Report: Goldeneye remake to charge for paintball mode

If one article can summarize everything that’s wrong about the modern state of gaming, this one from Giant Bomb should do the trick.

The website is reporting that paintball mode in Goldeneye: Reloaded will be exclusive DLC for people who buy the game at GameStop. Seriously.

As Giant Bomb’s Patrick Klepek reports:

I realize moaning about a simple paintball variant is a weird thing
to get hung up on, but hell, paintball was one of my favorite modes from
GoldenEye 007
Unlocking paintball wasn’t easy, either; it required beating the Dam
stage on Secret Agent in two minutes and 40 seconds. This was a
satisfying achievement before Microsoft
attached scores to such things. My friend group would sit around the TV
for hours, playing each level over and over again, in hopes of shaving a
few seconds off our time.

We never did unlock Invincibility.

But when we finally unlocked paintball, we’d earned the right to play paintball–and damn
it felt good. So while anyone who picked up GoldenEye 007: Reloaded
through GameStop could optionally unlock the mode early, everyone else
would still have the ability to flip on paintball the old fashioned way:
earning it.

Maybe Activision, the company publishing the Goldeneye remake, will be gracious enough to let customers eventually pay for paintball mode, which was indeed a fan favorite. But the nickel-and-dime approach to DLC is one of the most annoying trends within gaming, since it’s getting harder and harder to escape the conclusion that players are being charged for incomplete products when they buy new games.

In this writer’s opinion, there’s nothing wrong with companies charging for substantial DLC, the kind that’s like an expansion pack gives real value for somebody who has already paid $60 for a retail game. Bethesda and Electronic Arts, for example, have done well in offering quality DLC for games like “Broken Steel” for “Fallout 3″ and “Lair of the Shadow Broker” for “Mass Effect 2.”

But DLC that doesn’t actually expand upon a player’s initial purchase is ridiculous. As much as I would praise Lair of the Shadow Broker, I have no interest in paying for Mass Effect 2′s alternate costumes. That’s the kind of thing that gamers used to unlock by actually playing the game, when paying for a new game once was considered to be enough.

BurgerTime returns in HD

I loved the arcades. At least when we HAD arcades to go to.

One of my favorite games from that time was a little something from Data East called BurgerTime in which you controlled a tiny chef climbing up and down ladders and running across platforms to create giant hamburgers. All the while you were chased by things like sausages and eggs with only two shakes of a peppershaker to save you. It was like a fast food worker’s worst nightmare.

Now it looks like the old classic is going to be resurrected by Monkeypaw Games as an HD title. It even has a retooled version of the original theme and the levels looks like they could be a lot of fun while retaining that 2D-styled movement. Is it also no surprise that Monkeypaw is also doing a promotion with Burger King with DLC featuring the King?

Burgertime HD should be hitting your favorite downloadable source whether its Xbox Live, WiiWare, PSN, or Microsoft Windows sometime in the summer.

Konami announces new DLC for “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow”

Konami announced today that two downloadable add-ons for “Castlevania: Lords of Shadow” are scheduled to be released early next year.

From Konami’s press release:

In “Castlevania Lords of Shadow: Reverie,” players will return to the Castle as Gabriel to help Laura, the former servant to the vampire Carmilla, in destroying the unruly evil that was previously kept in check by the recently slain Queen. 


Once completed, fans of the series can download the second DLC entitled “Resurrection,” which continues the story directly after the end of the original game and gives some insight into the dramatic epilogue seen by players upon completion and Gabriel’s ultimate destiny. 


Tech Out contributor Reggie Carolipio gave Lords of Shadow a favorable review in October. The game is available for PS3 and XBox 360, but it would be hard to find an NES fan who did not enjoy the really, really hard original from 1987.


When it comes to used games and DLC, buyer beware.

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It’s not a big secret that efforts are being made by companies such as EA to limit the appeal of buying used copies or pirating their games by including one-time DLC codes, a bonus for players that buy a new copy of a game. So if someone sells a used copy of say, Dragon Age or Mass Effect 2 to Gamestop, odds are very, very good that the next person won’t get the freebies from it because who can resist free stuff, right?

It’s a shrewd way of handling the used market from the publisher’s perspective, but the core game is still intact. You can still play the game all the way through to its ending, but if you want that fancy new Dragon Armor, you’ll need to pay a little extra for the privilege.

But according to IGN, it seems that one player wasn’t very happy about it.

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Are you a part of Cerberus?

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If you had bought Mass Effect 2 as a brand new game, you would get an access code to the Cerberus Network which came with a few pieces of free DLC as a nice bonus.

It was also another way of making a brand new purchase a far more attractive option than a used one since the code could only be used once. If you wanted the goodies but bought a used copy, you’d have to pony up $15 for a fresh code. It’s also part of a trend in trying to make new copies of games more attractive to buyers than used ones. And Bioware is raising the ante with even more free DLC for would-be operatives.

According to the announcement on Bioware’s Mass Effect 2 site:

“Free to all Cerberus Network members, the Firewalker pack includes 5 all new missions featuring the Hammerhead. Hovering over the battlefield at up to 120 kilometeres per hour, the Hammerhead also boasts a guided missile system ensuring accuracy even during aggressive maneuvering.”

It won’t kill the thrill of finding a favorite oldie at rock bottom prices, but it certainly gives another reason to buy a new copy depending on how much you think the DLC is worth it since it’s still the complete game without all of the additional stuff. But getting a heaping load of free fun on top of what is already there? Now that’s fan service.

New screenshots for Fallout 3 DLC

The new downloadable content, as you may or may not know, is from The Pitt, which is slated for a March 24 release. It’ll cost you 800 points on Xbox Live and games for windows. Enjoy the newly released shots. If you want a closer look, just click on them.

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Also, here’s what we thought about Fallout 3 when it originally came out.