Gamers felt a tremble in their trigger fingers when a copy of the latest version of Halo, Destiny, was released to the press. The franchise, from game developers Bungie and, is slated to release on September 9, 2014. Activision will publish the game. The release date for Halo is the same for the U.S., UK, and Australia and the game will be featured on Xbox One, Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox one.
The game is slated to be a huge leap forward technologically and in terms of gameplay. The controls remain much the same, so a seasoned Halo player won’t have to re-learn any new tricks. Straight out of the box, players will be fragging aliens to their heart’s content. Certain features, such as powering up the 1st person character, will be facilitated so that gamers will not need to spend endless hours developing a character so that they can join their friends online. Each game system is likely to have its own particular version of the game and Xbox One players will have the option to play the new Halo with friends where other systems are more limited in this regard.
Developers are already playing versions at home and sneak peeks have gone out to select journalists. They are still working hard and there has been no news of an extended release date. One of the workers on the project said, ″our path is clear,″ to indicate that they know where they are headed and how to get there.
Players will have control over a wide range of characteristics for their character. In Destiny, players can choose their race which does not affect playability, but which will inform who the character is. There are three choices: human, a mysterious Awoken, or an EXO war machine. Selecting this aspect of a character gives the player an emotional investment in the game, enriching the experience through a deeper narrative. From there, each character can either be a Titan, Hunter, or Warlock. A Warlock is like a magic user from the old Dungeons and Dragons days.
Each type of character comes with its own attacks and abilities. A Titan is able to use a Fist of Havoc, which sends enemies in the immediate vicinity flying. A Void is a defensive ability which will sheild the player as well as any member of the player’s team.
Hunters have access to a Golden Gun. While not quite the same as the gun of the same name players loved in the N64 classic, Goldeneye, it is a powerful weapon nonetheless. Halo’s Golden Gun shoots three thermally charged projectiles which are as accurate as they are brutal. An Arc Blade outfits the Hunter, allowing the character to electrocute enemies in sequence.
For the magical Warlock, there are also special weapons to delight players. The Nova Bomb is a blast which decimates enemies within a set radius, much like the Titan’s Fist of Havoc. The magical character is also able to give the team group boost for when they are facing a particularly difficult challenge. The Radiance is similar to Mario’s Star, though players will not be invincible, but very, very strong for a limited amount of time.
Players will be able to power-up their characters as the game progresses, outfitting them with new equipment and enhanced abilities. There is no word yet as to whether cheat codes will enable a player to leapfrog straight to a fully-operable character, but there’s always more fun in fragging until you make rank.
Destiny, the latest version of the Halo franchise, debuts on Xbox One, simply cannot be released soon enough. The Internet is abuzz with speculation and news from beta releases. With this much hype, players may need to keep tabs on whether or not they can purchase advance copies to ensure that they have first dibs on this exciting release.
By Hobie Anthony