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!
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 absolutely love it when a developer dives into my favorite genre; this can be with a full retail game or with DLC, and it seems that the latter has become increasingly popular over the last handful of years. The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned brought Halloween to Borderlands, Undead Nightmare for Red Dead Redemption, Festival of Blood for inFamous, and Lost in Nightmares for Resident Evil 5 (Zing.).
Not much is known about the Sleeping Dogs expansion, other than it’s called Nightmare in Northpoint and will bring a lovely dose of horror to the game when it releases on October 30th. If you don’t own the game already, you really should give it a try — I hear it’s pretty good.
This game has had a troubled past. It was originally planned as an installment in the True Crime series, then Activision dropped it because they couldn’t see it being successful enough to compete with the other sandbox action games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row. Square Enix was quick to pick it up and throw some money at it, rebrand it as Sleeping Dogs, and toss it ever so gently into gamers’ open arms. If you’re not a fan of crazy car chases, slo-mo gunfights, and Arkham City-esque bone-snapping combat, this game might not tickle your fancy. However, if those things sound utterly delicious, then I highly suggest reading on.
Following the trend of Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row, the newly released Sleeping Dogs, a sandbox “take down the Triads” game, will feature a radio station that provides you with nothing but metal. However, Sleeping Dogs took it one step further and aligned themselves with Roadrunner Records. That’s right, the whole station is RR heavy rock and metal artists. If you tune in, you’ll be able to hear bands such as Opeth, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, DevilDriver, Black Stone Cherry, and more. Check below for the full list. READ MORE
Oh yeah. You feel that warm feeling that’s prepping to seep in a fill the empty void that is your delicate earholes? That’s what the Dead Pixels Podcast feels like, and while I might be a little bias when I say this, it is a fairly incredible feeling. If your ears are in need of a little warming up, might I recommend spending an hour with TJ and I? We talk about all sorts of things, including crappy television, Tofu, and Adam’s new job. Oh, and we also talk a little about video games.
Tune in and enjoy a brand spanking new episode of the Dead Pixels Podcast after the break, and if you haven’t already, feel free to subscribe to Bloody Disgusting Radio via iTunes by searching “Bloody Disgusting.”