The game Destiny had a midnight release on September 9, 2014. While the game was offered in physical media form, it was also offered as a digital download capable of pre-loading so that you could jump right into the action at 12:01 a.m. on 09/09/14.
I had originally chosen a preorder of a physical title but changed that a digital download so I could have the game already loaded up and so that I could play it on both of my Xbox Ones at the house without having to shuffle a disc around the house. I ordered the game online at my office and clicked on the link on each of my Xbox One consoles and it downloaded and installed well in advance of the 9th.
Having played in both the Alpha on the PS4 and the Beta on the Xbox One, I had a little sense for what was in store in terms of character creation anyway. I was a little concerned at the lack of lore or story background, but having played through a few mission have at least a tiny bit more information in that regard. In my opinion there is still needs to be much more to the story, but I understand a little more now.
After setting up my character I played through a few of the story missions myself. I then shot out some invites and set up a fireteam of 3 players. While I had a good time running around by myself, the game really shined with a fireteam. The missions were more fun, the battles more epic and the experience was just overall more fun.
That said, I wouldn’t have made it through many of the other missions by myself had other random characters not jumped in and helped me destroy some of the bad fallen in my path. One thing I think missing from the game currently is some sort of proximity chat. Even if it isn’t on all the time, there should be an option to chat with a player, even if just to thank them for helping save your ass from a hard battle. Hopefully this is addressed through an update at a later date.
If you’re looking for a bit more background on the game and the different races and subclasses, look over the main website or head on over the Destiny Wiki Page. Quite a bit of info has already been added and I’m sure more will show up as more people move through the game.
Bungie has certainly taken on a huge challenge with Destiny and so far they have delivered. The graphics are beautiful and the battles sometimes frantic (helped along by the music) and almost always challenging. One complaint I’ve heard so far is that the matchmaking in PVP hasn’t quite balanced out. Level 5 characters pitted up against level 20 characters doesn’t seem to make sense. I’m not sure if anything is done to level that out, but that could be an experience killer for quite a few players. I hope this is addressed in the future as well.
Overall if you haven’t had a chance to play Destiny you owe it to yourself to give it a shot. While it may not be for everyone, it will be quite the game for quite a few people. Try it solo and head out in a fireteam and cause some damage. Get out there and Become Legend.