BioShock 2 Minerva's Den DLC on PC this month

The PC edition of excellent single-player DLC episode Minerva's Den is finally due on May 31, after being killed and then resurrected.


PC gamers, rejoice! Rapture is nearly upon us, as BioShock 2 publisher 2K Games has at long last announced a release date for Minerva's Den.

The subaqeous shooter's super-splendid single-player downloadable content will arrive on May 31 via the Games for Windows Marketplace, priced at 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

The DLC takes players into the previously-unseen Rapture Central Computing district to probe the mysteries of its founder. Minerva's Den is also delightful, I can say after buying a second copy of BioShock 2 on Xbox 360 after the PC edition was cancelled, just so I could play it. I still don't regret that.

Minerva's Den was released for Xbox 360 on August 31, 2010. A PC release was promised at "a later date" but come October, 2K revealed that it'd been scrapped, as had a PC release of the 'Protector's Trials' challenge mode DLC.

As fans were none too pleased were this turn of events, later that month 2K decided to plough resources back into the project and get the two out, along with a final patch. Protector's Trials was free on PC when it launched in March 2011, having cost $5 on consoles.

For a little more on Minerva's Den, check out lead designer Steve Gaynor's blog post about its real-world inspirations. Computers!

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    May 18, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, BioShock 2 Minerva's Den DLC on PC this month.

    The PC edition of excellent single-player DLC episode Minerva's Den is finally due on May 31, after being killed and then resurrected.

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      May 18, 2011 6:19 AM

      Yes! Fuck yes! I knew it would be coming out.

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      May 18, 2011 6:21 AM

      For those of you who own Bioshock 2 PC but have uninstalled it, would you cough up both the cash and reinstall time for this?

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        May 18, 2011 6:22 AM

        Was that promised patch ever released?

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        May 18, 2011 6:23 AM

        Fuck yes i would. I already reinstalled the game a month ago, but it keeps crashing. I know how to fix it but haven't bothered yet.

        I heard Minerva's Den was amazing.

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        May 18, 2011 7:31 AM

        I won't be re-installing it. For one, it includes Securom. Two, the patch they promised never came out.

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          May 18, 2011 7:57 AM

          3. The game was disappointing

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            May 18, 2011 9:38 AM

            I thought bioshock 2 excelled in the gameplay sense. No more collecting hundreds of items to craft shit, the awesomeness that is dual-wielding and the research recorder were fucking ace.

            storywise, I thought bioshock 2 maintained a steady pace throughout the game. the first game shit the bed mid-way.

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              May 18, 2011 11:01 AM

              I got bored of defending little sisters. And the whole game felt like 2K just went through the first game with an opposites dictionary to make the 2nd. :\

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        May 18, 2011 7:51 AM


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        May 18, 2011 9:55 AM

        No, I've long since stopped even thinking about that game.

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        May 18, 2011 10:42 AM

        Sure. I've heard good things about this DLC, so why not?

        Though I am wondering what the status of the long-promised patch is.

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        May 18, 2011 10:50 AM

        Nah, I didn't even finish BS2. After I realized there was no challenge to the game, I started fighting big sisters with just the drill to save ammo, it didn't matter how many times you died, you'd just respawn near them and keep drilling. That game was not the spiritual successor to System Shock in any way.

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          May 18, 2011 11:07 AM

          Respawn? In the BioShock games, you turn off Vita Chambers before you even start playing.

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        May 18, 2011 12:33 PM

        I've heard such great things about this, and it's from Steve Gaynor, so yeah.

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        May 18, 2011 6:35 PM

        Nope. I only made it about 2 hours into that game.

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      May 18, 2011 6:50 AM


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      May 18, 2011 7:25 AM

      I liked Bioshock 2 is this expansion worth it? How long is it, good story etc etc?

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        May 18, 2011 4:03 PM

        If you loved BS1 and liked BS2, it'll be just what you were looking for.

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      May 18, 2011 7:41 AM

      I will be reinstalling it to get more drill dash fix!

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      May 18, 2011 10:46 AM

      available on Games for Windows Marketplace. Why can't they just release on all digital platforms (esp steam).

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      May 18, 2011 11:06 AM

      No Steam release? I can deal with Live I guess, but only if the FoV fix works for that version. If it does, bring it on.

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        May 18, 2011 1:21 PM

        DLC for GFWL games are notorious for being GFWL Marketplace only. The only exception thus far I can think of is th fallout 3 dlc and that was like 6 months to a year (maybe more) after they were all released for the pc.

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          May 18, 2011 1:41 PM

          So will it work with the Steam version of BS2? Unless it's standalone?

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            May 18, 2011 1:42 PM


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              May 18, 2011 4:10 PM

              Bought both for both the 360 and PC, but I haven't bothered installing the PC version just because of that. So it was a win for Take2 and Valve, I guess. If Minerva's Den is available on Steam, it'll probably be the same story. I'll buy it, look at it on the Steam list and say to myself, "Man, I'd like to, but more crap that won't benefit me, guess I'll play something else". Makes me feel like an enabler or at least a sucker.

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      May 18, 2011 11:11 AM

      Now that this finally came out for PC I wish they would focus their attention on admitting they fucked up with the multiplayer map pack and spend ten minutes fixing that. So glad I wasted money on it before finding out they did not make a separate playlist for those maps.

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      May 18, 2011 5:52 PM

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