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Destiny
Destiny

PlayStation 3 | PlayStation 4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One
Genre: First Person Shooter
Developer: Bungie Official Site: http://www.destinythegame.com
Publisher: Activision
Release Date:
September 2014
Tuesday, 16 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 02:42pm 16/09/14 | 17 Comments
Destiny is probably one of the more polarising launches to have come in the past few years, bringing all kinds of reviewers to question what exactly Bungie's newest sci-fi shooter actually is.

To help us figure out where Destiny lays on the ever-changing spectrum is our own Stephen Farrelly, who probably hasn't seen sunlight since the game's launch back on September 9th. That's probably both a good and bad thing, but we'll go with the good part.
As a persistent online shooter with fantastic combat, great AI and visual vistas to die for, it’s a winner. If you like your settings both sci-fi and fantasy-based, like some 80s rock opera, you’re going to bite into it here (the lore based on the Moon is fantastic, in my opinion). And if you thoroughly enjoy rewarding cooperative play with friends while facing crazy, giant bosses or just riding around together on different planets on your speederbike, Destiny more than delivers.
Check out the full review on Destiny for our thoughts on just what Bungie has delivered on.
Post by Eorl @ 08:27am 16/09/14 | 0 Comments
Destiny has become the biggest new IP launch ever in the UK, according to official figures from Chart-Track which puts Bungie's new online shooter at the very top of this weeks sales.

Sales during the launch week of Destiny have pushed over Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, which was the previous record holder. Sales figures have also come through, putting PlayStation and Xbox at a perfect 50% split. The PlayStation 4 version took a 46 per cent share of the sales (this figure includes sales of new fixed hardware bundles in both black and white). Xbox One took 36 per cent, Xbox 360 14 per cent and PlayStation 3 four per cent.

Destiny also marks the UK's biggest IP launch ever, surpassing Watch Dogs, Titanfall, Wolfenstein: The New Order and inFamous: Second Son. Officially Destiny is the 17th biggest video game launch ever in the UK, behind only games in the Call of Duty, FIFA, Battlefield and Grand Theft Auto series.

Activision had previously announced that Destiny had already sold-in more than $500 million worth to retailers, marking it their biggest new IP. AusGamers will have our review up shortly, so stay tuned.
Friday, 12 September 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 11:46am 12/09/14 | 5 Comments
The Internet looks polarised on Destiny at the moment, and while we power through the content for our own review purposes, Bungie has reminded us that as a persistent online game, the retail release isn't all we'll be getting.

The studio has just released an upcoming events list that will see a 3v3 Crucible objective-based event happen over the weekend of September 12 - 14, a level 26 Raid on September 16 and a handful of other events over the next two months.

Check out the image below for more details, and stay tuned for our final verdict on the game Monday next week.

Thursday, 11 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 08:57am 11/09/14 | 0 Comments
Destiny has done exactly what Activision had hoped it would do on launch: sell boatloads of copies. The company sold more than $500 million of Destiny into retail stores and first parties worldwide as of day one, making the game the biggest new video game franchise launch in history.

Based on extraordinary audience demand, retail and first party orders worldwide have exceeded $500 million for Destiny,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. “This industry milestone marks another blockbuster success for our company and demonstrates our unique ability to create some of the most successful entertainment franchises in the world. The success of Destiny, along with the recent introduction of Blizzard Entertainment’s Hearthstone, is further validation of our unique capabilities to create great entertainment franchises from the ground up.”

Destiny launched across numerous countries on September 9th, with the servers holding up quite well compared to past online launches (see: Diablo 3, SimCity). Both the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live also held the line when it came to connection stability, with only a few erroneous disconnection issues hitting players.

AusGamers is currently hitting the virtual world to soak in the Destiny sunshine, and will have a complete review sometime soon. In the meantime, you can check out Steve's article on what has us worrying about player experiences with Destiny already.
Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 04:31pm 10/09/14 | 17 Comments
Destiny is out in the wild, wild consumer world and is very quickly becoming the talk of the town.

We've already explained why there's no review available at launch, but in the short amount of time the game has been available, a slew of information about it has already crept up, but is it for the good of the game and its players?


