The Future Of Mortal Kombat DLC: Who Should Be Included Next?

Posted on April 30, 2011


We’ve been graced with something that rarely happens: a sequel that is totally amazing in almost every possible way.  I’m of course referring to the new installment of Mortal Kombat which offers some of the best fighting and most enjoyable fighting I’ve ever experienced in a game. One of the big reasons that the new Mortal Kombat game is such a hit in my eyes is because the game is packed with content like treasure trove that is the Krpyt, a fan pleasing Story Mode and bonus goodies like the addicting but sometimes brutal Challenge Tower.

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Shift 2 ‘Legends’ DLC brings some classic cars out of the garage

Posted on April 21, 2011

Are the newfangled autocontraptions in Shift 2 Unleashed a little too modern for you? Not a fan of all the vehicular bells and whistles fastened to your 21st Century whips? EA has announced a DLC pack that should give you the sweet, nostalgic release you crave. On April 24, the game will receive 14 retro cars and five equally retro tracks — most of which hail from the 1960s and ’70s.

You can pick up the new rides and venues for 800 Microsoft Points ($10). Check out the full list of new-old content included in the “Legends” pack after the jump — and while you’re back there, why not check out the DLC’s announcement trailer?

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Second leg of Hot Pursuit DLC Photo Contest is ON!

Posted on March 19, 2011


Last week, we started another Need for Speed Hot Pursuit Autolog photo contest, where we asked you to send a twitpic of your best bust to #HPDLCPhotos on Twitter. This week, we want you to send a twitpic of the best action shot – non-wrecked – you can get of a Lamborghini. It doesn’t have to be from the Lamborghini Untamed pack – which was released last Tuesday – but that’d still be pretty cool if it was.

To enter, grab your photo from Autolog on the web and twitpic it to @NeedForSpeed with the hashtag #HPDLCPhotos. We will choose our favorite photos from each week and enter them into a Facebook gallery for a week of voting soon. The person whose photo receives the most Facebook Likes will win a (NTSC) PlayStation 3 with custom Hot Pursuit carrying case.

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Inside PlayStation Network

Posted on March 06, 2011

The Inside PlayStation Network at PSU this time brings us Dead Money: As the inaugural slice of…


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Video Preview: Dead Space 2 Severed

Posted on February 27, 2011

VIDEO: Play as an all new character in a parallel storyline intersecting Isaac Clarke’s as you navigate the infected sprawl of Dead Space 2 Severed.


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The Horror Continues In Dead Space 2: Severed [Video]

Posted on February 27, 2011


I think gamers are still trying to figure out whether to fully embrace new DLC for a video game shortly after a game is released, but I think we can all agree that more of a good thing is never bad; even if it costs $6.99.  After scaring the crap out of us last month, Dead Space 2 is kicking off its first major wave of DLC with the release of Dead Space 2: Severed.

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Bulletstorm Already Announces New DLC Patch, Gun Sonata.

Posted on February 24, 2011


In less than 24 hours after the games release the fine folks at EA, Epic Games, and People Can Fly have already announced DLC packs to their newest critically-acclaimed hit, Bulletstorm. Being called Gun Sonata, the DLC will include three new maps for the Anarchy multiplayer mode. The maps will span from the disgusting Sewers of Stygia to the dilapidated ruins of Hotel Elysium.  These maps are sure to bring in some more fun into Bulletstorm’s highly innovative new multiplayer modes.

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Dead Money released via Steam

Posted on February 24, 2011

Dead Money, the first official DLC for Fallout: New Vegas has made it’s way to Steam and is up…


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Left 4 Dead 2 announces new DLC in the works

Posted on February 19, 2011

The Left 4 Dead 2 developers have posted an announcement releasing details about their work on a new DLC campaign named “Cold Stream” for…


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PSA: Civilization 5 DLC now available on Mac

Posted on February 12, 2011

Rejoice, citizens of the Grand Kingdom of Macintosh! You’ve been forced long enough to live without the premium, downloadable Civilization 5 content that’s been available to your cousins of the Land of Windows for ages. The DLC, which unlocks new civilizations for various prices — except the Mongol expansion, which is free and installs automatically when running the game through Steam — is now available for all Mac users.

You can grab the “Mediterranean,” “Mesopotamia,” “Asia” and “Americas” expansions for $2.99 each (or $9.99 as a bundle), or the “Babylon Civilization pack” and “Spain and Inca pack” for $4.99 a pop (or $7.99 for the pair). Our position on which one you should buy first should be well known by this point, but if not, here’s a hint: You should buy the civilization responsible for the music of both Bruce Springsteen and Menudo. That’s a cultural powerhouse if we’ve ever heard one.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike PC release in March

Posted on February 10, 2011

Activision have revealed that the First Strike map pack for Call of Duty: Black Ops will be out on PC by the end of March. Activision have also set up a new company devoted to creating new DLC for Call of Duty. Read on for details and the First Strike trailer.

