I’m crazy excited for the arrival of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, but I’m also understandably a little frustrated I won’t be able to grab either console as soon as I would like. My therapist told me I shouldn’t bottle up these emotions, otherwise I’ll return to my dark place and black out, only to wake up three days later covered in pig’s blood (at least I think it’s pig’s blood) with odd, almost alien markings covering my entire body. Since I’d rather that didn’t happen to me again, I’m going to express my emotions the only way I know how, by writing to you.
All this week I’ve been celebrating the end of a wonderful console cycle with features covering the best horror games of this generation — from AAA blockbusters to smaller indie efforts — as well as a recent look back at some of the most disappointing games.
Since I’d rather not end this on a such a sour note, I’ve decided to extend this celebration with a look at some of this generation’s best horror-themed DLC and expansions — see my picks after the jump!
If you’ve stopped by this site even once in the last two months, it’s likely you’re already fully aware of my love for Outlast. It’s an incredibly intense game of hide and seek and easily the most terrifying game of the year. Red Barrels has a gem on their hands, and I’m itching — and dreading — a return to Mount Massive. Today, Red Barrels unveiled an expansion for the game called that will serve as a prequel to the main game.
In Outlast: Whistleblower, you’ll step into the shoes of the person whose anonymous tip led Miles Upshur to investigate Mount Massive asylum. In it, you’ll witness the horrible experimentation and abuse inflicted on the asylum’s inmates that either killed them or transformed them into monsters.
Today, it was confirmed that developer Red Barrels is currently hard at work on DLC for Outlast, a game that is, so far, my favorite horror game of the year. It’s absolutely terrifying and while I’m excited to return to Mount Massive Asylum, I’ll admit that part of me is dreading a return to those fear-filled halls. So far, all we know about this DLC is it will follow a different protagonist — I think we can all agree that Miles Upshur has had enough — as well as a brand new story-line. We’ll find out more when the expansion is officially revealed on Halloween.
If you haven’t gotten your hands on this horrifying game, now is the best time to do so as it’s currently 75% off on the Red Barrels website. If you buy it there you’ll get the discount, a DRM-free version of Outlast, a Steam key and the soundtrack. Not a bad deal, if you ask me.
Looks like the first expansion for Diablo III will indeed be titled Reaper of Souls. Blizzard revealed its gorgeous opening cinematic as well as a bit of gameplay, both of which you can find after the jump.
They also shed some light on what it’s all about. In it, the fallen Angel of Wisdom, Malthael, is the new big baddie now that Diablo’s been defeated (belated spoiler?). The expansion will bring with it brand spanking new monsters, environments and loot, too. I can’t wait.
Looks like the upcoming expansion for Diablo III might not be called The Dark Below after all. Blizzard has just launched a teaser site titled “Reaper of Souls” and it sounds like it may be related to the expansion. We won’t know for sure until they stop all this foreplay and get right to it at Gamescom, which kicks off on the 21st.
Whatever it is, I’m very much looking forward to returning to Diablo III. The game received a ton of flak for the auction house, online requirements and less than satisfying ending, but it’s still a fantastic game that, like Mass Effect 3, is only remembered for the bad rather than the good.
If you’re planning on getting The Last of Us, Sony has just made the Digital Edition available for pre-ordering. They’ve also revealed the game’s Season Pass, which will unlock the three downloadable content packs developer Naughty Dog will release for it. Two of the packs will add to the multiplayer, and one will contribute to the single-player campaign.
The Season Pass will cost $19.99 and along with the DLC it unlocks, you’ll also get a bevy of extras, including faster crafting, healing, and reloading. It’ll also bring with it the 90-minute Grounded doc that follows the development of The Last of Us. The game launches on June 14 for the PS3 — if you need something to tide you over until then, you should definitely watch this amazing web series inspired by the game.
Oh, you’re still here? You’re not a burning, irradiated husk right now? Good for you. In case you haven’t heard already, Metro: Last Light is like, really, really good. If you’ve beaten the game and find yourself itching — as in craving, not the itch you feel as the nuclear radiation seeps itself deep down into your bones, which it’s almost definitely doing right now — to return to the metro, soon, you’ll be able to.
