Posts Tagged ‘DLC’

Come Die With Me: Don’t Starve Together

By Adam Smith on August 20th, 2014.

Don’t Starve Together is the sort of stern instruction that was once delivered by frowning parents to their newly married offspring as they set out to find a partner for life. The ruddy-faced matron wouldn’t tell her son to make sure he wooed a girl who always washed behind the ears, and the cracked lips of an aged farmer would not part to instruct his daughters in the ways of romance and wedlock – instead, mother and father both would have one piece of advice. “When you settle down with a spouse and begin a life of your own, eternal bliss can be yours if you follow this advice – Don’t Starve Together.” Then they’d slip a withered turnip out of their breeches, pass it across and shut the door of the family home for good.

Don’t Starve’s upcoming multiplayer mode will allow you to relive the good old days with your own friends and it’ll be entering closed beta before September 23rd.

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Give Your Eyes, Teeth: Surgeon Simulator DLC

By Alice O'Connor on August 18th, 2014.

Let's have a look.

I couldn’t tell you how many eyeballs I’ve gouged out and teeth I’ve kicked in while playing video games. Lots, certainly (and in the game), but never to help people. New Surgeon Simulator DLC will let us altruistically enjoy sounds of eyeballs squishing and teeth tinkling, adding new operations starring those bodyparts. It’s bringing them over from the PlayStation 4 version, really, along with new environments like a bed smashing through the doors of a hospital hallway. Curiously, a graphics overhaul is also packaged into this £1.99 DLC, not coming as an upgrade for everyone.

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History Completing Itself: EU IV And CK II Still Growing

By Adam Smith on August 18th, 2014.

I don’t think I’d mind if Crusader Kings II received fresh DLC for the next twenty years. Judging by the latest announcement, which I witnessed live at a fan gathering/press conference at Gamescom, the greatest medieval strategy RPG-sim of all time might soon be simply the greatest historical RPG-sim of all time. The upcoming Charlemagne expansion brings the possible start date ever closer to the classical era, with the option of beginning play in 769 AD to follow the life and times of Big Chuck. EU IV is also set to expand, to the beat of a warlike drum.

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Rome II Daughters Of Mars DLC Adds Warrior Women

By Ben Barrett on August 15th, 2014.

A how to session on creating fine gonad paste.

While some battle tactics are outstripped by technology, it’s actually gotten quite a lot easier to perform the above strategy thanks to the removal of platemail in modern times. Still equally as effective at causing extreme pain and temporary, floor-based groan-paralysis too. It’s part of the latest Total War: Rome II DLC ‘Daughters of Mars’, which adds a number of women-only formations to The Creative Assembly’s grand strategy. They’ve also released a free update providing some female units to a couple of factions and updating the roster of the Suebi.

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Downloadable Coronet: Dark Souls II – Lost Crowns DLC

By Adam Smith on July 22nd, 2014.

Hats are a core part of the gamer experience. Team Fortress 2 knows how strong the craving for sweet skull-socks truly is. Dark Souls takes itself a bit too seriously to join in with the hat hunting though. Like the sneering monarch that it is, From’s not-quite-as-much-of-a-masterpiece-as-the-previous-two is usually seen wearing a helmet in place of a hat. It anticipates an assault. Occasionally it’ll upgrade to a crown, which is essentially a very expensive hat that is too heavy to lob onto a hatstand. A DLC trilogy covers the retrieval of Dark Souls’ favourite posh hats and the first part is out today.

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WW2 Fanfic: Sniper Elite 3 DLC Saves Churchill

By Alice O'Connor on July 18th, 2014.

Just two guys, hanging out.

You would like to shoot Adolf Hitler, wouldn’t you? You wouldn’t want Winston Churchill to die, would you? No, you’re not a monster, are you? Sniper Elite 3‘s big DLC packs focus on rewriting history, but it comes off a bit tacky to me. Yesterday brought the first part of a three-chapter DLC campaign about foiling a plot to assassinate Churchill and it’s not the most enticing start, reusing and reworking an old campaign level. Still, Rebellion have also released a free new multiplayer map.

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Ready To Go: Europa Universalis IV’s Res Publica Expansion

By Alice O'Connor on July 17th, 2014.

What swine they are!

Where does DLC end and an expansion begin? What’s the difference between DLC and a mini-expansion? Are all downloadable expansions DLC anyway? Stirring those muddy waters with a stick and giggling, those Paradox rascals have released what they’re calling “the third expansion” for Europa Universalis IV, which they’re also saying is sort of a “mini-expansion.” What scamps.

