Destiny Review | Gamespot

Kevin VanOrd:
It's called the Black Garden. You see it from a clifftop above, gazing across the blooming acres through a thick green haze, and imagine the sights that might be seen there, and the adventures you might have there. The reality of the garden is sadly never better than the stories you might make up in your head when you look down at it. What you see is a facade; the garden is a broken promise of adventures you never have and landscapes never explored, and it represents the whole of Destiny, a multiplayer shooter that cobbles together elements of massively multiplayer games but overlooks the lessons developers of such games learned many years ago. I dream of the tales that might one day be told in that sprawling expanse, but Destiny is not yet telling them.

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Walker1553d ago

wow, shot fired . what the hell is going on in bungie ? seriously !

i will not buy Destiny :/

christocolus1553d ago

I'm surprised too. I've made a lot of purchases based on gamespot&cvg reviews and 85% of the time i made the right choice. Many of my friends have been waiting to see gamespot and igns reviews before making up their minds on destiny. My brother got the game at launch he says its a good game but i think i will skip it. If later in the future bungie is able to add more content&stir the game up in a good way then maybe i'll be ready to invest in it but for now ill spend my cash somewhere else. Still waiting to see what ign and cvg score the game though.

GamingSinceThe80s1553d ago

Im kind of trapped into keeping it because I bought the LE for $100 with the two dlc expansions.So if I trade it back in at Gamestop by Oct 8th I will get $40 back.That said Im having fun with the game but fear it won't last once I beat it.I will most likely trade just the disc in and buy or rent it again sometime after the dlc comes out so I get some of my moneys worth out of it.But I am never buying dlc in advance ever again no matter what game it is thats for damn sure.

KYPRIME1553d ago

people like you are destroying the gaming, waiting for other approval to buy a fking game, and you still call yourself a gamer?? you should be ashamed of yourself

vishmarx1553d ago

ohkaayy everybody stay calm...theres gotta be an explanation

(goes back to playing FF14)........

PSN-JeRzYzFyNeSt1553d ago

lol its a great game sad that ppl base their decision off of a single persons review.. or a couple websites.. just lol.. these guys arent PROs theyre just journalists.. its about having fun and this game delivers.

reviews dont just base it on fun factor.. but they look for every little error in the game or a missing feature. sad

chazjamie1553d ago

The main problem with the game is that it is designed around DLC. If this game had the player in mind, it would of had split screen, it would of never had expansion passes. This game did not have the player in mind and that's pathetic considering the fact that bungie has a track record of being nothing but loyal to their fans. I'm sorry but i hope this game goes silent and follow's the route diablo 3 (meaning they create an ultimate evil edition). Even though i am pretty sure that wont save it.

ABizzel11553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

If you liked the beta, then that's pretty much what the game is.....but for hours and hours....over and over again.

I didn't pay anything for it, so I can't have buyer's remorse, but if I payed $60 for it I might. I don't think I'm going to review it, and I think a 6/10 is too low, but it's definitely in that 7 range IMO, at best 8.5.

It's a well put together game, it's just all around lackluster in story, epicness, and wow moments. It's like playing a quest game with no real progression besides seeing your character level up and getting new weapons.

I'll trade it in soon.

Magnes1553d ago

Like I should care what gamespot rates a game all these review sites are corrupt getting paid off or scoring higher if their friends make the game. My personal opinion is all these sites are mad Bungie didn't give early review copies.

Army_of_Darkness1553d ago

This game has seriously confusing mixed reviews.... Well, So much for COD killer. Do I have any takers??

StanLee1553d ago

How does Titanfall have a metascore of 86 and Destiny get's slammed by critics for being hollow?? SMH, the gaming media continues to make itself a joke. Gamespot gave Titanfall a 9/10 but turns around and calls Destiny shallow! What a freaking joke!

guitarded771553d ago


CoD MW3 8.5
CoD Ghosts 8
CoD Black Ops 9

I hated FFXIII (personally). I thought every CoD game has been nothing more than DLC with more DLC. The interesting thing is when I compare Destiny to other shooters, it seems like I'm getting my money's worth so far.

It has amazing co-op, diverse locations (different planets), it looks good, it has great controls, and it has a lot of leveling, guns, armor, ships, side quests, etc. Sure I'd like all the future DLC in one $60 package, but Destiny offers more than CoD in game modes and enhancements, and CoD charges $60 for the game with another 4 DLC's at another $60.

