Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 85 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 54 out of 85
  2. Negative: 1 out of 85
  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 13, 2014
    96
    Destiny isn’t a perfect game, but it’s a perfect gaming experience. The girth of the planets, the endless exploration, a fun co-op element and a strong PvP structure has this series on the right track. I can’t wait to see what else the future expansions have in store for the overall body of work.
  3. This game has its hooks in me fiercely. And that’s why my review’s score is a 9.5. However, I very much could see a player being turned off by having to repeat missions, by overly-long boss fights and the very specific storytelling techniques or the fact that everything feels ripped out of a pulpy sci-fi novel that thinks it’s important.
  4. Sep 15, 2014
    92
    Destiny on the PS4 is a true piece of art that not only plays well but looks amazing!
  5. Sep 19, 2014
    90
    Vast, beautiful, and endlessly satisfying, Destiny is like a gradually-opening puzzle box of ever-more involving FPS depth. What's already there can be explored for tens of hours. What's to come is an incredibly exciting prospect.
  6. The most ambitious game on PS4 and an MMO shooter that rises above story problems by letting you create your own epic narrative with friends every second of play. With continued updates, Destiny will only get better. [Oct 2014, p.82]
  7. Sep 18, 2014
    90
    Destiny is by no means a flawless game, but it’s able to overshadow its faults by offering superb gameplay while blending everything into a singular, truly fun experience.
  8. Sep 13, 2014
    90
    Bungie has done a great job with Destiny, even though its project isn't complete as of yet. Its co-op proposal with some MMO details manages to entertain the user, even though it's not the revolution promised. It's audio-visual beauty has made it one of the standards in the gaming industry.
  9. Sep 10, 2014
    90
    It’s because Bungie knows the areas they need to play it safe, and because Bungie knows the areas they want to attempt to explore and make better that I am glad this is the game I have waited for all year long, and why I feel this is another example of why the next-gen console cycle is ready to take off into new, exciting, and interesting ways.
  10. Sep 16, 2014
    88
    At its core, Destiny is a loot grind shooter whose story hints at greater things to come.
  11. 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.
  12. 88
    If Destiny is judged on the game itself without falling victim to the unreachable expectations placed on it then it stands out as an amazing new IP. Never before has a game managed to merge separate genres quite so successfully and despite some of its flaws it does a lot of things right.
  13. Sep 12, 2014
    88
    Destiny is an epic trip to the moon... and beyond! Bungie has successfully brought the MMO formula into the FPS genre. But there are still some problems and the PvP balance is debatable.
  14. Sep 15, 2014
    87
    Destiny takes Halo's mechanics and injects them into an MMO world which is a little bit short on content, but which is as addictive as a Bungie Pvp can be.
  15. Sep 12, 2014
    87
    It could have had a better story or had a wider variety of missions, but still, Destiny is one of the best first person shooters we've seen in the last few years.
  16. Sep 30, 2014
    85
    Destiny is an excellent FPS that falls short of expectations for a variety of reasons.
  17. Sep 17, 2014
    85
    Destiny seldom blows you away with unexpected narrative gameplay and delivers less content than expected. There’s no point in lingering on those shortcomings though. It’s likely you won’t play a better shooter this year. The action is of such high quality and the cooperative and competitive play is interwoven seamlessly. This is still the game by Bungie we’ve been wanting to play.
  18. 85
    Destiny is a great prologue, but it is still just a prologue. It’s like telling somebody all about Middle Earth; the races, the lands, the set up for the story, but not telling them of Bilbo’s adventures in The Hobbit or the fellowship’s journey in The Lord of the Rings.
  19. Sep 12, 2014
    85
    Destiny is an amazing start for Bungie. It has this impressive gameplay, confined in an MMO structure. Don't look for an epic story, because you won't find it. You will find a great amount of content and a vast and beautiful universe, an addicting multiplayer and some room for future improvements.
  20. Sep 11, 2014
    85
    Although Destiny is a great game, we expected it to be a bit bigger. Nonetheless, it plays amazingly, has some beautiful planets and we look forward to the raids in the future.
  21. 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.
