Destiny Post-Release Impressions

The good, the bad, and the brilliant

Destiny has been out about a week and I want to share some of my opinions about what makes the game great, but also what holds it back.

Become Legend

Starting with what makes the game brilliant; co-op. Its the games' main strength, as exploring the solar system with friends while shooting aliens and gaining glimmer and gear is not only the main point of the game, but its so much fun.

Your Destiny

You play as a revived Guardian and must aid in pushing back 'The Darkness' with help from other players.
"Many generations ago (shortly after present day), the emergence of a gargantuan construct known only as "the Traveler" ignited a Golden Age of technology and exploration for humanity. Initially the Traveler settled on Mars, where it shared its knowledge and technology with humanity, and a city grew around it. With the assistance of the Traveler and its enigmatic technology, humanity tripled its lifespan, terraformed planets and moons, and expanded its civilization beyond Earth and throughout much of the solar system.
The Golden Age would last for centuries, but human civilization fell victim to a cataclysm of extraordinary magnitude, known as the Collapse. A malicious entity known as The Darkness, an ancient enemy of the Traveler, waged a campaign of destruction against civilization. Few managed to survive the devastation. Forced to withdraw to Earth, mankind's homeworld, the embattled sphere made its final stand, where it sacrificed itself to save the remnants of humanity.The Traveler is now silent and dormant, while those who survived united to build The City beneath it, establishing the last bastion of civilization in the solar system. A powerful defensive aura remains projected over the City by the Traveler." -

Good work, Guardians

So why is Destiny a good game? Well there's quite a lot to choose from. The social aspects are really cool in that you can interact with strangers in 'The Tower' and see what weapons and armour they've gathered from their adventures, or you could just simply dance with them. 

This leads onto the next point which is story telling. The game does this well in some areas, because even if you're uncertain on the actual plot (which is lack-luster at the moment) you can forge your own. For example your Hunter, Titan or Warlock might be a former member of royalty, cruelly cast aside during the Collapse who is back for revenge and to restore order as a member of New Monarchy (a clan dedicated to bringing back the Golden Age).

The game modes are a nice inclusion into the game, as I enjoyed playing Strikes and The Crucible almost as much as I did the story. Your character has a decent amount of customisation too, from weapons and armour to Guardian abilities and upgrades. The worlds are also deeply fleshed out, whether you're exploring the Hive infested Moon, or struggling through the jungles of Venus there is always something to do, or shoot. This can however get repetitive so heres hoping that Bungie add to the game to eliminate monotonous sections, be it free or paid DLC.

The Strike missions can be tough

The Darkness

This brings me to what unfortunately lets the game down. I really hope that Activision and Bungie don't decide that two or three planets is enough and the rest are to be held as DLC hostages, as the game was marketed as being a massive exploration game, and while that is true in some senses, Venus and Mars is nowhere near the level of exploration I was thinking. 

The problem then is that once you reach the level cap you'll find yourself repeating events, just at a harder difficulty. 

The last thing that needs changing is the player limits on Strikes; three players is not enough and someone in your friend group is bound to be left out, so even if they upped it to just 5 that would be significantly better.

Overall my first impressions with Destiny are good and I hope that Activision and Bungie give it the respect it deserves, however I don't think that the game will keep players interested for anything longer than a year.

Is Destiny living up to the hype? Leave a comment below.

Published at Non-fiction Gaming.


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