Top 10 Expansions 1997-2007

World of Warcraft: The Burning Crusade
Expansion to the largest MMO, this title had a lot to live up to. With adding two new races, a host of new talents, skills, and items throughout its hours of gameplay, plus new flying mounts, The Burning Crusade continues the storyline adding girth to a game that?s already massive in size. With how long it took to come out, you now see why Blizzard took so long; because of all the added content that not only needed reasons to be in the game, but also needed to be balanced from the get go to inhabit a game that already was pretty balanced.
Rise of Nations: Thrones and Patriots
Making an expansion to an already stellar game can be tricky to any developer, especially after the success of Rise of Nations, but Big Huge Games comes back with an expansion that almost adds almost as much as a whole new game with content, gameplay designs, and overall quality with Thrones and Patriots. With six new factions to play and a whole new government system to toy with, this expansion takes a great game and easily makes it better altogether.
Medieval 2: Total War Kingdoms
This could honestly be three games in one actually because of all the content that was added. Giving three new campaigns and long hours of gameplay to an already terrific real-time strategy game, Total War Kingdoms certainly helps this series retain its top ranking in the genre. Not only are the campaigns fun to go through, but the civilizations that are added are also fun to play while in multiplayer.
Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer
Adding new classes, prestige classes, and a host of skills, spells, and weapons, Mask of the Betrayer not only adds content to the original game, but also continues the storyline from the original campaign while progressing the player past the level of 20 entering epic level status. Not only is the storyline superb throughout the entire game, but the replay value is superb with multiple classes, dialogue options, and endings. If you owned Neverwinter Nights 2, there is no reason that you shouldn?t pick up this expansion.
Starcraft: Brood Wars
Making an expansion to satisfy Blizzard?s followers can be quite hard dealing with all of the expectations, but they certainly shined when they released Brood War. With new audio, some new graphical improvements, superbly designed missions that are harder than the original, and the addition of six new units give the original Satrcraft game hours more of entertainment, whether you enjoy continuing the storyline of the original or the great multiplayer games against yours friends. With the success of this franchise, Blizzard definitely has a lot to live up when they finally release Starcraft 2.
Gothic II: Night of the Raven
An expansion that adds quite a few hours to the current storyline of Gothic 2, this expansion does not make the player wait till they finish the original game to delve into what can be had in Night of the Raven. Although you may want to wait to play though some of this expansion?s content, because of the difficulty, it?s all up to you an the storyline, that?s quite good, fits in perfectly. Players wanting more of the same great gameplay that the original offered will be happy to hear that this expansion offers more of the greatness from the original.
Baldur's Gate II: Throne of Bhaal
Taking the player into epic levels past 20 and continuing the enthralling story from Shadows of Amn, Throne of Bhaal almost seems like an entirely new game, than just an expansion. With superb character interaction, beautifully rendered locations, and an amazing continuation of the already epic storyline, Throne of Bhaal is a must for anyone wanting to complete the Baldur?s Gate saga.
Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne
Blizzard just seems to know what they?re doing when creating games in the strategy and MMO genre and The Frozen Throne is no exception. With a huge amount of new content, including continuation of the storyline in a superb storyline, new areas to battle in online multiplayer games and just hours of content, this expansion is a must own for any owners of the original and if you don?t own the original, pick it up while you?re at it.
Diablo II: Lord of Destruction
Continuing the storyline from Diablo 2, Lords of Destruction adds another chapter to this already popular title. With more nicely rendered backgrounds that are different each time through, this expansion adds hours upon hours of content not only through the single player campaign, but also through the countless times you?ll run through the expansion?s content in multiplayer with friends leveling up your character. You?ll spend countless nights searching for the last piece of your epic gear while fending off some of the vilest beasts out there.
Galactic Civilizations II: Dark Avatar
Updating graphics that were already great, Dark Avatar does a lot more than just look good. With a host of added content including new opponents and a new campaign to play through, the depth in this expansion and its original is superb with the ability to create your own components and the amount of customization down to every addition to your ships will give you hours of gameplay and loads of replayability. With a refined artificial intelligence, you?ll be spending a good amount of time planning your strategies on how to finally take your opponents out one by one whether it?s through a diplomatic path or all out military annihilation, the choice is always yours in Galactic Civilizations.