Hands-On With Destiny

 

“It was a time of miracles. We stared out at the galaxy and knew that it was our destiny to walk in the light of other stars…”

~ Destiny opening cutscene ~

The story appears pretty basic at first: mankind finds a new sentient life form that springs them into a golden age of health, technology, and prosperity— but their new benefactor has an enemy.  Fast forward a few centuries and the human race isn’t doing so hot – bottled up in the last safe city on Earth, waiting for an overwhelming enemy to finally break through.  It’s not exactly original, but it’s epic enough for a game of this scope.

Enough about the story though!  Let’s talk about shooting the crap out of aliens and teabagging the bodies of your fallen friends, because let’s be honest, that’s why you’re here, right?..  Thought so…

First off the shooting mechanics are everything we expected, and everything we hoped for when Bungie first announced the ambitious MMO Shooter that is Destiny.  In fact, Halo veterans should feel right at home swiss-cheesing aliens with the vast array of futuristic weaponry.  Next up – though it’s still in the beta phase, the depth of customization is impressive.  There are three main classes for players to choose from: Titan, Hunter, and Warlock.  Each has its own unique skills and abilities, but mostly you’ll just be shooting things in the face.  A lot.   Then you can choose from three different races: Human, Exo, and Awoken.  And you can customize the appearance of each: different face, hair, etc.  You can even go so far as to choose your gender.  And finally, the races don’t seem to make much difference, and your appearance won’t show in through the helmets you’ll be wearing through 95% of the game — so the real customization comes in the form of upgradeable weapons, acquiring skills and abilities, new armor pieces, new ships, new vehicles, etc.

When it comes to gameplay – the vast amount of loot to be found in the world is impressive; the maps that let you roam and explore are massive, and exploring them is rewarding – especially if you have a few buddies at your back when things get rough.

The visuals are fantastic and varied; the distinct style to the environments is very appealing.  There are few bugs that should get cleaned up after the beta phase such as jagged shadows and water that resembles tin foil from certain angles.  The character designs are all as you’d expect them: the armor looks cool, the ships look cool, your hover bikes look cool, the aliens look imposing, everything moves in the way it should. The one complaint so far is weapon design; there are any number of different assault rifles, each with different stats, pros and cons— yet they all look exactly the same but with a different color scheme. It’s a small thing, and I expect that will change after the beta phase, but you never know.

On top of all the fantastic co-op, explorable environments, story missions, etc; there’s also PVP and it is awesome.  Any Halo vet will tell you there’s nothing quite like pwning a N00B and basking in your victory with a customary teabag.  And thankfully, Bungie still has a strong hold on their roots – bringing in all the multiplayer thrills and then some.  The PVP is tied to your coop, so the weapons and skills you acquire while exploring and playing the story mode carry over to your PVP.  You can also acquire skills and weapons by playing PVP, so there’s no shortage of ways to build your character. And you’ll likely want to try each class; luckily Destiny allows you to build multiple characters.

The Beta is about to resume on PS4, and there’s talk of special rewards this coming weekend, and I have to tell you I’m excited to see what they have in store. Whatever your flavor: shooting things in the face, playing with friends, exploration, leveling up, great visuals, good story— Destiny so far has it all in spades. So if you’re looking at the upcoming games, do consider Destiny.

In the past Bungie has had a presence at Comic-Con with panels for their Halo Franchise; it will be interesting to see if they have a Destiny presence this year as I’m sure many of us nerds out there have some burning questions before the September release date.

~ By josephhawkins31 ~

 

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2 replies

  1. Nice review. Side note…the gender / face customization can be seen at Tower, so there’s that.

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  2. Thanks for the heads up, and thanks for the feedback!

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