'Destiny' Pushes Shooters Into The Next Generation Of Gaming

September 12, 2014

Over the course of the video game history there are a handful of games that can be looked at as turning points for the industry: Pac-Man, Super Mario Bros., Final Fantasy VII, Grand Theft Auto III, and so on and so forth. While it will always be debated what games deserve this level of credit, it's undeniable that most of these titles brought on changes for their respective genres, as well as the way people thought about games in general. Looking back, there is one franchise that stands out over the last couple of console generations, and has paved the way for growth in so many different facets of the industry: Halo. The Halo games gave Microsoft a fighting chance when they went up against Sony and Nintendo, and since then they have transformed into a behemoth for the industry. Almost 13 years after Halo's first release, Bungie, the studio that brought Master Chief to life, is finally releasing their first new i.p. since sighing up with the UNSC. Their new project, Destiny, is the next evolution of shooters, and it's setting the standard for the next generation of gaming.

Who:
Developer: Bungie
Publisher: Activision

If there's any question about whether or not Bungie has it in them to create a new shooting franchise, just look at their track record from the last decade. The multimillion dollar success of Halo speaks for itself, and proves that Bungie is a force to be reckoned with. Along with the backing of Activision, who also know a thing or two about creating great shooters, Destiny is poised to be one of the biggest game of the year.

What:
In Destiny players take the role of Guardians who have to try to restore Earth to its Golden Age. A great evil in the Darkness has pushed inhabitants of Earth out, and is trying to take things over completely. The Guardians have to try and take back what was once theirs, and put an end to the blight of the Darkness. By choosing one of three different races (Human, Awoken, or Exo), and three different classes (Titan, Warlock, or Hunter), players can tailor their experience to their play style, and customize their character in a host of different ways. As players travel throughout the solar system to battle the Fallen, the Hive, the Vex, and the Cabal's forces, they will level up, giving them access to new skills and weapons to take with you on your journey.

In Destiny players take the role of Guardians who have to try to restore Earth to its Golden Age. A great evil in the Darkness has pushed inhabitants of Earth out, and is trying to take things over completely. The Guardians have to try and take back what was once theirs, and put an end to the blight of the Darkness. By choosing one of three different races (Human, Awoken, or Exo), and three different classes (Titan, Warlock, or Hunter), players can tailor their experience to their play style, and customize their character in a host of different ways. As players travel throughout the solar system to battle the Fallen, the Hive, the Vex, and the Cabal's forces, they will level up, giving them access to new skills and weapons to take with you on your journey.

Where:
Bungie are known for creating platform dedicated content, from their days of creating Macintosh specific games, to their time with Microsoft. However, Destiny is coming out on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, netting it a larger potential audience than any other game they have ever released.

Why:
If the launch of the Xbox taught us anything, it was that when Bungie releases a game, you should probably take notice. A lot has changed for shooters since Combat Evolved was released, and even though Bungie had their hands in numerous Halo games since, there's only so much you can do with a decade old franchise. Destiny, on the other hand, has the benefit of bringing together everything that has improved for shooters over the last two console generations. There are bits and pieces of other great games found throughout Destiny, but since this is the first game in what will likely become a multi-title franchise, nothing feels forced. The multiplayer aspects, both competitive and cooperative, feel organic, instead of add-ons that show up later in the series. The core gameplay, from the shooting to the looting, all feel top notch, and one should expect nothing less from Bungie. Destiny proves that both Bungie and shooters can grow beyond Halo, and it shines some light onto a hopefully bright future for what's to come for the genre.

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