To me, Destiny feels like a hybrid of Halo and Resistance with a social hub to alleviate the PTSD inducing missions. I haven't finished it yet, but I'm also not bum rushing through it like a lot of gamers seem to do now days.

RedSky1553d ago

This is why you don't buy into publishers trying to make you preorder. Wait until the game comes out, decide if it looks good, THEN decide if you want to buy it.

4Sh0w1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

Damm I am really shocked right now. I mean 4 of my coworkers got the game day 1 and all them have been telling me how cool it is but its crazy to see it doing so poorly with reviews and I usually agree with Gamespot 8 out 10 times but there's just no way this game is a 6. What's going on?

bouzebbal1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

guys, rent the game if you are sceptical. It might just be a game that didn't live up to its hype and expectations were so high. Nothing says it's a bad game. i'm sure the media overdo it a little bit as always!

donthate1552d ago

Against my reservations, I doubled down $90 on the digital edition for the Xbox One and greatly regret it.

This game is soooo soulless, the story bland, the game mechanics solid, but the enemies boring, and the entire experience is just unengaging.

Everytime I see a story about Destiny, I cringe at the $90 I wasted buying into the hype despite my reservation after the beta and sh!t treatment from Bungie.

That said, a 6 out of 10 is low, very low, but that is what happens when hype doesn't meet reality.


Why does Titanfall has a score of 86? It is because it is a fantastic game that I have been playing since the beta.

The mechanics are fun! Destiny's mechanic is solid, but everything else makes it at best slightly above average game (and I am being generous).

ForgottenProphecy1552d ago

Why are people so mad that some people base their purchases on reviews? Sure, one reviewer's opinion is understandable, but when every reviewer is saying the same thing (aka repetitive, nothing new, terrible story) than can you blame somebody for passing on this game?

warczar1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

Way to let some butthole lookin for hits on his website make decisions for you. I'm not saying the game is perfect but is in no way a 6 out of 10. I can't believe how whiny games journalism has gotten.

PONTIAC08G8GT1552d ago


I love when people say "how did Titanfall score better, that game sucks!"

So since you think TF sucks it shouldn't be scored as high? The general reviews for Titanfall were 8-9's and some 10's. Most Destiny reviews have been 6-7 score with a few 8's. Sorry but I enjoyed playing TF way way more than Destiny which got old after a couple hours. Say what you want about TF not having a single player, graphics weren't phenomenal, but the gameplay was addictive, refreshing, and new. What about Desinty is truly new? Also, majority of those comparing Destiny to TF are probably PS users who are still sour that TF was only on Xbox.

UltimateMaster1552d ago

Gamespot is a Xbox fanboy pool just like N4G is pro PS4.

2cents1552d ago

Chris, there comes a time when we need to grow a back bone and make decisions for ourselves. Destiny is such a call. With such a unique game its hard to gain perception based on other opinions as this is a new experience for consoles. Try it if your a fan of fps's or mmo's. Its a mixture of the both. Buy it, play it. If you don't like it, trade it in for a small loss.

Personally as a fan of halo and bungie, I feel this is a good progression for them and me as a gamer. It feels sooooo halo, but has enough individuality to be judged as such. Its not a reinvention of the wheel but its fresh enough to feel 'different' and I'm pleased that bungie are shooting for the moon (literally:).

[email protected] the reviewers, they need clicks, we don't. We want to play games, they need to earn a living.
Jump in, or trade in.

BinaryMind1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

Websites like Gamespot and CVG have multiple reviewers, so following a site's reviews to make your purchasing decisions is foolish. Each reviewer is going to approach a review in a different way even if they work for the same site. Gamespot is not a hivemind and they have a mix between bad and good reviewers just like most other sites.

Dee_911552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

Seems like a rent from gamefly for me.I was going to pick this up next week.not too sure now after reviews and a few friends basically telling me it gets boring fast..

wsoutlaw871552d ago

i played the beta and liked it so I bought the game and like it. I dont care if gamestop doesnt. Most of the reasons for bad reviews is that they expected something else. I played and and enjoy it for what it is. It doesnt need to be the greatest game ever for me too play it but thats how some feel about destiny for what ever reason.

BLuTheSecond1552d ago

I had a feeling this wasn't going to meet the hype based on the beta. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the beta, but I couldn't see myself playing the game for more than a week or two which is not worth the $60 price.

