Destiny: played at E3 2014

Bungie looks spectacular, and plays even better.

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As the fall’s gaming season heats up, one title in particular will be given a heavy amount of attention, and that’s Activision’s Destiny. Initially announced last year, the game has gotten a lot of attention based on the pedigree of Bungie, the creators of Halo. This week at E3, I was able to check out the game in action. The spectacle is hardly just word of mouth. The proof is in the gameplay.

I played a Warlock, and the way that you can diversify your character is simply stunning. By visiting the in-game menu, you can see everything that you can do with your character, including upgrades that add to their power and speed, as well as armor types that increase your performance when you’re in action. You could spend quite a bit of time just making sure everything is tweaked just right, although I just wanted to jump in and fight.

As for the controls, veteran Halo players will recognize a lot in Destiny. The combat feels very similar to that long-running series, but with the option to run and change between three different weapons including a sniper rifle and rocket launcher. All of the weapons performed quite accurately, and the action didn’t let up for a minute, with soldiers popping out of nowhere in some cases, and a real-time multiplayer event starting instantaneously, with the mountain-sized task of bringing down a well-armed walker, along with its escorts.

The seamless introduction of events, along with the open-world exploration that the game has to offer, complete with objective markers and optional missions, essentially turn Destiny into a huge time-sink. Thus far, Bungie has done an amazing job with its engine, and the environments look absolutely stunning. It does take a little bit for co-op missions to launch (about a minute or so), but once you’re in, you’ll find no trouble jumping into the game and going into battle.

In addition, you can also get around quite conveniently with the ability to summon a speeder bike. These handle with nice precision, as you can turn with ease and really get some punch behind it when it comes to acceleration. The only downside is that they don’t come with guns. If you want to fight, you’ll either have to run over your opponent, or hop off and pull out your weapon.

Destiny still holds many surprises, especially when it comes to the other classes. Thus far, though, it has plenty of promise behind it, and the combination of responsive gameplay and stunning environments really stands out. You can see for yourself with its beta, available now, or simply wait for the big ball to drop with the game’s release on September 9th.

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    June 11, 2014 9:10 AM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, Destiny: hands on at E3 2014.

    Bungie looks spectacular, and plays even better.

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      June 11, 2014 9:16 AM

      I'm trying to parse that sentence.

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        June 11, 2014 9:50 AM

        Campbells soup looks spectacular, and tastes even better.

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      June 11, 2014 9:20 AM

      There's no multiplayer alpha on PC right now... in fact, as far as I can tell, there's no PC release planned at all.

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        June 11, 2014 9:24 AM

        I think someone got it confused with BF Hardline.

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          June 11, 2014 9:27 AM

          Yeah, another mention about a beta being available now in the last paragraph - pretty sure the beta for Destiny launches next month. Someone has Hardline on the mind

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      June 11, 2014 9:24 AM

      No PC stuff in the works, as far as we know

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      June 11, 2014 11:25 AM

      Can I play as Halo in Bungie?

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        June 11, 2014 4:39 PM

        Sure can! Keep an eye out for that Mister Chef cameo!

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      June 12, 2014 12:17 AM

      I know you're all under duress of E3, but I have literally zero idea what it's like to play this game from this article. "This game is great. It is great because it has these features. I can't wait to see more."
      Right now, it sounds like someone who didn't really play it.
      I hate to sound harsh. But you played this game, and I didn't. I want to know why you liked it. That doesn't mean list the cool features and say they're cool. It means tell me what you played and what stands out as cool. It sounds similar but they can't be more different.

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      June 12, 2014 12:37 AM

      Game has guns and you shoot things. WOW ITS AWESOME

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        June 12, 2014 1:08 AM

        What's the point of a post like this? Do you have some inherent need to judge the game before you try it?

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          June 12, 2014 1:51 AM

          I'm not judging the game, only the quality of the preview.

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            June 12, 2014 3:28 AM

            good post. can't make final judgements on something before you have it, but we do have a multitude of shit looking previews we can judge. We sure as hell can judge those, and too fucking bad if someone extrapolates their judgements onto the product the videos are intended to represent (and we can be pretty sure those videos have been crafted to do so as well as the people making them were able)

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