Destiny is a really good game that shys just short of true greatness by being a fairly standard feeling FPS game at its core. It has the potential to be a really great game franchise down the road, but the current iteration is held back by a lot of little things that annoy slightly, like taking a lovely family vacation but not being able to ignore the mosquitos.
+ Solid mechanics
+ Addictive 'bread-crumb' style gameplay
+ Large, expansive scenes to explore
+ Plenty of varity in game modes and play styles
- Derivitive feeling story and characters
- Nagging UI/flow issues
- Character fatigue online (not enough customization)
The amount of hype that Destiny has been able to generate, for a new IP, is simply unprecedented.
Some of that is natural; the fans saw something new and exciting, and they flocked to it.
Some of that is manufactured. The amount that was spent on marketing the game was a little beyond ridiculous as well… But it all in all it’s paid off.