While as soon as it was a novelty, post-launch assist for video video games has now grow to be the norm, and builders routinely add to their video games and proceed to develop them after their releases. From regular drips of high quality of life enhancements to main new content material additions, there was loads of that in 2020 as effectively. Right here, we’ll be speaking in regards to the ten greatest expansions of the yr.
NOTE: The nominees and winner have been determined by an inner vote held among the many complete GamingBolt workers.
GHOST OF TSUSHIMA: LEGENDS
Ghost of Tsushima: Legends was a really surprising shock, not solely as a result of its announcement got here after the sport’s launch out of nowhere, but additionally as a result of it added multiplayer to a sport that had been so centered on single participant storytelling. It additionally proved to be a uncommon case of multiplayer not feeling shoehorned into an expertise the place it didn’t belong. With a number of separate modes, a wholesome quantity of story-driven content material, distinctive class-based gameplay, and even a post-release raid, Legends turned out to be a surprisingly important a part of the Ghost of Tsushima expertise. The truth that it was added to the sport totally free made it that rather more irresistible.
METRO EXODUS: SAM’S STORY
Metro Exodus might have missed the mark considerably with its first growth, however its second chunk of post-launch content material, Sam’s Story, was an ideal encapsulation of all the things that made the bottom sport itself so good. A wonderful new location to discover, a stable mixture of semi-open world gameplay and expertly crafted linear sections, sometimes participating storytelling, all wrapped up collectively in a meaty and beautiful-looking package deal. Sam’s Story did precisely what followers of Exodus needed it to- it delivered extra of the identical.
Treatment Leisure have revealed their daring and bold plan to convey collectively a number of of their properties right into a single, bigger universe, with Management and Alan Wake being the primary two to affix palms. Management’s AWE DLC was step one in that shared universe, and although it didn’t stick the touchdown completely, it was nonetheless an thrilling glimpse at what lies forward. On prime of delivering extra of the frantic fight and stable design that characterised the bottom sport, AWE additionally managed to convey Alan Wake into the Management universe in satisfying style. We are able to’t wait to see the place Treatment’s universe goes from right here.
DESTINY 2: BEYOND LIGHT
Future has been caught in a seemingly endless loop of disappointment and restoration for just about so long as it’s been round, and each new step that the collection takes appears to come back with an equal variety of professionals and cons. Past Gentle was a serious step ahead for Future 2, and although it does go away a couple of issues to be desired (the PvP facet of issues particularly has loads of room for enchancment proper now), those that’re on the lookout for extra stable PvE content material have been serviced effectively sufficient by the most recent growth. A wonderful raid, enjoyable new Exotics, and largely fulfilling endgame content material make sure that longtime Future gamers could have greater than sufficient causes to test this one out.
MORTAL KOMBAT 11: AFTERMATH
Nobody actually anticipated NetherRealm Studios to make a single participant story-driven growth for Mortal Kombat 11, particularly not after they have been already so centered on persevering with so as to add to the sport’s roster with DLC characters. Aftermath, then, was the very definition of a pleasing surprise- greater than nice, in reality. New phases and added mechanics like Friendships and Stage Fatalities have been nice, every of the brand new characters was a blast to play as, and in true Mortal Kombat style, the brand new story content material was completely bonkers, bringing the story of the collection to a satisfying conclusion (for now, a minimum of).
GEARS 5: HIVEBUSTERS
The three participant co-op Escape mode in Gears 5 was an fulfilling experiment, but it surely was positively the weakest a part of that meaty package deal. A single participant growth telling the origin story of that trio didn’t look like it will be a lot of an unmissable experience- however boy, did that grow to be a flawed assumption. Gears 5: Hivebusters is completely incredible. It captures that thrill of frantic fight in tense encounters the best way solely a Gears of Conflict sport can, and retains issues transferring at a wonderful tempo as you progress from one expertly designed atmosphere and beautifully crafted state of affairs to the opposite. Hivebusters is fairly quick at roughly three hours lengthy, but it surely’s additionally the very definition of “packing a punch.”
REMNANT: FROM THE ASHES – SUBJECT 2923
Gunfire Video games’ Souls-impressed shooter RPG Remnant: From the Ashes was certainly one of 2019’s greatest and largest surprises, and thru regular and constant post-launch assist, the sport has maintained a wholesome and devoted playerbase even over a yr after its launch. With Topic 2923, Remnant’s story was delivered to an in depth in appropriately stable style. Wealthy and fascinating lore, thrilling boss fights, oodles of secrets and techniques to find, a wholly new biome to explore- Remnant’s latest DLC was completely brimming with compelling new additions.
BORDERLANDS 3: PSYCHO KRIEG AND THE FANTASTIC FUSTERCLUCK
Borderlands 3 has seen no scarcity of updates and post-launch content material additions since its launch in late 2019, however the colourfully named Psycho Krieg and the Incredible Flustercluck might be among the best items of post-launch DLC the sport has needed to date. It doesn’t set the world on hearth, however due to some enjoyable new weapons, an awesome boss battle, and simply how ridiculous it tends to get, Psycho Krieg remains to be simple to suggest to anybody who loved the bottom sport.
POKEMON SWORD AND SHIELD: THE CROWN TUNDRA
Pokemon Sword and Defend have been the primary time ever that Pokemon as a collection launched expansions for a mainline sport. It’s truthful to say that it was a largely profitable first try. The second growth, The Crown Tundra, suffers from loads of the identical points as the bottom sport itself, resembling an absence of ambition and a few concepts that haven’t been fleshed out correctly, however by and enormous it’s a enjoyable new addition to the bigger expertise. There’s extra monsters to catch, a brand new location to discover, and extra battles to be fought, and in case you handle your expectations, there’s loads of enjoyable available right here.
WORLD OF WARCRAFT: SHADOWLANDS
World of Warcraft’s enduring high quality even near 20 years after it first got here out must be one of the vital spectacular issues we’ve ever seen on this trade. The MMORPG has, nonetheless, hit a couple of stumbles over the previous few years. In 2020, nonetheless, with Shadowlands, it got here the closest it has in a very long time to an unreserved victory. The modifications Shadowlands makes to development are principally all for the higher, there’s a bevy of latest content material to dive into, the brand new places and dungeons within the sport are wonderful new additions, and the issues that the growth contributes to the sport’s narrative and world are arduous to not like. Shadowlands is definitely one of many higher WoW expansions in current reminiscence.
GEARS 5: HIVEBUSTERS
Gears of Conflict isn’t actually a collection that does single participant expansions too usually, and Gears 5, given its constant ongoing multiplayer assist, didn’t look like a probable candidate for it both, particularly not so lengthy after launch. The Coalition stunned followers with Gears 5: Hivebusters, and we’re so glad they did- as a result of it’s simply a number of the greatest Gears content material they’ve ever made. Hivebusters is attractive, tightly paced, tells an attractive (if unspectacular) story, and is packed filled with masterfully crafted fight encounters and set-pieces the best way you’d desire a quintessential Gears expertise to be. Like the bottom Gears 5 itself, it makes us greater than a bit optimistic in regards to the franchise’s future.