4A Games is working on four A-quality (see what I did there? Professional writer here, no big deal) DLC packs, starting with the Faction pack next month. Deets after the break.
Post-apocalyptic survival horror game Afterfall: InSanity has seen enough success on Steam to warrant an expansion, which was revealed on the game’s Steam page earlier today. Afterfall: Peal of the Wasteland will bring with it three episodes, each 1.5-2 hours in length, that feature different characters whose paths will intersect.
“Every soul perceives Pearl as something different –we want to present the same story as told by three different heroes with different motivations, experience and desires. Players [will] be able to control three different characters whose paths might cross at certain points. Although they will share a similar goal, the road, just like the Pearl itself, is unique for Reaper, Hope Iriv and Rottgar Iriv.” the dev posted in an announcement on Steam.
No word yet on when this will arrive or how much it will cost — we’ll update as soon as we find out.
I haven’t had the chance to play Paranormal yet, even though I really want to. It’s trying for distribution on Steam Greenlight right now — you can support it here — and soon, the game will get its first expansion. As its name would imply, Paranormal is a first person horror game that puts you in a house that’s haunted by malicious spirits. Like, really haunted. Those ghosts and/or demons missed their Haunting Subtlety 101 course, because they will do anything to scare the ever living hell out of you. Like a deeply unsettling art mannequin bonfire in your living room. If that doesn’t chill you to your bones, you are a far braver person than I am.
The neat thing about this game is the scares are randomly generated, there are even multiple endings so it’s different every time you play. The expansion, dubbed The Town, follows this same rule, as it will bring an entire town that will be filled with randomly generated content. More after the break!
Skyrim released over a year ago, and Bethesda has done a solid job of supporting it with patches and a few expansions. Dawnguard was good fun, even if it was fairly buggy, then there’s Hearthfire, which lets you adopt kids and build big houses. What’s not to like about that? Dragonborn is being touted as the biggest update so far, though really, that’s not saying too much. It releases tomorrow on the Xbox 360 and will come to the PS3 and PC in January. Details and a trailer after the break.
I really enjoyed the open-world crime game Sleeping Dogs, and I love me a good horror-themed expansion. If you’re looking for something to play between visits from treat-hungry kids, I highly suggest checking out the new Nightmare in North Point expansion for Sleeping Dogs. Unfortunately, unlike Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare and Infamous II’s Festival of Blood, this is not a standalone expansion, so you’ll need a copy of the game to play it. It’s 560 MSP for the Xbox 360 or $4.99 for the PS3 and PC — but really, how can you put a price on beating down Chinese vampires with your magical fury fists? Feel free to click that Read More button, as it will transport you to a magical land that a launch trailer calls home.
I’ve said it time and time again to any unfortunate soul who happens to be sitting next to me at the time that one of my biggest complaints about the near-perfect Skyrim was how little Bethesda expanded on the vampire underworld. You could get infected and become one, and if you read enough books you could learn more about the various covens scattered about the world, but other than that it remained largely untouched. This makes Dawnguard, the game’s first expansion, all the more exciting because not only will we have the chance to learn more about the vampires, we’ll get to fight in the war between them and the Dawnguard. It also looks to be introducing new vampire forms, mounted combat, fucking ghost horses. Check out the debut trailer, after the break. READ MORE
Everyone’s favorite horror RPG is getting a second dose of DLC with a single-player expansion dubbed ‘Ryder White’. Fans might recognize this name as it belongs to the colonel who goes all William Birkin on you at the end of the game (belated spoiler!). I am all for an expansion on the story, especially one that brings with it several hours of gameplay, new weapon blueprints, and the chance to be evil.
Ryder White will be available in just a few short weeks, or January 31 on PSN and February 1 for XBLA and Steam. It’ll cost you $9.99, or 800 Microsoft Screaming Ponies. Is this something you’re interested in? READ MORE