How To Take Care and Maintain Your Hearing Aid

Millions of Americans deal every day with some type of hearing loss. Although this product is tiny, it can be expensive, therefore requiring information to correctly preserve its function and situation. Millions of Americans still depend on these gadgets that are little to create a difference in their own life.

Within the years, some key improvements have been created by hearing products. In reality, it is often noted time, the unit have been created to be smaller and more successful over that the digital hearing-aid was stated in the 1950s and these small aids today can create outcomes that are huge. Directional microphones are put to enable the wearer to concentrate on one-on-one conversation as well as the capacity to converse in places. As you can suppose, these versions weren’t as helpful as suppliers and those to day discontinued their production till about the 1990s where engineering actually took a flip for the better.

Oklahoma City Hearing Aids technology gives a range of possibilities, meeting the requirements of people today. Some are more complicated or more costly than the others, but these digital or gadgets nonetheless need the assist of an experienced audiologist to select the correct item and proper-fitting. The price of the gadget can surpass $5 and can commence below $2,000. Combined with the installation comes good care, which may help keep it operating precisely and extend the life span of the hearing-aid. They’re an expense for particular.

As an expense, care makes your funds go quite a distance. Understanding repair, cleaning and the way you store your hearing-aid will keep it working and might avoid the need for recurring repairs over time. First, in regards to the shell, the top of hearing-aid has to be clear. Aids typically have particles from oil or dirt in the grooves. Chemical and water should to be avoided in your hearing aid. Tissue or a moist fabric needs to be carefully used to wipe down the hearing-aid. Many kits contain a brush that will be good use for earwax buildup. The microphone is acutely fragile, and it’s not required to poke the port. During cleansing, the microphone should constantly be facing the ground as well as the brush that is provided ought to be used. Wax buildup could be prevented by daily cleansing together with the brush .

In the event you have any queries or need further help on the appropriate cleansing techniques, it’s recommended that you simply ask your audiologist. They are the specialists in this area and will gladly evaluate these procedures along with one to ensure effective hearing-aid performance. As it pertains to moisture, a hearing-aid can lengthen their life and drying container or a support package will assist keep dampness from building-up inside the hearing aids. Be certain before putting them in a great spot so that you can help them as long as they possibly can to consider the batteries from the hearing-aid. This, also, will extend battery life. It’s recommended that a spare battery that ought to also be stored in a great location is usually carried by a person using a hearing-aid.

hearing-aidsAlthough batteries nowadays are made to last considerably longer lengthier than in the immediate past, drying is advised with all the use of possibly a forced-air blower (no, maybe not a blow dryer) or a can of compressed air such like the one used to clear a key pad. Moisture can occur from even sweat or rain. Climatic circumstances and your activity-level are a couple of the most frequent identified variables impacting dampness buildup. People with people who sweat or high ranges of bodily physical exercise are susceptible to moisture problems as it pertains with their hearing devices. Likewise, residing in locations of large humidity can also irritate its performance. Whether from external or internal sources, moisture ought to be averted as most useful you are able to. Some aids will stand as much as moisture than the others. Consult your audiologist to determine whether they advise drying containers or particular dry help kits and also discuss your particular life-style together. Your audiologist can assist you pick the correct aid that’ll support your present life-style in the event that you are a bodily individual and danger more perspiration than the others. This, subsequently, will assist you get the most from the hearing aid.

New Cosmetic Reconstruction App

Tech Insiders Report A New Augmentation App For Smart Phones

cosmetic reconstruction phone appWe all have used snapchat and other filter driven applications but there appears to be something new on the market for consumers to eat up like birthday cake. Apparently a software company out of Oklahoma is developing a new app that allows users to take a selfie then apply filters that represent surgical procedures. This app might hit the market if it catches on. They are currently trying to find plastic surgeons in the Oklahoma area to buy into the app and offer it to their patients as means to “test drive” the surgical procedure. What this means is that anyone looking to get plastic surgery procedures like liposuction, rhinoplasty, breast augmentation, and botox can download this app to their smart phones and apply the filter on a selfie. So imagine that you were looking to get liposuction done around your waist area, you could snap a picture of your gut, apply the filter, and see what your post surgery stomach might look like. The same goes for nose jobs, boob jobs, and botox work.

