Destiny will be one of the biggest game releases this year, with Activision Blizzard set to spend R5.2 billion producing and promoting the FPS open-world game.
Developed by Bungie, the team behind Halo, Destiny is set in a large open-world which is ever changing and requires you – the defender of the human race – to restore peace to your planet.
Like most big titles, Destiny was put on show at E3, and the journalists at Eurogamer got to try out the game first hand.
The multiplayer mode, like most modern online shooters, does not see you starting on a level playing field. Each player may have different weapons, with varying power, based on how long they have explored the world in other game modes before engaging in multiplayer battle.
What does make things a bit more fair for those who come in all fresh-faced, is the amount of ammo scattered around the playing area. Your character, known as a guardian, can carry three weapons at a time: a primary weapon, a special weapon, and a heavy weapon. Each weapon uses a different type of ammo, and the more devastating the weapon, the rarer it is to find ammo for it. Also, you do not start a multiplayer battle with heavy ammo, it has to be dropped on the map.
The rest is pretty standard: you join team alpha or bravo, and endeavour to kill as many people as possible.
Bungie say that Destiny provides “an activity for every mood”, meaning: if you feel like playing by yourself, you can embark on a single-player story mission. If you want to play co-op, you can go on a Strike or a Raid. If exploring the landscape is your thing, you can enter Explore mode. And if you want to kill other Guardians, The Crucible has all the competitive multiplayer action you will ever need.
The game lets you hold a button, which then takes you into orbit and allows you to choose between the different game modes. Select an option, and boom, you are on your way.
The guys from Eurogamer said while Destiny’s multiplayer was “wholesome and reassuring” it did not come across as innovative or refreshing. The game, at points, also felt like a remade version of Halo, which is not unimaginable considering it is being made by Bungie.
To round things off, here is Destiny’s official E3 trailer.
Destiny is due to be released for the PS4, PS3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360 on 9 September 2014. Those who pre-order the game will have access to a beta version from 17 July 2014. Will you be picking up a copy? Let us know what you think of the game in the comments and forum.