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  • Summary: In Destiny (from the creators of Halo) you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth. You are able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the vast dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. BecomeIn Destiny (from the creators of Halo) you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth. You are able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the vast dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend. Embark on an epic action adventure with rich cinematic storytelling where you unravel the mysteries of our universe and reclaim what we lost at the fall of our Golden Age. The next evolution of the first-person action genre that promises to provide an unprecedented combination of storytelling, cooperative, competitive, and public gameplay, and personal activities that are all woven into an expansive, persistent online world. Venture out alone or join up with friends. The choice is yours. Personalize and upgrade every aspect of how you look and fight with a nearly limitless combination of armor, weapons, and visual customizations. Take your upgraded character into every mode, including campaign, cooperative, social, public, and competitive multiplayer. Expand
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  1. Positive: 60 out of 95
  2. Negative: 1 out of 95
  1. Videogame worlds are rarely this rich and addictive. No matter your pleasure - story-based campaigning, co-op comradeship, or adversarial annihilation - Destiny delivers on all fronts. Frighteningly, this really does have the framework of a 10 year obsession. [Nov 2014, p.68]
  2. Sep 15, 2014
    88
    Even with its stumbles, the initial release of Destiny is a colossal achievement in interactive design, integrating a number of differing genre elements into a smart and unified whole. Bungie’s latest futuristic opus is one of the first true event games of this new generation, and while it still has room to grow, it’s worth your attention right out of the gate.
  3. Sep 11, 2014
    85
    Destiny suffers from a serious case of rough edges. A number of elements, from the repetitive mission design to a weak early game, are a lot rougher than expected from an otherwise polished game. There isn't one glaring problem that detracts from the experience, but a number of minor issues hurt the game. Beneath those flaws lies an extremely enjoyable MMO-styled shooter that plays excellently, looks great, is extremely addictive, and has a strong and varied endgame.
  4. Sep 11, 2014
    80
    Destiny, isn’t just set in space, it an allegory of space. It is beautiful and fascinating, but oh so cold and immense, and the past engulfs everything.
  5. Sep 15, 2014
    75
    If you just accept that it was always going to be about multiplayer shooting, and the rest might be underdeveloped gravy; you’ll probably have tons of fun. And if you look to the future and see what Bungie has created – a very solid foundation – you should be excited by what the team will deliver in the coming months and years.
  6. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    You won't find better gunplay and online features out there, but at the same time you wont find much to do in this huge project that seems to need tons of new and better content, improved writing and some of the "magic" Bungie failed to include in the initial package.
  7. Sep 18, 2014
    45
    In its current state, Destiny feels unfinished and unfocused, but I imagine that things will be looking quite different in a year's time.

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  1. Sep 9, 2014
    10
    Great Game.One of the Best Shooters Ever made and spectacular multiplayer.Is a game that misture Halo and Skyrim,and do it very well.AwesomeGreat Game.One of the Best Shooters Ever made and spectacular multiplayer.Is a game that misture Halo and Skyrim,and do it very well.Awesome Game,recommended! Expand
  2. Sep 16, 2014
    10
    Don't mind me; just giving the game a 10 to balance out all the stupid idiots giving it a 0.

    It's not perfect; the game in its current
    Don't mind me; just giving the game a 10 to balance out all the stupid idiots giving it a 0.

    It's not perfect; the game in its current state is pretty bare bones & the loot system could be stronger & more diverse, but unlike Borderlands, the shooting is fantastic & feels great. The Game also looks beautiful, boasts a beautiful soundtrack & when you have friends to play with, it's easily one of the best playing experiences you can have on the PS4.

