Destiny, made by the creators of Halo and the publisher behind Call of Duty, launched today for the PS4, Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PS3. Bungie has created a shared world shooter by blending the first-person shooter genre with RPG elements, to create something different. It launches with five game modes: Crucible (competitive Multiplayer), Explore (On-demand Adventure), Strike (Cooperative Multiplayer), Tower ( Third Person Social Space) and Story (Epic Campaign) that should offer something for everyone’s taste.
Bungie makes beautiful worlds and for Destiny, the aim was to create a new kind of world that is more alive, natural and unpredictable than the worlds in games we are accustomed to. There are no day one reviews because press only received access to the game last night and although gaming sites are filling up with first impressions and game play video’s, it will be some time before game journalists write up their verdict.
If you want to buy the game, but plan to upgrade your console over the upcoming Christmas holiday period, there is an offer on the table that makes it more affordable to play now. If you buy a PS3 or Xbox 360 digital copy of the game, you can upgrade for free to the PS4 and Xbox One version until 15 January 2015. This deal is not cross platform – PS3 copies upgrade to PS4 only and Xbox 360 to Xbox One. Players can transfer characters, but also retain licensing for both generations after upgrading.
Bungie has received some praised for thinking about accessibility during design by placing the option to turn on subtitles before the opening cinematic and not after as is usually the case. Console titles are inherently less accessible because they cannot be customized as extensively as games can on PC and Destiny, like all console games, seems to have a blend of features, some accessible and some not, across the spectrum of different challenges faced by people with different disabilities that aim to make it intuitive to play for different player styles. There are many game play videos available and I would recommend watching some to see if the interface works for you before purchasing a copy.
“In Destiny you are a Guardian of the last city on Earth, able to wield incredible power. Explore the ancient ruins of our solar system, from the red dunes of Mars to the lush jungles of Venus. Defeat Earth’s enemies. Reclaim all that we have lost. Become legend.”