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"Cap 'em and shank 'em!" - Snoop Dogg will commentate on CoD: Ghosts in DLC voice pack

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, DLC, Snoop Dogg

"It's the coolest game in the hood"

Yo dawg, so we heard you like Call Of Duty: Ghosts and Snoop Dogg. So we put Snoop Dogg... inside your Call Of Duty: Ghosts! OHHHHHHH[that's enough lame Pimp My Ride references for one day - Ed]

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Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, EA, FPS, Respawn Entertainment, Titanfall

Titanfall: Expedition DLC contains three new maps, count 'em

Titanfall's first DLC pack has been revealed. Expedition will be included as part of the season pass, offering three new maps set in uncharted territory. Hence the name, really. Runoff, Swamplands and Wargames should provide some temples, jungles and swamps to leap and stomp through - but we hope it's supported by new modes and content too.

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Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
DICE, DLC, EA, FPS, PC games, PS3 games, PS4 games, Xbox 360 games, Xbox One Games

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

Platforms: PC (reviewed)| PS3 | PS4 | Xbox 360 | Xbox One

Developer: DICE

Publisher: EA

"There is nothing... nothing... half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.”

Ratty had it right. As did The Lonely Island. Naval combat is awesome, so we're delighted that Battlefield 4's selection of RHIBs, jetskis and attack boats finally have their chance to shine courtesy of the latest DLC. Aptly named Naval Strike, this new map pack contains four enormous waterlogged maps balanced for ship-to-ship combat, while infantry scurry to secure their objectives and aircraft hunt down their quarry on the high seas. As the cherry on the cake, we have a new game mode in Carrier Assault, which gives Battlefield 2142's beloved Titan gametype a wet and wild makeover. Forget tanks and heavy armour, because we're all about hovercraft and hidden Megalodons now.

Available as part of the Battlefield Premium service, Naval Strike certainly seems to be a breath of sea air, which we've now tested thoroughly enough to deliver our comprehensive verdict - from the new maps to the gear and gametypes. And then we'll finish up by having another rant about Battlefield 4's crappy netcode.

The Maps

Battlefield 4: Naval Strike DLC Review | Spare RHIBs

Wave Breaker is by far the strongest and most interesting of the new maps. An expansive network of small islands, naval approaches and airborne opportunities are clustered around a massive underground submarine pen: a nervy combination of long sight lines, balconies, gantries and tight corridors for well-organised squads to assault. Attack boats and RHIBs can breach the perimeter unless infantry raise flood barriers, while the drydocked submarine can be collapsed with devastating results if it sustains enough damage. Given the mix of massively open boat combat, helicopter shenanigans and brutal point-blank ground pounding, it's really rather special indeed.

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Predator hunts down Call Of Duty: Ghosts in next map pack

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Activision, Devastation, DLC, FPS, Infinity Ward, Predator

Predator hunts down Call Of Duty: Ghosts in next map pack

Call Of Duty: Ghosts' upcoming map pack -- Devastation -- is another downloadable dollop of four arenas, an Extinction mode scenario and a foldaway assault rifle that moonlights as an SMG.

Both of which have been thoroughly upstaged by none other than the freaking Predator, who's set to make a cameo at the very least.

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Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Review | The Devil's Bargain

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Activision, ARPG, Blizzard Entertainment, Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls, DLC, Expansion Pack, PC, PC games, RPG

Diablo III: Reaper Of Souls Review | The Devil's Bargain

Platform: PC

Developer: Blizzard Entertainment

Publisher: Activision

Reaper Of Souls is brilliant.

It makes Diablo III feel like a full game, complete, floating on a raft of exceptional patches. With Jay Wilson now a footnote in franchise history, Blizzard cut out the fat, replaced it with muscle and used the new expansion to genuinely expand their dungeon crawler. The new act and class are pure gold, while Adventure Mode turns the campaign into a glorious interconnected sandbox ripe for the pillage, giving the game an unpredictable personality and solid backbone. Effectively Reaper Of Souls is to Diablo III what adamantium is to Wolverine.

