Batman: Arkham Asylum
While the amount of content offered by Rocksteady wasn’t exactly Burnout-esque, they got the idea just the same – people like free stuff.
The first two packs of DLC were free, but even the two paid packs were reasonably priced at just $3.49. While none of the DLC added anything to the game’s story (paid or otherwise), the extra challenge rooms provided hardcore players of the game hours of extra content. They also made it slightly easier to get the platinum trophy within the game, so that’s nice, too. And to top it all off the PS3 version received an extra challenge room that let you play as The Joker, also free.
Crap, now I really want to play Arkham Asylum. And Arkham City.
Red Dead Redemption
All proper gentlemen had themselves a hell of a time playing through Rockstar’s open-world romp, and why wouldn’t they? It’s awesome. The game features a beautiful desert landscape, one of the best stories of this generation, and bears. Lots and lots of bears.
When finished with the lengthy single-player campaign there’s not much for players to do besides try for 100% completion. Sure, the multiplayer can be fun, but the amount of griefers in free roam can be a turn off. That didn’t stop Rockstar from improving the experience via DLC – the Legends & Killers pack gives players new multiplayer skins, an awesome tomahawk, and new online hideouts; the Liars & Cheats pack made it possible to play the ridiculously addictive single-player parlor games (Texas Hold ‘Em, Liar’s Dice, etc.) online with your friends.
The true star of the show, though, is the upcoming Undead Nightmare pack. While far from the first (or last) time we’ll see zombies in a video game, it’ll be interesting to see how it will hold up in a Wild West setting. Of course, the admittedly ridiculous setting requires some suspension of disbelief, which will be afforded to players via a non-canon storyline that will span several hours.
Also, zombie bears.