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Toy Soldiers: Cold War DLC - Evil Empire & Napalm Review

Take back the toy box once again, with Toy Soldiers: Cold War's two new DLC Packs.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War

With the release of two new downloadable packs for Toy Soldiers: Cold War anyone that's played this game should be excited. Both of these mini expansions  for this tower defencs game bring back all the great game play you loved in the first place and gives you new maps, new weapons and new vehicles to play in. Depending on what kind of experience you're looking for each of the packs have their own benefits and are sold separately for 400 Microsoft Points ($5) on XBLA.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War - Evil Empire

Evil Empire turns the tables as you take over the Soviets and lead your comrades against the American army. A few fun changes have been made to the commando barrage (who is now Ivan and yells things in what we can assume is Russian) and while the turrets are a slightly different design all the same familiar options and upgrades are there for you to use. The new barrage this pack adds is Orbital Laser. Thanks to the Soviet space station you are now equipped with, what is essentially, an instant kill ray that takes out everything it touches and sends your enemies flying through the air on fire. Another awesome addition to this game is a new survival mode level. Trauma takes defending the toy box beyond just your enemies; your weapons now work against you. Things get way more complicated with the friendly fire aspect thrown in. The mini-game, Pop-A-Pig, is whack-a-mole with a turret gun. It sounds cool and is for a few minutes but like most shooting games it's really just the same old speed and accuracy test. Sadly, the "new" Super Tank boss isn't really new at all. While the waves may be a little bit different it's really the same boss you faced in the main version of the game. It can take a while to kill but there wasn't anything too extraordinary about it.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War - Evil Empire

If you're looking for the same great stuff you found in Toy Soldiers: Cold War and just want to continue the fun then this is the pack for you. With Three new levels in the mini-campaign, a new mini-game and a new multiplayer level this gives you everything you'd expect. The only really new thing is the survival mode level. Ideally this would have been included with the original game as you can already play as the Soviets in the multiplayer but it's still a great way to continue the fun.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War - Evil Empire DLC
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Although Evil Empire successfully rehashes Toy Solders: Cold War's gameplay, it really doesn't introduce anything new to the mix.


Toy Soldiers: Cold War - Napalm

Napalm takes this tower defense game up a few notches. Don't fret though, the core gameplay mechanics remain largely unchanged; but the additions to this pack are when set it apart. First off the maps are extremely well designed and take an extra bit of planning to get through. Whether you're defending up to three toy boxes while enemies approach from all sides or you're fighting off enemies across the map with no turret bases anywhere near it Napalm really steps up the strategy as far as what's placed where and how often and when you're using your vehicles. If you remember one thing about this review remember that the new vehicle you get is a Laser Tank. How could you not want a Laser Tank? Plus, on top of that piece of awesomeness you also have a helicopter based mini-game, Hang Time. Travel around the map rescuing POWs and bringing them safely back to camp. The more waves of enemies you destroy along with the number of passengers you return to camp with increases your points and you're time limit. While shooting is still a part of this game it is not the sole focus and just practice flying around in a helicopter when you need a break.

Toy Soldiers: Cold War - Napalm

Forcing a bit more of a thought process, Napalm is definitely worth a look. It adds a lot of fun aspects that you may not ofa realized were missing (did I mention the Laser Tank?) and takes the game a step further. The maps are amazingly designed and the mini-game is a great addition to help with skills as well as have some fun outside the mini-campaign.

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With the addition of a laser tank vehicle, and clever map design that warrants a bit more thought than the main campaign, Napalm gives players much to like.
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