I haven't played Destiny but from outside looking in, it reminds me of the arguments for FF13. The combat is the best the developer's ever done and it's real pretty but we all know it takes more than that for a game to be good.
I think Bungie like Blizzard, Valve, or maybe Square, some people will be hell bend on trying to love their games and reading between the lines even if the game is clearly bad.
To hear Jeff literally trash the game every podcast since the game's release and hear him fight for the game and to dismiss quality games he did not care for...obviously it's a stupid list but come onnnn...
The best I can explain is this.
I dropped about $200 for two copies of the game and DLC. Based on my experience with the alpha, I was convinced that the final product was going to fill in the gaps and be really damn fun. After about six hours of the released product starting the moment it launched, I realized it was literally just the same thing in the alpha. That is, it was a half billion dollar version of Warframe, but not as good. Repetitive. None of the "revolutionary social gaming focus" that was promised. No story. Not even very compelling enemies or weapons or loot.
I signed out after one session and have not touched it since about 6am the day of launch, four months ago. Same with the person I bought the other copy for. I can not even force myself to play another minute of it to "get my money worth out of the $200 I wasted".
Destiny is a lot like that WWF card game Jeff keeps playing. A real piece of shit that certain people with a certain make-up know is a real piece of shit, but can't turn away from, anyway. And the only justification anyone can ever offer is "well, that shooting mechanic sure is swell". I've heard more compelling justifications for meth addiction from meth heads.
After spending $200 on the game for six hours of play, I would actually rather spend yet *another* $200 to not play it, if someone tried to force me.