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I believe Back 4 Blood deserves the criticisms that have been leveled at it. I’ve personally created some with a critical but optimistic perspective.  I actually enjoy the game and all the enjoyable yet challenging moments I’ve shared with both friends and complete strangers. I can commend the crew for one thing: adhering to the content roadmap. The second DLC for the cooperative zombie adventure was just released. Let’s get started with the review of the first expansion, The Tunnels of Terror.

Back 4 Blood Tunnels of Terror was the team’s first DLC release. The terrible Warped Ridden may be found beneath Evansburgh, along with two new playable Cleaners, new weapons, including a legendary one, several weapon skins, new cards, and eight premium skins, in addition to the brand-new PvE sections “Ridden Hives” that are part of Tunnels of Terror.

To those who venture into its depths, these maze-like tunnels hold amazing rewards in store, but beware: Ridden infest these labyrinthine pathways, and new mutant strains are on the loose and will hunt you down. Just think of this as a very simple roguelike dungeon crawl.

My Experience with the Expansion

My initial reaction is that this is way too pricey. This costs $20 in Canada; with that, I can purchase the Left 4 Dead combo and still have some spare cash. If you don’t have gamepass, keep in mind that this is in addition to the $80 or more for the base game alone. This DLC is not even a complete act; in fact, it only adds 20 to 30 minutes of gameplay extra and does not advance the plot in any way like the next DLC. What it does do is add an optional area to explore and levels to go through to find rare loot the deeper you go. It may sound like a lot is getting thrown into the package however let’s break it down.

The new cleaners are nice but if they are not to your play style or don’t have the “power, specials” you want then you won’t dive into them. The 8 character skins are ok however keep in mind it is an FPS so you aren’t seeing your skins just the team’s skins. The new cards while adding some new cool safe house to safehouse boosts don’t feel like they really matter and are just there to pad the deck.

Now I can hear it now this is picking and choosing and yes it is. All these things may be fine for you as a player but this is why I think it’s overpriced and kind of a letdown as a first DLC.

My second thought is this should have been in the base game or have been added for free. There’s a chance you may not even find the entrance to a hive in a level. It seems to be a random encounter more than a set area at least from the areas I played in. If you head into the levels it ends the story level you were already in. Meaning you will miss the story of the chapter if you go into the tunnels. While not important to most experienced players that are still playing Back 4 Blood for new players it is going to rip out chunks of explanations.

I know there are a few of you out there that feel I am very harsh on Back 4 Blood and that is true. I’ve played it since launch and was really hoping this game would have its Final Fantasy Online moment and turn it around, especially with Halloween coming up. While the game is in a better state than it was Back 4 Blood is still not the game it could be.

Overall for a first DLC, it is a let down in my opinion especially now that the 2nd DLC is out and thriving and is an actual story expansion. If you want to play this get the ultimate edition and or play this on gamepass. However, that’s just one person’s opinion. Have you played Back 4 Blood Tunnels of Terror? What are your thoughts and feelings? Stay tuned for a review on the 2nd expansion Children of the Worm.

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