There are always questions on the part of fans when it comes to DLC. In most cases, the general response is why a company just didn’t make it part of the base game. With The Typing of the Dead: Overkill , I imagine it’s much different, and is instead more like, “Why is The Typing of the Dead: Overkill DLC so awesome?” Because really, there are no words for these add-ons.
For those who aren’t aware, The Typing of the Dead: Overkill was Sega’s Halloween surprise for gamers this year. It just popped up on Steam two days before Halloween 2013, and anyone old enough to remember those special moments with The Typing of the Dead on Dreamcast rejoiced. The base game alone was more than enough to bring us all a little extra joy. Yet, over the last two months, we’ve been graced with more. Sega’s brought us DLC that’s totally extraneous, yet absolutely makes the game better.
The first addition was the Shakespeare DLC. As you can see from the image above, it brought a bit of sophistication to The Typing of the Dead: Overkill. (Like it wasn’t mature enough already.) Instead of basic words and phrases, lines from various Shakespearean plays are littered throughout the game. As an English major, I can assure you that every line is 100% accurate. It was completely expected, but could have been a one-shot fluke.
Until Monday, December 16, 2013, when the The Typing of the Dead: Overkill Filth DLC was released. The ante has been upped. This content pack is filled with vulgarity, inuendo, ridiculous epithets, and of course curse words in foreign languages. I’m including one screenshot below, as an example, and it’s the least offensive one I could find from this DLC.
Yes, I know. It’s still terrible. Yet, even though the Filth DLC is absolutely filthy, it still manages to be extraordinarily entertaining and enhances the overall experience.
Factor in both DLC packs, and it’s actually pretty easy to see why The Typing of the Dead: Overkill add-ons are so incredible. Sega is allowing Modern Dream, the game’s developer, to be absolutely ridiculous. Though an argument could be made to present this as an educational, typing game, no one is playing it that way. Anyone who owns it has picked it up for either the nostalgia value or the fact that it is totally bonkers. And now Modern Dream and Sega are catering to that notion by delivering DLC that come from completely out of nowhere, and pricing at a rather reasonable $2.99 each.
Which works especially well at this very moment, because The Typing of the Dead: Overkill is temporarily on sale until December 18, 2013. The base game is normally $19.99, but is now $9.99. Both add-ons come to $5.98 together, so a new buyer can get an assuredly more surreal experience for $15.97.
All of The Typing of the Dead: Overkill DLC, and even the game itself, are wonderful because Modern Dream and Sega aren’t taking it seriously. They’re giving players an outlandish game, and then releasing affordably priced add-ons that can make the experience even more unconventional than it already was. It works, and makes for even more entertaining situations for anyone who is willing to take out the zombie menace with good typing. Kudos, for getting this DLC right.
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