Best Video Game DLC Packs You Should Play Right Now


For modern gamers, there’s no succession of letters that regularly inspire despair than DLC. In the past decade, paid downloadable expansions have become something of a sore issue as many players have begun to feel that they are being exploited by developers in favour of extended profit periods for new games.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Hearts Of Stone

In 2015 CD Projekt Red began to really stake their claim to be considered alongside the likes of incredible sandbox developers like Bethesda and Rockstar when they brought us The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. This third instalment to Geralt’s adventures was a smash, but we wouldn’t have to wait long to spend even more time with the White Wolf.

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Hearts of Stone launched just a few months after the main game, and its first success was the way it became so immediately accessible to players who’ve been with Wild Hunt since day one. The quest is aimed at players who have beaten the story of the core game, and the challenge is levied accordingly. It also altered the tone of the main quests, taking on a less serious but no less dangerous tone.

With some epic new boss fights and characters from earlier in the series making returns, there was something for all fans of Geralt’s adventures in Hearts of Stone. The fact that the ten-plus hours of focused new content cost less that $10 is outstanding in this day and age.

Grand Theft Auto IV: The Ballad Of Gay Tony

While many GTA IV players praised its gritty and more serious tone, it was true that there was something whimsical missing in Niko’s struggle to find wealth and success in a ruthless Liberty City. The same certainly could not be said of the game’s second expansion pack; The Ballad of Gay Tony.

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Putting players in the shoes of reformed dealer Luis Lopez, players find themselves employed as the bodyguard of night club owner Gay Tony. As a character who featured in the main game and first DLC expansion The Lost and Damned, Gay Tony was the perfect individual to build the game’s final content around. The story and missions focused heavily around issues of excess and frivolity in this socialite’s life, bringing a much-needed humorous edge to the game.

The story in The Ballad of Gay Tony added plenty of new campaign content, and reintroduced some series features that were sadly missing from GTA IV originally. The likes of base jumping activities were part of what made this add-on so exciting again, and the DLC itself actually managed the impressive feat of truly enhancing its base game when installed.

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Red Dead Redemption was another example of how adept Rockstar are at crafting massive and exciting open world games. Value for money in a Rockstar game has never really been called into question, and Undead Nightmare represents another reason why their DLC packs deserve the same plaudits.

Rather than adding more of the same to the developer’s Western adventure, Undead Nightmare takes the winning gameplay formula and adds something completely fresh to it. When a zombie apocalypse descends on the plains, John Marston has to find the source of the outbreak and set off in search of a solution. The main quests are numerous and deeply involving, adding plenty to get excited about by themselves.

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The extra little tidbits and nuances perfect the experience, though. Random encounters are given an undead twist as deformed bandits and wildlife roam freely. The addition of four horses of the apocalypse to find and tame dial the supernatural edge even higher. As all of these parts form a whole, Undead Nightmare becomes something distinct and different disguised as a familiar game. It’s instantly accessible, and a massive addition to the core game.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – Blood and Wine

It may be just weeks old – and the second piece of Geralt-centric DLC on this list – but Blood and Wine is the best example of just how impressive post-release expansions can be in modern gaming. Featuring enough new content and enhancements for most modern developers to consider sticking a full retail price on it, the final DLC pack for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is staggering in size.

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Taking the player to an entire new region – the size of approximately 35% of Wild Hunt’s already huge map – Blood and Wine adds story and gameplay so fresh that it could easily have been dubbed ‘The Witcher 4’ instead. The new campaign can take up to 20 hours to complete, and that’s even before you set off in search of the myriad treasures hidden all over the stunning landscape of Toussaint.

There are mammoth new monsters to face off against in exciting boss battles, and gameplay additions that genuinely enrich the already detailed mechanics. Blood and Wine is an absolute steal at less than $20, representing the best value for money I have ever seen from a DLC pack. If you’re yet to check it out, I’d recommend setting aside a good week or so; this one is another life consumer…

Source – Whatculture

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