The DEFINITIVE #DESTINY Review by Shabooty!
Here’s my review of Destiny. Editor’s Note: I play on the PS4 version.
While the first excursion through Destiny’s story may not totally float your boat, stick with it. Admittedly, the first time you play, you probably have no online friends, you’re playing solo and then you may come up against some stale cardboard-esque moments. But if you stick around, that is a very short-lived sensation. The keys to having copious amounts of fun with Destiny are as follows: 1) if you enter in a Strike and are matched up with two random people and you all end up doing well, friend-list those guys (add ‘em to your buddy list). The more online friends you have that you can party up with at any given time, the greater fun you will have.
2) Get to level 20. At that point the end game opens up and it’s even more engaging, charming and addicting than the first 20 levels. This is basically levels 20-30, which are only obtained via high tier light gear (as opposed to experience).
What this leaves you with is a grind but a fun grind. No matter what, you will be constantly upgrading your character as long as you put in the time. Admittedly, I am coming from a background of loving Diablo 3, so the gear hunt is always exciting to me–probably too exciting. When one’s a kid, to get a new matchbox car, would make a kid’s MONTH! In this game, anytime you get some new gear it really is just like getting a new toy or at least upgrading your existing favorite toy (Destiny) into something greater. I hope that’s not embarrassing–this being written by a grown-ass 32 year old man with all 3 next-gen consoles. #tearshed
So as long as you stick with the game, any cardboard-esque (dull) moments you might have confronted in the early parts of the game will soon, all be forgotten. Yes, you will have a lot of retreading through the game, but again, as long as you’re with a fun party (preferably with mics)– you will enjoy yourself. Now on to Player-vs-player.
The Crucible–the PVP aspect of the game admittedly is also painful to play when you’re starting out (levels 0-20). Again, I have to echo the same theme of “just stick with it.” As you level up your gear, you’ll be taking that into the Crucible and you will see yourself do better. But on the plus side, even if you do sh*t in the Crucible PVP, they usually always award the lowest scoring players in a match, some extra gear. #TWINNING
And I def. have two huge tips to give on the Crucible and here goes: try to get headshots –this is probably best done while aiming down the sights, and always be looking at your radar in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Do that and you’ll start kicking the llama’s arse in PVP.
While games like ‘The Last of Us’ are great and have a 95 Metacritic combined rating, the problem with those games is after you beat the 10 hour campaign mission, you’re pretty much done. I’ve poured 1 day and 18 hours into the game already — that’s 42 hours for those of you that suck at math, and I am currently at level 25. And yet, I am very anxious to play the game with a tons more to do and level up. It’s the most addicting game I’ve played since Diablo 3 and maybe Monster Hunter 3 U. At the end of the day, the more you play Destiny, the more you will ultimately enjoy it.
SCORE: I give it 4.5 out of 5 BOOTIES (_*_) (_*_) (_*_) (_*_) (_c_)
Editor’s Note: I recently interviewed the stuntwoman and fitness model that played the Warlock in the big-budget Destiny commercial. Check it out, Shabooty Interview Series: Mallory Thompson (DESTINY). And to play alongside yours truly on PSN, add me: ‘shabotydotcom’ for a romp through DESTINY.