Red Dead Redemption came a bit out of left field as a favorite pastime for many gamers, myself included. Disappointed by the rigid gameplay of Grand Theft Auto 4, I found myself intrigued by the concept of the ‘Old West Sandbox game’. Was it perfect? No. Then again, what is?
While the game managed to easily surpass its predecessor and similar game, GUN, it was something of a disappointment in some ways. The ending fell flat, the mid-game protagonist shift was unwanted, and the game wasn’t as polished as it should have been. These flaws aside, it’s a fantastic way to kill a few hours. Roaming the western wilderness, facing off against bandits, or slaughtering a town of innocent ranchers can all be a great deal of fun.
Those wishing to extend the already expansive replay value have some DLC to take a look at. The Liars & Cheats DLC pack promises to bring you back for a few more rides through the west. At $9.99, is it worth it? That’s a question of what you’re looking for in your downloadable content. My primary stance on DLC is that the content should match the price. This fundamental way of viewing DLC has steered me the right way through the valley of money-hungry developers out to squeeze my wallet one more time.
Koei is a good example of just how DLC should be handled. Rather than trying to milk consumers for every last dollar, Koei offers a variety of free downloadable content for their Warriors games. In Dynasty Warriors 6: Empires, Koei released free music packs from the original Dynasty Warriors as well as extra costumes and accessories for custom characters. Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 2 and Dynasty Warriors: Strikeforce gave us unique, entertaining missions for DLC. Koei managed to give players new reasons to pop in their games without making gamers foot the bill.
It is clear that if a developer expects gamers to shell out cash for DLC, it must be worth the price of admission. What are you paying for in Liars & Cheats?
– Multiplayer Modes for Liar’s Dice & Poker
– 4 New Hunting Grounds
– A New Weapon with New Challenges: The Explosive Rifle
– Stronghold Competitive Multiplayer Mode
– Multiplayer Horse Races
– 15 New Multiplayer Characters
– 7 New Gang Hideouts
– Posse Scoring & Leaderboards
– New Trophies/Achievements
You’ll notice a trend with most of what you’re getting. That’s right, it’s multiplayer-oriented. For some of you, that’ll be an immediate turn-off. The bulk of the pack are new multiplayer modes and additional multiplayer features. Anyone looking for single player expansions will be sorely disappointed- with the exception of the Hunting Grounds, the explosive rifle, and Gang Hideouts.
The multiplayer modes themselves are quite enjoyable- the Stronghold mode especially. The mode plays like a classic setup of Attack & Defend. One team defends the stronghold while the other assaults it. Battles are frantic and explosive thanks to the variety of weapons and use of cannons and other siege weapons.
While Poker and Liar’s Dice are good ways of earning cash in the single player- the multiplayer version is a bit stale compared to other online modes. The horse races are entertaining as well, though are little more than a distraction in the grand scheme of multiplayer. The leaderboards and posse scoring are a minor update- in no way making the pack, merely filling in some extra value.
The 7 new Gang hideouts are a blast to tackle and represent the other major half of the pack- alongside Stronghold mode. These additional modes along with the 15 new characters might have been enough to make the package worth a purchase on their own for some. The new hunting grounds are purely there for people that enjoy the hunting- not every does, so some will be uninterested in the addition. Those that wanted to play as Jack, John, Bonnie, or so-on in multiplayer will be very pleased.
For single player fans, this pack is a serious dud. Then again, it wasn’t really developed for them. The game does a good job satisfying with its content with only a few weak spots. Slaves to their Trophy/Achievement score will be especially tempted to snatch up Liars & Cheats. All in all, it’s a solid buy.