Major Game Review: Destiny (PS4)
What do you get when you mix the makers of the HALO series with the guys responsible for making CALL OF DUTY the cash printing blockbuster it is today? You get DESTINY, a frankenstein’s monster of the gaming world literally. It’s a mouthfull describing just what genre of game this is, but is it any good?
DESTINY takes place in the very distant and post apocalyptic future which sees Earth and it’s human population in quite the pickle. With the help of a mysterious planet like rock called The Traveler, mankind survives an event called the Collapse, which saw the destruction of human space-colonies across the galaxy and near human extinction! Well that strange new moon gives Earth’s protectors, the Guardians, special abilities called the Light and with that power they keep Earth and it’s regrowing population safe from hostile alien invaders that are looking for space domination.
That all sounds super epic! The story for this game is set up to look like it could rival MASS EFFECT, STAR WARS and other big sci-fi names in quality story telling and lore. The many trailers that lead up to this game also teased our gamer hopes for a immersive and unforgetable story, sadly that’s where I had a big flaw with this game. When playing through the actual main story, I just couldn’t wait for each cut scene to end! I always tell my friends that when a game’s cutscenes are used as my bathroom break it always hurts the enjoyment for me. Yeah I’m on of THOSE gamers 😛.
Let’s take other factors into consideration though, the gameplay and the missions where it’s put to use. If you’ve played any HALO game before than you’ll probably feel right at home with how this game plays and how controls feel. That’s more good than bad for me. As we all know, the HALO games always were fun roller coaster rides that had you blast wave after wave of enemies as you try to get from point A to point B, in fact that can be said for CoD. On DESTINY you get your countless, bullet inhaling enemies but the level design for these planets that these missions take you to are ALMOST the reason this game wins big time. I’m not sure the number, but apparantly the budget for this game rivaled even the biggest Hollywood blockbusters and you can see it here! The FPS elements are very, very good. Each gun and weapon feels awesome to shoot; Fusion Rifles anyone? Cover is everywhere on the shooting grounds and can range from things like a mountain side to an empty gas barrell left behind on the moon. Like I said, the attention to detail on these environments keep blowing my mind, while the narrative of the game’s story is weak the ATMOSPHERE is strong! Each world like the moon or Venus have beautifully designed lands littered with architechture and landscaping that almost tell stories themselves. You know from the opening scene that alot of history has happened on these worlds and the level design shows that so beautifully.
Even RPG and MMO fans have stuff that could strike interest for them. The leveling system for your Guardian is pretty cool. It’s no ELDER SCROLLS mind you, but leveling up here is always awesome and not only can you upgrade and switch weapons and abilities but your armor and ship can also be changed to your liking. I do wish the leveling system was just a little deeper like you would get in SKYRIM or even MASS EFFECT, it’s not bad by any means I just wish that with a game this expansive we could get more options and abilities to have.
When I think about the games graphics I can’t complain at all, this game looks stunning on my flat screen! Character models are great and the armor and weapons all look extremely detailed. Let me talk again about the levels and worlds your character can run around in! The cut scenes, while boring, at least look nice but it’s the real time, in game things that had my jaw drop. Seeing a ship fly in from the distance is something to behold. They spared no expense at all at making the game look and sound great. Speaking of audible experiences, the music in this game is great! My weird self would sometimes just orbit around Earth not selecting destinations just to hear the beautful score that plays during orbit. When action picks up so does the music which at times can sound like they just picked off certain tracks of a LORD OF THE RINGS flick.
PETER DINKLAGE provides his voice talents for, Ghost. Ghost is a little robotic AI that floats around with you on your travels and assists you on certain (actually most)missions. I hear a lot of complaints about how his performance left a lot to be desired and I understand. His voice acting here is no ROBIN WILLIAMS as Genie but I really wasn’t bothered too much by it actually, I thought it was awesome just to hear Tyrion freakin Lannister accompany me through moon shoot outs!
How about the cherry on top of this big ass sundae, the online multiplayer?! As you all may have heard, DESTINY is a online persistent game which means regardless if you’re playing story mode or competitive, you can and most likely will be playing with players from around the world. It’s awesomely fun at times, especially with friends. Nothing satisfied me more than taking down this 20 foot alien monster with my friends Daniel and Jesus after a 20 minute grueling battle. For those lone wolves out there, you might take these random player pop ins as annoying but for the most part it’s really engaging. Competitive multiplayer is cool as you can bring over your weapons and armor from story to destroy fools and again the map designs are all gorgeous. I might even bite on future DLC.
This is the first big game us PS4 owners have had since WATCH_DOGS, and we were hyped and hungry for an awesome, next-gen experience. DESTINY for the most part fufills on every point. Gorgeous graphics, tight and great controls are fun and can sometimes mask the weak story. This gets me excited for the future fellow gamers! I’m still having a blast with DESTINY and I think you all should too, this is MIDNIGHT RELEASER for sure!
Like with my movie reviews, I’m gonna use a similar rating system as I did with my September Game Preview. “MIDNIGHT RELEASER” “FOR A GOOD PRICE” “IT’S PLAYABLE” “EH, TRADE IT TO GAMESTOP” “DON’T EVEN BOTHER” are the ratings and in that order. Let me know what you guys think!
Please check out my full review for DESTINY on my Tumblr, link to that is in my InstaBio and let me know what you think. Have you guys played DESTINY? What do you think? What’s your favorite genre mixing game? Drop a comment and LET’S PLAY VIDEOGAMES!