There’s something to be said about current video game culture. Without getting into the nasty controversial stuff, gamers have become increasingly reliant on game reviews to help direct their decisions and perceptions of games. Bungie‘s highly anticipated massively-multiplayer-online-shooter-thingy, Destiny, opened its doors to the masses today, and did so without even one game review to its name. Sure it was a risky plan, but I’d say its paid off.
As someone who regularly reviews games, I often find myself nitpicking different things about games, whether it be graphics, story, or just general peeves. What happens is that I generally enjoy games less, and that’s not even because it’s my job – it’s more the fact having to analyse the game takes some of the fun out of it. And similarly, I think game reviews do that for general gamers as well, which can somewhat detract from the full game experience in a way. I’m not saying game reviews are unnecessary, as sifting through the masses of games needs some kind of regulation, which reviews can provide. However, I am saying that Destiny
has done something extremely unique in the current video game climate, which is to put the ‘game’ back into ‘gamers’.
For the first time in a long time, I’m playing a game that nobody has told me what to expect in it beyond my own expectations. For the first time in a long time, I’m playing a game and I feel like a gamer. I’ve even gone so far as to ignore all the video streams from gaming websites who are madly trying to get through all of Destiny
to put together a review, and a feel a pang of pity for those people as I feel like they’re losing a bit of the full experience, that experience that I feel I have lost with so many other games.
I may eventually write a review for Destiny
, or I may not. Don’t doubt that there will be reviews for the game when people do eventually finish the game, but I think, and I’m sure Bungie thinks, that Destiny
should be played on the merit of its expectations, something which is so rare these days, and something I can definitely applaud. Bravo, Destiny.
Destiny is out now for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3 and PS4.