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17th Apr '17 1:41:32 PM Morgenthaler
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{{MMORPG}}s used to rely heavily on this model and the [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft biggest]] [[VideoGame/UltimaOnline titles]] [[VideoGame/GuildWars with]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV physical]] [[{{Rift}} editions]] still do, either as the sole method of distribution or as an option for those with poor internet connections. FreeToPlay titles deliver most of their content updates [[DigitalDistribution online]] but may occasionally bundle several patches together on a disc in an example of this trope.

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{{MMORPG}}s used to rely heavily on this model and the [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft biggest]] [[VideoGame/UltimaOnline titles]] [[VideoGame/GuildWars with]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV physical]] [[{{Rift}} [[VideoGame/{{Rift}} editions]] still do, either as the sole method of distribution or as an option for those with poor internet connections. FreeToPlay titles deliver most of their content updates [[DigitalDistribution online]] but may occasionally bundle several patches together on a disc in an example of this trope.
8th Mar '17 10:18:42 AM nombretomado
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** ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 3'' got one as well, a bit harder to find though. Pirates Moon it was called.

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** ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 3'' ''VideoGame/MechWarrior3'' got one as well, a bit harder to find though. Pirates Moon it was called.



*** ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4: Vengeance'' was followed up by ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4: Black Knight'', which continued the story from a different view point. Pretty much DarkerAndEdgier, as it picked up after the ''worst'' possible ending. Pretty much Battletechs[=/MechWarriors=] m.o.
*** Another expansion for ''MechWarrior 4: the Clan 'Mech'' and ''Inner Sphere 'Mech'' packs. Adding additional Battlemechs and weapon system to the games. Only usable in Multiplay however.

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*** ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4: Vengeance'' ''VideoGame/MechWarrior4Vengeance'' was followed up by ''VideoGame/MechWarrior 4: Black Knight'', ''VideoGame/MechWarrior4BlackKnight'', which continued the story from a different view point. Pretty much DarkerAndEdgier, as it picked up after the ''worst'' possible ending. Pretty much Battletechs[=/MechWarriors=] m.o.
*** Another expansion for ''MechWarrior ''[=MechWarrior=] 4: the Clan 'Mech'' and ''Inner Sphere 'Mech'' packs. Adding additional Battlemechs and weapon system to the games. Only usable in Multiplay however.
3rd Feb '17 8:06:51 PM karstovich2
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** ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' has ''The Conquerors,'' which introduced New World civilizations to the series. The ''HD Edition'' added ''The Forgotten'', with 5 new civilizations, and ''The African Kingdoms'', which added four more civilizations.

