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Destiny Review


Destiny is a pretty huge game, what with a campaign and a multiplayer crucible mode to keep you busy. But that's not all there is to Destiny as you'll soon find out. Underneath its hood are plenty of secrets and at it's heart is a large community of players all willing and able to help you uncover everything together.

Having never played the beta I wasn't too sure what to expect of Destiny. I've never been a huge fan of Halo, so in a way I was a little cynical when it came to playing a game such as this. The fact that it's a FPS set in the future didn't help, however from the moment I loaded it up, I could tell that this was something entirely different from what I was expecting. Rather than being a clone of all the other FPS games out there, it offers a whole lot more, such as the ability to explore the worlds at your own pace either on your own or with friends. It also had other players that I could see with my own eyes, all either waving, dancing around or rushing about on their business. Yes, this was going to be different.

So where to begin? Well, the story of Destiny seems as good a place to start as any. It's one that tells the tale of The Traveler, a gigantic planet-like sphere which arrived one day and helped mankind advance technology, colonise other planets and live longer lives. Unfortunately, while this was indeed a great time to be alive, one day the fun ended when an mysterious force know as The Darkness appeared and waged war against all. For everything that was built, all that was left after the war raged was The Last City,  protected by the warriors known as Guardians, who themselves are aided by artificial intelligent robots known as Ghosts and it's with the latter that your adventure begins.

The game itself starts with you creating your character. There isn't a huge deal of choice for customising the look, but there's enough. I'd say the most important part of creating your character is choosing your class. Here you can choose from the Titan, Hunter or Warlock. Personally I opted for the latter due to the ability to wield spells, however each of the classes have their advantages and disadvantages, so it'll just be a case of going with what suits you best, be that the tough Titan, the sneaky Hunter or the magical Warlock.

Once found by your Ghost at the beginning of the game, you'll quickly be introduced to combat and your ship. It doesn't take too long to get used to combat as it's pretty much as you were as far as FPS games go. Basically you'll take down some enemies, before heading to the main hub of the game, the aforementioned Last City. It is here that you will be able to meet up with friends or strangers, upgrade weapons, armour and equipment and also customise your character. In order to do so you'll need to complete missions and take part in the competitive multiplayer and other areas of the game, such as Strikes, which are super hard multiplayer missions that are unlocked once you complete the main campaign.

*warning - picture gallery captured from PS4 throughout completing campaign and therefore may contains spoilers*



Once you've explored The Last City, got the equipment you need and have sorted out your ship, then it'll be time to go to orbit. This is the other hub of the game, as it's from here that you'll be able to choose your destination, which at first is restricted to Earth. The planet isn't exactly in the greatest of health, mainly being occupied by the Fallen, an enemy which is hell bent on killing your character and any others that get in the way, but you signed up for a fight, so what do you want a picnic?

Once you have unlocked missions you can complete them in any order, before heading to other areas such as the Moon, Venus and Mars. Generally most missions see you head into a predefined area in order to complete an objective. Obviously this results in you fighting off wave after wave of enemy in what is known as darkness zones. Generally the main part of each mission will be confined to these zones, meaning that if you are not part of a pre-invited six player fire team, then you'll need to tackle these solo. This is in contrast to the open planet parts of the missions, where anyone in the area can help you take the enemy down.

Even though I completed the main campaign completely solo, the difficulty made it clear that Destiny should clearly be played with others. But the way I see it, that's what the strike missions are for, as apparently they are super tough... we'll see.

If I had to point out a flaw in the main campaign it would have to be that the story felt quite weak. It's not really clear half the time why you are doing what you are. Add to that the fact that battles can become quite repetitive and it's clear that this game will not be for everyone. Still, most MMO-style games have the same issues.

Away from the campaign, the competitive multiplayer planet known as The Crucible helps to make things even more fun. The Crucible features six game types that are unlocked as you play through. These are Control, Clash, Combined Arms, Rumble and Skirmish. Control is a Domination-style mode; Clash is an all out Team Deathmatch; Skirmish is similar to Clash, except with teams made up of three and Combined Arms is a 6×6 Team Deathmatch with vehicles. Finally there is also a Salvage mode (we've yet to see this mode), in which teams use their Ghosts to salvage ancient relics while preventing the enemy team from doing the same.



The Crucible is a lot of fun and seems to offer a good way to level up your character, which is especially essential if you are finding the campaign tough. The maps in the crucible seem quite varied and gameplay feels quite balanced. Obviously I spend most of the time playing getting my a** handed to me, but I had fun and that's the main thing.

Graphically Destiny looks pretty stunning. There are varied environments which are all pleasing to the eye and help add to the overall atmosphere of the game. I've captured quite a lot of these screens as I've played through the game and posted them in the gallery above. The visual splendour is matched by the orchestral soundtrack which is quite non-intrusive, but without which the game would be a shadow of itself. All of these elements combine for a great experience.

Obviously there is more to Destiny than what I have mentioned above, such as the fact that you'll be rewarded for completing missions, be that with new weapons, armour and equipment or by levelling up, which in turn will gain you new abilities. In fact your character also has a sub-class to level up too, so once you have maxed out one set of abilities you can move over to the other. The same goes for all of your equipment, all of which can be upgraded with perks to make taking down the enemy easier. There is also an extra slot should you get fed up with your current character.

There is a reason that not many websites have reviewed Destiny yet, it's a huge world which is best explored with other players and not on your own. There is a lot to explore outside of the main missions and it's sure to get even bigger as Bungie releases new updates, extra DLC and more. Our site obviously doesn't score games, so I'm bringing you my impressions based on a completed campaign, some time in Crucible mode and some time spent fighting against the enemy with others. I believe that I've spent enough time to form an opinion and my opinion is that Destiny is a great game. I don't think it's an instant classic which will change the world of gaming, if anything it's just Bungie doing what it does best.

Words by Joe Anderson.
Twitter: @_wotta | PSN/Xbox LIVE: wotta

(Version Tested: PS4)

Pros

+ A huge area to explore
+ Easy to meet and play with others
+ Fantastic graphics and soundtrack
+ Lots of action

