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The top five fantastic DLC of this generation so far

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Most DLC feel like a cash-grab, a way for the developer to milk as much money as possible with as little content as they can. Then, you have developers who deliver DLCs so massive and so well put together that they not only compliment the main game perfectly but builds upon the experience and in some cases, are even better than complete AAA titles released by other developers.

These gems are few and far between, beautiful and robust pieces of content in a time where the industry pushes out small pieces of content that feels like they should have been part of the original release and not cost a cent. With that in mind, here are the top five fantastic DLCs of this generation so far.

The Witcher 3: Blood and Wine

Was there ever any doubt that Blood and Wine would be at the top of this list? The Witcher 3 is one of the greatest games of this generation and both its expansions leave nothing to be desired. However, it was Blood and Wine that stood above Hearts of Stone for me as it could stand on its own as a Game of the Year contender, with over 30 hours of content filled with unexpected twists, deceit and romance.

If this was supposed to be Geralt of Rivia final journey, the region of  Toussaint is the perfect place and everything about it just screams quality. Developer CD Projekt Red’s utmost attention to detail and quality shines brightly in each and every aspect of Blood and Wine. If this is what the developer calls an expansion, then nearly every other developer out there should start taking notes.

Anyone who loved The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt but never got around to play Blood and Wine should do so right away and experience everything the expansion has to offer. Blood and Wine offer so much that’s fresh and new while building on everything that made The Witcher 3 so very special. Best of all, you even get your own home.

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters

The PlayStation 4 has had some fantastic exclusives so far but Bloodborne released all the way back in March 2015 still remains one of my favourite exclusives this generation. Eight months after the game’s initial release, developer From Software unleashed The Old Hunters upon us and the DLC was just the brutal cherry on the cake for me.

The Old Hunters brings a new area (Byrgenwerth), five new and extremely challenging bosses, and it’s even quite difficult to get into as you need to be roughly level 65 before tackling the DLC content. Bloodborne’s awesome combat and extreme difficulty that Soulsborne fans love so much shine brightly in The Old Hunters.

The DLC takes an average of 12 hours to complete, but I’ve spent over double the time in the DLC content via two New Game+ playthroughs where I uncovered the mysterious and sinister past of Yharnam.

Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds

Playing as Aloy in Horizon Zero Dawn was an experience that I will never forget. As the second PS4 exclusive in this article, Guerrilla Games (known for the Killzone franchise) truly outdid themselves and created a living world filled with deadly machines and a riveting story of an outcast finding her place in the world of Meridian all while solving the mysteries of the old world.

Then, late last year the developer released The Frozen Wilds expansion and did what I thought to be nearly impossible, they actually managed to improve on the masterpiece that is Horizon Zero Dawn. The expansion features an entirely new, snowy area to explore, filled with new enemies, weapons and even an extra skill tree for Aloy.

However, it was the masterfully crafted story of the expansion and the Banuk tribe complete with new dialogue animations to make it feel like I was talking to real people that really stood out for me. The base game already looked like a graphical marvel running on the Decima engine, but with even more beautiful water effects and realistic facial animations, The Frozen Wilds shattered expectations in an expansive experience that will last you over a dozen hours.

Prey: Mooncrash

When Arkane Studios released Prey last year, it quickly became one of the most memorable shooters I have ever played, but I was a bit sceptical about its Mooncrash DLC released in June this year. You see, this wasn’t a normal expansion, but instead, a roguelike experience utilizing the game’s mechanics and adding some new ones into the mix.

After only 3 hours into the game for my review, my doubts disappeared faster than a Mimic can turn into a coffee cup. Prey: Mooncrash turned out to be a polished, extremely intense and deeply satisfying roguelike experience that simply feels brilliant to play. If you loved Prey and have been on the fence about Prey: Mooncrash, then don’t be and go grab the DLC right now.

Over 20 hours with the game and I still didn’t want to put it down and continued to attempt to escape from the Pytheas Moonbase with all five characters in a single playthrough. The DLC is also extremely challenging and brutal, so consider yourself warned.

Fallout 4: Far Harbor

Fallout 4’s Season Pass contents was a mixed bag if you ask me and some might still think it's not worth it at the asking price, with DLCs focusing on settlement building and one just for robot building. However, if someone asks me what they need to have the full Fallout 4 experience, I always say the only DLC I think is an absolute must is Far Harbor.

Compared to other Fallout 4 DLC, Bethesda really outdid themselves with Far Harbor, as it features a massive new area, filled to the brim with new characters, enemies, weapons and quests in the wasteland. It is also the first expansion to take place outside of the Commonwealth and the way the whole expansion is introduced in the game felt unique, as it all starts with a simple missing person quest you get from Nick Valentine’s secretary.

Unlike the other Fallout 4 DLC and the base game itself, Far Harbor’s greatest achievement is its brilliant and intriguing story with eight different endings, giving you a reason go back and play it over and over again. If you don’t just follow the golden path and do side quests, the experience will last well over 10 hours and for any Fallout fan, Far Harbor is a must-play.

Which DLC or expansions from this generation do you think are totally worth it? Let us know in the comment section below.

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