A couple of months ago We Happy Few “relaunched” itself with Gearbox Publishing bringing Compulsion Games’ title to a wider audience. I enjoyed the base game and found the first DLC to be far more enjoyable than the main storyline due to the way it was executed. We have now been presented with the second major DLC in the form of Lightbearer. Does this DLC bring another memorable experience to We Happy Few fans?
In the Lightbearer DLC, players will take on the role of Nick Lightbearer, a famous musician. Nick, who wakes up from a possible drug-induced blackout finds himself in his hotel room bed with a talking rat. Oh and he’s covered in blood to top things off… What a way to start things out huh?
After coming to his senses Nick realises that something’s awry. Why is he covered in blood? Why is his room flooding? What’s happening to his mind and why can’t he remember anything? Players will have to help him escape and find out exactly what happened.
The Lightbearer DLC changes up combat in We Happy Few quite a lot. Gone are the melee weapons. There are no cricket or baseball bats here. Instead, our hero will have to use his Electric Guitar to defeat enemies. Nick can effectively play a series of tunes to face melt enemies. This drains his guitar amp’s charge though and the only way to recharge it is to play a vibe right before you’re about to be attacked. Players will have to fire off riffs and then wait to “block” an attack with a vibe to replenish their energy. Battles play out in a really fun way because of this.
Players will be able to replenish their health by consuming food items such as Whiskey or Coffee and there’s plenty of journal entries and notes to read as you play through the linear story while solving puzzles and progressing further.
Graphically, We Happy Few’s Lightbearer DLC looks great. The environments are detailed and the flashy effects of Nick’s electric guitar are great. If you played the base game, you won’t be disappointed with the game since it fits with We Happy Few’s already established aesthetic.
The soundtrack is just as good as the base game’s itself and the voice acting is well done. Characters are believable and even though some of the writing is over the top and joke references are made throughout, the DLC remains enjoyable.
Overall, Lightbearer is a great addition to We Happy Few but suffers from two major downfalls. The first being the fact that the entire DLC is extremely shortcoming in at just under 2 hours long while the second major pitfall being the fact that so much more could have been done with regards to the story. Lightbearer is light on content and I wish that there was more to it than what we’ve been given, especially when you consider the DLC’s current price on Steam.