A review of Destiny, Bungie's latest non-Halo first person shooter MMOish blockbuster

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Personal experiences with playing and opinions regarding Destiny

I wanted to add some personal insight in my time that I have played Destiny so far. This is also my first video game review and I did partially decide to do this because I have played so much of it. Two of my brothers play it as much as they can as well. Some of my friends play it as well (but have it on another system as me) and some are planning to get it on xbox 360 or xbox one. Destiny has taken some criticism for being an incomplete game, lacking many of the features, and lacking in the story. There have also been other problems (connection problems) that I have encountered as well.

The launch of Destiny wasn't perfect, it could have been done better such as adding more story missions and more cutscenes could have been added as well. It has been reported that there may have been some internal strife/problems with the bungie development team, leaving many of the former development team members to quit as well as many other rumors. Whatever the reason, despite having some internal development struggles they did produce a good quality game.

I think part (a big part of it) of the problem is that the publisher is activision and while I am a fan of Activision if you look at what they have done with the Call of Duty franchise, you can see they may have done the same to Destiny. For those unfamiliar with Call of Duty, while it is a good first person shooter and a best seller it often faces the same criticisms year after year. These criticisms always run along the lines of it still being the same core game/gameplay experience, with a lot of DLC.

It seems Activision have maybe taken some of the content supposed to come with Destiny and released it as DLC. There have been public campaigns to work on the game some more and to get more answers. It isn't the worst MMO/shooter launch ever though, and is still a very good game, although with some tweaks it could be a really incredible game.

Activision and bungie have a ten year deal with the Destiny franchise so future sequels will likely be much improved and they do listen to the fans and consumers.

I have made a lot of friends and added a lot of friends for the game, and the raid is possibly one of the best aspects of the game. The first raid out now the Vault of glass can take up to an hour or two to beat, there are also two difficulties for it normal and hard. You have to fight bosses (and minibosses), solve puzzles and find your way through a maze to get legendary loot and rewards (from chests spread throughout and accomplishing certain objectives). I do wish they would implement more social features and matchmaking features as well (which they are working on lately).

Destiny - Playstation 4

Destiny - Standard Edition - PlayStation 4
Destiny - Standard Edition - PlayStation 4

An incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure.

Create your character, forge your legend by defeating powerful foes, and earn unique and customizable weapons, gear, and vehicles.

Unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay that redefines the genre and breaks traditional conventions of story, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

 

Official Destiny Gameplay Reveal Video E3 2013

Destiny - Xbox One

Destiny - Standard Edition - Xbox One
Destiny - Standard Edition - Xbox One

An incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure.

Create your character, forge your legend by defeating powerful foes, and earn unique and customizable weapons, gear, and vehicles.

Unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay that redefines the genre and breaks traditional conventions of story, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

 

PlayStation 4 Destiny Bundle

PlayStation 4 White Console Destiny Bundle
PlayStation 4 White Console Destiny Bundle

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On PlayStation, always get more of what you need to leave your mark on the Destiny universe. More co operative Strikes, more multiplayer maps, and a greater arsenal of weapons

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Official Destiny Trailer: The Dark Below with DrCrispy93

Destiny - Playstation 3

Destiny - Standard Edition - PlayStation 3
Destiny - Standard Edition - PlayStation 3

An incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure.

Create your character, forge your legend by defeating powerful foes, and earn unique and customizable weapons, gear, and vehicles.

Unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay that redefines the genre and breaks traditional conventions of story, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

 

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gameplay of Destiny, picture of the three guardian classes

the three classes in destiny
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Gameplay of Destiny

The gameplay of Destiny is very similar to previous halo games but with some added elements of Call of Duty as well as other games. Being that it has some RPG elements there are 3 races to choose from (Awoken, Exo and Human), and 3 classes to choose from (hunter, titan and warlock), and two subclasses for each class.

Races are superficial and cosmetic, all races play the same and classes have some slight differences but all three classes can use any gun in game. Aside from the humans there are the awoken who are an alien race with dark blue and white skin tones, the exo are a machine like race.

