Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. It's one hell of a trip from beginning to end and, by the end of its four-hour journey, will only make it tougher for you to wait two years for BioShock Infinite.
  2. It is a similar gameplay experience to the sequel title, but with an even more intriguing plot than reuniting with your daughter was. While gameplay won't feel original, the engineered and technology-run world will.
  3. At 800 MS points it's a bargain; with its gripping story, engaging new characters and fun new weapons, Minerva's Den is a product the late Andrew Ryan would most assuredly approve of.
  4. The five or so hours it takes to escape this den of iniquity are rife with high caliber direction. It balances the new gewgaws with the series' hallmarks to deliver a fitting send-off of BioShock's under-the-sea story.
  5. Jan 5, 2011
    This add-on's great pacing and memorable story are excellent reasons to return to Rapture.
  6. 85
    Ultimately, Minerva's Den uses Bioshock 2 as a platform to tell a more personal, interesting story than 2K Marin and co. achieved with the game proper.
  7. Minerva's Den also offers a tightly wound narrative that is easy to digest and unlike any other tale told under the sea.
  8. Moving, melancholy, and even a bit hopeful, it's a true stunner; don't be surprised if it leaves you a little teary-eyed.
  9. With its copious amounts of content and inspiring new setting, Minerva's Den provides a great reason to head back into Rapture City again.
  10. Rapture is getting old, and it's becoming increasingly difficult for 2K to wring interesting stories and characters out of the setting. That said, this is distilled and more accessible chapter in the Bioshock story, and if you liked the more action-oriented approach of the second game, Minerva's Den won't disappoint.
  11. Some refreshing of the game's major mechanics or pacing could have spliced this DLC to the next level, but unfortunately its repetitive nature holds it back. If you are a sucker for Rapture lore, then Minerva's Den may yet be worth the $10.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 13, 2010
    If you liked Bioshock 2, you'll certainly like Minerva's Den. Solid story, fun new weapons, and interesting new plasmids. I don't usually buy DLC, but I purchased this on a whim and wasn't disappointed. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2010
    When it comes to DLC, this is one of the best game add-ons I've ever purchased. The story is superb, and the experience is every bit as enjoyable as Bioshock 1 and 2. Full Review »
  3. Sep 8, 2010
    After completing the main game and learning there was no backtracking available, I was pumped for the add on content for Bioshock 2. Now, after playing Minerva's Den, I can say that if you liked the main game, you'll thoroughly enjoy this DLC. With a new weapon, the Ion Cannon and a new plasmid, the Gravity Well (which is very fun by the way), the add on content makes you feel like it was an addition to the game, not just a "deleted scene". The only negative is that we've lost all connections with familiar characters. No more Delta!
    However, I did greatly enjoy this DLC and think if you enjoyed the main game, you will love this!
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