Destiny Beta Reactions

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What better way to spend time while the Destiny Beta is offline for maintenance than to write about the Destiny Beta! What a great Beta it is, too. And to think this is only a snippet of what we can expect when the final game drops soon. While it may seem silly to “review” a beta, which is basically an almost-ready test-phase, I wanted to highlight some of my reactions. I feel I’ve played the beta enough to cover all of its ground.

First things first, those graphics. Those oh so pretty graphics. Bungie is taking full control of the next-gen console (specifically PS4). I always thought Halo was kind of behind on this front (they weren’t bad by any means, but there were also better looking games. The pinnacle was obviously Reach). But Destiny is shaping up to look grand. The moment I knew this game would look fantastic when released was standing at the edge of the Tower, looking out into the distance. Just jump over the rail and stand out there. Do it. And dance while you’re there (I find the dancing one of the most enjoyable parts of being at the Tower, honestly. Fuck getting upgrades–just kidding, I really love getting upgrades).

There’s a lot to look forward to in this beta. You’ve got 5 story missions to complete before the Crucible (6v6 multiplayer) opens, and there’s a “Strike” mission that you can complete with a fireteam of 3. The story missions are kind of repetitive. Straight-forward get-in, get-out situations that bring you to the same place multiple times. But I’m sure the full game will be fleshed out and the story could be trash and still rock because Peter Dinklage is your guide.

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The strike mission is pretty damn hard. Granted, I beat it, but I did it on Level 6 rather than 8. I’m gonna beat it on the harder level. The key is consistency. After the initial wave of Fallen (not Transformers’ Fallen, these are way better) you go up against a giant mechanical spider-tank thing (that’s the best way to describe it) and then a giant glowing robot eye-thing (also the best way). Thankfully you get checkpoints after each, but good luck getting through each phase without dying tons of times. And if every squadmate dies, that’s it. You just gotta keep fire concentrated on the big fuckers no matter how long it takes.

And then there’s the Crucible. I always thought Halo had a pretty good story (maybe I’m in the minority) but it’s multiplayer was obviously a big draw. The same can be said of Destiny. While I’m hoping for a good storyline for the campaign, there’s no doubt that online multiplayer is the game’s backbone, and rightfully so. While the only mode open for the beta has been capture-the-flag type, it looks like there will be plenty to choose from once the full game is released. Destiny is going to set the bar for next gen multiplayer. If only we weren’t placed on the moon so many goddamn times.

Character creation doesn’t offer a lot of options. You get to choose between a class and race and then choose a color scheme and some extra features. It’s limited, but while the game is similar to an RPG, I’d say it’s more of a shooter with RPG elements. The upgrading is pretty great, though, and your character starts taking on a look of its own once you upgrade your armor and such. The level cap for the beta is 8 but looking through some of the weapons and armor for level 20 makes me want the game NOW. If you get accustomed to the gameplay and rock the Crucible enough, levling up becomes pretty simple.

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Gameplay is a cinch. It’s very Halo-esque, but…better? I don’t quite know how to describe it. There’a a great variety of weapons to choose from. My favorite is the Scout Rifle I’m using now. Deals a lot of damage and once upgraded has great accuracy and range. I haven’t exactly used my secondary weapon all that much (the sniper rifle is good on the moon if you sit in a good location), but once you get heavy ammo it’s a treat to use your heavy weapon. I use the grenade launcher and love it, probably because I get to use it so rarely. My favorite weapon though isn’t really even a weapon. As a Titan class, once I get “super charged” I can literally punch the ground and send my enemies flying, killing instantly. It’s the best to get multiple people at once with it.

As for bugs and glitches, I was only booted from the system twice, which I think is pretty good for a beta. Other than that, I haven’t ran into a single problem. It’s impressive. Lets just say this is miles ahead of the Alpha, so I can’t wait to see what the actual game is like. The only reason I would have gotten an X-Box One is for Halo, but with Destiny I’ll get my fix and then some. This is only a glimpse at what the game has to offer and I’m beyond excited.

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Most Anticipated Video Games of 2013

I haven’t done a video game feature yet, so it seems obvious to write about some of the most anticipated games of 2013…and my chances of actually playing them.

BEYOND: TWO SOULS TBD for PS3 

THE DEAL: This psychological thriller is Quantic Dream’s follow-up to 2010’s Heavy Rain and features a performance from Juno herself Ellen Page as the main character. The player experiences 15 years of her life as we try to piece together the secrets of the mysterious ghostly companion at her side and discover what lies beyond after death. Quantic Dream’s success with Heavy Rain in redefining how we play games has gamers excited for this next project.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: SLIM TO NONE I don’t own a PS3 which poses a challenge considering this is a PS3 exclusive.

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BIOSHOCK INFINITE March 26 for 360/PS3/PC

THE DEAL: The original Bioshock from 2007 is an already classic game due to its cinematic-like quality, rich narrative with twists around every corner, and the setting of Rapture, a utopia-turned-wasteland beneath the sea. Bioshock Infinite is the third game in the Bioshock franchise, but don’t expect to return to Rapture. Infinite takes place in a new city (in the sky rather than underwater) and new time period, and it remains to be seen whether there’s any connection to Rapture. However, after Bioshock 2 took a slight misstep (I say slight because it wasn’t a disaster), we can expect Infinite to return to the creativity and originality that made the original a nearly universally acclaimed game.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: HIGHER THAN WIZ KHALIFA I’m playing this game no matter what.

