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Destiny on PS4 / Xbox One falls to £29.95 over at The Game Collection

Author:
Carl Phillips
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Deals
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPS games, Games deals, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny on PS4 / Xbox One falls to £29.95 over at The Game Collection

It might be worth holding off on this one in case the Black Friday deals deliver something better, but this is currently the best price we've seen for Destiny on current-gen consoles. This latest offer beats the next cheapest deal by between £5-10 depending on your platform of choice.

  • Click the links to buy Destiny on PS4 / Xbox One for £29.95 from The Game Collection

Despite incredibly satisfying controls and the usual visual polish Bungie have become known for, the truth is it was a case of style over substance for Destiny. A solid foundation to build upon hasn't been taken advantage of since launch, and the end-game Light gear system can make or break the experience depending on how the RNG gods favor you. It's a huge shame, because when it gets it right, Destiny is a really, really fun game, as our review explains. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII@ HUKD for the find!

Halo 2: The Weakest Halo Made The Biggest Impact | Blast From The Past

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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Blast From The Past, Bungie, Halo 2, Xbox Games

Halo 2: The Weakest Halo Made The Biggest Impact | Blast From The Past

Halo 2 means a great many things to many different people, and given the impending release of Halo: The Master Chief Collection and Halo 2: Anniversary, we had to take a look at it for this week's Blast From The Past. For some, Halo 2 was the ultimate home console multiplayer shooter experience, the Xbox Live poster boy that still kicks a sizeable amount of posterior today due to its peerless balance and superb maps. For Bungie it was a chance to flesh out their universe, turning a premise into a fully-fledged canon. For Microsoft it was a triumphant last hurrah that proved their first foray into home consoles was a success.

For me, though, it's something more special. Halo 2 released shortly after the biggest breakup of my life and my parents' divorce, providing the perfect co-op distraction for my sister and I to bond once I'd returned from university. It kept us sane, and it will always have a special place in my heart.

Unfortunately, I also can't deny that Halo 2 has the dubious distinction of being the only mediocre -- perhaps even genuinely bad -- Halo campaign. Having dipped back into the Xbox original to prepare for the Master Chief Collection, I'd like to dissect the inconsistent singleplayer experience to work out exactly why it didn't pass muster... and why that didn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

Halo 2: The Weakest Halo Made The Biggest Impact | Blast From The Past

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Top Ten Legendary Halo Levels

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
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343 Industries, Bungie, Halo, Halo 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo 4, Halo: Combat Evolved, Halo: The Master Chief Collection, Top Ten Tuesdays, Xbox 360 games, Xbox Games, Xbox One Games

Top Ten Legendary Halo Levels

Halo: The Master Chief Collection is out next week, containing all four numbered Halo titles in a single enormous remastered collection. Our full review will be going live soon, but it's now the perfect time to look back at the franchise and remember why we still loved it. For us, it comes down to the levels, thirteen years of unforgettable set pieces, pulse-pounding moments, vehicular shenanigans and the freedom to experiment and improvise with our own strategies. So without further ado: the top ten most legendary Halo levels.

DIShonourable Mentions (nobody's perfect):

  • The Library (Combat Evolved): Even Serious Sam fans will find this Flood-heavy brawl overlong and draining.
  • Sacred Icon (Halo 2): The Arbiter's missions were all pretty naff, and this boring crawl through Forerunner ductwork takes the biscuit.
  • Cortana (Halo 3): Horrible layout, horrible sphincter doors, horrible enemies, horrible art design, horrible period.

10: Metropolis (Halo 2)

Top Ten Legendary Halo Levels

Sergeant Johnson knows what the ladies like: grinding treads and awesome tanks. What's not to love? This level starts with a bang as you smash across a Covenant-occupied bridge in a Scorpion, snipe jackals, go on a shotgun rampage ("It's tight quarters on the other side, sir. Use this!"), blow up an entire Covenant task force in a gauss hog and finally leap onto the back of a Scarab to murder its crew.

Halo 2 may be the most inconsistent and unsatisfying campaign in the series, but damn, it has its moments.

