I wasn’t bought on the concept of Bungie including glaives to Future 2. One thing in regards to the preliminary pitch appeared misplaced in a recreation like Future 2. However now, after enjoying many, many hours of Witch Queen, I’m completely happy to report that previous Zack was an fool. Glaives are superior.
Future 2’s newest growth, The Witch Queen, is superb. Others right here and across the web have already mentioned as a lot. So I gained’t spend an excessive amount of time repeating them or myself. However yeah, the brand new narrative marketing campaign is nice, paying off story threads from years in the past. But, Witch Queen additionally provides new twists and wrinkles to the (admittedly far too advanced at occasions) universe of Future. All of that, plus the amazing-looking new zone added within the growth—Savathun’s personal throne world—actually are nice. It’s simply my favourite Future growth in years.
Nonetheless, I need to speak about maybe the perfect little factor added in Witch Queen: Glaives.
Glaives in Future 2 are form of a bizarre mixture of fusion rifle, sword, protect, and spear. You’ll be able to shoot power blasts at enemies utilizing your glaive, block injury utilizing the weapons protect or beat the shit out of anybody in your approach utilizing its quick and responsive melee assaults. And in contrast to swords in Future, which zoom the digital camera out right into a third-person perspective when outfitted, when utilizing glaives you stay within the first-particular person view the entire time. It makes these really feel new melee/power hybrid house sticks really feel extra like a pure a part of your fight movement.
That’s numerous phrases largely explaining what glaives are and never why I like them a lot.
The factor about these new spear-like weapons is they supply a match a pleasant gap in Future 2′s fight sandbox. Generally, particularly when combating the Hive, you’ll be positioned in conditions the place you’re getting attacked from far, medium and shut vary by melee and ranged baddies. The glaive gives a pleasant answer to all of those issues. The melee assaults can simply kill weak thralls and different less-powerful enemies in seconds, whereas the power blast can decide off annoying enemies from a distance. And the protect offers you a method to escape or block injury from annoying snipers who could be simply out of vary of the glaive.
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Certain, I do know that consultants and min/max obsessed Future 2 followers will most likely level out some tweaks and nerfs Bungie has utilized to glaives since Witch Queen launched. They usually may also level out how, really, this particular weapon is simpler or does it higher for crowd management or no matter.
And to them I say: That’s cool.
I’m going to have enjoyable beating the shit out of Fallen and Hive with my magical house stick, smiling and laughing the entire time.