“Having played intensively through the ‘Destiny’ demo and looking at its potential, one thing that stuck out was the obvious relation to the ‘Halo’ franchise. There are lots of similarities and feelings of familiarity within its user experience”, says Zuby Ahmed, senior lecturer in Video Game Enterprise and Production at Birmingham City University.
‘Destiny’ launches this week and is the world’s most expensive video game.
“Considering that the game’s budget was $500 million, it raises the bar for scrutiny. The game spans across a few planets, which is initially a promising concept. However, to find out that these planets will only have one large area where all of the missions take place, will leave gamers feeling short changed of the game’s initial preconceptions.
“Whilst the gameplay and mechanics of ‘Destiny’ are fun and impressive, it’s not quite the revolution of gaming ‘Destiny’ first appeared to be. It’s still apparent that the ‘First Person Shooters’ are clinging on to their habit of reiterating experiences that have been tried and tested.
“With such a vast budget declared, we have to ask whether it did actually go into the development of the game itself or into the ongoing marketing campaign.”
Written by Zuby Ahmed, Birmingham City University