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Destiny only £31.48 on PS4 at Zavvi with new account code

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bungie, Destiny, Loot grinder, PS4 games

Destiny only £31.48 on PS4 at Zavvi with new account code

Destiny | Zavvi | £31.48
Starter GuideReview | Voucher Code: WELCOME (new accounts only)

Zavvi are hopeless at fulfilling pre-orders on time, but now that Destiny is out, they're willing to sell you a new PS4 copy for £31.48 if you use a new account and the 'WELCOME' voucher code. Be aware that Destiny is quite fun, but basically consists of endgame content with no strong story or memorable campaign to keep you invested. Only loot. Still, if you want in, this is one of the best prices around. You'll have to wait until they get more stock in, mind.

Thanks to donthasslethe & oUkTuRkEyIII @ HUKD!

Has Kickstarter's Bubble Burst? - Game Buzz #91

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Bungie, Destiny, Early Access, Game Buzz, Kickstarter, Lennie James, Podcast, PWNCAST, Star Citizen

Has Kickstarter's Bubble Burst? - Game Buzz #91

This week, we ask if the Kickstarter bubble has finally burst, celebrate Star Citizen's latest benchmark, and ask just who is to blame for Destiny's awful voiceacting?

Game Buzz | Episode 91 - Has Kickstarter's Bubble Burst? Recorded 3rd October, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Destiny Vanguard Edition £34.85 on PS4 and Xbox One at SimplyGames

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Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
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Bungie, Destiny, FPSRPG, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny Vanguard Edition £34.85 on PS4 and Xbox One at SimplyGames

Destiny Vanguard Edition | SimplyGames | £34.85
Destiny Starter Guide | Review

Destiny is an odd little thing: beautiful to behold, fun to play, yet lacking meaningful content and using a chance-based loot system to fill the void (and give you the illusion of accomplishing something). Still, multiplayer is great fun when you get a fireteam together, and I bet that plenty of you want to get involved just to be part of the conversation. SimplyGames' £34.85 price is nice and cheap for the Vanguard edition, which includes some extra DLC.

Thanks to BuzzDuraband @ HUKD!

Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? - Game Buzz #90

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Blizzard, Bungie, Destiny, Double Fine, Game Buzz, Podcast, PWNCAST, Spacebase DF-9, Titan

Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? - Game Buzz #90

Our Game Buzz podcast this week sees us lament the death of the loot cave and argue that nerfing it solves the symptom rather than one of Destiny's biggest problems, we take a look at the omnishambles that has been Spacebase DF-9, and also deal with the news that Project Titan has, after seven years mired in development hell, finally been axed by Blizzard.

Game Buzz | Episode 90 - Can Destiny Be Fixed, And WTF Is Up With Spacebase? Recorded 26th September, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

Want more? Check out the rest of our PWNCAST posts onsite, hit us up on iTunes, or subscribe to the PWNCAST Feed here.

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Destiny Gameplay | Queen's Wrath Kill Order #3 - Riksis, the Devil Archon

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Gameplay, Queen's Wrath

There's no rest for the wicked, as Carl & Matt go for yet another kill order in the Queen's Wrath event of Destiny. Today's video sees the duo take on Riksis in a short but sweet encounter, before discussing why players would want to keep doing these missions.

Destiny Gameplay | Queen's Wrath Kill Order #2 - Zydron, The Gate Lord

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Gameplay, Queen's Wrath

We're back with the second entry in our Destiny mini-series, as Carl and Matt tackle another kill order for the Queen's Wrath event. Today's video sees them fighting many waves of Vex before taking on the Gate Lord Zydron. They also give some critical analysis on their feels about the event so far, and then realise why you probably shouldn't do that when taking on high level enemies.

We'll be back tomorrow for another Kill Order video, so stay tuned!

Destiny Gameplay | Queen's Wrath Kill Order #1 - Sardok, Eye of Oryx

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Gameplay, Queen's Wrath

The first big event of Destiny kicked off yesterday, with the Queen of The Reef wishing to cash in on the favour owed to her by all the Guardians. Sadly, there's no new content - only variations on existing bounties and levels - but the Kill Order missions that appear have proved to be quite the challenge. So, we sent in Carl and Matt to take on the Queen's enemies as we kick off a new mini-series that showcases their misadventures. Today's episode sees them taking on the heroic version of the Shrine of Oryx mission, before facing off against its final boss, Sardok.

We'll back tomorrow with yet another Kill Order video!