Also before I continue to talk about the classes a bit, I will discuss the elemental attacks/abilities and weapons. Solar/fire is orange/red and some weapons have solar/fire damage as well as abilities. Enemies with a red/orange shield are vulnerable to solar/fire. Solar damage is indicated in game with a damage indicator of orange or the fire symbol in the description of the gun. Arc damage is blue, some weapons/abilities use arc damage and is indicated by a blue sun like symbol. Enemies with a blue shield are vulnerable to arc damage. Void is purple and indicated by a purple swirly sign. Enemies with a purple shield will be vulnerable to void damage.

Using the appropriate element is really handy, especially in harder missions such as the nightfall and weekly strike. The weekly and nightfall strikes have elemental modifiers, which enhance damage with one type of element while participating in said strike, by doubling or tripling the damage output. Using the appropriate weapon can also help bring down enemies shield's much faster and quicker.

The warlock class is similar to the wizard/sorcerer class typically seen in many mmos but that can use guns. The warlock also has the highest natural recovery ability. The two subclasses for warlock are sunsinger and voidwalker. Voidwalker is a solar based class with support abilities and ability to self-revive as well. Voidwalker is a void based subclass with more offensive approach. The voidwalker can launch a nova bomb super ability that will explode on impact of enemies/surfaces to do a lot of damage.

The titan class is the traditional tank/damage dealer class. Titan's traditionally have the most armor out of all three classes. The defender is a void based defense/support class. The super ability of the defender subclass is a void bubble/shield which can grant various buffs to any teammates in it. Those outside of the bubble/shield can only damage those inside by going inside it, and bullets/abilities/guns can't be fired at enemies outside of the shield either. The striker is an offensive arc based subclass. The super ability of the strike subclass is called the fist of havok and has the player smash the ground doing arc damage to those around it.

The hunter is a mix of the typical rogue/sniper class, with some abilities granting a brief amount of invisibility. The hunter's two subclasses are gunslinger and blade dancer. The gunslinger is a ranged solar based subclass whose super ability summons a golden gun that does a massive amount of solar damage, you only get 3-4 shots though and a limited time to use it. The blade dancer is an arc based melee subclass, the super ability grants the user two long blades that the hunter can use to do a lot of arc damage, as well as vanishing, unleashing arc energy waves or an arc energy blast around you.

All subclasses have unique grenade abilities as well as melee abilities. As you level up each class/sub class you can customize it and tweak it, some are better suited for raids or strikes or possibly PVP/crucible.

The gameplay is similar to halo in many ways but with a few tweaks, and some even comparing it to "Call of Duty". The combat is similar to past Halo games but with abilities, and some other additions such as sliding, double/triple jump and others.

The main story of the game can be completed easily within a few weeks (a week or less if you play a lot), with a few cutscenes here or there. It does leave some things left up to interpretation and could be better explained, such as more backstory on the alien races, more background on the main antagonists and protagonists (such as the mysterious Exo that's not a "guardian" but looks a lot like one).

You progress from earth, to the moon, venus then mars on a quest to vanquish the oncoming darkness encroaching on the "traveler" who protects and hovers over the earth. Each planet typically has 1-2 races occupying it that you have to fight and there is 1-2 strikes on each planet as well. There is only one raid so far on Venus so far.

There is a system of grimore cards which are earned in a number of ways such as killing a certain amount of enemies, or accomplishing some feat. When you sync up your gamertag/profile on bungie.net you can look up these grimore cards for more information and further elaboration of the story.

After getting to level 20, the real MMOish elements start. You will be doing daily heroic missions, weekly strikes (weekly heroic and nightfall), and the weekly raid to get upgrade materials, better gear and weapons. Bounties are another way to earn experience (to level up gear and equipment past) and reputation with certain factions. After level 20, to increase your light level (current max until the first expansion pack is 30), you have to upgrade your armor. To currently get to level 30 you need a full set of raid gear (leveled up), or an exotic armor piece with the rest raid gear, recently Iron banner has gear you can use to level up to level 30 as well.

Events happen weekly, and these can be more vanguard oriented (PvE) or crucible oriented (PVP). So far there has been Queen's wrath and Iron Banner. Queen's wrath is doing certain missions/strikes for gear and reputation (and often have their own bounties as well). Iron Banner is a specific playlist on the crucible (PVP) where level and equipment advantages are enabled.

