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  1. Dead or Alive 6 hits stores today and while fans of the long-running fighting game series can pick it up the base version for $60, there's over $100 of additional content locked off from the main game. As deep as we all are in the age of microtransactions and loot boxes, the price point for Dead or Alive 6's downloadable content has caused many to do double-takes. It's a pretty incredible price point to charge for additional content at launch, but maybe it's worth it? Those who purchase the deluxe edition of Dead or Alive 6 will have to shell out an extra $20. The deluxe edition comes with another character, Phase 4, an exclusive costume for series' mainstay Kasumi, 25 additional costumes, and three more tracks for the game's soundtrack. If, however, you happen to be a super fan of Dead or Alive 6, you can opt to buy the game's Season Pass 1, which will cost $93. This season pass contains 52 costumes consisting of the Happy Wedding Costumes and the full Costume Pack, two new playable characters (one of which is Mai Shiranui), five costumes for each new character, and two costumes exclusive to Season Pass 1, NiCO's technomancer gear and a wrestling costume for Nyotengu. Whether or not that will all be worth it to someone who loves Dead or Alive 6 remains to be seen. Almost every negative user review posted so far lists the DLC pricing as a major part of their distaste for the fighting game. All told, to get everything available in-game for Dead or Alive 6 at launch will cost $113 on top of the $60 for the base game itself. And you see the number 1 in Season Pass 1? Koei Tecmo plans to release more season passes in the future. If this pricing is indicative of where Dead or Alive is going in the future, then fighting game fanatics could be looking at spending $266 for a second season pass if they want to own all of the game they love. On top of all that, there's the distinct possibility that Koei Tecmo will release more than a couple season passes, meaning fans could be asked to spend far more. Taking DLC pricing to the extreme isn't that far out of the norm as the free version of Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters, on Steam currently lists all of its DLC for nearly $1,300. That's, quite frankly, absurd and has some fans worried about the future of the venerable fighting series. What do you think? Is the DLC price point to high? Does the existence of DLC change how you think about a game? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  2. Dead or Alive 6 hits stores today and while fans of the long-running fighting game series can pick it up the base version for $60, there's over $100 of additional content locked off from the main game. As deep as we all are in the age of microtransactions and loot boxes, the price point for Dead or Alive 6's downloadable content has caused many to do double-takes. It's a pretty incredible price point to charge for additional content at launch, but maybe it's worth it? Those who purchase the deluxe edition of Dead or Alive 6 will have to shell out an extra $20. The deluxe edition comes with another character, Phase 4, an exclusive costume for series' mainstay Kasumi, 25 additional costumes, and three more tracks for the game's soundtrack. If, however, you happen to be a super fan of Dead or Alive 6, you can opt to buy the game's Season Pass 1, which will cost $93. This season pass contains 52 costumes consisting of the Happy Wedding Costumes and the full Costume Pack, two new playable characters (one of which is Mai Shiranui), five costumes for each new character, and two costumes exclusive to Season Pass 1, NiCO's technomancer gear and a wrestling costume for Nyotengu. Whether or not that will all be worth it to someone who loves Dead or Alive 6 remains to be seen. Almost every negative user review posted so far lists the DLC pricing as a major part of their distaste for the fighting game. All told, to get everything available in-game for Dead or Alive 6 at launch will cost $113 on top of the $60 for the base game itself. And you see the number 1 in Season Pass 1? Koei Tecmo plans to release more season passes in the future. If this pricing is indicative of where Dead or Alive is going in the future, then fighting game fanatics could be looking at spending $266 for a second season pass if they want to own all of the game they love. On top of all that, there's the distinct possibility that Koei Tecmo will release more than a couple season passes, meaning fans could be asked to spend far more. Taking DLC pricing to the extreme isn't that far out of the norm as the free version of Dead or Alive 5, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round: Core Fighters, on Steam currently lists all of its DLC for nearly $1,300. That's, quite frankly, absurd and has some fans worried about the future of the venerable fighting series. What do you think? Is the DLC price point to high? Does the existence of DLC change how you think about a game? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  3. It's safe to say that the Resident Evil 2 remake has been a resounding success for Capcom, and it's one they are celebrating with free DLC depicting some big "what-if" scenarios. Players will no longer be limited to Leon, Claire, Ada Wong, and Tofu (the best survivor of them all) any longer. Titled The Ghost Survivors, the DLC will add three new characters to the game for players to explore hypothetical alternate realities in which some of those who died in Raccoon City strive to make it out of the undead apocalypse. The titular Ghost Survivors, an unnamed and masked soldier, a gunsmith and shop owner named Robert Kendo, and the mayor's daughter, Katherine Warren. Each will have an entire chapter's worth of content to flesh out their stories. If you are interested in seeing the Japanese developers of the Resident Evil 2 remake talking about the DLC, you can watch the announcement below. They begin talking about The Ghost Survivors at around 1:21:00. It's not in English, so you might have to rely on YouTube's awful auto translation to make some sense of it if you don't know the language (not that the translation will give you much insight). In addition to the story/gameplay DLC, The Ghost Survivors will include retro costumes for Leon and Claire, both looking excellent in all their blocky, PlayStation 1-era glory. The Ghost Survivors hits Resident Evil 2 remake owners on February 15.
