Hi Chris, this is Tyler!
So in preparation for the Destiny 2 Gameplay live stream on May 18th, 2017, I’ve been thinking about my experience with Bungie and Destiny since it’s release on September 9th, 2014. I’ve even gone as far as to load up Destiny for the first time in over a year. Why has it been so long? Because I’ve got trust issues and here’s why.
I was a Day 1 player when Destiny was released and I paid about $80 (Canadian). I was excited for a Halo-like shooter with RPG mechanics and what seemed to be a pretty good story. I was excited to explore the universe that Bungie had created for us. Destiny was a ton of fun and Bungie really is good at creating a universe. Bungie also happens to be very good at alienating some of its fans.
The truth is that Bungie released an unfinished game. The story wasn’t great. The characters lacked personality. The gameplay felt limited. Don’t get me wrong, Destiny is a ton of fun. I like Destiny, it’s a fantastic game. It’s a pretty looking shooter with a great game loop (fight bad guys > get loot > customize character) and an awesome universe. But at the end of the day, I paid full price for an unfinished game only to have Bungie make me feel worse.
Taken King came out almost exactly one year later. It came with all the newest content and DLC and had the exact same price point. So I paid full price for an unfinished game only to have laggards get more for their buck for being patient. It’s like I say in the video, I’m a kid who went to a candy store and bought a lollipop for a nickel while all the other kids got a lollipop, a tootsie roll and some bubble gum for the same price. It doesn’t feel good and I wouldn’t blame anyone for feeling the same way, it’s just human nature.
With that being said, I think Bungie has done a good job at listening to its community and incorporating a lot of things Destiny players were asking for. They re-did some voice acting and some dialogue. While I still haven’t played the Taken King, I hear the storytelling is great. So if there’s a reason to be optimistic, it’s Bungie’s human ability to correct its mistakes.
One. Month. pic.twitter.com/PHw55tq1hG
— Bungie (@Bungie) April 18, 2017
Trust issues aside, I am excited about the Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere and here are 5 things I’ll be looking for.
What’s Destiny 2 gameplay going to look like?
When Destiny was first released, it was made available for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. That means it’s technically the last gen game. With recent shooters coming out like Halo 5 and Battlefield 1, we’ve had some really beautiful shooters to play. I’m excited to see how they’ve beefed up the graphics, artwork, and feel of the mechanics using the next gen tech to its fullest. Hopefully, we see that in the Destiny 2 gameplay live stream this month.
What’s Destiny 2 going to sound like?
By this I mean what kind of personality is the game going to have? In the Destiny 2 trailer, they’ve really emphasized adding a lot of personality to the game.
Will cool new stuff will be revealed?
When I heard a Halo-type shooter with RPG elements was coming out I was thrilled. The three classes that players get to play in Destiny (Hunter, Warlock, Titan) are really fun and they all have their own unique abilities, backgrounds, and personalities. What I’d like to see from the Destiny 2 GameplayPremiere is a new class and new character to build.
Will there be any story points revealed?
I’m excited to see what story points will be revealed for the new game. Will there be any new enemies? Will a major threat be revealed? Will we learn anything more about the traveler? Are they going to add more lore into the gameplay rather than relying on the Grimoire Cards? I have a ton of questions and I hope the Destiny 2 GameplayPremiere has some answers for me.
What are you excited to see from the Destiny 2 Gameplay Premiere Livestream? Has Bungie also given you trust issues? Comment below or give me a follow me on Twitter. There are a number of people who will be hands on with the PS4 and PC versions of Destiny 2 so I’m sure there will be a ton of gaming news and reviews to come from the Destiny event.