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Destiny is the upcoming game from games developer Bungie. Set in a post-apocayptic future, it sees the player take control of a "Guardian" who travels from planet to planet, battling hostile Alien races that look to destroy the last refuge of mankind.

Sounds familiar? Well Halo (who are also only months away from releasing their next title Halo 5 Guardians) was also developed by Bungie, and saw a future civilization travel through space fighting off the Covenant, a hostile alien race.

Now, however, Halo is being managed by 343, a developer close to Microsoft, and Destiny and Bungie are striking out on their own - so does this mean Halo will fade away, and Destiny will claim the top spot? Let's take a look at some of the differences and similarities of the games.

Destiny: Welcome to the Shared World Shooter

Destiny has been in development since 2009, and even featured in Halo 3, one of the last games in the series developed by Bungie, when a sign on the wall read: Destiny Awaits.

One of the most impressive thing about Destiny is its new gameplay format, which is more of an MMO game than a traditional first person shooter (Bungie don't like the name MMO, preferring to call the game a "Shared World Shooter")

Players will team up to run missions, and choose their "Guardian" from different character classes, the hunter, titan and warlock, which act as offensive, defensive or buffing. Playing missions will see your character level up, and each class has it's own special ability.

Choose your Guardian in Destiny!
Choose your Guardian in Destiny!

Halo 5 Guardians: Plot + Multiplayer = Advantage?

We know less about Halo 5 Guardians than we do about Destiny, one reason for which is that it is further from release, and has been in development for significantly less time. What we do know, centers more on plot than on gameplay.

We know that there is a new playable character in Halo 5 Guardians. Agent Locke, a notorious Man Hunter, will be tasked with tracking down Master Chief, who is exploring the edges of the galaxy in an attempt to restore the AI of Cortana.

Master Chief in Halo 5: look familiar?
Master Chief in Halo 5: look familiar?

One area, however, where Halo may have the edge over Destiny is in it's legendary multiplayer. Destiny's Beta release saw only limited access to its multiplayer, but it did not seem as game changing as Halo's was when it first appeared.

In Destiny, the progression system carries across multiplayer and "single player" (or shared play, where you battle against AI), but powers are tweaked in multiplayer in order to give no one a too great an advantage over any other.

Could a potential lack of attention of multiplayer be the weakness of Destiny, allowing Halo 5 Guardians to reassert its dominance when it finally comes out next year?

What we know for sure is that we won't have to wait long to find out, Destiny comes out in less than a week!

But which of these two games do you think is going to be better, Destiny, or Halo 5 Guardians? Write in with your thoughts below the line!


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