There are several factions/groups you can level up with reputation in a number of ways. The vanguard reputation, can be increased by doing patrol missions on planets, via bounties, weekly heroic strike and nightfall strike as well as strike playlists. Every rank up in any faction you typically are sent legendary engrams/equipment/upgrade materials. To purchase items from the vanguard vendors you need vanguard marks as well which are awarded from doing strikes, as well as patrol missions.

Vanguard vendors sell a number of weapons/armor pieces, as well as cosmetic shaders/emblems and ship upgrades.

Ranking up in crucible is done by competing in matches (and completing them) but also completing bounties as well. When you do the iron banner playlist, you get crucible marks after completing matches but iron banner reputation and not crucible reputation.

Queen's wrath is similar to vanguard, in that you complete missions to get marks and missions for it, it has only been done for 1-2 weeks though as of yet.

There are also three factions as well which all crucible and vanguard reputation will go towards leveling up rank with that faction. The three factions are Future War Cult, Dead Orbit and New Monarachy. To level up with the factions it is necessary to equip class items and level up crucible and/or vanguard.

As with all factions to purchase equipment from them you typically need to rank up to rank 3 or 4. At rank 3 and every rank up afterwards you will receive rewards such as legendary items. I find leveling up vanguard is much quicker (as nightfall and weekly heroic give 400-500 reputation each) and you can easily level that up to level 3-4 very quickly. Afterwards you can pick specific faction to level up.

Another vendor you can level up is the cryptarch who forms an essential function at the tower (the social hub of the solar system in the game). You will get engrams as rewards or from killing enemies but these can be decrypted by the cryptarch into weapons, armor, or items for use. Each piece you decrpyt will rank up your cryptarch rank and you will start to get rewards at rank 3 and beyond.

The alien races you will encounter and fight on Destiny are the Fallen, Hive, Cabal and Vex. Fallen are an alien race similar to the covenant from the Halo series, with two pairs of arms and are encountered on earth, moon and venus. They are divided into houses which act as noble families or royalties. There is often a lot of fighting between the houses. Each house is ran by a Kell(royalty/nobility similar to a prince), with the prime servitors acting as the religious leaders and served and protected by an Archon (who act as high priests). The fallen have some kind of symbiotic relationship with the servitors, leading them to be protected and worshiped. They also seem to have a somewhat stable alliance with the Vex but will kill any Hive on sight.

The hive are similar to the flood race from the Halo series. They are enemies of the light and are dark, evil beings. They often burrow into planets (or the moon) and establish colonies. They come in all shapes and sizes, they also have wizards (who are female) that are powerful and difficult to defeat. There are also knights of large size and strength as well. In the past they have tried to attack the Traveler directly and their king/god Crota has vanquished many with his sword (although he lies dormant). There is also another deity not understood well as well called Oryx.

The vex are a mechanical alien race with some organic components (so not completely robotic or mechanical). They have a hive mind conscious/mentatity (like the borg from star trek) and are able to use warp gates to travel vast distances and are also capable of teleportation. They have completely taken over mercury and have a strong foothold on venus and a small growth on mars where they fight the cabal. They also occupy the black garden which is only accessible via a warp gate on mars. They play a big part in the final story mission currently available and the first raid available to the game.

The cabal are an alien race which range from 5-8 feet tall and up to 1000 pounds. They are never seen without armor as they are unable to breathe the air on Mars where they are found without it. Little is known how they look but are called "war rhinos" or "Space turtles". They are at odds with the Vex and are an aggressive race as well, blowing up planets/moons for getting in their way and conquering everything in their path.



Destiny - Xbox 360

Destiny - Standard Edition - Xbox 360
Destiny - Standard Edition - Xbox 360

An incredible story set within a newly-imagined, always-connected universe filled with action and adventure.

Create your character, forge your legend by defeating powerful foes, and earn unique and customizable weapons, gear, and vehicles.

Unprecedented variety of FPS gameplay that redefines the genre and breaks traditional conventions of story, cooperative and competitive multiplayer modes.

