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Destiny is Bungie's Worst Reviewed Game Ever

Destiny launched last week with immeasurable hype. The mystery surrounding Bungie’s latest genre-mashing title, combined with the sheer force of its marketing, proved to win over gamers all around the world, with millions purchasing it at launch – including critics, after Bungie stated they’d have to review it after the fact. In the week since, average reviews have cropped up from mainstream gaming websites, revealing that – no matter what you think of Destiny - it is apparently the worst game Bungie has ever made.

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ape0071070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

i really don't get it, yeah it's not the next halo combat evolved but the gameplay is so delicious, the combat is focused for a big game, the AI is great, the environments are beautiful and well designed

the game is 8-9 imo

aconnellan1070d ago

I'm loving it so far, I think the main problem is the hype it received. A lot of reviews are looking at it in terms of what it doesn't or could do - or even what they expected it to do - rather than what it does do.

It has its flaws, but everything it does at the moment, it does pretty darn well. And Bungie are bringing more content over time, so it's going to get even bigger

vishmarx1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

its a 8/10 game just lke watchdogs

Nobody ever saw anything special about it. its the devs who hyped it beyond reason.
the thing is, nobody inherently hates Watchdogs or Destiny.
but when a devs spends a better part of 2 years spending millions hyping the game and shoving it on our faces in every possible way like its the second coming of christ
then the game cant' be just 'okay'.
are you blaming people for their disappointments?
i mean limited maps,repetitive mission design and less than interesting variety in guns is a thing.
the powers take forever to recharge , hell even regular fps allow you stack grenades. now its a matter of sitting and waiting for stuff to recharge until your next assault begins, the powers dies out quickly and you kill the remaining 90-80% of the horde with your guns.
these are pretty big flaws even for an ordinary fps, let alone one such as this
and the worst part is the game still has HUGE potential and that stuff is being forcefully held off for that 10 year program bs. no further proof is needed other than the fact that an expansion launches in 2 months.
if only they used the millions spent in marketing to give us more content instead the game could have had far more longevity. sure it got them whatever day 1 sales they have but they lost any future the game had

"that game was amazing because of how well it was marketed"-no one ever
honestly the ONLY recent console game that has any chance of a 10yr run is ff14. not making it f2p and rebuilding a failed game from ground up is definitely not like the recent square we have come to know.

OrangePowerz1070d ago

@Vish

Destiny actually had not that much of coverage until the last E3 with many people complaining that they didn't show much.

If you have the right equipment grenades recharge in no time and the super powers are designed to be used wisely and not every 20 seconds. Besides if you plan on how to use them youvcan recharge them quicker because your team members drop orbs when they kill someone with a super power that can be picked up to recharge yours faster. You just have to plan on how and when ypu use them.

VileAndVicious1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

@ aconnellan
Agreed. Ive had the game since launch and I'm at the moment Lv 25. There are a number of things I dont like about the game:

1) The story is pretty meh, even though Ive beaten I still really dont know what the hell is going on. But...meh.

2) The weapon selection uses sooooo many conventional weapons. Youd think for a game that takes place in the future at the pentacle of human technology youd have high tech alien weaponry. Not a just basic assortment of assault riffles and the like.

3)Finally I really dont like the fact that you can do story missions and strikes with only 3 of your friends. Three is such an odd number I'd much rather have liked four player content. I hate having to leave out so many of my friends with just three men/woman fire teams.

Those gripes aside i really enjoy the game. Gun-play is satisfying classes are fun (though some feel a little unbalanced when it comes to Pvp....looking at you hunters). When it comes down to it hype is what hurt this game much like watchdogs, though I would argue that destiny is the much much better game.

So far to me at least Destiny needs a bit of improvement (which I anticipate is locked behind that magical pay wall), but its a solid game. I'd personally give it an 8 overall.

mcarsehat1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

Vish

I've seen more 6/10s, Watch_Dogs was better received, that got almost 9 in some places.

It took them a year to show any gameplay at all, they just talked about the story, a story it didn't end up having. The problem is with this generation is that games are trying their hardest to be different. A game like Destiny is out of date now, if it was released on 360 and ps3, it would be a 9, this gen not so much.

The game is small, there are only 20odd levels so grinding even ends for some players, each world is smaller than what was originally anticipated and even the developer said you can go places you just can't go.

Believe me, i can play a game over and over and over, linear 3rd person shooters are my favourite type of games. I must have played Uncharted and Max Payne 3 about 1000 times each but even i have to say, i got bored half way through the Beta missions, it's just too generic.

For making a game for a genre that is stale and hard to innovate, what did Bungie expect?

