This will be an opinion piece, but an honest one. No I don't want your clicks, recognition, praise, hate; whatever the case, I just want to be honest about my experience with Destiny on the X360 version. Yes, x360, No I am not a M$ fanboy, it's just the platform I chose to play on. All consoles have their pros and cons and this is just what I choose to play Destiny on.
So who shouldn't buy it?
- If you prefer single player and soloing things
- If you don't like communication
- If you are expecting Halo/COD/Borderlands
- If you expect to be badass at PVP just because you've played ' COD/Halo/other generic shooters and get frustrated when you lose.
- This game sold a lot! The world is a big place, sadly there will be
13yr olds who are legitimately better than us 20 somethings or older.
So if you can't take a few losses and rage, well if you pizza when
you should've french fried, you're going to have a bad time.
- You want a story that has hours of cutscenes out the gate and lore
spoon fed to you through awesome expensive voice acting.
- If you don't enjoy Peter Dinklage's monotone voice (no one does), but
it's a minor irritation.
- If you frequently use walkthroughs, it only takes away and shortens
your time with the game.
- If you grief/troll/ and just like to watch the world burn. (Don't
bother, you aren't fun at parties)
- If you expect to be able to trade your money for a higher levels hard
So who should buy it?
- If you can see it as a NEW IP that promises new DLC and updates
- If you have friends that you party with and looking to try new things
- If you want a story that will take a full 10 years to fully
understand it and enjoy.
- If you enjoyed Unreal Tournaments fast paced multiplayer where one
miss will be the difference between getting a kill or getting killed
- If you are social, have friends, whether casual or hardcore. This
game has Patrol Missions/Strikes/Raids/Bountie s/Loot
- If you like the idea of UPGRADEABLE loot. Not just a new scope or a
different skin, but upgrading the weapon to do more damage
- It has 3 classes, which has other subclasses, so a reason to have
- If you understand the beauty behind not being able to trade. Everyone
earned their own gear. You can't pay to win or trade to win. Earn it
like a champ.
- If you like stress, play PVP, if you want casual, play patrol
Basically I can add way more reasons to either side, but for now after a 12 hour workday and two 16 oz Red Bulls, I just wanted to say my piece. Unbiasedly biased.
So how was my experience? My friends didn't buy the game yet but they will. At the Tower in my first hour of the game I noticed a player waving at me and dancing. I waved back. Seconds later I had a friend request and party invite. Jumped into chat, introduced myself to him and vice versa. We did a few missions on Earth. Then we noticed we only got 2 of 5 chests. We wanted that gold sparrow, but refused to look up online the locations. Why screw myself on exploration because I want something and it is time consuming to look for it. That's where the fun really took off. Hunting for those chests. I wanted that damn sparrow. At This point I am LVL 8. My helmet is gold looking with something that resembles a unicorn horn, yes unicorn, because I am magical, whatever. I have a mighty need for it. Anyways, we eventually got all the gold chests, met some other players at the tower. Got into a party of 6 and away we went to the crucible. OMG THIS IS HARD. Why am I dying so fast? Why are the murdering us with ease? Alright, we got our bearings, started to coordinate positions. Playing Control. Two 3 man Teams. Each team sticks together to get A B or C. One group holds A, the other B. Enemy team isn't organized. We start winning. Continue to win. Match after match we are winning. Communication and tactics matter in this game. Don't forsake chat. IT MATTERS!
Guess what? Back to Venus. Feeling ballsy. Level 12. Me and bro I met on day 1 put it on a harder difficulty for first run through. Got to strike. HOLY SHIT, our 3rd guy wouldn't join chat, dropped from game during planet end boss. !^@# Bro and I have each others back. Communication is important. We are both Titans, however he is auto rifle man, I am the Scout Rifle man. We designate jobs. He handles mobs incoming through door. Blasting Knights left and right, keeping them off me as I snipe/scout rifle the wizards. Jesus the Wizards. There's 5 of them. Finally clear all mobs out and it's just Bro and I against Boss. Super is ineffective. Find the Critical spot. Eyes, head, stomach, ass? Where does the damage get done most at. We find it. We unload hell on boss, weaving through cover opposite of bro, boss' sends me to hell. Respawn in 30. Boss is walking all over corpse. I find myself calling out respawn time every 5 seconds. Don't die bro, hold position. 25....20...15.....10...5....Al right I'm back. Adrenaline pumping because who wants to restart? We will win. 15 minutes in now, boss has sliver of health left. Bro and I have Supers. We both Titan Super on top of boss opposite of each other. Without even planning too. Boss gets wrecked, dies. Mission complete. Sweet loot! Better go to the Cryptarch and check it out. Get to the tower, postmaster has news.
A bounty only a guardian can do? Go see bounty guy, new bounty. Bounty tells us to go and beat that same boss, on heoric difficulty just as we had done before. Feeling initially stilted because we had just done it. My Bro Tier gamer friend says, "Hey man, we can do it. We are badass" On the same page we get right back to it. Playing it again, this time a little higher leveled, with better upgraded guns. What's this? It's easier, but the mobs keep coming. We are powerful lords of destruction. Standing atop the level, just mowing them down left and right. Laughing having a good time. Bro has to work early the next day, as do I. We log out, say we will see each other online and wreck the game again tomorrow. Login today. "Hey bro, how was work?" "same old same old." "What you feel like today?" "Let's focus on doing Patrol Missions for a few to work towards awesome gear" "Sounds good man."
In short I made a really good gamer friend out of no where. I had to deviate from my real life friends because they didn't have the game. His playstyle compliments mine and the game is just limitless amounts of fun to us. The stories we are creating from our experiences are unique. You won't find in a walkthrough. You won't find in tips and tricks. Only we experienced what we experienced. It was a unique meeting that developed into a unique friendship, where someone had my back and I had theirs in game. If I can't revive, instinctively we knew to hide for cover, kill enemies to keep them off so we can regenerate health. I made a FRIEND. This game is social in that aspect. I never played COD, Halo Reach, or any other game, where I find myself logging in and staying for hours to experience something similar and something unique each time. What stories and moments you can create are up to you and your imagination, your willingness to chat, your ability to adapt to new game mechanics or adjusting from what you already know about shooters, and tweaking it, making it a new experience and new feel. In short, if you made it to the end of this and my poor writing skills, if you don't already own Destiny, try it. Not just for 6 hours. You have to really play it. Not just pop in for 30 minutes here and there, but really play it. Really explore. Learn the levels like the back of your hand and I promise you, what others scream is a 10 hour game, can turn in to a 100 hour game. So what gamer are you? 10 hour or 100 hour? Casual or Hardcore? There's a little something for everyone and 10 years worth of support is all the more reason to hang on to and not trade it in. Why buy it twice? It's only uphill from here and the sky's the limit!