One of the year’s hottest games is right around the corner. Next week players around the world who pre-ordered the game will be able to see for themselves what the excitement is all about.
The Beta will include the following game modes: Tower, Story, Crucible, Strike, and Explore. The Story mode is obviously the main campaign and the Crucible mode is the multiplayer portion of Destiny. Tower isn’t technically a “game mode”, but is interesting enough to warrant a mention. The Tower is a common area for players to purchase goods, armor, weapons, etc. There are various NPC’s to converse with and missions that can be taken here as well. Explore is a free roam mode where players can explore the frontier of Destiny. Finally, Strike is a team based mode where the objective is to capture an enemy stronghold.
I was lucky enough to play some of the Destiny Alpha and I really enjoyed it. Players can upgrade their character in one of three different classes; Titan, Warlock, and Hunter. There are different spaceships that can be bought, as well as land vehicles that are really fun to drive around in. Destiny sported traditional FPS controls, which were tight and responsive. The weapons looked sleek and were fun to use in addition to feeling powerful. My favorite aspect of the game was its expansive inventory, something I wasn’t aware of before playing. It’s something akin to Borderlands, (without the gun-loot and randomized weapon system) in a sense that you can carry multiple weapons that can be switched out at anytime. There is also storage for weapons, armor, etc at the Tower.
There are a limited amount of codes to go around. If you haven’t pre-ordered yet, it might be too late to get one. Although it doesn’t hurt to pre-order the game and then cancel it if Bungie does not have anymore codes to give out (please check retailer policy before doing this). If you’ve already snagged your beta code, here’s when the Beta goes live: July 17th for Playstation 4 and Playstation 3 (NOTE: PS+ is needed for some features on the PS4), July 23rd for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 (NOTE: Xbox Live Gold is required to participate in the beta) .The Beta will be closed for maintenance on July 21st and 22nd, but will resume before concluding on July 27th. A last tidbit of information, you need to redeem your Beta code through Bungie’s website and link either your Xbox or PSN account.
Destiny officially launches worldwide September 9th, 2014.