  4. It's safe to say that the Resident Evil 2 remake has been a resounding success for Capcom, and it's one they are celebrating with free DLC depicting some big "what-if" scenarios. Players will no longer be limited to Leon, Claire, Ada Wong, and Tofu (the best survivor of them all) any longer. Titled The Ghost Survivors, the DLC will add three new characters to the game for players to explore hypothetical alternate realities in which some of those who died in Raccoon City strive to make it out of the undead apocalypse. The titular Ghost Survivors, an unnamed and masked soldier, a gunsmith and shop owner named Robert Kendo, and the mayor's daughter, Katherine Warren. Each will have an entire chapter's worth of content to flesh out their stories. If you are interested in seeing the Japanese developers of the Resident Evil 2 remake talking about the DLC, you can watch the announcement below. They begin talking about The Ghost Survivors at around 1:21:00. It's not in English, so you might have to rely on YouTube's awful auto translation to make some sense of it if you don't know the language (not that the translation will give you much insight). In addition to the story/gameplay DLC, The Ghost Survivors will include retro costumes for Leon and Claire, both looking excellent in all their blocky, PlayStation 1-era glory. The Ghost Survivors hits Resident Evil 2 remake owners on February 15. View full article
  5. Dragon Ball FighterZ, the fantastic fighting game from Arc System Works, will be getting a second season of DLC. Following the Red Bull Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament, the developers revealed a handful of the characters that will be making appearances in the arena. Four of the six fighters coming in the second season were revealed in the trailer released by Arc System Works. The first two characters shown is Videl, the energetic fighter who captured the heart of Goku's son, Gohan. She enters brings a number of flashy moves and flying kicks along with the assistance of The Great Saiyaman, Gohan's alternate superhero identity. The two fighters actually work as one character to unleash a world of pain and justice upon their foes. The trailer depicts Videl's combos mixing nicely with the Saiyan powers of The Great Saiyaman. The duo feel like a great, fun nod to Dragon Ball's history. Jiren, Goku's awe-inspiringly powerful opponent from the most recent arc of the Dragon Ball Super anime, will also join the fray. With his massive physique and brutal energy blasts, he has the ability to decimate opponents with unparalleled speed and precision. Fans of the anime will be chomping at the bit to see how he stacks up to the characters already established in the game. Yamcha versus Jiren, anyone? The final two fighters to be revealed in the trailer both hail from the recent Dragon Ball Super: Broly film. While Broly has already been added into Dragon Ball FighterZ, a different version of the maximum power Saiyan will be added in based on the redesigned and revamped Broly that appeared in the movie. The other fighter will be Gogeta, the fused form of Goku and Vegeta that was able to fight Broly on more equal footing in the film. For that part of the trailer, we are only shown footage from the actual movie and not in-game footage. Arc System Works will release Videl and Jiren on January 31 with Gogeta and Broly following in the near future. Who the last two fighters might be remains a mystery, but it's a safe bet that when Gogeta and Broly are released we'll get a reveal and possibly a release date for them. Who do you think will make their way into the most successful Dragon Ball game in history? Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  6. Dragon Ball FighterZ, the fantastic fighting game from Arc System Works, will be getting a second season of DLC. Following the Red Bull Dragon Ball FighterZ tournament, the developers revealed a handful of the characters that will be making appearances in the arena. Four of the six fighters coming in the second season were revealed in the trailer released by Arc System Works. The first two characters shown is Videl, the energetic fighter who captured the heart of Goku's son, Gohan. She enters brings a number of flashy moves and flying kicks along with the assistance of The Great Saiyaman, Gohan's alternate superhero identity. The two fighters actually work as one character to unleash a world of pain and justice upon their foes. The trailer depicts Videl's combos mixing nicely with the Saiyan powers of The Great Saiyaman. The duo feel like a great, fun nod to Dragon Ball's history. Jiren, Goku's awe-inspiringly powerful opponent from the most recent arc of the Dragon Ball Super anime, will also