Downloadable content (or DLC) is additional content for a video game distributed through the Internet by the game's official publisher or other third party content producers. Downloadable content can be of several types, ranging from aesthetic outfit changes to a new, extensive storyline, such as an expansion pack. DLC may add new game modes, objects, levels, challenges or other features to a complete and already released game.
List of video games with downloadable content
In Sonic Adventure for the Dreamcast, the majority of DLC were holiday themed, such as Halloween, Christmas, and Y2K. North America and Japan had different Christmas DLC's; NA's was a tribute to Christmas NiGHTS, while Japan's had Christmas trees scattered throughout Station Square, which played Christmas music when touched. There was also DLC celebrating the release of Samba De Amigo.
The rest of the DLC released for the game were contests. North America had a Time Attack contest hosted by AT&T and Official Dreamcast Magazine. Europe had a Reebok DMX Competition. Japan had two contests; a hedgehog hide-and-seek and a Yukawa Senmu QUO Minigame. Japan also had a Jewel Chao DLC.
In the Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network digital ports of Sonic Adventure, the player can purchase a Sonic Adventure DX DLC which upgrades the game to Sonic Adventure DX: Director's Cut, including all of the features from the Nintendo GameCube and PC ports of the said game (but the Game Gear video games were removed).
Sonic Adventure 2
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
In Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), there are downloadable hard modes of Sonic, Shadow and Silvers' time trials, as well as an Extra Stage where you play as all the supporting characters (Tails, Knuckles, Amy, etc) in one large run across several stages.
Sonic Unleashed contains a large amount of downloadable extra acts for both Night and Day in almost every continent. These acts both contain hard modes of existing stages as well as some completely new ones, with much greater difficulty than the main game stages.
Sonic the Hedgehog 4
If you own both Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode I and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode II on the same device, you unlock a bonus episode called "Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode Metal," in which you play as Metal Sonic through the first act of each zone in Sonic 4: Episode I in reverse order. In these stages there is more challenging enemy placement, more obstacles and hazards, and the cutscenes tell the story of how Metal Sonic survived his defeat in Sonic CD.
Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
In Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, there is a downloadable DLC pack including Metal Sonic and his vehicle, as well as a track that runs through the Death Egg known as "Egg Hangar," in addition to some downloadable merchandise for the Xbox Live Avatar Marketplace.
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Sonic and All-Stars Racing's downloadable consists mainly of extra tracks and characters. If the game was pre-ordered, the DLC will automatically be installed to the game at no extra cost.
The console/PC version of Sonic Generations has Casino Night - a large pinball table you can play as both Modern and Classic Sonic on. The goal is to rack up as many points as possible without falling off the stage three times.
Sonic Lost World
- Nightmare Zone - A boss rush, replacing the Deadly Six's machines/animals with Nightmares from NiGHTS.
- Yoshi's Island Zone - A yarn-filled Yoshi stage, as a preview of Nintendo's upcoming game, Yoshi's Woolly World.
- The Legend of Zelda Zone - A large, explorable Legend of Zelda stage, which sees Sonic dressed in a Link outfit.
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric
When the player could pre-ordered the game, they would receive a DLC that gave the playable charcters glowing outfits.
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