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Destiny - Game Review

by Omar Sat Sep 13, 2014 3:26 am

A lot of people say that I write good reviews so here's one with a game called Destiny.

Bungie, the infamous game developer that brought the Halo franchise to the Xbox brand early this millennium. Now brings us a new ip called "Destiny"

Destiny is a hybrid game of Halo and Boarderlands.
Now I got Destiny (thanks to rgangsta as a little gift) because I loved the Beta.
The gunplay is phenomenal and top notch also. I felt accurate right out of the box and enjoyed the handling of the guns. Another plus of this game is the music, which is composed by Halo composer - Martin O' Donnell. O'Donnell created great music pieces, from action to tense to calm and relaxed music. The only problem is that the music of this great composer is not used as much when the game has a blank moment.

Another thing I admire is the fantastic art direction that the game has taken.
Art is key to the game. I enjoyed how the levels are designed and how the characters are well thought out. The game is great you may recall. But like every game now, it certainly comes with it's flaws.

The game may have great art direction, great music, and top notch gunplay. But the story of Destiny is extremely lackluster, not learning anything from the world itself. I found myself uninterested in the characters. As I finished the game, I found myself treated with an ending that left me seriously pissed off. The story missions are very basic and linear and the story missions are a mess because they're not in order. Also I did not have any questions answered which left me that Bungie must be doing something to expand the story.

Let me guess, Downloadable content or even better. A squeal.
Now that's not the only flaw that Destiny has. Another design flaw I found was that the missions in this game are extremely repetitive.
So much that you know what to do almost 95% of the time. Even an escort mission doesn't look so bad now.

Now another flaw of Destiny is that you enter into it's world and you explore it. The only thing is that you just walk and walk without having any type of wild-life or animals. I just wished that the game took some rest from so much shooting sometimes and explore the world a little bit. I know that the levels are covered by enemies, but they should have some balance from shooting as it becomes boring from time to time.

Now grinding is key in Destiny, you can get better weapons, better armor and upgrade your abilities. But we live in an era where the "Casual" player will not enjoy.
I personally don't mind grinding because I used to play a lot of mmo, developing an ability to be patient.

The game has some game modes called Strike. In where you and three people join up to take out waves of enemies and in between some bosses. I like strikes a whole lot, especially when the difficulty is set on hard. It makes the game more enjoyable, but unfortunately it falls into the same concept as the story missions, Very very linear and nothing new to these modes.

Now last but not least the competitive multiplayer. It's a really great experience to fight with other players. These game modes are recognizable since they've been in all these FPS games. Destiny brings you all of your abilities and weapons you found in the game. While it's fun, it later feels boring after a while.

Destiny is a game with great ideas, badly executed. It has it's moments especially with co-op. I like this game for trying to make players experience an enjoyable one, but fails to deliver.

Score : 7.5/10

Notes:
I enjoyed the Destiny Beta a lot, it had it's issues but I didn't care because it was a beta and it would be fixed sooner or later. I enjoyed a lot of things from the Beta but now seeing the full game it really turned me down.

I don't feel that this game was created with a $500 million budget. The game itself has good ideas but it looks like Bungie didn't want to refine their ideas.
This is Watch_Dogs all over again, an overhyped product with poor game elements.

For me Game-story is somewhat very important to me. You learn a lot about the game and the world itself.
Despite all the negativity with Destiny I enjoy playing with my friends online, trying to forget all the flaws.


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Re: Destiny - Game Review

by Daniel Sun Wed Sep 24, 2014 11:18 pm

That seems to be the impression of most, that it's lacking substance. Destiny sounds REALLY interesting, I love borderlands after all so Destiny seemed like a good choice. No doubt they will push some big updates - pretty sure they will eventually make the game awesome. I'll jump on it as soon as that happens :) Great review!
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Re: Destiny - Game Review

by Nameless1 Thu Sep 25, 2014 6:21 pm

I really want to see destiny achieve it's (and yes I know it's horrible) destiny, so to speak. There is so much potential for something truly groundbreaking in it, and at it's core I love the game as it is now. The way I understand it, this is one of those games that is planned for frequent updates and patches, somewhat akin to the progression of most mmo's with gameplay fixes (like the loot system, dear god fix the loot system) and potentially more story content. I'll be interested to see what happens with it, but I wouldn't worry too much about dlc charges, bungie has never really gone in for that, and I don't see that changing for Destiny.
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Re: Destiny - Game Review

by Daniel Sun Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:04 am

I'm sure that their business model is a longterm one - support the game for years. It's an MMO of sorts yea?
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Re: Destiny - Game Review

by Omar Fri Sep 26, 2014 5:22 am

Daniel Sun wrote:I'm sure that their business model is a longterm one - support the game for years. It's an MMO of sorts yea?


It's in quotation marks an MMO.
Sure updates are coming to the game, but it still lacks something in terms of content.
New content such as armor, bounties, and game events will come when Bungie announces them.

I am very skeptical with the expansion packs. Mostly because the game story itself is too lackluster. I was treated with a boring story with barely any motivation to kill your enemies.
In general the game is still good with the PVP. But it's too noob friendly and you got them one shot kill shotguns. You take that out and you have a very fun PVP.

I do hope Bungie does learn from all their errors and brings something groundbreaking.
For me Destiny is a breath of fresh air.
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Re: Destiny - Game Review

by QwertyFail Sun Oct 19, 2014 12:18 am

I have a feeling that it's more Activision's fault than Bungie's that Destiny released the way it did. It really seems that most of the content they promised was cut for DLC because fuck you we want money.
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Re: Destiny - Game Review

by Omar Sun Oct 19, 2014 6:01 am

QwertyFail wrote:I have a feeling that it's more Activision's fault than Bungie's that Destiny released the way it did. It really seems that most of the content they promised was cut for DLC because fuck you we want money.


Well, Activision will always find a way to make you buy their products. Remember that Activision funded Destiny, not Bungie. I recently found out that Destiny does not have a $500 Million budget, rather a budget to support the series itself. Meaning that this funding will cover patches/DLC/sequels for the whole series. I also found out that people who played Destiny before it was even an Alpha or Beta, was impressed with the game and felt different from the end result. I can present you with strong evidence. If you search Destiny Trailers you can see that the game was much more different and better presented.

Bungie is one of those developers I respect. I know that they wouldn't release a game like this because I've played some old Bungie games and they're very fun. Of course, all developers has a faulty game at one point in their life as a company.

Also the story in Destiny is very well done, but they're in these grimore cards. And no one is going to read them, lol!
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Re: Destiny - Game Review

by Daniel Sun Fri Oct 24, 2014 9:54 am

Destiny should release free content + dlc for supporting itself. That's what I'd expect from an MMO
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Re: Destiny - Game Review

by Omar Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:01 am

Daniel Sun wrote:Destiny should release free content + dlc for supporting itself. That's what I'd expect from an MMO

Activision says otherwise, which is disappointing and sad. I sometimes give up on this lucrative industry that
cares about the money and not the game itself.
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