Improving greatly upon the base game while bringing new, fun things to the table? Yep, that's how expansions should work. In fact, that's how Civilization V: Brave New World works.
What the reviews can't agree on, however, is how good the rest of the game is. High Moon Studios' third-person action game, you see, has its fair share of problems.
Some thought it disappointingly shallow where others had an unusual, but ultimately enjoyable experience. Nintendo's latest Wario-themed Wii U-exclusive assortment of quirky and highly imaginative minigames, Game & Wario, is unquestionably divisive.
It took seven years for Company of Heroes 2, the sequel to Relic's massively popular World War II-themed PC-exclusive strategy game, to hit the shelves. But was it worth the wait? Six reviews say yes.
Uncharted developer Naughty Dog's upcoming PS3-exclusive The Last of Us is a grim, grim survival horror game. Critics, however, found that beneath its bleak, dark exterior, The Last of Us hides a deep, extremely rewarding experience.
I mean, come on, it's Animal Crossing. Nintendo's addictive life sim series has always maintained consistently high review scores, and New Leaf, coming out on Sunday for the 3DS, is no exception.
Whether they consider it the artistic achievement of the decade or just a boring, linear sci-fi brawler, one thing reviewers agree on is that Remember Me is rough around the edges. The question is how rough.
Perhaps keeping Fuse as a "Ratchet & Clank with humans" would have helped it stand out more. Too late for that now. Luckily, Fuse is still thought to be a more or less a fun shooter, even if it's not without flaws.
Metro: Last Light is a survivor. Not only did it suffer multiple delays, but it also managed to get through its publisher's unfortunate closure unscathed. The result is an excellent, albeit slightly troubled, first-person horror shooter.
Megaman creator Keiji Inafune's Soul Sacrifice is hardly a cheerful game, but it is certainly a joy to look at, if what these people are saying is anything to go by.
Eleven months after its release, Capcom's action-RPG Dragon's Dogma received an updated re-release in the form of Dark Arisen. In addition to giving a technical facelift to the original game, Dark Arisen boasts a brand new landmass to explore: Bitterblack Island. Reviewers seem to be mostly happy with these changes.
In Dead Island, the first-person hack and slash RPG, you went around a tropical island, punching, kicking, maiming and shooting zombies. In Dead Island: Riptide, you do the exact same thing. For some, this is enough—but not quite for others.
Superman goes rogue and all hell breaks loose in Netherrealm Studios' fighting title, Injustice: Gods Among Us. It's an all-out brawl between the heroes and villains of the DC Universe—who will come out victorious? That would be the critics, who are having a hell of a good time.
Army of Two was all about bromantic frolics through blood-spattered, limb-strewn locales. So was the sequel, The 40th Day. And so is the newest sequel, The Devil's Cartel. For some people, that just doesn't cut it anymore.
Gates to Infinity is the latest entry in Nintendo's roguelike/dungeon crawler franchise, Pokémon Mystery Dungeon. It seems it's... a bit of a mixed bag, honestly.
Yearly sports video game franchises are faced with a difficult task: continuously renewing and perfecting themselves in order to keep things fresh and to draw people in. The latest installment of Tiger Woods PGA Tour does just that.
With BioShock Infinite, Irrational Games' franchise has finally made the leap from sea to sky — skipping land on the way. It's quite the leap to make and, as these people seem to think, the results are quite spectacular.
Mario is king, no doubt ‒ but not in this game. In Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon, Mario's brother Luigi is the star. And while he might not have the strength and speed of Mario, he sure managed to convince these reviewers that he's really got what it takes.
Gears of War has been around for a while now—seven years, with Judgment being the fourth game in the series—and it seems the franchise is not ready to slow down just yet. Most reviewers agree that the gameplay is exhilarating, the story is tight, and the war-torn world is prettier than ever.