Video Game Review: Destiny

To all of my fellow gamers out there, you may recall hearing outings of Destiny in the past; maybe like that poster from Halo 3: O.D.S.T.; maybe even from those vague tweets Bungie sent out in the past. Destiny has finally arrived to the Xbox and Playstation consoles, including last generation consoles as well.
There has been speculation about how long this game has actually been in development, but with Bungie’s help, they speculate the idea for Destiny came to them around the time of the making of Halo: 3, so let’s say about five years. Now let’s get to the financial side of things. With over ten million copies sold the first day, Bungie got back their five hundred million-dollar investment into the game. It was also the most pre-ordered new video game in history, and it came close to Grand Theft Auto V’s one billion copies sold in three days. Anyone reading this beneath the age of 17; have no fear of your mother banning you from playing M games, this one is rated T.
Set hundreds of years into the future after the Golden Age of Humanity, Destiny takes place on the planets Venus, Mars, and Earth-including the Moon. A dreadful force known as The Darkness seeks to destroy Earth, and the planets the humans have settled on. You, a Guardian powered by the light of the Traveler (along with your faithful Ghost who is voiced by Peter Dinklage, the Imp from Game of Thrones), must stop The Darkness once and for all.
When playing the game, you’re faced with three different classes to choose from; the Titan, the Warlock, and the Hunter. With powers ranging from a lightning strike to conjuring a warped ball of darkness, each individual class is fitted to different needs of the player. A list of the weapons in Destiny include hand cannons, machine guns, auto rifles, marksman rifles, pulse rifles, rocket launchers, fusion rifles, shotguns, and sniper rifles (with melee attacks as well). Your home is The Tower, where you can buy anything from armor to spaceships from merchants.
Multiplayer includes the Crucible, where you may face other guardians and test your skills in combat. Another part of multiplayer are the strike missions, where you meet up with two other guardians and take on a mission to defeat an overpowered enemy (known to gamers as the “boss”). The last multiplayer category is the dreaded Raid, where six guardians are needed to possibly play for hours to defeat much, much harder bosses (the only one at the moment being Atheon in the Vault of Glass on Venus).
Now it’s time for my review. By all means Destiny is a great game, don’t get me wrong. Gorgeous vistas and backdrops will make you stare in awe at this beautiful world that Bungie created. Your guardian is more life-like than Halo’s Master Chief in the past; he will breathe harder the longer you run and will respond realistically to enemies flanking you. The gameplay mechanics in all are beautiful, and who doesn’t love cashing in their engram for a shiny new gun? However, it seems like the negatives go hand in hand with the positives. The story in the game is very near to being absolutely pathetic. It’s incredibly vague and leaves out essential details that a campaign should have. The only time the story seems to pick up is when it’s introducing the beginning to a future campaign. “She’s saying that you owe us,” the Queen of the Reef’s brother announces to you. Great, now you’re going to destroy more enemies for her in a campaign that you have to buy! Also, who the heck is this Stranger? Is she trying to help you or hurt you somehow? Where did she even come from? Is she even a she? I couldn’t help being strangely drawn to her somehow; she was so mysterious that I definitely want to hear the rest of her story (gosh Bungie, you actually got me willing to pay for a DLC, or downloadable content).
All in all this game accomplished what I think it wanted to. You can play for hours with your friends in the Crucible or by playing strike missions. You can test your skills in the ultimate challenge that Bungie created; the Vault of Glass. The need for better weapons and armor will keep you in your seat until the moment that you find them, whether it be inside of an engram or a reward from glory in the Crucible or by playing a strike mission. But, due to the feeling of incompletion in Destiny, I have to give this game a 7/10. Even due to this low rating for a triple-a game, people still love Destiny, and people will fight against hordes of Fallen until this game comes out with its final DLC.