destiny-planet-view-introThe anticipation for Destiny is getting just as overwhelming as the hype. It’s to the point that many are eager for the game to be released not only so they can play it, but also so that the relentless advertising will diminish.

For those of us who have yet to have a proper fill of Destiny, Bungie has teamed with none other than Google to show off the planets of Destiny with Planet View.

destiny-planet-view-venusPlanet View is a guided tour through some of Destiny’s game space. Although it is not actual game play, it looks as though all the images have been taken directly from the game to construct the experience. Much like Google Maps and Google Earth, you can travel through the environment to explore. Moving from location to location can be done with the arrow keys, and your mouse can be used to pan the view of the area. Each area has content to be viewed, ranging from images, movies, and articles particular to the planet which you’re exploring.

The walk through covers a vast array of information but doesn’t cover every location from the game. The Mars section itself contains over thirty points of interest to explore. Although Earth is a playable destination in Destiny, it is not included in Planet View. Perhaps if you want to explore Earth, you should go outside and do so.

destiny-microsoft-storeFor those that have yet to pre-order the game, Microsoft is dangling another carrot in front of you. Head on over to the Microsoft Store and nab a $10 digital gift card for pre-ordering with them, but you have to take them up on the offer by September 5th.

This pre-order is for a retail/box copy of the game that will be shipped to you. Getting $10 back is somewhat of a trade-off for not having the game on launch day and forgoing the PlayStation exclusives.

DestinySadUnfortunately, some sadder news to wrap things up on. If you were looking forward to pre-release or release day reviews, then you best start pouting. Ploygon has stated that they will not have early enough access to the game in order to have a review done. In fact, they will only be receiving their review copies a day before the full launch. This may indicate that other review sites will not have reviews ready either.

Unless something mysterious or strange happened, I wasn’t getting early access to the game to get a review done so my plans haven’t changed. I’ll be getting my copy on the day of release and plowing through it. How much longer until 9/9???

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Paul Novak is a self described Polish ninja toiling away as an IT professional but more into gaming and writing. Physically existing in the west side of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania yet existentially flowing with the ether of the Internet. Found here at What’s Your Tag? and on the Twitter @dudewantshisrug. Game on with Team XBRO!

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