July 27, 2014

JJ Reviews: Destiny Beta

guardians from Destiny

So like a gazillion others, I've had the chance to play Destiny’s beta. I got to play for a couple of hours over three sessions (fitting in gaming time is hard when you have a family and want to sleep!).

Here’s a few thoughts:
  • Music is fabulous
  • The Fallen Captains are worthy foes.
  • The upgrade element seems pretty intensive and actually useful in the battle field
  • I liked Peter Dinklage as the Ghost
  • The Devil Walkers will be formidable threats
  • Some of the missions were elementary but of course this is a beta)
  • How Bungie expected busy fathers like those in the South Hemishere to take part in a 2 hour window to get on the moon is beyond me…
  • Some of the weapons are pretty sweet
  • My Warlock shot gun / power punch combo was an awesome treat to employ in the midst of battle. Supercharge is also awesome.
  • It took me three multiplayer games before I knew what the help was happening. Kills seem to happen too quick? Maybe leveling up will help in time.
  • The sprawling vista of New Russia featured some wonderful artwork and design. I appreciated the scorpion tanks that lay about.
  • It’s very clearly Bungie have put a lot of thought and planning into Destiny, things bode very well for the full game. 

Bungie listens to the fans, after all, they were right about the Ghost

It was clear after the fan concern about the way Peter Dinklage's voice over work sounded for Destiny that they would react to any advice from players about how to improve the game. And here's the evidence:

Halo references found in Destiny

It was Halo ODST which featured the first known reference to Destiny as a game in the form of a poster which suggested that 'Destiny Awaits'. Now everything has come full circle and the world of Destiny is not short on references and Easter eggs to the video game that made Bungie famous, being Halo.

Bungie have said that given they don't own Halo any more, it would be hard to do the eggs, however I think with a wink and a nod, they've got a few into the game.

References to Halo found in Destiny

The Divide region on Earth features rusted tanks that look suspiciously like Scorpions from Halo.

Loose references and affiliations

Nathan Fillion playes Cayde-6. Fillion featured in ODST as well.

NOTE This is just from the Beta, a full edit will happen when Destiny is released.

Easter eggs and other references found in Destiny

Destiny is a large game made by one of the greatest placers of Easter eggs, Bungie studios so there's many things to be found from the moon, to New Russia to Mars.

 Here's some eggs and references that have been placed in the game.

The Scorpion tanks from Halo lie rusting in peace about New Russia on Earth

July 24, 2014

Destiny beta test is now available for anyone to join in on

As suspected, Bungie has let open the gates and now those without the precious codes can climb into Destiny:

"The Beta has been eye-opening so far. We’ve watched the world of Destiny come to life. Guardians from every platform have arrived at the Tower from their battles in the wild. We have watched your adventures with great interest, and listened to your feedback. Your missions have provided us with volumes of discoveries we can use to prepare for the launch of Destiny in September.

Our work is not done. There is more we can learn. To make this happen, we need more Guardians to play. This is, above all else, a test.

Today, at 4:00 PM PDT, we’re opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots. There are, of course, some requirements. You’ll need to have a compatible console equipped with PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold. You’ll need to be brave.

Help us deliver the game you deserve. Before we shut this party down, we’ll welcome everyone who wants a preview of this brave new world. If you have yet to play Destiny, look for offers to download the Beta directly from your console later on this afternoon.

If you have played the Beta, please prepare for new arrivals. We know you won’t go easy on them in the Crucible. Show no mercy."

The Blood Gulch Brawl - who would win?

Yep, I think I would by a ticket to see the Master Chief go up against an angry T-Rex. Would you? If there were no rail guns allowed, who would win this brawl?

June 29, 2014

Destiny's Achievements and Trophies list

Bungie have finally let us know what the Achievements and Trophies are for Destiny. They are common to both the Xbox and Playstation platforms.

The names of the achievements are fairly no nonsense - a fair cry from some of the 'In the Know' references of Halo or Gears of War.

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