Destiny is out, and is not the runaway success everyone – most notably Bungie and Activision – thought it would be. While it’s selling like digital hotcakes, it’s not a critical success, with reviews scores ranging from a far-too-high 96, to a far-too-low 50; the middle out somewhere around 76. The fact that it’s not a media darling may cost Bungie a heap of cash.
Bungie’s Destiny is one of the more hyped and marketed games in recent history, joining the likes of Titanfall and Watch Dogs. It’s the first game the studio’s made since it created Halo; the game that redefined the shooter experience on consoles. Destiny was meant to change things, to redefine the genre anew. Unfortunately, like those games, it fails to live up to the hubbub its created.
Destiny might be a little muddy on the narrative side of things, but one thing it isn't is an ugly game. In fact, Destiny is gorgeous title packed with tons of visual variety, from lush Venus jungles to old, rusted Russian bunkers. There are also some pretty fantastic, drool-inducing skyboxes. But which Destiny experience is superior?
Destiny has, for the most part, had a relatively smooth launch, which is extremely rare for games that require a constant online connection. Those alpha and beta tests earlier this year definitely went to good use, but there are a few little hiccups swimming around here and there. Bungie is working hard to fix them most, including an oddly named error affecting PS3 players.
Destiny was released a few days ago and seeing that the game is so reliant on being populated by other people no media in the world received advanced copies. So here we sit a full 3 days later and there are only 8 Metacritic affiliated sites who have posted reviews yet.
Destiny is about a lot of things. Like being social, exploring the legends of Earth and crafting your own one in the vast cosmos around you. It’s also about owning the biggest, baddest and best guns in the solar system. The third rock from the sun has plenty of guns, but from the cold dark depths of Mars to the gaseous and unrelenting pressurised surface of another planet (No, not him), there are more to be found. And here’s where you can grab them.
According to many, Activision has spent – or indeed will spend – half a billion Dollars on the development, production and marketing of Bungie’s latest game, Destiny. That’s a heck of a lot of money to pour in to a video game. Activision’s quite bullish about it though, expressing that they have faith in the product. It may be well founded faith; according to a delightful press release we received yesterday, Activision has already sold-in more than $500 000 000 worth of Destiny stock.
Right, Destiny is out – which means many of you have been playing the game since yesterday. Very many of you are likely further than the point you got to in the beta. that means that not only have you gone to the Moon, but you’ve probably hit Venus and beyond.
Destiny is one of the biggest releases we've seen in a while. All the flurry of attention is reminding me of the hype surrounding GTA V last year. This time around, there is a special relationship with one particular console, and Sony isn't shy to brag about Destiny.
Apparently, some rather heavily-marketed, RPG shooter with shared, MMO-esque worlds was released today. You won’t be seeing very many reviews for the game out today – save for one or two from mavericks who’ve ploughed their way through the game’s story without experiencing the game the way it’s meant to be played. Bungie has warned against day one reviews – and after playing for a few hours last night, I get their point.
Happy Destiny day! Sure it might not be the 9th just yet, but Destiny's servers go live a little later today, meaning you and your Fireteam can jump into this year's most anticipated shooter a little early. If you're playing on an older console, Destiny's world might not look as beautiful, but Activision want to help you with that.
Destiny, that game from halo developer Bungie that a couple of people are really excited about, will be released worldwide tomorrow. If you’ve got a copy of the game, you’ll be able to play it today. Here are the details you need to know.
Marketing hype can resort to all kinds of strange tactics. I love it in the States where the WWE has breakfast cereal tie-in and everything is all about the product placement. With the investment in Destiny, is it getting a fragrance, too?