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The first DAY sales numbers for Destiny just came out, and that single day of sales exceeded $500 million dollars. This is the largest sales number for the launch of a new franchise ever. It’s a big deal.
That said, I own the game. Yes, I bought it one day one like everyone else. To be honest, while I like the game very much, there aren’t many truly revolutionary developments that I have noticed. The matchmaking is very good. The gameplay is also good. I’m just not so sure that there is anything that really sets a new standard. That said, it is still really fun to play.
To be fair, I guess thinking of it as Super Halo might not be all that far off the mark. Bungie, the developers of Destiny were also the developers of Halo, and they have been upfront about aspects of Destiny being heavily influenced by their earlier work. However, you are joined by other players in what seems to be a pretty unique gameplay experience. I wish I had tried the beta, but I was just too busy at the time.
Also, this is one of the first really big budget games that is on the next-gen systems (if you still call PS4 and XBox One next-gen). And when I say big budget, I mean HUGE budget. Destiny is a $500 million dollar video game, the most expensive ever made. I think a lot of people are pretty excited to see what a developer like Bungie can do with a half billion dollar budget. They have a proven track record with much smaller budgets, so I'm expecting something pretty impressive.