For many, downloadable content is the bee’s knees. Whether adding weapons, expanding environments, fleshing out a new story, or introducing new characters, DLC is a great way to squeeze a little more value out of a franchise – for both developers and players. Over the last few years, Ubisoft has been releasing some great DLC to accompany their flagship titles. These additional adventures extend the life of the core games in very entertaining ways. DLC like Freedom Cry (Assassin’s Creed IV) and The Tyranny of King Washington (Assassin’s Creed III) are each very compelling and entertaining (I highly recommend both of them) – and Bad Blood, the most recent story DLC for Watch_Dogs, is right up there.
One of my favourite titles for the Playstation 4 is inFAMOUS: Second Son (developed by Sucker Punch). For me it was one of the titles that helped us truly embrace the Playstation 4 as a next-generation platform from a technological standpoint, while not sacrificing the critical elements of story and character development. There were some truly great moments during my time with the game (I played it through twice, once as “good” and once as “evil”), and many of these moments were due to the awesome characters that were introduced along the way. In the latest DLC, inFAMOUS: First Light (which is actually a standalone adventure), we are given an opportunity to explore the back-story of Abigail Walker (also known by her “conduit” name: Fetch). While I found First Light to be an awesome standalone, many players will have mixed feelings about this “prequel”.
Earlier today, you might have seen Rituro’s review of new DLC for Tropico 5 called The Big Cheese. It looks like it wasn’t a bad addition to the game (though you can just read the review yourself to see what he had to say about it). Toronto Thumbs was lucky enough to score two codes for this, and we’d like to give away the extra!
Let’s say you’re running your own country. Things are going well – massive palace, fat bank account, a populace not yet attempting a mass uprising over the lack of health care – and you’ve started wondering if anything is missing in your life. You’ve got the economy, the industry, the agriculture, the fancy statue of yourself… could there be anything more? Oh my, yes! You see, there’s one thing you haven’t yet implemented – one hallmark of every ruler that would cement your legacy as the greatest despot ever to hoard cash, taunt the Russians and corner the basement rum market. Presidente, you still need cheese.
FYI: While I have tried to keep this spoiler-free, it is impossible to talk about Left Behind without referring to parts of the game that occur later on. In fact, the DLC warns you that you should finish the main game before engaging in Left Behind. You have been warned.
The Last of Us was one of my favourite games of 2013. For those that haven’t played it, it is very intense and can be quite emotionally exhausting – in a good way. Naughty Dog did a great job leaving the world of Joel and Ellie open in a few spots, allowing for some extended story-telling goodness. Left Behind is one such story, and is no less emotionally charged. If you enjoyed the main game, you will definitely love this plot extension.
Drinkbox Studios’ Guacamelee! is well-loved by us Thumbers around the office. This PS3 and Vita title really took the ring by storm and body-slammed the hell out of word “platforming” with bold characters, a hilarious story, and the power of el pollo. For those of you that missed it, two DLC packs have been released that will add some variety and some challenge to your game (to put it lightly).
Sometimes we tend to forget how much value we get out of our video game purchases. Take Halo 4, for example. Your retail purchase gets a campaign that can be played in heartfelt solo mode, split-screen with a friend, or online with a few more. If the campaign wasn’t enough, in the weeks following Halo 4’s release, we were treated to 50 new objective-based missions. This is all in addition to the map-editing tool and the online multi-player (Infinity) that Halo has come to be known for. So with hundreds of hours entertainment, what else could we ask for?