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, and it's the little things that bode very well for the full game. 

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 plays Cayde-6. Fillion featured in ODST as well.

The Master Chief makes an appearance as a building:

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

The Master Chief's helmet can be found disguised as a building.

master chief halo easter egg in Destiny

"A million deaths are not enough for Master Rahool."

Following the demise of the now infamous Looting Cave, a return to it suggests you may wish to disturb the remains - if you do so the Cyrptarch can be heard saying "A million deaths are not enough for Master Rahool." Check the video. 

July 24, 2014

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?