Full blown game expansions are a relic of the past, replaced with bits of micro DLC instead. A mission or two here, some cosmetic upgrades, an extra character or four. It’s all, form the perspective of the consumer at least, set to extract more money for a game than you should be paying. To get a “complete” game, you’re now looking at spending US$90 instead of the US$60 you traditionally have. For the most part, very little of the DLC, Season Passes or extra content we end up buying actually feels like it’s worth the money we’ve spent.
There are a few exceptions though. Things like Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmares and Oblivion’s Shivering Isles immediately spring to mind. They offered the “expansion” experience for a fair price – back when we paid for things with MS points. BioShock 2’s Minerva’s Den DLC was a condensed, perfectly encapsulated BioShock experience that I thought was better than the game itself. Of course, worthwhile DLC is never discussed without Mass Effect 2’s Lair of the Shadow Broker being brought up; it rose above the heaps of other DLC tat flooded the game from the onset. I suppose that Dragon Age Origins’ Awakening was decent enough, and Mario Kart 8’s DLC is spectacular. Beyond those examples though, I’m struggling to think of DLC that’s actually been worth not just the cost, but even the download.
You tell us though. What DLC have you bought, and actually felt good about afterwards?
Last Updated: April 24, 2015