Although reviews have been, by and large, mixed with regards to Destiny, most can agree that Bungie is on to something. Yes, there are some systems in the game that are, shall we say, head-scratchers, but even so the fact that we can't put the game down speaks volumes about its successes. Is it flawed? Yes, but that's only part of it.
Hoping to cash in on the Destiny craze, while at the same time poking fun at the game's silly systems, is a recent Twitter parody account called 'Legendary Engrams.' Essentially, the account makes fun of the random drops in Destiny, and how they more often than not work against the player.
Actual Legendary Engrams, for those that might not know, are random, unknown items that must be decrypted by a character called the Cryptarch. The Cryptarch takes the Engram, which is kind of like a blueprint, and turns it into something useful for the player.
They can be as valuable as an exotic weapon or armor piece, or as disposable as an uncommon shotgun, it all depends. What's more, Legendary Engrams themselves are extremely rare – only a few drop for players based on very specific parameters.
This parody account then takes the hit-or-miss (mostly miss) nature of the Engrams and pokes fun at gamers' frustrations; specifically how every time you are lucky enough to get one, it usually doesn't offer up anything useful. It's very much an inside joke, but for those who have played Destiny the parody account is quite entertaining.
On top of that, the Legendary Engram Twitter account also highlights one of Destiny's flaws: its loot system. Sure, most MMO-like experiences rely on the randomness of loot drops, but it's the way Destiny requires those items to level that makes the randomness all the more frustrating. There's nothing worse than grinding out several Strike missions (on a higher than normal difficulty) only to discover the Legendary Engram you got is for a different class.
To make matters worse, many of the armor pieces are essential for leveling past the soft cap of 20. Hitting level 26, for example, is essential for surviving Destiny's first raid: The Vault of Glass. Even then, though, gamers will need to have their wits about them, and about 12 hours to spare.
Obviously, there's still plenty of time for Bungie to tweak the frequency of Legendary Engram drops and the randomness of their contents. Hopefully, by this time next week, the parody account will be a funny joke that was rendered moot by gameplay improvements.
Have you been lucky enough to snag a few legendary engrams? Have any of them turned into something useful?
Destiny is out now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
Source: Legendary Engrams - Twitter