I enjoyed Dragon's Dogma for the most part. The moment-to-moment combat and skill system are excellent. On the other hand I felt the open world was kind of useless ,except for forcing me to kill monsters and get items that I would have otherwise missed. Also I only ever got the "bad/quitter" ending since I was under leveled for the dragon. I feel like the game would've really benefit from a Demon's Souls style set up ,a hub world and areas to tackle in any order. It would have made the game flow a lot more naturally I think instead of constant sprinting past the hundreds of wolves.
I was tentatively interested but, I just watched the trailer and that might've sold me on the expansion. I'll probably wait to see what people say about this first.