Kidmyst1552d ago

I'm having fun with Destiny but have my gripes, like not being able to buy a vehicle with a gun on it, and leveling up in Vanguard Ranks and such takes forever. I wished what I did in the MP counted to my crucible rank more than completing tasks "kill 25 titans with melee" stuff like that. I'm a gamer who enjoys a game SP and MP and after playing it a bunch move on. I'll be done with Destiny well before I rank up in most everything, the repetitive grinding gets old to me. That'll be what does this game in for me.

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Sayai jin1553d ago

I would not let a review(s) stop me or make me buy a game. With that said, WOW! Thats not a good score at all, especially for the fact that this is supposed to be an AAA!

ScottyHoss1552d ago

It's amazing, my friend compared it to how he felt about halo when it came out, he was in awe of everything about it from the world/universe to the gameplay, seriously 7/7 of my friends who have bought it (all consoles, ps or xb), have fallen in love with it.

GameStop, you're just angry they didn't give you "journalists" a review copy. What a joke.

trancefreak1552d ago

I actually like this games co op mode, but I do not like the crucible MP tie in. I don't think it the ranking system should have a mix between crucible and the co op to increase rank. I believe this should be separated but assuming already that it is to late because this is the way the game is structured.

The Multiplayer portion is okay, but could get boring real quick.

wsoutlaw871552d ago

separating co op and crucible ranks would have been stupid. If you don't like the mp then it shouldn't matter to you but people that play both want to play with their own character they have been working on. After a certain point the rank doesn't matter too much.

x_RadicalAura_x1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

I can't quite put my finger on Destiny from the time I've played so far. I do love how dynamic the world is and it's seriously impressive to think about all of the matchmaking, hosting, etc. that underlies it all without getting in the way. But on the other hand, there's a meh part of it too. I guess it just gets a little repetitive maybe? I just need to keep playing it more... It's definitely a worthwhile experience or I would've stopped playing.

I'd say no less than a 7/10 at this point but whether it has the chance to be an 8/10 or 9/10, I can't tell until I sink more hours into it. 10/10 or even a 9.5/10 are out of the cards IMO.

Sayai jin1553d ago

Good points.
The game is very ambitious, but it has a certain void at times.

GamingSinceThe80s1553d ago

I hate that they make you repeat areas constantly.If not for that one thing I feel like I would be having a far better time.They say they spent years and hundreds of millions just to make me play in the same damn place over and over again.I kind of feel like we all got 'Punked'.

TheWackyMan1553d ago

The game has a lot of good ideas and feel really polished, but the single worst thing about the game is the terrible mission structure. Go here, shoot enemies, deploy ghost, kill more enemies, mission complete. The story is pretty terrible, but it does have some nice lore written in the grimoire (spelling?) cards.

ImmortalCarrot1553d ago

@Radical Aura it's true what u said. I've been playing and reached level 24 because of my straight hours playing. There's some faulty issues about the game, no doubt about it. but as the game progresses, it gets more and more addictive as you try to unlock more and more legendary gears.

With the raid is coming up, it is something to look forward to for leveling up your guardian. What maybe the reviewers didnt see is the future updates on the game. Like more events like raids, more strikes and the diverse PVP elements.

I juz got my first legendary weapon and noticed that theres some crafting elements available in the game. It's quite cool, and some of this things isn't mentioned in any of the YT videos posted by Bungie.

Not a buyer's remorse or anything, but it's been awhile since I got quite hooked on to a game ever since Guild Wars 2.

One thing that got me interested is the leveling system. once you've reached level 20, the only way to level up is by gathering 'Light' in your equipment. i think that is quite intuitive as it won't let people just grind for XP. People level up with their gears.

Well, back to Destiny. For it is mine.

DanteVFenris6661552d ago

@immortal carrot. That level up with gear is in no way innovative man. You probably never played mmo. It's a standard in that genre

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dasbeer881553d ago

I'm curious to know what Microsoft say to Bungie for them to make the Halo games so good. Activision must've left Bungie alone during their development process.

CerealKiller1552d ago

Activision wasn't the publisher for Halo games, Microsoft was and they provided Bungie with essentially a blank check.

Mystogan1553d ago

This is what I've been trying to tell everyone. I knew this game was boring ever since the beta. But everyone saying I'm just jealous that PS4 owners can also play a bungie game now. -_-

donthate1552d ago

I had that feeling ever since the revealed Destiny footage, as game mechanics looked extremely bland! The beta was actually slightly better, but the entire game is just like the beta.

