EA caught selling F2P Tiger Woods Online as $40 Tiger Woods 12?

#1 Posted by nmarchan (173 posts) -

So EA's love for the PC platform continues, apparently, as people buying the PC version of Tiger Woods '12 found out that they didn't get what they thought they were paying for.

Instead of a port of one of the console versions of the game, with similar features, it looks like the PC version of Tiger Woods is essentially an on-disc version of the F2P Tiger Woods Online.  This is even though the game shares the same title and box art as the new game, and even had a page on EA's site suggesting that the PC version had similar features to the console version (which EA has now edited).

The graphics look the same as Tiger Woods Online, it has a similar feature set, and the multiplayer is just a 3 month trial of Tiger Woods Online.

Screenshots, courtesy of NeoGAF:

Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12 on PC - $40.00:


Tiger Woods Online - Free:

 

After the controversy started, EA has apparently started OFFERING REFUNDS to PC customers who purchased the PC version. 

 Maybe I'm wrong, but it sounds to me like they were trying to be shady and cheap, and are now backpedaling since they got caught. 
 
Opinions? 
 
More at http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2011/09/12/ea-offering-refunds-for-tiger-woods-2012-pc/#more-73416
#2 Posted by Akrid (1356 posts) -

I... I really can't believe that they would be that stupid to try and pull something like this... But I also can't see how it could have been an accident.

#3 Posted by Animasta (14691 posts) -

@Akrid said:

I... I really can't believe that they would be that stupid to try and pull something like this... But I also can't see how it could have been an accident.

yup.

#4 Posted by avidwriter (667 posts) -

It's EA. Of couse they tired to be dicks and sell people a free game and now that they got caught, are giving the money back.

#5 Posted by Kidavenger (3548 posts) -

I wonder if the retail version contains upgrades or microtransaction currency for the online version; if so, this really isn't any different than what League of Legends did with it's retail edition.

Knowing EA, they probably didn't though, why do they have to be so evil? Just give us back Bioware please.

#6 Posted by sugetipula (98 posts) -

Ea is the new Activision.

#7 Posted by Brodehouse (9949 posts) -

Are the console versions of the game that different from the F2P version?

#8 Posted by wefwefasdf (6729 posts) -

Good job, EA. *golf clap*

#9 Edited by onarum (2084 posts) -

well, I'm not at all familiar with this F2P tiger woods game(apparently F2P is the fad right now), but I'm guessing they nickel and dime you to death for new clubs, balls, golfer attire, new courses etc.
 
If this on disc version comes with lot's of those I really don't see a problem with this, if it's the exact same version as the F2P one with the same gear, courses and whatnot then yeah, they effed up real nice on this one.

#10 Posted by ZimboDK (848 posts) -

Oooooohhhhh, that's why it seemed so familiar!  I wondered why the customization options were extremely limited, and the graphics were meh. Played TW Online back when it first launched. It sucked. No Wonder TW 12 does too.

#11 Posted by ZackHoagie (23 posts) -

@onarum: Is it really nickel and diming though when the entire business model is that? It's not like you payed 60 bucks for the disc (well, in this case you did, but I'm talking in general) and then you were locked out of content unless you paid 160 Microsoft Funbux. That's the entire idea, you pick out the stuff you want, nothing else.

As for this... yeesh. Inbetween this and stupid dickery when it comes to Origin, EA is really not making the best name for themselves when it comes to PC games. I have a sneaking suspicion it will come back to bite them in the ass around TOR's launch.

#12 Posted by wickedsc3 (1046 posts) -

No problem with this, EA never said it would be like the console version of TW12. Also clothing and equipment are micro transactions on the F2P version, so I see no problem wit this.

#13 Posted by Jams (2961 posts) -

@rebgav said:

@sugetipula said:

Ea is the new Activision.

EA is the new old EA.

Activision was the new EA and now EA is the new Acitvision. So basically EA is back to it's old shinanigans.

#14 Posted by Vexxan (4620 posts) -

EA being EA and hitting yet another bottom.