 

Jillian Aversa

This is a picture of Jillian Aversa a vocalist that did a cover of Paul Mccartney's song "Hope for the Future" for the ending credits of Destiny.
This is a picture of Jillian Aversa a vocalist that did a cover of Paul Mccartney's song "Hope for the Future" for the ending credits of Destiny. | Source

Audio/soundtrack of Destiny

The soundtrack like the gameplay is very reminiscent of the Halo's soundtrack. It really adds a lot to the feel and atmosphere of the game, making it feel epic and of a serious nature. You can tell they put a lot of work into the soundtrack and even had paul mccartney do the ending theme song as well (check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfxiF5LCgaA).

Some of the voiceover work could use some work but I still find very well done. They have used some good actors from shows such as The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones. Peter Dinklage, Bill Nighy and Nathan Fillon are some of the awesome voice talents they have in the game.

Peter's voice acting is a bit flat in the game which is the main criticism, although he is a playing a robot A.I. which typically don't have a lot of emotion in their programming (or personality).

Destiny Expansion Pass - PS4 [Digital Code]

Destiny - Expansion Pass - PlayStation 4 [Digital Code]
Destiny - Expansion Pass - PlayStation 4 [Digital Code]

Expansion pass for Playstation 4 (digital code) get a discount on the first two expansion packs at 35 dollars. First expansion pack comes out 12/9/14 and next one comes out next year.

 

Console Comparison Picture

xbox one, xbox 360, ps3 and ps4 console comparisons
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Comparison of different console versions of Destiny and Graphics review

The game hold up well for all consoles but the next generation consoles do look a whole lot better. Xbox 360 and PS3 versions have similar quality, as well as Playstation 4 and Xbox One (although in much better quality). The good news about buying a current generation (or last generation console) version is that your characters are saved to the Bungie's server, so they transfer over between Xbox One and Xbox 360, and Playstation 3 and Playstation 4.

Playstation 4's version has a slight advantage graphically but also in that it has more content exclusive to it as well, it comes with one more strike initially and another strike (that xbox players don't get at least as of now) with the first expansion pack.

I find Xbox's snap feature/app is really helpful with Destiny as I often have to look up groups to do strikes/raids with online, or find where the next Public event is happening. The playstation 4 may have a similar function (I don't know personally as I own an Xbox One).

As of now there isn't a PC release (or release date) there may be one in the future but It would be worth looking into in the future if there is one as well, and with a PC you could get the best graphics as well.

The visuals in the game are really cool and each planet does look unique and the different areas of the planets look vastly different as well too.

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Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter
Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter

An Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter is already included with new stereo headsets designed for Xbox One. Just plug the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter that came with your headset into your controller and then connect the headset.

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Can be used to connect older xbox 360 headsets to xbox one.

 

Official Destiny Live Action Trailer – Become Legend

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Full range audio spectrum (20Hz-20kHz) for deep bass, all the way to crystal clear high frequencies

 

Destiny console version

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Vault of Glass entrance

Vault of Glass, the first raid they have as of now on Venus
Vault of Glass, the first raid they have as of now on Venus | Source

Destiny End Game Content

As of now, past level 20 the game can start to get repetitive. There is new end game content be released over time. It does get old doing the same strikes and missions over and over though. There is some tweaks on old content such as the Iron banner as well as queen's wrath that add some replay-ability. In time though I think as more content is released there will be a lot more to do.

The raid is fun but can get a bit boring and tedious. The second raid that is coming out looks really incredible and entirely different as well. I have also heard they are making it a lot more fun to play and not so grindy and tedious.

I don't think there has been a first person shooter done on this scale though before and with mmo elements, so I think over time the game will change a lot. A lot of money, resources and time have been put into the game. It does suffer from what a lot of mmos have problems with in that over time it can become repetitive, grindy and tedious. Over time I think the grind that comes with getting materials, equipment, doing missions will improve a lot though.

The vault of glass is a fun part of the game, it combines puzzles, stealth, and boss fights, it does get a bit tedious over time. I have heard that the second raid forthcoming in early december will be a lot more enjoyable and not as tough either and am really looking forward to it.


