We played the Destiny Beta so you wouldn’t have to. So what did CHOM’s Girls on Games think of Bungie’s latest IP?
What is Destiny?
The world of Destiny is set hundreds and hundreds of years into our future in a post-apocalyptic version of our universe. Humanity mastered technological advancements that allowed for the human expansion and colonization of our solar system with the aid of the mysterious and alien Traveller. After many years of prosperity and growth, it was destroyed when various alien races and factions joined beneath the banner of the Darkness, attacked and eliminated everything humanity had built. The lone survivors found refuge in the last safe place on Earth, a place called “The City”.
Now the Darkness has returned and threatens to eliminate all forms of life and you play as the Guardian, the last line of defense between life and extinction.
Why Destiny will rock your socks:
1. Hello Halo My Old Friend
If you didn’t already know, Bungie is the creator of the revolutionary Halo series. They had defined and laid out the blueprints for first person shooters, particularly in the mechanics behind gunplay and competitive multiplayer. Halo’s influence on Destiny is glaringly obvious but that’s a great thing; shooting is intuitive and sensitive while enemy battles require both time and skill, leaving a satisfying taste in your mouth after you’ve defeated a Wizard and his army of minions.
2. Character Customization and Skill Trees
Though Destiny touts itself as an open-world, first person shooter, there’s no denying its RPG elements. You get to choose your class, race, gender, hair and eye color, makeup (yay!) and face tattoos. All that is before you even begin to actually play the game. Once you’ve started, you jump into the nitty gritty of character customization by unlocking specialized abilities in your skill tree. The more you level up, the more you unlock and the more badass your Guardian will be. You also get to trade up your old weapons and gear by finding stronger and better ones through either purchase power or by defeating boss enemies.
3. A World On It’s Own
What Bungie showed us of Destiny in its beta was absolutely stunning. The world is visually breathtaking and the game ran smooth and seamlessly; there was no lagging, no drops in frame rate or textural breaks which is impressive considering that 4.6 million people played the beta simultaneously. The map we tried, called Old Russia, actually reflected the post-apocalyptic elements in that it was depressing as heck.
What’s Still Beta:
Though the Destiny beta was fantastic, there were a few things that need some tweaking. As a Guardian, you have an AI companion called Ghost. In the game, he is voiced by actor Peter Dinklage, your favorite Imp Tyrion Lannister on the HBO series Game of Thrones. While this seems like awesome news, it isn’t. His voice acting actually, well, sucks. Maybe it’s because his voice is too iconic and recognizable, or maybe he was having a bad day while recording at the studio; regardless, I feel they need to make him redo some of his lines so Ghost won’t make me cringe every time he speaks.
Also, the beta just threw you into the story without any explanation or reasons as to why you are doing what you’re doing. I hate that in a game. I believe that a positive aspect of video games is becoming immersed into the game and its story, and giving no context whatsoever actually slightly ruined both my immersion and the game itself.
Destiny is set to be released on the Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 and PS3 on September 9th 2014, with a tentative PC release date of March 2015.
Article written by Girls on Games collaborator, Catherine Dumont.