Destiny Alpha Overview

Shaun and Kevin discuss the alpha build of all three chapters from Destiny including game feel, various boss battles, and voice acting from Peter Dinklage.

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jasonmcmiller
jasonmcmiller

Does any one have a beta code for xbox one I can have??? Pm me

Ludisto
Ludisto

It seems a negative overview: cliches, shooting wave after wave of antagonists, other antagonists that take too long to overcome; all this puts me off such that even the positive comments in the video, such as how attractive it is to look at and Peter Dinklage's voice, are unpersuasive.

I'm tired of games that just have me going to this place and shooting these enemies, then to another place to shoot more enemies, then to another to shoot more; of games in which the enemies come in waves, as though Wave 2 is waiting round the corner for Wave 1 to be killed off, and Wave 3 sits in wait for Wave 2 to die; of games in which a whole magazine of bullets is barely enough to kill one enemy, and enemies don't even flinch when shot.

Still, it's early days, and maybe this overview is not enough on which to judge a game.

alkimome
alkimome

Seems good enough for me. Now I just need a Ps4.

thekoobas
thekoobas

Just a quick reality check. Go to YouTube and watch again some Killzone SF gameplay videos. Not only they visually look superior, but also render in 60 FPS. Then ask yourself the question: Isn't Bungie by any chance shoving old gen down our throats?

daviswolfgang
daviswolfgang

Everybody keeps referring to killzone, I love killzone.

But killzone doesn't offer have as much as destiny is promising.

vadagar1
vadagar1

also give us a story... make the player want revenge from those F***ing alien bitches

humans have ONE CITY LEFT. ONE it goes humans go bye bye .... make the game intense ...F***K the loot don't make it the core of the game 

hastati4
hastati4

The bullet sponge issue is the reason I'm more excited about a game like The Division than Destiny, as the combat in The Division, from what we've seen so far, appears much more tactical and teamwork oriented, rather than just spamming bullets and abilities at enemies until they go down. Shame that The Division won't be coming out for a long time yet.

Also, from what I experienced playing it myself, Peter Dinklage's talents are wasted on a role like this. He doesn't even get to express any emotion.

daviswolfgang
daviswolfgang

Way to repeat the opinions of others.

Now

What do have to add?

black_nirvana_
black_nirvana_

Worried about the bullet sponge's. Hoping that it won't be a problem in the final version.

tourkehamerwolf
tourkehamerwolf

If the beta doesn't capture me I'll cancel my pre-order.  No harm no foul.  The Beta should be the Demo that makes me want more and if it doesnt well then that will be that.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

That talk of bullet sponges is a little disappointing, and now Kevin's mentioned it I'm not going to be able to un-hear any cliche scripting.

Truth be told I've very little in the way of expectations for this game apart from the hype, and I don't really pay any attention to that.

jbhnc11
jbhnc11

@PlatinumPaladin Personally I feel the problem with their assessment is the fact they are at such low level, it's an Alpha build, and as such the gear is just crap.


I'm a huge fan of the Borderlands series, and if this comes anywhere close to that game in the scope of gear then I'm completely sold. I already preordered so I'm looking forward to the beta (xbox one player here).


And as for Shaun's assessment of Borderlands weapons and gear, he obviously didn't play the game (in my opinion). BL2 had some of the coolest weapons/shields I can remember in a game: The almighty DPUH, Sandhawk, Interfacer, SWORDSPLOSION (!!!), Norfleet, Pimpernel, the list goes on...I have really high hopes. 


Bungie's claimed that this game is all about the gear and they've been pretty tightlipped but I believe they will come through.

naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

They're talking about it like it's really amazing, but I'm not actually seeing anything particularly special on-screen.

Like it looks fun and everything, but I'm not seeing a justification for the hype yet.


RussellMartin
RussellMartin

Crap I missed it! I wanted to play the Alpha. Well, I'm signed up for the Beta from some pre-order I did with Gamestop.... I guess I'll have to wait for that. Wonder what the difference in the Alpha a pond the Beta will be???

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@RussellMartin  I'm sure the beta will be the entire game where as the Alpha was just a small part of the game. the alpha only had a few missions and one world/location (old Russia) to explore (excluding the tower which is nothing more than a social /resupply hub).  and the MP only had one game type with one map. 

Andy72774
Andy72774

But let's not forget who is making this game. BUNGIE. The Inventors of Baseless Hype way back on the Original Xbox! They wanted you to think Halo was God's gift to Gamers. Just like they want you to think Destiny is the only game you'll ever play. Don't buy into Bungie's Hype Machine. Play the game for yourself and form your own opinion! As for mine, I like it, but it's not the Open-World Seamless MMO they advertised. It's broken up into sections a'la Borderlands. THAT is the single most hate feature of Borderlands in my book. Don't call a game open-World when it has loading screens between each Zone...

