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Add-on content and expansions can take a game you already love and give it longer legs. Just like core games themselves, DLC ranges from great to not-so-great. One thing that is consistent, however, is how difficult it can be to keep track of. The games themselves end up in "best of" lists or top selling charts, but DLC can come and go under the radar even for people actively trying to keep track of it. To remedy this problem, we've decided to round up all the significant DLC of the year in one place. We'll mostly steer away from smaller add-ons like costumes and booster packs in favor of new missions, stories, and maps. Some DLC in the list is for games that released in 2013, but if the DLC came out this year then it gets a spot. Read on for an alphabetical listing of all the important DLC of the year.
Browse DLC by base game alphabetically: A-C | D-H | I-Z
Assassin's Creed Freedom CryPS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC
This content was originally released in 2013 as DLC for Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. In February, Ubisoft released a standalone version.
Official Description:"Born a slave, Adéwalé found freedom as a pirate aboard Edward Kenway’s ship, the Jackdaw. 15 years later, Adéwalé has become a trained Assassin who finds himself shipwrecked in Saint-Domingue without weapons or crew. He now has to acquire a ship and gather his own crew to free the slaves and avenge them. Over three hours of new single-player gameplay."
Game Informer's take:"If only for the opportunity to play as Adéwalé, Freedom Cry is worth checking out. On one hand, getting more of the same content is disappointing. On the other, that content is what made Black Flag fun in the first place, so getting more of it isn’t exactly damning." – Joe Juba
Batman: Arkham Origins PS3, 360, PC
Arkham Origins also released on Wii U, but the Cold, Cold Heart DLC was cancelled for that platform due to lack of demand.
Initiation (Watch trailer)"Travel back to the days before there was a Batman and take control of a young Bruce Wayne as he completes his martial arts training. Experience exotic locales including a bamboo forest and mountain-top monastery. This pack contains Bruce Wayne and Vigilante skins, four challenge maps, and a challenge campaign."
Cold, Cold Heart (Watch trailer)"Return to Gotham City to ring in the New Year, Arkham Origins style. When the CEO of GothCorp is kidnapped by Mr. Freeze, Batman sets out to bring him to justice. Along the way, he will uncover the tragic history of his new enemy, prompting our hero to attempt the impossible: save the victim and the villain. Hours of narrative-driven gameplay and new open world content await."
Battlefield 4PS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC
Battlefield 4's multiplayer expansions started in December 2013 with China Rising and will conclude at some point this year with the fifth expansion Final Stand. These packs can be purchased separately or as part of Battlefield Premium.
China Rising (Watch trailer)
Second Assault (Watch trailer)
Naval Strike (Impressions and trailer)
Dragon's Teeth (Watch trailer)
BioShock InfinitePS3, 360, PC
For those interested, an arena combat DLC also released called "Clash in the Clouds." The real meat for BioShock fans is in the two-part Burial at Sea episodes, which released several months apart.
Burial at Sea – Episode One
Official Description:Come back to Rapture in a story that brings Booker and Elizabeth to the underwater city on the eve of its fall from grace. Developed by Irrational Games, the studio behind the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite, this DLC features Rapture as you’ve never seen it before – a shining jewel at the bottom of the ocean, built almost entirely from scratch in the BioShock Infinite engine. The combat experience has been rebalanced and reworked with a greater emphasis on stealth and resource management to give the player a combat experience that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite. It includes a new weapon, an old favorite weapon from the original BioShock as well as the return of the weapon wheel, a new plasmid, new gear, and tears. Explore the city when it was at the height of its beauty, meet some old “friends,” and make some new ones, all through the eyes of Booker DeWitt. Why are Booker and Elizabeth in Rapture? What was the city like before everything fell to pieces? The answers to these questions and more will be found in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode 1.
Game Informer's Take:"On one hand, I’m thankful Irrational Games took this unconventional approach to DLC. Instead of re-using all of the same assets from Infinite, the team recreated Rapture and found a way to meld successful elements from several games in the series. On the other hand, the additions are minimal at best, leaving players to go through the same motions with a different backdrop." – Joe Juba
Burial at Sea – Episode Two
Official Description:See the world through Elizabeth’s eyes in BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea – Episode Two. Set immediately after the conclusion of Burial at Sea – Episode One, this final episode puts you in the role of Elizabeth as she journeys through Rapture in an effort to rescue the little sister she abandoned. Developed by Irrational Games, the studio behind the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite, this continuation of the Burial at Sea saga features parts of Rapture you’ve never seen before, includes modified stealth-oriented gameplay that brings you new weapons and plasmids, and involves nearly every major character from the original BioShock and BioShock Infinite.
Game Informer's Take:"This episode concludes the Burial at Sea story arc, which is one of the highlights of the whole experience. I don’t want to ruin anything, so I’ll just say that fans of the series will enjoy the returning characters and the way the worlds of Rapture and Columbia intertwine."— Joe Juba
Call of Duty: GhostsPS4, Xbox One, PS3, 360, PC
The four Ghosts expansion packs all contain four new multiplayer maps and an episode of the Extinction co-op mode. The first two packs also include new weapons. The DLC is available in a season pass or individually.
Onslaught (Watch trailer)
Devastation (Watch trailer)
Invasion (Watch trailer)
Nemesis (Watch trailer)
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2PS3, 360, PC
This sequel wasn't quite as well received as the first Lords of Shadow, but playing as Alucard sounds cool.
Revelations (Watch trailer)
Official Description:Play as Alucard in this extensive add on for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2. The immersive story is expanded further as new branches of the plot are uncovered, along with rich new environments and challenging puzzles. Fight creatures of darkness and discover the true extent of Alucard’s involvement in Dracula’s story, his deal with death, and his fight against Satan. Experience a whole new aspect of the thrilling conclusion to the Lords of Shadow saga, including some enlightening revelations!
Child of LightPS4, Xbox One, Wii U, PS3, 360, PC, Vita
The Golem’s Plight Pack (Read full game review)
Official Description:The Golem's Plight Coffer contains the Golem quest, which unlocks another powerful ally to fight alongside Aurora. Also included in the pack are the unique, powerful Erin's Stone and a pack of smaller Rough oculi: three Blue, three Red and three Green.
Company of Heroes 2PC
Relic is taking care of both multiplayer and single-player fans in Western Front and the upcoming Ardennes Assault.
The Western Front Armies (Watch trailer):The first Standalone Multiplayer release for Company of Heroes 2. The focus shifts back to the Western Front, depicting some of the most brutal fighting of World War II in the darkest days of the conflict. The addition of the U.S. Forces and the German Oberkommando West brings two entirely unique factions that will forever change the shape of multiplayer combat. Each Army has distinctive tactical gameplay options, new infantry, team weapons, vehicles, abilities and upgrades on a total of eight seasonal multiplayer maps set on the Western Front. The Western Front Armies also includes a new progression system that introduces other unique content into the game and enables players to dive deeper into the tactical and strategic aspects of the game than ever before.
Ardennes Assault (Watch trailer)Inspired by the conflict that Winston Churchill once described as “undoubtedly the greatest American battle of the war” – the Battle of the Bulge. The new campaign content will see players take control of the U.S. Forces in this pivotal World War II battle in the densely forested, strategically critical Ardennes region of Western Europe. They will face huge tactical and navigational challenges as they strive to repel a surprise attack from the relentless German Oberkommando West forces in 18 brand new, single-player scenarios. Available on November 18, 2014.
Next: Head to page two for DLC info on games starting with "D" through "H."
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