The third being that the balance between light and dark is going to never be so important that it’s more important than any other thing the games are good at.
It’s important to understand why the light and dark are so closely related. Light and Dark’s power comes from two things:
The first being The Light (dark). In Destiny, this is the energy that is generated when you go into The Light. It’s your soul, your soul’s blood. The other is The Dark (dark). Here, this is the energy that is given off when you are in The Dark. It’s called “Light” and is stored on your Soul Diamond, your equipment, or sometimes in your Bungie.info account. If the Dark is good, then the Light is bad. If the Light is good then the Dark is good.
The Light and Dark need one another. Both of them are necessary to have a balance between light and dark. The primary way the two intersect each other is when your Light level is higher than someone who is in the Dark. If you are in the Dark, then even if you spend all your Light in any given moment your light will be drained before it hits the Dark. In the same way, if you are in The Light, and your Light level is higher than someone in the Dark, then even if you spend all your Light in any given moment your Light will only be spent to the point of exhaustion before it hits the Dark. The same logic would apply if someone was in The Dark and had one more rank, so you would spend all of your Light in any given moment if your Light level was higher than their rank, you could actually drain them of their Light. In that case, you would be wasting their energy in the process to keep you going until you drained their energy.
Because of this, it is actually easier and more efficient (i.e. cheaper) to spend more Dark and less Light, then it is to get by with only “good enough”. The point is, you need to learn how to manage your Dark and Light levels effectively, whether it’s through gear, stats or playing style. The way that you learn is through experience in the Light, and the way that you learn how to manage your Dark is through experience in the Dark. And that, my friends, is where the majority of the world’s Destiny players are.
While I really like some of them, let’s talk from my perspective. I am primarily a melee player; that’s where I usually spend most of my time in Destiny. Some months during the campaign, you may find me in the shadows with an arrow in my back, shooting at the bad guys while you run about in circles above me. Others days, I may be playing offscreen and shooting at a horde of foes from across the map.
Then there are some days where I might be playing from the ground up, taking advantage of every trick in the book in an effort to get through that last push towards the Light. I might be blasting the enemies with the Light, or I might be using ranged combat for the first time. I will always find some sort of setup that makes sense for the game, so I am pretty flexible in my playstyle. Once I have settled into that, I am pretty comfortable with what I can and cannot control.
There’s a couple other things that go into it, but that’s the tip of the iceberg, I think. There are times I will be playing from the ground up, and there are a few times I will put my attention in the dark. There are times when I will be on the other side of the map, and there are times when I will be in the middle, which means I won’t have as much freedom to work with. I generally am pretty picky when it comes to what I want to do, and what I am willing to do in battle. I am more willing to commit to something when I know that it is working on my terms versus my oppenents’. If you get away from that in a fight, you are very likely going to find yourself a lot more frustrated. If you don’t think that’s true for you at all then you are a lot more likely to do what I do, which is just play the game and use the map.
I have heard that the Dark will get more and more fun the more people play it. I’m not quite sure where I fall in that assessment, but I will say that I think you will become far more accustomed to its different challenges, and when you are playing it effectively for the first time, you will quickly get used to the fact that some of these challenges (particularly those which can be done by you) are going to seem utterly out of your capability. There will be times