Oh, I already know full well why they said they'd have the game first. It's because they'll have a timed exclusive on the beta, not the game itself. The game itself comes out on everything else on the exact, same day. They're just being sly about it, because words.
Was able to play the beta for a few hours at my buddy's. Played as a Titan.
I like that using skills upgrades said skills and all the neat little buffs to earn on armor/weapons. I almost went into rep grinding mode for the Vanguard faction from the beacon missions. Auto-Rifles feel really strong at close to a mid range, especially if you're good at headshots. Flashbangs are really good in single player.
Tanks feel really strong without a turret/supercharge on them. I had some horrible lag problems when I tried to use a shotgun that weren't there when using the other guns. I had some horrible lag problems in a few matches in general, mostly isolated lag heavy periods (Supercharge as a Titan on a player only to be (double) melee killed by them and having them die a few seconds later). I had no problems in the single player despite thinking it may have been a bit too easy after I unlocked my Flashbang and got some Discipline gear.
Overall, I enjoyed it. I may pick it up sometime in the future.
Tip: Crouch a lot in multiplayer when approaching or defending a point for great effectiveness. It either:
A. Makes your dot disappear from motion tracker
B. Makes your dot blink on the motion tracker.
Couldn't figure out which. Still really good for sneaking up on areas.
My connection is such crap I can't even download the game. I don't know why but I feel like Verizon is throttling our internet or something lately because it never used to be this bad. :( No Destiny Beta for me.
Actually, when Bungie.net asked me what version of the beta I wanted, there were multiple region choices for both PlayStation consoles, but both Xbox consoles were just "Global". So the servers don't seem to be regional at all on Xbox 360/Xbox One. You should be good.
Nami gave me a beta code. I just played for...three or four hours without realizing it? It plays very well. Pretty damn pretty for a beta. And especially the 360 version. Still figuring things out. I kinda wish I figured out what an emblem was before I spent money on it.
Trying to find me a cool cape scarf. Will write more when I can.