  22. Sep 13, 2014
    84
    The hype and the expectations associated with it have been a double-edged sword for Destiny, with disappointment as a result. This game doesn't offer the single player-experience we hoped for – despite the unbelievable audio-visual splendor - due to a short, repetitive Story Mode. But if you play Destiny competitively and/or cooperatively, then it's almost impossible not to have fun, thanks to constant rewards and delicious gameplay. And it still has the potential to become the game we wished it had been.
  23. Sep 18, 2014
    83
    So yes, Destiny falls short of second-coming status, but it’s still worth checking out.
  24. Sep 30, 2014
    80
    In summation, although it makes no artistic statement and conveys little in terms of story, Destiny is still one of the most fun and addictive games I’ve played this year, and I would recommending it to anyone sitting on the fence about it.
  25. 80
    Destiny has been hyped to an extent that it cannot live up to that hype. It is not a great living world for the solo player, and it is bound to disappoint some players, but it is insanely fun for the social player. While PvE might be thin on story, it keeps getting more content. PvP though is great fun and easily among the best FPS experiences. The future looks bright for Bungie's Destiny.
  26. Sep 19, 2014
    80
    Based on my time with the game so far, I would certainly recommend making a date with Destiny.
  27. Sep 18, 2014
    80
    Destiny is not revolutionary, but it mixes properly and updates many ideas to create an experience that's solid as a rock. As an online game it has stuff to improve, but right now it's a great action game that can be unforgettable when played with friends.
  28. Sep 18, 2014
    80
    Great fun, beautiful design but somewhat shallow.
  29. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    Bungie has managed to craft plenty of great mechanics for the new game, as well as allow for player expression through the RPG skills and customization system...However, don't expect a touching story and be prepared to endure plenty of repetition in the story missions. The co-op strikes and the random operations break this tedious feel, but you should still expect some lengthy loading screens and a fair amount of unbalanced missions or strikes.
  30. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    Destiny is an engaging and immersive experience, albeit one that requires some serious legwork on the players half to get the most out of it. While I love it personally, I can’t ignore the lack of direction given to players which robs them of all the game has to offer. At the same time, I fully recognize that this is something that is going to grow and evolve exponentially over its lifetime.
  31. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    As it stands now, it feels like a strong foundation coupled with a thin story and some baffling missteps on the MMO aspects of the formula.
  32. Sep 17, 2014
    80
    It's a systematically refined game, with superlative combat and intriguing progression that plays the long game. It's beautiful. It's a slow burner, perhaps dangerously so for the skittish console audience, although the prevailing winds in gaming - where social, persistent metagaming is king - are on its side.
  33. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    If you just want to shoot things with friends, you'll enjoy your time with Destiny, even when you're mocking the lame story. If, on the other hand, you love the loop – town, dungeon, loot – you'll be more likely to stick around after the story's over.
  34. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    Far from the exceptional stuff we've been promised, Destiny is "only" a good game, with a huge potential which will be fulfilled with some good old DLC's. Nothing to be ashamed of from a visual point a view, but Bungie's new baby has some troubles with its content (sluggish progression, repetitive missions, sometimes really dumb AI). Destiny has been limited on purpose, to serve 10 years of good service with DLC's. But the frustration mixes with enjoyment thanks to an attractive universe, a beautiful soundtrack and an accessible gameplay.
  35. Sep 16, 2014
    80
    It's a well-made game, especially in co-op, but repetitive gameplay and a story that fails to intrigue keeps it from becoming something truly great. As of now, Destiny unfortunately hasn't reached its full potential yet.
  36. Sep 15, 2014
    80
    Give Destiny a try if you like the idea of cooperation blended evenly with competition. The truth remains in its satisfyingly responsive mechanics, relatively forgiving checkpoint systems, competitive multiplayer, and the opportunity to blast away a million and one guys if that's what your story really needs to framed around.
  37. Sep 15, 2014
    80
    Destiny is not perfect, but it is a refreshing, thoughtful and accomplished combination of one the most popular genres today, the FPS, and MMOs, which never quite gained traction in the realm of consoles.
  38. Sep 15, 2014
    80
    Is it the best game to release on the new generation of consoles? Most likely. But does it live up to the hype of its many, many ‘Best of E3’ awards? Close, but not quite.
  39. Sep 14, 2014
    80
    Destiny’s connected world is a polished and beautiful playground, but its story is weak and it lacks in depth in many aspects.
