Our review described Destiny as "Vast, beautiful, and endlessly satisfying". In the months since, it has only become more so. Finish the campaign, and you've only learned the basics. As the hours and XP levels go on, Bungie's sci-fi epic continues to expand and evolve. New economies appear, providing access to more power, complex facets of the already peerless gunplay, and whole new ways of perceiving and interacting with its universe. New classes of weapons and armor bring critical perks and considerations, changing the way you play and turning a great shooter into an unfathomably deep, player-shaped experience. Then the Raid delivers some of the most elegant, intelligent, and utterly unique gameplay ever encountered in an FPS.
Delivering the obsession-forming depth of the full-fat MMO experience in a more palatable, streamlined form, and woven seamlessly with what would be a best-in-class shooter on its own, Destiny is a game-changing landmark. It encapsulates how far both shooters and online console gaming have come, and sketches a very exciting roadmap for this new generation's future.
Winner: Best Shooter, Game of the Year 2014