One of the absolute best things about this generation of games is the fact that just about everyone has a high-speed internet connection. This not only means that you can play with and compete against gamers all around the world, but gives us access to DLC that helps us expand and extend the games that we love so much.
Whether it’s a simple map pack for multiplayer or vast new chapters of a single-player experience, there’s truly something for everyone. Of course, some games are better about this than others — we’re looking at you, Modern Warfare 2.
Here are the games that offer hours worth of quality DLC worth paying for.
Of course, the best price for anything is free, and Criterion knocked it out of the park with their arcade racing masterpiece, Burnout Paradise. While many racing games would be content to nickel-and-dime you for a few new cars, Criterion was operating on an entirely different level.
Through in-game patches and title updates, they made major gameplay additions such as adding trophies, several different online and offline play modes, a day-night cycle, and motorcycles. Motorcycles! As if that weren’t enough, they added challenges for the cycles, too. Without paying a penny more than retail, the game’s content had been almost doubled.
As for the paid content that would be release soon after, that ended up being worth the price of admission as well. Awesome pseudo-replicas of iconic cars in pop culture — K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider, the Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, and the General Lee from The Duke of Hazzard — were followed by Big Surf Island.
Let’s hope Criterion can follow this same model with the upcoming Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.
Whether or not you’re a fan of the music game genre, you have to admit that Rock Band may just be the king of DLC. Without fail, you’ll see a new track pack or, at the very least, a handful of loose singles in the PlayStation Store every week. At this point, the amount of content available is staggering – over 1000 tracks. This includes 140 track packs and 21 complete studio albums as of this writing. That’s downright insane.
The real beauty of the DLC, however, comes in the form of its compatibility. You see, all of these songs are compatible with the original 2007 Rock Band, Rock Band 2, and the upcoming Rock Band 3. Add the fact that you can export the songs from the previous games into RB3 and you can potentially have a library spanning hundreds of songs to play.
So go ahead. Download Rush’s “Moving Pictures” album and rock your ass straight into Rock Band 3. You know you wanna.
Grand Theft Auto IV
You may not have noticed, but I can’t seem to get away from writing about GTA IV. Hell, I’ve even written about the DLC, Episodes from Liberty City, specifically.
So just know that if you enjoyed GTA IV even a little bit you should definitely check out those Episodes. For just $40 you can get a full game’s worth of gameplay and get to meet some interesting new characters.