Posted 29/09/2014 by BrightHouse Team
Destiny has been one of the most anticipated games for the Xbox One and PS4 consoles, and it was finally released earlier this month.
An online shooter/RPG hybrid, Destiny follows in the footsteps of the popular Halo games, taking the series into its first persistent multiplayer, or MMO, experience.
Destiny is set 700 years in the future, in a universe where humans have been exploring and colonising the planets of the Solar System, yet have been nearly wiped out by the mysterious events of ‘the Collapse’. The only survivors are left on Earth, in a single city protected by a vast orb known as ‘the Traveller’. There are also the Guardians, human warriors granted special powers by this strange orb, who fight against the aliens who have begun occupying the ruined colonies across the Solar System.
You assume the role of one of these guardians, choosing from three different races: Humans, Awoken, and Exo, though the only difference between these character types is how you look, and your choice won’t affect your gameplay experience.
The core gameplay of Destiny focusses on the best traditions of the Halo series. The weapons feel responsive and satisfying, and as you level up you get access to a host of new skills and movements, so you can leap and glide around the landscape to your heart’s content.
You begin the game at ‘The Tower’, the game’s central hub. From here you can buy and upgrade weapons, pick up missions and tasks to earn money and XP, and engage in all sorts of other interactions with the locals.
You can head off on your own to complete missions, and progress though the game, but the real fun is had when you engage with friends and other players in the world, fighting with them, or against them. The missions can become repetitive at times, but with new skills and perks to unlock, and new loot to find, there’s always something to drive you forward.
The game also looks absolutely amazing, with stunning views across post-apocalyptic landscapes, and strange alien vistas. The slightly disappointing side of this is that you don’t really get to explore a great deal of what you see in the distance. There is a possibility that such areas may open up in the future as the game evolves and expanded in the future, but for now they just form some very pretty backdrops.
As you play through Destiny, some of the systems that may have seemed difficult to understand at the beginning become clearer, and everything comes together to allow you to have all sorts of adventures and experiences around the Solar System. Destiny’s story can sometimes feel a bit shallow and underdeveloped, but the core of the game is what really provides the enjoyment. You’ll have many hours of fun with your friends, or on your own, running around with a host of weapons and skills doing your best to save humanity.
Destiny is available as part of the PlayStation 4 Bundle at BrightHouse