After putting in more than 50 hours I’m finally ready to review Destiny. Does Destiny deserve the low scores it’s been getting from all the big time game reviewers? Lets find out.
Destiny is a ambitious game. Bungie made a lot of promises, but ultimately failed to live up to them. Before I go on I would like to state that Destiny is not a bad game. To be honest it’s more like Borderlands than most people realize.
In Destiny you play as an unnamed guardian. You’re accompanied by you ghost who just so happens to be voiced by Peter Dinklage, but before you get excited and jump for joy you should know that his performance is just average. I can’t put all the blame on Peter though. He didn’t have much of a script to work with.
The story, if it can even be called that, is terrible. Nothing is ever explained to us. Instead we just go from one random location to the next killing enemies and collecting loot. The world of Destiny is beautiful, but it’s a lifeless one.
The gameplay is where Destiny shines. If you like Halo than you’ll most likely love gameplay in this game. You can team up in groups of 3 and go out adventuring together, completing bounties, strikes, or just regular missions. You can also get a team of 6 people together and go on a raid. Just make sure everyone in the team can hold their own before you even attempt a raid because they’re very hard and you’ll spend hours trying to complete one with your friends.
At the end of each stage you’ll get an reward, but it’s completely randomized and the odds of you getting anything really good is rare. The majority of your time will be spent trying to get better loot and you’ll have to grind a lot for it. If grinding isn’t your kind of thing than don’t bother to pick this game up. You’ll hate it.
There are multiple factions that you can join, but it’s not like a Skyrim faction where you can go on missions and experience a story. Instead you buy an item and complete bounties, or strikes, with that item equipped to your character and at the end of the stage you’ll get some factions points. It takes a while to raise in rank, but once you do you’ll get access to legendary gear for you to use. In order to buy the armor or weapons you’ll need special currency that you can only get by either completing bounties or fighting other players in the Crucible.
In between each mission you’ll often travel back to the Tower to get new bounties, gear, or gear up for your next strike or pvp run. I was a little disappointed in the Tower to be honest. It’s lifeless. You would think that since this is the only city in the game that it would be full of life and have different areas to explore, but that’s not the case. It’s very dull and everyone stands around in the exact same spot.
You’ll most likely want to leave the tower and get back to the non stop action as soon as possible so you won’t die from boredom. Another big problem that Destiny has is lack of content. You can easily complete this game in just a few days and after you do you probably won’t bother to ever do any of the story missions ever again because you don’t get rewarded for it. There is no reward after you’ve already completed the mission and that really kills the replayability for the story missions.
Destiny does have a ton of replayability though. I never once got tired of doing strikes with my friends, or playing pvp. The Crucible is where this game shines the most. There is a good variety of different matches that you can do in the Crucible.
One thing that I don’t like is the fact that not everyone that participates in the matches will get rewarded for it. If you got the most kills and was at the top of the scoreboard at the end of match it doesn’t matter because the reward is given to a random player and half the time it goes to the person in dead last. It really does kill the mood and you probably won’t care about playing competitively because of this.
There are three characters that you can play as in Destiny. There is the Titan, Hunter, and Warlock.
The Titan is your standard tank class. They can absorb a ton of damage and dish it out to groups of enemies.
The Hunter is your dps class that can end a fight before it really begins with their blades. They don’t last too long in a close up fight though.
The Warlock is just a walking nuke. You can clear and entire room of enemies in mere seconds without firing a single shot.
Every class is a ton of fun to play as. They all feel very different from each because of their skill trees. My first playthrough was as a Titan and I’m currently playing through the game again as a Warlock.
The soundtrack is nothing short of fantastic. It’ll really get you in the mood to kill some bosses with your friends.
The sound effects are also top notch. Everything sounds really good. It was odd being able to hear my gunshots on the moon though. I think Wolfenstein did moon combat the best, but being able to explore different planets was a treat in this game even though they’re all very tiny and don’t have much to offer you.
Destiny has a lot of potential to really be a blockbuster game one day, but I can’t let that influence this review. Right now Destiny is a good game that’s definitely worth picking up if you like to game with your friends everyday. If you’re looking for a great story go somewhere else. This game does not have it and probably never will, but if you’re looking for some great gameplay and pvp than you’ve come to the right place.
Destiny doesn’t quite live up to the massive amount of hype that was behind it, but it’s not a terrible game. Wait for this one to go on sale guys.
Our Verdict: 6/10
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