    This is also clearly a long-term project for Bungie, it's going to get far better down the track so you might as well jump on early!
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  3. Sep 14, 2014
    9
    A lot of hype surrounded this game, which is why so many people are feeling let down. I never really get into that sort of stuff, so myA lot of hype surrounded this game, which is why so many people are feeling let down. I never really get into that sort of stuff, so my expectations were not unrealistic going into this. I enjoy this game so much, that I had to write a review here. This is actually my first metacritic review (though I've been following the site for years). So far, this game has combined several of my favorite games and genre. About the only issue I have is the lack of friends to connect with. Everyone I know that has this game are levels far above my own. I'm a gamer, but I have a job and a family... I can't spend the time on a game like others. It seems difficult to make in game friends. I'm hoping that the game will have updates to address this issue in the future, Expand
  4. Sep 14, 2014
    7
    Although this game doesn't live up to the EXTREME hype over the last few months, this still doesn't deserve a cluster of 0-2's. I predict theAlthough this game doesn't live up to the EXTREME hype over the last few months, this still doesn't deserve a cluster of 0-2's. I predict the majority of those giving this game an extremely low score are butthurt PC gamers who are not used to getting their way, considering this game is console exclusive for now I think. PC gamers should realise they sometimes aren't going to get their way and should stop acting like children. Grow up.

    The gameplay is disappointing. I think the majority of the missions are "Defend your moron ghost doing a hacky-thingy on the consoley-thingy while several waves of bullet sponges try to prevent you from doing so!". Even though the missions are repetitive, they really didn't bother me at all. I enjoyed them thoroughly. But sometimes if the mission is different from that, it can be more enjoyable.
    The weapons and the PvP are VERY satisfying. The guns are meaty and just overall have a great feel to them. I honestly thought there could have been a larger variety to enemies, considering the massive budget and the huge hype. All there seems to be is fallen thingies and a few unimportant guys that you have to shoot and scoot.

    But what makes up for all of those negativites are the AMAZING graphics. This game is VERY pretty. The cutscenes are absolutely BEAUTIFUL and well designed. Even during gameplay, you'll come along a beautiful sight that'll put you in awe. The soundtracks for this game, heard in the "SET DESTINATION" hub are just amazing. Sometimes I would just stop playing and listen to the music play on while I occupy myself. The universe itself is also amazing and very interesting,
    There's also a great sense of accomplishment to being awarded some loot, or a rank up.
    Those are my thoughts to the game, and PLEASE stop with the 0 spam. This game does not deserve it. Be reasonable and do not be extremely biased with your opinions.
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  5. Oct 12, 2014
    6
    I bought this game with very high expectation. The quality is perfect but the game play is not that surprised. As other people said, it has noI bought this game with very high expectation. The quality is perfect but the game play is not that surprised. As other people said, it has no differences with other FPS game. After two weeks playing, I turned to my previous mobile game Rush of Rune and give Destiny up. Expand
  6. Sep 23, 2014
    4
    I did not have sky high expectations regarding this game as I played beta and knew how it will play more or less - games nowadays don't reallyI did not have sky high expectations regarding this game as I played beta and knew how it will play more or less - games nowadays don't really change from beta versus final product...it seems to be part of marketing plan.

    First thing I noticed, after buying the game soon after the release, was advertisement of expansion packs from day1 - this was the first warning message as I know what it smells like (LITE version of the product with DLCs which multiple the price of the final product by 4.
    But heck, if the game is really cool, I can survive that (have quite some experience with MMORPG products that follow the same route).

    So to give you an idea on my feelings after playing bit beta:
    Shooting felt satisfying, graphis were nice and the idea of online pve shooter in Sci-fi environment sounded plausible. After an hour or two sessions during the beta, I felt bit bored and always went back to other games I had. Game looked polished, shooting was fine, but it was just missing something which is not easy to describe with one particular word - it felt like a shooter mix with a little bit of other games, without actual good plan on how to put things together to give players a feeling of a complete product.
    - You do have Tower as a base, but I kind of assumed there will be few of those and they will be full of life and interaction once the game goes life.
    - There are different missions and areas on the planet, but you basically start from same point and go little bit further or turn once different direction for smaller area which is designed for this particular mission.
    - Other players are on the same map, but you cannot communicate with them unless they are in your fireteam and they might be basically doing some other mission or patrol in similar area, so wont help you much in your duty.
    - weapons have stats and slightly different looks, but we've seen them all and they look more like from game set in 2020 than production set long long time in the future.
    - there are skills but I did not really feel any diversity between classes

    Those were my few points I noticed after some hours with Beta, hoping that there is some more as lvl cap was 20 and I reached only lvl 6 and was on the first planet. After all shooting as a core was done very well!

