What I liked:
- The story featuring Roger Bacon and James Maxwell is actually pretty decent and it did a good job of keeping me invested throughout my playthrough.
- I really enjoyed the puzzles in the DLC because they contained a lot of creativity which meant completing each puzzle always carried with it a great sense of achievement.
- Technically this DLC holds up much better than the base game and this meant that I was able to enjoy what was available to me without any distractions.
- I found the combat elements in the game to be really fun and for me the different mechanics combined excellently adding extra layers to the overall gameplay.
What I didn’t like:
- The difficulty curve is very unforgiving to say the least so expect to experience quite a few frustrating moments along the way.
- I found the platforming elements to be a little awkward quite a lot of the time and this didn’t help with the difficulty at all.
- The world in which the game takes place in still feels a little lifeless and this did harm the immersion levels a little from time to time.
Does We Happy Few: They Came From Below DLC do enough to get a recommendation from me?
All in all when I first learnt about We Happy Few I was excited to say the least because it looked like it was going to be full of unique escapades. Unfortunately after playing the base game this excitement didn’t last for very long because it was littered with issues and the fun factor wasn’t high enough for me to be able to look past these issues. This then meant I haven’t played the game much in recent months but that all changed when I played the first DLC offering. The first DLC offering then is called They Came From Below and thankfully I’m pleased to say that the DLC feels much more polished than the base game and it also features a story that was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. It does however still feel lifeless in some areas and the difficulty curve can be very unforgiving at times but if you look past these issues you find the gameplay to contain a lot of creativity and that’s definitely evident when it comes to the puzzles that are present. There’s also a few interesting mechanics for you to get to grips with as well and most of these have been done well with only the platforming elements falling a little short. Something that doesn’t fall short though is the combat which I found to be fun whenever I was thrust into it. At the end of the day then whilst the base game of We Happy Few disappointed me quite a bit I now feel like I have a reason to return back to it thanks to the They Came From Below DLC. Don’t get wrong it isn’t perfect and it does have a few issues but in my opinion they’ve definitely took a step in the right direction and hopefully it continues to go in that way.
I rate We Happy Few: They Came From Below DLC 7/10.
Written by: gerrardnum8 (Dean Martin)
Developer: Compulsion Games
Publisher: Gearbox Publishing
Genre: Action Adventure
Release Date (Xbox One): April 4, 2019