Monday, September 15, 2014

Destiny - First hours brief impression

Gameplay = solid, computer AI seems tough but not impossible.  They don’t just sit there and let you blow them up.  They hide, they dodge, and they fire.  Firing weapons was a challenge for me using xbox 360 controls, so will take me a bit before I don’t feel like a total novice.  So far had 3 different gun types and all were pretty fun.  The shotgun (which I really really really want to like) is the hardest to actually use.  You have to be pretty close range and then when you shoot it the recoil knocks your camera up so high you can’t follow up and do anything lol.  It could just be the crappy low level shotty I have though as well.  I got some other charge electric shot gun which is interesting but I haven’t played with much yet and a few sub machine gun types which end up being what is used when I run out of ammo on the others.
For other attacks you get grenades (which are cool).  My titan has one that disorients so I can run in and destroy stuff for a few seconds without it firing.  One thing that stood out pretty odd in my eyes was melee attacks though.  You damn near one shot anything you hit in melee.  That’s probably ok if you are a warlock with force push, or maybe even a hunter with a knife, but as a titan you are strait punching stuff.  It feels odd to blast away with a gun at a creature taking 3+ shots to kill it when swinging my right hand knocks the thing dead in one shot lol.  I think some sort of explanation to this would have been cool (like your suit is so powerful to create a strong punch).  Actually a few things in the game seem to leave you to your own imagination on how it works, this also is ok since its not important as gameplay but it was a interesting decision.
One of those things is race choice.  You start out the game and class choice is easy enough (they give you plenty of description of the three).  So you get a decent idea what you are picking there.  But Race choice has no bearing on the game (only looks) which is totally fine, but there is no description what any of those things really are.  You can be human, alienish, or robot.  But why?  Maybe they reveal this stuff later but its kind of odd choosing a race and not knowing why you chose it.  Did these alien race guys fight along side humans?  Did these robot things help?  Why these three races banded together to begin with?
Story line has been ok so far.  Lots of questions but I think that’s by design.  I’ve followed it ok though and enjoyed the missions.  Had to fight a few mini boss type guys and the fights were challenging.  Died on one of them which actually was a good thing since I wouldn’t want the game to be too easy.  There were also other real people playing in the area’s im in but the game really gives me no indication why or how.  My boss fights were instanced I think, but the surface areas had others.  Oddly some were quite different level than me (12s and even 20s) so I’m not sure why they were running around in the same zone as me.  I can only guess it spawned some mobs their level I couldn’t see but that too would be odd since I wouldn’t be able to kill those mobs.  I only saw enemies around my level.
Looking forward to more group play and seeing how that goes.  One guy seemed like he was inviting me to join him but I couldn’t quickly figure out how to accept.  By the time I found the menu and invited him to my fireteam or whatever it is he was off somewhere else and I think didn’t accept.  Was cool running through a few quick parts with another player though, felt like I had a little cover at least lol.  Pvp should be fun, can’t wait to try that soon.

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