Best DLC Of 2010By Jake Gaskill - Posted Nov 19, 2010
Given the state of the downloadable games space these days (between full titles and downloadable content), it’s no wonder that digital sales have skyrocketed over the past couple years and are inching ever closer to matching traditional retail sales. This year was particularly great for lovers of digital purchasing as it gave us a fantastic mix of genres, styles, and content that gave us entirely new worlds to explore and gave us new ways to enjoy some of our most loved games.
(A quick note before we jump into our Gift Guide. Obviously, you can’t give someone/ask for a downloadable game or DLC, but instead, you’ll have to give/ask for either cash or Points cards, which can be purchased online or at retailers like GameStop.)
Rockstar Games could have never touched RDR post launch and it would still be one of the greatest games ever made, so the fact that the game received five batches of delightful DLC is not only commendable but greatly appreciated. While each pack added something valuable to the overall experience (adding free co-op missions, new multiplayer maps, multiplayer liar’s dice, etc.), the crown jewel is without a doubt the Undead Nightmare Pack, the zombiefied add-on turns the western action game into a survival horror experience that rivals some full retail games and at a fraction of the price. Oh, and there are zombie bears. Here’s the full list of available DLC for the game:
- Hunting and Trading Pack (Free): Gain access to two new outfits: the Savvy Merchant, which earns you a discount on guns and ammo, and the Expert Hunter, which doubles the amount of hides you get from skinning animals.
- Legends and Killers Pack ($9.99/800 MSP): This pack adds nine new multiplayer maps, eight new multiplayer characters, new weapons and challenges, and new Achievements/Trophies.
- Liars and Cheats Pack ($9.99/800 MSP): Enjoy a heaping helping of new multiplayer features including liar’s dice, poker, and horse races, as well as eight new multiplayer characters, and the “Attack and Defend” mode.
- Outlaws To the End Co-Op Mission Pack (Free): The pack includes six missions, each of which can be played with two-to-four players, as well as co-op challenges, bonus multiplayer XP rewards, and achievements/trophies.
- Undead Nightmare Pack ($9.99/800 MSP): A zombie plague has spread across the west, and it’s up to John Marston to clean up the mess. The pack includes a six-hour single-player story, new multiplayer and co-op modes, new weapons, new challenges, mythical creatures, and more.
- Undead Nightmare Collection ($19.99/1600 MSP): This standalone download includes all the previously released DLC and doesn’t require RDR to play.
BioWare outdid themselves with this action/sci-fi sequel, and while the standalone game provides more than enough content for dozens upon dozens of hours of enjoyment, the DLC expands that experience even further by introducing a nice mix of story-based expansions, weapon additions, and more. You can never have too much of a good thing, and nowhere is this truer than ME2.
- Alternate Appearance Pack 1 (160 MSP/160 BioWare Points): Adds new outfits for Garrus, Thane, and Jack.
- Kasumi - Stolen Memory (560 MSP): Cerberus has procured the service of Kasumi Goto, the galaxy's most enigmatic master thief. In return for her help, Kasumi has asked Shepard's help on a dangerous heist to infiltrate the vault of a deadly master criminal named Donovan Hock.
- Equalizer Pack (160 MSP): This pack adds the Capacitor Helmet, Archon Visor, and Inferno Armor.
- Aegis Pack (160 MSP): This pack adds the M-29 Incisor sniper rifle and the Kestrel armor.
- Overlord (560 MSP): Commander Shepard is sent to investigate a now silent Cerberus research base in this story-based DLC that includes five new levels and two new achievements.
- Firepower Pack (160 MSP): This pack adds three new weapons: the Phalanx pistol, the Mattock heavy rifle, and the Geth Plasma Shotgun.
- Lair of the Shadowbroker (800 MSP): This story-based pack adds the Shadow Broker intel center, new research, and five new achievements, and the chance to continue a relationship with Liara.
Gearbox Software showed even more love to devoted (and loot obsessed) Borderlands fans in 2010 by releasing two massive downloadable expansions. Just when we thought our obsession was over, Gearbox pulled us back in. Thanks a lot!
- The Secret Armory of General Knoxx ($9.99/800 MSP): This add-on pack includes new guns, new Class Mods, new vehicles, new missions, new enemy types, and increases the level cap to 61.
- Claptrap's New Robot Revolution ($9.99/800 MSP): This single-player and co-op DLC tasks players with trying to suppress a deadly Claptrap revolution using one of four infamous vault hunters.
- Borderlands: Game of the Year Edition: This collection include vouchers for all four downloadable content packs, as well as a complete Borderlands territory map, all for $59.99 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and $49.99 for PC.
If Stephen King and Lost gave birth to a videogame, it would look an awful lot like Remedy’s psychological thriller. It might have taken forever to come out, but it was a creepy good time, and the addition of two story expansions gave us more reasons to jump back into the terrifying and mysterious world of Bright Falls.
- The Signal (560 MSP): In this pack, Wake encounters a new series of dark and disturbing horrors as he attempts to solve the mystery of the Signal.
- The Writer (560 MSP): The second DLC pack ramps up the tension even more as Wake must use all that he has learned about his situation to survive a new series of nightmares.
2K Marin’s follow up to Irrational Games’ brilliant undersea shooter did a solid job of continuing the story of Andrew Ryan’s failed utopia of Rapture, even if it did play it a bit safer than we would have liked. Still, it’s definitely a must play for BioShock fans, but one of the biggest reasons to pick it up is actually so you can play through the lengthy and fantastic Minerva’s Den DLC, the last of a healthy collection additional content available for the game. The standalone story-based add-on lasts around 5-6 hours, and tells one of the coolest stories of any game this year. Next to Undead Nightmare, it’s probably the best DLC of 2010.
- Sinclair Solutions Tester Pack ($4.99/400 MSP): Increases multiplayer rank to 50 with Rank Rewards including a third set of weapons upgrades. Also includes 20 new Trials, two new playable characters and five new masks.
- Rapture Metro ($9.99/800 MSP): Adds six new maps, two new masks, a new "rebirth" gene tonic, the "Kill 'Em Kindly" game mode, and increases level cap.
- Kill 'em Kindly (Free): Adds a new melee mode where every blunt object is a golf club.
- Zigo & Blanche ($1.99/160 MSP): Adds two new characters to multiplayer: Mille Blanche de Glace, the internationally acclaimed actress, and Zigo D’Acosta, one of Rapture’s great sailors.
- The Protector Trials ($4.99/400 MSP): Protect your Little Sister from waves of splicers as she gathers Adam. Each trial features three unique weapon and Plasmid load-outs, as well as a fourth bonus load-out the player receives when all previous load-outs are completed.
- Minerva's Den ($9.99/800 MSP): Tells a new, self-contained BioShock story, adds the Ion Laser and Gravity Well Plasmid, and introduces the new Lancer Big Daddy, the most advanced Protector that Rapture ever produced.