My Thoughts on Destiny

BY: GEORGE COTHRAN

 

Unless you have been living under a rock, you may have heard of the recently released video game called Destiny. Destiny is a first-person shooter advertised as a massively multiplayer online game, or MMO for short. The game was published by Activision and developed by Bungie, best known for their very successful Halo franchise. The game was released for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. This is the first time Bungie has released a video game for a Sony console since Oni for the PlayStation 2 in 2001.

In the game, you get different classes each with their own exclusive abilities. Throughout the game, you can customize your character to your liking. You can decide things like what kind of armor you have or what weapon you want to take with you on missions. The way the game works is that you have a main hub world where you get to buy any equipment you need and interact with other players within the vicinity.

While you cannot talk to them unless you are in a party, you can do silly things like wave your hand to them or dance with them. When you are not in the main hub world, you can go to different planets and do various missions. The game feels like a mix between Halo and Borderlands. I think the game borrows from Borderlands in the sense that it has various role-playing game elements to it such as the ability to see how much damage you do you your enemy and deciding what equipment you want for your character. The game mainly feels exactly like Halo, so you will feel right at home if you have ever played those games.

Speaking of Halo, the game’s weapons and vehicles feel very similar to Halo. Some players may recognize elements borrowed from the games’ weapons, such as the needler or the sniper rifle. Other than the cooperative missions, the game has a competitive mode where players above level 5 can face off against each other in games such as Team Deathmatch or Capture the Flag.

Within the gaming community, Destiny has received low reviews. The reason why I feel this is the case is because there was a lot of heavy advertising surrounding the game. The game was expected to be revolutionary and to change the way people play games. Unfortunately, it did not do much, if any of that. The game does not really feel like an MMO at all. The only MMO element it has is the hub world. You may find players in the map you are playing during a mission, but you cannot really talk to them. The maximum amount players play online is 12. When you play other MMO games such as World of Warcraft, you will find a lot more players. In games like Battlefield 4, you can play with 64 players in a match. Compared to other games, the multiplayer in Destiny seems very disappointing.

Aside from the multiplayer aspect of the game, the missions also seem kind of repetitive. Most of the time, you may find yourself in the same area. However, Bungie has promised that there are plans to expand the game, including new story missions and more in-game equipment. What I see Bungie trying to do is take the MMO genre and bring it to console gamers. It seems like a very small version of something bigger. If you are expecting Destiny to be on the scale of games such as World of Warcraft, you are going to be sorely disappointed. If you accept the game for what it is, it is not that bad. As a single player game, it can be kind of boring. Since the game requires you to have an online connection, there’s not much to do and less you’re either playing with friends or you want to rank up your character.

Destiny isn’t a bad game, but it’s not what it could’ve been. It could have been on the PC, but it wouldn’t be able to compete with other PC games that are larger and have more replay value. If Bungie put their efforts into making a game like Destiny designed especially for the PC gaming market, I believe they can make something extraordinary. The best way to experience Destiny is not to play it for the hype, but to come with your own conclusion of what it is. To me, it is Halo with a mandatory online connection. It’s better if you have more people playing with you, otherwise just stick to Halo.

 

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