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Average User Score: 5.5Sep 18, 2014This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I enjoy Destiny as a fun shooter with tight mechanics and a decent amount of customization. The vistas as beautiful and getting into tense firefights (solo or with friends) is a lot of fun. Your character, although mostly silent, looks really cool in the well-designed armor and flair pieces (class-specific addons, color schemes, ship skins, etc.). However the story is so thin I think you'd find greater lore and depth in a game of Monopoly. Bungie has a beautiful universe with an interesting premise to craft an intriguing story however they fall flat. One of the first missions of the game you meet The Speaker who directly tells you "I could tell you about the battle against the darkness and the fall of the Traveler..." but then he doesn't! I want to know what happened beyond the simple "go kill some aliens."
No game is perfect and they all have some aspect of repetition. But things like lore, character development, and story help wrap the repitition is a pretty wrapper. Unfortunately Destiny doesn't do this. I am sure I'll be playing Destiny for a while simply because it is fun to blast aliens with friends. But as friends playtime slows down and I'm left solo, I don't know how fun the experience will be.
The other thing I'm worried about is the involvement of Activision and DLC. I can see several places where they will be adding DLC (the Grimoire has a card for Jupiter already) but I feel like it will be a nickel and dime situation...keep shelling out money for incremental advances in story or character development. Time will tell....… Expand
Average User Score: 4.9Jan 24, 2013Same-old, same-old from Treyarch. I couldn't play the campaign for more than 30 minutes. It was same strung-along junk. You defend a person orSame-old, same-old from Treyarch. I couldn't play the campaign for more than 30 minutes. It was same strung-along junk. You defend a person or area for a certain amount of time until the next part of the setpiece begins. Or you shoot endless waves of enemies until you reach a magical room or area where it stops. The story itself is pretty bland and still the typical "bad guy wants to destroy the world." Multiplayer is, as always, a bright(er) spot. Generally unchanged although the "Pick 10" system is nice for truly customizing your layout. I wish they would have kept the different scorestreaks from Modern Warfare. I can rarely get the really huge runs in order to get dogs, VTOL, etc. so it would be cool if there were the streaks that didnt reset after you die, etc. Other than that, not really worth the money.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.0Jan 24, 2013As a longtime Halo fan, Halo 4 was an excellent addition to the franchise. 343i did a great job taking over for Bungie. The campaign was veryAs a longtime Halo fan, Halo 4 was an excellent addition to the franchise. 343i did a great job taking over for Bungie. The campaign was very well done with an excellent story that actually made you feel more for the characters. The gunplay and levels were all very Halo-esque. I was a little disappointed with the Promethean enemies simply because, while different than the covenant, you can deal with them in similar ways. For example, the Flood in previous Halo games required far different tactics...shotty helped made sure they stayed dead, you could remove limbs, and each "possessed" species behaved differently (i.e. flood humans vs. flood elites). With the Prometheans, you still just pump rounds into them until their shields go down, then you put a few more in until they're dead. The watchers and crawlers add some interesting interplay but aren't handled much differently. The multiplayer in Halo 4 is some of the best yet. Although they pretty much lifted the perks from Call of Duty, it's done very well with a Halo feel. I wish they would have taken it a step further and allowed you to customize your weapon as well. It would be cool to take the light rifle, for example, and make it your own. All in all, an excellent game and certainly a must-buy for any fan of the Halo franchise.… Expand