Activision made the reveal when announcing its quarterly financial results last night. They mentioned that the pack would be out on PC this financial quarter, which ends in March. Activision also announced the formation of a new company devoted exclusively to creating digital downloads for Call of Duty. The team will be called Beachhead, and have been tasked with creating “best in class digital experience for Call of Duty.” It looks as though we can look forward to more Call of Duty: Black Ops map packs and expansions in future.

First Strike contains four new multiplayer maps and a new “zombie experience.”

  • Stadium – competitive map set in an Ice Hockey rink.
  • Kowloon – multiplayer map that takes place on the rooftops of Kowloon
  • Berlin Wall – A multiplayer fight for checkpoint Charlie.
  • Discovery – A competitive map set in an Antarctic research facility, based on the Reznov mission from the singleplayer campaign.
  • Ascension – New zombie map with new weapons and creatures to fight.

There’s no exact release date or price set for the PC version yet, but it should be out before April 1. Check out the official Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike site for more information. Here’s the First Strike trailer.

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Dead Money hitting PC and PS3 this month

Posted on February 05, 2011

Bethesda announced earlier that the Dead Money DLC, out for the Xbox360 for a while now, will be…


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Black Ops: First Strike DLC Review — Is This Call of Duty Map Pack Worth It?

Posted on February 03, 2011
Black Ops: First Strike DLC Review -- Is This Call of Duty Map Pack Worth It?
Treyarch are up at bat again with the first DLC released for Black Ops in this First Strike DLC review. Coattail riders. Second fiddles. Copycats. Johnny come lately. The folks at Treyarch have been called a lot of names since they starting working on the Call of Duty series, but with Call of Duty: Black Ops, they proved that they aren’t just second banana by stepping up to the plate and delivering a solid game that takes the franchise in new directions while giving gamers what they want.
The First Strike map pack (which drops first on the Xbox 360 and then a a later date on the PS3 and PC) provides players with four new multiplayer maps and a new zombie encounter, all wrapped up in a package for 1200 MS Points, or $15 in real world dollars. But is it worth it? That’s the same price as the recent Battlefield: Vietnam DLC pack, which provided weapons and vehicles in addition to new maps. With First Strike, you just have four new maps and the Ascension zombie map/experience, so at first glance it seems like you’re getting less content for the same price, which is already at the top of what gamers seem to be comfortable paying. So it is worth it?
Treyarch has put so much work into these maps with intricate details and pathing, that it’s definitely worth the investment. Each level is different enough from the other to feel that a lot of foresight was put into planning these out, and the color they’ve tossed in for realism brings the whole package home.
Speaking of that package, here’s what you get for your dough:
  • Berlin Wall: This map takes place at Checkpoint Charlie, straddling the line between West and East Berlin. There’s a lot of gray in this map, and there’s the deadly addition of turrets that will open fire on you if you stray into the neutral zone. There are three safe paths across the zone, and multiple buildings with dual levels that provide plenty of places to run and gun. There’s even a record shop featuring “Musik Bombe!” and “Der Doktortitel and Freunds” on vinyl. Perfect for mid-sized games.
  • Discovery: A German research station locked on the edge of polar ice in Antarctica provides the setting for this map, and one of the most striking features is that you can look up into the sky and see the aurora borealis shimmering overhead. Pretty nifty. This is a fairly large map, riddled with deep crevasses that are extremely easy to fall into (you won’t survive that fall, by the way) and modular research buildings in a roughly rectangular playfield. There’s an ice cave you can venture through, as well as a metal gantry that runs the entire length of one side of the map, linking the two starting areas. Snipers, you’ll love this one.

Black Ops: First Strike DLC Review -- Is This Call of Duty Map Pack Worth It?

