Downloadable content is a contentious issue in Grig Towers. On the one hand, sucking brand new games from cyberspace, and getting add-ons and skimpy Chun-Li costumes directly through your telly, without the need to set foot in the outside world, is every gamer’s dream. On the other, holding back the best content so you can rinse poor gamers for even more of their hard earned pennies is every money-grabbing publisher’s dream. Case in point? Much as I love em, Infinity Ward’s pricing for MW2 map packs is the perfect example – for the price of three new maps (and two that I’ve already paid for on COD 4), I could otherwise get a brand new game off eBay.
So if publishers want to prise the last bit of coin from my clutching, miserly hands, their DLC had better be pretty awes. Thankfully for Visceral Games, they’re bringing to the table two brand-new standalone chapters for the impeccable Dead Space 2. Yep, from March 1st for a mere $6.99 (roughly a fiver to our British chums, at 560 MS points), Xbox/PC owners can own their brand new digital download, Dead Space 2: Severed, and finally quench that Sprawl-based bloodlust. PS3 (Europe) gets the download a day later.
The pack will feature two single player chapters, covering the story of Gabe Weller (from Dead Space Extraction). Old Gabe is packing a brand new security suit, and will be pitted against the Twitcher, the horrific bug from the original game. It’s still a fiver for content that Visceral probably had ready for release with the game – but for deep-space thrills and xenomorph-chills, there are few better place to splash the cash. So just this once, we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt.