Jesse Lord at Enthusiast Media Network weighs in on the Destiny Beta, offering up some fresh perspectives on Bungie's latest effort.
THIS IS A GOOD GAME, YET IT'S ALL THE SAME ALRIGHT, BUT CODS/ BF3 & BF4 ARE ALL THE SAME, STILL THEY DID VERY WELL.
Most of these complaints are from the peeps who play the craptakular BF 4 and COD franchises. Booyah!! End of line.
Honestly, I'm tired of everyone expecting games to do something new -every time- to be considered great. Bungie is a master at the FPS genre, and they've refined it into an art form. Destiny has some unique elements that haven't been seen by most console gamers (The MMO-esque aspects and such)and meshes it together with solid FPS gameplay and what's shaping up to be an interesting story. In the end, if the shooting mechanics and such are as refined as Halo, then this game will be amazing.
I like it. That's pretty much all I have to worry about. I spent 20 hours on the Beta, which is nothing compared to some people. But still, that was a beta with 1 stage, except for the short 2 hour moon mission, which was fun. I say 1 stage because I only played PVP in the Iron Banner event long enough to get my Legendary level banner thing for my Titan. 99% of my time was spent in the exploration mode. That's not counting my almost 20 hours in the Alpha as well..So if I do my math correctly that adds up to a crap load more hours considering that was 1 stage with a level 8 cap. Plus the Raids. I joined a clan just for those things. I wish they would have match making but whatever, just have to conform. lol
Borderlands + COD/Halo archetype MP = Destiny. Anything else? Oh, sure, the most important part: dozens of millions on marketing. Absolutely more of the same. The fact that there is a disposable hub city does no make it a MMO or anything near it. Actually, the game would be better if there wasn't two loading times and lots of running between the player and the vendors that act exactly like a menu would. Probably will buy, but only because we are in the year of the delay.
I really enjoyed the gameplay and my personal biggest draw (hopefully) will be the loot aspect. That, and a ton of fun, kept me on Borderlands2, for months on end, though I'm not expecting anywhere near the looting level of BL2.
Can't wait! Only a few more weeks!
It did enough 'new' stuff for me. If you're a PlayStation owner then having a Bungie game should be reason enough for celebration - those guys do know how to make a solid shooter with tight controls. It may not be revolutionary - but who cares if it's fun. I'll be buying it despite my reservations about some of the design decisions Bungie have made (no 'opt in' proximity chat. End game Raids limited to Friends only - being the two that bug me most). The game looks like it'll be a lot of fun from Day 1, and with the commitment of Bungie to support it, I can only see it improving over time.
No doubt they will fix the chat issues. Bungies actually listens to their fanbase and implements changes quick. I would be surprised if proximity chat is NOT included at launch. Also, I can't seem them not adding matchmaking to raids. It might not be there at launch, but I think they will see a good portion of their userbase haven't tried it and will open it to matchmaking. It makes no sense not to add it. Sure, they want friends to work as a team to beat these hard raids, but lets be real. Why can't they give the option? Perhaps require a mic or something.
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