Three Ladies We Hope to See More of in Destiny 2

The last 48 hours have been hugely exciting for Destiny players and fans. Today (3/28), Bungie released the Age of Triumph update for Destiny that will allow players to fill out the largest, most comprehensive Record Book yet. And yesterday, teaser art was released for Destiny 2, featuring The Traveler hovering over The Last City as smoke and flames emerged from its grounds.

Naturally, fans have been eager to connect previous leaks about the Cabal attacking The Tower in order to extrapolate on potential plot themes for the highly anticipated sequel. But of course, we here at The Lady She Games are ready to theorize about the many unanswered questions in regard to some of our favorite female Destiny characters. Here are three ladies we hope to see more of in Destiny 2:

  1. Eris Morn 

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If you recall from vanilla Destiny, Eris was part of a 6 person fireteam that entered the Hellmouth in an effort to reclaim the Moon from Crota and The Hive. Their team was ultimately defeated and slaughtered, leaving Eris as the sole survivor. Additionally, Crota severed her connection with The Traveler, emptying her of her light and giving her a, “dark, desolate appearance, of prominence being the green, three-eyed visage of the Hive.” After spending years of being forced to hide from The Hive in the moon’s unending tunnels, Eris finally managed to reconstruct a ship and escape. Eventually she would have her revenge killing Crota herself. After the events of The Taken King, Eris retrieves the core of Oryx’s (Crota’s Father) sword, and addressing her speech to the Queen of the Awoken, notes that she “accepts her fate” and that she “will not fail.” Watch the cut scene here.

2. Mara Sov, Queen of The Awoken

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Mara Sov, The Awoken Queen, last we knew was considered dead, or at best “missing in action.” She had coordinated an attack on the Dreadnaught after Oryx’s armies had threatened The Reef, but the power of Oryx was more immense than expected, and his counter attack utterly decimated the entire Awoken fleet- including The Queen’s ship. All this occurs in the opening cut scene of Taken King, all the while The Queen is addressing her “Hidden Friend” who “escaped from that pit.” We can safely assume that Eris is her Hidden Friend, and that the two have been working together behind the scenes. From this, we can take away that The Queen is likely not dead and will probably (hopefully!) make an appearance in Destiny 2. Check out this video for deeper lore on this.

3. Maya Sundaresh, The Exo Stranger

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Again, in Destiny’s vanilla campaign if something of significance happened, rest assured, The Exo Stranger would be there. We actually know more about Maya’s background than we do her present situation. Mentioned in The Lady She Game’s Valentine’s Day blog post as an unrequited love story, we know that Maya was a researcher working in Lhasa, Tibet who falls in love with another researcher name Chioma, eventually becoming an Exo to be with him. Additional lore theories about Maya include that she was responsible for the human-to-Exo conversion program at Clovis Bray, and also one of the main minds behind The Future War Cult. Where she is now, and what role she has to play on the attack on The Tower are questions that we are itching to have answered.

What are your thoughts? How do you think these ladies’ plot lines will converge in Destiny 2? Let us know in the comments!

People are Losing Their Minds Over Zelda: Breath of the Wild

If you were as skeptical about the Nintendo Switch as I was, you might need to take a deep breath. I’ll admit I didn’t plan on buying the Switch for myself, but after the digital events of the last 24 hours I may end up blowing my tax return on the ever-anticipated console. Here’s why: reviews of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild  are pouring in from all over the internet and the verdict is in:

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It is rare for any one of these review sites to give a 100% approval of a game, and the fact that they all seem to be in consensus with one another is baffling. This can only mean one thing: Breath of the Wild is a must-play.

And trust me skeptics, I hear you. When Breath of the Wild was first announced I was naturally excited but realizing I would likely be spending $300 on a console for one really good game didn’t seem to make sense. This conundrum haunted me as I weighed the pros and cons: lots of hours of gameplay sounds good, and other games for this console might be okay, but will the Switch end up like my 10 year old dusty, never-used Wii?

But now I’m convinced. Game reviews exist for a reason, and I have a faith in Polygon and IGN in particular. Much like global warming, you can only deny the facts for so long. If everyone is saying the game exceeds expectations, then it must. I’m not thrilled about the cost, and the fact that I’ll be buying an entire console mainly for this game, but it seems to be a landmark in video game history. And it’s one that I can’t afford to miss.

How about you? Are you planning to buy the Nintendo Switch tomorrow (March 3rd) and play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild? Let us know in the comments!

 

Zelda Breath of the Wild: No Install Required!

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is arguably the most anticipated game the Nintendo Switch team has announced. Fans of the Zelda series are literally counting down the days, hours, and minutes to playtime- and for those fans, some very good news has surfaced.

Reports are coming in that despite the Switch’s considerable storage space (32 GB), there will be no installations required. This means players will be able to play Breath of the Wild as soon as they pop in the cartridge on launch day. While this is consistent with previous Nintendo systems, those who are typically PlayStation and Xbox gamers will be happily surprised to find how quickly they can access the next installment of Link’s story.