join the fray. With his massive physique and brutal energy blasts, he has the ability to decimate opponents with unparalleled speed and precision. Fans of the anime will be chomping at the bit to see how he stacks up to the characters already established in the game. Yamcha versus Jiren, anyone? The final two fighters to be revealed in the trailer both hail from the recent Dragon Ball Super: Broly film. While Broly has already been added into Dragon Ball FighterZ, a different version of the maximum power Saiyan will be added in based on the redesigned and revamped Broly that appeared in the movie. The other fighter will be Gogeta, the fused form of Goku and Vegeta that was able to fight Broly on more equal footing in the film. For that part of the trailer, we are only shown footage from the actual movie and not in-game footage. Arc System Works will release Videl and Jiren on January 31 with Gogeta and Broly following in the near future. Who the last two fighters might be remains a mystery, but it's a safe bet that when Gogeta and Broly are released we'll get a reveal and possibly a release date for them. Who do you think will make their way into the most successful Dragon Ball game in history? Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  7. Sunset Overdrive was one of the hottest games on the Xbox One shortly after its launch. Several years later, it has now found its way onto PC courtesy of THQ Nordic. Heck, it is even receiving a physical PC release, a rarity in 2018, that should be arriving at physical retailers next week. Both the physical and digital editions of Sunset Overdrive's PC release will include all of the DLC from the Xbox One version. Both versions will also retail for $19.99. Sunset Overdrive presents the player with a bouncy romp through the far-flung, post-apocalyptic future of 2027 when a contaminated energy drink turns tens of thousands into horrific mutants. Equal parts Tony Hawk and Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac's malleable adventure will keep players entertained from start to finish (I found it immensely fun at the very least). The main campaign is supplemented by two additional DLC adventures: Mystery of Mooil Rig and Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines. Sunset Overdrive is now available for Xbox One and PC. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  8. Sunset Overdrive was one of the hottest games on the Xbox One shortly after its launch. Several years later, it has now found its way onto PC courtesy of THQ Nordic. Heck, it is even receiving a physical PC release, a rarity in 2018, that should be arriving at physical retailers next week. Both the physical and digital editions of Sunset Overdrive's PC release will include all of the DLC from the Xbox One version. Both versions will also retail for $19.99. Sunset Overdrive presents the player with a bouncy romp through the far-flung, post-apocalyptic future of 2027 when a contaminated energy drink turns tens of thousands into horrific mutants. Equal parts Tony Hawk and Ratchet & Clank, Insomniac's malleable adventure will keep players entertained from start to finish (I found it immensely fun at the very least). The main campaign is supplemented by two additional DLC adventures: Mystery of Mooil Rig and Dawn of the Rise of the Fallen Machines. Sunset Overdrive is now available for Xbox One and PC. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  9. SNK Playmore has announced that King of Fighters XIV have four new characters beginning today following the release of version 3.0. The additions of both new and fan favorite characters bring the full roster of fighters up to 58. Each of the newcomers have their own intro trailer, too! Fan favorite and classic King of Fighters character Blue Mary makes her debut. With her freelance special forces set of skills, she fights using a variety of styles from around the world as well as Sambo, her preferred grapple-heavy fighting form. Oswald represents decorum above all else. An elderly gentleman, Oswald might not look like much, but the man can slice through almost any defense using his signature playing cards. Exactly how he gets those cards so sharp is anyone's guess, but he looks undeniably cool in action. Perhaps the least interesting designs of the four released, Heidern serves as the leader of The Mercenary Corps. He can channel energy into his fists and has been known to throw a few incredibly flexible kicks. Also, he has an eye patch, so he at least has something cool going for him. Finally, we come to Najd. Easily the most interesting character announced by SNK, Najd is essentially a vigilante from Saudi Arabia who wears an abaya, a traditional robe-like Saudi dress, that gives her special powers. During the day, Najd goes to college, but at night she's the bane of baddies everywhere. Each DLC fighter costs $5.99 separately or can be bought in a bundle for $19.99. On top of those four characters, the free 3.0 update adds Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, as a playable stage. The update also brings a number of balancing changes that veterans will have to adjust to - so this might be one of the best times for newbies to join in. The King of Fighters XIV is available on PlayStation 4 and PC. View full article