Well at least Xbox One owners get the exact same sh!tty experience as PS4 owners get according to Eurogamers latest analysis!

Going back to play Titanfall!!!

Ashby_JC1552d ago

Myself before the beta never saw anything about Destiny that made me think "Wow ...I want to play that"

I played the BETA. And thought the look was solid and the gunplay was solid. But the areas felt lifeless....but I figured it was just the Beta.

I ended up renting the game. Havent gotten to far into it. Being that I rented I will put some time into it. I wont be grinding hours upon hours in one sitting.

But I will keep an open mind.

As for gamespot...they put a lot of time into the game and didnt care for it. It happens!

chaoslh1553d ago

This game is amazingly fun, especially with friends. F the reviews, that's just their personal thoughts about the game, why let some guy ruin the fun for everyone.

Ninver1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

I erge people on the fence to wait it out and buy Destiny when all additional content has been added. In other words wait for the goty edition 10years from now lol /jks

gamer4lifeyo1553d ago

Ya, what a letdown. I had a bad feeling after the beta anyway. this was supposed to be the game of 2014. Oh well, I'll keep busy playing TLOU multiplayer.

Mithan1553d ago (Edited 1553d ago )

I think your missing out really. I have 12 hours into this with the Hunter and I am enjoying the game.

The single player campaign is pretty good so far (I have about 12 hours into it, level 15) and I have a few missions left to finish on Mars and then a few more Strike Missions where you group up with 3 other people.

When you get to level 20, you get to start doing the upgrade stuff, so it becomes a bit like Diablo.

I think the biggest issue here is most of the reviewers are expecting it to be your normal single player experience OR like Borderlands, which has a Single Player game with a good co-op model bolted on top.

I think anybody who likes shooters should try it out.

It is great on certain levels (what it attempts) but I agree that it doesn't execute that well on story and co-hesiveness.

Still, I think its worth the money.

shinrock1553d ago

Wait , Bungies biggest blunder is the SP!

Ashby_JC1552d ago

I played the BETA and actually stopped playing because I didnt want to play to much before full retail release.

I rented. And havent gotten to far into the game but if the story is lacking that is very dissapointing. I was hoping to jump into a bungie game from day one and get into a deep story.

I remember getting into Mass Effect from the beginning even reading the books. That game had a great story.

I guess I was expecting the same from Destiny.

3-4-51553d ago

I've loved Destiny so far.....

Until I got to a mission in mars where there was just way too much gun fire happening and way too many enemies for me to handle solo.

I kind of "get it", where before this I was like " How can people complain ? ".

* Up until this point, I was able to Solo the game fine, but this certain mission wasn't even fun.

All the others before that, I enjoyed enough to keep going.

* The PvP on the other hand, is F ing Amazing IMO.

I love it, and there is so much more incentive to play with bounties and earning stuff towards gear, + the drops you get from playing as well.

* PvP is the replay value for me.

Well that and cruising on the moon doing patrols.

I love driving the sparrow around.

destructo8881553d ago

This is such bullshit. Having put about 30 hours into this game I can already confirm it's my game of the year (unless Alien: Isolation ends up being mind blowing)

The only reason it's getting reviews like this is because it's 'cool' to hate on it. Review sites know they'll get more views this way.

I'm not saying it's perfect, but anything below an 8/10 is insane in my opinion. The game is basically WoW with much better gameplay minus the subscription fee. I mean that in the best possible way! I could see myself playing for years if they keep adding stuff every week like they are.

hulk_bash19871552d ago

You pay for PS Plus/Xbox Live to take full advantage of the game's features so technically yeah, there is a subscription fee. With that being said I personally believe this game deserves an 8/10.

gamer78041552d ago

A few non mainstream sites gave it a 8/10, but personally I think gamsepot, escapist, and polygon have it right ata 6/10

Flamingweazel1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

GOTY?? BWHAHAHA, it's not even the best shooter this's poor in so many areas, please your standards are shit.

@THEKELRATH...the game lacks depth and is are you talking about? It's dumbed down tripe/

Ashby_JC1552d ago

I disagreed with you. Not because you like the game alot.

But because the reviewers opinion doesnt fall in line with yours then as you say its BS.

He laid out the reasons he didnt like the game as much as you.

Is he not entitled to an opinion on a game he put as much hours into as you??

There is no one game, movie, car etc that will be univerally praised by all. Once you except that and go based on your OWN opinion you will be better off.