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DEAD SPACE 3 February 5 for 360/PS3/PC

THE DEAL: The original Dead Space was a refreshing entry into the horror genre, piling on the blood and gore as Isaac Clarke took aim at the limbs of thousands of Necromorphs on the planet-cracking ship, the USG Ishimura. Its sequel improved on the foundations laid by its predecessor with a faster-moving story, more action, and actually giving Isaac some character. The third game in the series takes place on an ice planet with new emphasis on cooperative multiplayer. Is this a good idea for a series built on solo play and its claustrophobic atmosphere? Time will tell. 

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: VERY HIGH I own, and highly enjoyed, the first two games, and definitely plan on playing this one. Lets hope it doesn’t suck.

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GEARS OF WAR: JUDGEMENT March 19 for 360

THE DEAL: Judgement is the fourth game in the Gears of War series, but acts as a prequel to the trilogy before it. Because after 3 titles, the obvious thing to do is a prequel. Since it’s a prequel, players can say bye to Marcus and say hello to Damon and Augustus, whoever they are. Really, does anyone play Gears of War for the story or characters? My assumption is that they play to chainsaw the shit out of Locusts.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: LOW I’ve never played the first three games so I don’t know about my chances of playing this one. But considering it’s actually a 360 exclusive and we don’t get many of those, maybe I’ll give it a shot. Knowing me, though, I’d rather just get the first couple games for really cheap and play those.

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GOD OF WAR: ASCENSION March 12 for PS3

THE DEAL: The popular series gets its seventh entry and second game on the PS3, the first being 2010’s God of War III. Apparently, Kratos has something against Ares in the campaign, but talk of the town is actually a new-to-the-series multiplayer mode.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: SLIM TO NONE Don’t own a PS3, so I can’t afford to care about the single player or the new multiplayer. Woe is me.

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GRAND THEFT AUTO V TBD for 360/PS3

THE DEAL: It’s Grand Theft Auto, one of the biggest gaming series ever. And it’s been five years since GTA IV, so ya just know people are waiting to get their car-stealing, cop-shooting fix.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: POSSIBLE There’s other games I’m looking forward to playing more, but if the chance arises, I’ll be on it.

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INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US April 16 for 360/PS3/Wii U

THE DEAL: This DC fighting game is from the creators of the 2011 Mortal Kombat game so expect something similar to that. The game is expected to feature the likes of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Catwoman, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, and Bane (but no Tom Hardy). Sadly, no word on whether Aquaman will make an appearance. Sigh.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: POSSIBLE I love me some superheroes and if the reviews are good, maybe I’ll find myself playing this one.

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THE LAST OF US May 7 for PS3

THE DEAL: The Last of Us is an upcoming PS3 exclusive from Naughty Dog, the creators of the Uncharted series. That already puts it ahead of the pack on gamers’ buying lists. The game takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where zombie-like creatures roam the streets. Gamers like their zombie games, and I don’t think The Last of Us will have to do much to set it apart from the crowd: it’s got Naughty Dog, stunning graphics, and an Ellen Page (there she is again) look-a-like going for it already.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: OKAY, I GET IT, PS3 HAS A LOT OF DAMN EXCLUSIVES!! Games like this make me wish I could afford both an X-Box and Playstation.

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PIKMIN 3 TBD for Wii U

THE DEAL: I’m gonna assume this is one of the bigger exclusive releases for the Wii U seeing as though the last game was 2004’s Pikmin 2 for GameCube. I’ve tried the Wii U and it’s got loads of potential. And I’ve seen the game in action on a demo and it looks fun enough. The gamepad will be used primarily as a map, so too bad they couldn’t make use of the co-op potential.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: LOW I doubt I’ll be playing it…unless my roommate picks it up.

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SOUTH PARK: THE STICK OF TRUTH March 5 for 360/PS3/PC

THE DEAL: A South Park RPG from the makers of Fallout: New Vegas with heavy creative influence from Matt Stone and Trey Parker that looks exactly like the show’s visuals? It’s no question that fans are excited about this one.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: I RESPECT ITS AUTHORITY No way I’m missing this one. I’m a big fan of South Park and can’t wait to play.

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TOMB RAIDER March 5 for 360/PS3/PC

THE DEAL: This long awaited (and long delayed) reboot finally has a release date. Fans of Lara Croft can expect a dark and gritty (as with everything nowadays) retelling of her origin story, and how she became the tough-as-nails heroine that she is. Also expect multiplayer.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: POSSIBLE If reviews are good, I may find myself picking it up one way or another. Seeing as how it’s released the same time as South Park, I may have to wait. Chances are I won’t play it, but I like my dark and gritty origin stories, so we’ll see.

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THE WALKING DEAD: THE GAME SEASON 2 TBD

THE DEAL: Okay, so this hasn’t been officially confirmed for 2013 yet. But Telltale Games has stated that a season 2 is a definite. We just don’t know when it’s coming. As long as it’s ready to go, I say it would be smart to release it late this year…fans are eager to learn what happens next.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: HELL YES…when it’s actually released. The first five episodes made up one of the best games I’ve ever played.

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WATCH DOGS TBD for 360/PS3/PC

THE DEAL: The demo previewed at E3 was highly impressive, with awesome visuals and highlighting unique gameplay that combines stealth, shooting, and hacking. Despite little being known about it, this is one of the most anticipated games of 2013…but also one of the ones that could be pushed back. Let’s hope it’s not.

MY CHANCES OF PLAYING: HIGH…if it’s actually released this year.

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