Posted: Sep 16 2014
by: Neal Haworth

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Destiny Sales Continue To Top The Charts Despite Flaws

Bungie's highly anticipated open-world sci-fi shooter Destiny debuted last Tuesday on the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4. Within 24 hours of its release, it surpassed $500 million in sales -- a landmark achievement for the video game company who made the legendary Halo franchise. But sales aren't everything, as critics have some harsh words to say about Bungie's Destiny.

Destiny is certainly a bold move on Bungie's behalf. While the concept of a sci-fi shooter isn't new (think Borderlands), the company took a different approach by creating a living, thriving open-world environment in which players can interact with one another. This new dynamic introduces a fun new element that's not found in typical sci-fi shooters, with some gamers classifying Destiny as an open-world MMORPG. Regardless of its classification, though, there are some major flaws haunting Bungie's newly released game.

Arguably, one of the biggest letdowns of Destiny is its story, or lack thereof. Halo had an incredibly complex and interesting story, starting with the original tittle and continuing through the franchise. Gamers could relate to Master Chief and his fight for the human race. Given the fact that Bungie spent so much time and effort into developing the story for Halo, it would only make sense for them to do the same with Destiny.

Unfortunately, Bungie did not include an interesting story in Destiny. It's more of a jump in and start firing game, at least for now. If you're looking for a game that captivates your interests, you may want to look elsewhere.

GameSpot said the following in its review of Destiny:

"You might summarize ‘Destiny’ by the way in which it wraps up its story. Once the final, hackneyed closing scene finishes, fireteam members are awarded the same weapon, regardless of class, and a handful of currency." wrote Gamespot in its review of the sci-fi shooter. "This reminder of how wholly unspecial you are is the big finale of a lavishly produced but troubled game that excels in the basics but lacks creativity and heart. It is role-playing grind in shooter form--an empty house built on a firm foundation."

It's important to note that Destiny is still in its infancy. It's not uncommon for MMORPG-style games to receive multiple updates and patches in the months following their release. So while Destiny may currently suffer from several major flaws, there's still hope on this horizon for this blockbuster sci-fi shooter.

What are your thoughts on Destiny? Love it or hate it?

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