  40. Sep 14, 2014
    80
    For the time being we’re prepared to brave the beautiful wastelands of our solar system over and over because the freestyle combat across huge maps can have surprising variations between different play sessions. We’ve had enough wow moments to justify the time and effort to unlock them, and the possibilities of what Bungie could do next in this newly minted galaxy is intriguing based on what we’ve played so far. Destiny has not achieved greatness, yet. It is however, extremely fun to play.
  41. Sep 14, 2014
    80
    Bungie's new IP isn't a revolution but is able to create a genre of its own. It has a solid and accessible RPG system, fast and addictive gunplay, and its overall presentation is outstanding. It's not perfect, though, and we hope Bungie will be able to solve some issues in the coming months.
  42. Sep 13, 2014
    80
    Some excellent gameplay let down slightly by poor story and characters.
  43. Sep 12, 2014
    80
    Destiny's budget was out of this world, and it's there for all to see in the finished product. Bungie's smash hit isn't the gameplay revolution that some wanted, but its accessible RPG systems, sublime gunplay, and incredible presentation over all aspects of the release elevate it beyond some of the very best shooters on the market.
  44. 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.
  45. Sep 11, 2014
    80
    The visuals, interface, framerate and online matchmaking, combined with one of the best original soundtracks ever to grace a video game, make for impeccable production values. This is an experience that could have benefited from being open world, however, as well as having more varied combat and map design.
  46. Destiny isn't a bad game, but... There is no original idea in the game. We were expecting a true nex-gen MMO, but Destiny lacks the requirements for accomplishing that goal.
  47. Sep 18, 2014
    78
    It’s a complex production that boils down simply to this: Destiny is a mechanically excellent, visually evocative FPS housed within an under-developed RPG framework. The endgame might hook you for the long haul once you fully understand it, but Destiny is ultimately unable to be all the different games it’s trying so hard to be.
  48. Sep 17, 2014
    78
    With Bungie, Destiny continues their excellent Halo formula. Shooting feels great as ever and the environments are as fascinating as they are mysterious. The added RPG-like system is extremely addictive. Other elements, like the Tower as a hub and the supposed living world are not as well-executed. The story also falls flat. While Destiny is far from perfect, its addictive nature will still keep you playing for hours, looking past the lack of cooperative content.
  49. Sep 13, 2014
    77
    Bungie's new IP is a noble effort to escape from the ghosts of the past, an opportunity to succeed and leave its old franchises behind. Destiny offers a solid combat experience, challenging boss fights and a never ending progression system; however the world is not engaging and the story and lore bits are forgettable or absent, which is a shame given the magnitude of the project.
  50. Even at first glance, it is clear that it is an expensive and very ambitious project from a team of highly skilled professionals. But the lack of an exciting plot and thoughtful combination of RPG and FPS can’t be compensated for by just a huge budget. [Oct 2014, p.76]
  51. 75
    Destiny’s faux-MMO approach to shooters is a shallow, dull experience that even hardcore fans may find difficult to stick with except to gaze at its worlds or engage in the entertaining competitive multiplayer.
  52. Sep 16, 2014
    75
    Destiny is not a revolution, not a masterpiece and it is not even a complete product. It's a set of foundations, pretty solid and full of potential in truth, on which Bungie in the coming months could build wonders. But we must evaluate the product for what it is at present, and now Destiny is a repetitive game, with a disappointing PvP, and able to entertain only thanks to the ascertained efficacy of the shooting and RPG elements that compose it.
  53. 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.
  54. Sep 15, 2014
    75
    It’s a confused game that doesn’t quite know what it wants to be; is it an MMO, a pure shooter, or a sprawling space epic? It tries to be all of them and misses the mark on most. As much fun as it can be - especially when played with friends - Destiny ultimately crumbles under its own ambition.
  55. Sep 16, 2014
    74
    Destiny is a new direction for Bungie in many ways, yet familiar ground in others. The similar storytelling is only accented by the phenomenal gunplay. The boring mission structure is forgivable due to the cooperative nature of the game. It seems for everything the game does wrong, it makes up for it with something else.
  56. Sep 15, 2014
    73
    Right now, it’s a rock-solid shooter with no underlying purpose … or soul. Destiny is a ship floating in space without a place to go.
