Destiny 2 is a much different game than it was when it came out in 2017. Throughout the years it has seen the addition of many DLCs as well as the removal of some. I can’t really say what has come or gone because I had stopped playing Destiny 2 in 2018, right before the release of the Destiny 2: Forsaken DLC. My reason for this was because I just wasn’t happy with the direction Bungie was taking with many of the decisions it had made with the game and ultimately chose not to support it any longer. However, fast forward to 2022 and a lot has changed. The base game is now free-to-play, there is now an entirely new intro for guardians to play with a more fleshed-out storyline, and the latest DLC, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen is now available. It’s the latter that we’ll be taking a look at here and with all the improvements the game has seen over the years, now is as good as any time to jump back into it.
The Witch Queen starts basically after the events in Season of the Lost and centers around the character of Savathûn, sibling to Oryx and Xivu. Guardians will explore a brand-new destination in Savathûn’s Throne World and will face her Lucent Brood – Hive enemies who are infused with the same Light that powers Guardians. Your goal, in the end, is to stop Savathûn from pulling the Traveler into her throne world and sealing it away and to take back the Light that she’s stolen. Much of the game takes place on Mars which had disappeared from the game but is now back again.
For new or returning players who haven’t played in a while, this can all be really confusing. A lot has happened and some of the stories have been retconned so what you knew then may not be what is going on now. I haven’t played since before the first DLC, so I had to go back and kind of read up what has been going on.
In the past, the story was pretty light and the game itself didn’t really explain much of it unless you read into the lore. That seems to have changed now because, from what I’ve played so far with Destiny 2: The Witch Queen, there is a ton of story now. There are cinematic cut scenes, story points at every turn when you talking to new people. It’s much more fleshed out now than before. I’ll have to say I’m impressed as this was something Destiny was lacking in the past.
Like most of the other DLC that came before it, Destiny 2: The Witch Queen does introduce some new gameplay mechanics in order to freshen up what was already a solid game. So what’s new? Well, there’s a new melee weapon with the introduction of the Glaive. This is a multi-purpose weapon that functions as a spear, a ranged weapon like a gun, and can also act as a shield. Not only that, this is the first melee weapon that is used in first-person. However, you will need special-ammo in order to fire it, but you will not need it to use it as a melee weapon. You will be able to pick this up very early on in The Witch Queen campaigns.
What’s neat there is the ability to craft the glaive in different ways with the perks you want. You will need to upgrade the Glaive’s level to unlock perks, but it’s a neat way to craft a weapon of your making. But, it’s not just the Glaive that you can craft. There are other more traditional weapons that can be crafted as well.
There are also a lot of new weapons you can discover as well as new Exotics. This is pretty much the case whenever they come out with a new DLC so it’s time to find some new favorites.
Of course with a new DLC also comes a new campaign which for those on the fence about purchasing this, you can play the very first mission of the new campaign for free. I should mention that the new campaign also includes a new Legendary mode which makes the game a lot harder by dropping your base light level to 1350, in essence making you weaker and making the enemies feel stronger. You do get more and better rewards though, so keep that in mind. The new campaign also includes a new enemy type, the Lucent Brood, which is Hive infused with the power of Light. That means certain high-level enemies when killed, can come back to life just like you do, unless you destroy their Ghost. And yes, they have Ghosts.
The Witch Queen also introduces something called Void 3.0 which is a new subclass system. Basically, it’s got a fancy new user interface and the addition of Aspects and Fragments. I’m still really not too sure how this works, but it’s another means of modifying what’s in your arsenal.
Other than that, I really don’t know what else is new or changed, considering the fact that I haven’t played Destiny 2 in years, so everything is pretty much new to me. Because of this, I had to relearn many things about the game, especially all the new materials to collect, what they are used for, map changes, new characters, the removal of certain story elements, I’m basically starting the game as a new player and I gotta say, what I’m seeing so far has been really good. I like the fact that you’re on entirely starting at zero and it isn’t really that difficult to hit that soft level cap of 1500. It only took me a couple days to do that.
In terms of The Witch Queen, I love playing on Legendary mode. It is really hard and very challenging, but oh so satisfying when you can complete the mission.
I’m not going to lie. There was a point where I really hated Destiny. It was a really good game that was mishandled at the beginning with many poor choices. Yet it seems that a lot has changed and dare I say I might be a fan of the game again. Destiny 2: The Witch Queen has me playing a game that I swore I’d never pick up again, yet here we are, actually enjoying myself. I think what has me hooked again is just how fun the game is now and that it’s not just PvP but also PvE, especially when it seems like every new multiplayer game out there puts too much emphasis on the PvP elements.
If you’re an old player who hasn’t touched the game in a long time, I highly recommend picking it up, especially since the game is technically free-to-play, or at least most of it is. You can at least try it out again before committing to the new DLC, or better yet, if you have Xbox Game Pass or PC Game Pass, pick it up there for free so you can play most of all the previous DLC stuff before playing Destiny 2: The Witch Queen.
If you’ve been away from Destiny 2 for a while too, leave a comment below with why, and does the release of The Witch Queen make you want to come back and give it another shot?
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