The Hit List – Five things that impressed us in the Destiny Beta 
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Darryn Bonthuys
July 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Destiny

You’ve already heard what Gavin has had to say regarding the early taste of Destiny. You’ve probably already ignored him, because what do Liverpool supporters know, amirite? I had a blast playing Destiny this weekend, an experience that I documented and went over. Here’s five things from the recent beta that impressed me, because you can totally trust a guy who has no strong feelings one way or the other to your favourite football teams.

The beta isn’t over yet, but it is going to be offline for a day or two so that the Xbox crowd can get up to speed and experience a joygasm or two. Destiny is out in September, snd this novel idea of a games distributor providing a sizeable chunk of their game, for free, has resonated well with me.

I only wish more devs would provide such demonstrations. Maybe it needs a snappier name,like…Demo-stratos. Yeah, that could work! So, what did you enjoy about Destiny?

Because he's the writer that Lazygamer deserves, but not the one it actually needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can't take it. Because he's not a hero. He's a loud-mouthed journalist, a watchful procrastinator. A dork knight.

  • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

    You made a sportsball joke, and now I’m sad. :(

  • Gavin Joffe

    Darryn, hows the game running on our local broadband?

    • Gareth L (That eXCheez Guy)

      Put the can opener and the can of worms down. ;)

    • http://www.lazygamer.net/ The D

      My exploration and Fireteam missions were superb, no lag at all. I did experience some lag in the Crucible modes however.

      • aj_nator

        Do the ps3/ps4 versions of the beta have the same maps and modes?

  • Ryanza

    I like the videos and all. There’s just one thing that bugs me about the videos. That count down sound effect is so load. Your speaking voice is low or volume turned down because next count down number is going to blow the speakers.

    other than that i like the videos.

    • http://www.lazygamer.net/ The D

      I honestly didn’t notice it. Consider the countdown audio to be on the down-low from now on.

      • Kensei Seraph

        I think you just broke my headphones and there’s still 4 more left in the countdown.

      • Hammersteyn
      • Admiral Chief Saxon

        Thanks, my ears and the sanity of people close to my office are safe

  • iAmWeasel

    “the game where social is a good thing”.. but… what if you just don’t like people?

    • Mark Treloar

      Smile and wave, they will never notice……then when they get close enough “SHOTGUN RHINOPLASTY”

      • iAmWeasel

        I’m sold.

  • Rags

    Looks boring and generic, and that laggg :P

    • Hammersteyn

      Play it, you might like it.

    • Sageville

      Lag?

      • Rags

        See 3:30 robot dropping.

        • Sageville

          Guess I didn’t notice it.

          As it’s a beta and probably not finally optimized, I forgive.

  • Jonah Cash

    Why are you shooting the big spider in the face??? The legs take a lot more damage and then it falls later and opens up its “engine” which takes a lot of damage while it is down!!

    • Hammersteyn

      LOL that’s what I said above XD

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I used to be a giant spider walker like you, but then I got a plasma rifle in the knee.

  • Jonah Cash

    Oh and my second PS4 remote just broke!!! The R2 button is stuck and doesn’t pop back up…. Kinda sucks ass!! The first one I repaired myself, but this 1 is going back to PartServe for a replacement…. They better not give me any crap, or I might just lose it!!

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      The R2 broke twice on me as well. The first was barely a month after PS4 launch. The second (the replacement) broke in June. BT games had them replaced for me both times but I have some serious concerns about the PS4 controller’s quality. I had only one controller at that time and I’ve bought myself another one to shed the workload but this only means that I’ll have to replace two controllers every ten months and not one controller every five months. I feel your pain.

      • Sageville

        Yeah, the PS4 controller is well designed but really poorly made imo. I’ve had to buy those analogue stick covers as all the rubber turned into a hot mess.

        I hope they fixed the manufacturing to resolve these issues in the future.

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Yeah, I hope so too but in the mean time I’m saddled with some very expensive but poorly made technology. I love my PS4 and somebody will have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands but i feel a bit shafted every time the controller takes a dump.

      • Jonah Cash

        Went to fffffff Partserver earlier today, 1,5 hours to get it replaced!!! I was second in the line!!!! My blood is boiling…. also they recon that there is no new 1 year warranty on the replacement remote, it falls under the old remotes 1 year warranty… How the hell does that work!! Phoning Playstation South Africa later today!!

        • Ragnar Lothbrok

          Hell no! I don’t know what those guys are smoking but if I remember correctly the Sony PS4 warranty says that any replaced part falls under the original device warranty or one year after replacement, whichever is longer.