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

@Andy72774 oh really?? bleergh… buildings and dungeons are ok to be sections, but… 


all I ever wanted was a real open world, like from end-to-end map, like GTA or Watch Dogs/Elder Scrolls series, seamlessly, but with all the loot and galore, FPS and RPG elements Borderlands had….

origkillmachine
origkillmachine

@Andy72774 errrrr

baseless hype?

How old are you?

When did you first play Halo CE?

Are you aware that it can be credited with nearly everything that is good about shooters, and videogames in general, today?


I'll let you in on a little secret: Destiny IS the only game you will ever play. It is going to be spectacular. And that is an understatement.

DemoKnight10656
DemoKnight10656

thank god im not the only one who dosent like the voice or how the ai talks in this game why would they do that he dosent even sound robotic

darran05
darran05

@DemoKnight10656 sounds like a really bad actor trying to sound like an android...i dont maybe im getting too old for gaming but hoping to start seeing more intelligence in the game design and more involving story in this generation...not seeing it so far..even the graphics aren't a leap forward yet!

scottyp180
scottyp180

When I first heard to voice I thought it was my character speaking. It wasn't until I was reading impressions online that I realized it was the AI speaking.

The voice doesn't necessarily have to sound robotic. We are talking about a game that takes place in a universe where humans colonize planets and are involved in deep space exploration, as well as having the option of a race that is basically a robot. It isn't far fetched to believe that technology in this universe would be capable of having AI with human-like voices.

However with that said it could help to alter the voice a bit. Maybe even add an autotune like sound to it. It is a bit odd hearing to voice of a human coming from a robotic sphere.

Andy72774
Andy72774

I pplayed the Alpha, and I have to say, it is awesome. One thing I am getting pissed about though is all of the HYPE. Yes it's a great game, but you don't have to talk about how it'sGame of the Year already. Yeah, you see people coming into your game, but it's just regular matchmaking like any other game. It's not like it's actually an "Open-World". Just like any other game, Destiny has it's own shar of business-minded truth-bending. Think Monster Hunter with matchmaking. Not that big of a deal really. Let's all be honest...We're only getting this game because all of our friends are talking about it. If I had no friends and no life, I would probably never buy this game... lolol.

darran05
darran05

I played this for about 10 minutes and got bored..I think what put me off was the rusted Russian map where you go inside a building and them creatures are lurking in the dark and you have to put the flash light on your gun..reminded me of halo with them pod things that exploded goo when they were shot...I thought..christ. .ive seen all this before! 

And why does the character do a little dance when you press the right d pad?

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

I soloed the devil walker once... that took a long time... with a few people all hitting it's legs generally 5 mins at most to take one down

Vegeta-sama
Vegeta-sama

never could get anyone to joint me in strike mission... so didn't get to play it

eternal_napalm
eternal_napalm

I'm definitely going to make a Warlock. With gunplay, you can tell they looked at Battlefield a lot, it's a mix of Halo and Battlefield shooting wise, just with slightly less recoil, which is welcome because the shooting in Halo games was very monotonous and boring and imprecise.

The robust rpg mechanics are what make the game for me. Loooooooot.

I'm glad I will have the full game, since I'll be playing on PS4.

Delston
Delston

@eternal_napalm I enjoyed my time with it on PS4 and it further solidified my anticipation of the final product.  The only thing I can say is I'd prefer to get it on PC just for general "future-proofiness".  But yeah, warlock for me as well. 

donjuancorleone
donjuancorleone

I think the robot/ghost whatever its called is meant to sound a bit emotionless. Kind of like how the android was in Aliens. Also knowing the writers im sure there are plenty of twists along the way.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

Considering they have a budget of over $500 million... I'm not very impressed. Borderlands seems better than this game in pretty much every aspect I can think of.

porcupine-fur
porcupine-fur

@Tiwill44 I agree, borderlands is better in almost every way, I can't even compare graphics because borderlands has a very unique art style while this isn't unique at all. Simply put, this doesn't look like a half a billion dollar game.

porcupine-fur
porcupine-fur

still doesn't look that special. reminds me of warframe.

darran05
darran05

@porcupine-fur got to agree its like Bungie have thought "hey lets remind our fans how great Halo was" by making a game very similar...and then gushing in their video trailers about how cool and unique its going to be..like they did in their Halo videos.. when in reality most people thought the series was going down hill..but they couldn't see it because they are so full of themselves

praneet1
praneet1

Looks like a Halo clone which I am not surprised to see. It's like Titanfall playing similar to Call of Duty except for a few game mechanics. And what's with those points emanating from an enemy with each bullet hit, looks like an arcade shooter?