GarrusVakarian1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

This game is a classic example of when too much hype is a bad thing. And the fact it's from someone as huge and as loved as Bungie didn't help at all, it just increased the hype to beyond realistic levels.

XBLSkull1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

When you go from developing on 1 platform and instead increase it to 4, your games quality is going to suffer. You can blame the drop in quality on choosing to go multiplatforms, and on last generation install base. If this was a current gen Xbox exclusive, we would have seen a much better Destiny.

Wouldnt have have sales numbers (Which is all they care about) but they would have made a better game

gaffyh1069d ago

I wonder how well it would have reviewed if it had the name "Halo" in front of it...

Yes there are issues with it, but there are also a lot of good things. Hopefully the next game improves because of the criticisms.

nX1069d ago

I love this game, really, but I think that a lot of the criticism is justified and that Bungie should address it internally. They hyped the game to infinity as if they've developed the holy grail but in fact they got a solid base game with lots of potential and lots of bad design choices alike. Now they have to show us their commitment to this huge project and improve on all the aspects that could've been better.

Prime1571069d ago

@orangepower

Not much coverage? They started taking preorders almost 2 years in advance... last summer. I was working at GameStop then, and preorders came with a poster.

I, personally, love the game. The zeros on metacritic by some users are ridiculous. One zero review even said, "the controls are amazing" which makes little sense.

People are over reacting because of their own stupidity.

TheBanditKing1069d ago

@XBL Skull

If Bungie didnt go multiplatform we would not even be playing Destiny. Look how many studios they have closed, pigeon holed into making just certain games or types of games. No developer has ever thrived under them and no dev except Bungie has ever survived after breaking away from them. They only work well with third parties because they have limited creative control, but once they buy them its a death sentence.

Closed Studios/Broken Studios:
Artoon
Beep Industries
Mistwalker
Bizarre Creations
Rare
Ensamble
Aces
Real Time Worlds
Oddworld Inhabitants
Blitz Games
Indie Built
Stormfront Studios
Adrenium Games

and those are just the ones I remember

mike_honcho1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

bubble up for well said.. I agree with you completely.. there was so much hype generated by magazines, websites, forums, blogs, stores, consumers, etc. that it couldn't possibly live up to the hype. but put it into the category of an MMO shooter and imo it's untouchable.. easily 9-9.5/10 imo..

furthermore let's not forget that the content were playing through right now surely can't be everything.. there's almost certainly going to be new weapons, planets, vehicles, sub classes, level cap increase, missions(I'd like to see racing and space combat), and maybe even new classes and races added in the form of dlc..

@XBLSkull.. same could be said if it was as ps4 exclusive right?.. except obviously it would have looked and performed better on the ps4 rather than xb1 because it's a well known fact ps4 is more powerful.. and also the sales would have dominated on ps4 exclusive vs xb1 exclusive.. clearly because of the 2:1 install base..

warczar1069d ago

@vishmarx

Wow, you dont know how wrong you are, people like you who are judging the game based off the beta are morons. Your talking about stuff you have no idea about, your little comment about "less than interesting variety in guns" makes it a dead giveaway. I bet you didn't know that a vender showed up 2 days ago who sells "exotic" weapons that are a tier above legendary? Probably not. It's really sad that people will miss out on this game because of a bunch of butthurt whinyassed journalists who are now doing more harm to the game industry than good.

NukaCola1069d ago

I am NOT saying this game is amazing nor is it terrible because I have only played a very small amount however I find that reviews this generation are more disgusting more hypocritical and harsh beyond belief.games in this generation get torn apart harder than I've ever seen in my life. watch dogs titanfall infamous they all are good games that were completely ripped apart by terrible terrible media.so I've learned that even though reviews are just an opinion they can no longer be a deciding factor for anyone to pick a game.

HanzoHattori1069d ago

Destiny is much better than Watch Dogs.

coolvibu931069d ago

@TheBanditKing

You're overdramatizing here. More than half the studios you listed were never closed by MS, were only part of a third party deal and closed down years later after both MS and the studio had parted ways. Besides, most are studios we have never heard of and had done mediocre projects.

e.g mistwalker and beep still exists, indie built closed by 2k, bizarre closed by activision, artoon closed by aq interactive.

fr0sty1069d ago (Edited 1069d ago )

Destiny graphics comparison:

http://i.imgur.com/9BNi1gs....

@XBLSkull
"Wouldnt have have sales numbers (Which is all they care about) but they would have made a better game "

By that logic, it should have been PS4 exclusive so they could have both.

guitarded771069d ago

[email protected] the reviews, [email protected] the haters. This game is awesome. I sense much butt hurt on both sides of the fence. But the game is still awesome.

wsoutlaw871069d ago

hype should never affect game reviews. The game is the same either way and most that play it like it.

