Developer: Bungie Studios
Review Context: I have enjoyed other Bungie games such as the Halo series, as well as other first-person shooting games and MMO games.
Date of Playthrough: December 27, 2014
Guardians unite to fight back the advancing darkness, but can Destiny hold against the Darkness or fade into mediocrity?
The story goes like this… A construct called the Traveler comes into the solar system. Humans get technology far beyond their years, and humans go forth to expand with years of peace. Then the collapse occurs and an entity called “The Darkness” comes and puts an end to pretty much everything we know. To fight back, the Traveler unleashes tiny creations called “Ghosts,” who go out and find humans, exos, or awoken and bring them back to life to become a Guardian. This is when the game starts. After that the story is told through missions and cut scenes. The downside to this is the mission story is told through your personal Ghost, who can be kind of dull and easily forgettable when tracking down objectives or fighting off various enemies. Because of this, the story loses of a lot of it’s potential and makes the cut scenes more annoying than interesting. The side missions in the game try to give way to some backstory and world building, but a lot like the main story, each mission’s little backstory can be dull and forgettable when trying to get the objective done.
As you start Destiny you create a character to play as, you’re a Guardian. Choosing from three different classes: Titan (which acts as the Warrior role), The Hunter (a rogue role), and the Warlock (being that of a mage role). Each class has it’s own special skills from AOE power attacks to abilities to help protect you or your team. From there you choose your race out of the typical humans, the aliens called “Awoken”, and the robotic “Exo”. There are plenty of ways to customize your guardian creating a unique and personal creation.
You are always online, as typical with an MMO or MMO-like game, and you meet with other Guardians during your adventures through the solar system. There are a variety of story missions to work your way through, which you can do alone or join others in a fire team to succeed. The Tower plays as a central hub to buy new weapons and armor, ships or bikes, get new challenges to accomplish, and store items in the bank. Every planet has several Strikes guardians can take on, much like dungeons in MMOs. Different difficulty settings dictate how challenging the game can be while in the darkness zone of the Strikes. Respawns are restricted to having to wait for a teammate to revive you, or a timer to set you back to a checkpoint. This gives dying a heavy penalty and players the motivation to not die during a Strike. The Crucible is Destiny’s PVP and a normal online section. Players will take their guardian into the Crucible to play games like Team Death Match or King of the Hill. The catch is that if you haven’t progressed far into the game you will be outnumbered and powered by everyone who is maxed out, putting an unfair advantage to new players.
As you level up your guardian you gain more abilities, as well as access to better guns and ammo. At level 20 your character is maxed out, but progression doesn’t stop there as you will be able to gain “light levels.” which act as leveling your character. The way to gain light levels is by obtaining better armor, which gives the player a good reason to keep wanting to find better armor as they come to the end of the game. New skills are still learned as well after maxing out the level, giving you access to better abilities and defenses or working on your classes’ second skill set.
The visuals of Destiny are spectacular. Each environment feels fresh and own what they are trying to be. The Earth is in tatters as you run through the long abandoned world. Broken down and rusty cars lend themselves to cover from fire from enemies, and the scenery is filled with abandoned projects such as old rockets or tankers that have long since been shipwrecked and destroyed. The moon is the vacant colorless landscape with outposts filled with enemies. There is also Venus and Mars as planets to explore. The graphics make for good eye candy on the Playstation 4.
The sound in Destiny is really on the mark. The music you hear in the background really helps with the atmosphere and picks up at just the right moments to really help escalate your adrenalin in the heat of battle.
Overall Destiny is a very fun game. The strikes and Crucible give reason to keep playing despite the story’s lack of excitement. Additional content like Destiny’s first DLC add-on “The Dark Below,” and the upcoming “House of Wolves” DLC provide a lot of new content to keep the game fresh to veteran players, while also giving new players even more content to enjoy while they fight against the Darkness. There are still a lot of Guardians keeping the fight against the darkness alive, so there is no need to worry about being alone for any mission, strike, or multiplayer game.
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