Destiny has been a game that has never truly left anyone's minds since it's extravagant and richly promising gameplay reveal back at E3 2013. It has had hype surrounding it from an audience of consisting of both Bungie die-hards and anyone who so much as glanced at a gaming news outlet around June last year. It's a game that was, at times, out of sight. But never a game that was completely out of mind. And now it's kicking off the glorious September-December period of gaming releases with it's September 9th release date and it's finally time to decide if it's considerable build-up was, in fact, justified. Those who were looking for a straight answer to this question during the first week of release were likely disappointed, as every professional game reviewing outlet were taking the time to experience this game as the online-based experience that it was intended to be. Now that the reviews are out, it seems that this all star AAA title is having trouble scratching the surface of an 8/10 (and, at it's lowest, seeing the depths of a cold 5/10).
Destiny is not Game of the Year, it's not the next step forward in the next-gen gaming revolution and it doesn't do anything particularly innovative, spectacular or inventively (apart from, perhaps, it's graphical fidelity). However, and this is to expected from it's ludicrous budget, what it does do it does very well. Destiny does feel like the next leap forward in the timeline of gaming advances (really, it barely feels like a nudge forward). However, it does feel like a refinement of of things that we've seen time and time again (and things that we've seen Bungie do before). It is the core of the game, the shooting, that holds the entire experience together - at times, it is barely enough to keep the quality of the game above water, at other times, it feels like the game that we were so expecting when it first showed it face just over a year ago.
The mechanics of the game are perfectly constructed and executed from the control scheme to the way that combat scenarios are played out to how you make use of your character's abilities. In my entire experience, I encountered very minimal connection difficulties (connecting with and joining my friends was immensely satisfying in how well it worked) and no glitches that I can even recall (which is remarkable for what is a non-linear game with large-scale environments). Destiny is also, for lack of a better expression, immensely playable. It is just too easy to get into playing it and to lose track of time and daily habits, responsibilities and routines.
Is destiny worth your money? Yes, if you don't expect it to be what both it's hype and budget built it up to be. Destiny is, overall, a remarkably enjoyable experience that will fill in your time nicely for the very exciting November line-up.