Overhyped, Repetitive and Disappointing; just 3 words to explain the new game on the block.
Destiny…..a first-person shooter video game set in a “mythic science fiction” setting. It was developed by Bungie and published by Activision as part of a ten-year publishing deal. The game was released on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and the Xbox One on September 9, 2014.
I stopped at Tesco on my way home from college, I was already soaked as it was raining and I was riding my bike and I felt like I needed something to cheer me up, what better than the brand new game that has won over 180 awards and nominations as it stated on the box; so I bought it. I got home, got comfy and begun. My first thoughts on the game were disappointing, mainly my fault as my Xbox 360 slim does not have a hard drive and the game requires one even though my slim has more than enough space for that 5GB install, so I had to dig out my Xbox 360 Arcade, dust it off, and hope that it still works.
“It’s an unquestionable success out the door for what appears to be an average game,” says Mike Hickey, an analyst at investment firm Benchmark Company. “For how much money they’ve put into it, being profitable is definitely an achievement.”
Now months before this game was released we were bombarded with amazing marketing on behalf of the estimated $12 million spent on TV adverts by both Activision and Sony. Now as you can see from the advert above, the game looks AMAZING and to this day I’m still waiting for that game to come out, because the game that did come out on 09/09/14….was NOT the one advertised. I also saw countless YouTubers such as PhillyD playing it and I was so excited for it but alas, once again another okay game.
One of the main things I was excited for in this game was the “create your guardian” portion of the game, because I do love games that allow you to customise your person as I’m sure everyone does; however this creating your guardian bit, provided you with as much customisation as you have with your toaster…..yeah it may look kinda different on the outside, but they all do the same thing whatever class you pick, yeah some may look cooler but that’s it, Titan, Warlock, Hunter, same shit, different skin. When you have made your character and joined a game, there is 4 other guardians who look identical to you.
The gameplay itself was excellent…..for the first 40 minutes, after that it was the same set up, start a mission, kill a few aliens, “boss battle” and then go back to the “social” area of the tower, which is about as social as a high school disco, I think I spent around 20 minutes just “dancing”, pointing, waving and sitting in front of other players trying to get some form of reply from them, the most I got was a “You’re going on YouTube m8” message, I then attempted to start a game of football with that player using the big purple orb ball thing that is just there in the tower, yeah he didn’t play along.
Another thing that caused this game to go from great potential to Command and Conquer (bad game in my opinion), is the constant changing from first to third person; “…incredibly annoying and slightly disorientating” said fellow NUBI Writer and Photographer Simon Burgess and he is completely right.
Now I credit Destiny in the fact that they released an expansion pack to fulfil the gamers demands…..now I say expansion pack more of a “oh we forgot to put like these 3 things in sorry about that, it won’t really change your view on the game but oh well give us £35” pack,
“I sold it soon after because I wasn’t interested in the expansion and got £20 trade in value and half price CoD. Wooho!…….THEY COULD OF AT LEAST ADDED ANOTHER PLANET IN THE EXPANSION AND MAYBE SOME KIND OF STORYLINE I MIGHT OF BEEN INTERESTED THEN!”
– Brad Fisher
This game is a perfect example of what happens when a manufacturer wants to rush next gen gaming.
With the amount of money that was spent on it, £310 million…..yeah that’s right, the most expensive game ever to make and such a negative review?! Now this game could have been immense, if they would have just spent A LOT longer in the development stage, with A LOT more testers.
They’ve been mixed reviews from fans of the FPS genre and general gaming alike, mostly negative but hey it is what it is:
“It’s what you get when masterchief puts his dick into every action genre he can find”
– Bradley Bishop
“…you don’t start this game good, you get good”
Now xErestor has a point, it does offer a new view on the whole PvP style of gaming, it offers fast paced gameplay that delivers an element of skill that no one can just bring into the game, unlike any other game, however, it doesn’t do it the right way, it’s unfair to everyone who joins the game late, next to no communication between players and loading screens between sections of the map…..yeah you might say “oh but its huge”, correct, but so is Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto 5.
Now one thing I cannot comment on is ‘The Crucible’, I believe you had to be a certain level before doing this which in my opinion is stupid, if you’re up for the challenge, you should be able to do it, however John Fleetwood says “Each time I win a Crucible match, I am silently voting with my skill and my time. I am saying that I can handle a game with weapons that will need constant updating, a fight that will never really be fair, and a goal structure that can’t consistently reward me for my own personal style of play. Every Crucible match renews the struggle between Bungie’s old way of doing things and their grand new experiment; every victory is an affirmation of faith”.
Now onto the story and so-called “plot”, according to Wikipedia the plot is that “Destiny is set in the 28th century, a post-apocalyptic future. In a universe where humans have spread out and colonized planets in the Solar System, an event known as “the Collapse” saw the mysterious dissolution of these colonies, the end of the Golden Age, and mankind teetering on the brink of extinction. The only known survivors of the Collapse are those living on Earth, who were saved by “the Traveler,”. Upon mankind’s first attempt to repopulate and reconstruct after the Collapse, it is discovered that hostile alien races have occupied mankind’s former colonies and civilizations, and are now encroaching upon the City”……which is absolute poop (the most PC way of describing it), the “plot” is next to non-existent and the dregs of story you do pick up, are incredibly boring and difficult to follow.
After playing 4 hours, completing 3 missions, completing various patrols and attempting to communicate with other players I can honestly say that the ONE thing that’s stopping me from snapping the disc is the voice of Bill Nighy as ‘The Speaker’, this was the perfect choice as his voice just adds to the mysterious character in which he plays.
I predict another sci-fi game release in the future as it now can avoid the screw ups which Destiny suffered.
After over 180 awards and nominations earned, 4 hours played, a shamefully low amount of aliens killed and a substantial amount of time riding around on the sparrow….We can only say this:
If I had to sum Destiny up in 3 words it would be ‘please don’t buy Destiny’. Is that 4 words? Are you disappointed? Now you know what it’s like to play this game
What do you think of Destiny? Am I wrong? What’s your most disappointing video game? Let us know in the comments of this article.