Highlights of the story
- Video game DLCs that take the base game to new heights are a true blessing.
- Resident Evil 4 Remake, Cyberpunk 2077, Soulsborne games, Witcher 3, Dragon’s Dogma, and Bioshock 2 expansions are great examples of great DLCs.
- These epic adventures are what DLCs are supposed to be, and they set a high standard for all expansions to come.
Whenever we find a game that captures our hearts, it’s natural to seek out more of that particular adventure. Looking for any sequel or expansion, it’s a joy to find it while its absence is a disappointment. however, It’s not just black and white.. Let’s say there’s a game you love that has a sequel. But what if that extra content is so messed up that it ruins the whole experience? I know I would dread this feeling.
However, there is another side to it. Now imagine a special expansion designed so brilliantly that it takes the game to unimaginable heights. Now that’s all I can get behind, clinging to hope it was worth it. And gaming history has numerous examples of when that dream became a reality. Includes the latest extensions for unusual titles like A remake of Resident Evil 4 And Cyberpunk 2077let’s go Check out some truly game-changing video game DLC.
1. Separate methods
I’ll start this list with a bang. Resident Evil 4 Remake’s Separate Ways DLC. Before we get into it, let me say this. The Resident Evil 4 Remake was already a huge success for Capcom. I spent countless hours on the original Resident Evil 4 and firmly believe it was Capcom’s best work in the series, and Rebuilding it would be an ordeal in itself.. However, playing through the remake, I noticed Capcom did the impossible.
Not only is the great title better than its original, but also Avoids subtly changing the original adventure, as it should.. And with that success as proof, there was no reason to doubt that the DLC featuring fan favorite Ada Wong would be any different. Given the immense popularity of the character, I think it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the demand for this DLC was even higher than the base game.
one more time Capcom lived up to all expectations and then some With this DLC. Not only does the expansion reveal another side of the story, it gives Ada a whole new gameplay, improves the overall presentation, and makes her more badass. From its story to gameplay and amount of content, This DLC is nothing but awesome. And it raised the bar for all video game DLCs. I find it very hard to believe that a full Resident Evil game’s worth of content was released in $10 DLC in modern times.
2. Phantom Liberty
Next up is the Modern Giants, and there’s a lot of history here as well. In the case of Cyberpunk 2077, it would be strange not to know about it. After The Witcher 3, CD Projekt Red’s massive work gained a frenzy and anticipation. I was eagerly awaiting this sci-fi cyberpunk adventure, however, the final product was a surprisingly and disappointingly poor mess.
It’s currently Cyberpunk 2077 on PS4. Shockingly disappointing. pic.twitter.com/J5nXB0gEYO
— ajb1310 (@ajb1310) December 10, 2020
With bugs, glitches, unoptimized gameplay, and an overall dull experience with its annoying mechanics, the release of Cyberpunk 2077 has to be one of the most frustrating moments in gaming. But the real battle started here. Over time, CD Projekt Red took cyberpunk out of this rut and made it a giant of pure quality. Will be Remembered as one of the greatest redemption arcs..
The Phantom Liberty DLC is a key player in Cyberpunk 2077’s redemption and a true milestone in video game DLCs. If you played the game on release and were let down, I sincerely urge you to try it now, it will blow you away. An epic story full of thrilling moments, completely revised shooting and driving mechanics, a ton of additional content that breathes new life into the adventure, and stellar performances by famous actors like Idris Elba, The Phantom Liberty DLC is an embodiment of brilliance..
3. Old hunters / colored cities
If you know how much of a soul fan I am, you would have seen this coming. Any list containing video game DLCs would be incomplete without the wonderful work of FromSoftware. Take out any Soulsborne DLC and it will throw most of the other contenders out the window.. Here, let’s look at two of the dev’s latest works and perhaps the best overall example of video game DLCs that leave the base game in the dirt, Bloodborne’s The Old Hunters and Dark Souls 3’s Ringed City.
Ah, the bloodsucker, unfortunately the masterpiece Sony Refused to appear again despite the most persistent demands from fans. This beautiful Lovecraftian horror inspired genius Software remains my favorite work., and this comes after multiple playthroughs of all the games. And despite this great quality, the DLC managed to surpass the base game in every way. Not to be messed with with vast and brilliant lore, iconic locations, and the most satisfying brutal boss encounters.
