Stewart 'Grave' Gibson is the fighting game loving, Doomguy worshipping, Motorhead listening maniac of DarkSpawn Gaming. When not ripping and tearing Stewart can be found riding the open roads or at the nearest Lucha Libre event.
There’s nothing nicer than getting new stuff to do in a game that you really enjoy. Downloadable content in games has become a staple of keeping a games life running and keeping players coming back to them over and over again. This of course led me to think, what games have had the best DLC and what made them so damn good? Well, let’s not keep you beautiful people waiting, let’s get the low-down on the downloads.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 – Battlefield: Vietnam:
Released in March 2010 many people still regard Bad Company 2 as one of the most fun Battlefield games in the series, with its huge maps, amazing weapon choice and unmatched environmental destruction it holds a special place in many ‘field fans hearts. It would be December that year however when DICE unleashed its most game changing DLC to Bad Company 2, Battlefield: Vietnam. With completely new maps, weapons and vehicles this multiplayer only add-on had an entire overhaul and almost felt a whole new game. At the time this was unprecedented, as players had all new stuff to unlock for the Vietnam add-on only. The maps themselves were fantastic and really helped capture the feel of so many popular Vietnam War movies; this was also thanks to the awesome soundtrack which blared out the American tanks. Battlefield Bad Company’s Vietnam DLC is still regarded as some of the best DLC in the series and when that is attached to one of the most loved games in the series it makes for match made in heaven.
(I quite enjoy the smell of napalm in the early afternoon)
Victor Vran – Motorhead: Through the Ages:
Odd choice I know, but hear me out. This one may be a tad personal to me but for what this DLC does I do believe it deserves to be here. You see, Victor Vran is a very serious Diablo style game, it’s about a demon hunter who is very moody and extremely non-smiley. The game itself is also jolly good fun though and shouldn’t be ignored by fans of Diablo or that style of game. Anywho, I am a huge fan of Motorhead, Lemmy has been a personal hero of mine since I was a kid and so when a Motorhead themed DLC was announced for Victor Vran I was a tad sceptical. I was pleasantly surprised when the DLC flipped the game on its head and turned it into an over the top, action heavy twin stick shooter. With new locations all based on Motorhead album covers and enemies made to look like the notorious War-Bull the DLC had a tonne of content for its small price tag. Add all this fun to a Motorhead soundtrack and I you end up with a huge grin on your faced as you mow down waves of skeletons all head banging to Motorheads greatest hits. What’s not to like about that?
(Greatest DLC outfit ever? I think so)
Red Dead Redemption – Undead Nightmare:
You can’t mention great DLC in games without Red Dead popping up its cowboy hat wearing head and for good reason. Red Dead Undead Nightmare is an amazing piece of DLC set in the not too familiar world of the zombie western. Using the entire Red Dead map and covering it with zombies, new weapons and all kinds of Easter eggs and secrets was an absolutely genius idea from Rockstar as it felt like no particular part of the map was safe from the undead horde or other creatures of the night. What set this apart from any other DLC was the sheer amount of gameplay time and side missions available to those who went out and looked for them. There were also challenges to be completed just like the main game which led to unlocks for the DLC and could then be used online. In fact, Red Dead Undead Nightmare was so big that it received a retail release as a stand-alone game; there isn’t too many DLC’s that can claim that.
(Looks like a sale in the brain shop)
Mortal Kombat X – Kombat Pack 1 & 2:
Whether this counts as DLC or a pain in the backside is up to yourself but make no mistake, downloadable characters in fighting games are not going away any time soon. With Mortal Kombat X however what we received with our fighter packs were some new faces to the Mortal Kombat world such as Tremor and Triborg but we also got to see some dream fight between Predator and Jason Voorhees. Mortal Kombats fighter packs haven always enjoyed handing out some familiar faces as well as some celebrity brawlers and MKX didn’t disappoint with Jason, Predator, LeatherFace and Alien. The idea of Alien vs Predator in a fighting game had a lot of nerds closing their legs for fear of making and mess but I personally couldn’t wait to get to grips with the chainsaw of my favourite horror character of all time. The guests were accompanied by what some people call real Mortal Kombat characters Tanya, Tremor, Bo Rai Cho and Triborg. Anyone looking for some new faces to get the hang of was spoilt for by NetherRealm studios award winning brawler.
(Which one of these people would you not want to insult?)
Bloodborne – The Old Hunters:
Bloodborne is one of the best exclusive and toughest games for the PlayStation 4, with enemies that can murder you in a few hits and bosses that can do it in one the game is not for the faint of heart, or those that rage quit easy. The Old Hunters DLC was released nearly 8 month after the games release and sparked a whole heap of new life into Yarnham with new locations, weapons, enemies and most importantly, boss fights. In fact, the Old Hunters DLC is so popular because of one of its boss fights which has been described by many as one of the best fights not only in the game but in gaming history. The fight with Lady Maria is an outstanding battle and is not something that you are going to pass on the first try; in fact this fight almost feels like it alone would have been the price of admission. The fact that there are quite a few other fights along with this, some of them almost as epic as well, really makes this feel like not just a great add-on to the game but perhaps, one of the best pieces of DLC of all time.
(That is how you patiently sit and wait like a boss)
There are literally thousands of great pieces of DLC out there for thousands of games and these are just a few of my own choices, if you think there are any I should have mentioned then please, feel free to drop a comment.