How Does Destiny Compare to Halo?
Players at the online casino South Africa and other video game enthusiasts like to compare and contrast new releases. Few games can compare to the classic Halo but Destiny and Destiny 2 are giving Halo a run for the money. Each game has its supporters and detractors but even the most loyal Halo fans can’t help but consider whether it’s time for Halo to move aside and make room for Halo to take its place as #1.
Halo debuted in 2012, 2 years before Destiny. The military science fiction game focuses on a group of supersoldiers which is commanded by Master Chief John-117. The group, code named Spartans, engages in an interstellar war with The Covenant, an alliance of aliens who are led by their religious leaders “The Prophets” and who worship an ancient civilization known as The Forerunners. Before The Forerunners were defeated by a parasitic Flood, they created the Halo Array superweapons.
Halo 1 was the Xbox “killer app” which is the term that came to describe a better-than-Halo console game. This fall the Halo franchise will release its sixth Halo game, Halo Infinite. The franchise is one of the highest-grossing media franchises of all times.
Destiny, which was also developed by Bungie, is similar to Halo but includes elements and storylines that many people believe make it a better gaming experience. Destiny was originally released as a pay-to-play game but now you can play it for free. Destiny bills itself as a “mythic science fiction” and the gameplay involves engagement in role-playing in a multiplayer shared world environment. Players take on the role of Guardians to protect Earth’s last safe city from Darkness by wielding Light.
Destiny is based on a player-verses-environment gameplay and, in addition to regular story tasks and missions, features multi-player raids and strikes. Public events are held and there’s a free roam patrol mode.
There’s a lot of crossover between Halo and Destiny and many players find that they enjoy both games. Some people are critical of Destiny’s cryptic story which seems to be locked within the online Grimoire, making Halo’s the richer storyline.
In terms of RPG elements and shooting mechanics however, Destiny seems to have taken the lead. This can be seen in multiple ways including the stronger impact of Destiny’s guns which feel like a real shot connecting, the distracting HUD in Halo when compared to the minimalism in Destiny, the emphasis that Destiny puts on the proper care and maintenance of weaponry — just like in a real world, Destiny’s seamless mix of single player and multi-player modes and the larger selections of customization options within Destiny that result in a feeling that the characters really matter.
When push comes to shove, Destiny has created a new way to see shooters. Halo’s storyline may be more polished but all in all, the open world of the Destiny landscape more than makes up for the lack of a traditional campaign. As single-player, multi-player and PVP weave together, gamers go on missions with squads or alone, level up the character and complete daily tasks.
At the end of the day, Destiny over-world is appealing. Bunge is to be commended for its game-design moves that emphasized replay value and long-term decisions. In this way Destiny is an inspiration.
Pushing the Envelope
Bungie is to be commended for having pushed the envelope with Destiny which is a modern shooter with all the latest bells and whistles. Destiny may not come close to Halo in its vehicular gameplay, both land-based and airborne, but it appears that overall, Halo has some catching up to do.