Extend the experience.
Adding on to games, after their release, has become a normal part of the process when releasing a new game and, love it or hate it, Downloadable Content is here to stay. While some developers have DLC down to a science, others have yet to figure out just how to deliver compelling content after the fact. If you read the site regularly, you’ll know that we review a lot of DLC and whether you enjoy new adventures, or map packs for your favorite shooter, we had to choose just one.
Now, the winner of Best DLC of 2012 is…
Dark Souls – Artorias of the Abyss
Developer / Publisher: From Software / Namco Bandai
Review Score: 9/10
Before, and shortly after, its release From Software stated that there was no additional content planned for Dark Souls but as the months passed and the sales kept piling up From relented and let us know they were hard at work on more content for Dark Souls. The Artorias of the Abyss DLC perfectly captured the elements of lonliness and terror, while adding in a new arena mode for those who love PvP action. This DLC added hours of new content to an already massive game, and was just what hardcore fans were looking for.
Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning – The Legend of Dead Kel DLC – “If you enjoyed Kingdoms of Amalur Reckoning, The Legend of Dead Kel is a must buy. This DLC adventure brings you back to Amalur with a purpose; to experience a very entertaining chunk of quests and explore a fresh new game area. While Kel himself isn’t all that interesting the island and other characters are great. The Legend of Dead Kel is DLC done right.”
Skyrim – Dawnguard – “Though it was a long time in coming, Skyrim’s Dawnguard DLC was well worth the wait. A few technical issues can’t hold back the tide of new and engrossing content you’ll get with this download. I was also a big fan of the way it was presented, as a collection of new locations off the main world map, rather than a self-contained chapter. If you were looking for an excuse to pick up Skyrim again, this is that excuse.”
Pinball FX 2 – Epic Quest – “If you love Pinball, but have grown tired of the same old tables in Pinball FX 2, then you will love the RPG twist in Epic Quest. By adding in RPG elements, Zen Studios have added hours and hours of replay value, and a fresh new spin on the beloved arcade game. For only 240 MS Points, you can’t lose with Epic Quest, so unless you really hate pinball games, then you should definitely buy this one.”
Battlefield 3 – Close Quarters – “Close Quarters is one of the best DLC packs that I have played in a while. It manages to maintain the strategic approach we all love in a Battlefield game while adding the intensity and fast paced action of a Call of Duty title. The universal debate of Battlefield vs Call of Duty should finally be over, EA and Dice have finally produced the best of both worlds. If you like Battlefield 3, you should already have this. If you don`t like Battlefield 3 but love Call of Duty, this DLC will make you love both. Buy it.”
Borderlands 2 – Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty – “The Captain Scarlett and Her Pirate’s Booty DLC doesn’t really break any new ground within Borderlands 2, but it does deliver a lot more of what made this game great to begin with. The writing is still great, the enemies are still ridiculous and there is probably more loot here than anywhere in the main story. If these are the elements you were looking for, then it will be ten bucks well spent.”
Award Categories: Best PC Indie, Best Strategy Game, Best Puzzle Game, Best Sports Game, Best Racing Game, Best Co-op Game, Best Multiplayer Game, Best Action Game, Best Story, Best DLC, Best RPG – Stay tuned for more awards all the way up to our Game of the Year.
Editor’s Note: The winning game is picked by the entire staff and not based solely on individual review scores.