BioShock 2 single-player DLC due Aug. 3

$5 "Protector Trials" Little Sister defense add-on brings six fresh maps, collectibles, achievements and trophies to Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC next month.

Since BioShock 2 debuted at retail in February, it's shipped over 3 million units, injected two multiplayer packs, and helped GameStop post its biggest non-holiday ever. But publisher 2K doesn't want the maritime onslaught to end there.

The company today announced single-player add-on content for the disturbing underwater shooter. Unlike its predecessors, the Protector Trials downloadable content (400 MS points, or $5), is a single-player affair. It has the game's Big Daddy protagonist defending Little Sisters from waves of mutated Splicers trying to thwart the little women's ADAM collection. The scenario, a cross between Gears of War's Horde mode and the Resident Evil series' Escort modes, was used in several set pieces during the game.

Hey little sister, shotgun.

The action will take place on six "new" maps based on locations from BioShock 2's singe-player narrative when it comes to PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC August 3. Also up for grabs in the content are three difficulty levels, concept art and videos to unlock, and seven new achievements/trophies for players to collect.

The Protector Trials DLC follows the Sinclair Solutions Pack, which brought several weapons improvements and other upgrades to the game's multiplayer component, and the Rapture Metro Pack, which added several new multiplayer maps.

According to 2K, the battles won't stop there. The company promises additional downloadable content that will extend the single-player experience and provide "new insight into the world of Rapture."

For more on BioShock 2, check out GameSpot's video review (embedded below).

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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2eachhisownmask
2eachhisownmask

I know there's a list out of DLC trophies. Does anyone know what's the 'hidden' trophy in this new single player DLC?

x-2tha-z
x-2tha-z

I won't buy this DLC. I don't like the protecting Little Sister stuff in the main game. Hopefully future single player DLC will be better.

absolut_gamerz
absolut_gamerz

LAME, LAME, LAME. i rather buy a chocolate for 5$ and give it to my girlfriend.

metalkid9
metalkid9

With all the unwanted MP crap and lame non-related to the story single-player dlc, it feels like as if 2K is looking forward to pissed off gamers. Here is a perfect example of a company who doesn't give rat's *** about gamers. Way to crash Bioshock to the ground 2K!

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I just finished BioShock 2 Wednesday night. I have to say that the gameplay is better and more polished in the game. The story was good, but it didn't have the kind of impact that the original had. If Bioshock 2 was the first in the series, people would have been flipping out about how great this thing is. One of the best single-player shooters I've ever played. That said - I enjoyed the game, but don't think a horde-like mode is something I'm likely to buy. The multiplayer was meh and I've had troubles finding matches. Which is pretty sad because Bioshock has great potential. Too bad T2 doesn't have a Respawn Entertainment or Bungie to tap into to make the multiplayer competitive with other online FPS's. The ending of Bioshock 2 has me excited for Bioshock 3. There are so many ways that can move forward with the series and I want to know which way they choose to go with it.

isshiah
isshiah

i think bioshock 2 was just as good as the original...but rapture isn't as amazing since we've seen it before. i'm not interested in multiplayer/horde modes so i'll be saving 5 bucks. what i really want is more story. i can't wait for bioshock 3!

isshiah
isshiah

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Ohnoessss
Ohnoessss

2K are clueless if they actually think that we care about multiplayer maps and horde modes. Bioshock 2 was underwhelming and the add-ons have been absolute trash. Such a sad state of affairs. I'd sell my copy of it if I wasn't such a collector and it didn't have a nice shiny case...

brain20035
brain20035

Bioshock one was a masterpiece. Bioshock 2 was overshadowed by its predecessor in any way imaginable. The only upside to bioshock 2 was the multiplayer which to be honest wasn't that kind of an upside

frankblack789
frankblack789

@landisan bioshock 2 sucked compared to the first one. i couldn't wait to finish it & get that hunk of crap out of my console. save your money dude...

landisan
landisan

I love bioshock 2, both the single player and the multiplayer. I will definitely get this download content whatever it is. The multiplayer did not take developement resources away from the single player as it was created seperatly out of house at 2k marin. It also in no way feels tacked on, if you enjoyed the first on you'll definitely enjoy the second.

luniac99
luniac99

Damn, gotta pick this game up! i havent even played Bioshock 2 at all! i loved the first one tho!

