A Destiny Review (contains spoilers)

Okay, I haven’t been on here much. Because Destiny. I love this game. It’s a great game and I am thrilled Bungie and Activision joined up to do it. Now, before you think this is going to be a 500 word love letter, I am going to go over some issues with it.

First of all, there will be spoilers. I’m gonna talk about the plot. I did mention spoilers, right?

Okay, here goes.

No, seriously, there will be spoilers.

Still reading? Okay, if you haven’t played the game yet (who are you and what rock have you been living under?) and you don’t want the game spoiled, just walk away now. Come back when you’re don.

Alright, still here? Great.

This game is beautiful. And I mean, could we expect less from Bungie? Halo had some pretty impressive scenery. I could wander around for hours just looking at the maps. If it weren’t for the enemies.

The enemies in this game have ridiculously high spawn rates. Like, I walk ten feet away from a mob I just plowed into the ground with my Fist of Havoc and they’re all back. Shooting at me. It’s annoying.

But it makes for great loot farming. A few people have complained about the drop system in the game. Your drops don’t depend on the difficulty of the enemy, just how many enemies you’ve killed. I don’t have a problem with this. Remember in the first Borderland how you could kill a whole pack of skags and get a Volcano or other such awesome orange weapon? Yeah, and then they changed it in the second one where you had to farm particular enemies for it and everyone whined?

Yeah, that. As soon as they fix it in Destiny, it’s gonna be a chorus of “But I LIKED it the other way.” You can’t have it both ways. So suck it up.

The game is a lot of fun. Between the Crucible, story missions, strike missions, raids, and weekly challenges, there’s a lot of variety.

A couple of things I’d like to see though. I want to see missions from NPCs, not just patrol missions, but actually go to the tower, talk to an NPC like Cayde or Xur and get missions more complex than “Go kill 20 enemies in the Cosmodrome.” Destiny is a semi-MMO, let’s see them treat it like one.

Another is instead of sequels, let’s just do expansions. Forbes has talked about this. Yes, Forbes. And I think it’s a good idea. I don’t want to start all over every time a new game comes out. I want to expand on my existing character and learn new classes.

Okay, now we’re gonna talk about the story. It’s dull, weakly structured, and not all that interesting. I actually didn’t really pay attention to what went on in the story. Not much at least. I know Darkness is coming and the Traveler helped us leap forward in technology, but not a lot else. There is so much room to grow here.

First of all, the Traveler. Where did it come from? Why is it on Earth? Why did it give us all this knowledge and technology? What is this Darkness it’s running from? What are the Ghosts? Are they the memories and personalities of the dead?

Then, what about the Stranger you meet on Venus? What’s her deal? I get the feeling she has something to do with the Traveler. Maybe a representation of the Traveler? And she’s an Exo. What’s that about?

Which brings me to the different species on Earth. The Awoken and the Exo. Why are they there? What are there stories. Why and when did they come to Earth? The Traveler? Yes, I know the Grimoire cards are there, but they’re pretty vague. That would be some nice extra content. Maybe an Awoken expansion and an Exo expansion, explaining the two species. Let’s do that Bungie.

Okay, yeah, you don’t care what I have to say. Well I don’t care that you don’t care. So nyah.

Let’s see, what else?

The leveling system is kind of cool. You reach the soft cap, then have to gather items with Light to go beyond that soft cap. It’s unique and I’ve never seen it in a game before. Bravo.

But the soft cap is 20 and the hard cap in 29. I got to twenty in a week. And I’ll be to 29 in about a month. That’s maybe an hour or two of play a day. That’s disappointing. That needs to be fixed in the DLC/expansions.

So summary:

Things I liked – Art, fun gameplay, loot system, leveling system.

Things I would like to see improved – Story, higher level caps, expansions over sequels, more NPC missions.

Have a good night and see you planet side Guardians!

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About amandamccarter

I am an aspiring writer. I spend most of my time balancing my work, my personal life and my craft. It is my hope that my craft and my work will one day be the same thing and I can spend more time on my personal life. I live with my boyfriend, my insane fluff ball of a cat, and two snakes. In what little spare time I have, I play video games, read, knit, and help out with the local conventions.
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