Destiny, one of this year’s most anticipated games has finally been released and given that it was made by Bungie ( the creators of the Halo franchise) there was plenty of expectations. To be honest i havn’t spent enough time playing it so take this review with a pinch of salt due to me not getting to grips with everything it has to offer. It’s no secret that i’m a massive fan of the Masterchief and the Halo franchise, so for me there was added excitement when putting the Destiny disc into my Xbox 360. It’s right about here that i should mention the first stumbling block. The game requires a massive 20 gb storage on you hard drive. You also need to have your console connected to the internet since Destiny is always online. A 6gb download and update will take place the moment you load the game. Not ideal if you don’t have a hard drive or have limited interwebs.
Ok enough about the technicalities..let’s get into it.
The low-down: 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. Discover all that we have lost. Become legend.
Now before i throw in my 2 cents have a look at the launch trailer and get yourself amped to become a legend.
Yes man. Instantly apparent that the visuals and soundtrack are epic.
The intro to the game sets the scene nicely and while i don’t wanna spoil it, you basically get woken up from your frozen state by an articial intelligence. You’re in old Russia in a vast open space next to a gigantic wall. Looking around you get an immediate sense of scale and openess. It’s awesome just looking around at the breathtaking vista. Doesn’t take long though before you hear some ominous sounds and have to make a run for the wall and before you know it you have a weapon in your hand and start kicking ass and taking names.
Destiny is essentially a first person shooter, but has very distinct RPG elements and some MMO vibes but not really. Given that it’s always online you’ll see other player in the world, but you can’t interact with them.
Presentation: the massive four worlds you get to explore are visually stunning. The scale is phenomenal and the graphics are superb. Attention to environmental detail, character appearance and enemy looks are outstanding. Music is also proper class.
Gameplay: combat is excellent and player/enemy movements are very fluid. You’ll be doing plenty of shooting and it never gets old. Your character gains experience points which allow you to level up, giving you access to new powers and the ability to use more powerful weapons.
Lastability: it won’t take you long to complete the campaign (roughly 13 hours). When you hit the level 20 mark you need to get rare weapons and gear to progress further and only once you hit level 26 you get to participate in the much talked about high level 6 player raids. You also have the opportunity to engage in strike missions..random missions you’ve already completed but ore difficult and better loot.
Final thoughts: it brought back memories of Halo but didn’t quite have the same emotionally charged storyline. In fact the story line is downright bland. Gameplay and visuals though are epic and more often that not left me so impressed that i just stood there appreciating the scenery. Destiny get’s a unfullfilled potential 8.5 out of 10. Very worthwhile playing, but coulda been better.
Right…now one of you is gonna walk away with a copy of the game.
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