While most of our reviews focus on new games or recently ported titles, we also like to take a look at additional content in the shape of DLC releases. Today, we’re looking at new content for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Solasta, Crown of the Magister and Walkabout Mini Golf.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim – Anniversary Edition
This isn’t strictly speaking a DLC release, but a full re-release of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to mark its 10th anniversary since the original release, two console generations ago. What sets it apart from previous releases, however, is the inclusion of a wealth of – you guessed it – additional content, which is why we’re including it here.
We’re not ignoring the changes to the core game though, because this anniversary edition also includes technical optimizations to this brilliant game that finally give Skyrim PC-like performance on consoles – something that certainly wasn’t the case in the PS3 version and didn’t really apply to the PS4 special edition either. Now, the game runs at a fluid 60 frames per second, even when playing at a 4K resolution on a PlayStation 5. There are still a few awkward animations here and there, but we’ll assume we’re stuck with those unless there’s ever a full remake or anything like that.
For most, this is the Skyrim they know and love – only it performs and looks better. The world design is still gorgeous, and the biggest thing to remind you this is a PS3-era title is that that world isn’t exactly densely populated – which is part of why we’re so curious about a potential new single-player Elder Scrolls game on present day hardware.
There is some new content to enjoy though, and it comes in the shape of Creation Club content – which is essentially a curated collection of Bethesda- and user-generated content. PC players will likely already be familiar with the creation club and mod community that’s associated with it, but for console gamers the Anniversary Edition of Skyrim is a real treat in this regard – offering 74 bits of DLC content for you to try out and enjoy.
But while it’s curated content, your mileage will vary depending on what you enjoy and the nature of the content on offer. Some of it’s nothing more than a new weapon to try, or a piece of armor to wear, but the most interesting bits of content offer entire new quest lines, some of them even adding new locations. If you feel like “more Skyrim”, this edition has it. If you feel like enjoying the base game all over again, then this is the best way to do it – and as long as you grabbed the Special Edition you can do it with a discounted upgrade option as well.
Solasta – Primal Calling
Solasta – Crown of the Magister left Early Access just before the summer this year, and now it’s getting its first piece of major DLC in the form of Primal Calling, a paid pack that’s available now. Its main introductions are two new character classes, the barbarian and the druid, while a new quest line in Copparan gives you more background on the Wanderer.
As such, it’s not a story-heavy upgrade, so if you’re enjoying Solasta for its narrative then you might want to wait around a bit longer. If you enjoy playing around with Solasta’s D&D-inspired gameplay mechanics, however, then this expansion is a very interesting one. Both new character classes some with three subclasses, so there’s plenty of new gameplay depth to explore. This also goes hand in hand with a new update to the core game that everyone’s getting, which includes a raised level cap and a tougher end fight – even with a fully leveled up character. If you haven’t played Solasta yet then we’d recommend playing the base game first, but there’s also the option to buy both the base game and the new DLC as part of a bundle. The game’s exclusive to Steam, and the developer is still actively supporting it, which is always a great thing.
Walkabout Mini Golf – Lost Cities
Mighty Coconut’s Walkabout Mini Golf has been one of our favorite go-to VR games over the past few months – one of those games that’s instantly familiar even if you’ve been away from it for a while, lends itself well to a short gameplay session and is great to introduce to friends as well. Now, it’s getting new DLC content in the shape of additional courses for the game.
The first few courses will be bundled as part of a “Lost Cities” series of releases, the first of which is called “Gardens of Babylon”, built around the legendary lost wonder of the world with its waterfalls and luscious green vegetation. Gardens of Babylon is out now, and subsequent releases will continue to come out over the next few months.
With eight courses included in the base game already, it’s exciting to see more content for this excellent VR mini golf game being released, and as fans of ancient mythology we can only be excited about the theme that Mighty Coconut has chosen for the series – we enjoyed the Gardens of Babylon course and can’t wait for the next one.