How Technology Is Shaping Our Bodies

I love technology, if I didn’t I wouldn’t be writing about it. But with all the pros come many cons. It’s great that we can pick up a phone, snap a picture, apply a filter, and see what we might look like after cosmetic surgery. But what if we put down the phones and picked up some weights? Maybe we wouldn’t even need a new smart phone application like that if we were just getting exercise. I understand that this argument doesn’t necessarily apply to rhinoplasty or breast augmentation but it sure applies to liposuction!! It might be possible also if we weren’t so consumed with social media we wouldn’t be trying to modify our bodies to look like something else. Too much time looking at photos on instagram and facebook gives young people a false impression of reality. Well, such is life. If you are in need of cosmetic reconstructive surgery and want to see what it might look like before you go under the knife then this cool app is for you. Check it out and leave us some feedback in the comments section below and let us know how it worked for you.

What’s New On Hulu In October

Video streaming giant Hulu has announced all of the TV shows and movies coming to the platform and leaving it in October.

Among the notable additions include the Oscar-winning movie Philadelphia and the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore comedy 50 First Dates. The Michael Crichton movie Congo, the Matthew Broderick comedy classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, and the Stephen King horror film Carrie are also coming to Hulu in October. Additionally, Adventure Time‘s ninth season hits on October 21 and the excellent sci-fi movie Arrival lands on October 28.

As for what’s leaving Hulu in October, now is your last chance to watch Apocalypse Now, Big Fish, Kingpin, Hitch, Joe Dirt, Sahara, Shooter, and Surf’s Up, as they’re all leaving the site in October.

Competing platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime have not yet announced their coming-and-going lists for October 2017. Keep checking back with GameSpot for the latest.

What’s Coming To Hulu On October 1

60 Days In: Complete Seasons 1-2 (A&E)

Alone: Complete Seasons 1-2 (History)

American Pickers: Complete Seasons 1 & 11 (History)

Ancient Aliens: Complete Season 11 (History)

Ax Men: Complete Seasons 1 & 9 (History)

Born this Way: Complete Seasons 1-2 (A&E)

Bring It!: Complete Seasons 1-3 (Lifetime)

Chopped: Complete Seasons 14-16 (Food Network)

Counting Cars: Complete Season 1 (History)

The Curse of Oak Island: Complete Season 1 (History)

Dance Moms: Complete Seasons 1 & 6 (Lifetime)

Escaping Polygamy: Complete Seasons 1-2 (A&E)

The First 48: Complete Seasons 6, 16-17 (A&E)

Forged in Fire: Complete Seasons 1-3 (History)

Hoarders: Complete Season 4 (A&E)

House Hunters: Complete Season 7 (HGTV)

Hunting Hitler: Complete Seasons 1-2 (History)

Prison Break: Complete Seasons 1-5 (FOX)

Property Brothers: Complete Season 5 (HGTV)

The Rap Game: Complete Seasons 1-2 (Lifetime)

Saving Hope: Complete Season 5 (eOne)

Tiny House Hunters: Complete Seasons 1-2 (HGTV)

Worst Cooks in America: Complete Season 4 (Food Network)

1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

50 First Dates (2004)

6 Dead Souls (2010)

A Fistful of Dollars (1967)

A Long Walk Home (1990)

Abduction of Jennifer Grayson (2017)

Across the Great Divide (1976)

Across the Universe (2007)

The Adventures of Panda Warrior (2012)

Alice (1990)

The Amityville Horror (1979)

Another 9 ½ Weeks (1997)

Arlo: The Burping Pig (2016)

Arthur’s Missing Pal (2006)

Asylum of Darkness (2017)

Bananas (1971)

Bethany (2017)

Blood Ransom (2014)

Blue Chips (1994)

The Bounty (1984)

Broadway Danny Rose (1984)

Broken Mile (2016)

Brotherhood of Justice (1986)

Bubba the Redneck Werewolf (2014)

Butterfly Girl (2014)

Cabin Fear (2017)

Cabin Fever (2002)

Care Bears: Friends Forever (2004)

Care Bears: Magical Adventures (1998)

