The Destiny beta has come and gone, and I’m guessing there are more than a few people out there who, like me, are still suffering from withdrawals while waiting for the Sept. 9 launch of the actual game. The majority of folks sounding off about their time with the beta seem to have had a very positive experience, but there’s always room for improvement. Here are five things I’d like to see added to the final game.

As I discussed with Katy Goodman leading up to the Destiny beta, I wasn’t originally sold on the game. As more details about the ambitious shooter/MMO hybrid hit the internet, however, my interest began to grow. By the time Katy and I were gearing up to tackle Destiny’s early build, I was ready to be made into a believer. Katy and I will be diving deeper into our beta experiences in another edition of 2Player next week but, for now, I thought I’d offer up some constructive criticism. And by “constructive criticism,” I of course mean “These are the things I want because I’m never satisfied!”

No MMO is complete without housing, and as far as we can tell from the beta, Destiny seems to be lacking in the private quarters department. Space to call my own, to expand, to furnish and show off to friends would be a nice distraction from all of that shooting, as wells give me something else to spend Glimmer on. I’m a fan of trophy items in Lord of the Rings Online, too, and would love to show off epic in-game moments with items that can be displayed in your quarters. If nothing else, perhaps clan dojos are an option, complete with open chat, a shooting range, a map/planning system, etc.
A Melee Class
I’ve joked about wanting glowing swords in Destiny…Okay, I wasn’t joking. Glowing swords would be rad. But why not take it one step further and make an entire class built around melee combat? You probably wouldn’t want to make the class available in online matches, and maybe they would need a secondary light firearm to take out flying enemies, but how cool would it be to barrel into a fight, draw agro away from your teammates, and start laying waste to the enemy with a plasma axe?

This is one of those things that might actually pop up in the final build of Destiny but, so far, we’ve heard nothing about whether or not we’ll be able to actually fly our spiffy, customizable ships. Whether it’s part of a mission or some sort of “flight training simulation program” activity available in The Tower, I don’t care. I just want to be able to fly that thing and shoot down some baddies in the process. Not being able to fly really takes away from the potentiality of the game, as well as the deep rooted sci-fi themes that the game resides on.
Horde Mode
Again, this type of mode might be in the final build, and I almost feel dirty even asking for it, but some sort of a horde mode for fireteams of three or four would be tops. Not only would this give players yet another way to enjoy their game, but it could repurpose existing assets like enemies and multiplayer maps, but with zone control, upgradable turrets, barriers and shields to manage, etc. Horde modes have become popular in recent years because they are a hell of a lot of fun to blast through and allow players to get in a lot of shooting without needing to worry about following a story or dealing with player-controlled opponents. I think a horde mode in the Destiny universe makes a lot of sense, and I bet Bungie could do something special with it.

Better Communication
It looks like a mail system will be ready to roll in Destiny and fireteams have the ability to chat via mic, but the world sure feels less alive without some form of communication going on. For the main game, perhaps voice chat in the immediate area would be doable, or a set of basic shout-outs at the very least, allowing you to call for help, pinpoint a primary target, etc. In the Tower, though, I’m all for keeping things silent. A chat log, however, would be a nice compromise. When a rando invites you to join their fireteam, you never know if they’re looking to get in some multiplayer matches, tackle a certain story chapter you’re not ready for yet, or just shoot the breeze. With a chat log, could easily look for teammates that want to go after the same objectives, plan meetings, ask for help and the like. Pointing, waving and dancing, while amusing, doesn’t exactly allow for much in the way of dialogue.
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