Destiny Planet View a clever promotional tool for Bungie’s shooter

A lot of games try to engage potential players and get us to spend our hard earned dollars on them. Commercial campaigns on television has become commonplace for the very big AAA titles like Madden, Call of Duty, Halo, and Grand Theft Auto. Some use a mix of pre-rendered or in game footage. Others give us live action extravaganzas, like the star powered Call of Duty commercials or the recent Madden ads featuring Kevin Hart. But Bungie has done something a bit unique.

Destiny Planet View (www.destinyplanetview.com) uses Google Maps technology and allows us to explore the Moon, Mars, and Venus. There are 90 points of interest to be found across the three worlds, ranging from concept art, videos, and even little facts about the world you’re currently exploring. Breaking it down, there are 29 points of interest on Mars, 34 on the Moon, and 27 on Venus. Each point highlights the specialized gameplay to that world, though with the videos you will start to see repeated footage. There are three unique spaceships to find (exclusive to the PlayStation consoles at launch) and a few specialized weapons that you can rotate manually by dragging the cursor over them using your mouse.

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Exploring all three worlds can take you a couple of hours or so, depending on if you watch every single video in full or not. There is plenty of info given on the various enemies you will encounter, and there is even some entertaining commentary as you move across the world’s surface. In the end, Bungie found a very clever way to get players even more excited for their online shooter, giving us some never before glimpses into story cut scenes and looks at the various multiplayer modes found in the Crucible. So, what do you get for occupying your time with this promotional site? Explore everything, and you get a code for a special emblem called The Sign of the Finite, which you can pick up at the Tower when the game launches on September 9.

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Overall, I’d score this promotional tool for Destiny a 9/10. Is that a preview of our possible score for the full game? Stay tuned for our thoughts after launch on Tuesday.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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