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Feature: The PS4 Destiny Diaries - Day One: Why Wouldn't You Want to Be a Robot?

Posted by Robert Ramsey

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In the back of our minds, we all knew that it would happen. It always does. Once again, we felt the PlayStation Network creak under the weight of thousands of users trying to access the digital store and download the Destiny Beta at roughly the same time. Even Bungie's website felt the crushing demand of eager gamers as they tried to access their accounts and nab their download codes. For those who didn't pre-order the title from Sony's aforementioned network, a lengthy wait was heading their way, but thankfully, most seem to agree that all of the ensuing internet rage was worth the effort.

And I have to agree. What is possibly the most anticipated beta of the last few years is essentially a more fleshed out version of the alpha that released last month, and I adored that glimpse of the game to begin with. If you dabbled in that post-E3 affair, then this new look at Activision's brave new frontier won't hold too many surprises. You'll be exploring the same Cosmodrome area of Old Earth, and gunning down mostly the same groups of aggressors, but this time around, there are several story missions to get through, new multiplayer content, and a slew of fresh loot. So let's get on with our adventures, shall we?

Where better to begin than with the character creation screen. What we've been given here is the same as the alpha's avatar crafting, but I'd like to put forward one simple question: why wouldn't you want to be an Exo? The three playable races don't offer their own statistics, so you're free to pick whichever you like the best, but I can't help but feel that the Humans and Awakened are getting the short end of the stick when compared to their robotic allies.

Sure, the two non-synthetic races actually have hair, but who needs that hassle when you can slap some metal plates onto the front of your face? Okay, I'm not being entirely serious, but I still reckon that Exos look like the coolest bunch. Complete with glowing eyes and the most diverse set of skin tones, these mechs are probably going to look great no matter how you style them. Not to mention the fact that when dancing, they offer mechanical moves that will likely leave your soft human friends green with envy.

Playing as a rough and tumble Titan, I purposefully went for a bulky look with a solid chunk of metal slapped onto my character's forehead for extra protection – or at least, because it makes him look quite angry. Golden eyes and blue paint complete the look, and it helps that the title seems to have no trouble constantly providing you with gear that tends to match. In all honesty, it's rather difficult to create a monstrosity, even when you're equipping a random assortment of multi-coloured loot, which is a testament to the incredibly consistent art style that Bungie has clearly slaved over.

Going back to the mention of Titans, my first day in the beta has been littered with them. During the alpha, Warlocks seemed to be the most common class choice, but after over four hours of play, it's been difficult to pick out anyone that wasn't a heavily armoured Guardian. That's not to say, though, that the Titan is the best career on offer. Each class demands a different style of play, and judging from the mostly unlocked skill tree, that style is only going to get more specialised as you pick and choose between an assortment of different abilities. Largely being a co-op experience, it's almost a certainty that the endgame will be filled with high level opponents and deadly assignments where you'll have to work together as a cohesive unit, and that's probably where specialisations are really going to matter.

Fortunately, it wasn't long before I was partnered up with Push Square user TOMBOY25, who kindly invited me to my first fire team of the beta. A fellow Titan, we largely made short work of anything between us and the objective as we punched our way to victory. And it's worth noting that punching things as a Titan is just about as satisfying as combat gets. One good slug to the face, and you can send lower level foes spiralling off into a wall. The attack even boasts a bass-filled 'THUMP' sound effect every time that you lay down the pain. If it weren't for the fact that the vast majority of enemies have guns, I daresay that we'd have just beaten everything to death purely because it feels so good.

Having already completed the very first mission of the game as part of the beta's introductory sequence, we decided to blitz through the three other story missions on offer. As you might expect, the narrative-infused quests are exactly that: they're tasks that are tied together with a bit of plot, and while that doesn't seem too exciting, the gameplay seems nicely structured as you're guided across the map to several different locations.

As for the story itself, it's obviously a little early to judge. The beta provides our best look yet at Destiny's overarching narrative, but with just a couple of cutscenes and a handful of dialogue on display, it comes off as sci-fi fluff. There's nothing to really get invested in just yet, but it's difficult to see Bungie creating a plot that somehow sours the experience. I did get a shock, however, when my Guardian muttered a couple of lines during the two different cutscenes. Indeed, your character will be voiced, and judging from my Titan's electronically tinged, gruff speech, it could well inject some necessary personality into our avatars, whom we'll no doubt be spending a whole lot of time with come September.


