The issues that come with the dawn of digital distribution have split the consumer crowd on whether we’re ready for it. Issues like region specific content i.e countries like Canada, Japan or the Arab nations being left out, the lack of total ownership of games with services such as OnLive, it being an extreme hassle for those with slow Internet or non at all at a daily basis etc. Stuff deal breakers are made of.
All that aside though, I think we can all agree that the current wave of downloadable content is quite arguably the best setup for both sides.They’re cheap, they’re elongate the experience and best of all they’re easily ignored. It’s rare that you see a developer pack a major plot point in DLC. Unless we’re talking about Half Life, which is already taking it further than any of the mentioned content.
Plus developers can use DLC as feedback sponges. With each new expansions you see a game changing glitch or hinderance elegantly removed and fan favourites expanded and built upon. Makes the fanboy in me smile with glee.
Yet it also makes the googler in me cringe with frustration as DLC often fall under the radar within days of its announcement. We here at G.I.N have compiled as list to help you weed through some of the upcoming downloadable goodies :
When Heavy Rain was first announced I immediatly knew that this game was a day one buy. But you couldn’t help but be afraid of spoilers, especially with a story centric game like Heavy Rain.
Luckily Heavy Rain director David Cage is probably more cautious, about your hype experience being as spoiler free as possible, than you yourself.
That dedicated mindset is reflected by the demo of the game, soon to be released on the 11th of Febuary. The demo bulid itself, while still taking place within the canon of Heavy Rain, is removed from the main story arc that drives the main game.
You could even say it’s a downloadable short story to warm you up to the atmosphere of the seemingly endless hard copy drama.
Though in this sense, it does retract from the point of having a demo. Heavy Rain is reduced to a quicktime event tech-demo without it’s compelling story. So why have a demo featuring a different scene than the ones in the game? Anyone can press a button in the right context, which means this demo being meant as a gameplay tutorial is out of the question.
If you already had your mind set on buying this game, the demo won’t give you exactly what you’re hoping for, since it will only serve as a presentational piece rather than a proper interlude.
This summer will be a very good time if you want some small downloadable games. Last years Summer of Arcade had a little bit better lineup, but this year isn’t far behind. Here is this years Summer of Arcade lineup.
The critically acclaimed DS GTA game, GTA: Chinatown Wars, has been announced for the PSP and is scheduled for release this fall. The game will be available for both UMD and digitally distribution. The game “will take full advantage of the power of the PSP system.” Such things are; enhanced widescreen graphics, better lighting affects, and additional story missions. No new information has been released on this game, even the Official Gta:Chinatown Wars website says that the game is still exclusive to the DS. We should be looking forward to this great new addition to the psp line-up this fall.
Well fallout 3 is my favorite game so I’m excited to announce that it’s got new dlc coming out this month on the 23rd. This dlc looks expansive and it’ll probably add a lot to the game. But don’t take my word for it, watch the video. When it comes out, we’ll have a review up the day it comes out or maybe the day after.