  10. SNK Playmore has announced that King of Fighters XIV have four new characters beginning today following the release of version 3.0. The additions of both new and fan favorite characters bring the full roster of fighters up to 58. Each of the newcomers have their own intro trailer, too! Fan favorite and classic King of Fighters character Blue Mary makes her debut. With her freelance special forces set of skills, she fights using a variety of styles from around the world as well as Sambo, her preferred grapple-heavy fighting form. Oswald represents decorum above all else. An elderly gentleman, Oswald might not look like much, but the man can slice through almost any defense using his signature playing cards. Exactly how he gets those cards so sharp is anyone's guess, but he looks undeniably cool in action. Perhaps the least interesting designs of the four released, Heidern serves as the leader of The Mercenary Corps. He can channel energy into his fists and has been known to throw a few incredibly flexible kicks. Also, he has an eye patch, so he at least has something cool going for him. Finally, we come to Najd. Easily the most interesting character announced by SNK, Najd is essentially a vigilante from Saudi Arabia who wears an abaya, a traditional robe-like Saudi dress, that gives her special powers. During the day, Najd goes to college, but at night she's the bane of baddies everywhere. Each DLC fighter costs $5.99 separately or can be bought in a bundle for $19.99. On top of those four characters, the free 3.0 update adds Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, as a playable stage. The update also brings a number of balancing changes that veterans will have to adjust to - so this might be one of the best times for newbies to join in. The King of Fighters XIV is available on PlayStation 4 and PC.
  11. Just three years ago, This War of Mine released on PC to relate the experience of civilians struggling to survive in the midst of war. The indie game developed by 11 bit studios has continued to receive support over the years in the form of translations and expansions. However, 11 bit has undertaken a new effort to bring life back to their dramatic survival title. The initiative, called This War of Mine Stories, aims to bring a number of narrative adventures to life. Father's Promise will be the first of these DLC expansions. It uses the framework of This War of Mine to weave the compelling tale of Adam, a man trying to protect his daughter and escape from their war-torn city. 11 bit studios based Father's Promise on an audio-drama by author Łukasz Orbitowski. Orbitowski has won awards for his literary accomplishments and has been hailed as "a Polish Steven King." It is unclear whether future Stories DLC will also be based on Orbitowski's work or if they will draw from other sources of inspiration. Father's Promise is available now for $1.99 or can be obtained by purchasing a season pass for all This War of Mine Stories for $4.99. View full article
  12. Just three years ago, This War of Mine released on PC to relate the experience of civilians struggling to survive in the midst of war. The indie game developed by 11 bit studios has continued to receive support over the years in the form of translations and expansions. However, 11 bit has undertaken a new effort to bring life back to their dramatic survival title. The initiative, called This War of Mine Stories, aims to bring a number of narrative adventures to life. Father's Promise will be the first of these DLC expansions. It uses the framework of This War of Mine to weave the compelling tale of Adam, a man trying to protect his daughter and escape from their war-torn city. 11 bit studios based Father's Promise on an audio-drama by author Łukasz Orbitowski. Orbitowski has won awards for his literary accomplishments and has been hailed as "a Polish Steven King." It is unclear whether future Stories DLC will also be based on Orbitowski's work or if they will draw from other sources of inspiration. Father's Promise is available now for $1.99 or can be obtained by purchasing a season pass for all This War of Mine Stories for $4.99.
