Destiny takes place in a future where the Earth has been destroyed by an alien force. There is a darkness trying to overtake a massive moonlike ship known as the Traveller. A robot, a Ghost unit, resurrects players and together they travel the galaxy in order to prevent further catastrophe. The lore is excellent and sets the backdrop to an epic story. Unfortunately someone forgot to actually put that narrative in. There are small snippets of cut-scenes here and there, but for the most part the player’s Ghost is the only thing communicating any sort of context to the world. Peter Dinklage does his best as Ghost, but his lines often come across as stale.
Anyone who’s played Halo will feel at home with Destiny. This has Bungie’s signature all over it from the look, sound, and control. Male, or female, users can customize characters choosing between three classes: Titan, Hunter, and Warlock. Each has a starting advantage, but they’re all basically the same. The game itself revolves around taking on a variety of missions on Earth, the Moon, Venus, and Mars. The planets are like mini open worlds, with new paths unlocking once certain quests are fulfilled. Strike missions offer Co-op play between three players to tackle tough bosses for loot and multiplayer has an array of modes, allowing players to take their characters into matches for some good EXP. To be blunt, it’s addictive as all hell.
Bungie has crafted a divine world of ruin mixed with wondrous backdrops. Earth is desolate, the Moon is hollow and mysterious, Venus is brimming with color and life, and Mars, is well, red. Needless to say the design is gorgeous beyond words. For such a cool world it’s a shame the story doesn’t convey as much. The music, on the other hand, is some of the best, making it truly feels like an epic quest to save the universe.
Destiny may not live up to the hype for some. What happened to the story and the end game content is anyone’s guess. That aside, it’s a beautiful adventure that’s a blast alone, or with friends. Suffice it to say Bungie made a good start for Destiny’s supposed ten-year journey, but it has a lot to learn for its next iteration.
Score: 4/5 Stars
Special Notes: This article was originally published on October 20, 2014 via my Examiner account before the website shut down. Check out the supporting video review on the accompanying YouTube Channel, ReActionExaminer.