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** ''VideoGame/AgeOfEmpiresII'' has ''The Conquerors,'' which introduced New World civilizations to the series.series (and added Spain and Korea). The ''HD Edition'' added ''The Forgotten'', with 5 new civilizations, and ''The African Kingdoms'', which added four more civilizations.
3rd Feb '17 8:04:44 PM karstovich2
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* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' has 2 expansion packs - ''Warlords'' and ''Beyond the Sword''
* ''Civilization V'' also has two expansion packs - ''Gods and Kings'' and ''Brave New World''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' has 2 this as a tradition beginning in earnest with the third installment, although there are some arguable expansions for ''II'' (let's not talk about those because their status is a subject of debate). In each case, there are two expansions, with the second expansion packs - including all or most of the content from the first. The pattern has been that the first expansion is mostly just new content grafted onto the base game, while the second also includes some upgrades and refinements to the game mechanics made after consultation with the player community. In ''III'' and ''IV'', the second expansion also featured most of the "scenario" variants (typically based on a particular historical period, e.g. Sengoku Japan or Charlemagne's wars).
** ''Civilization III'': ''Play the World'' and ''Conquests''
** ''Civilization IV'':
''Warlords'' and ''Beyond the Sword''
* ** ''Civilization V'' also has two expansion packs - ''Gods and Kings'' and ''Brave New World''.
25th Jan '17 9:13:06 AM Asbduhas
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Dominion}}'' is an interesting case. There are 10 expansions (3 small (150-card)), 5 big (300-card), 1 large (400-card), and 1 extra-large (500-card)) and one set that contains basic cards with updated art. To play any game, you need a base set (Original or the first edition Intrigue) or the non-playable base set plus any expansion. To make this confusing mix even odder, while the non-playable base-set contains only cards that are in the base set and intrigue, they're an updated design, so some players may purchase this set even if they already have one of the two base sets. It provides no new cards, but they are nicer-looking versions of old cards you might have at least two full sets of already.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Dominion}}'' is an interesting case. There are 10 expansions (3 small (150-card)), (150-card), 5 big standard (300-card), 1 large (400-card), and 1 extra-large (500-card)) and one set that contains basic cards with updated art. To play any game, you need a base set (Original or the first edition Intrigue) or the non-playable base set plus any expansion. To make this confusing mix even odder, while the non-playable base-set contains only cards that are in the base set and intrigue, they're an updated design, so some players may purchase this set even if they already have one of the two base sets. It provides no new cards, but they are nicer-looking versions of old cards you might have at least two full sets of already.
25th Jan '17 9:12:15 AM Asbduhas
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Dominion}}'' is an interesting case. There are 6 (Soon to be 7) expansions (4 big (300-card) and 3 small (150-card)), one base/expansion mix (Intrigue), and one non-playable base set. To play any game, you need a base set (Original or Intrigue) or the non-playable base set plus any expansion. To make this confusing mix even odder, while the non-playable base-set contains only cards that are in the base set and intrigue, they're an updated design. So some players may purchase this set even if they already have one of the two base sets. It provides no new cards, but they are nicer-looking versions of old cards you might have at least two full sets of already.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Dominion}}'' is an interesting case. There are 6 (Soon to be 7) 10 expansions (4 big (300-card) and 3 (3 small (150-card)), one base/expansion mix (Intrigue), 5 big (300-card), 1 large (400-card), and 1 extra-large (500-card)) and one non-playable base set. set that contains basic cards with updated art. To play any game, you need a base set (Original or the first edition Intrigue) or the non-playable base set plus any expansion. To make this confusing mix even odder, while the non-playable base-set contains only cards that are in the base set and intrigue, they're an updated design. So design, so some players may purchase this set even if they already have one of the two base sets. It provides no new cards, but they are nicer-looking versions of old cards you might have at least two full sets of already.
24th Jan '17 10:45:26 AM rcmerod52
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{{MMORPG}}s used to rely heavily on this model and the [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft biggest]] [[VideoGame/UltimaOnline titles]] [[VideoGame/GuildWars with]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI physical]] [[{{Rift}} editions]] still do, either as the sole method of distribution or as an option for those with poor internet connections. FreeToPlay titles deliver most of their content updates [[DigitalDistribution online]] but may occasionally bundle several patches together on a disc in an example of this trope.

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{{MMORPG}}s used to rely heavily on this model and the [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft biggest]] [[VideoGame/UltimaOnline titles]] [[VideoGame/GuildWars with]] [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV physical]] [[{{Rift}} editions]] still do, either as the sole method of distribution or as an option for those with poor internet connections. FreeToPlay titles deliver most of their content updates [[DigitalDistribution online]] but may occasionally bundle several patches together on a disc in an example of this trope.



* ''VideoGame/FZero X'' had one released only in Japan for the failed Nintendo 64DD add-on that included a car editor, a track editor, two new cups, and a few new music tracks.

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* ''VideoGame/FZero X'' had one released only in Japan for the failed Nintendo 64DD add-on that included a car editor, a track editor, two new cups, and a few new music tracks. It's particularly notable for including a course based on ''VideoGame/MarioKart''[='=]s Rainbow Road.



* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'' had the ''Apocalypse Weekend'' expansion.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'' had has the ''Apocalypse Weekend'' expansion.expansion. The ''Paradise Lost'' expansion is a separate purchase.



