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Reviewed: 6.5/10: Alright
( ps4 version reviewed )





4:00 PM on 10.27.2014

If Bungie envisions Destiny as an MMO, it should start acting like it

Destiny was a functional game at launch, but a number of design choices were made that left all of us scratching our heads. The Cryptarch system in 1.0 was horrible in that it allowed players to earn legendary engrams (r...

Chris Carter




7:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Smash sells 705,000 in two days, Destiny players flock to PS4

Super Smash Bros. 3DS is selling as well as you would expect. According to NPD data, 705,000 units in its first two days in the United States, good for fourth best-selling in September. This is close to Pokemon X/Y's one...

Steven Hansen




12:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Destiny has so much lore, it's sad that almost none of it is in the game

In-game, Destiny's story is probably the worst part of the experience. Constant Dinklebot "defense" missions and short exposes during load screens are hardly what I'd call a narrative, but that's what Bungie ended up giving u...

Chris Carter




12:00 PM on 10.15.2014

Bungie recommends re-installing Destiny if the patch is giving you issues

Bungie rolled out a controversial patch recently (which wasn't even that big, honestly, as auto-rifles are still really effective in PVE), and some users are reporting issues with the game after picking up the download. The d...

Chris Carter




1:30 PM on 10.10.2014

Here's why games can be the perfect social lubricant

It's really tough to get out there and meet people, whether it's online or in the real world. I remember that feeling as an introvert, always being nervous as to whether or not someone would be silently judging me basically a...

Chris Carter




11:00 AM on 10.09.2014

Destiny's six-person raid was cleared by two people

Not content with beating the normal mode six-person raid in Destiny with three players, the same crew attempted it with two, and succeeded. As someone who has cleared it six times and knows the mechanics like the back o...

Chris Carter




9:30 AM on 10.07.2014

Destiny's hotfix is underway, will return with the Iron Banner event

Destiny is getting a small hotfix patch today that will solve a number of connection issues and quick scope bugs. It's underway starting from 10AM EST for "a few hours" -- expect it to be up later this afternoon. Although the...

Chris Carter




3:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Destiny's loot is now way less aggravating

Here we go. The patch that fixes -- or, at least improves -- how loot works in Destiny. Chris already detailed the patch, which is out now, at length. But the short of it is that Legendary (purple) engrams will now always awa...

Jordan Devore




4:30 PM on 09.29.2014

Bungie explains that they're still working on Destiny's DLC, it's not on-disc

Over the weekend, it was uncovered due to a bug that Destiny had some placeholder content built into it. Two more raids and a number of Strike and Story missions were found, leading people to believe that some of it was ...

Chris Carter




5:45 PM on 09.26.2014

Bungie is finally fixing the awful Cryptarch trolling in Destiny

It took a few weeks, but Bungie is finally getting around to addressing one of the major problems with Destiny -- the first thing on the table is loot. Currently, the "Cryptarch" NPC deciphered unidentified items in an incred...

Chris Carter




3:00 PM on 09.26.2014

There's a replacement for Destiny's Loot Cave

In its update for Destiny that put an end to the oh-so-effective Loot Cave, Bungie noted that "shooting at a black hole for hours on end isn't our dream for how Destiny is played." That well-known spot is now less desirable ...

Jordan Devore




3:30 PM on 09.25.2014

Sad day: Bungie nerfs Destiny's loot cave

Bungie's grand social shooter Destiny has boiled down to an interesting and repetitive formula for a lot of players lately: fire into the darkness of a cave and hope some interesting gear drops. No world exploring, no co...

Brett Makedonski




8:00 AM on 09.23.2014

Destiny's 'Queen's Wrath' event is underway, here is what it brings

Bungie is currently running a special event in Destiny that basically consists of extra bounties and an extra faction to interact with. It'll run from September 23rd through October 6th, and will allow you to earn r...

Chris Carter




10:30 AM on 09.19.2014

Destiny's vehicle heavy 'Combined Arms' playlist starts today

If you're looking to play Destiny this weekend, you can take part in a limited time multiplayer playlist in The Crucible called "Combined Arms." It basically features increased heavy ammo drops as well as extra vehicles....

Chris Carter




2:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Destiny is the same gameplay experience on last-gen, but looks pretty rough

[Screenshots shown here are not the PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360 versions.] The marketing for Destiny would have you believe that the only place it makes an appearance is on the PlayStation 4. But no, it certainly made its way t...

Brett Zeidler




9:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Playthrough: Destiny's Mars has cars, but not a single hot dog in sight

I've come down with a bad case of Dumpster Mono, and Max Scoville is terrified of germs, so he made me stay home so he could play Destiny and call it 'work'. But, without my responsible guidance, he got tricked into playing ...

Bill Zoeker




12:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Review: Destiny

It's been a small journey reviewing Destiny, but now I've experienced every facet of the game and I'm ready to make my decision. As mentioned previously, the story and setting leave a lot to be desired, but the gunplay is ver...

