DESTINY: New Devil’s Lair Strike Gameplay – Intense Firefights Appear Promising

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Beneath the ruins of the Cosmodrome, in the shadow of an old colony ship, we’ve located the House of Devils’ lair. Fight the Fallen, burn back the Hive, and clear a path that leads straight into E3, Beta, and beyond.

Bungie recently released their most lengthy gameplay footage of Destiny since E3 2013, showcasing the combative prowess of the Hunter, Titan and Warlock, fighting together as a formidable Guardian fireteam. This latest footage takes you on a 7 minute gameplay journey as the Guardians face off against a combination of foes. We should also point out that this new footage is being taken from the PS4 build of the game as proof of this is found at the 0:21 mark when the “Press (X) To Play” option appears, clearly indicating the X button of the dualshock 4 controller.

The trailer starts out with all three Guardians commandeering their own spacecrafts which hints at the fact that players will in fact be able to fly alongside their fellow fireteam members, possibly throughtout the games solar system. Bungie has also added the talented voice acting of David Harewood (the voice of Sinclair in Killzone Shadow Fall) to add narrative instructions of the gameplay objective speaking from the position of command, leading the fireteam to what is known as the Devil’s Lair.

Remembering the E3 showing last year, this new footage of Destiny still holds up quite well in the visual department. Understanding that compressed Youtube footage even on HD doesn’t truly do the game justice, the games visuals looks more than promising. While the gunplay looks intense with a boost of awesome whenever those bodacious super-maneuvers are delivered, the music associated with the skirmishes does feels a bit flat. However, the ambient sounds associated with each encounter whether outside or enclosed sounds quite amazing.

Much of the Halo nostalgia hangs in the balance of Destiny despite this being a completely new IP from Bungie. From the unforgettable musical score (Marty ‘You are The Man’ O’Donnell) associated with each trigger pull, to the near freakish AI of the enemies (Halo series), there is a certain standards aligned with Bungie that the critical eye will be looking for with Destiny. From what we’re seeing with this latest footage, the gameplay appears to be incredibly fun. Yet, with the sounds of gunfire and musical tension filling the audio space, it is uncertain whether the enemy types will display any form of combative communication or strategic brilliance with flanking and or suppressing fire maneuvers. All hope is that enemy strength is not only found in increasing numbers.

Knowing that the game will be fully playable at E3 as the conclusion of the footage reveals is exciting. There we will have our first hands-on with the game for a more insider look at Bungie’s most ambitious shooter. In the meantime check out the latest gameplay footage below, enjoy!

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