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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. Playstation Official Magazine Australia
    Sep 18, 2014
    100
    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 14, 2014
    10
    Destiny has been very enjoyable for me and I can see myself playing the game on and off over the years much like I do Diablo 3.

    Here is
    Destiny has been very enjoyable for me and I can see myself playing the game on and off over the years much like I do Diablo 3.

    Here is what I like:

    - Very easy to link up with friends and play together.
    - Great co-op experience, probably the best I've had since Left 4 Dead.
    - Top quality shooting mechanics - gun play is superb.
    - Top quality sound effects
    - Top quality Graphics (I played the beta on a PS3 and now own a PS4 - just blown away how good it looks)
    - Good progression system, although loot may be a tad weak. This can be easily remedied.
    - 3 man dungeons with scaling difficulty, as they get harder you will need to use tactics & teamwork. Very satisfying.
    - PvP was frustrating at first as I learned the maps/game but I am improving and as I do its naturally becoming more and more enjoyable. Very well done.
    - Patrol missions can be viewed as repetitive, I see them as a way to mindlessly shoot stuff for when i want to play at a lower brain function.

    Things that I don't like:
    - I honestly could not find one thing I didn't like about the game.
    - I can't even find anything to critique.

    This is the game I needed right now after experiencing severe MMO burnout and being coerced into buying a couple "indie" games by reviewers that were utter crap. I still like to read reviews but my BS meter is improving.

    -signed gamer of 25+ years.

    PS Bungie, fantastic game. Now please find some time to make a sequel to Myth:Soulblighter!
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  3. Mar 31, 2017
    9
    If you haven't spent more than a few hrs playing a game like this, if you don't enjoy FPS with some exclusive third person situations to useIf you haven't spent more than a few hrs playing a game like this, if you don't enjoy FPS with some exclusive third person situations to use swords or supers, sometimes it can remind us than games are in order that we can have an unreal worlds in our hands, so it's cool to love CoD's games or BF's games, but at the end we will like to have powers or a life meter to kill someone with a headhshot using The No Land Beyond sniper or an old Icebreaker Expand
  4. Nov 6, 2014
    7
    Destiny. One of the most hyped games ever, and for good reason. The trailers looked too good to be true and they where. I started playing 2Destiny. One of the most hyped games ever, and for good reason. The trailers looked too good to be true and they where. I started playing 2 months after release so I expect there were alot of things changed. A great game with amazing gameplay mechanics, one of the smoothest games I've ever played. The story ( if you could call it one ) is kind of a let down, but that doesn't matter since it is not the goal of the game. Very fun to play, with or without friends. One of the best world design I have ever seen, classes are not too different but different enough. If you want a fun space shooter with tons and tons of content, this is your game. Expand
  5. Sep 10, 2014
    5
    I know that many seeing the number next to this review will be quick to say things like "oh you hate RPGs" or "you hate shooters", when inI know that many seeing the number next to this review will be quick to say things like "oh you hate RPGs" or "you hate shooters", when in fact there's a good chance that I've been playing RPGs, shooters, and indeed MMOs since before they were in diapers.

    Destiny is not an awful game. However, it is far from good, and all things considered it is likely one of the biggest letdowns in my entire gaming lifetime. I want to be having fun, but I simply am not.

    Let's start with the positives to mollify the dissonant fans trying to justify their purchase and hype:
    + The lore itself, strictly the lore, is fantastic. See negatives for why this was a horribly missed opportunity.
    + The music is engaging, I think I may pick up the OST regardless of the game itself.
    + The gameplay itself does feel satisfying at first, it only sours when you realize this is *all* there is.

    And now, sadly, the laundry list of negatives that led to my score:
    - The story might as well not be there. I'm serious. I have played RPGs with the budget of Destiny's daily donut allowance that had better stories than this. Six missions into the game I realized I still had no idea what I was doing, why I should care, or who anyone was. That is COMPLETELY unacceptable for a high school writing project, let alone a game that cost 500 million dollars. People are saying it's like Mass Effect. *Please*. From the get-go in Mass Effect, and indeed any RPG worth its salt, you feel like you're part of a greater story and constantly have a feeling of drive and motivation. Destiny's motivation: to slog through 30 hours of gameplay to reach level 20 where supposedly the actual "game" begins.

    - Several big name voice actors were hired for this project, the biggest of which was Peter Dinklage to play your personal "Ghost". I have to say, the only person more bored with the game during my playthrough was Peter Dinklage. Every single line he gave was basically flat and uninspired, and I really don't blame him for this at all--the script he was given was piss poor.

