Destiny Beta

Destiny Beta
 
 

As we march closer to the release date for Destiny the excitement builds. Having already played and loved the alpha version I was dying to get my hands on the beta. In terms of gameplay not much has changed; it’s still a first person shooter with online co-op multiplayer.

The main changes between the alpha and the beta are atmospheric. The sound is much better for example. Gunshots in close quarters now echo down the corridors, Peter Dinklage’s voice work is much improved, and the environment sounds, well, like an actual environment.

 
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Each stage now starts with an intro scene which gives the story a bit more flesh. It’s not just Earth that you fight on, but the terraformed moons of Mars, Venus and Mercury. This is where the battlegrounds are inside the PVP area called The Crucible.

Throughout the Tower (the communal area) are clans you can sign up to and gain banners from. Each banner, symbol and special armour and weapons give you bonuses. Not all of these are listed, but some are. Special weapons can also have unlockable attributes, the more you use it, the quicker these unlock (for example “damage bonus after a headshot”).

The thing I really like about Destiny is that the difficulty is scalable. As a level 3 player I encountered level 3 bad guys, as a level 8, I got level 8 bad guys in the same area. The matchmaking in the Crucible was similarly excellent (though my prowess at PVP matches hasn’t increased sadly). There are special events too, that only run for a short time inside the crucible. So far all of the Crucible matches seem to be team-based rather than deathmatch, one-on-one style, which is kind of cool.

I also still love how the multiplayer works; you can either get friends joining your official Fireteam or you can just be in the same level with other players. Of course sometimes you’re forced into a team like in the Crucible or in a Strike. To play in these areas you need to have a Playstation Plus account (I assume there will be a similar requirement for Xbox users).

The Strikes, and some of the missions, now have restricted respawns. Playing an earlier level mission I saw my companion disappear as I entered the final stage, I had to finish it on my own. In the Strikes restricted respawns mean you have to rely on your teammates so much more. If all your teammates die the game starts from the last checkpoint, but while you can respawn it takes a lot longer, like 30 seconds. It makes certain levels… challenging.

It’s still a beta so there are some issues. Bad guys sometimes blip out of existence then reappear and sometimes two enemies would be superimposed in the same space, but these weren’t too common or annoying. The most annoying glitch were the invincible enemies. Throughout the maps are hidden tunnels that lead to higher level enemies guarding rewards. In the alpha there were challenges, in the beta these enemies had a level of “??” and no matter what you hit them with (grenades, rockets, special powers) nothing would happen.

The main thing I got from the beta was that there is a lot of story to come and that the world within Destiny is going to be huge. Bungie have dangled the Moon in front of players too, it’s right there on the map but you can’t get to it. The promise of more to come is what makes Destiny so damn exciting right now.

In the stores around the tower you can see weapons, armour and symbols for level 20 characters. Things that look tantalisingly cool that we can’t get at just yet.

One of the criticisms of Destiny is that it’s the same as other games, and I can see why. But for me this is what I love about it. It’s the best bits of a number of games without being revolutionary beyond the amazing visuals. That September release date can’t come soon enough.


Destiny
+ A beautiful, immensely playable game that has a feeling of an epic
- It does feel like a lot of other games, but mainly it’s just not out yet
"There is such promise in this beta for a wide and playable solar system of fun running and gunning"
- Destiny
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Comments Comments (19)

 
Posted by Darth_Masaroth
On Tuesday 22 Jul 2014 4:07 PM
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Hey guys dont suppose any nz keys left =)
 
 
 
Posted by hadyngreen
On Tuesday 22 Jul 2014 4:25 PM
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If you're wondering where all the talk of gameplay is, check out the Alpha preview. I didn't want to repeat too much from there
 
 
 
Posted by mchumdinghy
On Tuesday 22 Jul 2014 4:47 PM
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Still not convinced - even in the midst of this $500 million marketing campaign
 
 
 
Posted by darkap
On Tuesday 22 Jul 2014 8:16 PM
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i really wish i was able to play the beta! stupid uni
 
 
 
Posted by Gadgetgamers
On Tuesday 22 Jul 2014 8:30 PM
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This looks great, but time will tell I guess.
 
