Destiny 2 The Final Shape Is Currently The Highest-Rated Expansion In Franchise History On Both Metacritic And OpenCritic

By Zuhaad Ali
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Destiny 2’s latest expansion, The Final Shape, has become the highest-rated in franchise history, earning top scores on Metacritic and OpenCritic.

It’s been nearly two weeks since the release of Destiny 2’s The Final Shape expansion, and it has swiftly become a favorite among both fans and critics. Garnering the highest ratings in the franchise’s history on Metacritic and OpenCritic, The Final Shape is being hailed as a milestone achievement for Destiny 2.

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On Metacritic, The Final Shape has secured an impressive score of 92, while OpenCritic has it a 94. These scores not only surpass all previous Destiny expansions but also set a new benchmark for the series.

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Looking back, the original Destiny game received a Metacritic score of 76 and an OpenCritic score of 74. Subsequent expansions had mixed receptions, with The Dark Below scoring 63 on Metacritic and 60 on OpenCritic, and House of Wolves achieving 72 on Metacritic and 69 on OpenCritic.

The Taken King, one of the more favorably received expansions prior to The Final Shape, scored 86 on Metacritic and 84 on OpenCritic. Rise of Iron, the final expansion in Destiny 1, earned a score of 72 on Metacritic and 71 on OpenCritic.

Destiny 2, the base game, earned commendable scores of 85 on Metacritic and 84 on OpenCritic. However, its expansions have varied significantly in reception.

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Curse of Osiris, for instance, scored a disappointing 57 on Metacritic and 56 on OpenCritic, while Forsaken was more positively received with scores of 82 on both platforms. Other expansions like Shadowkeep and Beyond Light had more moderate receptions, with scores around the low 70s.

The Witch Queen, the expansion released before The Final Shape, was another high point for the franchise, garnering 86 on Metacritic and 88 on OpenCritic. However, it still fell short of the remarkable success of The Final Shape.

Lightfall, the immediate predecessor, scored a more modest 69 on Metacritic and 71 on OpenCritic, indicating a less enthusiastic response.

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Below is a list of scores for all the Destiny releases on Metacritic and OpenCritic.

ReleaseMetacriticOpenCritic
Destiny7674
The Dark Below6360
House of Wolves7269
The Taken King8684
Rise of Iron7271
Destiny 28584
Curse of Osiris5756
Warmind6362
Forsaken8282
Shadowkeep7376
Beyond Light7371
The Witch Queen8688
Lightfall6971
The Final Shape9294

The success of The Final Shape can be attributed to several key factors. Players and critics alike have praised its engaging storyline, which serves as a fitting culmination to the decade-long Light and Darkness saga. The new story missions, which incorporate raid and dungeon-like mechanics, have been particularly well-received, offering a fresh and exciting challenge that has resonated deeply with fans.

Destiny 2 The Final Shape is now available on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.