Chris Carter




9:00 AM on 09.16.2014

Destiny's first raid, the Vault of Glass, opens today

Today the first six-person raid opened up in Destiny -- the Vault of Glass. It's one of the events in the game that has no matchmaking function, so you'll have to use any number of third party tools to find friends, or d...

Chris Carter




3:30 PM on 09.15.2014

Max and Bill must kill the Moon-Princes

Man, Destiny. I seriously can't remember the last game that I felt so ambivalent about, but was so completely hooked on. Here's me and Bill dicking around on the Moon and discussing our general thoughts on the game, and killing the Moon-Princes with a big dumb sword. Is it a "Let's Play?" I don't know. But we're enjoying ourselves, and maybe you'll enjoy watching our enjoyment.

Max Scoville




11:30 AM on 09.12.2014

Bungie reveals upcoming Destiny events and free content through October

Since Bungie plans on supporting Destiny throughout the year and into 2015, free content updates and events will populate the universe in addition to the DLC expansions that are already announced. The first event is a Sa...

Chris Carter




6:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Very Quick Tips: Destiny

Our Destiny review is coming along nicely. I just hit level 20 on my Warlock and I'm slowly making my way up to the soft cap of Light Level 25 to get raid-ready for next week.Here are some tips I've come up with along the way to make everything easier.   

Chris Carter




4:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Review in Progress: Destiny (update)

[Since a large part of Destiny is found within the raid system upon reaching max level, we'll be publishing a Review in Progress for the game over the course of a few weeks. Here are our thoughts about the live...

Chris Carter




10:15 AM on 09.10.2014

Destiny's already made a ton of money, but you probably could've guessed that

Every now and then, when a videogame launches and does mega numbers, the publisher likes to toot its own horn a little bit. It should come as no surprise that this is the case with Destiny -- after all it was [...

Brett Makedonski




8:00 AM on 09.09.2014

Review in Progress: Destiny

[Since a large part of Destiny is found within the raid system upon reaching max level, we'll be publishing a Review in Progress for the game over the course of a few weeks. Here are our initial thoughts about the live v...

Chris Carter




1:45 PM on 09.08.2014

Destiny is one of the best Vita Remote Play games to date

Destiny is out tomorrow, but the servers are live today for people who got their copy early or are reviewing the game. I've had a chance to play quite a bit already (more on that tomorrow), but I wanted to touch on one thing ...

Chris Carter




8:00 AM on 09.06.2014

Xbox pokes fun at Activision with fake Destiny ad

Microsoft loves promoting Bungie games, you know. Unfortunately, that ship has sort of sailed. Activision and the erstwhile Halo studio are now cozying up with Sony, and the folks at Xbox UK seem to be handling the situation ...

Kyle MacGregor




7:00 PM on 09.05.2014

Last-gen Destiny players can upgrade to current-gen for free this year

If you're planning to buy Destiny on Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 and think you might migrate to Xbox One or PlayStation 4 eventually, consider going for a digital copy (I know) -- you'll be able to upgrade to the current-genera...

Jordan Devore




1:30 PM on 09.05.2014

Destiny and Red Bull are teaming up for some unclear reason

"Brand synergy!" the executive shouted, confident that his enthusiasm would rally his employees. "Forward-thinking leverage!" he followed up, unsure about the mumbo jumbo coming out of his mouth, but hoping his tone would ins...

Brett Makedonski




2:30 PM on 09.04.2014

Like laughing at bad things? Watch this live-action Destiny trailer

Maybe with twelve tequilas and friends around I could laugh at this. As it stands, sitting home alone and horribly sober, I just kind of cringed at every embarrassing one liner (which is all of the dialogue, actually) and paused the video before it was halfway finished.  Share my pain. 

Steven Hansen




1:30 PM on 09.04.2014

Destiny fans create their own tools for endgame raid matchmaking

Destiny is going to have MMO-like raids. What do I mean by that? Well, you're going to need to manually find six people to access some endgame content, which will deliver the biggest challenge the game has to offer. As s...

Chris Carter




12:00 PM on 09.03.2014

Get a tour of the exclusive PlayStation Destiny PVP map

Last week Bungie put up a video explaining exactly what was exclusive in the PS4 version of Destiny. It's basically a PVP map, a Strike map, and some weapons and outfits that will likely be outdated after a few hours of play...

Chris Carter




10:00 AM on 09.03.2014

Destiny launches 'Planet View' site, which can unlock in-game emblem

As a cool bit of marketing, Destiny has kicked off a special website called "Planet View," where you can go get a little more background on the game's story and lore. You'll be able to explore three locations -- Venus, t...

Chris Carter




10:15 AM on 09.02.2014

Pre-order Destiny at the Microsoft store, get a $10 gift card

Destiny is nearly upon us. Whether the hype was warranted is completely up in the air (no one has a copy yet as servers are not live), but if you're taking the plunge now regardless, you have another option -- the Microsoft S...

Chris Carter




4:00 PM on 08.28.2014

See everything exclusive to PlayStation for Destiny in one video

Although the "default" is to get mad at Microsoft for locking down exclusives, Sony has one in the pocket for Destiny. It involves a small amount of content, but content nonetheless, and you can get a full look of what to ex...

