Our Game of the Year coverage continues with the Best PS5, PS4 DLC of 2023, of which a top four has been put together by the Push Square editorial team. This category celebrates the best expansions for current PS5, PS4 games, with a focus on single player experiences rather than additions to live-service games.
Bronze Trophy: Resident Evil 4: Separate Ways
First found in the PS2 version of Resident Evil 4, Capcom returned to its masterclass of a PS5, PS4 remake with DLC that brought back the Ada Wong-focused expansion Separate Ways. Featuring new story elements, weapons, and scenarios, this is a fantastic addition to the experience that fans won't want to miss. A chunky DLC, it's quite literally longer than the full release of Resident Evil 3. It's more sublime Resident Evil action, and that's only ever a good thing.
Media Molecule's last major addition to Dreams is probably its best. Tren is a whole new game to play within PS4's amazing creation suite, it's free, and it's absolutely wonderful from top to bottom. This puzzle action game is all about guiding a little wooden toy train to the exit of each level, most of which are timed, but others are a bit more cerebral. Combining simple controls with deliciously tactile physics and that signature Media Molecule charm, Tren is full of heart as you progress through its nostalgic campaign. And once you're done, you can make your very own Tren levels with a comprehensive kit. It's a fantastic game that's well worth playing, especially now Dreams is on PS Plus Extra for the foreseeable.
Gold Trophy: Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores
In what feels like a tradition for Guerrilla Games at this point, the Dutch developer returned to last year's Horizon Forbidden West to bolt on an extensive expansion introducing a new story, characters, weapons, and playable area. Side-kick Seyka is the star of the show, but the condensed experience allows for an expansion that's at times better than the main game. There's little in the way of busy work, making every moment and quest meaningful. Stepping into the shoes of Aloy has never been more of a pleasure.
Platinum Trophy: Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty
CD Projekt Red is no stranger to crafting standard-setting expansions, and Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty is yet another example of the studio's expertise. Dragging V onto the crazed streets of Dogtown — a district that's somehow even more chaotic than Night City proper — this DLC takes all of the lessons that were learned in the base game and cranks everything up a level. A gripping story is tied to more demanding gameplay, and the side quests are of an incredibly high quality. A borderline masterpiece that's emblematic of Cyberpunk 2077's overall revival.
What was your favourite PS5, PS4 DLC of 2023? Place a vote in our poll and then explain your personal pick in the comments below. For further Game of the Year coverage, click the link.
What was your favourite PS5, PS4 DLC of 2023? (371 votes)
- Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty32%
- Dead Island 2: Haus1%
- Final Fantasy XVI: Echoes of the Fallen2%
- Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust1%
- God of War Ragnarok: Valhalla28%
- Horizon Forbidden West: Burning Shores14%
- Resident Evil 4: Separate Ways15%
- Tales of Arise: Beyond the Dawn1%
- Tren in Dreams1%