Cons

+ Story feels weak
+ Combat can feel repetitive

Edited On 11 Sep, 2014

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SALVATORE 2 years ago
Joe i so agree with you 100% with the review . Spot on , well done / Stunning graphics , amazing music , but the missions can feel a bit repetitive . Overall Bungie has done a superb job.
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superniceguy 2 years ago
If you are buying digital then it is best to buy on last gen consoles, as then you can get on next gen for free, saving some money. If you want the game on both consoles then saves lots of money. The offer lasts until 15th January, also if you buy before 16th Sep you get the Vanguard weaponary too. This is no next gen game, as it is just as stunning on Xbox 360 as it is on the Xbox ONE, and was no different on PS4 when I played the Beta. It is just slightly better visually, but not that noticeable. Wolfenstein is more noticeably better on Xbox ONE than the Xbox 360 version.
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superniceguy 2 years ago
http://www.destinythegame.com/digital-upgrade
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MrG 2 years ago
Superniceguy I think you need to visit spec savers.
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Turniplord 2 years ago
'There isn't a huge deal of choice for customising the look, but there's enough' - Don't agree with this - the customisation is rubbish (unless it gets better later on) - changing gear will simply change a colour slightly or have a slightly different pattern on it - most of the changes you can't even see unless you really look to see whats changed. MMO and online Multiplayer games usually have a high level of customisation so you can set yourself apart from everyone else - in this everyone is pretty much the same bar the 2 classes
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Turniplord 2 years ago
Also, if people have completed the main story already then thats really bad - I would have expected it to last a lot longer than a few days. I find the Crucible unfair as everytime I went in I was with people 20+ levels above me so they had all their unlocked weapons and gear and were just beating the hell out of me. So if the main story only lasts me about a week or so then i'll just be selling the game. Cost me less than what CEX will give me for it plus I got a free pair of 70 quid headphones
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Dead 2 years ago
People have been finishing it in a lot less than a few days, pretty sure I saw people bragging on completing it by the end of the release day.
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Kaysar 2 years ago
No offence, Turniplord, but in the crucible the weapons and armour are evened out. It's only in the special crucible events that the stats are taken into account. However, unlocked abilities on weapons/armour/levelled up character are factored in. With regards to the gameplay being short, there's going to be weekly and monthly events, so even once the storyline is complete the game is far from over. Just trying to complete some of the bounties, and a few missions on a planet, and I lost hours to excellent side quests (although yes, they are repetitive).
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Kaysar 2 years ago
I should add, I get my arse handed to me in the crucible, too. Hunters are notoriously weak compared to Titans, and my headshot skills with the handgun are sorely limited against random moving human controlled players.
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Loli-Nox-Tan 2 years ago
In the PS4 version you could sit on the flag poles in the tower, that only makes the current gen versions better
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TruDarkAssassin 2 years ago
i have not stopped playing this its a great game sure if you rush through the story you will finish it fast but if you go back to explore places and side missions and take part in random public events that show up it will last a while i am only half way through the story and got to level 20 last night still plenty to do
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Turniplord 2 years ago
Wasn't aware the weapons were leveled out - I am a hunter though so that may be it. Just seems silly showing you everyone's level in that area though if it isn't actually affecting things. I just didn't think it would be as grindy as it is. I've played games like Diablo 3 and Guild wars 2 so i'm used to grinding, but so far the variety has been really poor. plus with random people appearing in the game and getting the kills so they get the exp meaning I have to aimlessly run around until the same people re-spawn to kill them myself gets really annoying and boring. Doesn't live up to the hype with myself and I feel they should have concentrated on a stand-alone offline game rather than this although it will probably get better 6-12 months later if people are still playing it when extra content is added (hopefully for free but knowing activision it wont be)
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PrometheusFan 2 years ago
I've been absolutely glued to this the past few days and it is just fantastic, easily one of the most genuinely satisfying to play multiplayer experiences I've ever had with a first person shooter. Only played the story missions up to mission 8 or 9 so far though, should do some of the newer ones soon. Would also have liked to see the public events trigger more frequently as well. All the hours I've put in and there's only been a handful happen so far. Regardless though, really addictive stuff... I'm having a great time so far :)
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superniceguy 2 years ago
I probably need a new TV, which is on my buy list plus current TV is showing some problems, but more games takes away the money for it. Still Wolfenstein is still clearly much better on Xbox ONE, than Xbox 360. It is hard to go back to 360 version after playing the Xbox ONE version, but with Destiny I enjoy the game on any console without going "Eek! This is terrible", or "WOW!, this is way much better". Watch Dogs generates more people / npcs in the PS4 and Xbox ONE version, but with Destiny the game is exactly the same on all formats, and the fact they are dishing out the game free on next gen if you have bought last gen, proves it. If the game was any better on next gen, then they would charge something.
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Joe2120 2 years ago
Gloria please stop calling Ant / Anthony, it's upsetting to him and I keep having to delete the comments. If I have to delete another comment or warn you again then you will be banned for a while. Sorry it has to come to this.
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Joe2120 2 years ago
This thread is for discussing your thoughts on Destiny. Please keep the general off-topic chat to the chat stories. Cheers :)
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jay.hamilton 2 years ago
Ive been glues to this still myself, I hit level 20 last night and realised that the ?? enemies can now be killed, so lots of random exploring for me tonight, also Did 2 vanguard Strike Playlist strikes last night with Dave and DA, first was Level 18 second was Level 20 hard and bloody hell they were intense, very satisfying, also there is a daily heroic event to keep you playing too, dont think im gonna have much time for Raids but i definitely want to try to arrange a Vault of Glass attempt at some point, as long as you start on a Tuesday night, you have a week to complete it, Defo want Dave and DA on the team, will need 3 more and all will need the time to complete it, about 3 hours a night after 9.30pm, also guessing well all need to be at L30 or close to have a chance
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jay.hamilton 2 years ago
but since its the Vault of Glass, exotic items will probably be the rewards
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TruDarkAssassin 2 years ago
Always available jay had great fun last night , you can call me scott instead of keep saying D A lol
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jay.hamilton 2 years ago
bro, ive played with quite a few names have just been jumbled about a bit lol
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Bindiana 2 years ago
I like the game and I am not a huge FPS fan. The only problem I have with the game is its best played with people and if your like me with none of your friends have the game its a bit boring playing on your own. RTLF has been helping me out and has been a lot of fun. Which leads to another problem is that for him to help me he has to do the same missions over again. I dont now what the appeal is going to be to someone playing the game for the first time fresh in a couple weeks time as most of his friends will be over level 20 with ridiculous guns so might have to solo a lot of it which takes the fun out of it in my mind.
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Eldave0 2 years ago
Still making my mind up whether I like it or not... ;-) There's no denying its a solid shooter with excellent production values. I just wish the storytelling was better and that there was some more variety to the missions. As mentioned in the review, its too early to pass judgment on the game really as I'd imagine the Destiny we have right now will be a very different to the one we are playing a year or so from now.
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Zombieflamingo 2 years ago
Bindiana when you get to the level with the vanguard strike playlist the higher people will still get rewards for doing them so it isnt an issue going back to help. Also a lot of the loot that drops is levelled to who picks it up. I am enjoying it though I do feel there is so much shamelessly stolen from other things (not that it makes it bad).

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