    - Missions are beyond formulaic. I've played games purported to be formulaic. I even enjoyed Dragon Age II's original, crappy missions because at least I felt like I had a sense of purpose. Destiny's missions all boil down as follows: short exposition from Dinklebot during the opening loading screen that tells you why you should care, even though there's no setup so everything is out of the blue. Then you get dumped into the starting area which is identical between all missions on that planet. You go to your target, constantly activating Dinklebot to find your disappearing waypoint. You may run into monsters far above your level because you took the *wrong* direct path to your target and get splattered. Then you kill a bunch of stuff, reach a limited-respawn zone, then kill a bunch of stuff while Ghost hacks something. You kill the bullet-sponge boss, get a 30-second countdown, get 1-2 pieces of randomized loot at the end, go back to the tower.

    - PvP is a mess. Everyone's been harping on about that so I won't go much further.

    - For such a social game, there are several extremely conspicuous blunders that made them gamebreakers for me. For one, given the game is very clearly balanced for Fireteam play rather than solo, joining and inviting to Fireteams is *extremely* roundabout. Overall, during my time I sent out maybe 40 invites to Fireteams (and made my own public), and I had *one* person actually join for a few minutes. There's no local chat, *two* emotes, and so few people are in the shard/instance of your planet that odds are most people will be over-leveled or under-leveled compared to you.

    - Apparently the game only really opens up close or at level 20. I don't see how anyone can offer this as an excuse. I refuse to pay 60 dollars and 30 hours of my life on the promise that it gets better later on. Endgame is what should *keep you coming back*, not what motivates you. It baffles me how this can be offered as an excuse, as what this says is "we acknowledge that the leveling is **** the story is uninspired, and the socialization is poor."

    Of course, many who praise the game accuse people like me of hating gear grind, of hating FPS/RPG hybrids, of all sorts of ad hominem things. Son, I was grinding gear in Diablo while you were being potty trained. RPGs and shooters are my gaming passion, and given how much I was promised for Destiny, it is one of the biggest let downs of all gaming time for me. It's not a bad game--it's a competent shooter. However it's laughable how Activision and Bungie are planning a ten year development cycle for this game. Unless there are serious changes (and the story is retconned and rewritten, which we all know won't happen) this game is just going to be another fizzle-out like Titanfall and Firefall.
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  6. Jul 27, 2015
    4
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game while I think is great in many ways just falls short of what it was trying to be. This game tries to be a FPSMMO. While I think the gun play and mechanics are amazing for a shooter. This game falls short terribly on the MMO portion. The backstory and story itself is completely non existent. Some of the story you can get to by going outside the game itself to read on Bungie's website. The exotic weapons all have a story outside of the game where you can read about the weapons and stories with them. Why not include that in game to add to the immersion and excitement of getting a weapon. Playing through the campaign is saddening. It's the same exact thing over and over again. Deploy your ghost and defend him from the countless waves of enemies. In the story itself you feel no connection at all to the guardian you are playing or the city and Traveler you are defending. There are not enough cinematic story telling cut scenes either to keep you awed throughout your experience in game. Even in the raids in this game you don't feel as if a story is being told while you are progressing through the raid itself. There is no in game match making or in game chat besides randomly messaging people on PSN that you see in game but with typical MMO ethics that is not a good practice to do. In order to find a group for something you must once again leave the game and go to either Destinytracker, PlanetDestiny, or Reddit to find groups for raids and other end game activities. PvP is the only thing that is keeping this game alive for me. But even that has its drawbacks with the constant one shot barrage of ranged shotguns out there. Expand
  7. Nov 5, 2017
    0
    What a piece of junk!
    Just to clarify: I am a network engineer in my day-job, so the network setup in my home is no problem.
    After wasting
    What a piece of junk!
    Just to clarify: I am a network engineer in my day-job, so the network setup in my home is no problem.
    After wasting my weekend with troubleshooting (and adding port-forwarding ... etc.), I finally hooked up my PS4 directly to my cable-modem as only device with Internet so it can do whatever it wants to ... and it still says "marionberry" - no connection.
    I cannot return the "game" to Gamestop as it is open. Now I have a $40 coaster.
    During my troubleshooting I saw others have similar issues where it does not work on their home-Internet-connection, but at a neighbor it works. Other had to change their DNS-servers to make it work ... and so on. Needless to say, I tried all of those suggestions as well - to no avail.
    What game needs tweaking with DNS-servers to make it work??? I only see issues like that with crappy written/ implemented software at my job.
    Save your money (and time of troubleshooting) and don't spend it on this junk (I would rather call it "time waster" and not "game").
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