It's hard to not be cynical about downloadable content in video games. Since the concept really started to gain popularity around 10 years ago, gamers have had to endure waves of DLC that either failed to contribute anything meaningful, or worse, exploited fans by overcharging them for something plain awful.
While those that exploit this business model have been accused of ruining the game industry by creating a toxic consumer environment, the bigger sin of bad DLC is that it makes it easier to write off the very idea of downloadable content.
Though they sometimes feel like the exceptions that prove the rule, there are actually DLC releases out there that provide an experience that is well worth the extra time and money.
In fact, the very best of them often manage to exceed the quality of the game they are based on.
10. The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles
As great as Oblivion is (it may be the best Elder Scrolls game ever) there were those fans that felt it sacrificed some of the depth and environmental creativity of its predecessor Morrowind in order to be more accessible and have shinier graphics. It's all opinions, of course, but they were valid complaints.
Shivering Isles did quite a lot to address such comments. Taking place in the realm of Daedric Prince of Madness, Sheogorath, this expansion provides some of the franchise's most creative environments and amusing quests. There is a sense of fun about this expansion that often felt missing in the more traditional sword and sorcery world of Oblivion. Absurdity is a way of life in Shivering Isles and the way the game presents the most outlandish aspects with a straight face lends it a presentation style unlike anything else.
In many ways, Shivering Isles is The Elder Scrolls at its very best.