Destiny: The Poster Collection Paperback – November 4, 2014 by Insight Editions

Destiny: The Poster Collection (Insights Poster Collections)
Destiny: The Poster Collection (Insights Poster Collections)

Explore the Destiny universe with this striking poster collection, featuring full-color concept art from the groundbreaking first-person action adventure. This vibrant set of images showcases iconic elements from the game, including the Traveler, the Guardians, and landscapes such as the broken surface of the Moon and the abandoned ruins of Earth.

With twenty removable, frameable posters perfect for displaying, Destiny: The Poster Collection invites every fan to own a piece of the bold and dynamic art at the heart of the Destiny franchise.

© 2014 Bungie, Inc. All rights reserved. Destiny, Bungie, and the Bungie logo are trademarks of Bungie, Inc. in the US and/or other countries.

 

Picture of the Dark Below

Picture of new content in the first expansion pack coming to Destiny the dark below
Picture of new content in the first expansion pack coming to Destiny the dark below | Source

A look at upcoming Destiny DLC and expansion packs

The first expansion pack coming out will be coming out December 9th, 2014 titled "The Dark Below" and will include a new raid, new strike (2 for playstation 3 and 4 and strike is also tied into the story), new story missions, as well as new equipment, weapons and a new vendor. There has also been a new sparrow released named "the tumbler" which guardians can now do tricks on such as rolls and flips when going off jumps.

Already they have added to the amount of bounties you can currently track and do (increasing it to 10) and the new equipment will allow you to increase to a light level of 32. There will also be a way of upgrading equipment all the way up to exotic via new upgrade materials.

The first expansion pack focuses on the Hive, and in the raid you fight their leader/god Crota who has been dormant for a long time. A team of guardians went down to fight him after he wiped out a lot of guardians with his sword (which is used in one of the story missions), only one guardian came back after fighting him and staying hidden in the tunnels below the moon for a long time. The guardian that came back is named Eris, and she came back changed but wanting revenge. She will offer new bounties, items and more as well.

The second expansion pack is to be released in 2015 (no firm release date) and involves you hunting down Fallen members of the house of wolves who have betrayed the queen of the reef. It will likely add a new raid involving the Fallen and possibly on Earth. Not much is known of the second expansion though as of yet.


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Picture of All Currently Available Exotic Weapons

picture of all current exotic weapons available in destiny
picture of all current exotic weapons available in destiny | Source

Resources, hints and tips to playing Destiny

There is a lot to learn in regards to destiny and playing it well. Its wise to look up and research if you have any doubts about what to do or unsure about something. After level 20 the missions/strikes get a lot tougher and its helpful to know how to get better gear and ascendant materials for it. Doing the daily bounties, and weekly events such as the weekly nightfall and heroic strike will help you get a lot of experience, some gear and some strange coins to buy exotic armor/weapons.

Once you get high enough level (level 28 preferably), doing the daily heroic missions will also get you some experience as well as ascendant materials. Aside from that If you have extra time on your hands or are bored you can do the strike playlists, although doing the weekly and daily events will advance you faster.

When the weekly events come around, those are also helpful. They can get you better/different gear. Also leveling up your vanguard first then crucible and other factions will help tremendously.

When you get to level 26 doing the raid will also help a lot as well. You can get about 10 or so ascendant materials, and often legendary/exotic weapons and armor not found elsewhere. When you get to level 28 the raid will become a lot more easier/simple, especially if you have void weapons upgraded all the way as well.

When you get to level 30 and have good gear, you can try the raid on hard. The raid on hard will give twice the amount of loot if you haven't done the raid on normal already, and give loots specific only to the hard raid. If you are able to, do the weekly raid on hard, so you only have to do it once. I have yet to do the raid on hard but there are added enemies, added difficulty and death penalties as well.

When the second raid comes out it might allow you to do both raids a week but not sure, it may only allow you to do one raid at a time.

You need to read up as much as possible on the raid before doing so, there are a ton of video guides and even documents on the raid. Doing it the first couple of times will be a big learning experience and over time you will learn more and more. There are tweaks and things you can do to make it easier though.

