Destiny Beta Review: Halo-like experience, Bungie wants more feedback after Beta went public

Aira Quintana

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Sunday, July 27 2014

Destiny Beta: All AccessPHOTO: Bungie Official Website

Bungie has opened the floodgates of the 'Destiny Beta' program for everyone, before the final release date in September. However, the developer is requesting more feedback from players:

"Our work is not done. There is more we can learn. To make this happen, we need more Guardians to play. This is, above all else, a test."

"Today, at 4:00 PM PDT, we're opening the Destiny Beta to anyone who wants to create a character and walk in their boots. There are, of course, some requirements. Aside from all the standard requirements, you'll need to be brave."

Those who were upset about not getting their hands on the Destiny Beta will now be delighted to know that anyone can play it for free, without any codes necessary.

The surprising change of plan by Bungie has led many to believe that the company is pushing its limits to make sure that before the September 9 release, they can tell themselves that they have done everything they could to claim success.

However, you will need to be a member or have subscription to either PlayStation Plus or Xbox Live Gold to participate.

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Other than that, you can freely download the Beta to your gaming dashboard and enjoy it until Sunday morning.

Ever since Bungie's split from Microsoft, the "Halo" franchise seemed left behind, but probably not anymore as the influence of the game is clearly depicted in the Destiny Beta.

Destiny is huge, not only because it would put the developer back on the map again, but also because the community has been waiting for an offering from Bungie since 2010. And, from the looks of the beta, it is likely to live up to its massive expectations and pressure.

The action is undeniably close to Halo, with fights being fast but tactical and polished but intensely brutal.

The RPG-style mechanics with character classes and level up of skills are reminiscent of "Borderlands."

There are also upgradable weapons and a sci-fi setting that is quite similar to "Mass Effect," but involves both multi-player and single-player elements.

If there would be any area for improvement that Bungie should take a look into, it would be the breadth that would keep the players engaged and provide excellent gaming experience.

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