The Destiny reveal stinks to me of Halo 2 on Xbox 1 promises circa 2003-2004. It just feels like those guys up in seattle love to spend years developing an entire universe and millions of years of detailed fiction for a game that basically is about shooting things and the result that your shooting things has on other things.
Seeing the admittedly tiny bits of gameplay here - it just looks like another shooter - why wouldn't they have shown something that really made whatever it is bungie clearly sees in this project blatantly obvious to people? All i saw was some dudes running through a very small looking environment with very large and pretty and "look but don't play with" skyboxes.
With halo 2 they promised this enormous world and story an expansion of the universe and how meaningful it was, and what we got was severely stripped down from the initial promises, with a downright silly story. Now I won't say one bad word about that game's multiplayer, but the single player was a big dud to me. Over thought bloated, and lacking the tight, fun feeling of Halo 1.
They have since pulled the series back into shape, I feel - Halo 3 and Reach were great. But the way they had SO little to show today after years of work just feels to me like the days of waiting for Halo 2 forever and them basically spinning their wheels trying to make the greatest thing ever while never really nailing down what the project was and what it was not.
I feel like Bungie needs to sell people on their game before they can sell people on their fiction. I had no idea what the first halo game was when it came out. I intitially ignored it because I watched my cousin play it and was bored to tears by the opening cutscenes - but when I finally got my hands on and played it a few months later, I didn't stop until it was over, and it became one of my favorite things ever. Because the incredible feeling of playing that game drew me into its universe, and Bungie had something worthwhile there to dig into.
But then maybe they'll have a blowout reveal on wednesday (or E3) and it'll all make sense and it will truly be the next great thing. It's too early to say, these are just my initial impressions.