From the creators of the Halo video game series comes Destiny, Bungie’s latest and biggest project yet.
Also taking place in a space-themed, futuristic world where your character is the one person to save us all, Destiny takes leaps forward for what a current day shooter should be.
Coming from the recently created genre of MMO-RPG First Person Shooters, Destiny is essentially a combination of World of Warcraft and Halo, along with a multitude of other games used as inspiration, and that’s a compliment.
Bungie took successful elements from some of the best video game franchises, and meshed it into one impressive, symbiotic combination of multiplayer, objective-based teamwork, and effective single player mechanics.
If Destiny had to be described in one word, that word would be “expansive.” Your journey begins on Earth, and slowly expands to our neighboring planets. Your character is a Guardian, and you are charged with defending the Galaxy from the darkness. For a game that doesn’t extend out of the reach of our solar system, Destiny covers a lot of ground (or rather, space) by condensing a lot of the game’s information, but leaving room for expansion.
A common issue many players are having is that there is not as much of a story in Destiny as was promised, but the story is simply in areas the players are not looking. Bungie decided to put most of the game’s lore online and in the accompanying Destiny Companion App. In the app, users can see their created characters, customizable gear, and everything Destiny-related. The companion app is the hidden gem of not just the game itself, but of the universe Destiny is trying to create.
The Destiny Companion app has an aspect called grimoire points. You receive grimoire points by completing objectives in-game (i.e. completing missions, killing a certain number of enemies, etc.) Many players have an issue with having to use external resources outside of the game in order to get a better understanding of the story, but it’s actually a very creative plan.
When other players look at your profile, they see how many grimoire points you’ve obtained. The more points you have, the more impressive you look in your friend group of Guardians. In order to get more grimoire points, you need to play more of the game. The more grimoire points you unlock, the more information you receive about the lore of the Destiny universe.
Although Destiny has many positives, it is not a completely perfect game. Many elements of Online Player vs. Player matchmaking in the first-person genre are missing from the game. There are no lobbies for friends to convene before choosing a match, and players also cannot communicate via voice chat, unless they are partied up with their teammates.
The release of Destiny will ultimately be a defining moment in the online-based video game industry. Bungie states that this is not the end product for the game, but only the beginning. So far only three planets are included in the game (plus the moon), and there’s room for our Guardians to explore the rest of the Galaxy. Bungie believes they have ten years’ worth of content planned for Destiny, and let’s hope they’re right.