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is particularly notable for being [[http://kotaku.com/yes-final-fantasty-xiv-really-was-this-bad-the-first-t-1789996867 terrible at launch]], and only with its first expansion, ''A Realm Reborn''[[note]]which, as the name implies, scrapped everything and started over[[/note]], did it achieve the popularity it has today.



* Probably the ultimate expansion pack would be ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic & Knuckles]]'', a cartridge game that ''literally attached to'' the previous title, ''Sonic the Hedgehog 3''! This was because they were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally meant to be one game]], but it was split in half to meet the deadline and a lock-on system was devised to allow the games to be played on their own or combined into one game. The feature also allowed them to make it an expansion for ''Sonic 2'' as well, allowing players to be Knuckles.

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* Probably the ultimate expansion pack would be ''[[VideoGame/Sonic3AndKnuckles Sonic & Knuckles]]'', a cartridge game that ''literally attached to'' the previous title, ''Sonic the Hedgehog 3''! This was because they were [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally meant to be one game]], but it was split in half to meet the deadline and a lock-on system was devised to allow the games to be played on their own or combined into one game. The feature also allowed them to make it an expansion for ''Sonic 2'' as well, allowing players to be play as Knuckles.



** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has two downloadable expansions so far, the first being ''Dawnguard''. It adds small new areas to the ends of the world map, and new vampire and werewolf content with a quest line where you can choose to join the vampires or Dawnguard (vampire hunters). The second expansion, ''Dragonborn'', adds Solstheim, the Nord-ruled island north of Morrowind from the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion, as well as side trips into the realm of Hermaeus Mora, the daedric prince of ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow.

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' has two downloadable expansions so far, expansions, the first being ''Dawnguard''. It adds small new areas to the ends of the world map, and new vampire and werewolf content with a quest line where you can choose to join the vampires or Dawnguard (vampire hunters). The second expansion, ''Dragonborn'', adds Solstheim, the Nord-ruled island north of Morrowind from the ''Bloodmoon'' expansion, as well as side trips into the realm of Hermaeus Mora, the daedric prince of ThingsManWasNotMeantToKnow. The [[UpdatedRerelease Special Edition]] includes both of these expansions out of the box.
16th Jan '17 6:23:13 AM DerpDerpG
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* ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon''. All three games have had two expansion packs each.

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* ''VideoGame/RollerCoasterTycoon''. All The first three games have had two expansion packs each.
14th Jan '17 10:19:59 PM WaterBlap
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** ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' has ''The Titans'', with a new campaign and enormous Titan units for all civilizations. The ''HD Edition'' added another expansion, called ''Tales of the Dragon'', focused on ChineseMythology.

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** ''VideoGame/AgeOfMythology'' has ''The Titans'', with a new campaign and enormous Titan units for all civilizations. The ''HD Edition'' added another expansion, called ''Tales of the Dragon'', focused on ChineseMythology.Myth/ChineseMythology.
30th Dec '16 4:58:19 PM Kadorhal
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** ''F.E.A.R. 2'' had the 4-mission ''Reborn'' DLC campaign.

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** ''F.E.A.R. 2'' had the first-party, 4-mission ''Reborn'' DLC campaign.



* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3: Resurrection of Evil''. The ''[[UpdatedRerelease BFG Edition]]'' includes an additional mission pack titled ''The Lost Mission''.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}} 3: ''VideoGame/{{Doom 3}}: Resurrection of Evil''. The ''[[UpdatedRerelease BFG Edition]]'' also includes an additional mission pack titled ''The Lost Mission''.



** Thanks to Steam, the Episodes also blur the definition between expansion pack and sequel: if Half-Life 2 was installed, the Episodes would re-use assets and engine components from that game, acting like expansions; but if it wasn't, they would add the necessary files themselves.

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** Thanks to Steam, the Episodes also blur the definition between expansion pack and sequel: if Half-Life 2 was is installed, the Episodes would will re-use assets and engine components from that game, acting like expansions; but if it wasn't, they would isn't, they'll add the necessary files themselves.
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