Carrie (2002)

Carrie 2: The Rage (1999)

Clueless (1995)

The Confession (1999)

Congo (1995)

Covenant (2017)

The Creature Below (2016)

The Crying Game (1992)

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest (2013)

The Cutting Edge (1992)

Deliver Us from Evil (2014)

Deuces Wild (2002)

The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

The Devil’s Double (2011)

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

The Disembodied (2011)

Election (1999)

Elephant Kingdom (2016)

End of a Gun (2016)

Enemy at the Gate (2001)

Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

Escape From L.A. (1996)

Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007 (2012)

The Faculty (1998)

Fall Time (1993)

Fargo (1996)

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Fierce People (2007)

The Final Cut (2004)

Fire in the Sky (1993)

A Fistful of Dollars (1967)

Fly Me to the Moon (2008)

Frances (1982)

Frog Kingdom (2013)

From Dusk till Dawn (1996)

Gandhi (1982)

The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)

Ghost World (2001)

Ghosts of Darkness (2017)

Ghoulies (1984)

Ghoulies II (1987)

The Glass Coffin (2017)

Godzilla (1998)

Godzilla 2000 (2000)

Godzilla Against Mechagodzilla (2004)

Godzilla Vs. Destroyah (2000)

Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah (2000)

Godzilla Vs. Mechagodzilla II (1993)

Godzilla Vs. Megaguirus: The G Annihilation Strategy (2003)

Godzilla Vs. Mothra (1998)

Godzilla Vs. Spacegodzilla (2000)

Godzilla, Mothra, And King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack(2003)

Godzilla: Final Wars (2005)

Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2004)

Grease 2 (1982)

Guess Who (2005)

Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998)

Hatchet (2006)

Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Hellboy (2004)

Hemingway’s Garden of Eden (2008)

High Tension (2003)

The Holiday (2006)

Hostel (2005)

Hostel 2 (2007)

Hot Pursuit (1987)

The Human Stain (2003)

The Hunted (2003)

Hunting Grounds (2017)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Jesus’s Son (2000)

Kalifornia (1993)

Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003)

Kill Bill: Volume 2 (2004)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

A Long Walk Home (1990)

Love Finds You in Valentine (2016)

Love Hurts (1990)

The Maddening (1995)

The Madness of King George (1994)

March of the Penguins (2005)

Mousehunt (1997)

New Year’s Evil (1980)

Ninja III: The Domination (1984)

The One (2001)

Oogieloves: The Big Balloon Adventure (2012)

Out of Time (2003)

Paulie (1998)

Pet Sematary (1989)

Philadelphia (1993)

Pi (1998)

Pieces of April (2003)

Postcards from the Edge (1990)

Pride (2014)

The Punisher (2004)

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman (2017)

Reds (1981)

Rent (2005)

Road House (1989)

Scream at the Devil (2016)

Snake Eyes (1998)

Southwest of Salem (2016)

Space Guardians (2017)

Species III (2004)

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams (2002)

Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003)

The Station Agent (2003)

Swingers (1996)

Teenage Ghost Punk (2017)

This Binary Universe (2012)

The Uninvited (2009)

Under Siege (1992)

U.S vs. John Lennon (2006)

The Velveteen Rabbit (2009)

Volver (2006)

Warpath (1951)

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 (2000)

What Lies Beneath (2000)

The Whistleblower (2011)

Yellowbird (2014)

Available October 2

Bob’s Burgers: Season 8 Premiere (FOX)

Family Guy: Season 16 Premiere (FOX)

Ghosted: Series Premiere (FOX)

The Last Man on Earth: Season 4 Premiere (FOX)

Shark Tank: Season 9 Premiere (ABC)

The Simpsons: Season 29 Premiere (FOX)

Ten Days in the Valley: Series Premiere (ABC)

The Toy Box: Season 2 Premiere (ABC)

Available October 3

American Horror Story: Complete Season 6 (FX)

The Gifted: Series Premiere (FOX)

Lucifer: Season 3 Premiere (FOX)

Available October 4

Black-ish: Season 4 Premiere (ABC)

Fresh off the Boat: Season 4 Premiere (ABC)

