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Destiny First Impressions – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

CraveOnline: "As you may have heard, Bungie refused to hand out pre-release copies of Destiny to journalists, with the developer claiming that this would lead to reviews that were unrepresentative of its new FPS/MMO/RPG hybrid..."

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PONTIAC08G8GT1134d ago

I played the BETA and played the actual game now for about 3 hours. Although I am not bored in anyway, I'm not anxiously waiting to play it again. Certain games you play, go to bed, go to work or wherever and just can't wait to get home and play some more, this game just isn't doing it for me. Is it good? Yes. Is it the best game ever? No. I can't see myself playing this game into 2015. I feel like it's Borderlands but with nicer graphics. The variety of guns is disappointing. Having 2 guns look identical and just have a damage difference isn't that great. Lot's of back tracking. Inability to trade items (that I know of). Not being able to buy shaders until level 20 makes no sense to me. And each area, although open world, basically has a linear path to follow. I wish the environments were somewhat destructible. MP isn't really exciting in my eyes. But it's nice having a new game to play with a couple friends. I just dont think this is the "next gen/must have" that everyone's claimed it to be.

BattleTorn1134d ago

I agree with how describe it, but I love it! It's exactly what I wanted.

I couldn't care less that many many people seem to share your opinion.

buttclown1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

I would say that is a pretty similar opinion I have with Destiny. I like to play it, even more so with friends but never get the itch to play it. It has gotten a little better the higher level I have gotten but not much.

Still not a fail to me though as I went into this game with realistic expectations.

1nsomniac1134d ago

The clear vast majority agree with you. The paid media & fanboys however will completely ignore all truth & blindly fight to the death over their keyboards before disappearing & coming back later when the game has long gone & forgotten about.

Magnes1134d ago

It's a great game to play with friends. I always wished I could play halo with friends in a more persistent world this is it. They even threw in instances wow.

Lightning Mr Bubbles1134d ago

Game is probably crap, that's why they kept reviews away during launch. That way they can at least cash in on the hype before people see the truth.

UltraNova1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

So from where I m standing after reading a lot of pre-review opinions and having played it for a couple hours at a friends place, Destiny is a very good online game focused on co-op raids. Its story is lackluster and the single p part is a bit stale. It combines elements from many games like Diablo, Borderlands etc yet it doesn't innovate as much as its half billion budget suggests.

I cant help but wonder if this game wasn't hyped to the far reaches of the solar system if it was going to make its money back which lets face it other similar games would straggle to break even.

However ,there's no denying the fact that it has legs as it has Bungie's and Activision's support for the next 10 years. Who knows in 5 years time after constant updates, tweaks and expansions Destiny could be the next WOW but for now its simply a good online raid game nothing more nothing less.

anwe1134d ago

I feel exactly the same. I patiently waited for the game to launch, and after playing the beta I knew exactly what I was getting. I'm finding myself disinterested, and have very little desire to play it.

joydestroy1133d ago

yeah i have to agree. i was hoping for a bit more from the game. it needs a little more variety, esp for leveling. as far as i can tell, you can't earn more XP after completing a mission. i think that needs to be changed so you can at least get the difference of XP between normal and hard if you decide to go back and play one on hard.

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ITPython1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

Well I for one am really enjoying the game, and I am anxious to jump back in to level up my guardian and get some more loot!

Got to level 5 pretty quick in one night, took me longer in the beta to get to that level if I recall correctly. Although since the first part of the game is exactly what it was in the beta (more or less) and since I know where things are and how things work, it makes sense I would level faster. Still very fun though, can't wait to pass level 8 and get past level 6 on the missions! As that is when the experience will become new for me since that was the beta's cut-off point.

Although one thing that has me a little down is there isn't as many people in the public areas as I was hoping for. Maybe that is because I am still at a really low level, I dunno. The most I saw last night at Earth social was around 5 people in the roster list and typically there was 2 or 3, which is almost a ghost town. But I hope they work it out so there are tons of people in each public place, as that is a big part of what makes Destiny so fun and engaging is the idea that we are all in the same universe gaming alongside eachother in real-time.

TAURUS-5551133d ago

i wasnt impreesed by the multiplayer. only 6v6..cmon bungie thats a joke.

Dontworrybhappy1133d ago

BF4 might be more to your liking.

JonnyBigBoss1134d ago

There's definitely a big difference between playing socially and solo. In that sense, it reminds me of an MMO.

n4rc1134d ago

Huge..

Really enjoying this game coop. Just finished my first strike and it was a blast..

PvP is a turd tho.. IMO.. Perhaps they will balance it out a bit

ThatOneGuyThere1134d ago

PVP sucks if you're low level. Im not going back into it until im level 20

ChronoJoe1134d ago

Doesn't make much difference in PVP once your past level 5 or so. When you have all of your core abilities within the weapon balancing playlist it really doesn't make any difference regarding what gear you have.

For example, in the crusible, a level 20 shotgun, and a level 3 shotgun both do the same amount of damage.

n4rc1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

Ya it's just more then simple DMg stats..

For instance.. Some weapons are just better then others.. My grenade only does half the damage as some other guy simply due to the type of nade I choose in pve (mine has drones for instance).. Or the hunters gold gun seems at a huge disadvantage vs the ground smash or whatever (unless you have killer aim, but I'm speaking generally)

Plus I believe stuff like fire rate can still drastically effect a PvP outcome even if they technically do the same dmg per shot..

They need to do a lot of tweaking and balancing still IMO. That's what I meant

g4n1134d ago

"unlike most RPGs/MMOs Destiny only really gets started when you reach that cap, as that’s what you can go on Raids with your friends and begin to unlock some of the game’s best loot."

Stopped reading. This is going to be the biggest problem for this game. MANY FPSer out there have NEVER played an MMORPG. Name ONE MMO out there where the game does not start until end game.

b00mFargl31134d ago

I think they are trying to say it like games comparable to how Diablo III is. You really get going past level 70 and the options that open with more of a focuc on gear, abilities and advanced game modes such as rifts or bounties. Destiny's raid system and other modes become available after end game and level cap to give you a lot more to do with your friends.

nutcrackr1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

I want to say Guild Wars, but honestly it's not an mmo and the missions / starter areas are probably the best part of the game. Guild wars is a good example of a game that has good content up to 20 and beyond it.

Magnes1134d ago

@g4n Well than we can't go trying anything new then can we...

ChronoJoe1134d ago (Edited 1134d ago )

DCUO doesn't start until end-game to be honest. A lot of people argue that games like Diablo don't start until end-game either.

It's just an expression though, it means the real depth, and crux of the experience isn't present until end-game, and that's true for a lot of MMO RPGs. Don't take it so literally.

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Loktai1134d ago

I think its exactly what I expected from playing the Alpha and Beta.... content will come as it gets old, I Dont expect to play the game 8 hours a day for 10 years but I'll probably play it to death and come back for the new content as its released. Its worth the price of admission , just an opinion.

Wedge191134d ago

I'm loving most aspects of it so far.