You may be wondering why we took so long to review Destiny, a game that has been in the hands of gamers long enough to already be forgotten by some. With a game of this magnitude, it can be difficult to write an accurate review after only a few days of playing.
That was my initial reasoning behind a delayed review.
Though well-intentioned, days quickly turned into months and I found myself playing Destiny during every free moment I had. The more I played it, the more I wanted to play it. So, you can see how this became a problem. A conundrum of sorts. I needed to review a game that I couldn’t put down.
Then the first DLC came out, and I found myself having a conversation with our fearless leader, Jerry, about how I was going to write a push article dedicated to both Destiny & The Dark below: Expansion I.
That was almost a week ago.
So, better late than never, here is the long-awaited Destiny review.
2014: A Space Odyssey
If you are one of the few who have not yet joined the guardians in their quest to stop the darkness from consuming our solar system, allow me to give you a glimpse in to this breath-taking world.
// The Tower
The Tower is your main hub. This is where you will purchase new weapons, decode engrams that you find in your travels, acquire new armor shadings, pickup and turn in bounties, and even find a few Easter eggs to keep you busy when you’re waiting for friends to log on.
There are several different areas for you to explore,f actions for you to rank up, and even a mysterious vendor named Xur who only works on the weekend.
Whenever there are special events, this is the place where you will pickup all the necessary swag / bounties / gear for said event. The newest addition to the tower is Eris, hailing from Expansion I | The Dark Below. There will be NO spoilers, so if you are interested in storylines and things of that nature, head on over to YouTube, or hop on a Twitch stream. You can also just buy it, which is what I would recommend.
You will spend more time in The Tower then you’ll want to, but it’s either hand out there, or in Orbit.
I choose The Tower.
My entitlement was a little shaken here. I expected to be traversing the good ‘ol US of A while on earth. Little did I know that I’d be spending all of my time in Mother Russia. Outside of the name, there is nothing about the area that differentiates it from any other spot on earth.
Earth is the starting area for new Guardians, and can become a staple for completing certain bounties. Though the game scales based on individual character levels, the vast majority of enemies met on earth will be low-level, and weaker than on other planets.
Though there are many areas on each planet that you visit, you are pretty much confined to one major area. Destiny is not an open world game, though it tries to trick you into thinking that it is.
Earth boasts five-story missions, five golden chests, 17 Dead Ghosts, one strike, and the free-roaming patrol mode.
Each destination is home to a certain material that can only be found there. Earth’s proprietary material is spinmetal.
Our space exploration progresses naturally with our next stop being the moon. Enemies are more difficult, and the terrain reflects the crater-ridden surface of the moon.
Someone has colonized our moon, and evidence is all over the place. There are buildings and structures all throughout. Though it have been taken over by what the game calls the Hive and the Fallen, our fearless Guardians show no fear as they cave-dive for all kinds of treasures.
There are five more story missions, one strike, a patrol mode, five Gold Chests, nine Dead Ghosts, and the new raid Crota’s End (available only as a part of Expansion I: The Dark Below).
The moon is home to the helium filaments.
Moving on, we come to Venus. Enemies are significantly harder here, and we get an up-close view of the Vex. These cybernetic villains have a center mass crit spot, and tend to teleport all over the place.
Venus is said to be the most similar planet to earth in our solar system, and they take that to the extreme in Destiny. We seem to have rectified the atmosphere issue, and now life can flourish. It is a beautiful map, though not typical “Venus”.
With Venus comes five more story missions, two additional strikes, a patrol mode, five Golden Chests, 14 Dead Ghosts, and the first raid: Vault of Glass.
VoG is a 6 man raid with two difficulties. Each difficulty offers specific loot, but gear needed to level your character to Light level 30 only dropped here until the release of Expansion I: The Dark Below. If you have not purchased the expansion, you will need to run the raid to reach Light level 30.
Venus has it’s very own material, and it is called spirit bloom.
Would you believe me if I told you that the enemies are even harder on Mars? Well… they are. The Cabal inhabit this red rock (which can be seen from the surface of the Moon), and have the best crit shot animation in the game. Coupled with increased difficulty are shielded Cabal. Vex have their place in certain areas of Mars, and the Fallen can even be found there as well. But Cabal can only be found on Mars.
Mars is a location in Destiny which includes five Story missions, a strike, a patrol mode, five Gold Chests and 18 Dead Ghosts to collect.
The ever elusive Relic Iron can be found on Mars… if you’re lucky.
// The Reef
All that lies out here is a few cut scenes, but there is leaked information indicating that there will be possible playable content in Expansion II: House of Wolves.
The whole game is multiplayer. Even the story mode is as you would expect a MMO; riddled with other players killing the same things you are trying to kill, and flooding the area with players farming loot.
There is a PvP aspect of Destiny called the Crucible that I have decided not to swell on in this review, but will address when I’ve dedicated more time to it. There are varying game modes ranging from a typical capture the flag variant, to the traditional team battle. Special marks and reputation can be earned to purchase Crucible gear and weapons in the Tower. Also, when the Iron Banner event is live, the Crucible is the only place to raise your Iron Banner reputation.
Being the most popular console genre, the FPS aspect of this game makes it a more approachable MMO than many others out there. There have been other games on consoles that have leaned on the FPSRPG model, such as the Fallout series & the Borderlands series, but Destiny is arguably the #1 game of its type.
Destiny is available for PS3, PS4, XBOX 360 and XBOX ONE. If you purchase and activate the digital download version on PS3 or XBOX 360, you will then be able to install and play in the same current generation family. Click here for more details.
Though I play on XBOX, Destiny looks and feels significantly better on Playstation 4.
With Daily missions, strikes, Weekly strikes and Nightfalls, Raids, PvP and a ton of weapons to unlock, Destiny should keep you busy for a while. Bungie has already committed to a 10 year life cycle for this game, so there is no telling where they will take it. We know that the universe is a big place, and we haven’t even seen all the planets in our solar system yet.
If you are interested in trying it out and need someone to play with, go ahead and add me on XBOX Live | Ripelop. If you are more interested in end-game content like raids, we can do that, too.
Also, feel free to check out my main character on Bungie’s super sweet website designed almost exclusively around Destiny.