(An A to Z 2014 Challenge Entry)
Fate and Destiny. While generally interchangeable, one is divinely dictated, the other humanistically shapeable. But many times the two are intertwined; woven together by the fabric of Life. The subject of Fate and Destiny can be, has been, and — likely — forever to be argued about until the End of Times. Some people subscribe to the belief that our lives are completely predetermined. What we do, the choices we make, is already softly imprinted in our life-path’s DNA, so to speak. We are merely going through the motions. Others argue that belief takes away all notions of having free will/choice, making it null and void, and refuse to accept that as reality.
Whichever you believe, one’s Destiny is to be claimed. To be taken and triumphed and heralded. There comes a time when we all must make the choice to either reach out and embrace it, or cower and let it slip away. That moment exists for me, for you, for everyone.
However, this is not one of those moments…
This Fall (9/9/2014) heralds Destiny into existence. Destiny is an upcoming MMO (though, Bungie defines it as a “shared-world” over MMO) style first-person shooter (FPS) designed by Bungie, the creators of the widely popular and successful Halo series. Bungie recently passed the Halo baton to a new company (343 Industries), and will finally be able to offer a new gaming franchise, even if some aspects look very similar to Halo. No reason to completely trash a good thing, right?
Destiny is one of the most anticipated games of 2014. It was meant to be a launch title for the next-gen XBox and Playstation systems (Sorry PC players!), but unfortunately was pushed back to ensure a more polished product. This seems to be a common excuse in the gaming world lately. I would be hesitant about the game (XBox 360 version of Titanfall anyone?) if it weren’t being produced by Bungie. Having followed along with their previous franchise, I have a lot of faith that they will do Destiny justice. They’ve always been very passionate with their creations and close to their community. I don’t feel they are attempting to pull the wool over the eyes of millions of fans by blowing smoke, followed by releasing a sub par product.
Then again, they are now associated with Activision… *sigh*
The skinny? In a post-apocalyptic world, there is one sole surviving city. That city is being protected by something dubbed “The Traveler” and everyone is clueless as to WTF it is, but it’s keeping them alive so ain’t no one trippin’...
Various hostile alien races are attempting to overtake the city. This leaves the Guardians, harnessing power bestowed to them via The Traveler, protecting the city and fighting to reclaim the planet.
I’m sure along the way things get bad — like real bad — and shit gets real. And the digital you will have to embrace your destiny, or die trying!
In Destiny you can chose a character (referred to as Guardians) among three Races: Human, Awoken, and Exo; and three Classes: Titan, Warlock, or Hunter. Each class has their own unique strengths, skills, and abilities.
It’s been reported that there will be extensive character customization, in both personal appearance (physical and armor) and skills. This is one of the most important aspects for me in any game. Customization. I want to have as much of it as I can have, and it sounds like Bungie is ready to deliver that on multiple levels. From characters, to vehicles, to weapons, and even game modes.
All You Need Is Kill
Play It Your Way
Bungie is offering multiple ways to play Destiny, so you can tailor your experience to your own playstyle. Because it’s an MMO (or “shared-world”), you can easily go from playing solo to joining up with friends on the fly. Or you can team up with complete strangers if that’s your cup of tea.
I think one of the funnest parts of the game, aside from competitive Player Vs. Player, will be the random Public Events that will be taking place as you explore the world. During these events, anyone and everyone can join in and participate. It’s not a new concept, but I believe Bungie will develop them soundly. I just find it a lot of fun becoming involved with an in-game event that gives the feeling that you aren’t alone and are, as a community, attempting to accomplish a common goal.
There is so much I feel I could say about Destiny, but none of it is really new news. It’s been a slow, tantalizing process with released information. The Beta is coming this Summer, but exclusively to PS3/4 first, which is a bummer as I’m an XBoxer. When it does hit the XBox One, though, I will definitely be spending a good chunk of time on it. Perhaps I can give a Beta review. Maybe even a full review when the game is officially released this September.
Ah, this September. This is when the Ladyfolk discovers I’ve gone missing and can no longer be found in the real world, as I will be embracing my in-game Destiny (as well as the physical copy of the game… perhaps even while sleeping).
I’ve posted it before, again there has been little in terms of new footage, but I really like this promotional video for the game and thought I would end with it. You may recognize the actor from Breaking Bad and/or Revolution. Enjoy!
The Law Of The Jungle
Are you looking forward to Destiny? If so, what Race and Class are you planning to play as? What system will you be playing on? Will you be participating in the Beta? I apologize for that false intro… but not really!