Developed by Bungie
Published by Activision
*It Is Known As The Traveller, Guardian*
*Please Note: This Review is of the PlayStation 4 Version*
Destiny takes place in a universe where Humans have colonized on multiple planets across the solar system however an event known as “The Collapse” saw these colonies dissolve and civilization on the brink of extinction. The only known survivors of “The Collapse” are those that live on Earth since they were rescued by The Traveller; A White spherical celestial body that hovers above the last safe city on Earth known as The Tower. Earth however is under attack from multiple Alien races who are intending to wipe out Humanity for good leaving it up to the Guardians of the city to defend what Humanity has left using an unknown energy from The Traveller only known as “The Light”.
In all personal honesty; the story for Destiny is actually rather weak considering how the plot sounds however the story does still have its moments.
Destiny is rife with gameplay content to stick your greasy mitts into with the game borrowing features from many great games such as Borderlands & Halo while also adding it’s own unique style. The always online element to the game is brilliant allowing you to hunt and interact with other players from around the world in Destiny’s huge maps which not only leads to a great co-op experience but can also lead to an easier time on tougher missions. The exploration element to Destiny is incredible with each of the huge worlds having many hidden secrets and tasks to indulge on with loot caverns, survival challenges and plenty of space to just roam around on your vehicle. The ranking up system on Destiny is great aswell borrowing from the RPG elements of Borderlands with certain objects and items not being available until reaching a certain level which gives you incentive to keep playing and get to the maximum level. The multiplayer modes are also exceptional with traditional death match and capture the flag modes to name a few.
One thing I do have to say about Destiny’s gameplay however is that after playing the game for quite some time; it starts to feel extremely repetitive and boring which definitely brings the game’s score down.
The score in Destiny is beautifully composed with many of the tracks ranging between peaceful and tranquil music to fierce and intense battle music. The sounds you hear exploring the caverns and buildings on the world have a real ominous feel to them which helps to create the atmosphere of Destiny. The soundtrack was composed by longtime Bungie collaborator; Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori, C Paul Johnson and even former Beatles member; Paul McCartney. The Voice Cast for Destiny is incredible aswell featuring an all-star cast of very well known Actors and Actresses including Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Bill Nighy (Pirates of the Caribbean), Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) and even Mal Reynolds himself; Nathan Fillion (Firefly). All in all, The Sound Sections of Destiny are incredible and certainly the games highlight.
In terms of Graphics; Destiny is a visually stunning game with huge atmospheric environments that really make you believe that you have just set foot on a desolate planet. The visuals look immense and beautiful which really help towards committing you to the world which Bungie have created. The images look extremely sharp and the colors vivid which makes the game watchable instead of being a dark and gritty eye sore like most games these days.
Destiny is pretty much a never ending game with plenty of missions available in the game with all missions being replayable once completed. The Multiplayer also provides enough reason to return to the game aswell as the trophies/achievements and the leveling up system to get to maximum level. The big question is how often you will want to return to the game as like I mentioned in the gameplay section; The game gets very repetitive really quickly. Otherwise; You get plenty of replay value out of the game.
All in all, Destiny is a good game in many aspects however I can’t help but feel that the game is a disappointment when you consider all the hype. The main problems for me with the game is that there is pretty much no story there whatsoever aswell as the fact that the game gets extremely repetitive very very quickly making the game feel boring and dull. The Graphics & Sound are both incredible and help Destiny get a higher score aswell as its replay value. All in all, the game is worth trying at the very least.
My Score = 7.5/10
- Visuals are Stunning
- Map & Level Design are top notch
- Great Gameplay Elements
- Voice Cast is great
- Score is Beautiful
- Pretty much no Story
- Game gets very repetitive and boring
Destiny is available now for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One & PC from all good retailers. Thanks go out to Activision for supplying the game and assets used in this review. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this review in the comments section below and be sure to stay tuned to UGNN for all your gaming news and reviews and be sure to follow us on Facebook,Twitter and YouTube.