Destiny ReviewJason Leyanna
Destiny is a recent first-person-shooter from Bungie, the developers that brought gamers the Halo series (up until Halo 4). Destiny was published by Activision and released on current-generation consoles (PlayStation 4 and Xbox One), as well as on last-generation consoles (PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360) on September 9, 2014. I picked up a copy of Destiny on the PlayStation 3 a little while after release.
Destiny has a fairly epic voice cast, but unfortunately there isnâ€™t more story to go with it. The cast of voices includes Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past) as your Ghost, Bill Nighy (Underworld) as The Speaker, Gina Torres (The Matrix, Suits), Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), Lance Reddick (The Wire, Lost), Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly), James Remar (Dexter, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation), Peter Stormare (Fargo, Prison Break), Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand and Fog, House of Saddam), and Lennie James (Low Winter Sun, The Walking Dead). The story is sadly quite lacking in content and comes off as if it is unfinished. On the up side, the stars that do the voice acting are excellent. Overall, the story leaves you yearning for more.
Gamers are able to play as one of the three following classes: Hunter, Titan, and Warlock. The base character level is capped at 20, but allows you to equip items with â€œlightâ€ to reach as high as level 30 (higher in the expansion). There are bounties that can be collected and completed. This helps to build up your level faster and also unlock upgrades to gear and weapons. Unfortunately, there is no way to trade with other people in-game.
There are raids, strikes, and patrol missions in addition to the story mode. The strikes are played with two other people (either you and your friends on your fireteam or random people that are matched based on level). The strikes really help you level up and find better gear and weapons once you are a high enough level to participate. Once you are closer to level 30, you can start to participate in the main raid, The Vault of Glass. This is a grueling adventure that can be attempted with up to 6 total players (yourself included). This will likely take hours on your first time and can also be resumed later based on your save points. For the raid, it is very helpful for participants to have a headset so you can discuss your battle plan. Unfortunately, you have to get the raid group together on your own, there is no matchmaking. Fortunately, there are some sites online to help with this process and you can find friends youâ€™ve met in the game and play with them (DestinyLFG.com / DestinyLFG.net).
Online and multiplayer is fun and addictive. Destiny is a great game to play with friends online. Online play has been reliable and carries the overall experience of the game. The solo aspects of the game alone donâ€™t warrant purchase though. The graphics in Destiny on the PS3 are good, but would be a lot better on the PS4 or Xbox One. Some of the shadows do look extremely pixelated on the PS3 version, but that is a minor gripe. I would recommend playing Destiny on the platform where you have the most friends to play with.
Two sets of DLC have been announced. The first of which is titled, â€œThe Dark Belowâ€ and is available as of December 9, 2014 for $19.99 USD. It could be argued that some of the DLC could have been included with the game itself for the lacking story mode. Regardless, Destiny still delivers an engaging experience to play online. It is hard to stop playing despite Destiny's inherent flaws, primarily in the story department.
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