  13. BioWare has created some of the most beloved moments in gaming history. The Mass Effect series stands as one of the greatest gaming trilogies of all time. However, many people point toward the conclusion of Mass Effect 3 as something that undid all of the goodwill the series had fostered up until that point. For all of their talent, BioWare also created one of the single most divisive and negatively received moments in gaming history. In Part One of our Mass Effect 3 discussion, we talked about the larger game leading up to the final minutes that threw the Mass Effect fan base into chaos. Part Two covers the ending and touches on some aspects of the DLC. Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Myst III: Exile 'American Wheels of Wonder' by Mazedude (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01749) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday View full article
  14. BioWare has created some of the most beloved moments in gaming history. The Mass Effect series stands as one of the greatest gaming trilogies of all time. However, many people point toward the conclusion of Mass Effect 3 as something that undid all of the goodwill the series had fostered up until that point. For all of their talent, BioWare also created one of the single most divisive and negatively received moments in gaming history. In Part One of our Mass Effect 3 discussion, we talked about the larger game leading up to the final minutes that threw the Mass Effect fan base into chaos. Part Two covers the ending and touches on some aspects of the DLC. Each week we will be tackling a video game, old or new, that at least one of us believes deserves to stand as one of the greatest games of all time. We'll dive into its history, development, and gameplay, while trying to argue for or against the game of the week. Sometimes we will be in harmonious agreement, other times we might be fighting a bitter battle to the very end. However each episode shakes out, we hope that everyone who listens will find the show entertaining and informative. Outro music: Myst III: Exile 'American Wheels of Wonder' by Mazedude (http://ocremix.org/remix/OCR01749) You can download or listen to the podcast over on Soundcloud, our hosting site, and iTunes. A YouTube version is (sometimes) available as well, so you can watch what we are talking about while we talk about it! If you want to have your opinion heard on air, share your opinion in the comments, follow the show on Twitter, and participate in the weekly polls: @BestGamesPeriod New episodes of The Best Games Period will be released every Monday
  15. You thought the punishment was over, didn't you? Turns out everyone's favorite turn-based alien combat strategy game XCOM 2 is back this August with its "War of the Chosen" expansion. War of the Chosen will introduce a ton of new content to XCOM, including new maps, enemies, and strategic options. Chief among these enemies are the Chosen, the "ultimate enemies" of the XCOM force and champions of the alien army. There's the stealthy cloaking assassin, the sniper rifle-touting Hunter, and the self-explanatory Warlock. Players will encounter each Chosen multiple times over the course of the new campaign, which details XCOM's efforts to recruit new human resistance forces to the fight against the alien threat. The Chosen will be able to learn procedural strategies to counter your favorite tactics as the game goes on, according to XCOM 2 designer Jake Solomon. Humans won't be alone in their fight, as you'll be able to recruit three new factions of human resistance fighters. There's the Reavers, the half-alien, half-human hybrid Skirmishers, and the psionic wildling clan of Templars. The Skirmishers will have a mix of alien and human abilities to make them single-unit powerhouses, while the Templars can charge up their magic turn-by-turn for damaging attacks. Both sides of the war for Earth will have to contend with the Lost, AKA the remnants of humanity that were mutated and twisted into zombie-like creatures as a result of the alien army's initial attacks. The Lost will act as a wildcard element in XCOM skirmishes, ditching tactical thinking for horde mentality, attacking both humans and aliens in large numbers. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is out on August 29, giving you just enough time to remember how painful losing your favorite squad captain to a stray laser bolt is. View full article
  16. You thought the punishment was over, didn't you? Turns out everyone's favorite turn-based alien combat strategy game XCOM 2 is back this August with its "War of the Chosen" expansion. War of the Chosen will introduce a ton of new content to XCOM, including new maps, enemies, and strategic options. Chief among these enemies are the Chosen, the "ultimate enemies" of the XCOM force and champions of the alien army. There's the stealthy cloaking assassin, the sniper rifle-touting Hunter, and the self-explanatory Warlock. Players will encounter each Chosen multiple times over the course of the new campaign, which details XCOM's efforts to recruit new human resistance forces to the fight against the alien threat. The Chosen will be able to learn procedural strategies to counter your favorite tactics as the game goes on, according to XCOM 2 designer Jake Solomon. Humans won't be alone in their fight, as you'll be able to recruit three new factions of human resistance fighters. There's the Reavers, the half-alien, half-human hybrid Skirmishers, and the psionic wildling clan of Templars. The Skirmishers will have a mix of alien and human abilities to make them single-unit powerhouses, while the Templars can charge up their magic turn-by-turn for damaging attacks. Both sides of the war for Earth will have to contend with the Lost, AKA the remnants of humanity that were mutated and twisted into zombie-like creatures as a result of the alien army's initial attacks. The Lost will act as a wildcard element in XCOM skirmishes, ditching tactical thinking for horde mentality, attacking both humans and aliens in large numbers. XCOM 2: War of the Chosen is out on August 29, giving you just enough time to remember how painful losing your favorite squad captain to a stray laser bolt is.
