The world of Future is full of mythic tales of extraordinary characters, from the legend of Kabr, The Legionless, to the thriller of Toland, the Shattered. Whereas gamers have but to fulfill these legendary characters, their legends stand as a testomony to the facility and mind of a real guardian.
However the world of Future has a narrative downside, and Future 2 is not any exception. Bungie takes legendary characters and introduces them into the story, and these characters fall flat. Even simply in Future 2, characters like Xol and Osiris should not given justice by way of the tales Bungie tells.
This downside just isn’t unique to Future 2, however the Curse of Osiris and Warmind expansions spotlight this downside completely. Osiris is without doubt one of the most well-known guardians within the historical past of the Future franchise, however even after two comics and a complete DLC surrounding the notorious warlock, gamers nonetheless really feel like they’ve discovered nothing about him.
Osiris rose to fame and energy throughout his time within the Final Metropolis, ultimately turning into what many noticed as essentially the most highly effective warlock within the metropolis. Nonetheless, Osiris started researching the Vex and the true nature of The Darkness, which many disapproved of. This ultimately led to The Speaker sending him into exile. Nonetheless, a cult rose up round Osiris, and his devoted followers might be seen all through the Future universe. Future followers have seen traces of Osiris all through the primary recreation, together with the introduction of the Trials of Osiris and the primary visits to The Lighthouse.
When Curse of Osiris was annouced, many Future followers had been excited to see the well-known guardian within the flesh. Nonetheless, Osiris obtained virtually no display time in his personal DLC, and his story was by no means expanded or highlighted. There have been a pair temporary mentions right here and there about his exile from The Final Metropolis and that’s it. Curse of Osiris is flawed for a lot of causes, however one enchancment might have been making Osiris the primary character in his personal DLC.
Warmind just isn’t with out its character flaws as properly. First up is Ana Bray, of the well-known Bray Company. Ana Bray is without doubt one of the most legendary Gunslinger Hunters within the historical past of Future. In line with Lord Shaxx, Ana’s Golden Gun left fonts of sunshine that lasted lengthy after The Battle of Twilight Hole was over. However is there any actual point out of her talent or energy as a guardian in Warmind? In no way.
Ana Bray went lacking following Twilight Hole, and plenty of believed her to be lifeless. Even Half three of the Warmind comedian make clear this, exhibiting that Zavala believed she was lifeless. Nonetheless, she simply turns up in Warmind and nobody bats a watch. Zavala even expects this, as he was ready for Ana on the entrance to Rasputin’s Mindlab.
It feels just like the comedian and the sport virtually contradict each other. Then in Future 2, we see little or no of the talent that comes with the identify Ana Bray. As soon as she reveals up, she is glued to Braytech and doesn’t assist in the course of the combat in opposition to Nokris and Xol, though her major goal is to guard Rasputin. Whereas Warmind was a step in the correct course for Future 2, it nonetheless had its failures on the storytelling entrance.
Then there’s the case of Nokris. Nokris was first talked about again in Future’s Taken King enlargement, a determine shrouded in full thriller. Nokris is the son of Oryx, brother of Crota, betrayer of the Sword Logic, and guardians take him down in a strike. The primary run by way of of the Unusual Terrain mission (in the course of the Warmind marketing campaign) leaves gamers with extra questions than solutions. Who’s Nokris? Why ought to gamers care? What makes him so particular? These questions aren’t actually answered till gamers run the Unusual Terrain as a strike, or gamers learn the lore tabs for the three exotics Zavala offers out after the Warmind marketing campaign – properly after gamers encounter and defeat Nokris for the primary time.
Through the strike model of Unusual Terrain, Ana Bray offers some perception into Nokris’ story, although not a lot. Nokris is a necromancer who brings lifeless Hive again to life, a direct betrayal of all the things the Hive race stands for. The Sword Logic revolves round killing or being killed to develop in energy, and by dropping the danger of demise, the Hive can’t develop stronger. For this reason he was forged out by Oryx, and why he joined up with Xol. However someway Nokris is taken down in a single strike and barely given the time of day.
Xol, Will of the 1000’s
Xol additionally made its first look in The Taken King by way of the Books of Sorrow collectibles. Xol is without doubt one of the 5 worm gods from Fundament, the unique homeland of the race that may turn out to be the Hive. Through the Will of the 1000’s strike, gamers defeat the god with nothing greater than some rockets and a flowery spear. Beforehand, god-slaying was reserved for raids and endgame actions.
All through the strike, gamers study next-to-nothing concerning the smallest worm of the brood, nothing about Fundament, and nothing about how, even at its weakest, Xol was a being to be feared. Worm gods can grant powers and skills past what the guardians can do, but with some fancy spear throwing, a worm god is struck down in a single fell swoop.
By some means, the one character that begins Future 2 lifeless made out higher than all the opposite dwelling characters, although the bar just isn’t significantly excessive. The Exo Titan is the epitome of what a Titan ought to and might be. Saint-14 embodies the energy, dedication, and honor that Titans symbolize.
Saint-14 was at two of essentially the most iconic battles for the Final Metropolis: The Battle of Six Fronts and the Battle of Twilight Hole. Saint-14 was the chief of the Vanguard throughout his time, and was an ally to Osiris and virtually like a son to the Speaker. After the Battle of Twilight Hole, Saint-14 went out to search out the Kell of the Fallen Home of Devils, Solkis. When the 2 clashed, Saint-14 took down Solkis by headbutting him whereas sporting the enduring Helm of Saint-14. If gamers have a look at the merchandise, they will even see the dents left in it from the conflict.
Saint-14 went on the lookout for Osiris following Osiris’ exile, and apparently made his strategy to Mercury and into the Infinite Forest. There, Saint-14 fought numerous Vex attempting to get out, and in the end the Vex drained him of his mild. The touching half is that the Vex, over nevertheless lengthy they fought Saint-14, developed respect for the Titan. When he inevitably died within the Infinite Forest, they construct him a memorial within the Simulated Future to honor the headstrong Titan. It’s unlucky that gamers could by no means get to fulfill the well-known hero of the Final Metropolis, however not less than his story was wrapped up. Although if Saint-14’s shotgun, The Good Paradox, means something, his story is probably not fairly over but.
Future‘s universe has a ton of unbelievable and fascinating tales to inform, if Bungie might inform them proper and do justice by the characters they created. With Forsaken across the nook, and extra DLC following that, it appears Bungie is shifting focus to make lore a precedence, which might do wonders for the mythic tales within the franchise’s universe. If Bungie can get these characters proper, it might make moments within the recreation extra significant and particular. Writing makes a world of distinction, and hopefully Bungie will step up their recreation within the upcoming expansions.
Future 2: Forsaken launches September four, 2018 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.