Also with all strikes/bosses in the raid/strikes there is usually always one if not more exploits that will make them a lot easier. Also in the nightfall and weekly heroic strike equipping the right elemental weapons can help a lot, they often have an elemental modifier which makes your weapons/abilities with that element do 200-300 percent damage to enemies (enemies abilities/weapons do extra damage as well so take care).

There are a number of helpful websites regarding destiny as well listed below:

http://www.bungie.net/ You can connect with your gamertag/profile, join a clan, post in the forum (for help or for teammates)

http://www.planetdestiny.com This website is all about destiny, with guides, videos, news, articles and more

http://www.whereisxur.com Want to find out where that shady vendor that comes only weekends and sells exotic armor/weapons for strange coins? Check out this website to find out

http://www.destinylfg.com/ Need to find a group for nightfall/strike/mission/whatever, check out this website where you can post your guardian, what your looking for, find others and filter it by console version and activity. There are a few websites like this one but this is the best and favorite so far. http://lfgdestiny.com/index.php and http://destinyteamfinder.com/ are good too but I prefer destinylfg over the rest.

http://destinypublicevents.com/ If you have a bounty for getting getting gold ranking on three public events this website is a huge help. It has counters for each area of each planet when doing patrol, and indicates how likely a public event is supposed to happen. The more people in an area, the more likely a public event will happen as well.

These websites can be easily snapped to the side of your display on your internet explorer and provide a great help when accessed in game. If you connect a wired/wireless keyboard you can easily browse the internet and send messages as well.


The Art of Destiny by Bungie

The Art of Destiny
The Art of Destiny

From the mysterious dunes of Mars to the jungles of Venus and the abandoned aerospace installations on the Moon, Destiny takes players across the ancient ruins of our solar system on their quest to defend Earth’s last city and become legend.

To build this expansive universe, the team at Bungie drew from a multitude of inspirations—from classic fantasy and science fiction worlds, the myth-meets-technology adventure of space operas, and the ornate design of medieval drapery juxtaposed with modern architecture—all of which combine to create a world uniquely imagined down to the smallest detail.

The Art of Destiny is a celebration of the dynamic art at the heart of the game, featuring hundreds of pieces of concept illustrations, cinematic imagery, early sketches, and world-building graphic design. Covering the meticulous artistic development behind each class, vehicle, weapon, and environment, this lush and comprehensive overview explores the game’s sweeping world, grand scope, and vibrant visuals.

© 2014 Bungie, Inc. All rights reserved. Destiny, Bungie, and the Bungie logo are trademarks of Bungie, Inc. in the US and/or other countries.

 

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Final rating and thoughts on Destiny

For Destiny I would give it an 8 out of 10, although a really good game it does need some work and does have its flaws. The game was lacking in some areas, and seemed to lack content from the get go. Over time this will be worked on a lot as well but as of now its not perfect but still addictive and a fun game.

With some tweaks and work this game could definitely be rated a 9 or 10 out of 10. As it stands now it needs some time to grow and expand. Possibly in the future the sequels and expansions will help improve the game a lot.

Other problems that plague the game is lack of cross platform play and playstation exclusives that zone out and alienate those on xbox 360/xbox one consoles. They could at the very least make it cross platform between xbox 360 and xbox one, playstation 3 and playstation 4.

The gameplay is pretty solid and plays very similar to past Halo games but with some RPG elements and other additions to it. The visuals and audio of the game are incredible as well.

The pc version may be released in 2015 but as of now there is no release date, if you are looking to get the most out of the game I would wait until 2015 and once you have a good computer to get it on pc, also there will be more content available as well (such as two expansion packs).

Also if you want to play with me on xbox 360 or xbox one add my gamertag ramrod950. Also I am an admin and member of the destiny clan kings of the galaxy, which you can check out here: http://www.bungie.net/en/Clan/Forum/605776

Also check out my twitch streaming channel, which I will be streaming destiny very often at:http://twitch.tv/jheldt

I post most of my gaming videos and Destiny related videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/CFSlifestyle

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KMSplumeau 24 months ago

Great article! I've been dying to try this game out for myself. Thanks for posting!

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