Impressions: Runner 2: Good Friends DLC


For my money, games just don’t get much better than Bit.Trip Presents…Runner 2: Future Legend of Rhythm Alien. It’s the perfect mix of addictive gameplay,  inventive visuals, and a topnotch soundtrack that makes you want to never put it down.  Runner 2 stands out as not only one of the best eShop titles of the year, but one of the best games of the year.

Psychonauts is one of my favorite games of all time for many of the same reasons stated above. I’ve bought the game multiple times, have a framed poster of the games cover in my office, and written essays on the title much to my professors chagrin.

One can only imagine how excited I was when Gaijin games announced the Good Friends DLC.

Released earlier today the Good Friends DLC gives players the opportunity to revisit the world of Runner 2 as some of the biggest names in indie gaming along with an invisible version of our original hero.The characters in the pack include Raz (Psychonauts), Quote(Cave Story), Dr. Fetus (Super Meat Boy), Josef (Machinarium), Spelunky Guy(Spelunky), and the aforementioned invisible Commander Video.

While the lineup of new heroes is impressive,  they  all play the same as Commander Video with some minor cosmetic changes. So while I certainly enjoyed playing the game as Raz, your enjoyment will be fully dependent on how attached you are to the characters and how much you want to replay Runner 2.

The star of the Good Friends pack turns out to be Commander Video himself. The invisible commander gives an added bit of challenge to the  game as it’s quite easy to lose him if you don’t maintain your focus.

The Good Friends DLC is as good an excuse as any to revisit Runner 2 but don’t come in expecting anything major. The invisible Commander Video adds an extra layer of challenge to those who’ve already mastered the game but the other skins in the pack are for diehard fans of their respective franchises. For the modest price of $1.99 it is hard to complain, but for players looking for something new  you’ll need to look elsewhere.

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