Magnes1069d ago

I love it too funny to see all these low scores for this game. Everyone I know who has it loves it and the majority of commenters online that I see love it as well. I have it for X1 and ps4 so I can play it with all my friends.

avengers19781069d ago

It's funny that some of the metacritc reviews have it at a zero on one platform and a perfect 10 on the other, and there from the same person. That's why I don't put much stock in review scores.

Destiny is a lot of fun, and there's so much stuff to do. I'm really enjoying playing the game... Especially when playing with friends, but going lone wolf works too.

sinjonezp1069d ago

I give it a 7:

Graphics+
Gunplay+
Loot+
Fireteams+
Boss battles+

Repetitive missions-
Weapon selections limited-
Weak story-
Gunplay does get stale after a while-
Limited development -
Enemies regeneration gets old-
Weak side missions-

Its fun and cool but it does have a MMO feel but it lacks the punch like dotas and ff14. Its GOOD, just not. Great.

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Spinal1070d ago

Don't care about reviews. The game is fantastic I'm having loads of fun playing it.

xPSYCHOPATH410x1070d ago

Hahahahahahaha He said loads.........

Shadonic1069d ago

all my friends too busy with their other friends to help me with heroic strikes :( even made a friend trying to do em and now he can't either now cause he met my friends and he's helping them now.

equal_youth1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

it is a lot of fun but clearly more of a 7-8 for me. the repetitive gameplay is IMO just to strong. if it had just a few more things to do besides go from a - b and shoot like there is nothing else in this universe than maybe i would rate it above 8. the mechanics of course are great and it plays like a love child between halo and cod and this is just awesome for the crucial. But for the MMORPG part.. i am definitely let down :(

NexGen1070d ago

I would be let down if I expected an MMO also. It isn't one, never was one, and never pretended to be one.

DanteVFenris6661069d ago

Let's use a better word then repetitive. Cod has been repetitive sense 4 yet people still play that trash. The majour problem of destiny is they hyped it to be something it wasn't. 1 it wasn't a massive open world 2. It didn't have good quest design, 3: it didn't have a story you could care about, 4: it was scifi but didn't have scifi weapons. 5 we saw no mans sky: destiny is scifi going from planet to planet yet they couldn't make space an aspect of gameplay, heck even there 4 planets are lacking as hell. But an indie studio of 4, hello games made a much larger universe, with much funner gameplay mechanics with crossing between worlds.

averagejoe261069d ago

@dante

Please, give us a more in depth review of your time spent playing no man's sky

SnakeCQC1070d ago

I've seen worse games reviewed far better imho

BootyBandit1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

Not only that Erudito87 but why I don't care about reviews at all is they're hypocrites. Why do they slag one game off for a the story any severely downgrade the overall rating because of it? They give most other games a pass on even if they are in the same exact genre.

Destiny was hammered for it's story. Why wasn't BF4, COD or even TitanFall? Destiny runs like silk online for me and the gameplay is extremely enjoyable. BF4 and GTA V had issues that carried on for months online yet both of those games were rated high 8s into the 9s.

I'm sorry but I'm not going to hold back and I don't care if anyone has issues with what I'm about to say. It seems to me the media went in with a preconceived agenda and they made sure to carry it out once they were allowed to release their scores. This game is not a 6 or 7. Anything below an 8 SCREAMS agenda / axe to grind.

Okay to those that will disagree.
BF4 had so many issues online and SP was the same old crap.
COD:Ghost - IMO the worst in the series thus far. Too many reasons to list.
TitanFall - Campaign mode was more like just a tutorial on how to play the game. What story did that game have? Plus the game lack content all around. Modes, weapons, customizations, etc.

Now explain to me how ALL of those games are rated higher across the board and how Destiny is a lesser game than any of them or less polished. It's not. You might think the game lacks in some areas but it runs great online and is overall a very polished game. In that it might not be what you want it to be but no one can deny this game is better than a 6. If so I would love to hear your reasons why comparing it to other games in the same genre.

VileAndVicious1070d ago (Edited 1070d ago )

@ BootyBandit

I believe Destiny is a solid 8. But IMO it feels as though some reviewers felt a little jaded about how Activision/Bungie handled the review copies of the game.

A part of me wonders if a portion of the reviews were given out as a sort of retaliation, almost as if to say "Dont forget you still need us and dont think you can be successful without us."

I feel this way because I have a hard time understanding why a game like watchdogs received much better reviews overall, when it largely has many of the same issues. And its not just watchdogs either that have gotten this "free pass".

PS: Lol Dont even get me started on BF4