Click here to find out what has us worrying about player experiences with Destiny already.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:36am 09/09/14 | 3 Comments
Bungie has sent through word that their highly anticipated action online FPS Destiny is now available across PlayStation and Xbox consoles, bringing players together to fight across a number of planets as they explore what is left of humanity.


“Destiny has been a labor of love and a remarkable creative journey for everyone at Activision and Bungie,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing Inc. “We feel that we have the opportunity to launch something huge – not just into the gaming landscape, but the pop cultural landscape. Arriving at our launch day with this much support and enthusiasm from fans and retailers is downright exciting. Moments like this just don’t come around very often.”

“Destiny is the game we’ve always wanted to make,” said Harold Ryan, Bungie president. “We’ve dreamt of this universe for years, so we couldn’t be more thrilled to swing open the doors and let fans shape this experience as they tell their unique stories in the game. For us, the next generation of games is all about allowing players to collide and interact with each other as they take on epic, action packed adventures all their own.”

Destiny is available now on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Those purchasing on past-gen consoles will also be able to upgrade for free to the new-gen versions, and will also be able to play both gen versions together. Read more on that offer over here.

Monday, 8 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:27am 08/09/14 | 0 Comments
Destiny customers who buy the game digitally on last-generation consoles can get a free copy on the new consoles with an offer that runs from now until mid-January, according to the game's official website.

The Destiny digital upgrade covers the game itself on PlayStation Store or Xbox Games Store, the Expansion Pass (which includes two announced expansions for and the Digital Guardian Edition (which includes the Expansion Pass). If you buy any of those three items on PlayStation 3, you'll be able to download the PlayStation 4 version at no additional cost. The same is valid when going from Xbox 360 to Xbox One.

Those who take up the digital offer will also be allowed to play both console versions at the same time, albeit not the same Guardian characters. The caveat of this is that you could purchase a PS3 version, redeem for a PS4 version and offer the PS3 version to a family member. Bungie has also confirmed that players will be able to transfer their characters and progress from past-gen console version to current-gen.

Destiny will be launching tomorrow, September 9th, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
Friday, 5 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 08:50am 05/09/14 | 1 Comments
With its launch mere days away, Bungie has stepped on the marketing hype train and brought forward a new live action trailer filled to the brim with cheesy dialogue, explosive special effects and even some Led Zeppelin.

Weighing in at just over two minutes, the trailer doesn't really tell us what exactly Destiny has in store for its potential buyers, but what it does have is Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song." In what feels like a tribute to the recent Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, the trailer is also action-packed with ships, battles and space wizards to fight off whoever it is they are fighting.

Destiny launches on September 9th worldwide for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One and Xbox 360. Check out the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 live action trailer below.

Thursday, 4 September 2014
Post by Eorl @ 09:29am 04/09/14 | 0 Comments
With its launch a mere five days away, Destiny is the subject of many discussions around the gaming circle so don't expect the news to slow down. Today's article is all about the latest exclusive content coming to PlayStation users: the Exodus Blue competitive map.

Exodus Blue is a mid-sized, infantry-focused competitive map and is only available on PlayStation until Spring 2015. It is for 3-on-3 and 6-on-6 matches. The map supports five different game modes: Skirmish, Control, Salvage, Clash, and Rumble for all three Guardian classes.

A new trailer has been unleashed onto us mortal gamers, which you can check out below. This is but one of the many exclusive content deals coming to the PlayStation, all of which seem to expire sometime during the middle of 2015.

Wednesday, 3 September 2014
Post by Steve Farrelly @ 09:27am 03/09/14 | 0 Comments
It's as if you were using Google Maps and Street View, only instead of having a look at your own house, your mate's house or the Pyramids (who hasn't?), you're going off-world via Google Technologies into the world(s) of Destiny.
Created using Google Technologies, Destiny Planet View gives fans an immersive first look of Destiny's in-game locations on Mars, Venus and the Moon. While the experience only reveals a small slice of Destiny's massive worlds, users will be able step through each area and discover useful lore, gameplay tips and even a few hidden real-world and in-game incentives along the way.
Destiny is already closing in fast, and an awesome feature like this only wants us to explore all the game has to offer more.

Click here to head to Planet View or watch a video of the feature embedded below. Destiny arrives next Monday, September 9 for PS4, PS3, Xbox One and Xbox 360.

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