Ready for a new dose of FRIDAY FEELING? This week we look at the very best ways some of our favourite games have been extended; it’s Low Fat Gaming’s best DLC. Which ones made the cut? Read on and find out…
Dragon Age Origins: Awakening – PC, PS3, Xbox 360.
We love Dragon Age. We love Awakening even more – yes, this is a whopping, quality slice of DLC. Clocking in at around 20hrs, DAO:A is longer than most full length games and boasts a story that is stronger than the originals. Everything you loved about DAO is here and refined with an absolute bitch of a moral quandary you have to decide on in the games final third. If you’ve never played it, do so – it’s the pinnacle of the Dragon Age series so far.
BioShock 2 Minerva’s Den – PC, PS3, Xbox 360
Minerva’s Den takes place alongside the events of BioShock 2 but is completely isolated from it. And this is a good thing. Rapture is such a sprawling, intriguing place that many tales can be told about it and 2K took the opportunity here. It’s no exaggeration to say that, while shorter, Minvera’s Den is a better experience than the underrated BioShock 2 – exploring a previously unseen area of Rapture is a definite plus point, as is the excellent story. That we expect to see DLC of this type for BioShock Infinite speaks volumes. Essential for the BioShock fan.
Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion – Shivering Isles PC, PS3, Xbox 360
You should be seeing a pattern by now; Shivering Isles is an essential piece of DLC, offering immense value by extending the world of Oblivion with a whole new map to experience, coupled with a campaign that is more fun and interesting than that which was found in the main game. Taking place on the Shivering Isles, the realm of the Daedric Prince of Madness Sheogorath (complete with a terrible Oirish accent), this DLC finds Bethesda at the top of their game. In fact, none of their DLC for Skyrim came close to matching the Shivering Isles – it’s that good.
Red Dead Redemption Undead Nighmare – PS3, Xbox 360.
Red Dead Redemption is seen by many as Rockstar’s masterpiece. With Undead Nightmare, the super-dev’s decided to stand the game on its head in the best possible way. Infusing the wild west with an Outer Limits vibe and a zombie outbreak was a stroke of genuis and extended one of the greatest games of all time. Undead Nightmare is a perfect reason to dip back into the still beautiful and unmatched world of John Marston. What’s stopping you?
Grand Theft Auto IV The Ballad Of Gay Tony – PC, PS3, Xbox 360
We finish with a Rockstar one-two. Understandable though, as The Ballad Of Gay Tony is sublime. After the excellent but rather po-faced GTA IV and the disappointing Lost and the Damned, BOGT was a real return to the Rockstar vibe of old – a living, breathing, highly polished world with a mile-wide streak of fun and madness. Rockstar took the opportunity to insert a bit of the magic that some fans thought was missing from the main game and, after seeing this weeks GTA V gameplay video, it looks like it’s here to stay. Cheers Tony!
– Dave Green. Give him a follow on Twitter @davidpgreen83