How does Naoki Yoshida and his team at Square Enix keep things fresh in their flagship MMO these days? By sending the Warriors of Light off to save an entirely different world this time, as Warriors of Darkness. Aside from the new dungeons and jobs that one can expect, Shadowbringers provides an experience not often found in MMOs: a plot so compelling that it is difficult to walk away from, not unlike single-player Final Fantasies (and other JRPGs) of old where we stayed up hours past our bedtimes just for more story progression. Shadowbringers is easily Final Fantasy XIV's best expansion to date, and we can't wait to spend even more time exploring Norvrandt in subsequent patches. (Fingers crossed for more content in the final story area!)
by Liz Maas
With the Monster Hunter series, fans generally know what they're getting: fights with big ol' monsters. The experience is served up in a repetitive formula that applies a slow power creep as new monsters are unveiled throughout the thin story offerings. As Monster Hunter: World's free content updates slowed and the hunts began to grow stale, Iceborne injected some much needed freshness. While it offers all the same trappings of the base game, Iceborne gives Hunters a snowy environment to play in, new strategies, various hazards to manipulate, and all the ferocious beasts therein. While the solid gameplay definitely makes much of this expansion a fun and familiar romp, it is the more compelling story investing players in the lives of the New World crew that sets Iceborne apart. Included with this journey is the Guiding Lands, a mashup of all the New World has to offer, alongside loads of new free content which makes this a stellar expansion that gives fans much more of what they want.
by Greg Delmage
As much love as Monster Hunter World's expansion has received, it still couldn't hold up against Shadowbringers. All told, these two titles took in more than 99% of the vote, so clearly they are both worth the time.