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DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die (Xbox360) Review

 
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At a Glance...
 

Formats: Xbox360
 
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Final Score
8.0
8/ 10


User Rating
4 total ratings

 

We liked?


Retro platformer with old school humor

Not so much?


Rather short


Final Fiendish Findings?

DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die is another great game from Going Loud Studios. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry – well, mostly you’ll just laugh, but who wants to cry anyway? Loaded with retro platforming and old school jokes, I can’t think of a better way to spend a buck.

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Posted March 28, 2013 by

 
Full Fiendish Findings...
 
 

Going Loud Studios skips the game release entirely, and goes straight to the DLC.

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If you’re a gamer, chances are you’ve heard a lot about the issue of DLC in recent years. What started out as a way to add even more to already great (not to mention, complete) games has quickly morphed into a way to squeeze every last bit of cash out of consumers, without actually adding muck in the way of gameplay or functionality. It’s a frustrating situation, especially when things like Day One DLC Packs smack you in the face with the fact that, a couple years ago, that content would have been included in the game, free of charge.

The first DLC Quest was a hit, due largely to the fact that it completely mocks the gaming industry and its love of DLC. Now, Going Loud Studios is back with a follow up entry that brings both the mockery and the old school gamer jokes in spades. It’s a short game that’s long on witty one-liners, and it’s oftentimes funny as hell. Best of all, this DLC isn’t going to cost you a dime more than your initial investment. Score!

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Live Freemium or Die plays a lot like the retro platformers we all played back in the day. It’s got the retro look and feel down pat, with 8 bit graphics that’ll bring you right back to your old Nintendo days. And like those platformers of olde, you’re going to be going back and forth, over and over, collecting random, seemingly useless items for other characters. The difference though, is that this game is making fun of the fetch quests, and you’ll be laughing right along with it at all the old school references. It’s a game that, at its core, is really about all the other games, and some really topnotch writing somehow makes it work.

Just because the game itself is set up as a foil for all the jokes doesn’t mean it’s not fun to play, or even quite challenging at times. You’ll work your way back and forth, uncovering new items and new stages, and there are times where you’ll have to get your timing just right to get past the ubiquitous killer spikes that seem to pop up everywhere. Oftentimes, part of the challenge is in just figuring out where you need to go next, which item is now available to you, etc.

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As you can imagine, in a game called DLC Quest, DLC plays a huge role. You’ll collect familiar looking gold coins throughout the game, which you’ll need to purchase the many types of DLC available in the game, which become available as unlock various sections. Many of the DLC are a necessary purchase to advance in the game, others are just a waste of money (just like real DLC), but all of them will make you giggle. From the name change DLC that tells you all the names are taken to a score of others I won’t mention (I hate spoilers), the DLC gags alone make Live Freemium or Die worth the paltry price of admission.

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DLC Quest: Live Freemium or Die is another great game from Going Loud Studios. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry – well, mostly you’ll just laugh, but who wants to cry anyway? Loaded with retro platforming and old school jokes, I can’t think of a better way to spend a buck.


Amy

 
U.S. Senior Editor & Deputy EIC, @averyzoe on Twitter, mother of 5, gamer, reader, wife to @macanthony, and all-around bad-ass (no, not really)