With The Taken King
, Guardians will find that their Level Cap has increased yet again. The limit has now been set to 40, so players have a new goal to work towards. In addition, Bungie has made your Character Level separate from your Light Level and you can level up your Character Level by gaining experience points. Of course, with the increased limit comes new gear for you to use. Your Light Level still comes from the quality of your gear, but it is now comprised of both your Attack and Defense stats. The higher your Light score, the higher your damage output and also the better your defense is. Keep your items up to date to avoid having trouble with the stronger enemies.
Campaign lovers, this one is for you. The Taken King continues the story introduced in The Dark Below DLC. Crota is dead thanks to your efforts, but now his father Oryx has awoken. Your job is to figure out how to stop him, and trust me, it’ll take some effort to put this guy down. With Oryx up and about, players now have access to some new environments to play out the story. The Dreadnaught is Oryx’s awesome ship which is more like its own planet and located in the rings of Saturn. The ship is huge and much of the story takes place here as players explore the ship, setting up a waypoint for the Tower reinforcements to land. Phobos is a small little rock located in Mars that the player will need to access for information on Oryx. Between and during missions, you’ll mostly be in contact with the class leaders in the Tower, as well as Eris Morn. They’ll be your guides as you work towards taking down Oryx. They’ve even got some nifty upgrades to help you out, but more on that later.
The Taken King introduces a new event type for players to sink their guns into. With Oryx out for revenge against those who killed his son, he has to have his own force to fight with, right? Enter the Taken. The Taken are comprised of the different enemy classes such as Fallen and Cabal that you’ve come across. The difference is that Oryx now controls their will and has them fight for him. You’ll be able to receive new quests from the class leaders and also be able to do new Patrol events to stop Taken forces from having their way across the universe, courtesy of Petra Venj at the Vestian Outpost. Completing these side events for Petra will net you some Queen’s Wrath points so you can purchase some of the equipment and items she’s got up for grabs, as well as earn some much needed experience to level up. You’ll be able to track her quests from the Quests tab in the Options Menu. A noteworthy update regarding quests is that you are now able to track them and quickly check them with a quick press of your track pad. You’re also able to track bounties, and I’m sure many players will use this feature to keep track of all the bounties they’ve got since you can now accept a maximum of 16 at once. With the update comes the ability to turn in bounties wherever you are. Gone are the days where you’d have to fly all the way back to the Tower to turn in a bounty! Just keep in mind that you can only track 4 bounties, so prioritize the ones you’d like to finish quickly.