    So I bought the game with hope that the full version has some more to offer than I already saw.
    Indeed there were more planets, the story went further (so I assume from poping up notifications to visit website), I leveled higher and improved my character.
    Problem is, it felt like "mishmash" and that the Beta had everything the full game has to offer.

    I tried to follow the story, but the missions were so uninspiring that I forgot what the story is about very fast. With nice cinematics at the beginning of the journey, you would expect some nice cutscenes implemented in the game. Missions are always the same... and I don't think the word "same" is exaggeration. You go to spot B, deploy ghost who does some decoding, etc. while he works you defeat few waves of enemies, go to another spot and defeat level boss with minions. boss fights are always the same - kill minions, jump out, hit boss weak spot and hide again to regenerate.
    I haven't played engame, as after reading that it is just same strikes I have just been to and doing them on higher level (which means more hp of enemies), I decided it is not my style of grinding.

    Communication and feeling of belonging to a community in this game is made very bad, in my opinion. Unless community is considered as a fireteam created with friends from PSN, then Bungie did heck of a job to prevent getting to know new folks and have fun together. Biggest flaws I find are little amount of people in Tower you can meet, no chat even though console supports external keyboard. There is also no trading with other players or any clan/guild functionality.

    Other issue is loot and its variety. There are few types of weapons but they are not really inspiring weapons. Shotgun looks like a shotgun, rifle like a rifle. Weapons have different stats and colours, but I have not noticed much of a difference between the look of weapon on lvl 3 till end of the game.

    Games I have played with focus on loot grinding were more enjoyable, but have to say that some of them started also from the wrong foot and improved as the game developed, which might be the case for Destiny's destiny.

    The game had some nice moments, like first strikes which I attended were quite fun and had this feeling of a relief after clearing the last boss. However, after doing it for a while, it lost fun factor and I had to force myself to clear them, which should not be the case.

    Please note that I did not have friends to play with, so I either played alone or strikes with PUG.
    I guess the experience enhances with few good folks you can have fun with, but well, I didn't buy into this game enough to keep it for months on the shelf to see how company develops it
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  7. Mar 5, 2015
    0
    This game had the most potential of 2014. It also was 2014's biggest mistakes in gaming and has made me lose faith in Bungie as a company andThis game had the most potential of 2014. It also was 2014's biggest mistakes in gaming and has made me lose faith in Bungie as a company and game developer. I really wanted to like this game but it's impossible between the repetitiveness, boring multiplayer, and barebones story. This game does not push any boundaries, it holds back content to be sold as DLC, and end game consists of either playing through missions you have done numerous times already, playing one of the two raids (yes there are only two raids in this game, which is unacceptable especially considering what Bungie was promising and hyping to its fans,) and lastly there is the (boring) multiplayer.

    I get the appeal of Destiny to the younger crowd as kids can practically do the same thing over and over without missing beat and I'm pretty sure the entire fanbase of Destiny consists of tweens. If you were born in the 20th century though chances are you, like me, cannot be bothered to play through a game that makes *everything* a chore. That's exactly how I would describe this game: a chore.

    While do admit there is fun to be had if you play with friends (you have fun with friends regardless,) the single player aspect of this game is just horrible. The story? I can summarize it all in a sentence. You get awoken from a deep sleep in the middle of nowhere by a Dinklebot, you get attacked by generic sci-fi alien race, you go to generic sci-fi homeworld, you meet generic sci-fi wise old guy, you get sent on a generic quest across the galaxy for... what exactly? And why?? I seriously don't know... I've played through the "story" on 3 characters already and I still don't know what the story is to be honest. There is literally only 4 characters in this game and NONE of them are memorable: Old Guy at Tower, Robot Chick that Stalks You, The Queen and her dick brother.

    So you ask why my review is negative? This game deserves no merits or praise as it's just another disappointment of 2014. Trust me on this one, don't waste your money or your time. I
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