SuprSaiyanRockr
SuprSaiyanRockr

Oh, for a second I thought you meant SP with a story, not just one-player horde :P

Knutte79
Knutte79

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inaka_rob
inaka_rob

little late guys! sold my game already.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I must say I liked Bioshock 2 a lot more than I thought I would, but it still could have been soooo much better had they focused more on the single player story instead of deverting any production time toward multiplayer. Then again, developers try to do what fans ask, and people asked for mutliplayer... though I don't know why, it's not the kind of game that would revolutionize multiplayer, and just as expected it felt very tacked on, matchmaking takes forever, and it's not that fun. The games were both made really well, at least technically, but the first game really did much better with the narative element. It's a thing that takes time to fine tune, it was a much darker and more tense game IMO. It's also a thing that gets rushed when you have to focus more time making multiplayer. As for this DLC, I'm not bothering. Having a single player horde mode is kind of pointless, much better online with... (can't believe I'm saying it) multiplayer.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Horde mode is not what I play Bioshock single player for, or any single player, for that matter.What a waste.

alien100000
alien100000

$5 isn't asking to much, It could be much worse. Look at all the idiots buying up the $15 modern warfare 2 map packs that have like 5 maps.

SillySkeleton
SillySkeleton

Well, single player DLC is definately a step in the right direction. Personally though, the moments in Bio2 where you had to protect your little sis were my least favourite, so this won't really suit me.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

GODDAMMIT No no no, you're doing it wrong, 2K! Give us more story and actual single player, not more of this horde crap! I bought this game for the intriguing single player, not to play some kind of horde mode. Jesus Christ, I'm gonna go back to playing the original BioShock. You know, the one that was actually awesome.

green_dominator
green_dominator

I don't play Bioshock 2 anymore. I beat it and I'm kinda done. this DLC sounds dumb. I'll wait for New Vegas and other games that I know will keep my attention.

xdude85
xdude85

2K never should've added multiplayer to BioShock 2. Which is the main reason why it's shorter and less memorable.

K-Grogg
K-Grogg

So $5 re-play missions from the singleplayer? At least it's not $15... *cough*MW2*cough* lol

KlepticGrooves
KlepticGrooves

Can't really expect this to be story related if you've finished the story (you'll know what I mean if you have). But for 400ms points it might inject some new life into the game. I didn't like the multiplayer at all.

FIREKNIGHT19
FIREKNIGHT19

Big Pass. Especially after the debacle that was the last multiplayer maps. I spent money on maps that never come up. And then we are told that EVERYONE must have the maps to play them. Umm by the way, two of your trophies were to 1)play all the maps and 2)win on all the new maps. I am so done with anymore DLC for this game.

Rowo
Rowo

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Torque203
Torque203

i bought the last map pack and i still havnt played it. not enough people bought it so i still play with people on the old maps. waste of money. i would only get single player dlc for this game

mattg90520
mattg90520

yeah, not so much a SP campaign DLC as it is really more of a multiplayer-type endless-mode with only one person. still, for only five bucks... atleast ill be able to use these maps unlike the last six which never show up in normal rotation.

Tommz7070
Tommz7070

WTF! This has nothing to do with the SP. Its just another horde mode.

metalkid9
metalkid9

damn , I was hoping for a story related singleplayer DLC. Oh well, I might still try it because it's still SP.

SEANSEXYUNDIES
SEANSEXYUNDIES

This doesn't really seem like much of an add on to the single player very much =\

D3j1k0
D3j1k0

good job there giving us more of the worst part of the game =\

firehawk998
firehawk998

I am gonna pass this one. Lets see this thing adds a horde and escort mission. While not expanding the story in anyway.

R3NeGaDeAnGeL
R3NeGaDeAnGeL

"The action will take place on six "new" maps based on locations from BioShock 2's singe-player narrative..The company promises additional downloadable content that will extend the single-player experience and provide "new insight into the world of Rapture." So rehashed maps based on the defending little sister segments in the single player game and a future release of single player where we will learn even MORE about Rapture...when we learned more than enough during the regular single player.....gonna have to pass.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

"The scenario, a cross between Gears of War's Horde mode and the Resident Evil series' Escort modes," Someone thinks we want Escort modes in games? Wow.

auntbessie
auntbessie

Is there ever going to be an expansion dlc for the single player story mode? That's what I'd really like, none of this other stuff really interests me