I was either playing with/talking to other people or listening to/watch something else the entire time I played BL2. So the writing really had no affect of my enjoyment of the game. I don't really get how people let the humour stop them from playing if they like the gameplay. It's pretty easy to ignore it completely.
Great preview. I was on the edge of buying Destiny, but hearing that the story and narrative is just a bunch of Bungie mumbo-jumbo is very disappointing.
I said this elsewhere, but...are people really buying Destiny for the story? Really? That just seems silly to me.
Quoting for the really hard core truth. This game is stupidly fun especially with friends. There is some more story exposition but it doesn't really do anything interesting until Venus. That said who cares? Some games you play for the great narrative and plot, some games it is just there but it isn't the focus. Destiny is one of the latter, it is about joining up with friends, having fun, and enjoying the gameplay/challenge of the missions and different enemies. Some of which are crazy tough to beat.
"We like to tell big stories and we want people to put the Destiny universe on the same shelf they put Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Star Wars."
Read that again. "We like to tell big stories and we want people to put the Destiny universe on the same shelf they put Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter or Star Wars."
That's why people bought it for the story. They hyped it so fucking much since the announcement, leading people to believe they were going to get something incredible.
I remember them saying this too. Crazy. Makes you wonder if they are holding some huge story stuff for DLC/the sequel or were they really just talking out of their asses? Either way it's insanely disingenuous.
Yeah I don't think they're getting enough flak for this. It's ok for a game not to have a competent story, and I'm fine with the fact that Destiny doesn't. But pitching this game/series as an Epic and comparing it to what they did and then put this out is something else.
Having finished the game, there is no story told in Destiny. There are barely any characters in Destiny. It feels like no attempt was made. There's lore which they do their best to keep from exposing you to and nothing else. I got to The Reef and was completely staggered by how bad the two characters they introduce there are. Literally nothing interesting about them at all, again as if no attempt was made.
Compare this to the first Mass Effect, which itself was a pretty unoriginal sci-fi story and setting but it all felt totally realized and most of the characters have loads of personality. Plus it had a story and your character played a part in it. In Destiny you might as well be a floating gun. Your character has so few lines of dialogue that's jarring when they do speak. You don't even get to give your Destiny man a name.
I think that when you get to 20 you can raise the level of any mission to 20, or maybe you have to finish the story first I'm not sure. I hope for your sake it's the former, because man, playing through two planets worth of missions that overleveled sounds awful.