Beta Review : Destiny

Last week end I had the opportunity to try my hand on the open Beta of the new game from Bungie (known for the Halo franchise). The game is called Destiny and is set to be released on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Ps3 and Ps4 on the 9th of September 2014. I played it on Ps4 for about 2-3hours on Saturday and about 1h on Sunday.
I think one way to define Destiny is to say it’s a MMO-FPS-RPG. For those not familiar with the acronyms here are some additional details:

  • MMO: stands for Massively Multiplayer Online. It basically means that a lot of different people are playing the same world as you are and you can team up with them at your will. World of Warcraft is a MMO-RPG
  • FPS: stands for First Person Shooter. In this type of game you are equipped with shooting weapons and you will have to use them to stay alive. Call of Duty and Battlefield are FPS that you can play online.
  • RPG: stands for Role Playing Game. You create a character and with the experience won you develop or upgrade some of the attributes. Skyrim is a RPG.
Destiny Beta My Character

My Character in Destiny. It was an Hunter / Exo / Male

The first step when I logged in was then to pick a class. You had 3 options and I picked Hunter as I am no fan and expert of FPS and thought that hunter were close to the rogue class. I was able to customize a lot of my features but unfortunately as you can see above they are not always visible as my equipment is hiding it. I didn’t see also a place where I could customize my name…After this customization I got the below loading screen that I find gorgeous and revived my love for space-opera.

Loading screen

Loading screen

You have a quick mission and get a companion Ghost voiced by Peter Dinklage and then fly to the Tower, ie the safe hub where you will buy, sell and have specialized characters. After some mandatory errand I flew back to Old Russia,Earth.

Destiny Old RussiaHere are some screens of a mission

You can see here the Ghost scanning

You can see here the Ghost scanning

A vehicle

A vehicle

At the end of a mission you have screens like the one below.

Advancement screen at the end of a mission

Advancement screen at the end of a mission

All in all, I’m glad I was able to join for the Beta as this game intrigued me for quite some time.

Liked:

  • The character creation page
  • Beautiful landscape and space opera feel
  • The menus are very neat and polished
  • The idea of the Golden Gun
  • Peter Dinklage

Didn’t like:

  • I didn’t see anything that let me think that there would be any stealth component.
  • I did fight 3 boss and all had a similar pattern of staying within a defined zone and attacking me while I was out. I basically played duck and cover with them.
  • It felt like enemies were progressing faster than we were. At level 1, they were easy kill but when I was level 3 they were level 5 to 7 and I had to use a lot of clips to take them down.
  • I didn’t see any fire from cover or cover option for that matter. For a FPS in 2014 it seems like a big miss.
  • If you switch from one special weapon to another, you lose the ammunition for the special weapon you just had. For instance if you have 12 shells for the shotgun, switch to the sniper and then switch back to the shotgun, you will have 0 shells until you find special ammunition again.
  • The vehicle felt awkward to drive
  • My character customizations hidden behind garbs.

Conclusion:

I don’t think I was ever the intended target for this game. Yes I do love space opera and I played RPG in the past. One reason I love space opera is the loneliness and the crazy creativity. You can create alien civilizations and mythologies and let go of some rules of physics. Destiny on the other hand seemed like a pretty standard MMORPG with its quests and errands. The class are non-standard but so far not really that different and revolutionary. The weapons are futuristic but classic (knife, guns, shotgun, sniper…). The BETA is now over. Bungie says it was a tremendous success. GameSpot has 7 big questions for the future of Destiny.

Let us know in the comments what you thought about Destiny…

By Sebastien Grobelny

Advertisements

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad is over for some time now, but some people are still saying their goodbyes, like the team of tvtag that gave Walter White a proper sendoff, into space…

By Sebastien Grobelny

Minh Ha Nguyen Photography

Paris - based wedding and lifestyle photographer

Klaus Vartzbed Photography

Photography and Perspectives

The English Professor at Large

Posts about old Hollywood, current concerns

Memory Catcher

"Fleeting moments when captured in memory bring heartfelt results" - April

Cari Aiken Art

Art and photography by Cari Aiken

moviejoltz

The website where movies count

Natalie Breuer

Natalie. Writer. Photographer. Etc.

Frank G. Photography

Photos of life in the Windy city

Histoires à Tiroirs

Photographical journey through story telling combinations.

Filippa Levemarks Blog

Blogging from my artstudio in Göteborg, Sweden

Schelley Cassidy Photography

Home of What Is It?!? - A Project in Perspective

Chronicles of Illusions

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu

El Bueno, El Feo y El Malo

Capturing the good, the bad and the ugly of lesser-known Spain and now Southeast Asia

west517

the world we know

Willis Island Walking

The story of a completed walk for charity around a desert island in the Coral Sea

MyBlog - solaner

a photographer's view to the world - a traveler's blog

Notes Of Light ~ Photography

A Journey Back Into The World Of Capturing The Moment

What's (in) the picture?

Finding the story - Chris Breebaart Photography

The Virtual Statesman

The Independent & Engaging Political Commentator

ICI & LA NATURE PICTURES

Walk and Bike in France. www.icietlanature.com

1001 Scribbles

Random and Abstract Lines

Crap I Blog About

General shite and specific shite

Pat Callahan Photography

Photography with an Emphasis on Street and Travel

de Brabander Geert Fotografie

Click on the title and scroll down

northumbrian : light

Random thoughts from deepest Northumberland

Alien Shores Photography

Days of Dreams ....... Nights of Wonder

JD Kittles Photography

Sharing My Passion For Photography since 2006

Sci-Fi Jubilee

Sci-Fi News & Reviews

Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

NATURE WALKER

with a camera in hand

Images by T.Dashfield

Photography is a form of time travel - Neil Tyson Degrasse

Shayan Lens

shayan ghiaseddin's photography

A Day in the Brine

Unkempt Mind dribbling in the seethe

50'Lux

a photography blog by donald barnat

twng32

The greatest WordPress.com site in all the land!

JvD Photography

photos and their story

Dan Frugalberg

Life lived simply

gemakatherine

Foundation Degree Professional Photography

Albatz Travel Adventures

art, food, photography, design & jewelry

PIXELICIOUS

Photography by Madelaine Cappuccio

2812 photography

random photography by Pete Rosos

Cee's Photography

Learning and teaching the art of composition.