X-Men Destiny puts you in the shoes of a new mutant with the ability to control their destiny.
X-Men Destiny takes place in San Francisco. Professor X had died and the city is in ruins due to a conflict between the humans and mutants. A mutant-hating organisation called the purifiers roam the city and the humans and mutants are split up into groups. The game opens at a peace rally in memory of Charles Exsavior. The rally is where you select from one of three mutants characters. There's Aimi, a Japanese girl who has been shipped off to San Francisco, Adrian, who has always lived by the code of the Purifiers and finally, Grant, who wants to be a football player. Once you have selected your character the peace rally becomes under attack by Magneto and it quickly turns to chaos.
Your chosen character then receives mutant powers for the first time. You must choose one of three powers that they will carry for the whole game. There's Destiny Control, which manipulates a mutant’s body mass, Energy Projection, which grants a variety of energy-based attacks and Shadow Matter. This can craft indestructible blades out of thin air or use matter displacement to move faster than the eye can see. These powers can be fun to use but constant button mashing just does a good enough job. The combat becomes tiresome very quickly on and you constantly fight waves of duplicated enemies. There are a few more challenging enemies, like ones with rocket launchers but you soon notice they perform the same moves so it's easy to take them down. You are also faced with some Boss fights but they are just as predictable and boring as the other enemies.
You can customize your character with X-Genes that are rewarded to you from completing Arena Challenges and it adds a bit more depth to the combat but not by much. There's also some unlockable outfits to change your look and you can find them scattered around the city in hidden locations.
You will be treated with a different cutscene depending on the power you select at the beginning but you never see much difference later on when picking the other characters. That's the problem with X-Men Destiny. It does have some role-play elements and there's different dialogs to choose from but it's far to weak. You are given choices throughout the game, like which side to take. If it be with the brotherhood of mutants or the X-Men. But the story never seems to change depending on your choice and the only thing that really changes is who you hear talk at the end of the mission.
I'll be honest, the visuals in X-Men Destiny are just as poor as the combat. The colours look washed out and dull and characters models don't look much better. It's more like a game form the last generation and is the worst looking game I've seen this year.
The biggest problem with X-Men Destiny is that it offers hardly any control over destiny. Your choices do little to change the outcome and with repetative combat and poor visuals, it's hard to recommend, even for X-Men fans.
Review by Gareth Smith