7 DLC packs that put other in-game purchases to shame

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I am not going to go on about how sad the world we live in is today.

We all know that every game is filled with cheeky in-game purchases and day-one store updates that all add up to more then what we paid for the game initially.

Terrible microtransactions and mundane DLC packs are a norm these days. There is light at the end of the tunnel however, as there are actually games out there that did DLC right.

Here are some of the best DLC releases that I remember being absolutely fantastic, in a world filled with supply crates and loot boxes.


The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

The Witcher 3 will forever go down as a game that changed the way the relationship between developer and consumer worked. CD Projekt RED made it their goal to defy the usual trend and work on free DLC as well as 2 great, inexpensive expansions.

Out of the two, Blood and Wine had to be the best I have ever played. The expansion takes players to a brand-new location filled with new monsters, equipment, and a memorable questline.

Let us not forget the massive update that released with the content that changed the game’s UI and mechanics.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt did not ask for anything, all you had to do was buy the game, and you could enjoy hundreds of hours of content, some free DLC, and the two great expansion packs.


Borderlands 2: Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep

Borderlands was filled with terrible headhunter packs that saw us complete a themed quest that took about 2 hours of our lives.

Apart from those greedy packs, the game also received 4 main expansions, of which Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep was by far the best piece of DLC ever released for the game.

The DLC saw us enter a fantasy world inspired by Dark Souls, Dungeons and Dragons, and other geek worlds, all controlled by the crazed Tiny Tina.

We explored the medieval lands, fought dragons, and had a chuckle as she quietly made fun of current pop-culture trends.


Dark Souls III: Ashes of Ariandel

The latest DLC for Dark Souls III proves that it is better if you start working on DLC after your main game hits retail.

Ashes of Ariandel took us to the brand new frozen world of Ariandel, with new and creative ways for players to die.

The DLC packs more than meets the eye, as it introduces a brand new arena PvP mode where you and your friend can have it out against other players in 3v3, 6v6, or free for all 6-player matches.


Mario Kart 8

Nintendo never did DLC, but when they started back with Mario Kart 8, they killed it. Mario Kart 8 saw two DLC packs for the game release a year after the game hit shelves.

The two DLC packs came with 8 new tracks and 4 new characters each. That is 16 new awesome Mario inspired tracks, and new characters like Link, Cat Peach, and more.

The DLC really stood out as it was just under R200, and it was released so far apart that you could actually justify purchasing it to really enjoy what it had to offer before having to spend more money on the game.

The tracks were gorgeous and the characters added even more flavor to the epic racing game.


Bioshock 2: Minerva’s Den

Minerva’s Den is not only a great DLC pack, but at the time, everyone was jumping on board the DLC ship and had really nothing great to offer.

Minerva’s Den really stood out for its great setting, lengthily campaign, and gripping characters.

To make the DLC even more appealing, we had to consider that Bioshock 2 had multiplayer, and we all know how multiplayer take preference over single player when it comes to DLC.

This was not the case with Bioshock 2 however, as Irrational Games decided to focus on the game’s story.


The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – The Shivering Isles

Although Skyrim had some great DLC packs in the form of a Dragonborn campaign and a homestead pack that let you buy a house and look after it, it failed to outshine the spectacular experience that was The Shivering Isles.

Loading up Oblivion, we were welcomed to a strange island that just appeared in the middle of Cyrodiil.

Upon entering a mysterious portal, we were introduced to a world like none we had explored before. A world divided into two, and run by none other than the Deadric Prince of Madness, Sheogorath

The DLC was fantastic, and it packed dozens of new quests, awesome gear to collect, and a beautiful island to explore.


Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Red Dead Redemption: The Undead Nightmare was one of the best content packs that Rockstar ever released.

It took our favorite Western hero, John Marston, on a quest to try find the cure to the zombie plague which has infected his wife.

The DLC changed the way we played the game, as the sheer difficulty of the world around us really gave us some scares.

With very little ammunition and a whole open world to explore, the pack was a great spin on a typical zombie survival game mode.


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