Destiny 2 Lightfall Review

Destiny 2: Lightfall is Bungie’s annual major expansion for the popular first-person shooter game franchise Destiny 2. It’s the second to last expansion in the light vs. dark saga, promising new content, features, quality-of-life updates, and game mechanics. But does it live up to its promise?

Destiny 2 Lightfall promised many additions to improve Guardian’s experiences, but did the promises made since the Destiny 2 Lightfall Showcase during Fall 2022 live up to the hype? It’s the first major expansion since The Witch Queen. Today, we’ll share what’s changed and whether Lightfall is worth your time and money.

Let’s dive into it.

We’ll break up this review into the following parts:

  • Neomuna, Neptune
  • Destomu 2 Lightfall Campaign
  • Destiny 2 Lightfall Leveling
  • Root of Nightmares Raid
  • Lightfall Story
  • Destiny 2 Lightfall Final Score

Destiny 2 Lightfall is a beautiful showpiece filled with new weapons to chase, quests, 8 campaign missions, and pursuits for weeks and months after the game’s launch. But Lightfall is far from perfect – introducing its challenges, questions, and desires from Destiny 2 Players, new light players, and veteran Guardians alike.

We’ll dive into different aspects of the game and share our overall impressions – what we loved, where the dev team missed the mark, and share our overall Destiny 2 Lightfall experience after having sunk our teeth into everything that Destiny 2 Lightfall has to offer.  

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Neomuna, Neptune

Neomuna is a large open city inhabited by Guardians, Vex, Cabal, and Taken, nestled at the deep heart of planet Neptune, established in secret after the great Collapse. It was included as a destination in the Lightfall expansion, a city protected by a group of warriors called Cloud Striders, who have willingly undergone cybernetic enhancements despite the fact that it significantly shortens their lifespan.

Neomuna is lush, beautiful, and colorful, bringing out a side of the Destiny 2 franchise we haven’t yet experienced. But through its beauty and vastness, the world lacks the depth that would carry the game through the future seasons of Destiny 2 leading up to the final expansion in the light vs. dark saga Destiny 2 Final Shape.  

Location / Environment: 8 / 10

Destiny 2 Lightfall Campaign

Completing the Destiny 2 Lightfall campaign on Legendary difficulty was a joy ride filled with heart-pounding moments and memorable boss battles. The campaign is designed masterfully ” Bungie “, offering stellar shooting mechanics, great pacing, and a fun and rewarding experience. The main story consisted of 8 story campaign mission and (an underwhelming) story narrative about Calus and The Witness was at the heart of the plot line. The shooting mechanics, weapons, mystique, and the origin story of a new subclass called strand took center stage.

The campaign was fun but not Bungie’s best work. The boss battles were varied, and the environments were vast and accurately portraying the theme of this expansion: a cybernetic metropolis overtaken by The Witness, Emperor Calus, Tormentors, and Calus’ shadow legion fleet.

Campaign: 7/10

Destiny 2 Lightfall Leveling

After the showdown against Calus, Guardians are set on a new path – to discover the origins of strand and unlock its powers, complete pinnacle, and powerful bounties to progress your character level and acquire some neat exotic weapons through quests and Legendary Lost Sectors.

This is where the repetitiveness of Destiny 2 starts to show. The leveling is largely the same as it has been since the start. The formula doesn’t seem to differ from what Bungie inc has done in past expansions or seasons, offering largely what players have come to expect throughout the years

While new players may still enjoy this system, many veterans and player pros may feel burnt out, which we started feeling by week 2 of leveling in preparation for the Day 1 Root of Nightmares raid.

Leveling in Destiny 2 isn’t fun due to a lack of new crucible and gambit maps, a dated leveling system, and a progression that feels throttled by the game’s system. Not to mention the same bounties we’ve been doing for years; it’s just not fun.

Leveling: 5/10

Root of Nightmares Raid

The Root of Nightmares is a fun raid -filled with puzzles and fun encounters to enjoy endless hours of Destiny 2 with friends. The raid has your Guardians traverse through loops, large dungeons-like platforms, and fun; unique boss encounters with a showdown with Nezarac. 

The raid consists of 4 encounters and can be considered slightly smaller than the Vault of Glass raid in terms of its size and environmental scope. While it can be a bit of a challenge at first, the raid is largely considered one of the easier raids in the Destiny 2 franchise, making some players unhappy about the overall challenge curve. We found the difficulty slightly easier but still fun to enjoy with friends. New players, however, should feel right at home, with RON being their first completed raid.

Raid: 8/10

Lightfall Story

The story is where Destiny 2 Lightfall largely fell flat. Throughout the campaign, little made sense about the Veil, what it is, and how the most important parts of the Lightfall story would connect. By the end of the campaign, there were more questions than answers, even among lore experts like MyNameIsByf. The characters are not memorable, Rohan’s death is all too predictable, and Nimbus is annoying, adding little value to the overall narrative and story. It’s a shame because the Lightfall story could have been so much more. And then there’s the Guardian Rank system to reward players for activity participation.

Story: 3/10

Destiny 2 Lightfall Final Score

Destiny 2 Lightfall is a beautiful expansion, filled with new adventures, weapons to chase, a new raid, and enough content to keep players entertained for weeks and months. Over the long term, it lacks key updates like a solid narrative that held this expansion back from its promised excellence. Despite that Destiny 2 fans will find things to enjoy and should absolutely check out Lightfall this year.

Destiny 2 Lightfall is available now on Steam, Epic Games, PlayStation 4, 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X.

Final Score: 7.5 / 10

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