However, insta-Zelda access hasn’t altered the fact that the console might have some bugs. Several reviewers are reporting that while playing Breath of the Wild, basic Joy-Con reliability has become an issue. Polygon contributor James Bareham writes, “Over the course of my time with Breath of the Wild, I’ve had repeated problems with the left Joy-Con controller partially or even completely losing sync from the Switch console while docked and connected to my television. This is a pain in the ass at best, but has also resulted in several deaths playing Breath of the Wild.

A simple work around for this is to use the Switch in handheld mode, which while solving the problem will still likely be an annoyance to players who have long awaited the game’s release. Both the console and the new Zelda game will be available in stores March 3.

Haven’t seen the game’s trailer? What are you waiting for!  Watch it now!

Oops! For Honor Players Accidentally Promote Popular Alt-Right Chant

The phrase “Deus vult” (Latin for “God wills it,”) first became popular after Pope Urban II used the phrase to end a speech calling defenders of Christianity to regain their Holy Land from its Muslim occupants in the 11th century. It spread rapidly among European Crusaders as a rallying cry, and is still used today to express pride in our Western heritage.

Given the medieval setting of For Honor, it seems appropriate that when choosing the knight class, players can be seen cheering “Deus vult!” Multiple subreddit threads and the official For Honor forum posts also reference the phrase as a meme meant to encourage players. However months prior to the game’s release, the alt-right had adopted the phrase to support their movement which promotes racism, misogyny, and xenophobia among other hateful doctrines.

The Washington Post wrote an article last last November detailing the alt-right’s attraction to the phrase,  

“Both Trump and those in the seething online churn of the ‘alt-right’ — a catchall term for a coterie of neo-fascists, white supremacists, ethno-populists, anti-feminists and other far-right extremists who cheered Trump’s electoral victory on Nov. 8 — also embrace a clash of civilizations. The president-elect signaled as much in a major foreign policy speech in April, when he rejected the idea of ‘universal values’ and trumpeted the promotion of Western civilization.”

In spite of this, gaming news source Polygon is reporting that the intended use of “Deus vult” in For Honor is completely separate from the alt-right, and that they were likely following in the footsteps of other games such as Crusader Kings, which had an expansion called Deus Vult, In the case of For Honor, “Deus vult” is just a phrase used by the community without any political associations. We’ve contacted Ubisoft for comment and will update if we hear back.

What are your thoughts? Should Ubisoft issue an apology for including such a historically loaded phrase? Let us know in the comments!

 

If You Haven’t Heard of Polygon’s “Monster Factory” You’re Missing Out

On May 4th, 2015, Polygon content creators Griffin McElroy and Justin McElroy published a video entitled, “Monster Factory: Randomly Generating Horrifying Faces in Dark Souls 2“- the idea being to find a game with a customization engine that had the potential to turn a playable character into- well, a monster.

The description for the video reads, “In this pilot for a soon-to-be smash hit video franchise, Justin and Griffin create Squirtle using the character creation tools in Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin.” While this description was likely made in the spirit of silly self-depreciation, they would turn out to be more right than they knew.

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540,150 views later, the video would be the launch of a series of pure comedy gold. Some of their wackiest creations include The Final Pam (a heavily-makeuped version of Fallout 4’s female protagonist), The Boy Mayer of Second Life (an Augustus Gloop-esque boy who loves Totinos Pizza Rolls), and Borth Samspon (a European non-symmetric Bart Simpson from Black Desert Online). While these comically grotesque creations may sound too terrifying to love, Griffin and Justin warmly think of their monstrous creations as “precious children.”

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At times the aid of mods are used to enhance the monster-factory potential. For instance, their character #Noid finds himself in a world made of pizza complete with Steve Harvey face shields and healing vials of Mountain Dew. All elements that surprisingly were not a part of the original Dark Souls game, but that make for a very funny pizza adventure.

Another character who received a little extra “help” from the character customization gods is Truck Shepard– an utterly mutilated version of Mass Effect’s Commander Sherpard. Justin and Griffin created this remarkable being by “hacking into the mainframe” of the game and typing in random numbers. The results were stunning:

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Intrigued yet? Binge watch the full Monstery Factory playlist now! New episodes come out every other Friday.

Get Ready: The 2nd Wave of the Pokemon Go Craze is Coming

Just when we thought that Pokémon Go mania had officially died down, it looks like the internet may need to brace itself for round two.

The augmented reality game that consumed social media in 2016 is getting a considerable update this week. Niantic recently announced that a total of 80 new Pokémon from the second generation of games will be introduced, in addition to new outfits, evolutionary items, berries.

Although this update does not include the multiplayer and trading features so dearly wished for by players, the draw of exotic catches and outfit customization is likely to give the game a boost. Meant to add some more complexity to the game, the Nanab Berry will slow down Pokemon, making it more difficult for them to run off. Likewise the new Pinap Berries serves players by helping them collect twice as much candy after a successful catch.

Comments on the story broken by Polygon confirm that a renewed interest in the game is rising, “Awesome. My family and I are getting to the stage where there aren’t many pokemon left to get. This is perfect timing!” Another commentator noted, “I feel like it did not have to take this long. I know they’ve had issues but damn. I’ve been playing on and off still, but now I FINALLY get these new pokemon!”

What do you think? Will these updates pull lost Pokémon Go players back in? Let us know in the comments.