10 Gaming DLCs That Surprised Everyone

Shadowbringers is the crown jewel of Final Fantasy XIV's revival.

Final Fantasy XIV Shadowbringers

The concept of DLC seems to get increasingly tied up in conversations of the game industry's worst excesses as time goes on. From jabs about horse armour that have become so ubiquitous it's sort of painful even mentioning them, to increasingly predatory microtransactions by companies that seem to view the games themselves as secondary to how much money they can extract from customers, DLC has got lumped in with some truly naff practises.

Still, there’s nothing quite like the opportunity to revisit a game world you love for a new adventure, and when companies do DLC right, they deserve celebrating. It’s easy to get cynical, but then an expansion or piece of DLC comes along that’s truly remarkable in its scope, excellence, or clear passion on the part of the developers. DLC can also give devs room to experiment, resulting in some odd and unexpected outings.

Here are 10 DLCs that surprised everyone.

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