411 Games Top 5 09.07.12: Best DLC Releases
Posted by Sean Garmer on 09.07.2012
From The Walking Dead Games and Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare to the DLC for Fallout 3, GTA IV: The Lost & The Damned and more, the 411 staff counts down their top 5 DLC games of all-time!
Hello everyone, I hope it has been a good week for all the readers out there, ready, set, download.
Downloadable Content has become a new way to experience gaming for publishers, developers, and gamers. I mean who would have thought we could get whole extra episodes of a game via download when many of us were popping in games into our Super Nintendo´s or SEGA Genesis. Now, it is part and parcel of the gaming industry and shows no signs of stopping any time soon. So, with that said maybe we should get to the 411 Staff´s Best DLC lists.
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5.Rosters: I love sports games. I've loved them since Double Dribble and Bases Loaded. I'll play anything that isn't soccer, because soccer is stupid. Through the years, the one annoyance that has plagued sports games is quickly outdated rosters. The modern era of gaming has allowed for constantly updated rosters. Whether its the Living Rosters of NBA 2K or the online rosters of MLB The Show, inaccurate rosters are a thing of the past. They're not the flashiest parts of the DLC universe, but they're arguably the most useful.
4.The Pitt: Fallout 3 is a beautiful thing. Part of Fallout 3's charm is the washed out, hopeless feel of the game, spiced up with intense action and horror here and there. The Pitt creates a great atmosphere that absolutely keeps gamers on the edge of their seats. It also drops some of the best weapons on the game, which doesn't hurt.
3.Fight for the Light: Green Lantern is my favorite comic book character. Up until the New 52 reboot, I was a big DC fan. DC Universe Online was a release date purchase for me, but I was always annoyed by the lack of ability to play as a Lantern. Then along came this DLC pack. I was able to create and design my very own Lantern, and put him to use against the biggest baddies in the DC Universe. DCUO has a huge world to roam and almost limitless quests. Taking to the skes while glowing green never gets old for me.
2. The Walking Dead: I've been a zombie fan for 20 years or so, officially hooked after my first viewing of Night of the Living Dead and Army of Darkness. Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead is easily the best non-Romero zombie franchise ever. When news of a game broke, I envisioned something like Day Z. I was pleasantly surprised instead by a story heavy, choose your own adventure type that is more faithful to the source material than anything I could have hoped for. Each episode carries high replay value thanks to the multiple choices available in each situation. A great game all around, with each episode easily justifying the cost of a season pass.
1.Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare: If Undead Nightmare had been released as a standalone game, it would be a great game. As DLC, it has no equal. Rockstar was careful with this, and managed to weave in a supernatural element to a very realistic game without watering anything down. I wish I had more to say about it, but "best DLC ever" says everything.
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5 - Legendary Cars Collection - So usually I prefer my DLC to add more game to my game but this Burnout Paradise DLC vehicle pack basically made the game for me. You get 4 vehicles and the names don't really matter, it's the vehicles they 'really' are that's important. Dukes of Hazzard, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future and Knight Rider are all represented by their classic vehicles. They even added special effects like tyre marks of flame (though they missed a trick by not playing the Ghostbusters theme). I went 'Kit' for as much of the campaign as I could. Loved that car.
4 - Broken Steel - Isn't it great when a level cap gets raised? This Fallout 3 expansion not only gave you 5 more levels but let you continue to play after completing the main story (why this wasn't already there I'll never know) and also adds to the ending. No more 'Transformers' saving the day. Some new weapons added as well which was a nice perk.
3 - Vietnam - So what we're going to do is take Battlefield Bad Company 2's multiplayer, give it a face lift, move it back in time and change the weapons. They could probably have released this as a downloadable game ala Battlefield 1943, but by making it DLC they rewarded their massive fanbase at a reasonable cost. Isn't it great when developers get it right?
2 - Undead Nightmare - So what we're going to do is take Red Dead Redemption, give it a face.... you get the picture. You wouldn't have thought just adding zombies (already overplayed by the time this was released) would have added too much value to the game. Thankfully they added a story mode and again it became a seperate game. Course with this one you can play it both with and without the original game, a very smart move from the developers.
1 - Shivering Isles - You want to take Oblivion, then my (and possible still) fav game, that I've poured hundreds of hours into and give me a new setting and dozens of more hours gameplay? Here's my money, now excuse me I'll be in my room for the rest of the week. DO NOT DISTURB!!!
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5.Saints Row The 3rd DLC Season Pass - The Saints Row DLC Season Pass was something that I didn't actually purchase right away. But when I finally did, I was very happy with the purchase. The DLC added several hours of playing time to a game I had already thoroughly enjoyed. Oh, and imagine your Saint having super speed and super strength... Yeah, it was pretty awesome.
4.GTA IV The Lost & The Damned - The first batch of DLC for GTA IV offered an entirely new campaign, featuring a different character from the main campaign doing his own thing. This time it was one of the bikers from a gang that Niko has some interaction with.
3.The Ballad of Gay Tony - If the Lost & The Damned was a step in the right direction for GTA IV, then The Ballad of Gay Tony was the home run that the game needed. TBoGT is easily the best part of GTA IV, introducing new mini games, and a new campaign that ties all three stories together.
2.Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare - Like a lot of people, when I first heard that there was planned zombie DLC for Red Dead, I groaned as if I had suddenly turned into one of the undead. What we got was an incredibly awesome campaign set in the old west featuring zombie John Marston, and a blunderbuss.
1.The Walking Dead - Tell Tale Games has managed to create something really special with The Walking Dead series. Each episode easily surpassing the previous one, usually in both shock value, and emotional attachment. If you have not played this game yet, please, please go do so. At $5 per episode, what have you got to lose?
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