Vampire Survivors - DLC Overview and Which One to Get
Vampire Survivors rules. Not only did we love it in our initial review, but it got pretty high honors in our Game of the Year Awards. We're talking about it once again because the game is now bigger and better thanks to two recent DLC add-ons.
Legacy of the Moonspell and Tides of the Foscari both add quite a bit of content to a game that is already jam-packed with secrets and unlocks, but you may find yourself wondering if they're worth jumping into. Before diving into an explanation of each one, the short version is that if you enjoyed your time with Vampire Survivors and want more of it to play, you should absolutely just get both. They are totally worth it, especially considering the base game is free and buying both costs less than $5. If, for whatever reason, you are more discerning or on a very tight budget, read on below for a breakdown and recommendation for these DLCs.
Legacy of the Moonspell came to Vampire Survivors first and adds 8 new characters, 13 new weapons, 6 new music tracks, and 1 new stage to the game. Everything in this add-on has an eastern fantasy aesthetic flowing through it, making it easily the more visually distinct DLC between the two. It may sound a little disappointing to only have one new stage in this pack, but Mt. Moonspell is gigantic and--again--mixes things up visually with its snow-laden landscape.
Tides of the Foscari is the newer of the two DLCs and offers slightly more in terms of content. This add-on features 8 new characters and 13 new weapons as well, but also includes a new passive item, new relic, more music, and two stages. This load of content is styled around a slight western fantasy bent that doesn't feel all that different from the original game. Certain characters and weapons actually feel like such a natural fit for Vampire Survivors that you may not even notice that some of them are new. That said, there is quite a bit to discover in Tides of the Foscari that can keep you busy for a good, long time.
Between these two descriptions, you might think that Tides of the Foscari is the easy pick. Not only is it more stuff but (at least as of this writing), it's also slightly cheaper than the Legacy of Moonspell. If you are only ever planning on buying a single DLC, I would probably endorse this decision, but if you think you might want a taste for add-on content for Vampire Survivors before perhaps buying more, I think Legacy of the Moonspell might be a better first purchase. Not only does it look more distinct from the second DLC pack, but I'm pretty sure if you bought the packs in reverse order you might find Moonspell slightly disappointing.
I only say that because as I've played both (in order), I really preferred Moonspell until I sunk a lot of time playing Foscari content. The thing about Tides of the Foscari that has me preferring it now is its unique discovery and unlock mechanics. It breathes new life into the Vampire Survivors formula in addition to providing more stuff to do. To be fair, Moonspell definitely has the more interesting weapons in my opinion, but it feels much more like a new coat of paint than anything transformative, which Tides of the Foscari actually is to some degree.
The good news about all of this is that if you like Vampire Survivors and have $5, you really don't have to choose between these two DLC packs. I fully support buying both because they each add different, great things to a game that is already great.