Kevin (Probably) Saves the World: Series Premiere (ABC)

The Mayor: Series Premiere (ABC)

The Middle: Season 9 Premiere (ABC)

Bad Frank (2017)

Colossal (2017)

Frontera (2014)

Rapture-Palooza (2013)

The Reagan Show (2017)

Available October 5

The Fog (2005)

Available October 6

Scandal: Season 7 Premiere (ABC)

Available October 7

Once Upon a Time: Season 7 Premiere (ABC)

Blair Witch (2016)

Available October 9

America’s Funniest Home Videos: Season 28 Premiere (ABC)

A Long Way Down (2014)

Available October 10

Brotherhood of Blades (2014)

Available October 11

Chance: Season 2 Premiere (Hulu Original)

Folk Hero & Funny Guy (2016)

The Lookalike (2014)

Available October 12

I Love You, America: Series Premiere (Hulu Original)

Blind (2017)

I Love You Both (2016)

Available October 14

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2016)

Available October 15

Bounce (2000)

Cruel and Unusual (2017)

The Crying Game (1992)

The Fly Room (2014)

Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2005)

Jersey Girl (2004)

Like Water for Chocolate (1992)

Mamaboy (2016)

The Other Dream Team (2012)

Orthodox (2015)

The Other Dream Team (2012)

This is Meg (2017)

Undisputed (2002)

Unzipped (1995)

The Whole Truth (2016)

Available October 18

Freakish: Complete Season 2 (Hulu Original)

Arctic Adventure: On Frozen Pond (2017)

In the Radiant City (2016)

Isolation (2017)

No Way to Live (2016)

Phoenix Forgotten (2017)

Skating to New York (2013)

Available October 21

Adventure Time: Complete Season 9 (Cartoon Network)

Too Funny To Fail (Hulu Original Documentary)

Available October 26

Neon Joe: Complete Season 2 (Adult Swim)

2:22 (2017)

Available October 28

Blindspot: Season 3 Premiere (NBC)

Arrival (2016)

Available October 29

Catfish: Complete Season 6 (MTV)

Priceless (2016)

That Sugar Film (2014)

Available October 31

Midnight Express (1978)

What’s Leaving Hulu In October

October 30

Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

Among Friends (2013)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Apocalypse Now Redux (2001)

Arthur (1981)

Bad News Bears (2005)

Bandits (2001)

Benny & Joon (1993)

Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)

Big Fish (2003)

Bill Durham (1988)

The Blob (1988)

Delta Force (1986)

Dream a Little Dream (1988)

Eight Men Out (1988)

Encino Man (1992)

Fall Time (1993)

Get Well Soon (2002)

Guns of the Magnificent Seven (1969)

Kingpin (1996)

Hammett (1982)

Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

Hitch (2005)

Joe Dirt (2001)

Killing Zoe (1994)

Outbreak (1995)

Poseidon (2006)

Sacred Ground (1983)

Sahara (2005)

Shooter (2007)

Surf’s Up (2007)

Teen Witch (1989)

New PS4 Games Out This Week Include Some Big Names

The run of new releases continues this week with a bunch of new titles out for PlayStation consoles. While this week isn’t as busy as it’ll be next month and into the holiday season, there are quite a few notable big-name releases coming out this week.

Starting off, NBA 2K18 launches officially on September 19 following its release for pre-order shoppers last week. Another big-name title due this week is Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, while Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 hits retail this week as well. Racing game sequel Project Cars 2 hits this week, as does the 4v1 shooter Raiders of the Broken Planet. Scroll down to see a full rundown of new PlayStation games out this week.

You can also check out GameSpot’s breakdown of the new Xbox One games out this week. Are you picking up anything this week? Let us know in the comments below!

