Gears of War 3 Horde Command Centre DLC

December 8, 2011 at 3:43 am | Posted in Articles, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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So, the beginning of November has brought us the beginning of downloadable content for franchise giant Gears of War 3. With the second batch of downloadable content already announced and on its way, lets take a look at DLC pack one. The Horde Command Centre.

The main focus of this map, being called the Horde Command Centre is non surprisingly, a Command centre available in horde mode. A new form of defensive upgrade, the command centre allows you to call in some aid in the shape of sniper fire to hammer of dawns to clear out those pesky waves. Other upgrades have also appeared on the horde scene with a new decoy which turns your defence into an Onyx guard bot, a new auto turret which will have better use against Berserkers and the Silverback upgrade which lets you fire rockets. These new upgrades are great to use. When you actually get to use them. Unfortunately, your going to have to put in a lot of work to get these, as standard, you’ll need to have maxed out the decoy, turret and silverback in order for you to be able to access the new upgrades, and if you want to get your hands on that command centre, you’ll need to have spent a whole $360,000 on turrets after you’ve purchased the content, meaning anything earned before the downloadable content, isn’t going towards that ultimate defence upgrade. Sigh, it’s a tough job, but we have to get there at some point.

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Dirt 3 Power and Glory DLC

December 8, 2011 at 2:20 am | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveAddicts | Leave a comment
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This was first time I added videos made within the game to show case the vehicles (better than me rambling on about it) I had good fun getting some good videos with the cars, unfortunately we werent given any more of the DLC so I could continue this trend!

Downloadable content is something fans have wanted for Codemasters games for a long time. Grid just about managed to deliver some cars at the last minute, but Dirt 1 and 2 fans were left in the lurch with bringing some more life into their favourite of games. Dirt 3 however is set to change this, it’s been announced that on a fortnightly basis content will be released for the Rally/Off road game.

So let’s start with what to expect from the Power and Glory pack. First car up is the Ford Focus, designed on the ST model, this Rallycross only gives you an easy middle man to get into the Rally spirit, its fast and easy to handle making it an easy choice for newcomers when you’re not quite ready to take on the more older series available. Its quite bulky so you can hold your ground when the race gets a little rowdy since lets face it. Rallycross gets a little collision friendly.

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Call of Duty World at War DLC Map Pack #1

December 8, 2011 at 1:55 am | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews, XboxLiveNation | Leave a comment
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No doubt that your in need of some fresh new maps to jazz up your play list on Call of Duty World At War, one of the most popular played games on Xbox Live to date, whether you’re a COD WAW fan or if your just keeping your cravings at bay until the infamous Modern Warfare 2 makes its debut, your going to need something to keep the love there and make add a little more variety to those already played to death maps that came with your purchase.

Map Pack 1 delivers 3 large scale maps to quench your thirst and add yet more diversity to the environments you lay waste to in your online conquest. As well as that, the Nazi Zombie fans aren’t disappointed with a 4th map exclusively for the Zombie play list with an overall bigger scale of tactics to undertake to survive as long as you can against the overwhelming waves.

The first of the maps is Nightfire.  We see the battle to Berlin, this night map only lit by the burning rubble of the buildings and spotlights, perfect for the urban snipers and unforgiving street warfare, go in with your team and straight for the objective.

Map Pack 1 delivers 3 large scale maps to quench your thirst and add yet more diversity to the environments you lay waste to in your online conquest. As well as that, the Nazi Zombie fans aren’t disappointed with a 4th map exclusively for the Zombie play list with an overall bigger scale of tactics to undertake to survive as long as you can against the overwhelming waves.

The first of the maps is Nightfire.  We see the battle to Berlin, this night map only lit by the burning rubble of the buildings and spotlights, perfect for the urban snipers and unforgiving street warfare, go in with your team and straight for the objective.

