Golden Joystick Awards 2012: Best DLC category – who are you voting for?

As voting for the Golden Joystick Awards 2012 enters its final weeks, we take a look at each of the individual categories. Today is the turn of Best DLC category.

Best DLC shortlist:

Who are we voting for?

Matt Cundy (UK Editor): Pre-order bonuses don’t come much better than Hitman’s Sniper Challenge. Mastering the creatively crafted rooftop set-piece is as much about puzzle solving as it is about shooting men in the head with deadeye efficiency. There’s always the sense you can improve the strategy for maximum score potential, giving it that deadly late-night ‘just one more go’ factor.

David Houghton (UK Associate Editor): It's Portal 2's Perpetual Testing Initiative all the way for me. Give a man a fish, and you'll feed him for a day. Give him a fishing rod and you'll feed him for life. The PTI is that fishing rod, providing one of the cleverest, most creative, most don't-want-it-to-end games of the generation with potentially unlimited content forevermore. And it's free.

Justin Towell (UK Content Editor): Skyrim: Dawnguard for me, if only for the undead horse you can acquire. Not too keen on traipsing around the Soul Cairn for hours on end looking for Soul Husks (and wondering when the Black Sabbath album it’s so clearly the artwork for is going to kick in), but then… it’s meant to be bleak. Good job vampire hunting is so fun.

That’s the DLC getting our votes, but what about you – who are you voting for? Tell us in the comments.

Head to Golden Joystick Awards to vote. Voting closes 22 October. The Golden Joystick Awards 2012 take place 26 October.


  • MyCoolWhiteLies - October 17, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    Wow, it hasn't been a very good year for DLC has it? I guess my choice would have to be Dawnguard, but I'm still mostly ambivalent towards it. I hate to see Harley Quinn's Revenge up there. That DLC was one of the most boring and unnecessary additions I've yet played.
  • FOZ - October 17, 2012 7:07 a.m.

    Does Portal 2 really count? They just added the Steam workshop, recorded new Cave Johnson dialogue, and let the fans do the rest. Seems kind of unfair given how much of a value it is. $0 for more new maps than you can feasibly play.
  • jackthemenace - October 17, 2012 4:31 a.m.

    I'd say the Hitman Sniper Challenge is the most innovative thing there. Admittedly, as far as DLC goes, it's pretty standard- just a challenge map, really. But that fact that's it's like a game within itself, as a pre-order bonus? Genius. I'm hoping they release it as paid DLC later on down the line, since it looks to be great fun, and something I'd love to have a go with.
  • CUFCfan616 - October 17, 2012 3:20 a.m.

    So we're voting for the developer that's least ripped us off with additional content? How many times these days have gamers complained about games not being properly completed when they're released (yes I'm looking at you Bethesda)? How many times have developers announced DLC available on the game's release day that you have to pay that little extra for? If there's one add on that deserves praise, it's Mann vs Machine. Free update that adds a great new mode onto a game that stays fresh after 8 years of being released (and from a game that was free to begin with too)
  • Viron - October 17, 2012 5:55 p.m.

    good for you for being a cynic.

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