  17. Nintendo isn't well known for supporting downloadable content, but it seems that things might be different with their upcoming console release. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be sold alongside a season pass that gives access to several expansions planned for the title. This marks the first time Nintendo has ever offered DLC for a Legend of Zelda game. The first DLC will release with Breath of the Wild alongside the Switch's launch on March 3 with a second batch following sometime during the summer and a final pack at the end of the year. The pass for the full crop of DLC will cost $19.99. The first piece will add three new treasure chests that contain "useful items" and unique clothing options for Link. The second part of the DLC will add a hard mode to the game, introduce a Cave of Trials challenge, and a "new map feature." The final DLC pack seems to be the most interesting of the three as it expands the base game with new story content, a new dungeon, and more challenges. This move is so unprecedented that Nintendo actually released a short explanatory video for those who don't know about downloadable content. This move has been a long time coming. After dipping their toes into paid DLC for the first time in 2011 with Fire Emblem: Awakening, Nintendo has very, very slowly been seeing how it can successfully incorporate downloadable content into its premier franchises. The move toward mobile gaming over the past year has been a part of their cautious experimentation. Given how pretty much all of these moves have reaped massive rewards for Nintendo, is it really that surprising that Nintendo's largest franchise would be releasing with DLC plans in place? For more Breath of the Wild goodness, be sure to check out our hands-on preview! View full article
  18. Nintendo isn't well known for supporting downloadable content, but it seems that things might be different with their upcoming console release. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be sold alongside a season pass that gives access to several expansions planned for the title. This marks the first time Nintendo has ever offered DLC for a Legend of Zelda game. The first DLC will release with Breath of the Wild alongside the Switch's launch on March 3 with a second batch following sometime during the summer and a final pack at the end of the year. The pass for the full crop of DLC will cost $19.99. The first piece will add three new treasure chests that contain "useful items" and unique clothing options for Link. The second part of the DLC will add a hard mode to the game, introduce a Cave of Trials challenge, and a "new map feature." The final DLC pack seems to be the most interesting of the three as it expands the base game with new story content, a new dungeon, and more challenges. This move is so unprecedented that Nintendo actually released a short explanatory video for those who don't know about downloadable content. This move has been a long time coming. After dipping their toes into paid DLC for the first time in 2011 with Fire Emblem: Awakening, Nintendo has very, very slowly been seeing how it can successfully incorporate downloadable content into its premier franchises. The move toward mobile gaming over the past year has been a part of their cautious experimentation. Given how pretty much all of these moves have reaped massive rewards for Nintendo, is it really that surprising that Nintendo's largest franchise would be releasing with DLC plans in place? For more Breath of the Wild goodness, be sure to check out our hands-on preview!
  19. The final piece of Dark Souls 3 DLC has been given a tantalizing trailer that teases the last bastion of the Age of Fire. The DLC has been dubbed The Ringed City, referring to a legendary stronghold at the end of all things that stands firm against a world smashing and melding in with itself. According to From Software, The Ringed City DLC will be the final Dark Souls related project before the series concludes, possibly for good. Details in the Ringed City are sure to seem enticing to veteran players. Direct parallels are drawn between the Dark Sign, an emblem central to the Dark Souls Series, and the Ringed City itself. Combined with recurring symbols noticed by a number of Dark Souls sleuths, some people wondering if the city might have something to do with Londor, an elusive land that has never been shown in Dark Souls before. Players will have to traverse an area known as the Dreg Heap, flotsam of cities from across time and space that have smashed into one another and become a dangerous, precarious wasteland of rubble. Beyond the Dreg Heap lies the end of the world where the Ringed City stands alone. The city may have even fallen to the forces of the Abyss, a corrupting force in the Dark Souls universe. Interestingly, some of the promotional material for the DLC refers to the Ringed City as "a traditional city for the Pygmies." Pygmies have never been mentioned in the Dark Souls series outside of the first game's introductory cutscene which describes one of the ancient Lords as the Furtive Pygmy. This overlooked character took the titular Dark Soul for itself and its legacy traveled down through the ages to the Sable Church of Londor. It would be fitting if the last piece of Dark Souls' story tied in with the most mysterious Lord of the Dark Soul. Also, the DLC looks like it will be including a bunch of new weapons capable of transforming, one of which kind of looks like a lightsaber. A greater winged demon appears to be one of the prominent boss encounters with some hints that it might be the very last of the great demons. Players should also expect to run into another angry giant in the DLC, possibly the last of its kind as well. Dark Souls III: The Ringed City releases on March 28 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. View full article
