Downloads add new chapters to Alan Wake, Dragon Age
Once upon a time, gamers who had played a title through to the end said they had “beaten” the game. These days, thanks to downloadable content released in the weeks and months after a game’s initial launch, that almost never happens. Here’s a look at a couple of recent additions that each cost around $7.
Dragon Age: Leliana’s Song (Electronic Arts; PC, PS3, Xbox 360; rated mature)
The world in which BioWare’s swords-and-sorcery epic takes place is fully realized, so it makes sense to explore it beyond the campaigns presented in the game. This is a stand-alone chapter—as opposed to the longer expansion pack Awakening, released in March—in which gamers become the bard Leliana in an adventure that is set before the events of Origins and Awakening. It’s further proof that there’s much more to the Dragon Age world than you think.
Alan Wake: The Signal (Microsoft; Xbox 360; rated teen)
There is one thing that makes The Signal, the first of two planned chapters that extend this survival-horror game, somewhat interesting. This module unfolds within a dream state, so Alan replenishes supplies and triggers attacks by using his flashlight to illuminate typewritten words that are floating in the environment. Aside from that, though, The Signal doesn’t really add much to the story, and I was surprised by how little I wanted to play it.