About that game called Destiny
You will read a tons of reviews that are essentially proccessing what this new IP is and where it stands. Things like: is not COD enough, not Borderlands enough, not MMO enough, not even Halo enough, etc.
But for those that are still discovering new things in this IP one thing is very clear: There will be no other game like Destiny any time soon.
Now if you favor any established IP, and you come in expecting Destiny to blow you away in one particular area, it will not. It is not meant to. It is meant to be played as a whole.
For me it fits perfectly, This is not a game that divides the concept of co-op, MP and Story drastically like Halo.
In this game if I put hours on the co-op and story the loot carries over to the MP, and vice versa.
All the stuff that unlocks( Powers, Armor Abilities and Weapon Abilities) happens regardless of what you play.
Giving you freedom to really play what you want without feeling you are left out from other portions of the game.
That for me is huge as I play very differently throughout the year, I may be invested heavily in Co-op at the beginning, then do MP only for a while, and then go back to co-op. This game will enable me to have a much longer progression because of this.
The other element that will extend this game for me is the loot. The loot is not like Borderlands, where you find it everywhere. It is much more sparse but a lot more meaningful. See the weapons/Armor enhance your abilities and can be upgraded. Meanning they will progress down the road and become even more powerful, or grant better abilities.
Now to put that in perspective you can have Three weapons equiped each with different upgradeable traits, and four pieces of armor with upgradeable traits, and your Character Class which has 8 powers with 2-3 tiers of upgrades. Some of the weapon traits will affect the Character Class powers.
So just finding Loot alone can drastically change the game. This is the main reason why I don’t think anyone can fully review the game yet. It is very unlikely anyone has 3 characters level 20 with all the best weapons that can really see the limits of all customization and possibilities.
Add to this the advantage of pairing with friends with complementary builds for Co-op and MP and it makes other games feel awfully light in terms of depth and customization.
Another big change for me in comparison to Halo is the Darkness enemies. They are much menacing as you progress through the story and the Big Monsters can prove quite a challenge sometimes.
The story is much better centering in the dualism of light and darkness and a sort of spiritual mysticism in regards to the cosmos, etc.
I haven’t finished it yet so I can’t say how long but doesn’t seem too long. Which would be better for doing it on Co-op.
The MMO is mistaken in this game. It’s more like Test Drive: Unlimited MMO. You go to a certain area and get paired up with people but if you go farther into a mission or leave that area you will get split up. It is very easy to make a party with anyone in the game, so I am sure once people do it more often, you can then adopt and be adopted by those players in the wild to roam as a party regularly.
As for the multiplayer my favorite is Skirmish a 3v3 Deathmatch that relies heavily on Teamwork. You can revive dead teammates on the spot. The revive is less score than a kill but a good revive to keep control of an area, like in BF, can win you the game.
The MP seems overly simplified in choices, kinda like Titanfall, but in a way that’s ok because when it gets repetitive thats when i dive in the co-op portion, and work on my gear doing other things.
In the end I see Destiny as a big building block of an ultimately even bigger Project. Wether they will add more planets to explore, Raise the level cap from 20 or bring more crucible playlists. I am sure they will. But for now theres quite a lot to do as it is, so that’s not as important.
I would say does feel like the first Big IP for the next gen. I don’t see many people playing Titanfall or Watchdogs. The way this game is built it should have no problem outlasting those two.