Whether you love it or hate it, or really really hate it, DLC has become an integral part of the gaming landscape and as long as it stays insanely profitable it isn’t going anywhere.
While always contentious, some DLC is better than others. Here is our look at the top DLC coming available this year.
Perhaps it’s only fitting that the most hotly debated game of this console cycle so far is tied so heavily to the most contentious issue of this generation of games.
While Destiny may not have lived up to the lofty expectations placed upon it at launch, the subsequent updates and DLC releases, most notably The Taken King, have pushed Destiny’s gameplay and overall experience in the right direction, regardless of whether or not gamers agree with Bungies business practices.
While Bungie has confirmed that Destiny 2 will launch sometime in 2017 they aren’t done with the original Destiny just yet. Plans are in place for 2016 and Destiny Year 2 and while there are conflicting reports about whether players will receive an expansion the size of scope of The Taken King we do know that Bungie plans a renewed focus on community events, such as what we saw with the Valentine’s Day event “Crimson Days” and the Halloween themed event “Festival of the Lost.”
Whether these planned updates will be enough to keep Destiny players happy and involved until the release of Destiny 2 remains to be seen, but with the ever evolving and growing nature of Destiny, the Year 2 DLC plans are certainly one to keep an eye on. Who knows, maybe they’ll finally find that story they misplaced long ago.
Release – TBD 2016
The Witcher 3
One of the best and certainly one of the biggest games of this console generation is set to get bigger and as the developers themselves put it, better. Playing through the Witcher 3 is a time consuming and ultimately incredibly rewarding experience, akin to diving deep into a rich and fulfilling series of novels. As Geralt of Rivia players went on an incredible journey that spanned three massive regions and impacted the fate of the entire Witcher world.
The first DLC pack released by CD Projekt Red “Hearts of Stone” engaged players with a decidedly smaller and more intimate story which after the grand sweeping nature of the Witcher 3’s main game was a nice change of pace.
The second and last set of DLC “Blood and Wine” looks to tie up some loose ends and ultimately conclude the story of Geralt of Rivia. While details of the exact story are scarce we do know it will be set in an entirely new, and from the looks of it colorful, location called Toussaint. Toussaint is said to be comparable in size to some of the main game’s locations and feature a number of main quests, side quests, new locations to explore, monsters to combat and secrets to discover.
Additionally Geralt can expect to run into some familiar characters from the Witcher universe as well as a new charismatic and deadly foe.
With “Blood and Wine” set to definitively conclude the story of Geralt of Rivia and provide players with what the developer is calling a better, more refined, experience this piece of DLC is a can’t miss
Release – Spring 2016
Star Wars Battlefront
While certainly not short on nostalgia or pure unadulterated fun, the Biggest knock on EA’s Star Wars Battlefront has been its lack of content. Whether it’s the lack of a true single player campaign or the small amount of weapons and vehicles for players to use, months after release Battlefront has started to grow stale and is in desperate need of some new life.
Enter the Outer Rim DLC coming later this month. Outer Rim will see players take their Star Wars battles to some of the farthest points of the galaxy and battle it out with new weapons, new Heros and a new game mode.
Outer Rim will include two new heroes for players to use. On the Rebel side players will get Nien Nub, who you will recognize as Lando’s alien co-pilot/sidekick
And on the Empire side players will get the chance to plays as Greedo and can once and for all decide who shot first for themselves.
Outer Rim boasts two new locations featuring four new maps. And while EA hasn’t made all the details known we do know that they will take place on Tatooine, including Jaba the Hut oriented map and Sullust, in what’s being called a smelting factory (think laval and fire)
Perhaps the most needed addition to Battlefront, Outer Rim comes with two new blasters – The Relby V-10 Rifle and DT-12 Blaster Pistol (a heavy blaster pistol like the one Greedo used in the movies)
Along with the 2 new blasters a number of new star cards have been added, including –
Outer Rim introduces players to a new game mode called Extraction. Extraction is shaping up to be an asymmetrical objective based mode that sees the Rebel players attempting to get a “package” to their transport ship, while the Imperial players try and stop them.
Whether you’re a season pass holder or an a-la carter DLC purchaser, Outer Rim is shaping up to be a great expansion and a much needed injection of new life into Star Wars Battlefront.
Release – Mar 2016
If you’ve ever played Fallout 4 and thought to yourself, “man I sure wish I had a killer robot companion” then you are in luck. The first of 3 planned DLC packs for Fallout 4 to hit this year is Automatron and it’s biggest draw is the addition of a customizable robot companion for the player to utilize as they roam the wasteland.
Automatron will see players embark on a journey to destroy some robots, collect their parts and build their own killer robo companion from them. Boasting a deep robot customization system and new quests for the player Automatron is set to be a fun and refreshing reason to jump back into the wasteland
Release – Spring 2016