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By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Beautiful space epic is less violent than other shooters.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 53 parent reviews

age 10+

A game for nearly everyone

It’s in no way a very violent game, hardly any blood, and very little swearing, all you do is shoot at aliens, collect gear, and try not to die in the game, pretty straightforward

This title has:

Great messages
Easy to play/use
age 11+

Best game ever

The best game I've ever played, so many memories.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (53):
Kids say (171):

Destiny, made by the same studio that originated the iconic Halo games, is beautiful, challenging, and fun. The landscapes, both earthly and alien, are at times breathtaking and may cause players to stop fighting simply to appreciate their splendor. But it's the action that will keep players coming back -- especially strike missions, which see teams of three players going up against impossibly powerful bosses and seemingly never-ending waves of lesser enemies. RPG-like leveling and looting let players customize and grow their warriors as they like. An integrated competitive mode called the Crucible lets players engage in traditional multiplayer modes such as deathmatch while evolving their heroes. Add in finely tuned controls and a terrific and seemingly never-ending selection of powerful, upgradeable weapons, and you have the sort of shooter that fans of sci-fi FPS games ought to gobble up.

And yet, it's not without problems -- chief of which is repetition. The four gorgeously rendered worlds that players get to explore are big enough to fit a few missions without much backtracking, but the game is designed so players continue to visit these locations almost endlessly, eventually making them feel small and over-populated. Plus, players looking for a compelling narrative may come away disappointed, since even the story missions are virtually all action with very little meaningful exposition. The seeds of a fascinating new sci-fi mythology exist, but they never quite sprout. Still, fans of shooters and online games are bound to have a fair bit of fun, even if it doesn't last quite as long as they might have expected, given the immense hype that preceded Destiny's release.

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