spend your money

 

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Lacarious  Dec. 10, 2014 at 15:58

So far I've saved $80 by not thinking about purchasing the travesty that is Destiny. Bungie has clearly gone corporate and their games are repetitive garbage. Just like halo 3 was repetitive garbage. Halo 2 should've have been their final epic game but m$ made them turn h2 into h2 & h3. Bungie are now little corporate bitches and need to be treated as such.

Samlock  Dec. 10, 2014 at 15:59

I'd rather buy ALL of these things than one season pass for Destiny... Will be taking my copy to CeX at the weekend.

Also, your link for the PSN credit goes to the CoD:AW page.

SavageDonkey  Dec. 10, 2014 at 16:26

Thanks for sharing that website for LBP3. I also purchased AC:Unity there for £16 (yes I know).

They say they will have CoD:AW for $19.99 on Xbox One 12th-14th Decemeber.

Now that's even less than £20

MattGardner  Dec. 10, 2014 at 17:56

@Samlock - Cheers! Have fixed now.

@SavageDonkey: Glad it worked out for you. Haha, £16 is probably about right for Unity :)

BubbaGump23  Dec. 11, 2014 at 00:44

I'll agree with most of the options you put forth as being great deals. One that I think is hilarious is titanfall 3 times over. You complain about destiny being the same thing over and over again... And then recommend titanfall so highly? I played titanfall. It's a solid online FPS with some well done mechanics. And that's where it ends. A just shy of nonexistent story, and only about 4 modes in the multiplayer, with no single player content, all seems a little bare bones for a $60 game (though I do agree with 6 euro that's a nice deal) I have my issues with destiny as well, but at least it's something fresh. COD:AW is a solid game, the exo suits are interesting. But the core game play is identical. Also remember destiny is the first game in a new franchise; go back to the first in any franchise and you're bound to find flaws. Also so far, the dark Below so far has been fun. The missions and quests are cool, the strike is cool, and the MP maps are fun and we'll designed. I haven't even played the new raid and I feel like I got my money's worth. Call me sucker if you want but I'm thoroughly enjoying my time with destiny.

KNUTSONN  Dec. 11, 2014 at 05:19

I'll agree with most of the options you put forth as being great deals. One that I think is hilarious is titanfall 3 times over. You complain about destiny being the same thing over and over again... And then recommend titanfall so highly? I played titanfall. It's a solid online FPS with some well done mechanics. And that's where it ends. A just shy of nonexistent story, and only about 4 modes in the multiplayer, with no single player content, all seems a little bare bones for a $60 game (though I do agree with 6 euro that's a nice deal) I have my issues with destiny as well, but at least it's something fresh. COD:AW is a solid game, the exo suits are interesting. But the core game play is identical. Also remember destiny is the first game in a new franchise; go back to the first in any franchise and you're bound to find flaws. Also so far, the dark Below so far has been fun. The missions and quests are cool, the strike is cool, and the MP maps are fun and we'll designed. I haven't even played the new raid and I feel like I got my money's worth. Call me sucker if you want but I'm thoroughly enjoying my time with destiny.
I second this!!

sumbastard  Dec. 11, 2014 at 05:44

OK you didn't like destiny, it is a game that was designed to
Play with your friends. And what I am seeing more and more from stupid rants such as this one. Is that the people who seem to complain the most.don't ever seem to to include ( me and my friends) or ( my friends and I) so I have to ask If you didn't enjoy destiny and you uninstalled it from your ps4 why make such a big stink about it? Just move on...its not like your troll like opinion is going to detour people with friends from buying destiny's DLC.

Late  Dec. 11, 2014 at 09:40

It's okay, guys - people can have different opinions. Would be a boring world if we didn't! (Perhaps not so boring for me, as I'd be supreme emperor of Earth and all her colonies - I've always thought that's how it should be, and everyone would agree, natch.)

Personally I enjoyed Titanfall a lot more than Destiny, and it being available for less than a tenner is undeniably a great offer - but if you love Destiny and you're happy to pay £20 for a new expansion then of course you'll buy it and proclaim it's wonderfulness.

And not necessarily in a "self-justification" way, either, though I suspect that may apply to some.

Crazy Jamie  Dec. 11, 2014 at 10:16

OK you didn't like destiny, it is a game that was designed to
Play with your friends. And what I am seeing more and more from stupid rants such as this one. Is that the people who seem to complain the most.don't ever seem to to include ( me and my friends) or ( my friends and I) so I have to ask If you didn't enjoy destiny and you uninstalled it from your ps4 why make such a big stink about it? Just move on...its not like your troll like opinion is going to detour people with friends from buying destiny's DLC.
Would it help you at all if I mentioned that I have now stopped playing Destiny, as have all of the group of friends that I started playing it with? I put around 25 hours into it, with some of the others in the group putting a lot more than that into it, but even at that point it had become extremely repetitive. The reality is that whilst the game has excellent shooting mechanics and is a lot of fun to play with friends, it suffers from a chronic lack of content for what is essentially an MMO. If you can look past that and continue to enjoy it that's great, but pretending that the game is rich in content and/or that those who criticise it are trolling is just absolute nonsense.

I can understand those who are still enjoying the game will want to pick up The Dark Below because it allows them to continue playing the complete experience. But when you take a step back and look at what it actually provides, the price point is an absolute disgrace, and I expect it will turn a lot of people away from the game. Destiny will no doubt continue to have a very large user base, but I certainly won't be among them in the foreseeable future. As and when the game expands significantly (hopefully with the second expansion) and the complete experience can be picked up at a reasonable price (GOTY addition further down the line is inevitable) I will actually come back to Destiny, as I expect my friends will. But at this point so there are simply so many better options to spend your time with.

TheChappy  Dec. 11, 2014 at 14:23

OK you didn't like destiny, it is a game that was designed to
Play with your friends. And what I am seeing more and more from stupid rants such as this one. Is that the people who seem to complain the most.don't ever seem to to include ( me and my friends) or ( my friends and I) so I have to ask If you didn't enjoy destiny and you uninstalled it from your ps4 why make such a big stink about it? Just move on...its not like your troll like opinion is going to detour people with friends from buying destiny's DLC.


There are other games to play with your friends though. Games that aren't rubbish.

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