#15 Posted by AhmadMetallic (18955 posts) -
@SpikeSpiegel said:

Good job, EA. *golf clap*

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE AND I LIKE IT
 
 
@Jams said:

@rebgav said:

@sugetipula said:

Ea is the new Activision.

EA is the new old EA.

Activision was the new EA and now EA is the new Acitvision. So basically EA is back to it's old shinanigans.

Just in time to fuck up my Battlefield 3 >_>
#16 Posted by clstirens (847 posts) -
@AhmadMetallic said:
@SpikeSpiegel said:

Good job, EA. *golf clap*

I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE AND I LIKE IT
 
 
@Jams said:

@rebgav said:

@sugetipula said:

Ea is the new Activision.

EA is the new old EA.

Activision was the new EA and now EA is the new Acitvision. So basically EA is back to it's old shinanigans.

Just in time to fuck up my Battlefield 3 >_>
Basically, yeah. They were doing fantastic until I dropped a cool $60 pre ordering BF3 (man, I'm still excited about playing that game... mostly)
#17 Posted by Aus_azn (2224 posts) -
@Kidavenger said:

if so, this really isn't any different than what League of Legends did with it's retail edition.

I don't really find that ANY better at all. Unless they give you free shit to boot, and I don't remember if LoL's retail box does.
#18 Posted by SSully (4185 posts) -

@Jams said:

@rebgav said:

@sugetipula said:

Ea is the new Activision.

EA is the new old EA.

Activision was the new EA and now EA is the new Acitvision. So basically EA is back to it's old shinanigans.

So damn true. Its a shame, they were doing pretty good this gen by releasing great new IPs. Now they are going back downhill.

#19 Posted by Getz (3007 posts) -

@sugetipula said:

Ea is the new Activision.

Where have you been? EA was being Activision long before Activision.

#20 Posted by Kidavenger (3548 posts) -

@Aus_azn said:

@Kidavenger said:

if so, this really isn't any different than what League of Legends did with it's retail edition.

I don't really find that ANY better at all. Unless they give you free shit to boot, and I don't remember if LoL's retail box does.

League of Legends retail pack was a good value, it was $20 and it gave you about $50 worth of ingame champions/currency.

#21 Posted by SethPhotopoulos (5257 posts) -
@sugetipula said:
Ea is the new Activision.
After Activision became the new EA.
#22 Posted by Doctorchimp (4076 posts) -

EA sports division is a piece of shit. What else is new?

#23 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -

There's the EA we all knew and hated. They had a couple good years there where everyone didn't out right despise them.

#24 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -
@Doctorchimp said:

EA sports division is a piece of shit. What else is new?

I think this is a new low. Even for them.
#25 Posted by Doctorchimp (4076 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

@Doctorchimp said:

EA sports division is a piece of shit. What else is new?

I think this is a new low. Even for them.

They've been repackaging the same game with Madden year after year and selling it for 60.

#26 Posted by crusader8463 (14422 posts) -
@Doctorchimp said:

@crusader8463 said:

@Doctorchimp said:

EA sports division is a piece of shit. What else is new?

I think this is a new low. Even for them.

They've been repackaging the same game with Madden year after year and selling it for 60.

I feel that's different then throwing some crappy bare bones F2P game onto a disk and claiming it's a full on game. In your example people know what they are getting every year and they keep buying it out of choice. This was them trying to trick people into thinking they were getting one thing but giving them something much much less instead. I'm honestly surprised that they are even offering a refund at all.
#27 Posted by DonPixel (2585 posts) -

@crusader8463 said:

@Doctorchimp said:

EA sports division is a piece of shit. What else is new?

I think this is a new low. Even for them.

Yeah I agree this goes beyond anything I've ever see before

#28 Posted by Floope (190 posts) -

Cant we just agree that Activision and EA are just beside each other at this point.

#29 Posted by JudgeDread (572 posts) -

EA dont give a shit about what people think.

They are still selling the game through their Origin Store for 45€. If they had any dignity and care for their customers they would have stopped selling this piece of shit.

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