          As I said, BT games phoned Ster Kinekor and got authorization for the replacement hassle free.

  • Nikola

    Great game, great video will most likely be game of the year!!

    • Hammersteyn

      Hopefully the servers hold up come launch day.

  • aj_nator

    Love that Lazygamer is doing videos!

    • Sageville

      INORITE!

  • Kensei Seraph

    A PC gamer’s impressions after +-1 hour of play on PS3:

    The last FPS game I played on console was Fire Warrior, and even then I only played for 5 minutes, so I have no knowledge of the controls to expect.

    That being said I found using a controller… not as bad as I feared and slightly better than I had hoped.

    The initial combat is easy enough that I had a chance to learn the controls and begin to adapt the skills I’ve developed on PC.

    At the end of my first firefight I felt the need to reload and instinctively hit the Square
    button and the game reloaded. This may seem pretty obvious to many of
    you but for someone who had no idea what the controls are this means the
    game is fairly easy to pick up and begin to play.

    That being said aiming with the controller is no where near as smooth
    and fluid as aiming with a mouse. I’ve spent more time trying to aim for
    the opponent by strafing than I have by moving the crosshair.

    Towards the end of my short play session I found that I was starting to
    use a similiar fighting style to what I would use on PC, namely sniping
    at long range to reduce the numbers followed by a suicidal charge to get
    into melee range and finish off the remaining enemies.

    The menus are quite nicely put together but seem like they were
    originally designed to be used on a PC, although others might disagree. I
    did find that I kept forgetting that the right analogue stick is used
    to navigate the menus.

    The graphics are incredible and the storyline so far is engrossing.

    My overall impression of the game is that it is amazing and I’d love
    nothing more than to be able to play it with keyboard and mouse, but
    even with the controller it’s still a worthy game but one that I will
    wait to be released on PC.

    • iAmWeasel

      I know from personal experience that it is very difficult to break out of the KB+M mindset, but honestly, after a few years on controllers I now feel like KB+M is a really terrible way of controlling a FPS game. Forget precision, its just really naff and does not feel fun.

      • Kensei Seraph

        I only played for about 1 hour but I can honestly say that of the 10 or so headshots that I got I only deliberately aimed for the head once.
        If I was playing keyboard and mouse I would likely have gotten 40 headshots and only 10 body shots.

        I also have trouble with jumping and aiming at the same time since I use my right thumb for both the X button and the right analog stick.

        • iAmWeasel

          Yup I hear you.. it is a big adjustment. I hated playing FPS games with a controller for at least 2 years.

        • Hammersteyn

          Ive been playing PC and console side by side for a while now. Again there is nothing better than the mouse but with practice you can get better with the controller. I still struggle from time to time especially getting headshots with PVP. But if other people can do it then so can we.

          • iAmWeasel

            The issue that I have with mouse these days is that it’s a bit of a piss take with how easy it is… sure a controller is harder work and more of a challenge, but that’s a good thing in my view, and the concept of pointing and clicking your mouse on enemies to shoot them is just awful IMO.

          • b1nd3r

            Pointing and clicking accurately is key though, the analog sticks will never replace a mouse its all down to preference. i find trying to aim with an analog controller awful wiggle wiggle and no accuracy

    • CAE9872

      Ahhh I always kept meaning to buy Fire Warrior for my PS2…and then end up walking away. Needless to say today I regret that.

    • Hammersteyn

      Agreed about the controller, there is no substitute for the mouse. Even with auto-aim.

    • Admiral Chief Saxon

      Thanks, I enjoyed reading that.

  • Hammersteyn

    LOL shoot the Devils Walkers legs. THE LEGS!

  • Hammersteyn

    The biggest point Darryn made that I agree with is that you want to be social. Never has this been more truer for any FPS game except PS2

    • Sageville

      Yup, many games make it yucky to be social, here I just drop in on a friend and gtg. Headset and mic are probably a good idea.

      • Hammersteyn

        Indeed, like I said “shoot the Devils Walkers legs. THE LEGS!”

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I got to watch some “Lets Play” vids from Destiny last night, and it looks pretty cool.

  • Mythryl

    Hey Darryn just a tip shoot the legs of the devil walker! Hitting him in the face does almost no damage ;) Took me and the missus an hour of shoosting for nothing to figure that one out :)

  • Mythryl

    Aaaand just noticed it has been said already soooo how about those fallen?

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