Unfortunately it also costs thirty British quid. Is Reaper Of Souls a rip-off or a devil's bargain?

That's a lot of money for 25% more story and a single new class, so I'm delighted to report that you're paying for quality. Act V is easily the biggest, best and most interesting segment of Diablo III hands-down, both in terms of art direction, enemy variation, storyline and some fantastic bosses. Blizzard has pushed the boat out on memorable set pieces (such as a dramatic showdown atop an active siege weapon) and thoughtful new foes who require different tactics to defeat. Plus, we get to tie up a massive loose end in the most violently cathartic way possible, while learning about exactly why The Angel Of Wisdom decided to go rogue.

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PSN sale goes blockbuster DLC crazy

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DLC, PS3, PS3 games

PSN sale goes blockbuster DLC crazy

This week's PSN sale includes big savings on several big titles, from Dishonored to Saints Row: The Third and Assassin's Creed III, but for many gamers it'll be a grand opportunity to fill gaps in their DLC collection. Fallout 3 and New Vegas' exceptional DLC packs are as low as £3.99 apiece, while the same goes for Skyrim, Dishonored, NFS: Hot Pursuit, Saints Row IV and more.

Savvy bargain hunters will have already picked up GOTY editions (many of which are available here at a discount), but if you're in the market for a particular piece of content, now's arguably the time. We've got the links below courtesy of the EU PlayStation Blog and Soohaiil @ HUKD!

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Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent DLC Review | The Least Pointless

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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Reviews
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Capcom, Capcom Vancouver, Dead Rising 3, DLC, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Dead Rising 3: The Last Agent DLC Review | The Least Pointless

Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)

Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Is "less pointless than usual" a compliment? It's hardly the most glowing endorsement of a DLC pack, but compared to the rest of Dead Rising 3's noxious season pass content, The Last Agent manages to claw itself into the giddy heights of mediocrity.

Don't misunderstand me: the fourth and final season pass offering is still fairly pointless and a waste of £7.99 on paper. It lasts roughly two hours, contains recycled missions, starts with yet another vehicle driving section and doesn't bring anything new to the core experience.

Except railguns. And a jet engine turbine that fires gems. And a laser cannon. And a hydraulic power fist. Come back, The Last Agent, because much is forgiven.

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Levine lampoons Thief in BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2's "1998 Mode"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
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Bioshock Infinite Review, DLC, Irrational Games

Levine lampoons Thief in BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2's "1998 Mode"

Having worked on Thief: The Dark Project back in 1998, Ken Levine cheekily references the classic stealth game in BioShock Infinite's final PC pack.

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The Last Of Us: Left Behind Review | Friends Until The End

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Reviews
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DLC, Game reviews, Naughty Dog, Sony Computer Entertainment, The Last Of Us, The Last Of Us: Left Behind

The Last Of Us: Left Behind Review | Friends Until The EndPlatform: PS3

Developer: Naughty Dog

Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment

As someone who enjoyed The Last Of Us (perhaps significantly more than our on-site review) I was both excited and rather nervous about Left Behind. After all, getting your money’s worth out of DLC has always been a hot topic here on Dealspwn, and buying season passes ahead of time has added further fuel to that fire (and is something we really, really suggest you do not do – wait for the content to be revealed and reviewed first to avoid disappointment.) Thankfully, Left Behind provides a delicate and engrossing look at Ellie’s life before she met Joel in an extra chapter that fans of The Last Of Us should absolutely get hold of.

With that rather stark and quite upfront endorsement, let’s explain why I feel that is the case. It should come as no surprise that the narrative aspects of The Last Of Us are as strong as ever in Left Behind, with the optional environmental interactions once again bringing a very human touch between the traversal and action sequences. This time around, the subject of lost innocence and growing up in a world gone to hell is the main focus, as Ellie’s relationship with her best friend Riley reaches a critical turning point. It should come of no surprise that the script is of a high standard, but it is the performances by Ashley Johnson and Yanni King that make each interaction between the two a highlight of the DLC.

