From my perspective, I think Bungie has done this game a disservice by releasing a beta. On paper, I should love this – finding guns, shooting bad guys, upgrading gear and/or skills, and visiting other planets. It sounds awesome.
The game they've created, unfortunately, is boring me to tears. I’m at level 5 and I just don’t want to play anymore. I know I should play longer to give the game a fair shake, but I’d rather spend my time revisiting Borderlands or cutting the grass or something. I had my doubts when I saw earlier coverage of the game, but now that I've actually had a chance to play it, I'm bummed that it's just not clicking with me.
- Right off the bat, I’m being revived by a slightly annoying robot. Comparisons to the Borderlands franchise are inevitable with a loot-driven FPS/RPG, but seconds after the game starts, I’m already having flashbacks to Claptrap waking me up at the beginning of Borderlands 2. I’m starting the game weaponless, and the robot is spouting exposition as it leads me to my first gun.
- Is this even a “loot-driven” game? Where are the other guns? Loot chests? I've seen one (tutorial) chest. Enemies? I don’t think they've dropped anything but green and white ammo boxes. From what I can tell, I get one or two weapons or pieces of gear at the end of each mission. The shooting is fun, but it’s getting old quick without more new weapons to try out.
- What the hell is going on anyway? I got a (nice looking) cut-scene of some dudes exploring Mars, and then a whole shitload of nonsense. Are the Hive and the Fallen the Darkness? What are Guardians?
- Speaking of Guardians, sure, it’s clichéd to make the player “the last hope of humanity” or something, but I don’t feel terribly important to the story when there are hundreds of other Guardians dancing and waving to each other in the Tower.
I dunno. I had high hopes for this game, and the beta has been a pretty big disappointment.