Dressed to kill: Destiny’s weapons and armour

Another look at Bungie’s stunning space shooter

Last week, I shared my first PS4 hands-on experiences with Destiny, Bungie‘s ambitious social shooter. In today’s new video, weapons, armour, and loot are squarely in the crosshairs as lead designer Lars Bakken and community manager David Dague walk us through Bungie’s plans for galactic domination.

The game’s arsenal is vast and varied: fire-spewing shotguns and head-melting fusion rifles coexist beside traditional pistols and rifles. Weapons span three broad categories: Primary (auto rifles and hand cannons), Special (shotguns and sniper rifles), and Heavy (rockets and belt-fed machine guns).

There’s plenty of variety within each category, too. The auto rifle sub-category include burst-fire pulse rifles, single-shot carbines, and an array of full-auto assault rifles that prove murderously effective at close range. Despite the sprawling arsenal, Bungie’s designers are taking pains to hand-tune each weapon’s look, feel, and lore, making them feel like natural extensions of the game’s fiction, not the expressions of some rampant computer algorithm.

Helpfully, you can break down unwanted gear into raw components that reinforce your favorite weapon with new effects, including “elemental” damage in the form of Arc, Thermal, or Void damage that can stack on top of your weapon’s base damage and introduce new strategic wrinkles.

Armour, meanwhile, fortifies your defenses and augments your class stats. Destiny’s armour designs look strikingly different, running the gamut from space marine to neo-Roman, retro ’60s-inspired and beyond. Off the battlefield, you’ll visit the Tower to show off your new gear, decode salvaged equipment, or pick through the nearby shops.

That’s it for now — watch the first part of our Destiny hands-on preview below, and leave your questions in the comments!

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TheDrunkenMoose 5 May, 2014 @ 9:01 pm   1

An age-old question when it comes to Destiny for me.. Will there be splitscreen!? Me and my girlfriend are both so psyched about this, we’re hoping for some couch co-op on the SAME console. Please let this happen! always a joy hearing from the Destiny team!

    bitbydeath 6 May, 2014 @ 9:28 am    

    Agreed, this game needs split-screen.
    Would really like to buy this game but won’t be much point if I can’t play with my wife.

    salvogdaze 6 May, 2014 @ 10:25 am    

    Another gamer couple here, local co-op is a major selling point for us as well.

    MoMo-Snip-01 6 May, 2014 @ 11:39 am    

    Same here, I’ve finished the 2 borderlands with my wife, and i want it to be the same for destiniy.

    Brainrix 8 May, 2014 @ 1:37 am    

    My girlfriend has her own ps4 and Destiny Beta Code!

Shankelstoff 5 May, 2014 @ 9:05 pm   2

Wow. Just wow… Bungie should have announced this game the day before release… this damn wait is killing me!

squiggledyboing 6 May, 2014 @ 12:04 pm   3


Porcupeth00 7 May, 2014 @ 2:56 am   4

no thanks.


this game looks so awsome!! i want to play it so much, i really like the rpg elements and the coop

Cloud-1409 12 May, 2014 @ 7:13 pm   6

I am so psyched for this. Local co-op via splitscreen would be great but in all honesty I don’t see it happening.

Perfect game !