  20. The final piece of Dark Souls 3 DLC has been given a tantalizing trailer that teases the last bastion of the Age of Fire. The DLC has been dubbed The Ringed City, referring to a legendary stronghold at the end of all things that stands firm against a world smashing and melding in with itself. According to From Software, The Ringed City DLC will be the final Dark Souls related project before the series concludes, possibly for good. Details in the Ringed City are sure to seem enticing to veteran players. Direct parallels are drawn between the Dark Sign, an emblem central to the Dark Souls Series, and the Ringed City itself. Combined with recurring symbols noticed by a number of Dark Souls sleuths, some people wondering if the city might have something to do with Londor, an elusive land that has never been shown in Dark Souls before. Players will have to traverse an area known as the Dreg Heap, flotsam of cities from across time and space that have smashed into one another and become a dangerous, precarious wasteland of rubble. Beyond the Dreg Heap lies the end of the world where the Ringed City stands alone. The city may have even fallen to the forces of the Abyss, a corrupting force in the Dark Souls universe. Interestingly, some of the promotional material for the DLC refers to the Ringed City as "a traditional city for the Pygmies." Pygmies have never been mentioned in the Dark Souls series outside of the first game's introductory cutscene which describes one of the ancient Lords as the Furtive Pygmy. This overlooked character took the titular Dark Soul for itself and its legacy traveled down through the ages to the Sable Church of Londor. It would be fitting if the last piece of Dark Souls' story tied in with the most mysterious Lord of the Dark Soul. Also, the DLC looks like it will be including a bunch of new weapons capable of transforming, one of which kind of looks like a lightsaber. A greater winged demon appears to be one of the prominent boss encounters with some hints that it might be the very last of the great demons. Players should also expect to run into another angry giant in the DLC, possibly the last of its kind as well. Dark Souls III: The Ringed City releases on March 28 for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
  21. After months of teasing, 2K confirmed today that a complete collection of remastered BioShock games will be making its way to retailers. BioShock came out almost a decade ago, so the update will significantly revamp one of the definitive series of the last generation. The collection includes all three BioShock titles, all single-player DLC, all scaled up to the current generation of technology. As Irrational Games has undergone a break from 2K and been radically restructured under series creator Ken Levine, 2K has partnered with Blind Squirrel Games, which has been involved in the creation of games like Borderlands 2, Sunset Overdrive, and BioShock: Infinite. The bundle includes a lot of goodies that may be of interest to BioShock fans that they might not get to see anywhere else. A never before seen video series called Director's Commentary: Imagining BioShock which features Ken Levine, creative director of BioShock and BioShock: Infinite, and Shawn Robertson, the animation lead on the same titles. In addition to the core games, DLC and exclusives that have been in other editions of BioShock releases will be included in the remasters. BioShock will include Museum of Orphaned Concepts, a digital museum of the different ideas the team at Irrational altered or scrapped as they worked on the original title - unique to the double pack release of BioShock and BioShock 2, and Challenge Rooms, a series of enemy encounters and puzzles with achievement rewards. BioShock 2 will not be including its multiplayer mode or DLC, but it will come along with the Minerva's Den story DLC and the Protector's Trials, which places your in the suit of an Alpha Big Daddy prior to the events of BioShock 2. BioShock: Infinite comes with the excellent Burial at Sea story DLC packs, the Clash in the Clouds survival mode, and the Columbia's Finest Pack, which awards additional in-game resources and weapons. 2K noted in its reveal that the PC version of BioShock Infinite isn't being remastered "because it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings." BioShock: The Collection will release on September 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. View full article
