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@hh said:

i don't pay much attention to hype for games, i look at some stills maybe and that's about it. I loved Destiny, got a character to level 28, then moved on to another game, like i always thought I would, next time i'm in the mood to shoot stuff I will probably turn on Destiny because it's got that great feel to it, and because i've got my blinged up character sitting there waiting for me.

Back in the day I played through every level of halo 1 and 2 I don't know how many times, the same levels again and again and again, and there were no rewards, there was no loot, and no progression, it was all just for fun, and the repetition was never a problem. And that's exactly how i felt when i was playing Destiny, except this time I got rewarded! But apparently that's not enough for most gamers nowadays.

I don't think complaints against Destiny are invalid, but I do feel that the criticism has gotten out of hand, its almost hysterical at this stage, just like the hype was big before it, the fallout is big, and the fallout seems to me to match the hype more than it matches the game.

I felt the same way about Dragon Age 2, which someone mentioned above, when that happened. Both of these are solid games, and I think anyone coming to them without the hype attached, knowing nothing at all, are far less likely to come down so hard on them, and are going to have amore grounded, and fairer, opinion. That's the bottom line as far as I'm concerned.

I echo this completely, and well said.

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@nickhead said:

it has been a long long time since I've wanted to keep playing a game the minute I put down the controller.

This is so true!

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That you feel the need to bring up "haters" so often in your comment informs your experience came from kind of a bitter spiteful place.

I never say "haters" yet you quote me as saying it. Furthermore, it is difficult to enter into a new entertainment experience when so much discussion revolves around why people hate prior to me playing. So yes, It's nearly impossible not to carry that baggage into it, at least from an outsiders perspective. :) Thanks for your thoughts on the matter, as I certainly welcome all perspectives. :)

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@brendan said:

Alex actually described why I like Destiny so much on one of the GOTY 'casts. Destiny has "mouthfeel" so good that I just find it a pleasure to play. It has content and variety problems and if I didn't have friends playing the game (a rare thing for me) then I would have slowed down by now but I'm still having a good time.

So true about the friends part. I started playing it solo with a Warlock. Played to lvl 13, then my wife got into it. We did play with another friend of mine, but his style of play didn't suit ours, which spurred on many lengthy discussions about how to talk to him about it! LOL. "He's not playing it right." xD

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@pweidman said:

Oh, and how do you know you don't like MMO's if you've never played one? Just curious, lol.

Ha! I've seen many friends over the years play them, going back to EQ, but WoW especially. I tried them when my friends were literally forcing me to, but wasn't fun for me. I keep an eye out for new and unique IP's on PC, say like Secret World, which I did try. And did try both GW1 and GW2, and Neverwinter, but again, like I said, I've never played them, played them. Just tried them.

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Since Destiny's release, I've continued to read and hear a lot of discussion about Destiny, especially on the GBcast. A lot of the forum writers keep flaming the game to no end. So, when I saw that Destiny was on sale on XB1, especially the DG edition for $67, I decided to play the trial for the first time. I was very impressed, so I bought it. Since then, my wife and I and nephew have been playing daily and nightly, and just completed fighting Phogath last night. It's been incredible.

So incredible in fact that I started quantifying how incredible it was. Then I realized that I haven't had this much fun with Coop since Halo 1, nor have I spent this much time binging on coop. Then it dawned on me, how could Bungie be the developer for two of the most impressive coop experiences I've ever had on console? I came to a few conclusions about it that I want non-Destiny players to understand about Destiny, coming from a person that's never played an MMO, my wife's never played an MMO, and the only other game she plays is Lego games, which are excruciating for me to both watch and play with her, so this is a big deal.

Bungie has created a experience that encompasses the MMO concepts and boils them down to an experience that doesn't require the typical MMO commitments. Sure, a lot of people are grinding for gear and what have you (and complaining about it), but we've probably played over 15 hours so far, and what I've played, and the experiences I've had are easily worth what I've paid so far. In a world where Bungie has mastered the party system, that It's hard to not love it for that alone.

The art design is also hugely impressive, as well as the base concepts of the story. The graphics are incredible for a game of this scope, and this is the first of its kind. The art is so unique, and one can tell that it's taken a long time for this team to go through many many iterations to get it just right. And the music is so classic bungie too, which is so good. As someone who works in film production, I can see the blood, sweat and tears that these artists have slaved away on, and I think they nailed something that what my wife said while we were playing, "It's like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Star Trek TNG had a baby." I agree, and it doesn't feel iterative which is the most impressive part.