  • Kowloon: Set high in the skies like Bespin in The Empire Strikes Back (nerd ref: factor five), Kowloon looms out of the fog and clouds and looks like a shantytown ripped straight out of Blade Runner. The map literally scrapes the sky, with a 747 nearly grazing the level as it comes in for a landing during the loadscreen. There are multiple paths around and through this map, include ziplines that let you quickly move from one part of the map to another. The only trouble being that you’re a sitting target while that’s happening. While this is also a good map for sniping (particularly under the large neon sign with a convenient ladder underneath), the symmetrical gameplay makes it very run and gun friendly as well.
  • Stadium: Bringing the fight to the United States, Stadium is set around a minor league hockey team in New York City. It’s a bit incongruous of a level, as there’s an enormous hockey statue behind one starting level, while the rest of the map is bunched up in front of the main entrance to the Stadium itself. Team offices and training rooms ring the outer edge of the map, and there’s a nice sniper’s nest made out of plywood in front of the main entrance to the rink. Of course, being made out of plywood, it doesn’t provide much cover. Sadly, the rink itself is inaccessible, which is a total missed opportunity. Take away some traction and make that rink playable! It’s the smallest of the maps, and plays fast, but if an architect designed this in real life, he’d be fired.
Besides that, you’ll also get the brand-new Ascension zombie mode, which puts you at the bottom of a gigantic research station, complete with a whirling cyclotron that will kill you if you stray into its path. But this map shakes things up by presenting the level entirely in black and white, until you’re able to turn the power on. But once you slap the power on, you’ll start getting attacked by Zombie monkeys. Yes, really. Additionally, they’ll attack both you and the perk machines you’ve unlocked, so kill them quickly. As with all the zombie maps, play this with friends, as it is massive and has a ton of doors to open. Luckily, there are some good spots to hole up in.
Any complaints? Besides the rink being inaccessible in Stadium, I found myself wishing that Berlin Wall had some sort reason for you to sprint across the neutral zone. It pretty much means instant death, but it would be nice if you could sprint to a sniper nest and lose most of your health in the process, trading off a vantage point for vulnerability. It’s a small nitpick, but it would make that zone and the turrets a bit more strategic. Also, I wouldn’t mind being able to hop into those turrets myself and pick off enemies.
Black Ops: First Strike DLC Review -- Is This Call of Duty Map Pack Worth It?
All of these maps are now in favored rotation on the servers, although things were a bit choked on launch day which led to some disconnected games and the maps not showing at all. If you download the pack, these maps should come up over the others, although there is unfortunately no DLC-only playlist right now. With the bonus zombie mode, this map pack is definitely worth more than the Modern Warfare map packs, particularly since these are original maps and not ports from previous games.
If you’re a true CoD-head, there’s no way you can pass up this DLC. Casual players may not want to pick this up immediately, but if you’re turned off by multiplayer fragging and bagging, the Ascension zombie mode is well worth it. I could listen to the hilarious voiceover from that for quite awhile before being bored of it. If points are burning a hole in your virtual wallet, this is well worth it.



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Call of Duty: Black Ops – First Strike Starting Block

Posted on February 03, 2011

Join Ryan Mac Donald for a quick look of the four new multiplayer maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops – First Strike.

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Shack Giveaway: Black Ops ‘First Strike’ DLC Codes

Posted on February 02, 2011

Today marks the release of the “First Strike” map pack on Xbox 360 for Call of Duty: Black Ops. To welcome new content for the popular shooter, Shacknews staff infiltrated top secret strongholds and extracted a dozen codes for the DLC to give away to our loyal readers.

The contest is open to Shacknews members in the United States. To enter, simply leave a comment in this story. The winner will be selected at random at 5PM CST and notified via Shackmessage. Please make sure you watch your Shacknews Inbox.

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Dead Space 2 DLC ‘Severed’ adds two single-player chapters, brings back DSG

Posted on January 25, 2011
Dead Space 2 DLC

While Dead Space 2 has only been on retail shelves for about … oh, a couple hours, that hasn’t stopped EA from announcing more Dead Space 2 in the form of “an all-new digital download pack that extends the Dead Space 2 story with the addition of two standalone chapters in the single-player game.” Most notably, Dead Space 2: Severed features the return of some nobody named Gabe Weller and … Lexine “Dead Space Girl” Murdoch. Some of you may recall a certain blog’s fondness for DSG … we still remember seeing her for the first time (and haven’t gotten her out of our heads since).

The only other details we have on Severed include a release window of “soon” for both the Xbox 360 and PS3. And yes, PC gamers, we realize that means your platform of choice isn’t included and, since we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out on an opportunity to be reunited with Ms. Murdoch, we’ve asked the publisher to clarify what’s going on.

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More DLC? Absolutely

Posted on January 25, 2011

VG247 got confirmation by Pete Hines from Bethesda that more New Vegas DLC is coming: “Oh…


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Red Dead Redemption multiplayer XP challenge for Avatar awards begins

Posted on January 19, 2011

With all of the planned DLC out the door and a shelf full of Game of the Year awards to display, you might think Rockstar is done riding the Red Dead Redemption train — but not so fast, pardner. A Rockstar XP challenge is now underway in the Wild West shooter which has players collectively earning XP in the multiplayer modes towards unlocking special Avatar awards for Xbox Live and PlayStation Home for everyone. The items include system-specific versions of both the RDR T-shirt and John Marston’s in-game Elegant Suit.

Of course, each system’s goodies will only unlock when the totals for the platform are met. You can watch the bars rise on the official Rockstar Games newswire or Social Club site. What’er you waitin’ for, cowboys and cowgirls? Get to yer XP earnin’!

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RUSE calls in ‘Chimera Pack’ DLC ‘in a few days’

Posted on January 12, 2011

Ubisoft is deploying additional content for its RTS, RUSE, later this month. In a tweet earlier today, the company revealed The Chimera Pack would be available “in a few days.” VG247 surmises it’s coming January 18, yet lists no source.

The Chimera Pack was first mentioned in this post detailing upcoming PlayStation Plus content, though the exact details of the content were not made public. We’ve followed up with Ubisoft for more information.

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Dead Money Reviewed

Posted on December 31, 2010

Want some impressions from the Fallout: New Vegas DLC? Wondering if it is worth your time, and…


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