The wife has been playing the beta build for DESTINY all day so far and it’s beautiful. This may be one of the prettiest rendered games I’ve ever seen, and I imagine that’s the point.
I also like it because in many ways it seems to be Bungie’s farewell/f*ck-you to the work they did for Microsoft building the Halo empire. Don’t get me wrong, I love the work 343 is doing with Halo, but my focus right now is the “Dear John” letter to Microsoft that is Destiny.
There are many design aspects of the game that are very Halo-esque. Certain weapons have very close designs to that of their former child but that’s not nearly all. The sound design of the Fallen at times sound reminiscent of the early Elites, the Ghost that follows you is similar in nature to the Architect, some of the early levels have very close layouts to some multiplayer maps from REACH, and at one point I thought I even heard Nathan Fillion make a cameo… Did I? I’m not sure, but it sounded A LOT like him.
As I said before, the game is beautiful. The mechanics are solid, the character creation should be pretty in depth by the time the full version launches, and its a nice hybrid of Halo meets Mass Effect, with a pinch MMO massiveness. Take that then shoot Shark Testosterone right into its eyes and you have what no doubt will be voted Game of the Year.
You haven’t lost your touch Bungie, this may be your greatest accomplishment to date.
Check it out if you get a chance!