DES­TINY

BUNGIE WITH­OUT A HALO

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Has there been a more heav­ily hyped game in re­cent years than Des­tiny? Bungie, cre­ators of the Halo fran­chise, promised Des­tiny would be a game, nay, an event un­like any­thing we’d ever seen be­fore. While it’s cer­tainly an am­bi­tious ti­tle, with stun­ning alien vis­tas that cry out to be ex­plored, that ex­plo­ration can feel repet­i­tive.

Des­tiny just can’t quite live up to the lofty ex­pec­ta­tions that were set for it – although if your ex­pec­ta­tions are to spray gun­fire at wave after wave of the same ag­gres­sive alien hoard, you may come away very sat­is­fied. That’s not so much an indictment of the de­vel­op­ers, but rather sug­gests the hype mer­chants pro­mot­ing the game were a lit­tle too ef­fec­tive at their job.

What Bungie has ul­ti­mately de­liv­ered is a gor­geous MMO shooter that doesn’t feel rev­o­lu­tion­ary in the way we were told it would. The shoot­ing is fun though, which is for­tu­nate be­cause you’ll be do­ing a heck of a lot of it.

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