Chris Carter




11:30 AM on 08.26.2014

Destiny's loot will be bind-on-pickup, can't be traded

Bungie has just updated their blog in light of Destiny's impending launch, tying up loose ends as to what to expect, and their PAX Prime plans. Small things are being implemented like clan member increases to 100 players, but...

Chris Carter




2:45 PM on 08.21.2014

Destiny prompts you to become legend through lots of moon shooting

Conventional wisdom says that you put out a launch trailer alongside the release of a videogame. Activision and Bungie don't care for your norms and will do it whenever the hell they feel like it. That's why, despite being a...

Brett Makedonski




3:00 AM on 08.19.2014

Rocket No. 9, take off to the planet Venus...in Destiny

Destiny's about to come out soon, and then we can put all of these trailers behind us. But for now, let us check out this new gameplay trailer detailing the planet Venus. I think I vastly prefer the prior trailer from only a...

Brittany Vincent




9:00 PM on 08.15.2014

This Destiny trailer makes me want to get my ass to Mars

In Destiny, the tops of long-lost skyscrapers poke through the surface of Mars which means, presumably, we'll have to work our way down through them to reach whatever lurks below. I'm not expecting to find anything good down...

Jordan Devore




12:43 PM on 08.12.2014

Have you had enough of Destiny yet? The first expansion is coming in December

Today at gamescom during the Sony press conference, developer Bungie announced that the first of multiple planned expansions is coming after the game's launch. You'll have a few months to prepare for the first major Des...

Chris Carter




5:00 AM on 08.12.2014

Paul McCartney wants to make the Destiny theme song a popular single

It's been known that Paul McCartney's been involved with the music of Destiny since the reveal of the game in 2013, although it's been said that he's been working on it since 2010. His fans probably aren't necessari...

Brett Makedonski




3:45 PM on 08.11.2014

Your Destiny beta character is gone for good

Bungie has made the not-entirely-unexpected announcement that Destiny characters created in the game's beta will not carry over to the final version releasing on September 9, 2014. Here's designer Tyson Green explaining why t...

Jordan Devore




10:00 AM on 08.07.2014

You might want to check on the status of your Destiny Ghost Edition pre-order

According to a large number of users on the Destiny subreddit, Best Buy is cancelling pre-orders for the Ghost Edition of the game. Specifically, the cancellations seem to be happening to PS4 pre-orders, as the demand wa...

Chris Carter




3:00 AM on 08.06.2014

This Destiny player is better than everyone else

What's it look like when one player rises to the top of all others during a short beta that introduces the world to a game? That's a very nuanced question you ask, but this montage highlights some of the top-ranked Destiny player's moments during competitive multiplayer. Something tells me this isn't the first shooter that he's tried his hand at.

Brett Makedonski




3:45 PM on 08.04.2014

This is way too much to pay for the Destiny: Ghost Edition

After Destiny's recent high-profile beta, a lot of people found themselves more enamored by Bungie's new shooter than they thought they'd be. Now that everyone's had a chance to see what the game's all about, there's been an ...

Brett Makedonski




2:30 PM on 08.01.2014

Destiny's six-person raids sound like fun

Look, the word MMO is thrown around a lot these days as a buzzword, sometimes in the case of Destiny. Although it has MMO-like features, I wouldn't consider six-person squad-based shooter with a hub world an MMO. Similar to&n...

Chris Carter




1:30 PM on 07.30.2014

Destiny had the 'largest console beta ever' for a new IP

Did you get in on the Destiny beta? I did, but only after access was opened to all. Managed to play for about an hour which, after the cut scenes and loading, wasn't enough time for me to get a true sense of how I feel about ...

Jordan Devore




2:30 PM on 07.29.2014

Bungie doesn't think you should be disappointed by the lack of exploration on Earth in Destiny

For fans concerned that the amount of areas available to players in Destiny, Bungie has spoken out in a bid to reassure the masses. And their idea of reassuring those who participated in the Destiny beta is to basically pop o...

Brittany Vincent




8:30 AM on 07.28.2014

The Destiny beta is gone forever, tell us your stories

The Destiny beta was extinguished late last night, leaving us with six long weeks to carry a torch for the shooter until Bungie rekindles the affair this September. "Your mission in the Destiny beta is complete," Bungie ...

Kyle MacGregor




6:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Bungie has just opened the Destiny beta to everyone

So far, the Destiny beta's been gated off from the public-at-large. Well, sort of. A pre-order would grant you access, and registering your code would get you even more codes, so it wasn't too difficult to find a way in. As o...

Brett Makedonski




5:45 PM on 07.24.2014

Play the Destiny beta on Saturday past 2PM PST and earn an emblem

A lot of people won't understand the completionist mindset, but if you're already digging Destiny, you can grab an exclusive emblem that will unlock in the full game. All you have to do is play the beta on Saturday, July 26, ...

Chris Carter








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