  22. After months of teasing, 2K confirmed today that a complete collection of remastered BioShock games will be making its way to retailers. BioShock came out almost a decade ago, so the update will significantly revamp one of the definitive series of the last generation. The collection includes all three BioShock titles, all single-player DLC, all scaled up to the current generation of technology. As Irrational Games has undergone a break from 2K and been radically restructured under series creator Ken Levine, 2K has partnered with Blind Squirrel Games, which has been involved in the creation of games like Borderlands 2, Sunset Overdrive, and BioShock: Infinite. The bundle includes a lot of goodies that may be of interest to BioShock fans that they might not get to see anywhere else. A never before seen video series called Director's Commentary: Imagining BioShock which features Ken Levine, creative director of BioShock and BioShock: Infinite, and Shawn Robertson, the animation lead on the same titles. In addition to the core games, DLC and exclusives that have been in other editions of BioShock releases will be included in the remasters. BioShock will include Museum of Orphaned Concepts, a digital museum of the different ideas the team at Irrational altered or scrapped as they worked on the original title - unique to the double pack release of BioShock and BioShock 2, and Challenge Rooms, a series of enemy encounters and puzzles with achievement rewards. BioShock 2 will not be including its multiplayer mode or DLC, but it will come along with the Minerva's Den story DLC and the Protector's Trials, which places your in the suit of an Alpha Big Daddy prior to the events of BioShock 2. BioShock: Infinite comes with the excellent Burial at Sea story DLC packs, the Clash in the Clouds survival mode, and the Columbia's Finest Pack, which awards additional in-game resources and weapons. 2K noted in its reveal that the PC version of BioShock Infinite isn't being remastered "because it already meets current-gen console standards and runs smoothly on high visual settings." BioShock: The Collection will release on September 13 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
  23. DICE has announced that the second bundle of downloadable content for their Star Wars shooter will be heading to the gassy planet of Bespin this month. Season pass holders will have access to the Bespin pack on June 21, while non-pass holders will have to wait a couple weeks to dig into the new content. The developers are aiming to bring back some of the scale that many felt was missing from the first batch of DLC. On top of that commitment, players will be able to blast around Cloud City as Lando Calrissian as well as the bounty hunter Dengar, best known for being lampooned on Robot Chicken. Two new blasters and some additional maps have been stated to be on the way as well, though DICE has remained tight-lipped on what those maps will contain. Of course this news comes in advance of EA's pre-E3 press conference on Sunday, at which time we will probably know more. Though the publisher will not be at E3 proper, it is throwing its own event several blocks away, overlapping with E3 itself. Perhaps we might even hear something about the Star Wars Battlefront sequel that EA has stated is in development next week? View full article
  24. DICE has announced that the second bundle of downloadable content for their Star Wars shooter will be heading to the gassy planet of Bespin this month. Season pass holders will have access to the Bespin pack on June 21, while non-pass holders will have to wait a couple weeks to dig into the new content. The developers are aiming to bring back some of the scale that many felt was missing from the first batch of DLC. On top of that commitment, players will be able to blast around Cloud City as Lando Calrissian as well as the bounty hunter Dengar, best known for being lampooned on Robot Chicken. Two new blasters and some additional maps have been stated to be on the way as well, though DICE has remained tight-lipped on what those maps will contain. Of course this news comes in advance of EA's pre-E3 press conference on Sunday, at which time we will probably know more. Though the publisher will not be at E3 proper, it is throwing its own event several blocks away, overlapping with E3 itself. Perhaps we might even hear something about the Star Wars Battlefront sequel that EA has stated is in development next week?
  25. Titled The Royal Gadget Pack, the new downloadable content for Frima Studios' Chariot adds a new playable character, five new items, and ten new achievements. Players who picked up Chariot last year will recognize the new character as the shop skeleton who gleefully supplies the two coffin-lugging heroes with items to help them on their way. He appears to posses advantageous adventuring abilities himself like throwing bones and his ever present upbeat attitude. The new items that come in the DLC add some particularly useful functions, like the ability to teleport the chariot or an upgrade for the attacks that keep thieving monsters away or even a device that can stop time. “The Royal Gadget Pack brings a whole new level of Chariot shenanigans to both solo and co-op players,” said Martin Brouard, Executive Producer at Frima Studios. “Some of these gadgets will delight the speedrunning community, while others will make some of the harder levels somewhat easier for less experienced players. We’ve also added the option to play as the Skeleton Merchant, which is something that many fans have been asking for since our 2014 launch.” Unfortunately, this DLC appears to only be only for Xbox One and there are no plans to bring it to PS4, PS3, Wii U, or PC in the near future. For our thoughts on Chariot, check out our review! View full article
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