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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 17, 2014
    10
    Great game, beautiful and fun to play. So far I have not put it down. So far this is what I was looking forward to from Bungie. Hopefully theyGreat game, beautiful and fun to play. So far I have not put it down. So far this is what I was looking forward to from Bungie. Hopefully they can keep me hooked with additional content updates. Expand
  3. Sep 14, 2014
    9
    Disclaimer: This game has a great blend of RPG elements and FPS elements. This blend is accomplished while conveying a good, kind of cryptic,Disclaimer: This game has a great blend of RPG elements and FPS elements. This blend is accomplished while conveying a good, kind of cryptic, story. What I am most satisfied with, that Borderlands did not do, is that the RPG elements of damage and firing a weapon poses little interference on the FPS elements. The only similarity between Destiny and Borderlands is that it has RPG elements as a shooter. That's where the similarity ends. Talent progression, weapon progression, gear progression and leveling are completely different. Oh yeah, the graphics are also completely different.

    Always Online. My job forces me to be gone with no internet for somewhat long periods of time, so yes, online only can suck. However, all the MMO's that I used to play are online only and I never complained about them. So what gives me or anyone else the right to negatively judge this game in this aspect when it was stated day 1? Face it, this game has enough MMO elements that it absolutely needs to be online. Stop complaining about something that you knew about in advance. This is not JUST an FPS.

    Now, the review. I didn't give this game a 10/10 specifically for some of the story mechanics. I am not going to negatively review a game over talents or in game mechanics that can change with the flick of a hotfix.

    Graphics 10 - Easy choice, this game is super polished and pulls out a lot of what the PS4 has to offer.

    Game Play 10 - Much like Halo: CE the game play is very solid. There is little to nothing mechanically working against you. Mostly just the enemies working against you. When game mechanics are your enemy, you are far from solid. Getting that first blue weapon and being excited to get one of it's passives not something I have experienced in another game. Firing said weapon and validating it as being unique is also a very good feeling.

    Community 9 - The lack of a chat window is both a gift and a curse. It's a gift for those of us who could care less about 9 - 12 year old's attempting to Troll. It can be a curse to those who are shy with a mic but this is a console game any way. I'd rather use voice than type with a controller, especially in a MMOish-FPSish game like this.

    Story 9 - The story is outstanding and it has me hooked however being able to see the Grimoire cards in game would be nice. Bungie has also managed to keep the story mysterious as if you are actually trying to learn the history of the Earth from scratch. The one issue I have here is that I find many of my story missions or strikes (at some point) revolve around the Ghost getting me into a lot of trouble with it's addiction to hacking. Hacking very slowly I might add.

    Competitive Multiplayer 10 - Yeah, getting waxed by everybody and they're mom wielding an Auto rifle can get frustrating but this is PvP. All the weapons can be countered if you use your weapon where it shines. They changed how tough you are while using a super from beta, which is a good thing regardless of how frustrating it can be when you are the victim. Nonetheless, the PvP is solid and the maps have decent variety. There are some things that I think need to be tweaked but like I stated earlier, this game will receive many patches in it's life and those tweaks will more than likely be in them.

    I can see how many people instantly have negative feelings for anything that gets this amount of hype. This due to the fact that 85% of the things that get mega hyped fall short. I ask those people to try this game at a friends with their negative bias aside and prove this game wrong. Don't just play one mission and tap out. Get in a fire team, take on a strike, team up with some friends in the crucible and make this game flex for you. It will, and you will want to play it more.
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  4. Sep 13, 2014
    7
    not really the mmo shooter experience that i had hoped but but a solid game, like most mmo's the game really only starts when you reach maxnot really the mmo shooter experience that i had hoped but but a solid game, like most mmo's the game really only starts when you reach max level, in destiny the level cap being 26, however getting from 1-20 requires normal questing but when you reach level 20 you need to gain extra amour that has "light" on it this stat will move you from 20-26, but in my play time i have found it rather hard to come buy, gear should be made more accessible not this constant grind for rep and "marks" (which is stupidly slow), you can gain 100 vanguard marks per week but for each strike mission you complete you are given either 2, 3 or 6 to me this is too little given that a strike mission can take around 30 mins to complete, also the rep grind is the same story far to little rep given for missions and strikes.

    in closing is destiny the game i hoped it would be simple answer no, however if Bungie are willing to listen to feedback im sure that it will greatly improve
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  5. Feb 25, 2015
    6
    Fresh game, but not more than any of the rest of the 1.000 of FPS are being released this days. The only good point on it is the RPG part.Fresh game, but not more than any of the rest of the 1.000 of FPS are being released this days. The only good point on it is the RPG part. They have introduced the possibility to get a lot of different weapons, accessories and skills, and when you get the sword is really cool, but still being one FPS more. After 10 hourse of playing can look a very repetitive and dissapointing, they pretend to create a Halo, but I also don't like Halo, i'm bit saturated of FPS games. Expand
  6. Sep 21, 2014
    4
    Destiny is a brilliantly professional first person shooter, created by people who know how to make great FPS games. Bungie and Activision theDestiny is a brilliantly professional first person shooter, created by people who know how to make great FPS games. Bungie and Activision the father's of Halo and Call of Duty. Their experience shows.

