Sony recently announced Uncharted 4 story DLC and I got excited. I mean, come on, The Last of Us DLC was so good. How could I not get excited? However, it sparked a conversation between a friend and me about whether or not story DLC is good or bad.
Obviously, he had negative feelings about the announcement. I put in my two cents about how great it was going to be but for him, he felt like in order to create story DLC most developers take out something from the main story. Therefore, the experience as a whole is cheapened because something is left out.
I somewhat agreed that sometimes that can happen and gamers are left quite robbed in order for companies to make an extra buck. My rebuttal to that was Mass Effect’s DLC. Unfortunately, he said he hated that the most. For him, it was the perfect example of chunks of story cut out in order to sell to us later.
I choose to think of it another way. Like a movie. In a film, a lot ends up on the cutting room floor because it distracts or doesn’t make sense to the story as a whole. Mass Effects DLC stories were like deleted scenes and when they are all packaged together in a “Game of the Year”, it’s like playing a director’s cut. They expand the world and story but it’s not necessary to enjoy the original product.
We came to a consensus that if Uncharted’s DLC is anything like The Last of Us, then we will be satisfied. However, our conversation stuck with me. I began to think about my recent experience with a big name game and story DLC. It was not good, in fact, it happens to be the worst experience I’ve had with story DLC to date.
Batman: Arkham Knight is a fantastic game … It’s story DLC, on the other hand, is shit. I don’t mean to be crass but it has been the worse thing I have ever spent money on. Every bit of DLC was a quick cash grab attempting to get more pre-orders and extra money. All the extra stories were mediocre and barely last 15 to 30 mins long. I regret getting caught up in the hype.
I have had good experiences in the past, though. I do believe story DLC is the best kind of extra content because these developers literally build worlds. I’m there are a ton of ideas left out that DLC’s gives them the chance to explore. I do still wonder, are we alright with story DLC if it runs the risk of destroying the main plot or no effort is put into it?