Second map is Knee Drop the island of Peleliu gets its multiplayer action in this now made battlefield constructed of huts and bunkers divided by a small swamp made with objective games in mind. The third and final multiplayer map is Station A bombed out subway station littered with platforms hidden side passage ways and subway cars to help you get the drop on your unsuspecting opponents, designed to allow you to vary your combat styles with chances to get up close and personal or sit back with your scope ready.

The final map in this pack is the new Nazi Zombie map, ‘Zombie Asylum’ This map takes the way you’d normally play the zombie co-op game and adds more ways for you to fight off the waves, but with more ways to fight back there’s also more opportunities for you to be swallowed and lost forever by the relentless hordes. Use the new electrified defences and other weapons from the single player to keep zombies of your back or use your points to invest in some helpful perks from vending machines including slight of hand and juggernaut to help you keep them at bay for longer.

As always team work is key to make it through to the highest wave you have. Go it alone or bring some of your friends, just remember…the power will reunite you.

800 Microsoft points is a fair investment in extending an already healthy online experience, adding larger maps to the game allows bigger and better objective based game play and of course the ever popular zombie co-op is made even better with this update, grab it now off the Xbox Live Marketplace via the Xbox Marketplace

Assassins Creed Brotherhood Da Vinci Disappearance DLC

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DJ Hero 2

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Alan Wake The Writer DLC

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Splinter Cell Conviction: Insurgency DLC

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Left 4 Dead 2 ‘The Passing’ DLC

May 20, 2010 at 2:16 am | Posted in Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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The Passing, the first piece of Downloadable Content for Left 4 Dead 2 is finally here, with promises of that of an interesting meeting between our beloved L4D1 cast with that of the new, how expectations come high.

As well as that, the guys over at Valve made an incredibly big deal over what the content included for our fearless foursome, so lets go over each one by one shall we?

DJ Hero – David Guetta DLC Pack

February 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Posted in Articles, Reviews, Xbox 360 Reviews | Leave a comment
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DJ Hero is just beginning on its way with supporting DLC, to set the ball rolling the guys at Freestyle games hooked up with David Guetta in this 3 track pack of nightclub familiars to keep our DJ’ing days going fresh. But what if you’re not a Guetta fan? And hell, what songs are on the pack?

So, first track up is ‘When Love Takes Over’ Featuring Kelly Rowland. Whilst it was a popular one on the radio, the song on DJ Hero is a tad long and a little bit on the boring side. Before I continue, you may have noticed the track is just the one song. Which is correct, as all 3 of these songs aren’t ‘mixed’ in with any other song, rather remixed to be a little bit longer and to utilize some of the DJ Hero traits like scratching. You’ll have one track playing say the vocals. The opposite doing the tune, and obviously the middle red track playing any samples featured in the original song (or your own when you get the option to) but this isn’t really a problem. As the remixed versions all do sound pretty good. And let’s facing it, mixing these tracks with others would mean DLC would take a pretty long time!

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The second track is that of ‘On The Dancefloor’ featuring Will.I.Am & Apl.De.Ap…Yeah, I’m just as confused as you are, whilst the song is solid its by far the lesser interesting of songs, both to listen to and to play. Its involves more techniques like throwing that cross fader around like a loon even on Medium, but the song just doesn’t really get anything flowing for that matter, so whilst its good for a bit of technique practice, this ones probably just for the Guetta fans.

Finally on the pack we have the most popular of the three and if you haven’t heard this whilst at a nightclub, then your either too young to be at them, or your going to some rather mundane clubs. Either way, ‘Sexy Chick’ featuring Akon is the best of the three to play. It’s at the right sort of length to endure and has a good overall use of all the different techniques. Not only that but the remix of the song actually sounds pretty good and would be something that would probably get a crowd going if you were to be playing the game with friends, or just having it on in the background of a party. Dayum gurl!

