Downloadable content announced for "Enslaved"
If you made it all the way to the end of my review of "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West," you'll have read my note about the game eventually receiving some kind of downloadable content (DLC). Well, today Namco Bandai announced what that content will be.
The bulk of it is a side story about Pigsy, a nonplayable porcine ally of Monkey and Trip in the main game, called "Pigsy's Perfect 10."
According to Namco Bandai, "The Titan Graveyard is a lonely place, and Pigsy really needs some companionship beyond the mechs that roam the area. He dreams of the perfect woman and embarks on a mission to build one from scratch using scrap parts he finds around the junkyard. In contrast to the main game which features strong, capable Monkey as the playable character, Pigsy is much more of a lover than a fighter. Pigsy’s gameplay will have a completely different gameplay dynamic, with a focus on stealth and sharp-shooting. He has plenty of tricks up his sleeves including a far-reaching hookshot, trusty sniper rifle, various grenades and devices, Trouble Vision eye piece and the aid of his trusty mechanical sidekick Truffles."
The rest of it is an update that gives players the option of experiencing the game — both the main story and "Pigsy's Perfect 10" — in 3-D.
If you have a 3-D TV,
share the wealth your set and setup will work just fine with the new content. If you don't, TriOviz wants to sell you some glasses (TriOviz INFICOLOR® 3D, http://www.trioviz.com) that supposedly will allow you to see 3-D effects on a 2-D TV when they hit the market later this year. I've never seen these glasses, used them, etc., so don't consider this an endorsement. I don't even know the price.
I also don't know when the DLC will be released, other than the generic "later this year." I do, however, know the price of the DLC as a whole. It's $9.99 for the PlayStation 3 version, and 800 Microsoft Points (a needlessly complicated $10) for Xbox 360.
You must have the full retail game "Enslaved: Odyssey to the West" to make use of any of the DLC.
Frankly, I think they're making a mistake in forcing you to buy "Pigsy's Perfect 10" to get the 3-D capability. They might be able to entice more people to buy the game if 3-D was free, especially if the effects really work and the glasses for 2-D televisions turn out to be cheap.
Image courtesy of Namco Bandai
Pigsy, left, presumably talking with his mechanical sidekick Truffles.