  57. Sep 30, 2014
    70
    The game does nail the mechanics of a shooter and it's certainly beautiful to look at, but everything else hasn't quite gelled into a cohesive whole. Since Destiny is obviously designed to be an evolving game played for the long haul, though, it will certainly be interesting to see how it progresses and grows over time.
  58. Sep 29, 2014
    70
    If your friends are getting it and you like multiplayer, it's worth playing.
  59. Sep 25, 2014
    70
    Once you distill it all down I did have fun in Destiny. I just wish the ride would have lasted longer. The endgame grind is not what I was hoping for and has turned me off completely. Bungie has stated repeatedly that the game really starts at 20. If that is true then this game will have a very short shelf life. The grind just is not fun. Hopefully these special events will keep the game fresh and new for most players to drop in and out of and get more value for their dollar.
  60. Sep 23, 2014
    70
    Destiny is far from a perfect game, with flaws quite clearly apparent in the storytelling and the repetitive formula, but it’s also a game that can quite easily keep you coming back for more time and again, especially if you play with friends.
  61. Sep 18, 2014
    70
    It has strengths. It has weaknesses. And whether or not it burrows its way into your own psyche depends on your tolerance for familiarity, that breeder of contempt, that warm blanket of comfort.
  62. 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.
  63. Sep 17, 2014
    70
    And yet, despite these glaring, obvious faults, Destiny is utterly capable of draining the hours away, via its excellent combat and its PvP. Flawed, yes. Fun? Certainly. A total failure? Not really.
  64. Sep 16, 2014
    70
    Destiny feels like it wasn't ready, but it was shipped anyway. It tantalizes with glimpses of brilliance, but then confounds with clunky design decisions and baffling oversights.
  65. Sep 16, 2014
    70
    As it is, Destiny is an ambitious project that isn't quite meeting its potential yet. All of the pieces are in place for a great dungeon-crawling playground, and I've enjoyed my time with it, but I'd like to see it come into its own as a more cohesive experience.
  66. 70
    As someone who genuinely, deeply cares about games as works of art, to see a game as limited as Destiny become the game that is on the front pages of mainstream news is like a slap in the face. I can't deny that the game is entertaining, beautiful, or content-rich, but for all that Destiny is not even close to a masterpiece.
  67. Sep 15, 2014
    70
    Destiny is a worthwhile distraction, a visually classy playground that regularly manages to entertain for a few hours. But a true calling, it is not.
  68. Sep 14, 2014
    70
    Playing around in Bungie's galaxy for its own sake is still just so undeniable and compulsive a draw that the disappointingly threadbare "why" starts fading into the background.
  69. Sep 12, 2014
    70
    Destiny is not really the revolutionary FPS we were waiting for, but it is still a good one. The gameplay, art direction, graphics and musics are fantastic, but right now the game lacks content at a high level and you can get bored easily from its repetitiveness.
  70. Sep 12, 2014
    70
    It’s not short of spectacle but in terms of innovation and variety this is nowhere near as forward-thinking as Bungie would like to pretend.
  71. Sep 10, 2014
    70
    Destiny isn’t a bad game, by any means. If you like sci-fi shooters, you’ll get a good 20 hours of enjoyment out of this. But that’s really all it is; a fun, forgettable shooter that plays it safe and sticks to what’s been proven, with nothing to really set it apart from it’s peers.
  72. Sep 16, 2014
    68
    Today, of course, Destiny is a mess, but I sympathize with it.
  73. Sep 19, 2014
    67
    The experiment “Shooter-MMO-crossover” has not completely failed. Especially the competitive firefights are quite entertaining. But then again, as a full-fledged shooter it doesn’t have any significant impact while as an MMO it doesn’t have enough content. Welcome to Destigrind.
  74. Sep 17, 2014
    65
    Bungie has said it has come up with 10 years of content for Destiny, but I was bored at around 10 hours. The game has its moments, but it needs more. It needs adventurous thinking and risky ideas. It needs challenges that go beyond racking up headshots. It needs engagement among players to make them feel useful and important. It needs people and places within it that have more character than just pretty helmets and vistas and lens flare.
  75. Sep 16, 2014
    65
    The story and setting leave a lot to be desired, but the gunplay is very sound, and the PVP element reminds me of some of my favorite shooters, filled with tons of exciting moments...But even after digging into the nitty-gritty, the endgame structure is rigid and has too many problems at the current moment to warrant a full recommendation.