New PlayStation Games Out This Week

September 18

  • The Solus Project (PS4; PS VR; digital)

September 19

  • 36 Fragments of Midnight (PS Vita)
  • The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth + (PS4; retail)
  • Blackguards 2 (PS4; digital, retail)
  • Burly Men at Sea (PS4, PS Vita; digital)
  • The Coma: Recut (PS4; digital)
  • End Space (PS VR; digital)
  • Factotum 90 (PS4, PS Vita; digital)
  • Hidden Dragon Legend (PS4; digital)
  • Ink (PS4; digital)
  • Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite (PS4; digital, retail)
  • Mary Skelter: Nightmares (PS Vita; digital retail)
  • Mecho Tales (PS Vita; digital)
  • Minecraft: Story Mode Season 2 (PS4; retail)
  • Morphite (PS4; digital)
  • NBA 2K18 (PS4; digital, retail)
  • Pankapu (PS4; digital)
  • Robonauts (PS4; digital)
  • Shoppe Keep (PS4; digital)

September 22

  • Cavemen Warriors (PS4; digital)
  • The Lego Ninjago Movie Video Game (PS4; digital, retail)
  • Project Cars 2 (PS4; digital, retail)
  • Raiders of the Broken Planet (PS4; digital)

Black Mirror Wins Its First Emmy

[UPDATE] Black Mirror won another award for Outstanding Television Movie for its episode “San Junipero.” Series creator Charlie Brooker cracked some more jokes: “I’ve heard 2017 described as being trapped in one, long Black Mirror Episode,” explained Brooker during his acceptance speech. “But I’d like to think that if I had written it, it wouldn’t be quite so on-the-nose.” He went onto say the episode is about love, not hate, and he demanded everyone in attendance immediately make love to one another.

The original story is below.

During Sunday’s 69th Annual Primetime Emmy award ceremony, Netflix’s series Black Mirror won its first Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or a Dramatic Special for the episode “San Junipero.”

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Accepting the award was the writer and series creator Charlie Brooker, who has a good sense of humor, for a person who writes an incredibly compelling yet morbidly depressing series on Netflix: “This is terrifying,” Brooker said during his acceptance speech. “I didn’t think of anything to say. First world problems.”

The win was for the episode “San Junipero,” which followed two women who fall in love in the town of San Junipero; however, the episode is a bit more complex than that as it also involves death and the afterlife.

Brooker’s speech was brief, but he ended it on a comedic moment: “Thank you. I’m shocked,” he stated. “I’m going to go melt this down for…” It was at that point his mic cut off. Regardless, Black Mirror fans will be extremely happy that one of the best episodes in the series is getting the recognition it deserves.

This year, Black Mirror was nominated for a total of three Emmys: Cinematography, Outstanding Television Movie, and the aforementioned win for writing. While the series has been nominated and won numerous other awards–which includes a 2012 International Emmy win–this is the first time the series has won a Primetime Emmy.

Netflix recently revealed the titles for Season 4’s episodes in a teaser, released at the end of August. As of now, there has been no official release date for the new season. If you’re interested in our thoughts on every episode of Black Mirror, we ranked them all and “San Junipero” came in at number three.

New Call Of Duty: WW2 Trailer And More Details Coming This Week

It’s going to be a big week for Call of Duty: WWII, seems. A tweet from the Call of Duty channel confirms that a week’s worth of single-player news is coming this week, beginning on September 18 with a brand-new campaign trailer.

Later in the week, Activision will release pieces titled “Meet the Squad,” “Meet your allies,” and “Real battles. Real history.” It sounds like fans are in for a treat this week.

Call of Duty: WWII is set during World War II, the setting of the earlier games in the series before it shifted to modern day and the future. The game opens with a recreation of the D-Day invasion in Normandy on Omaha Beach. Another mission will see players infiltrating a German base by wearing Nazi disguises.

The focus on campaign is no big surprise, as a lot of Activision’s energy for Call of Duty: WWII recently has been spent on multiplayer. There were multiple beta periods for the game held on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in August/September. Activision talked about what it learned from the beta and how that feedback will shape the final game. Looking ahead, Activision is bringing the Call of Duty: WWII beta to PC later this month.

Call of Duty: WWII launches for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 3.

$100 Million Raised For Charity From Humble Bundle Sales

Humble Bundle, a company whose platform lets people pay what they want for bundles of games and give a portion of sales to charity, has announced a major milestone. More than $100 million has now been raised for charity since the site launched in 2010.

The funds have supported “thousands” of charities around the world, including those that support disaster relief, protect civil liberties, and distribute food and water where it is needed, Humble Bundle said in a nice video which you can see below.

