My Analysis of the Free Public Beta Test from Bungie & Activision
Bungie is back and this time they are taking us seven hundred years in the future to another post-apocalyptic world, but this time Master Chief won’t be there to save us.
This story revolves around the journey of the Guardians, who have become the final defenders of what’s left of humanity. Humans have been establishing colonies throughout the Solar System until an event known as “the Collapse” caused the disbanding and destruction of these colonies forcing the last remaining survivors of the human race to relocate back to Earth’s surface in hopes of re-populating and reconstructing a future. Unfortunately, something has other plans and the preservation of mankind is not one of them.
Upon launching the beta and viewing this new world for the first time, I couldn’t help but stare at the gorgeous detail of the planet and fluidity of the atmosphere. It defiantly makes the term post-apocalyptic seem less dreary and frightening with the colors and hues of the environment. The controls are very straight forward similar to what you find in Halo and Borderlands. You jump right into the action, and much like its predecessor it is extremely co-op driven, and you will find more enjoyment out of playing with companions than riding solo. Many of the situations in this game would probably be difficult to handle without some back up. The vehicles made for a unique choice of transportation and the large amount of available customization really helps you design a character that you want to spend 40 hours with.
The few concerns I have looking forward to the release is the surprising lack of loot dropped when smashing enemies and the grenade cool down time. It appears that ammo was the main drop of slain enemies and most weapons are found in crates throughout the land. Your grenade supply is bottomless but a recharge time keeps you from spamming, which creates a need for a more tactical combat approach. I also became slightly worried about the true length I would be spending actually playing this title. It has a large open world to explore and plenty of side missions, but I fear that the main story can be completed in a weekend. With multiplayer and additional DLC already being confirmed I feel that this issue is unlikely and plenty of hours can be spent exploring and completing side quests.
Overall I found Destiny to be extremely entertaining and can’t wait to uncover all this game has to offer.
Destiny hits stores September 9th for both current and next-gen consoles.