Frankie reviews Destiny in advance of upcoming DLC The Taken King Frankie reviews Destiny in advance of upcoming DLC The Taken King
In 2014, Bungie, the creators of the popular video game franchise Halo, released a whole new game called Destiny that expanded the world of massively multiplayer... Frankie reviews Destiny in advance of upcoming DLC The Taken King

In 2014, Bungie, the creators of the popular video game franchise Halo, released a whole new game called Destiny that expanded the world of massively multiplayer online experiences even further. Destiny allows players around the world to play in “player vs environment” and “player vs player” modes during the same gaming session and compete in faction arena tournaments. While more of a “shared-world shooter” than a traditional MMO, it still manages to satisfy fans looking for a unique online experience.

Much like Halo and Gearbox’s Borderlands, Destiny takes place in a fictional futuristic world. Your objectives include finding out what happened after an event known as “the Collapse” and reviving “the Traveler” as a member of the Guardians, defenders of the last safe city on Earth.

During the game’s opening moments you’re revived by a robotic entity named Ghost Dinklebot, voiced by fan favourite actor Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), who helps and guides you through missions. This is similar to what happens in Borderlands with a robot named Claptrap, however Dinklebot does not have the same capabilities of sarcasm and wit as Claptrap, thus missing out on the humourous aspects associated with Borderlands.

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After piecing together various objects in order to retrieve information and travel to the substation hub-like sanctuary called the Tower, you’ll meet “the Speaker,” a representative of “the Traveler” voiced by Bill Nighy (Underworld). Then you get to explore it with your chosen faction class of your character in one of three types; Hunter, Warlock, and Titan.

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Another goal is that of completing various missionary objectives in a bid to level up and gain reputation. Eventually you can acquire top level access to high class gear and weapons called Legendaries. Again, this is quite similar to Borderlands in character upgrading and unlocks. There is a huge variety of missions and activities, which you might never get bored of, however there are also cheap methods of advancing, such as loot farming in caves and hotspots in which you focus on the same areas for hours on end.

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Another popular feature of Destiny is the Crucible where players battle each other in a variety of PvP modes in a bid to win points and legendary gear. There’s also a special event mode called “Iron Banner” that’s only available periodically, but it can reward you with exclusive items and gear. These modes and others, such as certain Patrol missions, allow you to team up with other players and the public events are a great way of meeting the community and building faction reputation.

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Destiny offers three planetary open world environments that you can have fun in; Earth, Mars, and Venus. Each offers eye dropping scenery to compliment the games epic soundtrack. However, Destiny has its weaknesses as well, such as a weak character creation system and the lack of overall story narrative. The main campaign is rather short, though this has been aided somewhat through the release of downloadable content via two DLC packs: The Dark Below and House of Wolves. Both expansions also allow you to take on tougher enemy factions.

Destiny‘s main draw continues to be its loot system and they’ve done well here. The rates are low and the randomization in loot is fairly high as you battle enemies in a bid to get them to drop unlockable weapons and armor or you find occasional secret boxes. Items can also be acquired through “engrams” that you decode via the Cryptarch in the Tower or through rewards from completing tournaments and raids skillfully.

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September 15th will bring many changes to Destiny with the release of its third and largest DLC yet; The Taken King. This one will introduce the game’s “Year Two” along with new missions, enemy threats, and exciting new challenges and rewards. Other new features include two new PvP modes, seven new maps, and one new subclass for each character class.

Finally, I saved the best for last. Here’s a gameplay video I recently recorded of myself playing Destiny and explaining what the game represents as I progress. Enjoy!

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frankie smales

I have been very passionate about writing reviews since 1997 and my inspiration of being a reviewer came from reading film magazines in 1995. My idols are Lucinda Dickey and Traci Lords. My other passions include making videos and also photography. I love touring conventions around England .

  • Zed

    Another difference is Borderlands actually had a complete game on release.

  • Scopedog

    I’ve had a lot of fun playing Destiny. Granted, I ignored the pre-release hype, and remembered the thrashing the game got upon release. After that I didn’t give it much thought.

    Until I tried the demo a couple of months ago. Despite reading the negative reviews and being prepared for a major disappointment, I never expected to be drawn right into the game. So much so that I ended up getting the full game and the two DLCs released pre-THE TAKEN KING. Even though I operate as a lone wolf, I’ve had a blast going on strikes and getting into combats in the Crucible.

    You’re right, Frankie (and so are you, Zed)–Destiny has issues. However, it’s still the game I reach for when I need to unwind. I’m very curious to see where Bungie takes this series. I’ve had a lot of fun playing the game, warts and all, and I’m glad I actually broke down and bought it.

    But I highly recommend getting the demo first.

  • Haven’t played it as I’m not very good when it comes to multiplayer FPS games not named GoldenEye/Perfect Dark, so I usually don’t bother checking them out.

    I did enjoy playing the first Borderlands solo though, so maybe I’d like this under the same conditions.

  • Stalkeye

    Mines is an entirely different situation altogether Scopo.
    I bought the game and played only 5 mins and then went back to Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. I guess it didn’t appeal to me as it did to you but I’m glad to hear that it has a huge Cult following. I’ll hold out for the release of Halo guardians and Black Ops 3. Both Betas had me plunking my hard earned dollars right away!! Can’t wait.

  • Scopedog

    Hah! I’m interested in Black Ops 3 myself, Stalkeye–Halo Guardians I’ll have to take a pass on since I don’t have an X-Box One yet. I loved Advanced Warfare, though…can’t beat powered exoskeletons!–and I am set on getting Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain soon.

    (Besides, in regards to AW, how [email protected]%!ing cool was it that none other than Kevin Spacey himself was part of the game?)

    Like I said, it’s weird that I ended up liking Destiny so much–I understand the criticisms of the game and what Bungie did wrong–but I’ve had a blast playing it so far.

  • Stalkeye

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