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Magicite1552d ago

ouch, gamespot knows how to bite :(

The_KELRaTH1552d ago

I feel the game was just too complex to review for the likes of Gamespot.

The game maps need to be small and players going round and around with minimal use of height, clever routes so there's no confusion as to where to go.

Sheikh Yerbouti1552d ago

What he's complaining doesn't add up to a 6. It isn't the greatest FPS ever, but all fairness it would get an 8 if it wasn't hyped. Otherwise he's spot on.

SharnOfTheDEAD1552d ago

After spending a lot of time with Destiny, I'm beginning to think there's a lot of dishonest games reviewing for this title, it's not perfect but it's no 6/10 game, for me it jumps between an 8 & 9, it's best played with friends, you can call it repetitive but for god sake Diablo 3 ended up with better scores and all you do is hold down a bloody button to attack, get loot and kill more enemies! There's much to see and do in Destiny, Raids are fun, plenty of customization and great PVP, public events can be brilliant, it worked DAY 1 unlike BF4 but 6/10? Quit fishing for clicks! Fed up of seeing these doom articles now, these writers seem to lack both honesty and integrity!

purp13m0nk3y1552d ago

Agreed. I left the beta feeling a bit meh. But so far my bro and I are loving the full game.

It's fun, pretty, and polished. PvP is still not growing on me but I'm only at lv9 so heaps of SP coop goodness to enjoy.

Haters gunna hate. But in all seriousness it's an easy 8-9 out of 10.

Especially when Cod gets those types of scores and those games are huge piles of shite!

Fez1552d ago

I think Kevin Van Ord does have integrity and honesty. I quite like most of his reviews since the points he makes always seem well thought out and are valid criticisms of the games. You have to remember these reviewers are playing hundreds of games a month and trying to objectively review them all. If a game doesn't stand out as exciting or fun, and instead repetitive then the score will suffer.

They're also not paying for the privilege of owning the game and that really does allow you to be more objective. I've found this with the PS+ service since buyers remorse is removed from the equation and you're judging a game on if it's worth your time to play rather than the money.

I have to say the competitive multiplayer does look great with Destiny but the story just seems like a grind.

StrawberryDiesel4201552d ago

Wow, glad I didn't buy into the Destiny Hype, which was all it was apparently. I picked up a XBone with TitanFall instead and I'm so happy I went with my gut.

Rickgrimes951552d ago

Got sick of titanfall in less then 2 weeks haven't been bored a second in destiny

Remy_Chaos1552d ago

You didn't fall for the Destiny hype but you fell for the Titanfall hype, which basically falls into the same criticisms that Destiny suffered. It's just that MS definitely paid for all those scores, it's almost a certainty now.

Rickgrimes951552d ago

Gamespot gave COD GHOSTS an 8 out of 10 fuck you gamespot destiny is 10x better then ghosts

GhostTurtle1552d ago

There is just no way a game like Destiny gets a 6 for being shallow yet Titanfall gets an 8. In all honesty this seems like a shock review to get hits. If Destiny didn't live up to your expectations its still a 7 minimum imo.

lifeisgamesok1552d ago

Titanfall is fun Destiny not so much

JBallerX1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

I've seen a lot of reviewers state, "It's not what we hoped for," and, "We expected more." THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is part of your problem with low review scores. High expectations that go unmet. It seems more a problem with the reviewers than the game itself. We all have expectations that decide whether or not something is good. It's all so subjective anyway.

SonyMontana1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

In my opinion Bungie at least laid a solid foundation for what could be a superb follow up if they listen to feedback. At the end of the day Destiny does 1 thing and does it well: shooting. Personally I'd like to see more than that, add some life to these planets and give us a reason to care about saving it. I have fun with it but expected more, especially from Bungie. I give the game a 7.5.

Evilsnuggle1552d ago (Edited 1552d ago )

Here's my two cents . I have played Destiny beta and it was fun . I think that Destiny is a good game with a bad story and repetitive missions . I felted this away about GTA 4. Good game but the missions all felt the same to me. Sounds like Bungie working harder on dlc than the purchase game story. If you want more stories paid up !!!! When I heard that Destiny cost $500 000 000 million. I know that is would happen. How else are Bungie and Activision going to make a profit but excessive dlc. This is the future of the game industry if we keep buying dlcs.

I will buy Destiny when it gets cheap like 20 bucks.