The Legends and Killers Pack, Rockstar Games’ latest batch of downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption, released this week, bringing with it nine new multiplayer maps, eight new characters, and one absurdly deadly weapon, the tomahawk. (Check out Tom Price’s preview for all the nitty-gritty details.)
The $9.99/800 Microsoft Points price tag might strike some players as a little steep right off the bat, but after spending some quality time killing and dying across the new maps, I’d say it’s definitely worth the price. That is, of course, if you are a competitive multiplayer fan, or really love you some single-player skills challenges. (There actually won’t be any exclusively single-player DLC until the undead Nightmare Pack releases somewhere down the line, so if that's more your thing, you might want to sit this one out.)
However, for those who spend the majority of their Red Dead-ing in multiplayer, the new maps provide more than enough variety to justify the purchase. For instance, in Tall Trees, you’ll need to traverse wide expanses of snowy forest, while in Thieves Landing you’ll be maneuvering across rooftops and docks as you try to get the jump on your opponents (and avoid falling into the instant death water in the process). Certain maps will resonate with different players depending on their play styles of course, but having the chance to finally hold proper shootouts in places like Tumbleweed. Blackwater, and the spectacularly layered Escalera should definitely appeal to all players.
The addition of the tomahawk has received quite a bit of understandable praise thanks to its inherent coolness, but I found it to be a bit too strong and accurate given the bulkiness of its design. This isn’t to say that a hatchet to the dome from a dozen feet or so away shouldn’t send you to the virtual hereafter, but when someone lobs one from an absurd distance and kills you, meanwhile it still takes four rifle shots to snag a kill, it just looks a bit ridiculous. I still think players can take far too much damage in general. Call me crazy but I just don’t think a clearly malnourished prospector should be able to take more than two point-blank shotgun blasts to the chest without dying. But I digress.
Fans of Red Dead Revolver will definitely appreciate being able to roam the open plains of Red Dead Redemption as eight characters from the original game. I just so wish Rockstar had built in a random explosion feature for Pig Josh since he wears a belt and headband made of dynamite. Sure, It might have discouraged people from using him, but, man, would it have been entertaining for everyone else.
Overall, the Legends and Killers pack is must have for anyone looking to get the most out of Red Dead Redemption’s multiplayer. The three upcoming DLC packs will introduce new modes and activities like multiplayer liars dice and poker, and, of course, zombies, so if those are more your scene then you might want to forgo picking up the Legends and Killers pack for now. However, if you want to spice up multiplayer, and experience the thrill that only a tomahawk massacre can provide, throw down your $10 and enjoy.