September marks two years since the release of Destiny, Bungie's first console franchise since the epic and hugely successful Halo. And it's no understatement to say that in that time, reaction to this first-person shooter has been somewhat polarizing, with many critics leveling complaints at its apparent lack of story and variety.
But I must admit, I'm still a fan. And I really believe you should be, too. So here's why you should keep voidwalking and gunslinging.
1. It's Good To Play With Friends
Really, this is the main reason you should play any MMO. Destiny is a mash-up of shooter/MMO and, despite the flak it's copped and its apparent failure, it is still a decent game to play.
2. The Familiarity
Destiny has the potential to become a household name — especially after House of Wolves. Most of the open world and strike maps are a cinch to remember and they provide an easy on-rail feel, even though Destiny is mainly an FPS game.
3. There's More To Do Since Phase One
After going through several expansions (The Dark Below, House of Wolves, The Taken King) Destiny has made valiant attempts at trying to craft a unique feel as far as overall gameplay. "Vanilla" Destiny involved tons of grinding and even had a loot cave that was swiftly nixed. Now in its third expansion, and with several raids and multiple strike missions added, there's much more to do in Destiny than simply shoot ammo into a cave.
4. Classes For Everyone's Play Style
No matter if you're into up close and personal melee fighting, are a shotgun-blasting player, or a far away, quiet-scope zooming sniper, there are weapons and character classes for all. Titans provide a way to absorb damage and square off with danger. Hunters provide a way to take out enemies from a distance and use deadly gunplay to your advantage. Warlocks, the magic users of the three, allow you to drain life or resurrect to jump back into the fight.
5. The Hope For Potential
With its lack of story and other controversial issues (missing content, weapon-tuning issues, lack of trading items, etc.) Destiny still has a lot to offer and, with the right guidance, could become a title that becomes significant in the MMO/FPS world — especially with the recent addition of free content added to the game. Although, the microtransactions do seem a little like overkill for a game that has already grossed more than $500 million, but that's another story. Here's hoping that money will go to a good place.
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Do you still play Destiny, or are you no longer a fan? Tell me about your experiences in the comments below!