 
 
Posted by drunk_monk
On Tuesday 22 Jul 2014 10:11 PM
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My flatmate has been playing the beta.

It looks good but I'll wait until release day.
 
 
 
Posted by SpawnSeekSlay
On Wednesday 23 Jul 2014 12:10 AM
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I played the beta extensively over the weekend.
Ive been looking forward to this game intently for the last year or more. The beta was ok, I have things I liked about it and then I have my gripes with it.
BTW the graphics on the ps3 are terrible, I was blown away how bad they are, feels like Ive gone back 4-5 years in the ps3 generation. This game was certainly made for PS4 (and xbone/nextgen), which my mate reassured me the game is beautiful on ps4 ( Ive preordered the Destiny PS4 bundle)

I look forward to the full release and playing it with my mates, the way its meant to be played.
Im more of a coop PvE sort of guy, Id like the play the PvP but I just get pwnd by the elitists, I hope they sort out more fairer matchmarking (like group people by K/D ratios) or its a part of the game I probably wont play much.
 
 
 
Posted by Jono91
On Wednesday 23 Jul 2014 9:15 AM
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I've downloaded the Beta.... Now waiting for the damn maintenance to finish so I can play it! So frustrating, I just wanna give it a hoon!
 
 
 
Posted by jtbthatsme
On Wednesday 23 Jul 2014 9:29 AM
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I'm going to wait on this for full release and get an opinion from there as the cons feels like many other games and other things like timed events are not exactly inspiring...However in saying that Bungie is a great developer so there's hope yet that this may be something special. Either that or it could just end up another game that overhypes and is just so so.
 
 
 
Posted by Bappernz
On Wednesday 23 Jul 2014 9:52 AM
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can't wait to start playing this bad boy
 
 
 
Posted by ModifiedSoul
On Wednesday 23 Jul 2014 10:52 AM
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Maintenance is over and all Platforms are live, codes are in your Bungie profile on their website if you havnt received your email yet
 
 
 
Posted by Mattress
On Wednesday 23 Jul 2014 12:38 PM
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Can't wait for this - I'm even skipping the beta because it is definitely a Day One purchase for me so I want to keep the surprise and initial enjoyment as high as possible!
 
 
 
trembath7
Posted by trembath7
On Wednesday 23 Jul 2014 4:26 PM
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22 July 2014, 04:07 PM Reply to Darth_Masaroth
Hey guys dont suppose any nz keys left =)
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sprikkann
Posted by sprikkann
On Monday 28 Jul 2014 2:09 PM
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hmmm will this coming out on the PC version? Because I personally prefer these kind of 1st person view games is better control on PC >_<
 
 
 
Posted by darkap
On Monday 28 Jul 2014 5:21 PM
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28 July 2014, 02:09 PM Reply to sprikkann
hmmm will this coming out on the PC version? Because I personally prefer these kind of 1st person view games is better control on PC >_<
Yea this game would of been perfect for pc
 
 
 
THE_BOZBOZ
Posted by THE_BOZBOZ
On Monday 28 Jul 2014 9:12 PM
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Looking to join a kiwi clan for Destiny? Join "New Zealand Zeta Nauts". Our clan ID is "NZ". http://www.bungie.net/en/Clan/Forum/159655
 
 
 
THE_BOZBOZ
Posted by THE_BOZBOZ
On Monday 28 Jul 2014 9:14 PM
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Looking to join a kiwi clan for Destiny? Join "New Zealand Zeta Nauts". Our clan ID is "NZ". http://www.bungie.net/en/Clan/Forum/159655
 
 
 
sprikkann
Posted by sprikkann
On Tuesday 19 Aug 2014 1:57 PM
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hmmm...... hope can try on the beta also...
 
 
 
Saint
Posted by Saint
On Tuesday 11 Nov 2014 11:19 AM
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28 July 2014, 09:14 PM Reply to THE_BOZBOZ
Looking to join a kiwi clan for Destiny? Join "New Zealand Zeta Nauts". Our clan ID is "NZ". http://www.bungie.net/en/Clan/Forum/159655
Represent! :)