Destiny 2: The Witch Queen Reviews

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is ranked in the 98th percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.
PC Gamer
Top Critic
89 / 100
Mar 11, 2022

There's still work to be done on the game at large, but The Witch Queen is a massive step in the right direction. The campaign alone is worth the price of admission.

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Travis Northup
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Mar 9, 2022

Bugs and PvP aside, The Witch Queen delivers the best version of Destiny 2 yet.

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Mar 8, 2022

The Witch Queen is not only the best and most complete version of Destiny 2, it's the foundation for something better still.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 8, 2022

The Witch Queen is an especially robust expansion, with a particular focus on customizing the play experience and rewarding longtime players’ investment in story and systems. If it’s not the most welcoming moment for players to jump in, that may be a price the developers at Bungie are willing to pay at this point. The long-running story arc that opened in 2014 is gradually steering toward a climax, and it’s possible the developers are increasingly interested in building a ride for those who have been in the vehicle for a while now.

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9 / 10
Mar 7, 2022

Bungie continues to improve its shooter MMO with the best story campaign it has yet produced and a whole lot of great additional content to keep players engaged.

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Polygon
Top Critic
Unscored
Mar 2, 2022

Eight years after those first clumsy beginnings, the series isn’t about Hope for the Future anymore. The Destiny I’ve always wanted is here.

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85 / 100
Mar 9, 2022

‎An expansion at the height that shines with its own light, especially the campaign; one of the best Bungie has ever done. And in the end, it's Destiny: a game of kicking alien asses with a shotgun in one hand and a magic spell in the other. And it doesn't get any better than that.‎

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TheSixthAxis
Top Critic
8 / 10.0
Mar 4, 2022

There’s no denying that the main story missions for The Witch Queen are great, Void 3.0 is very welcome, and if you do like chasing God Rolls you will be very happy. The Witch Queen is a solid expansion and I suspect many more secrets will be uncovered over the coming months, but I do hope the next year’s Lightfall brings us something totally brand new rather than reworking existing enemies and mechanics.

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Paul Tassi
Top Critic
Unscored
Feb 23, 2022

I cannot call this a “return to form” for Bungie because Destiny has already been so good lately. But if you’ve been missing Halo-style campaigns with variable difficulty, gorgeous level design and impressive fights, Witch Queen checks every box. This is the best thing Destiny has produced in seven years.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 10, 2022

The Queen of Whispers is the best expansion in Destiny 2 history, as well as one of the most significant add-on content in the history of the entire franchise. Not to be missed.

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8.5 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2022

After many hours of playing and trying everything and anything with Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, it's clearly the best and biggest expansion in Destiny's history ever.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 3, 2022

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen feels like something built for the veterans, for the long-standing fans. It's both a culmination of years of story and prelude to something much bigger.

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Feb 25, 2022

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is the next chapter in an already exhilarating game, a chapter that in and of itself reiterates and expands on the existing excellence of the core game. With a thrilling new campaign, an exciting new weapon, the addition of crafting and its impact on the weapon economy, and an upgraded subclass, The Witch Queen is Destiny at its all-time best.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 11, 2022

All I know is that I’ve been given ample reason to head out and shoot robots and aliens big and small with a wonderful array of satisfying weapons. And that’s enough to get me to put another couple dozen hours into Bungie’s addictive looter shooter.

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95 / 100
Feb 23, 2022

Destiny 2: The Witch Queen sets the bar for all Destiny expansions going forward, shifting the paradigm so massively that I could never have expected it. Improving upon problem points in past releases, offering a Legendary mode with difficulty scaling for solos, duos, and trios, and introducing a new crafting system, this expansion has a lot to offer, and that’s without even mentioning that it also includes one of the best PvE raids ever. Witch Queen is a must-play for fans of the looter-shooter genre, and I encourage even those who got burned by Destiny before to give it a try. This is no longer a sign of what is to come. It is here, and it is so, so good.

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Mar 9, 2022

The Witch Queen offers Destiny 2's best campaign to date, an exciting new weapon archetype in the Glaive, and takes its first steps in revitalizing the Light Subclasses in line with Beyond Light's Stasis Subclass with Void 3.0. It also adds the enticing prospect of weapon crafting, which is unfortunately hampered by extremely grind-y requirements to truly experience the most weapon crafting has to offer as well as a raid that could be the most convoluted yet.

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9.5 / 10.0
Mar 22, 2022

Destiny 2 has tried to be many things over its four and a half years, and while it seemed there has always been a step back for every two steps forward the game would make, The Witch Queen is one giant leap ahead. With this expansion, Destiny 2 is quite simply at the best game state it has ever been, and offers so much to do and reason to do it that every player that ever loved this game should give it a shot to rekindle exactly what it was that sparked that passion in the first place.

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90 / 100
Mar 15, 2022

If you’re not familiar with Destiny, it all probably sounds pretty overwhelming. That’s because it is. Destiny 2 has a dumptruck full of mechanics, concepts, and items, and it will take you a long time to figure everything out. What’s important is that getting to the light level cap, or doing the raid, or maxing out faction rep isn’t necessary to have a good time. The game still plays phenomenally, and the balance the new activities strike make The Witch Queen an ideal place to give Destiny 2 another shot. It worked for me, and well, if you knew exactly how much I’d grown to despise helium coils and faction rep, you’d be shocked I came back at all. But come back I did, and I won’t be putting Destiny 2 down for a very, very long time.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 15, 2022

The Witch Queen is a great expansion that puts Destiny 2 on the right track after the partial misstep of Beyond Light. There's a lot of content here, even though some activities are blocked behind the season pass paywall.

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8 / 10
Feb 28, 2022

Despite its shortcomings as an entry point for new players, there's a lot packed into The Witch Queen worth appreciating – we haven't even mentioned the new Glaive weapon type that combines melee with long-range attacks, the hugely enjoyable new Lost Sectors, or the overhaul to the Void subclass, bringing it more in line with Beyond Light's Stasis. This pushes the number of viable types to "two", which isn't great, but Arc and Solar should be getting a similar upgrade in the (hopefully) near future. Seasonal content will continue to deliver story as 2022 wears on, but obviously the quality of it cannot be judged yet – the expansion isn't even complete at the time of typing, what with the new Raid yet to drop. Still, this is Destiny 2 at its very best and a pleasingly vital expansion to what remains a superb game.

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