Next up is Dark Souls 3. Coming off the lackluster presentation of Dark Souls 2, Dark Souls 3 was quite an impressive adventure. But I firmly believe that the Ringed City is where Dark Souls 3 soars. Moving from the suburbs of Drag Heap to the magnificent Ringed City, there was a drastic change in aesthetics. And above all one of the franchise’s best boss fights in DLC, a duel with Slave Knight Gael. And I want nothing more but for the Alden Ring DLC to be of even higher quality and difficulty..
4. Blood and Wine / Hearts of Stone
And here’s another no-brainer. The Witcher 3 RPG is a very strong pillar of games and a game that has worldwide fame and popularity. For modern gamers, The Witcher 3 is a fantastic adventure but they don’t know that it was also a story of redemption. I played Witcher 3 at launch and thus acted as a witness. The game was nothing like it is today.. It was riddled with a ton of visual and performance glitches and was quite difficult to play.
While the level of cyberpunk wasn’t bad, Witcher 3 was pretty problematic and CDPR took the game to unimaginable heights. The base game is nothing to scoff at anymore, but its DLC is several steps up. For me, the game’s two DLCs are the best content that Witcher 3 has to offer. They’re expansions so complete and game-changing that the base game pales in comparison.. They set a huge standard for all video game DLCs.
Now the question is which one is better? I believe it is entirely up to personal preference. I love both of these extensions equally and for different reasons. Hearts of Stone is set in the same region and is a narrative and story-driven adventure with famous and beloved characters. Believe me when I say this This is one of the best stories you will ever experience.. Next up is Blood and Wine, and it serves to expand the game with new side quests, locations, and a fantastic story with many twists. The quality of the side quests here is to die for.
5. Creed of the Dragon: Black Rises.
Next is a very underappreciated RPG I think more people need to try. Capcom’s brilliant RPG went unnoticed by many when it was released, and honestly, it’s such a waste. Although it was not without its shortcomings, Dragon’s Dogma was a fantastic game. And its mechanics like the revolutionary infantry system and complex magic are some of the best gameplay mechanics ever introduced by a title.
Couple that with a dark fantasy world and thrilling challenges scattered around and you have an adventure you won’t regret diving into. The game had some issues with the open world design and the density of enemies and content, but under those issues it’s an exceptional game. And when the Dark Arise Edition came out, it breathed new life into this wonderful gem and added a ton of unique additions.
The most important and adrenaline fueled ramp up was difficult. As you can guess from the name, This expansion paid homage to Dark Souls.. I remember the first time I jumped into the DLC area, Butter Black Isle, the drastic change in enemy difficulty immediately threw me off guard. In addition, the new terrain is vastly superior to the base game with better loot and enemies, more fun endgame dungeons, an immersive story, and more rewarding terrain to explore.
6. Minerva’s base
All the other examples I listed were of games that were already great experiences, and the DLCs took them to new heights. Now, let’s take a look at a different example, Bioshock 2. Coming off the massively popular original Bioshock, the sequel had a lot to live up to. Sadly, Bioshock didn’t manage to live up to those particular expectations. It’s not a bad game by any means, just that the original was too long a hindrance..
Because of this, the Minerva’s Den DLC was a pretty big deal. A game that couldn’t challenge the original delivered a piece of art. Probably the best BioShock material out there And among the biggest video game DLCs. What makes this DLC so fantastic is how it perfectly embodies the concept of Bioshock. Connecting you to the world and creating an extraordinary sense of immersion. Playing through the DLC, I realized how well it does at portraying that feeling.
The heartwarming story of the DLC is its best strength. What began as a quest to find the supercomputer, Thinker, slowly evolved into uncovering the tragic story of its creator, CM Porter. Couple that with a vastly improved environment, stunning level design, and creative gameplay mechanics, and you get a complete package that fully deserves to stand among the best video game DLCs in history.
My goal in discussing these wonderful extensions is to provide a template. This is how video game DLC should be.. If we’re spending extra money to get these extensions, they should be worth it. All of these examples show that while the base game may set a high standard, it’s possible to design expansions that manage to elevate the experience, and that’s what I want to see here.
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