While not everyone is interested in Bungie’s upcoming shared-world shooter, it’s not too much of a stretch to say that Destiny might be the most anticipated game of 2014. Is it because of Bungie? Is the enthusiasm from fans of Marathon and Halo driving the excitement for a new Bungie FPS? Is it because of the promise that Destiny is not just a shooter, not just a massively multiplayer online game, but the two combined in such a way as to produce a unique experience?
Bungie is promising a lot with Destiny. When the beta is released in July, we’ll have a better idea of how well they’ll succeed. The game will come out on September 9 for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One consoles. A lot has been said about Destiny’s story and universe, but for many people, the gameplay is the most important thing. So what can you expect from Destiny’s gameplay?
There will be several different modes. There is a Campaign mode, which you can play through solo if you choose to do so. However, you can also play it as a part of a three-player Fireteam. Keep in mind that there is no offline mode, so you’ll be online even if you play through the campaign alone. But with an online game like Destiny, there is so much to do outside of the campaign. If you just want to enjoy the game worlds, you can choose the free-roaming Patrol mode. In Patrol mode, you can choose to hunt for loot, perform minor quests for the game’s factions, or just explore. Everything is up to you, so this is by far the most variable and open-ended mode.
Other modes are much more focused. In Strike mode, you’ll join two other players to create a 3-player Fireteam. Your Fireteam will go to a specific location, and you’ll have to fulfill objectives for the mission. At the end, you’ll face a boss together, and the entire thing should take approximately half an hour.
After a couple of hours of playing Destiny’s campaign, you’ll unlock Skirmishes. Skirmish mode is the competitive aspect of the game, where you’ll fight against other players. It’s locked at the start to make sure you’re prepared before you jump into player-vs-player gameplay. Another competitive mode is called Faction Wars, or Faction Missions, but very little information has been revealed about it. Therefore, let’s return to something we know more about.
Six players can team up for Raid mode, but you had better be prepared. Raids have been described as Bungie as a part of the end-game, and they’re going to be very difficult. In theory, you can play through Destiny pretending it’s a single-player game and ignoring your fellow Guardians, but if you don’t have a strong team to rely on for Raids, you probably don’t stand much of a chance. As an example, Bungie said that in a Raid, you might spend 45 minutes just trying to get past the entrance.
These won’t be the only things you can do in Destiny. We’ve also heard about a Bounty game mode, which sounds similar to a raid in a standard MMO game, but on a weekly basis. Once a week, Guardians can join forces to kill a specific enemy and gain valuable loot. Besides Bounty, we wouldn’t be surprised to see even more modes that haven’t been hinted at yet.
With all of these different modes, it’ll only be a matter of time before players start developing cheats and codes for Destiny to help players out. Maybe we’ll see a guide to finding Easter eggs, loot, and other secrets in Patrol mode. Combat tips will definitely come in handy, whether they involve boss strategies for Strikes or PvP advice for the competitive modes. And if Bungie is right about how difficult the Raids are, we expect to see a lot of hints and tricks to help players through them. That, however, like many other things, will have to wait until September-or at least until the Destiny beta in July.