Res Publica is out now in the usual places for £3.99, giving opportunities to run your own republican dictatorship, schmooze with aristocrats, guilds and traders, and shake up staid Dutch elections.

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Invade China in Battlefield 4: Dragon’s Teeth

By Ben Barrett on July 15th, 2014.

Prepare for extreme explosiabangs! It’s the fourth (of five) Battlefield 4 map packs, Dragon’s Teeth. Continuing the narrative of a China-America conflict, the fighting has now reached the south of mainland Asia, putting the focus squarely on infantry combat in urban environments. Furthering the series mainstay of having everything best about C&C Generals present, there’s a map where trains will destroy tanks that have been left on the tracks. Best. It’s out now for “premium” members, while mere mortals must wait until July 29th. Trailer and details below for your honourable service to this great nation.

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Ripley The First: Alien Isolation DLC Recreates Movie Scenes

By Alice O'Connor on July 9th, 2014.

The gang are here!

Given the astonishing care and attention The Creative Assembly have put into recreating the feel of Alien in Alien: Isolation, mightn’t it be sort of nice to recreate a little of the movie? Well gosh golly, they’ve only gone and done that, making the original cast and the spaceship Nostromo. Crumbs, and they’ve got members of the cast to provide voices, even Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley!

And the inevitable drawback for something so exciting: it’s for pre-order DLC missions, one of which will be exclusive to certain retailers too. At first, at least. Boo.

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Dadlier Than Ever: Octodad Free DLC Coming In Dad Shorts

By Alice O'Connor on June 27th, 2014.

On the bright side, he'll never need clamps to hold wounds open.

They have a hard lot in life, Game Dads. They scarcely have time to get through the front door and step into their slippers before trouble comes calling and they need to kick in the teeth of some lout threatening their daughter/daughter figure. Poor chaps. Real dadding’s like that too, Alec tells us.

Dear old Octodad has got into a few scrapes and scraps himself, and his troubles aren’t quite over yet. Creators Young Horses are making new adventures in wonky physics for Octodad: Dadliest Catch, planning to release them this summer as free DLC. The pack’s name: Dad Shorts.

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The Last Of Icarus: Thomas Was Alone Free Expansion

By Adam Smith on June 26th, 2014.

When I last spoke to Mike Bithell, we were in the café at the National Media Museum in Bradford. He had just delivered a talk about his upcoming Virtual Robin Hood game, Volume, but we found time to discuss Thomas Was Alone as well. Bithell said – and I agree – “I thought I was writing a competent story with an amazing platform game. It turned out it was the other way around!” Presumably, the previously Playstation-only prequel episode, now available on Windows and Mac (Linux build soon), elevates plot over platforming. A cursory examination reveals a possible interpretation of the Icarus myth, with an AI in place of daddy Daedalus and a jetpack in place of waxy wings.

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Fish, Hitler, And Naughty Language: DLC Is Bloody Weird

By Craig Pearson on June 11th, 2014.

Shooting Hitler is weird

What do Hitler, Snoop Dogg, George Washington, and Shakespeare have in common? If you said they all appear in Rik Mayall’s autobiography Bigger Than Hitler, Better Than Christ*, you’re wrong. Washington and Snoop aren’t mentioned in that. The correct answer is that each has been digitised and reformed–Weird Science style–into your games as DLC.

There’s a lot of DLC out there, ranging from the mundane to the insane, and I think I know why. Games are increasingly serious business, with huge budgets and a cast amount of public scrutiny. DLC–well some of it–feels like the passion projects that don’t fit into the canon. An outlet for the stuff that gets cleared from the whiteboard for being too off message, or too niche. DLC is cathartic. I’ve been on a strange journey, readers. I’ve been looking through games catalogues and hunting down the sort of DLC that could be described as ’boutique’. I’ve been on a boutique call, ahahahahahahaha!

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Ghostpirates Ahoy! Call of Duty: Ghosts’ Next DLC Is Weird

By Alice O'Connor on May 30th, 2014.

Just a mariachi spirit nbd

Call of Duty: Ghosts seems to have rediscovered a bit of the Quake and Half-Life mod scene spirit. Hear me out, right. I know it’s all usually very po-faced and dull, but the next DLC map pack seems to throw together whatever weirdness its creators found kooky or funny or cool–as so many mods did. See, ‘Invasion’ will bring ghost pirates and mariachi revenants and I’m surprised to find CoD DLC making me nostalgic. It’s just a shame this attitude is confined to paid DLC.

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