“Thank you, Humble customers for your generous contributions,” Humble Bundle co-founder John Graham said in the video. “Together, the Humble Bundle community has made a huge positive impact on the world.”

The current Humble Bundle is focused on Capcom, Sega, and Atlus games. Pay $1 or more and you’ll get PC games like Rollers of the Realm, Zeno Clash 2, Sonic Adventure 2, Bionic Commando, and Citizens of Earth. Beating the average (currently $8.67) gets you those games and Renegade Ops Collection, Sonic Generations Collection, Resident Evil 4, Dead Rising, and Tesla Effect: A Tex Murphy Adventure. And if you pay $12 or more, you’ll also unlock Motorsport Manager and Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition.

Go to the Humble Bundle store page to learn more about this bundle.

PUBG Sets All-Time Record For Concurrent Users On Steam

Battlegrounds continues to set records. The uber-popular Hunger Games-like PC shooter recently reached more concurrent users than another other game in Steam history. The title reached 1,348,374 users on September 16, pushing past the 1,291,328 record that Valve’s DOTA 2 reached back in March 2016.

All of these figures come from Steam Charts (via Polygon), so they may not be entirely accurate. Whatever the case, it is clear that Battlegrounds is a smash hit. It passed 1 million peak concurrent users last week, and the game just continues to grow.

Battlegrounds, which is still in development and is sold through Steam Early Access, is priced at $30. DOTA 2, meanwhile, is a free-to-play game that Valve heavily promotes, making Battlegrounds’ success all the more notable.

PUBG has sold more than 10 million copies by the latest count. Developer Bluehole intends to release an Xbox One version in “late 2017,” with Microsoft as its publisher. Despite the Microsoft announcement, developer Bluehole has suggested it may come to other consoles too (although it’s not talking specifics at this time).

In other news about Battlegrounds, creator Brendan Greene recently spoke about how he envisions the game potentially reaching 100 million players someday. He also said he does not plan to raise the price of the game when it exits Early Access, as some games have done.

Destiny 2 Review

Destiny 2 is a lot more Destiny. The structure is largely the same, as is the mechanically excellent shooting and satisfying loot grind. But there are a variety of changes both under the hood and throughout your activities that make it a significant improvement over the original and a better experience for more than just the most hardcore players.

From the onset, there’s an overwhelming amount of stuff to do. The Red War story funnels you through the four areas you can explore, introducing you to each one as you go. At each destination, there’s a bunch of optional activities to choose from, including story-like Adventure missions, simple loot dungeons called Lost Sectors that lead to hidden areas of the map, and public events and patrols, which return from Destiny 1. Then, as you progress through the story, you’ll unlock the strike playlist and PvP in the Crucible. For a newcomer to Destiny, it can be hard to decide what to do and when.

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The Red War story missions are less about plot and more about acclimating you to everything there is to see. You’ll level up at a pretty steady pace, but there are two level-gated missions that essentially force you to complete Adventures and other activities for XP before you can move on. There’s no actual reason for the missions to have level requirements, which can be annoying, but having direction is welcome after Destiny 1’s lack thereof. And aside from netting you XP and loot, the semi-hidden Lost Sectors reward exploration while Adventures are filled with lore and interesting details about the world that fall outside of the scope of the main story. Plus, if you’re burnt out on standard PvE, you can switch to PvP to level up, which requires different gear and skills.

The story is enough to serve its main purpose, which is to contextualize the shooting and looting you’re doing through it all. Its villain is a derivative conqueror figure with a hunger for power and destruction, and the save-the-world plot is tired. But you don’t need to know much to get going except that humanity is in danger, and you of all people have the power to help. The story’s strengths lie in atmosphere and side details, like the endearing craziness of the deranged AI Failsafe or the mysteries of the Vex machine race, and that should be fine for the majority of players who see the story as something to rush through in order to reach the high-level “endgame.” The mournful soundtrack in particular is fantastic, and it carried me through the most basic story beats, even on repeat playthroughs.

