From the makers of the Halo Universe brings you a new game, Destiny. For those unfamiliar with the gaming universe, Bungie, who is a very well known gaming developer, is releasing their new game. Unlike the past, this game will be available on multiple gaming platforms (Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, and PS3).

I could go on and on reviewing my experience playing the game, but this is for you, the parents.

A few months ago I reviewed, Titanfall, this game has some similarities to Titanfall. It is a First Person Shooter (FPS), however, Destiny is more heavily based on a story mode instead of strictly multiplayer. Personally, I enjoy multiplayer games more than following a campaign, however this was not Bungie’s aim.

Teen Rating

I remember reading an article while this game was still in heavy development that Bungie was aiming for a T (Teen) rating. I could not believe it and thought to myself, Yeah right. This is going to be impossible. The game will not be fun, etc. However, Bungie has achieved the T rating.
Generally speaking, most “fun” shooting games have always been rated M. So, how did Bungie do this? They removed all blood.
Not once did I see a single drop of blood while shooting at different players or different creatures. Not once. I applaud Bungie! Well done.
However, this is still a shooting game. You still are either shooting at other players in their competitive game type called, Crucible, or you are playing through the campaign exploring different planets trying to save Earth but shooting your enemy (Fallen, Hive, Vex, and Cabal. These are the known enemies so far).
I am shocked that Bungie has made a fun game for those who enjoy exploring the planet(s)/game and yet kept Destiny as a first person shooter with a T rating.

Language

While playing the game and a moment before I decided that I would write a review to this game for parents I thought, “This is awesome! No swearing.” At this moment, I was playing a Crucible match and it was a very close game. At this point, the announcer came on and said, “Give them He**.” Great, I thought, Why do they have to put that in there. It was rare, and I believe I only heard one questionable language used during my experience playing the game.
Granted, there could be more and there might be if the games end up being a close match consistently.

Point of the Game

What is the point of this ever so popular game? Well, you are known as Guardians. You protect the world from your enemies. There is only one last city under your control. The player wants to destroy the enemies (alien type creatures).
You get to pick between 3 different characters.  You can be a Warlock, who uses some magic to fight. A Titan who is known for their armor and ability in battle. Then you have Hunter who stalks the battlefield.
Essentially all 3 races that you can choose from follow the same story line. You want to be a hero. So you would play missions and gain experience to obtain more powerful weapons and gear to achieve your Destiny. Become a legend!

Random Final Thoughts

This is not exactly my style of game (I like more Halo style, map control, etc), but I did have a good time playing this. I enjoyed the less violence compared to games like Call of Duty.
This game did have some Halo components, which should not surprise us since Bungie created Halo. For those gamers who want a game that will have a lot of replay value, this will be a good game. Gamers can play and beef up their character and compete in the Crucible and (or) play with friends online in the story defending Earth.

Discussion with your Child

If I was uncomfortable with my child playing games like Halo, Titanfall, or Call of Duty, I would give this game a chance because of the lack of vulgar language and violence. During my time of playing, I did not encounter any suggestive themes such as sexual explicit content or nudity.
Here are some questions to discuss with your son/daughter:
  • Please help me understand why you desire to play this game?
  • What is your reasoning for wanting to play this game?
  • If you had a son or daughter, would you let them play this game?
  • Is there anything else you would like to add that you think would be beneficial as mom and dad think through this?
 
Parents, I would urge you to have a honest discussion with your son and (or) daughter. Listen to them and communicate that you are on their side. Despite if you come to the conclusion that they did not like, you want to be for them and cheering your child(ren) on.
 
-Justin Davito
 
 
Note: This review was based on the Beta Testing. Gameplay is expected to change only minimally. Online interaction is also not rated.

Justin is a husband, father, and a writer. He is passionate about equipping parents, glorifying Jesus, and helping the local church. Justin currently resides in Michigan with his wife and daughter.

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