We Shouldn't Be Listening To Reports Of Destiny's Length
This is the kind of thing that really bugs me.
Word on the virtual street is that the freshly released Destiny only takes 9-10 hours to complete.
Over the years, I have found that early estimations of length from hardcore gamers and some critics are ridiculously misleading. So misleading in fact, that nobody should even listen to such estimates. Firstly, they're only talking about the campaign and as every last gamer knows, there's a lot more to a game like Destiny. What percentage of gamers buying this title are going to rush right through, stick to the plot-advancing missions, and call it a day? I mean, seriously, give me a break.
Secondly, it seems a lot of die-hard gamers take great pride in flying through a game at top speed and then informing everyone it's not as long as they expected. It's just an attention-grabbing piece of pointless information. The reality is that 99.9 percent of those who purchase Destiny aren't going to see how fast they can finish it. On top of which, how can we discount the fact that this game is MMO-like, in that it never really ends? Bungie has said several times you don't ever actually "finish" the adventure, and they've also said the real experience doesn't even begin until you hit Level 20.
The informed and realistic gamer knows these things. Hence, he or she knows that "9-10 hours" is almost entirely irrelevant. The only people who are going to play this game for nine hours and stop are those who never liked it from the start. Even those "l33t" gamers who raced through it so they could put up the traffic-generating headlines are still playing it, which they of course fail to clarify.
Related Game(s): Destiny
9/9/2014 9:39:13 PM Ben Dutka