Like Destiny 1, there’s a lot of grinding to be done between finishing the story and moving onto the high-level endgame activities like the Nightfall strike and the Raid. And again like in Destiny 1, the shoot-and-loot feedback loop feels fantastic. The gunplay is still excellent, and being rewarded for your efforts with an even better gun is something worth celebrating. The biggest change is how much quicker it is to increase your Light level–now called Power–with minimal grinding early on. The combat isn’t any easier because of it, though, so it simply takes away the Destiny 1-era frustration of running the same few strikes a dozen times before you can move on to literally anything else. Plus, knowing you might get a slightly more fashionable pair of gauntlets from a five-minute public event gives you the kind of instant gratification that will sustain you through to the endgame.

There’s a decent variety of weapons and gear to find, mostly in random drops. And once you know what gear is desirable, it becomes a fun metagame to hope you’ll find it. A favorite around the GameSpot office has been the exotic auto rifle Sweet Business, and though no one has been using it, we had a lot of fun embarking on the quest to get Rat King. You might get lucky and get what you want right away, but for most people, finding a combination of great weapons for both PvE and PvP and gear with abilities that complement them takes some time. As far as customization goes, the Eververse and its microtransactions return, though leveling up after the official level cap grants you the new Bright Engrams that can be redeemed for consumable shaders, emotes, and more (for free). The change to shaders wasn’t popular among fans at first, but making them consumable allows for a greater range of customization on different pieces of armor as well as weapons.

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Some activities and areas are more cleanly or interestingly designed than others, and after a handful of hours, you’ll start to identify the ones you love to play again and again and the ones you aren’t as fond of. At least two of the Crucible maps are circular in design and essentially funnel you to your death if you aren’t paying attention, which can get pretty boring; some areas require a fair amount of platforming, which can vary from tolerable to tedious depending on your class. But others are laid out in all the right ways to be memorable and fun to replay, like the Arms Dealer strike that keeps you running from room to room and preserving your heavy ammo for a series of tanks.

Though there’s plenty you can do on your own, Destiny 2 is undeniably better as a shared experience. That can come on many different levels; you can work silently with complete strangers to trigger a heroic public event that gets you all better loot, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, you can coordinate with five friends for hours on end to tackle the Raid. You can also join a Clan, which can grant you a number of passive benefits, like legendary gear, as long as someone in your Clan is meeting certain milestones. On top of that, Destiny 2 also introduces Guided Games, where solo players can search for groups who are short one person and willing to help them through difficult endgame activities like the Nightfall or Raid.

Success through strong teamwork is absolutely the best part of Destiny 2.

Success through strong teamwork is absolutely the best part of Destiny, and the top-to-bottom tweaks and additions in Destiny 2 make it more accessible without dampening your sense of accomplishment. Meeting the level requirement for the Nightfall or Raid and actually completing it are two very different things, and getting in sync with your Fireteam and flawlessly executing a strategy takes a lot of work. The first two Nightfall strikes, for example, both introduced a modifier to the original strike that forces you and your team to coordinate loadouts and stay in constant communication about which weapons and subclasses you’re using. You have to figure that out while also shooting waves of enemies and trying not to die. You’ll most likely fail, but each failure helps you perfect your strategy incrementally, and the process of collectively achieving that goal is immensely satisfying.

At the highest level, the vast and visually striking Raid combines the need for top-tier weapons and gear, picking the correct subclass and loadout based on what your team needs, strong combat skills, and problem-solving as a group. Destiny 2’s first Raid, Leviathan, is very, very difficult, and solving its often obscure puzzles can be both rewarding and frustrating. For the most part, each failure teaches you something new, and the GameSpot Raid team actually cheered when we came up with a solid strategy after going in blind. But there was one section in the middle that we struggled to complete even after we figured out what to do conceptually. Of course, this was after about five straight hours of raiding, so fatigue was definitely a factor–but it didn’t blend the puzzle-solving part with actual execution as well as the previous sections of the Raid.

In true Destiny fashion, if you do something once, you’ll probably end up doing it many more times. The difference with Destiny 2 is in the variety and accessibility of what’s available, which cuts down on a lot of the frustration associated with grinding. And even after you’ve leveled up, there’s still more you can do, from keeping up with daily and weekly challenges to just hanging out with friends. It’s a much stronger foundation than the original had and one that’s enough on its own to keep people coming back week after week.