Destiny has been released, a game which was surrounded by a hype hurricane, we have played it, but what do we think about this Bungie Studio juggernaut? This is our review of a little game called Destiny.
We were fortunate enough to be among the few who were able to play Destiny in both the alpha build and beta build and I feel because of that, we can separate ourselves from the folks who just picked up Destiny for the first time.
I will tell you this, when I first saw the Destiny reveal, I was not impressed at all. The comparisons then began. Comparisons like, this is just a mash up of Halo and Borderlands, which at the time I really believe was spot on. Then the alpha came along and I was a little bit more at ease, but still not at all impressed. It wasn’t till the beta when I had more of an understanding of exactly what Destiny was trying to accomplish. did I jumped on that fast moving hype train and was all gun-ho for Destiny.
To those who don’t know what Destiny is about, you can check out the synopsis here:
From the Creators of Halo and the company that brought you Call of Duty. In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend.
Let’s get this out of the way, Destiny is a beautiful game. Anyone who sees this game would just be wrong if they say anything other than. Each location has its own feel and characteristics. Earth is deserted and rusted. The look and feel of modern civilization abandoned; the Moon, desolate and vast; Mars, rolling red hills of sand; Venus, lush greenery and tech. The enemy designs for the four groups are all great. The Fallen looks majestic and proud; the Hive look undead and dreading; the Vex looks like technological nightmares; and the Cabal, they are behemoth masses. Your encounter with all of these enemies, bring to the table a different way of dealing with them.
As for you, the Guardian, again well done designs! At the start of Destiny, you get to choose from one of the three races: Humans, Awoken, and Exo. Then, you choose from three classes of Guardians, the Titan, the Hunter, or the Warlock. Each of which has various abilities and armor sets.
Destiny revolves around customization. You can say that it’s a mix of a first person shooter and a MMORPG. When you play Destiny, your first person shooter fix will be filled by the vast assortment of types of guns you can find and buy. While your MMORPG fix will be the filled exploring, looting, and finding the different material and items needed to upgrade the special weapons and pieces of armors as you make your journey crafting the your perfect Guardian.
You will have more than enough to keep you busy while in Destiny. If you are not playing through the campaign, then you are fulfilling bounties or competing against other players in the Crucible. Then you have the daily and weekly events and raids which will yield rare and legendary items. Everything is again to help you to craft your perfect Guardian.
Now apart from all this, please understand that Destiny is far from a perfect game. Some might say that Destiny suffers from a wash, rinse, repeat syndrome. You do tend to do a lot of the same sequences over and over again for mission after mission. But my argument to that is what long running game isn’t like that. And Destiny is set for a long run game.
Also, the story of Destiny is a forgettable one. It’s not all that exciting, but it’s not down right awful. It’s good enough to keep you engaged and moving forward. However a light at the end of the tunnel is the downloadable content which is coming and the various events that happen.
Destiny’s competitive multiplayer known as the Crucible offers a beefy enough selection of game types to keep the PvP action going. You have the choice of Rumble, this is a free for all fight, 3 v 3 Skirmish, Control, which is a 6 v 6 controlling territories, and Crash, a 6 v 6 team slayer. Also among these will be limited timed event and setups which will offer special rewards for completing.
A major down side to the multiplayer set up is that, well, there is no set up. Meaning there is no private match setup, yet. I say yet because anything can change with this game. I’m really hoping it’s in the future.
Destiny by no means is a perfect or an original game. It pulls from other games and things that’s already been done. Some of those things have been done better. But Destiny definitely wraps up everything in a nice package that most of all is a fun gaming experience, especially when playing with your friends and it brings and changes enough to warrant it a go.
This is why, when it comes to Bungie’s Destiny, based on Confident Gamers very own rating system , we say…
Destiny is rated “T” for Teens by the ESRB. It is available now on the Playstation 4, Playstation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
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