For those gamers that missed out on the Destiny Alpha, the Beta is now open for PlayStation 4 and PS3 owners. Xbox 360 and One adopters will be able to jump in on the fun on July 23rd. Pre-ordering Destiny ensured players Beta access. Additionally, the keys came in packs of three which allowed your friends to gain access as well and join in the massive firefights.
For those don’t know the background of Destiny, it tells of a golden age when our civilization spanned the system. It was a bright and hopeful time. But it didn’t last. Something hit us. Knocked us down and tried to stamp us out. No one knows exactly what, but we do know this: very few of us survived, and those that did owe their lives to the The Traveler. Legends say The Traveler sacrificed itself to save us. The mysterious sphere still hangs where it made its last stand, low above the Earth, keeping silent watch. Gamers take the role of a guardian who’s sole mission is to protect humanity against any and all threats.
The Beta begins with a fantastic cinematic opening. It has astronauts landing on Mars and trekking up steep treacherous ravines. They reach the top of the ridge and witness a massive sphere hovering above the planet’s surface. Gamers then see familiar territory which is Old Russia. This time however, you are revived by Ghost, a robotic cube and will need to level up from scratch. There isn’t much time for chatting though, since there are immediate threats closing in on your position. You’ll quickly run for cover and find yourself exploring the inside of a massive facility. It’s dark and dangerous place. Players will be looking for a firearm in short order for protection. Luckily, the robotic Ghost finds a rifle and in no time you are engaging numerous alien threats.
Within the Beta, gamers get 4 new missions which can be played solo or with a friend. There are also cut scenes that shine light on the game’s characters and surroundings. For those who played the Beta, it will be a bit repetitive regarding the environment but despite that, it’s enormously entertaining. Players can choose between three modes including Strike, Explorer and Crucible. Strike includes a story and bosses. Explorer mode allows players to search for loot over the entire map. Crucible offers king of the hill style gameplay with objectives. Landscapes include Earth, Mars, Venus and the Moon.
As you have probably heard or experience by now, Destiny plays, looks and feels a lot like Halo. This is no surprise and certainly not a bad thing. The controls are tight and responsive. It will no doubt set the bar for MMO’s in many areas. The weapons are diverse and accurate. Destiny can be picked up and played with ease thanks to the excellent controls and gaming mechanics that are in place.
The Alpha and Beta has shown us how much promise Destiny truly offers. It’s a huge undertaking but thankfully Bungie is taking their time to deliver something truly special. The Beta will continue till July 27th and the full game launches simultaneously on September 9th for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. Be sure to not miss out with this short glimpse in to the world that awaits us all this fall.