Bungie announced its companion app for Destiny well before the beta and people were able to take it for a spin alongside the beta. Unlike these other AAA titles which provided a rich and entertaining environment Bungie’s offering seems somewhat (appropriately) Spartan in nature. The application itself is designed around mobile phones and small format viewing. While it is possible to run this on a full sized 9.7 inch tablet the experience does not translate well looking remarkably low res and blocky. Available on iOS and Android, it’s odd given the former relationship with Microsoft Bungie decided to not produce a Windows Phone version, but ultimately this material is available on Bungie.net so if you really need to use your windows phone you can do it from there.
On launching the application you are brought to an announcement screen with four icons across the top, the far right is a message/notification section where you will see any updates for any conversations you are a part of, this is where you will see communication for any groups you have joined. The second is a quick view of any notifications, any time you try to join or follow a group or there is some kind of update it should appear there. Next is a quick view of what friends are online on whatever networks you have attached to your Bungie account. Finally there is the in game character view where you can access forums, news, your grimoire a map of the tower and a breakdown of the stats and gear your character is using.
Of all the features only two I’ve found at all useful the first being the main news splash screen on first entry as it will recap announcements made by Bungie including patches, special events and community updates. The second is the character view, the grimoire for some inexplicable reason is not accessible in game so you have to either go out to Bungie.net or use the companion app to view the data. This lets you check on lore without having to log in to their computer. The tower map function is also nice as there is no overhead map of the Tower and it is useful for getting around and knowing where to find particular vendors (though the tower itself is so small this becomes unnecessary very quickly. Finally the Legend section within the character view is a nice way to view a statistical breakdown of your gameplay.
For example I can pull up over the last five games I’ve had a kill/death ration of 79.33 showing that in my most recent game I did The Summoning Pits with 100 kills, 43 assists and a K/D ratio of 4.17. Further I can see what my status on open bounties, what available bounties are open to me, and a more robust statistical break down of the different modes I’ve taken part in. Another handy feature of the Legend section is being able to review my different weapons and get a breakdown of their experience progress and unlocks. Lastly you can pull up your inventory and vault contents to give you an idea of what you have stashed away.
Ultimately this application is underwhelming, it makes some aspects a little more convenient especially grimoire access since it’s not available in game at all but ultimately contributes little. Compared to the stand alone games that other developers provide in their companion applications I would have expected more from them.