TITLE: Destiny || DEVELOPER: Bungie || PUBLISHER: Activision || GENRE: FPS, Co-Op, MMO || SYSTEM: Playstation & XBox
From the Wiki:
Premise: Destiny is set seven hundred years into the future in a post-apocalyptic setting following a prosperous period of exploration, peace and technological advancement known as the Golden Age.In a universe where humans have spread out and colonized planets in the Solar System, an event known as "the Collapse" saw the mysterious dissolution of these colonies, the end of the Golden Age, and mankind teetering on the brink of extinction. The only known survivors of the Collapse are those living on Earth, who were saved by "the Traveller", a white, spherical celestial body whose appearance centuries before had enabled humans to reach the stars. The Traveller now hovers above the last remaining human city, and its presence allows the "Guardians of the City"—the last defenders of the human race—the ability to wield an unknown power, only referred to as "The Light".
Upon mankind's first attempt to repopulate and reconstruct after the Collapse, it is discovered that hostile alien races have occupied mankind's former colonies and civilizations and are now encroaching upon the City. The player takes on the role of a Guardian of the City, and is tasked with investigating and destroying these threats before humanity is completely wiped out.
Destiny will center around the journey of the Guardians, the last defenders of humanity, set to protect Earth's last city. Guardians will be divided into three distinct races: Humans, Awoken, and Exo. Humans are described as being relatable, tough, and uncomplicated. Bungie drew its inspiration for the Human race from the military, and the character designs and aesthetics of the Spartans present in their Halo franchise. Awoken, described as exotic, beautiful, and mysterious, were inspired by fictional depictions of elves, vampires, ghosts, and angels. Exo are described as being sinister, powerful, and tireless. Exo were inspired by the undead, Halo's Master Chief, and the titular character of The Terminator. The playable races will be purely cosmetic and will have no effect on the game mechanics of Destiny.
Players will also be able to choose a "class" to go alongside their race. There are three classes available to players in Destiny: Hunters, Warlocks, and Titans. Hunters are a reconnaissance-based class meant to be reminiscent of the classic "bounty hunter." Bungie cites as influences Star Wars's Han Solo and classic characters from old Western films such as Clint Eastwood's Man with No Name. Warlocks combine weapons with special powers from "the Traveler", and are meant to be a form of "space wizard". The Warlock class is influenced by the Star Wars series' Jedi Knights, The Lord of the Rings series' Gandalf, and The Matrix series' Morpheus. Titans, which favor heavy weapons and melee attacks and are intended to be reminiscent of the classic "future soldier", were inspired by Bungie's own Halo Master Chief, Stormtroopers from Star Wars, and other "space marines" from science fiction.
E3 2014 Experience Trailer:
The Alpha for Destiny was released Thursday and having played it, I could not seem to find a thread to talk about how awesome it is, so here is that thread. Basically, this is a FPS/Co-op/MMO game that allows you to team up with other players to explore and go kill stuff! And it's gorgeous!
Right now, I am playing the Titan class and enjoying punching enemies' faces in. Currently L5. So far, the controls feel smooth and intuitive, and of course, the environments are very pretty. The game gives you a well-balanced variety of controls and options without making you feel overwhelmed. There is a Level 8 cap on the Alpha, but some of the enemies go to Level 20-ish (that I've seen), so you might want to stay away from those unless you have a bunch of players with you, because they basically grounded me into dust. The game can definitely be challenging!
The game matches you up with players, or you can join up with your buddies (if they're playing the Alpha as well), or you can ditch your team and try to go at it alone (which I think is harder and less fun). This game has a story, but the Alpha doesn't show too much of that at this time, so we'll have to see how Campaign mode comes along. And apparently you can do PvP, make Clans, and whatnot. I haven't delved too deeply into that yet, but seems like there's lots to do, and that's a very good thing. This game will be released September 9th, 2014.
I have to admit this game was kind of underneath my radar until I actually started playing the alpha–and man, it's a lot more fun & immersive that I expected. For those who have had a chance to play the alpha so far, what Class(es) have you tried and what did you think? For those who haven't gotten a code, you can check #DestinyAlpha on Twitter for people who are giving away codes.