While a little ambitious, Bungie's vision is clear, resulting in a carefully crafted expression of the RPG and FPS genres
- Beautifully crafted maps and environments
- Strong, story-driven gameplay
- Three planets to explore
- Great FPS mechanics
- Enemy AI is adaptive
- Comprehensive upgrade system with a large selection of paths
- Great multiplayer options
- Weekly missions and raids
- RPG elements for fans of the genre
- Classes don't feel that different
- No matchmaking or in-game communication for multiplayer options
- Upgrade paths
Destiny is a MMO-style FPS game available for Xbox One and PS4, developed by acclaimed game developers Bungie, which sees a guardian rise in the face of overwhelming odds to save his dying world.
A Brave New World Awaits
You may know Bungie for developing one of the most successful franchises in video game history: Halo. They have evidently put the same amount of care into the development of Destiny, since from all conceivable angles, the game is certainly impressive. In Destiny, you are the guardian of the last safely habitable city on earth, and a powerful one to boot. You are tasked with saving the world, or worlds, that you visit throughout the game. As a narrative-driven game, I will spare the remainder of the plot in the hopes that you will experience it for yourself.
The environments and visuals in Destiny are something to behold. Throughout the game you travel between three different planets, and although it takes a while, the sheer scale of it all draws you in. Whether looking for cover during a fight, or simply enjoying the scenery, the eye is continuously drawn to how varied and vast the landscapes are, and has always been something Bungie has done well. Unlike popular entries in the RPG genre, however, despite its overall sense of connectedness, an open-world is not provided. Terrain is primarily story-driven, which can feel limiting to explorer-types.
Its First Person Shooter elements are what are most impressive about the game. Movement mirrors Call of Duty games, with sprinting and sliding. With basic FPS mechanics, fans of the genre will certainly find something here. Weapon classes and variety are solid and combat is thrilling. Terrain is designed to give more than enough cover and flank points. Enemies are incredibly diverse, too, including a myriad of races including the Fallen, the Exo, the Awoken, and the Vex. AI is generally good, a particularly noticeable feature being their awareness of their environment and their intelligent adaptation to it.
As an RPG, Destiny also has a comprehensive upgrade system for your character. When you start playing, you choose between several classes including the Hunter, the Warlock and the Titan, each with different upgrade paths. Other than that, however, they are quite similar. Weapons can all be used with equal proficiency, and outward appearances are usually just cosmetic. Progressing through Destiny is done by completing main story missions and defeating enemies, for which you gain currency and experience points for levelling up your character.
The sense of community in this game is certainly felt, but players aren’t really connected to one another. Playing with others is encouraged, with weekly missions offering additional bonuses. However, there is no method to contact players in-game unless you know them beforehand or have added them, nor is there kind of matchmaking service for weekly strikes or raids. This means that players have to log on to forums to find a party unlike in-game invite systems typical of online games.
The multiplayer is another interesting feature of Destiny. The maps are beautifully designed, and the content is always updating. Matches typically play out like Call of Duty skirmishes, lasting only a few minutes. This is sufficient for most players. Gameplay is great for the most part, with some issues such as the lack of private lobbies or the ability to customize your game settings.
Overall, Destiny puts itself across as an FPS-RPG hybrid, and for the most part it fulfils both requirements. However, the abundance of issues regarding the linear nature of gameplay, weapons, the upgrade system, and the multiplayer feature demonstrates that, if anything, Bungie were overambitious in their attempts to craft the perfect game. For many, it is more than enough to satisfy, however, and it is definitely worth a purchase.