Destiny: Rise of Iron

Rating Summary

Based on 80 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

71

Top Critic Average

45%

Critics Recommend

Based on 80 critic reviews
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9 / 10.0
Oct 10, 2016

Destiny has evolved in so many ways since it's release. It still boasts some of the best combat mechanics around in a game that moves both horizontal and vertically across engagement ranges. With two years worth of content behind it already there is a wealth of gaming for the uninitiated; and with a decent endgame, variety in play styles, and a dynamic and active community, there's still enough in the Rise of Iron expansion to keep year one diehards happy. Shame about the story though. I really hope Bungie can figure out that crucial element before Destiny 2. But until that day comes, Rise of Iron does set the scene to keep a massive community playing through this next stage until what will likely be the reboot into the inevitable sequel.

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8.6 / 10.0
Sep 30, 2016

Destiny - Rise of Iron is a worthy addition to the Destiny expansion family. It brings more fun, better balance (risk/rewards) and a tough raid. Definitely a step up, but still contains some old caveats that the series can't quite shake in PvP that hurt it just a bit. Overall, it's a great expansion for the series.

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8.6 / 10.0
Oct 9, 2016

Rise of Iron is a rather fitting end for Destiny and is worth the purchase for those who've followed the game thus far. The changes made by Bungie over the course of its lifespan have made the game a much more fun place to be. There are still the old drawbacks of the grind for gear but given that it's something so integral to the game it's not surprising this hasn't changed.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2016

With each expansion, Destiny grows in depth and replayability; Rise of Iron focuses on player choice in what each individual might enjoy

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85 / 100
Sep 25, 2016

Destiny: Rise of Iron is an excellent addition to Bungie’s open-world shooter, but is held back by a weak story, and a leveling meta that requires a bit of grinding. Overall, Destiny looks, sounds, and feels better than it ever has, and there has been no better time to be a Destiny player.

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8.5 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2016

People who like the game will love it, but Won't convince gamers to return to the game.

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8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

Rise of Iron is Destiny’s latest big expansion before the full sequel drops next year and while it doesn’t offer the kind of overhaul that we saw with The Taken King, it should keep even the most dedicated of Guardian’s busy, for now.

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8.3 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2016

Overall, Rise of Iron may not be as robust or as game-changing as The Taken King was, but it still has some has some worthy experiences that any Destiny fan would enjoy.

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Sep 20, 2016

Assured creativity and a smart eye for systemic refreshment make for a confident and classy expansion.

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8 / 10
Sep 27, 2016

Rise of Iron is an excellent expansion to Destiny, but it doesn’t have the same lasting impact on the game as The Taken King did. There’s not all that much for Bungie to fix this side of a fully fledged sequel, and so this DLC gets to focus on weaving a new story that delves into the game’s lore, providing hours of new content for the game’s fans to play time and again.

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Sep 26, 2016

Rise of Iron isn't quite the game changer that the Taken King was last year, but it continues to build on the work-in-progress experience that Destiny has become. Looking at it peice by piece it's very easy to discount certain aspects of Destiny, but as a whole there isn't a better or more robust game that ties together single player, cooperative, and competitive multiplayer gameplay the way that Bungie has.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 29, 2016

Combining such a wealth of things to do with the already excellent shooting produces a fantastic package for long-term fans and newcomers alike – it’s just a shame it’s taken 24 months to finally get to this point.

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Sep 28, 2016

Short on single-player campaign but long on loot collection and exploration, new expansion of first-person shooter ticks most boxes – but might not win new players

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Sep 23, 2016

Love Destiny? Rise of Iron gives you more to love, with a strong, if short, campaign, new quest lines, challenges and gear to collect, a great new Strike, two entertaining remixes and a brand new Raid. The Plaguelands is a large and intriguing new region to explore, and the new crucible maps and modes mean there’s something for more competitive Guardians to chew on.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 26, 2016

If the Taken King was a statement on just how far Bungie could push the genre with its own ideas, then Rise of Iron is a love letter to the fans who kept Destiny alive. It’s Tenacious D’s Tribute, a gloriously over the top experience that’ll pull fans back in with ease.

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4 / 5.0
Sep 26, 2016

Among the four expansions Destiny has had so far, this definitely ranks among the best showing the the developers have only continued to learn as the game grows.

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8 / 10.0
Sep 27, 2016

It’s hard not to compare “Rise of Iron” to “The Taken King.” “The Taken King” was “Destiny’s” finest and most robust expansion. Even at its $40 asking price, it seemed like it was just shy of achieving full sequel status rather than an expansion. “Rise of Iron” doesn’t quite reach those heights, but it’s still better than other expansions like “House of Wolves” and “The Dark Below.” Bungie has learned from its experience. “Rise of Iron” mostly adds more of what “Destiny” players want. Year Two of “Destiny has been a huge success for players who want the game to head in the right direction. If this is indeed the final expansion, expectations will be high for “Destiny 2.”

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8 / 10.0
Sep 28, 2016

Rise Of Iron is the best Destiny's DLC. PvE campaign is immersive, solid, and culminates in a great Raid; guardians progression is well structured, and the new PvP mode is way more entertaining than the old Fracture.

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8 / 10
Sep 27, 2016

Destiny: Rise of Iron continues the Destiny tradition as it moves into its third year of content. Some may see it as a step back from last year’s The Taken King as it doesn’t feature new playable subclasses, but there is much more beneath the surface to Rise of Iron. This, along with making older Strikes relevant again help elevate Destiny once again without alienating any of its core player base. While the new raid was completed only a couple hours after being released, the Hard Mode and Challenges have yet to be revealed and should offer additional content for those players looking for the ultimate challenge.

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4 / 5.0
Oct 1, 2016

In the end, the Rise of Iron DLC expansion for Destiny shakes up this universe in order to give players new content to draw them back to this PvP and PvE shooter. Add in tweaked gameplay mechanics and some really impressive graphical treats to be found as you explore the Plaguelands and Rise of Iron will definitely keep you invested in this expansion for some very long gaming hours, especially the co-op aspect.

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