After playing Destiny for 5 hours I decided to do an initial impressions of Destiny.
The Story/Lore of the game is set out pretty quickly however if you wish to go into even more depth there’s always Bungie.net’s card system. It’s quite a clever tacit. Overall the game’s story mileage will vary.
Now don’t get me wrong alot of people online have been comparing Destiny to Borderlands 2 however I personally feel the best/nearest comparable game is a little like this. You Mix elements from Warframe (The Live Events, MMO aspect space ninja awesomeness), You add the Loot System of borderlands (all be it at a less wacky scale.) and finally the gun mechanics of DOOM. Why not Halo? Well Destiny is a completely different beast.
The Grind Mechanic.
The main mechanic behind destiny is the MMO grindying aspect. Many Halo fans probably will dislike this element as you have to redo missions over and over to try and level up then find the right gear then grind even more to try and get the gear you want. Overall this is an aspect normally used in games like the Diablo franchise and Warframe.
There’s no I in team
Destiny’s focus on teamwork makes the game much more fun to play with friends. If you want you can play with others. In one game mode I noticed 8 players in a single game however they seemed to be in a group working together. This made me feel as if the job I am working towards was useless because them guys had already just completed the mission. I guess it’s just the MMO aspect of a game. NPCs exclaim how you have discovered some item that no one else has but yet you know others have already done so. It’ just felt like false immersion. Hopefully in the future team events and team-based missions might be part of the co-op missions to encorage everyone to play together not just in small groups of 3’s.
Destiny’s Graphics are truely wonderful. The level of detail is astounding. The World has been lovingly crafted with reflections in the water mimicking footsteps, The skybox providing depth to the world and the overall feeling of being on a different planet all together. The loading screens are also pretty awesome with your ship floating in the sky as you travel warp speed to your next destination.
Destiny really shines when it comes to customizations for your guardians allowing you to customize emblems, armor types and colors into the mix.
The Animations are spot on, The system being used is Granny3D (one of the first games i’ve known to use this animation system). It seems to be holding up well on the PS4 with no animation issues at all. Everything seemed silky smooth.
As mentioned before there are grinding elements to the game, for example Ghost will need to open a door but it will take some time so you have to mow down a bunch of aliens while he is pushing all the buttons in the back. This just adds more water to the meat of the product so to speak. As for the gunplay it is certainly excellent. Everything feels right, the shotgun has excellent recoil, the rifle handles smooth and the melee system is impressive. In-fact the gameplay melee system reminds me a little of Bioshock Infinite when it comes to the smoothness.
Races and Abilities
All the race’s look absolutely awesome, I decided to go down the cyborg route just for fun. For the first character i decided to pick the titan roll which allows you to run and jump from place to place while in full combat.
The Music behind Destiny is awesome, However It will never be an iconic theme like Halo’s main theme which is fully etched into my memory recall banks.
When picking what package I wanted with my copy of the game I decided just to get the DLC/Season pass with the base game.
Base Game – £54.99
DLC Expansions 1 The Dark Below and 2 The House of Wolves – £35.99
Another package I was offered was known as the warlock package and included the base game + strategy guide plus a t-shirt for £84.99 however I decided to just get the base game plus the DLC pack 1 to get the full experience. The most expensive package included at launch cost an eye watering £199. One thing to note is the DLC package only includes the first two add-ons so you will probably need to purchase a second pass to get the rest of the game…
The Overall consensus of the internet around this game is “meh”, Parts of the game are executed with great fashion while other elements such as the MMO gameplay seems alittle lost without friends. There are missing features like team chat during PVP which are critical elements for commuicating between teams. Overall Destiny is a good game but certainly not an excellent one.