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The hype train derailed: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 3

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Destiny has been out nearly a week now, and EW is putting the futuristic shared-world shooter through the paces in our ongoing journal. This is the third entry; read the preceding posts from Joshua Rivera and Jonathon Dornbush.

Big picture, Destiny doesn’t live up to the hype. How could it? Bungie’s first non-Halo game since 2001 and first title with mega-publisher Activision cost a reported $500 million to develop and market (those gargantuan wraparound ads in Times Square can’t be cheap). The studio promised great things, so naturally expectations were sky-high. Alas, add it to the list of much-hyped 2014 releases such as Titanfall, Infamous: Second Son and Watch Dogs that have disappointed by merely being good, not great. (Well, except for Watch Dogs, which doesn’t even qualify for “good.”) The PS4 and Xbox One have been out for nearly a year, and people are still looking for a reason to justify dropping $400–$500 on a new system. Destiny probably isn’t it. After all, it’s available on previous generation hardware, and while it doesn’t look as pretty, it plays the same. So it doesn’t live up to the massive hype.

But my bigger concern is that it doesn’t even live up to Bungie’s Halo games. READ FULL STORY

I get by with a little help from my friends: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 2

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Destiny is, by most metrics, the biggest video game of the year. If you’ve read our primer, you know why it’s a big deal. But is it any good?

EW will be investigating that question in an ongoing Destiny journal. This post is the second entry—read the first entry from Joshua Rivera here, and continue on for more thoughts on Bungie’s new shooter.

9.12.14: To the beta and back again

I’m of two minds in my experience with Destiny so far. So far, I’ve had an absolute blast with the minute-to-minute gameplay. Bungie knows how to make a shooter, and whether in story missions or competitive matches, the gunplay shines through. But as I journeyed through the game’s story missions on Earth, levels I had already played in the beta, demonstrated the one major sin I was worried Destiny would commit in the early going—the lack of a driving force foryour Guardian. READ FULL STORY

Darkness bad, go shoot it: EW's 'Destiny' journal, pt. 1

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Out this week, Destiny is, by most metrics, the biggest video game of the year. If you’ve read our primer, you know why it’s a big deal. But is it any good?

That’s a tough nut to crack. 

Destiny is an online game that promises to grow and change, one that doesn’t really take shape until people are actively playing it. And so in lieu of a traditional review, several EW writers will be documenting their journey through the game. Think of it as a journal meant to give you a perspective on the game over time.

Sound good? Let’s go. 

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'Destiny': Everything you need to know about one of fall's biggest games

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The onslaught of fall video game releases officially kicks off today with the arrival of Bungie’s Destiny, which debuts for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, and Xbox 360. Published by Activision, the shooter is being touted as the next big franchise, and the industry has taken notice—almost no other major release is scheduled until the end of September. With several weeks to keep players’ attention, Bungie has the difficult task of not only hooking players for the fall season, but, as their plans indicate, for several years to come.

So why is Destiny such a big deal, and does it have a hope to succeed? Let’s dive in and find out, Guardians.

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Explore the universe of 'Destiny,' streetview-style

Want a sneak peek at the worlds you’ll be shooting through when Destiny comes out next week? Know how to use Google Maps? You’re in luck: Destiny Planet View is an interactive web app that uses Google technology to map out three of the planetary locales to be featured in the new game from Bungie, the creators of Halo.

On top of flipping through screenshots and hype videos, Destiny Planet View also has some backstory sprinkled throughout. There might even be a few Easter eggs hidden away in there. There is also more to come, apparently: a cursory exploration of the Moon yielded a few points of interest that were currently filled with placeholder videos. Will Bungie use Planet View to hide away tidbits that are relevant to the full game? Who knows—but it’s worth a look. See what you find.

'Halo 5': Master Chief's next chapter gets a name and release window

Following last summer’s teaser footage of a hooded Master Chief braving the desert, Halo fans have been clamoring for any info regarding the Spartan’s next alien-thwarting adventure. Well, the wait for fresh intel ends now, as Microsoft and Chief’s handlers at 343 Industries have revealed the name and release window for the upcoming entry in the popular sci-fi first-person shooter franchise. READ FULL STORY

Microsoft launching original Xbox shows (including the 'Halo' series?) early next year

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The Xbox One hit stores almost a month ago. Launch titles like Ryse and Dead Rising 3 didn’t inspire much confidence, but Microsoft always positioned the Xbox One as a new kind of device: An entertainment console that would unite the disparate media machines in your living room into one glorious voice-operated mega-machine. (It’s the Megazord, basically.) To that end, Microsoft already announced plans to populate Xbox Live with original TV series, including a Halo series executive produced by Steven Spielberg, director of Always and also several other films you may have heard of. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce's mane battles one of her wind fans during Montreal concert

Last night, while singing “Halo” during the Montreal stop of her Mrs. Carter tour, Queen B found herself caught in one of her many stage wind fans. Stage hands tried to help, eventually getting her free. And Beyonce? She powered through the song like the Queen that she is, never missing a beat.

It was quite a hairy situation for Beyonce; it seems that no matter how hard she sang, her fans just wouldn’t let her go — it even became the mane attraction. It’s unbeweavable that she was able to sing such a hair-raising rendition of “Halo” (OK, I’m done.) Beyonce playfully instagrammed the event after her concert and if you want to check out the instantly-viral moment, just look below. READ FULL STORY

'Halo: Spartan Assault' trailer: Going mobile

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For the newest Halo game, Microsoft is chasing after some of that sweet-sweet mobile cash. Halo: Spartan Assault will be released this July for all Windows 8 devices. It’s a top-down game, which means it kind of looks like Mercs except super colorful and futuristic and stuff. Man, remember Mercs? Anyhow, there’s a new trailer for Spartan Assault, which also promises integration with Spartan Ops. Maybe it’ll even integrate with that Steven Spielberg Halo non-TV TV series. Who’s to say? Watch the trailer: READ FULL STORY

'Halo 4' review: Everything you want out of a 'Halo' game, except anything new

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Halo 4 marks the return of Master Chief, but the story belongs to his holographic Girl Friday, Cortana, the endearing exposition-bot who resembles Tinkerbell with more snark and less clothes. After three games’ worth of alien-bashing alongside the Chief, Cortana has exceeded her natural lifespan. She’s falling into “rampancy,” a synthetic dementia that causes emotional outbursts at narratively convenient moments. Halo 4 has high stakes — Earth might be destroyed, again — but it’s really a story about planned obsolescence, about a machine trying to outlive its natural end date. READ FULL STORY

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