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Dead Rising 3: Chaos Rising DLC Review | Retch Quest

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Capcom, Capcom Vancouver, Dead Rising 3, DLC, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Dead Rising 3: Chaos Rising DLC Review | Retch Quest

Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)

Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

You've got to feel sorry for Hunter Thibodeux. Before being pummelled and burned to a crisp by Nick Ramos in the first Dead Rising 3 boss battle, the hapless motorcycle gang leader spent his last hour on Earth undertaking fetch quests, smashing up emergency telephone booths, then doing another few fetch quests for a fistful of extra PP. Beneath his posturing and facepaint, he's basically a golden retriever with a mohawk, wagging his tail as he does everything his masters tell him.

It's such a waste, because this was Capcom Vancouver's golden opportunity to finally give us a decent slice of DLC. The groundwork's laid perfectly: you play as a boss character who's well-placed to enjoy the zombie carnage. He's out for a rip-roaring revenge story. You get to ride the outrageous offspring of a Harley Davidson and the Sea Drill from Tomorrow Never Dies. What could go wrong?

Pretty much everything, as it turns out. If you needed further proof that season passes are an idiotic waste of money, here's Chaos Rising with a textbook example of rushed, rehashed content that was pushed out to order with the minimum possible effort.

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Dead Rising 3: Fallen Angel DLC Review | More Of The Shame

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Capcom Vancouver, DLC, Microsoft, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Dead Rising 3: Fallen Angel DLC Review | More Of The Shame

Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)

Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

You should never, ever, buy season passes until you know whether the content is actually worth a damn.

We've been saying this for months now, but just in case you didn't get the message, Dead Rising 3 seems determined to be the last example of dodgy premium-priced DLC you'll ever need. Retailing at £7.99 individually or as part of a £24.99 season pass, Operation Broken Eagle disgracefully peddled ninety minutes of unimaginative gameplay fronted by a tiresome non-entity, completely failing to push the story or series anywhere remotely interesting.

A fortnight on, and Fallen Angel continues the proud tradition of paying out -- in advance -- for very little of note. Thankfully the core Dead Rising 3 experience is still fun on a electrified flame-gouting mechanical bun, and you'll get some cool new toys to mess about with alongside a much stronger character.

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Brace for shocks & spoilers in BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2 trailer

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Games, DLC, Irrational Games, trailer

Brace for shocks & spoilers in BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Episode 2 trailer

We weren't exactly enraptured by BioShock Infinite's first story DLC pack when it released last year, but if you bought the season pass -- seriously, please stop pre-ordering season passes before the content exists -- you might be interested in watching a brand new trailer for the second episode. It's spoiler-intensive, but will send BioShock fans into a frenzy thanks to the shock appearance of a familiar character. Don't say we didn't warn you.

To be honest, we reckon that Burial At Sea was a tacit admission that Rapture is a far superior setting to Columbia (which falls apart when you think about it for too long). What do you reckon, and are you looking forward to Episode 2?

Would you kindly let us know in the comments.

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Mass Effect 3's Citadel DLC gets 50% discount on Xbox Live

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
BioWare, DLC, EA, RPG, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Mass Effect 3's Citadel DLC gets 50% discount on Xbox Live

Mass Effect 3: Citadel DLC | Xbox Live | £4.99 (RRP: £11.99)
Mass Effect 3: Citadel review | Best DLC of the generation

Mass Effect 3: Citadel is one of the best expansion packs of the last console generation, and an essential addition to the Mass Effect storyline. Putting the band back together for one last adventure, this rollicking romp delivers both some cracking new missions and a huge amount of character development, letting you spend valuable quality time with your friends before the final showdown. Then throw an awesome kegger. If you've yet to play it, Microsoft have slashed the Xbox Live price from £11.99 to £4.99, which is jolly decent of them. Many thanks to stevenjameshyde @ HUKD!

Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle DLC Review | Season Pass On This One

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Capcom Vancouver, DLC, Microsoft Studios, Xbox One, Xbox One Games

Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle DLC Review | Season Pass On This One

Platform: Xbox One (£7.99)

Developer: Capcom Vancouver

Publisher: Microsoft Studios

Dead Rising 3 deserves some quality downloadable content. Anyone who's hacked, slashed, burned, melted and creatively brutalised their way to the end of overtime mode will know that two returning series characters beg to be fleshed out in greater detail, with backstories and unanswered questions to explore over the course of several hours. Or completely ignore in favour of carving hordes of undead into tiny pieces while wearing lingerie and reindeer antlers.

Never mind all that, though, because Capcom Vancouver are more interested in telling the mediocre stories of four total randomers who you'll struggle to care about even as you forget who they were. Case in point: Special Forces commander Adam Kane, who apparently ran around Los Perdidos for two hours doing some boring fetch quests, scrutinising lamp posts and and racking up the kills in an awesome minigun-equipped APC.

Dead Rising 3: Operation Broken Eagle DLC Review | Season Pass On This One

Okay, in fairness, that last bit was pretty cool. Broken Eagle is fantastic fun because Dead Rising 3 is fantastic fun, but at £7.99, fails to deliver anywhere near enough meaningful content... and makes the season pass even more of a mug's game than it already is.

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Best DLC Of The Generation | Top Ten Downloadable Delights

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Features
Tags:
DLC, Games of the Generation, PS3, PS3 games, Xbox 360, Xbox 360 games

Best DLC Of The Generation | Top Ten Downloadable Delights

The last console generation gave us all manner of things we now take for granted, including the concept of downloadable content.

For many gamers, DLC has become a dirty acronym. How could it not be? Too many unscrupulous publishers have used it as an excuse to withhold content to ransom, or make players shell out silly money for features that, a decade ago, were included in the price of admission.

It's a crying shame, though, because DLC is actually one of the best and most forward-thinking advances of the last eight years. When developers strive to create meaningful and worthwhile extra content, DLC can enhance, extend and enrich our games - if not our lives. So to that end, here are the ten most outstanding DLC packs and expansions of the previous generation... and why they set a superb example going into the new one.

10: Big Surf Island [Burnout Paradise]

Best DLC Of The Generation | Top Ten Downloadable Delights

Burnout Paradise had a legendary post-launch DLC campaign. From free motorbikes to zany hotseat multiplayer, one of the very best (the best? Discuss) racing games of the generation became even better over time.

Especially when Big Surf Island arrived. This massive new playground was wide, tall and rammed full of crazy stuff to do; keeping Paradise in our disc drives for months.

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Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 Review | Everybody's Gone To Rapture

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Reviews
Tags:
Bioshock Infinite, DLC, Irrational Games, PC games, PS3 games, Xbox 360 games

Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea - Episode 1 Review | Everybody's Gone To Rapture

Platforms: PC | PS3 | Xbox 360 (reviewed)

Developers: Irrational Games

Publishers: 2K Games

Burial at Sea does a dangerous thing. In bringing the characters of Booker DeWitt and Elizabeth in a kind of thematic full circle, introducing them (and the player) to a Rapture before everything turned sour, Irrational run the risk of destroying the essential differences that made Bioshock Infinite work independently of its outstanding predecessor. Worse yet, by looking backwards instead of forwards (as the last hour or two of Infinite, and indeed the game's name, suggested was an expansive possibility), it seems almost overly sentimental and a little forced. After all, you can just pick up the original Bioshock for a quid or two these days if you really want to kill Splicers.

Once again, you're cast in the role of Booker DeWitt, only this time he's a private dick in a Rapture still in its heyday. That means crowds and music and lights and action. The story is set a little after Fontaine's initial rebellion, and the early scenes see a woman with a Songbird necklace enlisting Booker in the search for a young girl named Sally, who we surmise might have been gone missing as part of the widespread trafficking of children in order to fuel the ADAM factories that seem to be adorning whispers in dark corners. This version of Elizabeth is a little older, and far more cynical than her Infinite counterpart.