  76. Sep 16, 2014
    65
    Destiny has an interesting, original idea for an online shooter that is wrapped in some excellent production value but stands on really weak legs. Bungie's game has a potential to be adored by many, but it depends on their tolerance for repetitiveness. In time, all of this will probably be extended and built upon, but right now this is just a dream. I quite like Destiny, but I won't be spending many more hours with this game.
  77. Sep 13, 2014
    65
    With a lifeless world, a hazily plotted, repetitive campaign, and an endgame that quickly resorts to a slow grind for marginally better loot, Destiny fails to deliver on the promise of its concept and the enormous potential of its gameplay systems.
  78. Sep 23, 2014
    60
    Destiny is more of a promising future than a truly absorbing game everyone enjoys from the very beginning. Its lack of game content along with its merciless repetition and grinding are spoiling a good impression of well-elaborated action.
  79. Sep 17, 2014
    60
    A decent multiplayer doesn't make up for all that grudgingly repetitive gameplay and a bloated, clichéd story. The world of Destiny is a shallow and uninspired place that fails to capture the imagination, let alone the will to play on after mowing down the millionth wave of dead-eyed space robots.
  80. Sep 13, 2014
    60
    Destiny prefers telling the same stories time and time again, hoping to transfix you with its rinse-and-repeat pace and ply you with the possibility of better loot, rather than with gameplay diversity that intimates surprises hovering on the horizon.
  81. Sep 12, 2014
    60
    When you throw it all together, you're left with a game where the missions are designed to be repeatable, but all the missions are so repetitive that it's hard to get excited to see the same handful of environments again and again and again as you attempt to grind out faction reputation or hunt around for high-end weapons. It's a beautiful game, but a hollow experience.
  82. Sep 12, 2014
    60
    As just another game, Destiny is a confusing combination of often at-odds elements — it presents itself as ambitious, almost boastful, while seeming strangely safe and reserved. It wants to eat its cake as a shooter, and have the longevity of an MMO — but it lacks the combat sophistication of the former, and the deep well of content native to the latter.
  83. Sep 11, 2014
    60
    With its banal universe and flavorless style, Destiny is packed with content, but just ... well ... content. There's a great PvP mode, and the leveling system can be rewarding, but nonetheless this is a pretty, rock-solid, ultimately pedestrian product.
  84. Sep 12, 2014
    50
    Instead of coming up with anything interesting and worthwhile, Destiny takes mechanics from better games and grinds them to a halt in an incredibly repetitive and monotonous experience. The PvP is all right and the presentation may be gorgeous, but the pretty surface only serves to remind us of the emptiness inside.
  85. 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.
User Score
6.5

Mixed or average reviews- based on 3418 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Sep 9, 2014
    10
    Oh my goodness, so much negativity. Look, obviously this game is not a 5/10. Maybe if you hate shooters and RPGs, then it could be. But then why are you here??

    Destiny is a massive and extremely polished MMOFPS that really satisfies a lot of my gaming desires. The shooting feels very "Halo" and the RPG customization is definitely there. Fighting can be tactical and hectic, but never truly unfair.

    The Crucible, Destiny's PvP, is also hard as nails. Getting what feels like a good game out of the Crucible is hard, but can reward you with items and exp.

    I played Alpha to release now, and I highly recommend the game. Do NOT listen to all the people spamming bad reviews. Play the game and decide for yourself.
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  2. Sep 9, 2014
    2
    So, I have been playing this game for about 15 hours and I have so say that it is not the game changer that we all thought it would be. Overhyped crap just like titanfall and watch dogs. Its boring and repetitive and it plays just like any other fps. I honestly want my money back. Full Review »
  3. Sep 9, 2014
    1
    I thought release version would be different from beta, but i was wrong. This game sucks. Its not MMO. Its a rip off Borderland. All you do is grinding, grinding and grinding the same mission. Go to point A and kill wave of npc, then go to B and do the same thing. For 60 $ you will get poor plot full of cliches, a lack of content, silly AI. It doesn't even feel like its a big social world. Because all you see is 3-4 people on hunting grounds and 10-15 in city . And there are even no tools to communicate with them properly. PVP feels like downgrade from their previous games, Halo.
    And don't forget that Activion in the house. So you will see a LOT OF DLC, Wanna new content - buy DLC.
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