Product Classification: Video Games

Title: Destiny

Release Date: 2013

Developer: Bungie

Publisher: Activision

Composer: Martin O’Donnell, Michael Salvatori and Paul McCartney

Platform: PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and Xbox 360

Genre: First-person shooter and action role-playing

Mode: Single-player, multiplayer

Media: Optical disc and download
‘Destiny’ is a first person shooter video game that has been developed by Bungie. The primary themes in the game focus on mythical science fiction which requires exceptional graphics and gameplay. This is the latest installment in a 10-year publishing deal that involves Activision. The game will be ready for PS3 and PS4 as well as the Xbox 360. It is anticipated that the entire project will last a decade at least. The ‘live’ ambitions of the game mean that some of the events that happen will not be entirely within the control of the player. For some this is the latest sign that the frontiers that have hitherto affected the gaming industry are being slowly but surely penetrated.

Destiny Gaming Highlights

The dynamic developing experience has been something of an achievement for the team because for the first time they have a product that is unpredictable by design. When you are playing a great video game, there is always that sinking feeling that everything that happens is ordained by a small computer. With this product the feeling will be reduced. This is an online FPS model but with some multiplayer options or MMO elements. The marketing team is apparently under strict instructions not to define this as an MMO product but rather as a shared-world shooter. We are not sure whether that is a superficial categorization or a representation of the real merits of the game.

Players are not allowed to choose different species for their characters but are limited to playing as humans. This is different from our traditional understanding of MMO games and might be considered to be a negative development. However we feel that it is a way of streamlining the gameplay. You are allowed to engage in on-the-fly matchmaking. This restricts your interaction to those other players that you have been matched with. Once again this is a different path from the one that is associated with the MMO genre where the player is allowed to see virtually anyone that is playing. By incorporating a new engine, this game is set for the inclusion of global illuminations. All this happens in real-time and there is clever use of dynamic lighting.

The Bungie Hopper Technology innovation is another advantage in as much as it allows the player to set the criteria for matchmaking. Ideally you will be able to get an experience that feels natural regardless of whether you are in the cooperative mode or whether you are competing in a multiplayer context. The story is set 700 years in the future. An apocalypse has happened and the people on earth are trying to survive the aftermath. Human beings have colonized the Solar System but those colonizers had been destroyed in ‘The Collapse’. A white spherical celestial body or ‘The Traveler’ saved the people who remained on earth.

The best thing about ‘Destiny’ is the fact that it sets the stage for a long and interesting series. Through its careful crafting of themes and characters, the video game ensures that players are always engaged. The quirky bits notwithstanding, this is a great choice in the category.

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