GTA IV: The Lost and Damned – DLC of the year
It’s been a better year for DLC than it has in previous years, with the release of the much-anticipated, 360-exclusive GTA IV content and several excellent Fallout 3 add-ons, among others
It’s been a better year for DLC than it has in previous years, with the release of the much-anticipated, 360-exclusive GTA IV content and several excellent Fallout 3 add-ons, among others. Whether we’re talking style, value for money or impact, however, it’s The Lost and Damned that reigned above all other downloadable content in 2009.
While I think the way Rockstar packaged all the content (multiplayer modes, weapons, an all-new campaign) in one bundle is admirable, in a landscape where all publishers assume microtransaction-based DLC is the way forward, it’s the way it changed my perspective of GTA IV that lent it such impact. Providing an entirely new storyline, starring Johnny Klebitz, as opposed to Niko Bellic, it transformed my expectations of what can be achieved in the open world genre. Kudos to Rockstar, then.
Red Faction Guerrilla: Demons of the Badland
A nice extension of the main game, but pales in comparison.
GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony
Re-introduced vital elements of the GTA series, even if the storyline was lesser than Lost and Damned.
Fallout 3: Broken Steel
Showed that the end isn’t the end – but doesn’t prove to be the showstopper we anticipated.