Destiny PS4 Gameplay | Discovering the Magic Loot Cave

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Gameplay, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

We continue our coverage of Bungie persistent shooter as Carl shows off the joy that is his new Hand Cannon, before taking Matt to the what has become known as the Magic Loot Cave. See what riches they found, and how they increased their chances of more with controversial methods, in today's Destiny video.

WARNING: This video contains large amounts of swearing, creative insults, and a complete lack of professionalism... for science. In other words, it's NSFW. At all.

Minecraft's Destiny - Game Buzz #89

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Bungie, Destiny, FPS games, Game Buzz, Microsoft, Minecraft, Mojang, Podcast, PWNCAST, Windows

Minecraft's Destiny - Game Buzz #89

This week's Game Buzz sees us chat about Microsoft's acquisition of Mojang and Minecraft, and what the future might hold for both the studio and its wildly popular IP under new management. Now that Jon's had a chance to get cracking in Destiny, we also have a natter about Carl's review and the ongoing mix of feelings that Destiny manages to provoke.

Game Buzz | Episode 89 - Minecraft's Destiny. Recorded 19th September, 2014.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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Destiny PS4 Gameplay | Combined Arms

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Gameplay

In today's Destiny video, Carl and Matt investigate the new playlist of Combined Arms, touted as bringing vehicle-fuelled carnage to Bungie's title. However, as our duo found out over the course of the two games they played, that really wasn't the case. Watch the video above to see why they were so disappointed with Bungie's latest addition to the Crucible.

Resoundingly Mediocre? - The Trouble With Destiny's Review Scores, and Metacritic Bonuses, and Idiocy

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Fallout: New Vegas, GameRankings, Metacritic, Review aggregation, Review Scores

Resoundingly Mediocre? - The Trouble With Destiny's Review Scores, and Metacritic Bonuses, and Idiocy

Do you consider 7/10 to be a bad score?

Have a real think about that one, and while you ponder that, here's a further, qualifying question to fit into our consumer-oriented editorial remit.

If you were looking forward to a game, would you be less likely to buy it if it received a 7/10 score or equivalent?

Converted mathematically into a star system, 7/10 equates to three and a half stars. Suddenly, it doesn't quite seem so bad. Hell, even 6/10 starts looking fairly attractive at that point. Put into pictures, the idea of suggesting that 7/10 might be something negative becomes an almost laughable notion. Sure, it isn't top marks, but it isn't bad. It's isn't even average. One certainly wouldn't call it mediocre.

And yet that's exactly what this industry seems hell bent on doing.

Resoundingly Mediocre? - The Trouble With Destiny's Review Scores, and Metacritic Bonuses, and Idiocy

Part of this has to do with the pervasive and ever-growing power of review aggregation sites. The shadows that Metacritic and, to a lesser extent, GameRankings cast over the industry have been well-documented. There has been much talk of corruption in the past few weeks, but in amongst the personal attacks on industry figures, the howling banshee noises from various entrenched factions of the internet, the slandered "gamers" and the harassed journalists, and everyone caught in between, let's take a look at something simple and clear and easy: bonuses should not be predicated on aggregated review scores when the entire scoring system is broken.

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Game Night | Destiny - Dealspwn Vs Phogoth

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Game Night, Gameplay

In today's episode of Game Night, the team jump into Destiny and attempt to do The Summoning Pit on Hard. Watch as Carl, Brendan, and Matt try to survive the many moon Wizards before taking on the final boss Phogoth. Highlights include the creation of another sport, Carl demanding Matt calls him a hero, and Brendan dying in the most inconvenient places.

Destiny Review | Hope for the future

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Destiny Review | Hope for the future
Platform: PS4 (Tested) | Xbox One | PS3 | Xbox 360

Developer: Bungie

Publisher: Activision

This review was always going to a tough one to write. On one hand, this is my first new-gen title, and the choice to make the jump for Destiny puts a lot of expectation on it. On the other hand, the difficultly of separating naturally-grown excitement from the flow of mainstream hype has complicated matters, to the point that our Editor Matt laughed as he handed me the job. Add on top of this the fray that has been other reviews coming out within days of release (and the fact I hate review scores – there, I said it) as well as a huge focus on the budget for the new franchise, and it’s been a little daunting in all honesty. Still, a week of play in Bungie’s long-awaited new IP has allowed me to see most of what the game has to offer, so to hell with the numeric opinions of others, and to hell with the budget (I couldn’t care less if it cost $500 million or a fiver to make) – it’s time for me to help you decide if it’s worth your time and money.