Playing our second strike last night, it stretched us thin. We almost gave up, but we gave it one last try, and prevailed. It felt amazing. It will be a memory I will never forget, right up there with playing coop with my brother, on the last level of Halo CE. No small feat for me.

All-in-all, whilst lurking in the wings, consuming the rhetoric about Destiny, it seems that people are expecting/hoping this game to be like WoW + Halo, when I feel like it's more appropriate to think of it like Halo: The Next Generation. What Halo would be if your character and journey is unique to you (even if superficially so). Ironically, it wasn't until after playing the Halo 5 MP Beta that I made the choice to purchase Destiny. Halo is a carcass, a holding company where Bungie ideas gone to die. I know 343 is trying hard, but the team at Bungie is doing something special, and are doing for MMO's on console with Destiny that they did with first-person shooters on console with Halo CE. I think largely their achievements here have been over-clouded by a very staunch MMO crowd. I've never liked MMO's though, but I love this.

The thing that most excites me about Destiny, is that it's Bungie creating something brand new, and it's better than Halo. And I miss Halo.

As someone who recently purchased the Halo MCC, Destiny is a breath of fresh air, insomuch that everything just works. I'm not sure what the endgame content is, but then again, I'm not an MMO player. I may not care, tbh. I work for a living, and love my job in real life. I don't play games to feel satisfaction about my life. I play a game to have fun, not to grind for loot, in order to show off how badass I am in the Crucible because that's what hardcore WoW players do... or something psychologically unbalanced. When I play Destiny I have fun. If I stop having fun, then I stop playing - a recommendation I have for any gamer who needs to find meaning in their own life. Stop trying to find it in a game.

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Bought the DG =) 67 for game and both expansions seems like too good a deal to pass up!

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@humanity said:

@DrSwank: The gunplay is pretty good and hey, if you like it go for it. I can't pretend that I didn't have fun playing the game and I spent a long, long time playing it. One last word of advice though - to really get the most out of it you will need to have 5 other dedicated friends to play it with. To do the raid naturally, and also to do the nightfall strikes etc etc. This is a game where you do eventually hit a wall trying to lone wolf it.

I do actually have many friends playing this, all who, like crack addicts, have been very pushy for me to purchase it for several months, annoyingly so, however, I do prefer to play lone wolf or with my wife, chill coop style. I don't think high lvl raids is going to be for me, too much stress. but just watched some youtube pvp with Warlock (class I'm playing) and looks incredibly fun and where I wished Halo MP had gone.

Last question: Destiny DG for $67 or Destiny Vanilla for $43?

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If you have the money and in a dire need of a good online multiplayer game then don't hesitate and buy the game already!

A friendly tip, earth is the best map in this game so don't hold your hopes up for something better in this game because there isn't.

Destiny DG for $67 or Destiny Vanilla for $43? :)

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@sirfork said:

I would try to get it as cheap as you possibly can, otherwise yes there is fun to be had in destiny. What you have experienced is pretty much what the entire game is like and it can get repetitive pretty quickly but if you enjoy the core gameplay enough and find the hunt for loot alluring you will probably have some fun.

The entire game expect for the raids.

As @pyrodactyl mentioned, raiding is the main draw for almost everyone that is still playing Destiny. The raids almost feel like an entirely different game compared to all the other content, and if you've got a good group to do them on a weekly basis (or are willing to seek one out) it's easy to get a lot of enjoyment out of Destiny despite its issues. If you don't get into raids or PVP Destiny gets old very quickly. I personally really like both raids and PVP, and have thus far put like 400+ hours into the game.

Concerning PVP, I'm glad the Halo 5 beta came out because Destiny's pvp looks wayyyy better. Halo 5 looks like it's going toward CoD, which sucks. I hate CoD. I also like how you have a greater attachment to your character and weapons, and specials in Destiny, vs just playing Masterchief, again, but now it's CoD Masterchief. Destiny looks wayyyy better in the PVP department. AND, after Halo MCC tragedy, I'm quite certain that the matchmaking magic has left the 343 building with the Bungie networking masterminds. I feel like I've had so many bad experiences this year with tragic connectivity issues, that it's so refreshing to see PVP and Coop that just works, and works beautifully and seamlessly, like it should, and Bungie knows this all to well.