Reviews for BioShock 2: Minerva’s Den

99

The Best, hands down

vipe_1 | Dec. 4, 2014 | See all vipe_1's reviews »

Minerva's Den, the DLC story expansion for Bioshock 2, is quite simply the best single player based DLC on the market. At one time not expected to even make it to the PC version, Minerva's Den is an experience worth it for all Bioshock fans.

This DLC tells the story of subject Sigma, another Alpha series Big Daddy not unlike Delta in the original game. The game revolves around the thinking center of the Rapture (The Thinker), a large super computer facility the controls the operation of the city.

The game looks and plays the same as the original game, with a few new weapons and enemies. Most important is the new Big Daddy model, the "Lancer," as sort of art deco knight with a beam based main weapon. This adds a new spin on combat, and coupled with new plasmids is very fun.

Most important about Minerva's Den is the terrific story. It is well crafted, full of mystery/suspense, and tells a better overall story than perhaps any of the Bioshock games. This DLC is a tight, well focused story with a great payoff.

Minerva's Den is highly recommended as an example of everything that makes the Bioshock series great.

80

Good DLC

Obsessor | Aug. 24, 2014 | See all Obsessor's reviews »

This is one good DLC to a great game. Alas, in my experience it had one flaw. Crashes. While original game did not crash even once, Minerva's Den did quite a few times. But apart from that I can't say a bad thing about this DLC. New hero(Subject Sigma), new weapons - laser cannon is great. New plasmids. And of course a nice, but fairly short, story. These make a solid addition to Bioshock 2.

90

Totally worth it.

EDGE1812 | April 23, 2014 | See all EDGE1812's reviews »

Minerva's Den is dlc done right for a change.The DLC is separate from the main plot of the game and follows the exploits of Subject Sigma.Its a solid 3 hour story campaign and the plot is better then BioShock 2.

I myself am not a fan of Downloadable content but do not miss this one, it does truly expand the game and makes BioShock 2 a better game as a package.

93

Great DLC!

Zazutuu | April 14, 2014 | See all Zazutuu's reviews »

If you don't plan to explore everything then the DLC is pretty short. But after all it is just a DLC, right? The story is great, the gameplay remains the same except for a new weapon and plasmid. Since it is a DLC, overall it is worth its price.

80

Short and sweet

lachking | Jan. 21, 2014 | See all lachking's reviews »

Minerva's Den is a good DLC for Bioshock 2 that essentially provides more of the same gameplay you have come to expect. You still play as a Big Daddy, making your way through Rapture, completing objectives, killing enemies and rescuing (or harvesting) little sisters. Minerva's Den is definitely more fun to play than the original Bioshock 2, helped by a more personal story, more interesting levels and harder enemies such as Big Daddies that can temporarily blind you. The weapons from Bioshock 2 make a re-appearance here, but the order in which you find them is different this time, forcing you to change your strategies. There are also some new weapons and plasmids to use in Minerva's Den, including a new laser gun (my personal favourite) and a gravity well plasmid. Being a $10 DLC the game is fairly short, around the three hour mark, but each of the three levels are really great and deliver a more engaging experience than the original Bioshock 2. I also encountered frequent crashes when playing Minerva's Den, but forcing the game to run in directx 9 mode fixed the problem, although this did decrease the visual quality of the game.

If you have played Bioshock 2, but haven't played Minerva's Den yet, pick it up. It is definitely worth a purchase. Just be warned though, it is fairly short!

85

Better than the main game.

TETfromLondon | Dec. 13, 2013 | See all TETfromLondon's reviews »

Bioshock 2 was fairly good, but it failed to live up to the lofty standards set by the original game. The story just didn't feel as good, and didn't motivate you to play on in the same way. The story didn't suffer from the same god-awful ending, but still wasn't very memorable. However, Minerva's Den is a definite improvement. There is similar gameplay (you're still a big daddy), but there are a few new guns that feel good. The vigors are also there, so the gameplay in general feels the same. Being a DLC, the campaign is significantly shorter than the Bioshock 2 campaign, and can be easily completed in 3-5 hours. However the story are better (although the villain is a little generic). The game centers around a mysterious computer called the thinker. The player is given a relatively ambiguous task that seems to change a little throughout the game, alternating between escaping and getting certain printouts of code (I won't spoil anything else). The game is strong, but the ending is what really puts it above the main game. It's a genuine surprise, and is executed extremely well, and makes the game satisfying and fulfilling. If you have Bioshock 2, you really ought to get this as well.