Let’s go over the basics for any newcomers in our ranks. At its core, Destiny is a persistent online shooter that sees players choose between three class types and races, each with their own distinct abilities and cosmetic choices. From there, players are charged with levelling up and finding the shiniest of loot by either jumping into PvE encounters or PvP fights, with more content unlocking as the player’s level increases. It’s part MMO and part co-op encounters, all tied together with FPS combat that we know and love, but it’s also not quite like anything else that’s come before it. Despite the similar mechanics, it’s not Halo, and it’s not World of Warcraft either. The nearest thing to it (and I can’t believe I’m bringing it up again) is Defiance – the game that never realised its potential. In fact, there are a quite a few issues that Destiny shares with Trion’s online shooter, but there is one difference that separates the two – Destiny is fun to play for all the right reasons, and that in my mind overshadows the problems that are there.

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Destiny PS4 Gameplay | Taking on The Summoning Pits

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPS games, Gameplay, PS4 games, Xbox One

Having completed the story missions on the Moon, Carl & Matt decide to delve onto Destiny's second strike mission - The Summoning Pit - in our latest video dedicated to Bungie's latest. See how the duo (plus a random) get on against the hordes of the Hive, before taking on the end-of-level boss, Phogoth.

Be sure to check out the rest of our Destiny coverage, including our critical impressions vidcasts!

Destiny: The Road to Level 20 - Disposable content and deferred gratification

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPS games

Destiny: The Road to Level 20 - Disposable content and deferred gratification

A week on from release and I'm still no closer to being able to answer what seems to be a simple question: is Destiny any good? Thankfully, I've exercised my power as editor and given the job of putting a score on the game to Carl, but I was at a gathering over the weekend and three people asked me variants of that very question, and I realised that I gave three completely different answers.

It's a game that still fills me with an enormous sense of ambivalence.

It's easy to see why Bungie warned everyone away from day one reviews. One of the most fun, and quite possibly reductive, activities of critically engaging with The Most Expensive Game Ever Made has been seeing which bits and bobs of gameplay have been borrowed from where. A healthy slab of Halo here, a dusting of Defiance there, left to marinade in a bunch of MMO conventions and practices. It's perhaps the aspects of that last one that have proven a little confusing for the console audience. Here in the land of PlayStations and Xboxes, we know little of power levelling. Endgame content is a term that is confusing and sounds suspicious.

Much has been made of Destiny's fairly bland story missions, most of which take you out of the even more bland expanses on Earth, the Moon, Venus and Mars, and funnel you into some sort of dungeon area. In my opinion, the bits of bespoke content (particularly the Strikes) have proven far more entertaining than the other solo/co-op content. It says much when the best bits of a seemingly expansive title such as this are actually the most narrow and focussed sections.

For console players who've shied away from MMOs, content gating will be a new experience -- the slow introduction to the game's systems and modes anathema to the regular slew of content shooters and action RPGs that deliver the whole package and tell you to run amok. Indeed, it's the primary excuse I've heard from people defending the practice: Destiny takes its cues from MMOs, you grind to level 20 and that's when the "real" game opens up!

My response to that thus far has been simple...

Why?

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Destiny PS4 Gameplay | Salvaging the Crucible

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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Activision, Bungie, Destiny, Gameplay, PS4 games, Xbox One Games

We've already had a look at many of the modes the Crucible has to offer, but yesterday Bungie unlocked the Salvage game type in Destiny. As such, we sent in Carl & Matt to investigate the 3v3 action in our latest gameplay video from the launch week.

Be sure to check out the rest of our Destiny coverage, including our daily critical impressions vidcasts!

Destiny Review Impressions - Part Three | PvP and the Crucible

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
Tags:
Activision, Bungie, Destiny, FPS games, Videos

Probably the most fully-realised aspect of Destiny, today we turn out attention to the Crucible in this ongoing series of review impressions, taking a look at game modes, maps, and balancing.

Check out Part One: Initial Impressions.

Check out Part Two: Customisation.