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@praneet1  Guess you have never played Borderlands. Its common in RPGs for the points to emanate from what you are attacking and or to have a damage/health meter. Its actually an excellent way to show hit detection, particularly when you are in a "Big Boss" battle s o you can tell you are actually making progress.

runningman5ksmak
runningman5ksmak

I watched the alpha stream of this game on my PS4 and It also remind me of the game Defiance  a little 

phbz
phbz

Seems like a game that's too big to fail. But truth is I didn't play the alpha, might happen to actually be good. Just can'y see any appeal in it. 

withe1982
withe1982

I enjoyed the recent Alpha immensely. After not really being too hyped about this game I have to say that after spending around 12 hours with it I'm completely hooked. It's probably my 2nd most anticipated game of the year now. 


Shooting and hit boxes we're very good and the weapon feel was fantastic. The brief glimpse of character customization available certainly whetted my appetite and the social aspect of the "shared world" was highly enjoyable.  I can honestly say I was never bored or felt alone once during the alpha. The freedom in exploring what little of the game we had access to showed the amazing potential that Destiny has.


Despite only one multi-player mode being available in alpha (zone capture ) that too was amazingly well done. Controls were snappy and shooting very accurate. All players stats and damage are also equalized before matches to make it a lot more even. A level 3 character has just as much chance of wining as a level 8.


All in all I'd say the alpha did more good than all of Destiny's marketing put together.  I for one thought it looked like any other generic shooter based on what i'd seen so far until I got the chance to play it. Now myself and every other player I've spoken to who played it has absolutely loved it. I urge anyone who is undecided to just drop £5 on a pre-order and give the beta a blast. I'm confident you'll enjoy it. 


... Oh and just a heads up. The comment regarding the devil walker taking forever isn't really true. If you can see on the video if you shoot in in the head you do 7 damage whereas shooting the legs get you 100 and the exposed core 250 per shot. You can also shoot out it's guns etc... so If the right tactics are used the fight lasts 5 minutes only. Just a case of bad play on GameSpot's part.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

@withe1982 "All players stats and damage are also equalized before matches to make it a lot more even. A level 3 character has just as much chance of wining as a level 8"        Do you know the details of how this is done? At times it just didn't seem that way to me. But maybe it was just my perception and being new to the game.

strothers101
strothers101

The borderlands comparison wasn't really something that I thought about initially, after watching this and delving into the various gameplay videos on youtube, I can see the resemblance. I loved the first borderlands, it was a refreshing take on a genre that was firmly in the grips of the "modern day linear shooter" phenomena. I bought the DLC, played through the game more than once and shed tears over the developers sadistic streak made flesh (Crawmerax). Borderlands 2 came out and I felt kind of warn out by the nature of the game, it was a little too familiar (stale), I was a lot less enthusiastic about the prospect of returning to Pandora . I expected/expect great things from Destiny, it comes from a studio that has developed some of the most engrossing shooters, has plenty of lore and is apparently very, very vast in scale. I haven't had a chance to get my mitts on an iteration of the game yet but I am expecting great things from the beta.

marlobc
marlobc

Here is my brief review of Destiny alpha :


+ Addictive and fun coop, if played like a team.

+ So much to customize and buy from tower . Guns , armor , upgrades you name it !

+Blending the lines of Multiplayer and singleplayer is something that sets this game apart from all others. ( Reminds me of journey where you join other's session quietly without any notification and vice versa )

+PVP is well done .

+Fantastic soundtrack 

- Need constant connection with bungie servers to play singleplayer or MP . And you can disconnect , i still dont have any idea where saves are saved , probably progress is saved on servers .

marlobc
marlobc

Destiny alpha was something that filled me up with new hope for gaming :)

Thralll
Thralll

Destiny is the reason that i'll buy PS4 before September 2014

Paoksis
Paoksis

@Thralll and why dont you buy it with the new bundle with destiny?

hellzicke
hellzicke

People really gotta stop comparing this to Borderlands. Not once in alpha did Borderlands come to my mind

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

@hellzicke LOL. It IS BLands more than anything. With a pinch of Halo, of course.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

@hellzicke Borderlands was the first thing that came to mind when they finally unvailed this game and, watching this video, it really is a serious take on the borderlands premis.

Delston
Delston

@hellzicke The moment the damage numbers started popping out of the recipients of my bullets...Borderlands came to mind.  I enjoy BL, bit I also like the more serious tone of Destiny too...and the absolutely stunning graphics.  Very polished for an alpha.