Why you can be strong, and leave Destiny

Breaking up is hard. You have to weigh up the pros and cons of the relationship, and do so in such a way that doesn’t hurt either party too much. It’s a balancing act in which you have to try and maintain your dignity whilst standing your ground, no matter how ridiculous the circumstances are. Before you know it, plates are being thrown and you wonder what you ever did see in the bitch. The pro list is getting smaller by the second, but the deed is done. Get the hell out of my life. 

After 1 day 1 hour and 7 minutes of Destiny, I’m past being civil. Destiny is a pretty enchanting mistress full of promise and when things are new and fresh, you’re convinced there is nothing better you can be doing than spending time with it. Seemingly though that freshness dissipates and all you’re left with is a uninteresting shell that happens to be pretty to look at, and play with (for a limited time only). No man is truly cut out for that sort of relationship – things get stale quick.

Bungie and Activision have been fully engaged in convincing the world that Destiny is the next big thing, and they’re probably right. It’s the biggest selling new IP ever – it has driven the next gen console sales through the roof and EVERYONE is playing it. This beautiful trick that has been pulled may actually be better than the yearly Call of Duty update. People will always buy Call of Duty whether it’s on the decline or not. People want the same generic shooter with new maps, and for some reason they’re happy with that. We’re fickle, and stupid.

Bungie to their credit have made what is probably the best FPS in god knows how many years. It’s actually delicious to play, the controls are tight, everything works and you don’t really get frustrated with it like you do say CoD. 
Again, I will mention that this game is very pretty. Each planet has its own style, completely unique with their own bad guys. Ooh, scary! Finally the difficulty for the most part just feels right. It’s challenging throughout, because you should constantly be aiming to play missions and strikes just above your level to unlock the next best thing.

With all that in mind, I did what any sane man would do with Destiny. I took it to my local game shop, and swapped it for cold hard cash. I don’t even think for a second that you’re wondering why, because the buzz around the internet is very similar all over. This game is severely lacking a story, a variety of missions and any sort of explanation as to what the hell to do, at any given time.
There’s a wealth of players out there ready to step up and defend Destiny’s honour until they die, but I’m not one of them. “Embrace the grind!” they’ll say, and my retort will simply be, why is the whole damn game a grind?

After playing the beta, I think a lot of us convinced ourselves that if Gearbox (Borderlands) & BioWare (Mass Effect) had a baby, it would be Destiny. We’re still fickle, and stupid. 

Pretty much everything in this game has its own level that magically levels up as you progress. A lot of what you have to do outwith the Cryptarc and Bounties just isn’t explained at all. The rest just seems to level naturally at whatever pace depending on how good or bad you are at the game. That doesn’t sound like too much of a gripe, but too many things are fragmented. The Tower is your central hub for the whole game, so naturally you’d expect there to be a currency there. I think there’s five or six different currencies in this game, each with their own thing to do to achieve. What the actual hell is the need? We’re basically on Elysium (the only place you can buy things in this whole game), but we need Traveller’s Checks, Euros, Dollars, Yen & Bitcoin just in case the person selling the armour or weapons decides to be a total d**k. This isn’t how you make things rare, this is how you make things annoying.

Don’t even get me started on Grimore cards. They’re meant to explain all the historical bits and bobs in the game, except you can only access them from an app on your phone/tablet. So basically you have to take yourself out of the game to learn about the game. Want to know what guns the Vex use? Read it on a pissy little screen whilst waiting at the bus station. No wait, don’t do that because it should be the damn game.

Destiny is going to get better. There’s no doubt about that. I imagine Destiny 2 will kick ass, but a lot of sites have taken the approach of reviewing this game as launch impressions because it’s due to evolve. I’m not convinced this version of the game will evolve. The DLC may prove me wrong, but the foundations that are already there are always going to annoy the hell out of me. Be glad if you’ve got and played the game, but I bet you don’t miss it when it’s gone.

Published on September 27, 2014 at 7:18 pm
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