    The world is BEAUTIFUL. You are on the Earth which is desolate and destroyed, on the moon which has a fantastic view of the Earth with visible ion storms, a broken up space station in the sky and a fantastic view of the Milky Way whenever you look above your head. Venus and Mars are equally fantastic.

    The combat in this game is the best part, enhanced by in depth RPG elements. You traverse these planets killing enemies with powerful weapons that feel good to wield. The game feels heavy, you can feel your legs bending as you fall from great heights. Each weapon and piece of armour has levels associated to it which can be specifically chosen to enhance your particular characters features as you see fit.

    But that is about all the positives I can say. The game is too short. I finished it in about two days of solid playing. Which is pathetic for a full priced game and one which is supposed to be lasting us the next ten years. Where the next expansion to this game isn't supposed to be hitting us until around the end of this year and it won't be free!

    The level cap is 20. But you can continue to level based on something called "Light" which is a feature of high level armour that adds levels to your level 20 maximum. Most people have started to level off at about level 27/28. I have been playing just under two weeks and I am already at level 27.

    This game is always online, so you need an internet connection. Despite this being online only, there is no in game voice chat. So there is almost no way you can find people in the game you don't know. If you play solo like me there is no way of making friends and playing in a group with people. Instead you have to go on the internet and sign up to a group manually and add the people on there to your friends list. Tedious and unnecessary in 2014.

    The story of this game is the worst part about it. It is slow, hard to understand and lacking any sort of interesting features. Not even Peter Dinklage who plays Tyrion Lannister in the Game of Thrones TV adaptation could make this story any less dull. The missions all play out in the exact same fashion except the odd one. Your Ghost companion tries to scan something or open a door and enemies come at you. You defend against waves of enemies and once the last one is dead, your companion conveniently finishes whatever it was he was doing.

    Once the story is over you have one task left. You have to scour the world for increasingly better armour to increase your light level and ultimately your characters level. The problem is once you have finished the main story line there is NOTHING new to experience in this game. PvP and Raids being the exception.

    To find armour and weapons you have to kill enemies. The only enemies you can kill are in the same maps that the main story was held in which means you are running through the same environments over and over and over. Plus the enemies do not scale with your level which means not only are you going through the same environments, with the same enemies, they are also still low level meaning they offer no increased threat.

    The process of finding armour is helped using Bounties and daily missions. They are easy and they have you doing the exact same missions I've just been talking about again and again and again.

    For doing certain missions you get reputation and a currency called marks. Once you hit a certain rank in a certain faction you can buy their armour using the marks you just painstakingly collected from doing the same missions over and over. This game is a quick ending grind fest. All you will do in this game is grind, grind, grind.

    The more astute amongst you will probably say "Well yes but MMO's are supposed to be like that. This isn't anything new.". Yes except that WoW didn't have ten years ago when it started ONLY TWO DAYS WORTH OF CONTENT! In WoW it takes many months building up a character before you get to the loot grinding. It appears Bungie didn't get that memo.

    PvP. Anyone thinking this will be like Halo you are wrong. By which I mean one of the best multiplayer games available. PvP is barebones, tedious and really rather boring. There is nothing to keep you engaged in this mode, not even a leaderboard. Not to mention so far I have also encountered a considerable amount of lag while playing. Crucible has its own reputation rank and marks currency and its own set of armour you can buy.

    Raids. Raids are a high end mission. Basically you need to be with a group of friends. Bungie refused to put matchmaking in for Raids so it is friends on your list or nothing. Needless to say the difficulty hump for this mode is considerable. The average gamer won't stand a chance.

    This game has TONNES of potential but it isn't finished yet.
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  7. Apr 15, 2015
    0
    Biggest disappointment ever. It was supposed to be a great game, with a lot of content, lot of things to do, lots of planets to explore... ItBiggest disappointment ever. It was supposed to be a great game, with a lot of content, lot of things to do, lots of planets to explore... It just look like a f**king demo! Do NOT put 50$ in that, it is not worth it at all. There are only 3 goods points, the game play is fine, the graphics are nice and the musics pretty good. That's it, it is not a MMO, main quest can only be done with 2 other players and the social aspect sucks, it is not an adventure game either (forget everything you heard about Mass Effect, because it's not), it is just a boring FPS, far from Halo or Borderlands. What a waste Expand

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