New Sparrow-based Patrol missions have arrived inDestiny. It"s not quite Sparrow racing, but these missions do require you to navigate your on your Sparrow as quickly and as skillfully as possible.

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These new Energy Spike patrols were first brought to my attention when my colleague Paul Tassi wrote about the new Red Bull "Taken King" missions. These include "charging" up in an Energy Spike Patrol mission.

I decided I needed to find out more about these, especially since there"s next to nothing online about these vehicular-centric patrols yet. Fortunately, YouTube channel Gamertaining has a brief tutorial on how to find Energy Spikemissions, which are already live in Destinyprior to the release of the expansion.


It turns out that while patrolling Venus (and presumably other planets, at least at some point) you"ll come across a little Patrol icon that looks like a clock-face. Activate that, and you"ll be tasked with charging up a meter to 100% by driving your Sparrow through pillars of light. Here"s the video:


It"s certainly a fun new addition to Patrol. Really, vehicles inDestiny are so woefully under-utilized, anything making use of them other than as slightly faster modes of transportation or fancy load screens is welcome.

I still wait eagerly for the day when we get actual space battle and exploration in our ships, and Sparrow racing sounds awesome. But Energy Spike Patrol missions are a nice little step in the right direction.


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Erik Kain writes a widely read and respected blog about video games, entertainment and culture at jiyuushikan.org. He is a Shorty Award-nominated journalist and critic whose work has appearedin The Atlantic, The National Review, Mother Jones, True/Slant and elsewhere. Kain co-founded the political commentary blog The League Of Ordinary Gentlemen, whose members have gone on to write at multiple major publications including The New York Times and Slate. He lives in Arizona with his family.