So here I am, sitting and wondering why I'm not excited about Bungie Studio's new Destiny project. The art is beautiful, the story is grand and epic, although I admit that the first person shooter focus is kind of getting old and tiresome, I can deal with that. So why am I not wowed by this?
It slowly comes to me, I've seen this all before. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, there's an outside party with a supposed vested interest in keeping us alive, because we're 'special'. It's in the future, and there's alien technology that's been more or less given to us... Is anyone else getting shades of Mass Effect, mixed with equal parts of Halo? I am.
I suppose the lack of original plot is forgivable if the game is fun, and the scope of the multiplayer is pretty grand, I mean a ten year lifecycle? That's going to be a LOT of content. But I guess part of the issue I also have is that it IS multiplayer, and yet, Bungie claims that you (as in the player) are 'special' and are a 'hero'. But in a multiplayer environment that just doesn't work. How do you make someone feel like a hero, when there are potentially tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands and more, who are also 'the hero'? And they are on the same server as you are, in fact, they're right beside you. Not to mention that the word Hero can mean so many differing things for everyone playing.
And then there's the presentation itself, they've had about 4 years to work on this but all we have are art assets? Maybe a video of players running around all urgent like? But we know nothing of the 'threats', nothing of what we'll be doing, other than exploring the Solar System, by hints of talking about 'Mars'.
In the end, I'm left feeling like they talked a lot, but said very little. Am I the only one who feels this?