Destiny – The Lack of Matchmaking Is Inexcusable

Destiny – The Lack of Matchmaking Is Inexcusable

There’s nothing worse than seeing a well respected developer lower their standards and begin to produce poor, half finished, products. It’s always easy to pick up on a half arsed effort in any form of media be it music, film or video games. Bungie were once known for producing quality video games, technically accomplished, well rounded, pure quality. Bungie’s fantastic run has been whole heartily brought to end with the release of Destiny, a true example of what happens when you pump big bucks into a game and rush it out to meet a pre-holiday release window.

Destiny has been a huge commercial success, this does not reflect the games quality however. Bungie spent a long time promising the world to it’s fans. Explore a rich world, play how you want when you want, a brand new experience that combines the staples of Bungie with MMO themes. What we got was half a game missing a number of key features…and not many people seemed fussed…and that’s worrying.

Destiny, in it’s current state, is a free-to-play experience covered in big budget productions. The lack of story, the lack of content, the lack of balance, the lack of basic quality of life features, it’s genuinely disgusting to see mostly online game released like this. The fact that a good chunk of the end game is locked due to the lack of online match making is pretty dire. Would we forgive this in other games from lesser known developers? Hell no.

The main problem with Destiny is it feels utterly unfinished and untested. The lack of content is a huge elephant in the room. ‘You can do heroic strikes and raids!’ while this is the true, the fact heroic strikes and raids are only accessible with a group of friends, this content instantly becomes unplayable by large a number of players. The end game is essentially locked away without putting a decent amount of effort into crawling around message boards looking for players (given there’s no voice/text chat in the game player hub ‘The Tower’, a little like a MMO released decades ago.

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The lack of content is indeed a issue, but the fact some of this content is not realistically playable due to lack of matchmaking feels whole heartily sloppy, perhaps even lazy, on Bungie’s behalf. It’s depressingly hilarious that a game with a budget of over $300 million, and a focus on online/social interaction, ships with zero matchmaking for it’s endgame. It makes the game feel rushed, unfinished. Get the game out, make the money, sort the issues out later…this is does not feel like the Bungie people became fans of.

Destiny, as a whole, is full of issues and problems that suggested the Alpha/Betas were purely for PR/Marketing reasons. The lack of balance between classes in PvP, the loot table, bugged bounties, the excessive grinding. These issues can all be overlooked for now, but a lack of matchmaking is truly inexcusable.

 

Sean Halliday


7 Comments

  1. sebastian
    October 7, 2014, 1:17 am

    I agree, bungie really dropped the ball on this one.
    Quite a shame.

    • Sean Halliday
      October 7, 2014, 3:49 pm

      I’m hoping they hotfix it in soon…i have no idea how people are actively defending this. Then again, blind loyalty must be a factor

  2. Truth
    October 7, 2014, 8:49 pm

    That’s what you get when you side with dying company Sony and money grubbing Activision Bungie, those two companies are biggest cr*p on the planet.

    • Sean Halliday
      October 8, 2014, 1:46 am

      Not sure how Sony is to blame for this if I’m honest

  3. Christian
    October 8, 2014, 7:54 pm

    I agree that lack of matchmaking is horrible, however a simple google search lead me to “destinylfg.net” an easy to use site to find guardians for any event. It should be in game yes, but still simple and rather painless.

    • Sean Halliday
      October 8, 2014, 10:30 pm

      I get what your saying but given how heavily Destiny relies on social interaction, a matchmaking (and lack of voice chat…or any means of communication) feels like a really really silly and sloppy mistake. My piece may seem really negative but that’s just frustration coming through. I like the core game, i don’t like the lack of features and content…and the fact it’s far too grindy. I’m still playing it however, in hope they fix these issues!

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