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Destiny Review | The Game Scouts

Tin Salamunic: Destiny is a tough game to score. On one hand, venturing through the exotic landscapes, upgrading gear, searching for loot and shooting aliens during my week-long playthrough was quite enjoyable. One the other hand, Destiny doesn't live up to its absurd marketing hype. Destiny is a very (very!) standard first person shooter with gorgeous visuals, solid controls but sadly lacks innovation and variety. The missions are repetitive, the world feels small and lifeless, yet simultaneously Destiny manages to perpetuate Bungie’s charm and undisputable polish. Maybe if Activision hadn’t raised everyone’s expectations so high, my ultimate enjoyment of the final product would have been different. As it stands, I want to love Destiny…but the initial hype has regrettably raised my expectations a little too high. The game is eminently engaging while it lasts, but I haven’t experienced the vast living and breathing universe the developers so confidently gloated about. Maybe this is just the beginning. Maybe Destiny will grow over time as new players and new environments are introduced, but in its current state Destiny feels too safe and devoid of Bungie’s acclaimed creativity. So it comes down to whether Destiny is worth the asking price? Yes, absolutely! As long as high expectations are set aside, Destiny is a fun time that has the potential to be something truly great.

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PONTIAC08G8GT1131d ago

Review score is pretty much in line with what I've seen. My personal score was a 7/10. I think this line is perfect:

"So it comes down to whether Destiny is worth the asking price? Yes, absolutely! As long as high expectations are set aside, Destiny is a fun time that has the potential to be something truly great."

I think the game is worth a purchase for sure, but I wouldn't brag to friends or claim it to be the greatest game ever created or the best next-gen title. I feel the game is lacking in a lot of areas but does have some bright spots. I'm just disappointed with how Bungie made it seem like a revolutionary game when really at it's core, it's Borderlands with nicer graphics, less loot, less exploring, less monster variety, easy bosses, no trading, repetitive missions, lack of guns and armor, no true diversity between character, un-exciting story, and a so/so MP experience.

I think the potential is huge, just missed the mark in a lot of areas.

LightofDarkness1131d ago (Edited 1131d ago )

"it's Borderlands with nicer graphics, less loot, less exploring, less monster variety, easy bosses, no trading, repetitive missions, lack of guns and armor, no true diversity between character, un-exciting story, and a so/so MP experience."

That sounds like less than a 7/10, honestly. I would have to give it a 6/10 or 3/5. It's a competent game that has no glaring technical flaws, but is decidedly average and is really only for genre enthusiasts looking for a stop-gap (i.e. until Borderlands gets a next-gen entry, if it ever does).

I don't see this game as having much potential. It isn't very dynamic and it doesn't "feel" exciting in any way. It's all just so bland and lifeless, which is so odd when you consider that Bungie developed the very realized and dynamic Halo series, which felt wonderful to play. The core game just isn't there with this one, and I doubt they can improve on it much at this stage, with the game sitting on shelves already. The gun play itself feels boring, much of the time, and that's a pretty huge problem for a shooter.

CJDUNCAN1131d ago

I was down on this game after the beta but decided to pick it up yesterday after watching people enjoying it on twitch. I have to say that while I still think Destiny is nothing groundbreaking or revolutionary, it's a cool game when you get into it.

One headsccratcher though is playing competitive matches against people ranked significantly higher and has better gear.

Also the lack of communication hurts the game especially when people can be in the same area and you want to work together to take down a strong enemy.

I said it before, I'll say it again..7/10 easily. A decent game to hold you over until the holiday shopping season.

After some trades yesterday I picked up Destiny (x1), put 40 on AC Unity (x1) and 30 on Call of Duty:AW (ps4). An eventful day at gamestop indeed.

joab7771131d ago

I agree with the quote for sure, but have a problem w/ reviewing this game everywhere as mediocre. It's far from average.

JeffGUNZ1131d ago

I see a lot of reviews basing their verdict off hype. It's a great game, you just have to not fall head over heals for hype. I kept it in check till about a week or two prior to launch. After the beta, this was the game I wanted. I think people need to put hype aside and review the game on what it is. He does hit the nail on the head that the potential, if handled right with expansions, can set this game to another level.

I personally love the game. I like the blending of all game modes to feel as a part of the game. Meaning, in COD, your campaign character is completely separate from the MP. I like how you can have this one Guardian to take you anywhere you want to go/play. The shooting elements are spot on and the planets are beautiful.

A lot of people are complaining about not NPC or life on planets, but if I am taking this story correctly, the planets have been taken over by the darkness. How much life are people expecting? This isn't Mass Effect, right now we are limited to Old Russia being the saving grace for humanity and we need to take back the solar system. I think over time, with expansions and sequels, we will venture more and more into the universe as we start taking back more and more. It's a great start to a franchise.

This game is not about being a $60 investment like a BF or COD. This game is the start; the expansions will be crucial to the story/character growth and the sequels will be obviously important. To me, the planets being lifeless adds to the feeling of the game, the eeriness of how the darkness has wiped all of humanity off these landscapes.

Godmars2901131d ago

Bit surprised seeing non-hype bloated 10/10s much less many comments "satisfied" with 7/10.

Man_Marmalade1131d ago

Something isn't right in the gaming community lol.
Where are all the trolls?

Torque_CS_Lewith1131d ago

I got a nose bleed trying to figure out what your comment means.

Tex1171131d ago

This is the score I would give it as well.

Once the initial sting of the game not being one part Mass Effect, one part Boarderlands, one part Halo wears off, you are left with a fun and rock solid FPS.

That's a 7.5.

On another note, someone please forward to Bungie.

Hello Bungie, This is Tex117. This is m first Bungie game to play since Halo one back in the dorms of college.

You guys made a great FPS with Destiny and I am enjoying it. But for your next go around, can you attempt a Mass Effect, Boarderlands, Destiny, MMO mix? That would be truly ambitious and potentially be the best game ever.

You created a cool world. I totally dig the art design and how pretty it is. Put things and people in that world so we can interact with them. Give us something to do in the world you created.

Anyway, just some thoughts.

XOXOXO,
Tex117