It's interesting to see how having a visible, useful companion changes your experience of Rapture. Initially, we end up doing a little tourism. Look, says Irrational, here's Rapture as you always wanted to see it! It feels a little like it's all been done to suit our purposes, rather than that of the story. It's not too long, though, before we're bearing witness to the disease that's already seeping down from Ryan to take hold of the underwater city, and once more we find ourselves sneaking through dimply-lit corridors and battling gene-mod addicts.

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GTA V's Beach Bum DLC Pack Is Out Now, Has Dune Buggy Racing & A Broken Bottle (Wow!)

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
DLC, GTA Online, PS3 games, Rockstar, Xbox 360 games

GTA V's Beach Bum DLC Pack Is Out Now, Has Dune Buggy Racing & A Broken Bottle (Wow!)

Wake Us Up When The Heists Arrive

Grand Theft Auto V has received its first downloadable content  today, in the form of the Beach Bum pack, which includes 30 new jobs, new vehicles and weaponry for both story mode and GTA Online.

What, not interested? Sorry, let me rephrase that. GTA V has received its first downloadable content  today, in the form of the free Beach Bum pack. That's better.

Still, we're going to need those heists soon if Rockstar's online playground can retain its player base, what with those next-gen consoles scant days from release.

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Biscuit Buzz | Episode 52 - PS4 = Xbox One

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
News
Tags:
Biscuits, Call Of Duty, Devil May Cry 5, DLC, Dragon's Dogma 2?, Game Buzz, Mark Rubin, Next-gen, Ouya, Podcast, Pokémon, PS4, PWNCAST, Xbox One

Biscuit Buzz | Episode 52 - PS4 = Xbox One

Oh man, this week on Game Buzz it all kicks off as we debate the hottest discussion topic of the year: which is the best gaming biscuit.

Elsewhere, we chat about Shinji Mikami's comments regarding the differences between the PS4 and Xbox One, and how there aren't any; we lament the "young" and "scrappy" OUYA's misfortunes and ask if there's actually a market out there for microconsoles; we discuss Pokemon and how wonderful it is that Game Freak have nixed the notion of DLC; and in light of Mark Rubin's remarks about some COD players not identifying themselves as gamers, we question why that should provoke any reaction whatsoever.

We also profess our love for everything that's in Hideaki Itsuno's head.

Biscuit Buzz | Episode 52 - PS4 = Xbox One. Recorded 25th October, 2013.

Parental Advisory: We've tried to keep it as conversational and informal as possible, and you should be warned that there may be some instances of strong language.

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BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Surfaces Next Month

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
2K Games, Bioshock Infinite, Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea, DLC, Irrational Games, Rapture

BioShock Infinite: Burial At Sea Surfaces Next Month

BioShock Infinite's first singleplayer expansion launches on November 12th, Irrational Games confirmed today. Burial At Sea: Episode 1 takes places to Rapture, recasting Booker and Elizabeth as a hardbitten private investigator and mysterious client respectively. Irrational have also rebalanced the combat to make for a more tense experience, and added a few extra features into the bargain.

Details and blurb below. You can even watch the first five minutes of it here, if you really want to.

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Zombie Deals Shuffle Onto PSN Horror Sale

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
DLC, Horror games, PS3 games, PSN, Survival Horror Games, Zombies

Zombie Deals Shuffle Onto PSN Horror Sale

Let's face it, with Halloween just around the corner, Sony would be mad not to tap into our inexplicable love for zombies on the PlayStation Network. Which is exactly what they've done, thanks to a slew of new savings shambling onto the existing horror sale. It's not actually the best sale we've ever seen, with many titles cheaper elsewhere (or not worth buying in the first place - avoid The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct like the plague it is), but Resident Evil fans will be well away.

We've got all the tasty savings after the braaaaaiiiiins. The break. Sorry, what did I say?

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