"I personally don’t like the phrase “stand-alone DLC”. Not because of the actual meaning of it, but because I think there’s a negative stigma that surrounds it." -- PlayStation Enthusiast
There's nothing wrong with stand-alone DLC, and nothing negative comes from it. As the article points out, inFamous: First Light and Uncharted: The Lost Legacy are available on disc too, which emphasises how Sony considers them. I'm sure Horizon Zero Dawn: The Frozen Wilds will be a $40 disc release too. The Lost Legacy is really pushing the standard though for what is considered as stand-alone DLC. It was just supposed to be a short expansion, and now it's a fully fledged 8-or-so hour game, like the Drake's Fortune. Great stuff.
Left behind is not one of the best games. Combined with the story of the last of us it is. By itself it lacks the emotional impact and looses the novelty of gameplay changes in comparison to the main game. They belong together. I could say the same about last light, minus the emotional impact. All opinion, not fact. No use in getting upset 'cause you may not agree, I'd love to hear how I'm wrong though... In a civil manor.
That's true. Without the foundation it flounders. It doesn't make it any less good, but the main story IS essential. *Lost Legacy may be the exception. I like me some Chloe, but I certainly don't have an emotional attachment to the character, like I do with some others.
Hmm you make a decent point but...You say its great combined with story of the last of us but then say it lacks the emotional impact and looses the novelty of gameplay to the main game. If you have never played the main game you don't know it lacks the impact and the novelty of the gameplay wouldn't be lost. Taken on its own it should still be great because it does those things just not to such a degree as in the main game...
Uh what? I personally haven't encountered this negative stigma you are referring to.
TLoU is one of my favorite games of all time, but I didn't really like Left Behind that much. I know that's an unpopular opinion, but I dunno, I thought the best thing about TLoU was the Ellie and Joel dynamic, and after playing through the game, and going to a DLC without Joel, just felt like a downgrade to me personally. I didn't think Ellie stood that well on her own. Maybe I'd feel the same way about a Joel solo experience as well, I dunno. There were parts of the game without Ellie and without Joel, but they were part of your goal, whereas there was a complete disconnect with the DLC. I understand that most people love it, and that's great, but just didn't enjoy it that much personally.
Its a nice trend giving single player fans more of what they want plus the value is amazing. You get a full game for dlc price. I'd rather drop 39.99 on an 8 to 10 hour campaign than a few map packs. I just picked up killzone intercept for like 5.99 can't wait to play it. That midyear sale is fantastic! So many good games dirt cheap.
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