Final Thoughts: Destiny

So it’s time for my final thoughts on Destiny.  Having spent a good 22+ hours in the game, I’ve had a chance to tinker with just about everything.  You can take a look at my account here.  Overall, I really enjoy the game.  I’ve been looking for a good co-op FPS game that isn’t just focused on the PvP.  That being said, I do have a few gripes.


Repetitive Mechanics / Gameplay: In story mode, ALL of the missions end up being you protecting your Ghost while it unlocks a door or hacks a computer.  Then to mix it up, most of the bosses just have HUGE pools of health and it ends up just being a race to kill adds before the next wave of adds gets there.  If this was a  traditional MMO, this would NEVER fly.  I found myself frequently falling asleep when I was playing at night because of the sheer repetitive nature of the game.


Nothing is explained: I found myself looking a lot on google for things I needed clarification on.  One of the biggest things is the lack of explanation regarding the grimoire cards.  Apparently you get some bonuses if you collect a certain amount of grimoire cards and level them up but nowhere in the campaign or otherwise was it explicitly explained.  In fact, nothing is really explained, you are apparently just supposed to inherently know what’s going on.  The MMO players might pick up on some things because of their background but FPS players most likely won’t know what’s going on in the background.


Lack of Communication Support: The game doesn’t support voice chat with people not in your direct PlayStation Party.  Which makes it extremely frustrating when your teammate is off looking at a wall while there’s a boss fight going on.  However, Bungie is going to remedy the situation so this won’t be a huge thing in the near future.


On the positive side of things:


Being able to tweak your character during load screens:  This is absolutely genius!  Destiny has really long load times but you can actually go to the character menu and tweak your character, change items, disassemble items, etc…  It helps to lower the annoying load time waiting and I am surprised it took this long for a game to really adopt that.


Good mix of FPS and MMO: I think Borderlands first did this really well but Destiny masters it.  The game is still definitely skill based, if you can’t aim your weapon, you aren’t going to do very well.  However, there is the character progression that you’d expect to see in an MMO.  Unlike other MMO games that struggle with balancing gear between PvP and PvE, Destiny simply makes all weapons do the same amount of damage in PvP whether it be a level one weapon or a level 20 weapon.  Your health and armor are not affected by gear either in PvP.  It helps to keep PvP purely skill based and helps to keep the PvE content balanced.  The one thing that can cause some consternation is that your class skills work as is, so a level 1 player wouldnt have access to the same skills a level 25 player with 40+ hours of game-time would have.


Mixing the two can also cause some distress for hardcore MMO players and hardcore FPS players because the addition of the other side can be difficult to get used to.


Like I said before, overall, Destiny is very well done and worth a look at.  The game is made 100x better if you have a group of friends to play with.  It’s a lot of fun to get together and roll through some bosses together!

Final Thought: Excellent MMOFPS.  At times is repetitive but the great co-op experience makes up for this.

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Release Day Delivery

It’s the year 2014 and you can go online and pretty much order anything and have it to you the next day. You can even order digital downloads of games. So should you be punished for ordering a physical copy of a game?

Like thousands of other gamers across the US, I pre-ordered my copy of Destiny waaaay back when Gamestop started taking pre-orders. When the Limited Edition was announced, it just made financial sense to upgrade (see ), so a week after the Limited Edition was released, I went back to my Gamestop to upgrade. I got there and was told Gamestop was sold out. So I checked my local Walmart and Target, both of which were also sold out. Being the computer saavy guy I am, I went on Amazon only to find out they were also sold out. I looked at Newegg and they still had stock, so I pre-ordered with next day shipping.

Fast forward to today. My game just shipped and I will be getting it tomorrow but it begs the question, why can’t Newegg offer release day delivery? Amazon offers it on everything from books to games. I love Newegg and buy all my parts and accessories there but I won’t be buying games anymore.

These days, being late to a launch of a multiplayer game will put you behind of friends and prevent you from being able to group or play with them. Some games even offer day 1 rewards and perks. You could even lose the name you wanted because you were late to the party.

It is unacceptable to me that Newegg does not offer release day delivery. If they did, it might put them in a position to compete with Amazon as far as games are concerned.

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Thoughts on Destiny’s Special Editions

If you have bought a game in the past few years, you know the multiple options you have. There is obviously the “normal” version which just includes the game but what else can there possibly be to create not one, but multiple “higher” versions of the same game and not only that, but charge a lot more for the same game?

Let’s take a look at Destiny. Destiny for those of you who don’t know is a game releasing on August 9th, 2014 from Bungie (creators of the Halo Franchise). Click HERE for more information on the game.

Yesterday, Bungie announced the different versions of the game being released. There are 3 “Special Editions”: The Digital Guardian Edition, Limited Edition and The Ghost Edition. The Digital Guardian Edition is retailing for $89.99, the Limited Edition comes in at $99.99 and the Ghost Edition comes in at a whopping $149.99. There is also an expansion pass that retails for $34.99 and includes the first 2 expansions (it is included with all 3 of the special editions).

The Digital Guardian Edition is simply just the game and the expansion pass, which does make sense if you think you are going to purchase the expansions down the line anyway. If you were to buy the expansions singularly, each one is going to retail for $19.99. So in total if you bought everything separately, you’d spend $99.97 OR $94.98 for the regular edition plus the expansion pass. The next 2 special edition’s price tags make a lot less sense.

The Limited Edition comes with the following (taken from HERE): Limited Edition SteelBook™ Case and Game Disc, Guardian Folio, “Arms and Armament” Field Guide, Postcards from the Golden Age, Antique Star Chart, A Unique Ghost Casing, An Exclusive Player Emblem and An Exclusive Player Ship Skin.

The only things that are useful to the player from a gameplay standpoint are the digital items you get, everything else are extra physical items that do little more than sit on a shelf and for that, you pay $10 more than the Digital Guardian Edition. It doesn’t seem that bad when you break it down like this but considering the items are most likely cheaply made (I can’t be sure on this yet, but when I unbox my Limited Edition I will be sure to make a follow-up post), it costs Bungie almost nothing to mass produce the items.

Then there is the Ghost Edition that comes with the following (taken from HERE): Ghost Replica, Limited Edition SteelBook™ Case and Game Disc, Guardian Folio, “Arms and Armament” Field Guide, Postcards from the Golden Age, Antique Star Chart, A Unique Ghost Casing, An Exclusive Player Emblem and An Exclusive Player Ship Skin.

The ONLY thing that is different here is the Ghost Replica (I believe the Ghost is like your companion in the world of Destiny, think Navi from Zelda Ocarina of Time (Click HERE for more). What exactly is one supposed to do with a Ghost Replica? I guess display it on a shelf but for $50 more for what comes down to a dust collector, personally, I can’t justify the price. Apparently they are only making a limited amount of Ghost Editions but there is no way the package will gain value in the long term as an opened box. If you’re planning on not playing the game and not opening a Ghost Edition it may possibly be worth something to someone at sometime. If you have that kind of money to buy a Ghost and a Limited then go for it but for your average gamer, the Ghost Edition seems to be a lot of money for nothing.

I am fully aware that as I get older, I am becoming more cynical and money conscious but it’s a hard sell for anyone at $150 for a bunch of physical items that are essentially useless except as a shelf item or conversation starter.

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