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There are plenty of games that revolve around ghosts, goblins, and vampires, but occasionally a game that has nothing to do with horror also gets in on the spooky fun. Here are some of the most notable Halloween-themed DLC updates to games that originally had nothing to do with horror.
Infamous 2: Festival of BloodInfamous 2 brought Sucker Punch's open-world, super-hero antics down to the New Orleans-inspired town of New Marais. Protagonist Cole Macgrath amassed a suite of new electricity-based powers as he prepared to face off against an entity of untold power called The Beast. In the October 2011 standalone download, however, vampires flood the streets of New Marais. Amidst this chaos, Cole gets bitten and gains some new vampire powers such as the ability to fly. In order to save his soul, Cole has to hunt down the head vampire in this B-movie inspired story. Not only is this a great choice for Halloween, it's also a good holdover if you're looking for more Infamous before Second Son's release early next year.
Sleeping Dogs: Nightmare in North PointUnited Front Games was working on a new entry in the True Crime series set in Hong Kong, but when Activision decided to cancel the game, the studio found a new publisher in Square Enix and the game found a new title in Sleeping Dogs. The day before Halloween last year, United Front Games released the Nightmare in North Point DLC based upon Chinese horror and folklore. After the gangster Big Scar Wu is brutally murdered, he comes back as a ghost with an army of undead, seeking revenge on those who took his life. Players take control of undercover cop Wei Shen who must harness China's most powerful magic to deal with this new threat.
Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. NedIn 2009, Gearbox combined first-person shooting with Diablo's patented loot grinding. The game's zany humor was the perfect vehicle for a series of DLC packs, the first of which was The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned. Dr. Ned (who happens to look a lot like Borderland's Dr. Zed with a moustache) was supposed to provide Jakobs Co. employees in Jakobs Cove with professional medical care. Instead he's been turning them into zombies and other abominations. Now Dr. Ned needs your help finding a cure for the twisted inhabitants of Jakobs Cove. In addition to 25 new missions, this DLC pack featured new undead enemies and rare loot to collect. Vault Hunters who have moved on to Borderlands 2 can grab some Halloween-themed character customizations with Gearbox's newest batch of Shift codes.
Red Dead Redemption: Undead NightmareRockstar perfectly nailed the spirit of the western with its resurrection of the Red Dead series. The game was moody and fairly serious, which is what made the 2010 DLC Undead Nightmare such a nice change of pace. Almost overnight, a mysterious plague swallows the American frontier, causing fallen people and animals to moan their way out of the grave. John Marston rides through this hell, helping other survivors cleanse towns of this sickness while searching for a cure. Rockstar doesn't spend a lot of time developing this silly plot, but the DLC contains enough action to keep you playing until the credits.
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