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Installing the pack is easy. Whilst all the songs will get added to the song list when your picking your best tunes to play, there will also be a ‘David Guetta Pack’ set list amongst all the set-lists you’d play through the main ‘campaign’. The stars you earn will also go to your fancy unlockables. If you haven’t already unlocked them yet.

We’ve yet to hit the spot where DLC comes out for DJ Hero on a more regular basis but I’m sure we will be looking at something a little more constant very soon. So if you fancy starting to build the collection, start here with the David Guetta pack!

DLC…and Dirt 2

October 16, 2009 at 11:01 pm | Posted in Articles | Leave a comment
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A rant of mine, originally inspired by Dirt 2’s recent DLC releases, however, whilst the idea was there, it turned into a little bit based around Dirt 2!

 

With so many games coming out each month, its hard for developers to ensure that thier bestselling game stays in your disk tray, and it can be hard to do so, so after launch, what is the best way to keep us glued to these games? Downloadable Content.

Downloadable Content or (DLC) is the best way to update and add content and features to our games; it brings new life to your old games, more possibilities and sometimes more choices in gameplay. But is any of it really worth it?

Some games feature a great array of DLC waiting for you after your purchase of the game, an example would be Fallout 3, with 5 giant content additions, each is well thought out, and a great way to add onto your game, to not only improve its lifetime, but also your opinion on the game

However some batches of DLC just don’t quite fit the line-up of stellar additions to my games, one, which is mainly built the inspiration for this article, would be the very newly released ‘Access All Areas’ pack for Codemasters Dirt 2.

For those unfamiliar, Dirt 2 is a fantastic racing game, both online and offline, with a massive single player experience and again more fun to take to the online side of it, there’s plenty to do, but the only way to expand on that and keep things going, is more content.

Access All Areas and Trust Fund DLC, is a ‘key to the city’ so to speak of the game itself. When purchased you unlock everything the game had to offer you from playing it normally, that’s right, so the 40+ hours of gameplay you COULD have got and been rewarded for actually getting your £40 pounds worth of enjoyment from the game is now taken away by adding an tenner on it.

My disappointment behind this dlc is mainly because of a fear Codies may fall down EA’s way of thinking, again if you’re unfamiliar. EA’s Need For Speed Franchise, from Carbon to Undercover, the option on the day of launch was there on the Marketplace, allowing you to unlock the entire games content or even upgrade and get the Collectors edition stuff for just a little bit more money, money which could be saved buy just playing the damn thing.

Anyway, along with that, i fear Dirt 2 will suffer that of its racing compadre GRID, which, was also a fantastic game, but lacked longetivity because of the DLC. Dlc for GRID was a mere car pack, which is great for fans of those cars, but once you’ve finished the game anyway when the DLC was released, there was little to no real enticement to use any cars, let alone the new ones.

Ideally, Dirt 2 could be expanded in many ways, more single player races/tracks/tournaments/world tours which would add more to the actual lifetime of the game, as well as more achievements, unlockable features (cars/liveries/dash and accessories) and even the bumping up the mission’s to earn more XP for your Player rank. Whilst I’m hoping Codemasters will have more in store (preferably something along what i suggested, maybe all!) What HAS been just released on the Marketplace/Network is very disappointing, after all, you wouldn’t pay for a book just to pay an extra fiver to be told how it ends, would you?

Either way, without making this to based around Dirt 2, a lot of DLC a year or two back were quite large and definitely game content worth adding, Crackdowns both Free and Paid DLC was a brilliant piece, yet with a more recent DLC pack being L4D’s additional campaign for 540MS points only to have a 2 piece campaign level, seems to leave a few gamers with less than what they admittedly paid for, not to mention the Resident Evil 5 Versus hoo haa, not long after RE5’s launch, we remain skeptical on whether Resident Evil 5 will redeem itself with its new announcement of more DLC.

But what it boils down to is whether some DLC is really worth it? Some add more guns, some add more race tracks or cars, but wouldn’t you rather something that really ADDS to the game, not just stick ons that have no real affect?

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