Even if you view game expansions and downloadable content as barbarous cash-grabs that only serve to line the pockets of industry fat cats, it appears the DLC phenomena is here to stay for the foreseeable future. But just because the ways companies make money from games has changed over the years, doesn’t mean that there aren’t talented developers out there working hard to make sure the expansions we get for our already-purchased games are both worth the price and the experience. These are eight great expansions that helped revitalize established games.
8. Bioshock 2 – Minerva’s Den
Many gamers criticized Bioshock 2 for being too similar to the first game in terms of its look and feel. But if any of those critics had stuck around long enough to play the Minerva’s Den expansion, they might have been pleasantly surprised. In the expansion, players are cast in the role of an Alpha Series Big Daddy named Sigma, who is activated to retrieve the Thinker’s machine code. While Minerva’s Den might not have as impressive a narrative as some of the other expansions on this list, the way it explores human nature, personal obsession and the drive to succeed are compelling storytelling aspects not often seen in the first-person shooter genre. Plus, there’s an epic plot twist at the end that will have you questioning every move you ever made in Bioshock.