So what did you get up to on the first day of Destiny's beta? Tell us all about your wacky adventures in the comments section below, and remember to check back tomorrow for Day Two of our Destiny diary.

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User Comments (18)

sajoey

#1

sajoey said:

I've been installing this since the moment it was available on the store. I'm still installing it. Looks fun, though!

TasukiStaff

#2

Tasuki said:

I agree the Exo is my favorite race. Haven't had a chance to play the Beta yet, I had to work yesterday but my son put alot of time in it yesterday. I was watching him a bit last night and the game just looks gorgeous. Going to be sinking alot of time into this one.

My son went with the hunter class I am debating to go either Titan or Lock this time around.

TOMBOY25

#4

TOMBOY25 said:

"What is possibly the most anticipated beta of the last few years" i think im more excited for the evolve beta.

also my main problem with this game is death means nothing you just respawn and keep on going which encourages me to run around like a lunatic punching everything in sight until i die which is fun but when enemys don't require any skill to kill it kinda gets a bit boring.

alphadrago5

#5

alphadrago5 said:

Personally I love my awoken huntress. Even playing the same content again with the same character as from alpha, I immensely enjoy playing the hunter because it seems almost like a "hard mode" for the game especially when playing alone on difficult missions. I'm not saying the other classes are better, just that playing Hunter seems to be for more advanced players. The way I play is reminiscent of the MGS games.. cuz i'm all tactical n' stuff.

Watch the swearing. - get2sammyb

SecondServing

#6

SecondServing said:

Been playing the PS3 version, gotta say, it surpassed my expectations. I can tell this game will be addicting. Also, I was surprised how beautiful Destiny is on the last gen consoles.

BetweenTheTrees

#8

BetweenTheTrees said:

@iDangerMouse_
i am also an exo warlock :) this game is so much more addicting than i thought it would be. i'm sad the beta will end and i will have to wait for it's actual release.

iDangerMouse_

#9

iDangerMouse_ said:

@SunnyShores It's honestly been a great experience so far. I haven't played PvP yet but I've played a small portion of the story and I'm really enjoying it. I'm not keen on the respawning though, but it doesn't bother me that much :P

fit6958Staff

#10

fit6958 said:

I spent my time on the beta wisely by finding a purple ball at the tower and having a game of footy with some friends around the tower centre area, using flags as goal posts! Also managed to reach level 7 by playing all the story missions :) probably play some online crucible games tomorrow. @ShogunRok if your up for a game?

Ginkgo

#11

Ginkgo said:

Yes, 8 hours downloading yesterday (oh I hate my internet connection) but worth the wait!

XFsWorld

#12

XFsWorld said:

This game is fun, but I thought this was coop? No one helps. I do mission by myself.

iSolipsistJudas

#13

iSolipsistJudas said:

This is very fun when playing with others! I wish I didn't finish all 4 of the chapters today but now I'm having fun in the crucible. If anyone wants to help me complete devils lair come join me iSIllyBoi Judas

Cron_13

#14

Cron_13 said:

Didn't have that many expectations of the game.. Got it on preorder but not really thought much about it. Hit the level cap with my hunter, tried some pvp, strike team mission and finished all the story line - so tried good chunk on whats on offer.

Think its really good and ive been really impressed with it... Now I'm certainly looking forward to september! My only issue now is which format... I definitely prefer the xbox one controller for fps games but my friends are split across the two platforms. Since the final version will be 1080p and 30 fps on both machines its gonna come down to the controller or the dlc i think :/

Thinking seriously about cancelling my amazon order anyway and getting this digitally as i should have done with titanfall.

Demi_God

#15

Demi_God said:

This game is so freakin awesome. I can't wait for the actual game and see how they expand upon this game. They could also add space combat if they wanted to, many different things would work great with this game.

LDXD

#16

LDXD said:

OK I swear I thought you needed a PS+ membership to play this so I go out buy a card for $50 or whatever DL the beta and start playing without using the membership is that because its beta? Do you need PS+ for the game in September?

Cron_13

#17

Cron_13 said:

@LDXD as i understood it you only need ps plus for certain aspects (e.g. PvP) where as the story missions you don't.

LDXD

#18

LDXD said:

@Cron_13 that's good then I'll probably go and try to return it seeing as I only plan to play the campaign with a few friends similar to borderlands

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