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December 18th, 2012, 03:36
I was just thinking.

The last time we had any kind of serious CRPG expansion was Dragon Age: Awakening.

It seems like the popular release model these days is base game, then bite-sized DLCs until the NEXT game.

I don't know about you guys, but I'd prefer to play a full-fledged expansion than its equivalent (if they even are) in smaller DLCs. I want the experience of playing the base game again - and it want it to last longer than one or two play sessions. I don't mind waiting longer for a release and I don't mind paying $20-$30 dollars if the content is there.

Dragon Age 2, Fallout:NV, Fallout 3, Skyrim —- all AAA RPG titles without major expansions.

I suppose if you have enough DLCs and wait to play the game again until ALL of them are released, then that could offer enough content to feel like an expansion. FO3 and NV probably fit that description.

But to me there is just a different feel in knowing you're playing a multi-quest campaign that revives the experience of the base game and keeps you satisfied until the sequel comes out.

Dragon Age did this perfectly. They had several DLCs after the base game. Then they hit you in the end with a major expansion. There is soo much in DA:Origins and I spent hundreds of hours enjoying that game. It's a pity DA:2 couldn't repeat this experience.

Anyway, just some ramblings. Ironically, I'm going to get back to replaying the DA2 DLC: Legacy, now.

EDIT : Just remembered -- we had the Divinity 2 expansion as well. Kudos to Larian for that.
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