Destiny is one of the most anticipated triple-A titles hitting shelves this year. It has a massive open world, gorgeous graphics, and is made by Bungie, the renowned developers of the Halo series. The thing is, Destiny does not have a single player campaign. While you can play it solo, you will always be connected to the other players in the world of Destiny. We at OnlySP have chosen to discuss whether or not Destiny should have a single player campaign, and we would like your input in the comments section below as well.
“Yes – Destiny needs a campaign to ease players into a new environment” (Nathan Hughes’ take)
Despite the popularity of combining multiplayer and single player into one seamless package, I think Destiny is a game that really ought to deliver a single player campaign. While the game is being advertised as a “shared-world shooter”, it’s not strictly an MMO in the traditional sense but it still emphasizes having multiple players in the game. Here’s why I think there ought to be an option to tackle the game solo.
Let’s be honest, when you’re starting a new game, chances are you’re going to be crap at it. You need a chance to familiarize yourself with the controls, learn what works and what suits you and a single player mode is the perfect area to try this out. If you’re doing this “field-testing” in a multiplayer environment with another team, you could wind up making dumb mistakes because you’re still figuring everything out. While I’m sure there’s a tutorial available, sometimes you just want to play a campaign on your own, do stuff on your own and just experience things… on your own. It’s not a critique of other players whatsoever but if the world in Destiny is as diverse and rich as advertised, I’d prefer to explore it on my own first before teaming up with buddies. If you’re “forced” to join with other players to fully experience the world, this might not gel with players who have a preference for single player modes.
That’s not to say Destiny is not embracing single player’s needs. Apparently, you can play Destiny on your own but some missions require you to team up with your friends, which is a fair compromise if you ask me. But how will the story hold up? Can Destiny deliver a grandiose tale like Halo before it but with multiple players involved? Will the game’s story differ if you’re playing it on your own versus playing with friends? Maybe an offline single player campaign is the ticket to tell a story that delivers great characters and sufficiently prepares you to tackle the online mode.
Not having a single player campaign currently works best for games where the premise is extremely simple. Take Call of Duty/Battlefield for example. Both have you playing a soldier in a modern setting and the multiplayer reflects that easily. Yet for Destiny, will it be able to convey all the ins and outs of the world sufficiently without a single player campaign? Sure you have a story online but will it be as effective if you have everyone squawking into their microphones? Can you appreciate the story with other players online as much as offline? I’m hoping they can achieve a great story but I wouldn’t say no to having a single player campaign either.
“No – Destiny should not have a single player campaign because the multiplayer aspect is the most important part of the game.” (Matt Bianucci’s take)
From the start, Destiny has been made and marketed as a huge open world game that you can play with friends. You are supposed to start the game and play through the game with other people, no matter your skill level or overall experience. You learn as you go with your friends. You are supposed to find secrets, share tips, and do everything else in the game – including progressing through the story – with your friends, and that’s exactly how the game has been developed since its conception.
Without its multiplayer component, Destiny would be a big empty world with nothing to do. Having a single player campaign might let the player learn more about the world and become better at the game, but there would be little to do without the random encounters throughout the world or running into a battle that another group of players has found. There is so much more to add to the game with other players involved, and taking that away would take away much of what is most important in Destiny’s concept and world. While the game is embracing itself as a “shared-world shooter” and not necessarily an MMO, for all intents and purposes, Destiny is an MMO at heart. Without the other people, the game is bare and easily forgettable. However, having your other group members will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the world and understand everything the world has to offer.
If you would rather play on your own instead of with a party in Destiny, I completely understand that. There are many times that I just want to play a game by myself and realize a world on my own terms. Therefore, playing Destiny alone, yet still online with the possibility of meeting other players, is still something like what the developers are looking for, but playing it offline and alone is completely against the game’s main selling point.
Destiny has so much going for it, but almost all of it is contingent upon your connection to other players in the world. Not having a connection to the online world of Destiny would remove so much of what Destiny has been designed to be. Everything has been made and marketed from the ground up as a connected “shared world shooter”, and having a single player campaign would negate the connected world that the story is meant to be played in.
Now that you’ve read both sides of the story, you can tell us your opinions in the comments section below! Let us know if you think Destiny should or shouldn’t have a single player campaign and why. Feel free to discuss this topic in our forums as well as we work to build up a strong community of gamers who love single player video games. Also, let us know what you want to see us discuss next.