If you ask a gamer about bad or silly DLC, chances are they’ll bring up the infamous Horse Armor DLC for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which is largely looked upon as a big joke today. It added nothing beyond horse armor to the game, which was merely an extremely minor cosmetic addition to the game. The extra protection for horses was hardly a necessity, after all.
But Horse Armor is not my concern today; actually the horse armor is god-like compared to what I am talking about: the “OsCorp Search & Destroy” DLC pack for The Amazing Spider-Man. I buy my games from ShopTo.net and I was only allowed to buy the game with the DLC and thus I came to discover the most horrible DLC I have ever seen. The description depicts two games that can be played on Spider-Man’s phone, but they are accessed from the main menu. In the DLC sub-menu we can then access two games.
The description of the first game led me to believe that I would be controlling a Hunter – an extremely fast robot by Alistair Smythe’s design, but hacked by Gwen Stacy- and that I would get to travel through New York city in the shape of said awesome robot, as I attempted to cure infected and destroy Smythe’s robot army. Did I? No. I took control of a hunter, seen from above and only capable of moving sideways. On the opposite side of the screen there are robots and or infected that you have to destroy / cure. Let me make this painfully clear: you move sideways and shoot things at an extremely slow rate, to the point where you’d rather shoot yourself than the enemies on the screen. It was so mind-numbingly boring and ridiculous that I couldn’t even force myself to finish the entire session; you might recognize the concept, as it is actually an incredibly easy, dull and crappy version of Space Invaders – a video arcade game from 1978. Instead I quit and went for the next game.
The next game was described in a way that had me believe I could take control of the massive Spider Slayer snake robot boss from the game, as I travelled through New York in an attempt to trash as much stuff as mechanically possible (see what I did there?) and did I get to? In a way, I suppose. The game was Snake. Ever played Snake? You have a snake in a square-sized map that can’t hit the walls or other obstructions, nor itself as it grows larger. Same concept here, except your snake is made of metal and you trash cars.
Oh, and also the classic Spider-Man suit is added to the game. Have fun!
This is the single most horrible piece of game DLC I have ever encountered and I strongly recommend that you stay away from it. It seems to me like its a cheap product-milking money-sucking attempt to score some easy cash. If I wanted to play either Space Invaders or Snake, I could do so online for free.
I did review the actual The Amazing Spider-Man game, also. Just in case that’d float your boat.