By Ockman 39 Comments
There are several games in my library that have season passes, or DLC that came later that I just never can bring myself to buy. Even for games where I want what the DLC is offering, I can't help but feel the price of these add-ons are so out of proportion to what the price of the games become that it just never seems worth it.
For instance, I feel like I should never buy games published by WB anymore. Stupidly bought Mortal Kombat X, and it's first Kombat Pack when it came out, but with MKXL being the standard version now, at a much better deal, I hate that I even bought it when I did. I still don't have Kombat Pack 2, even though I want it...I can't bring myself to pay 1/3 of what they're charging for the whole package just for 4 more characters. Seems ridiculous.
Even another game I really like, like Bloodborne...I keep hearing the DLC for that game is really good, but it's $20, when they're charging $40 for the full game. 1/2 the price of the full game for an add on to it doesn't seem worth it.
Even though a game like the Witcher 3 had plenty of content to justify it's price, I hate looking at PSN right now to see that the game/season pass bundle is on sale, but of course, the expansion pass by itself is not. In that case it's not that the price isn't low enough, in fact, for the content they're offering it's probably a good deal. I just hate that DLC on their own very rarely goes on sale. It's like I'm a sucker for buying the game without the expansion pass before, and they really don't value my purchase. This is largely a console gamer problem though, because at least on Steam, when a game goes on sale, most of the time you can count on the DLC going on sale as well. It's simply frustrating that this isn't more common on the console marketplaces.
The only times I do get DLC these days it seems like is when I was smart enough to wait, and got a bundled version on sale. Got Fallout 4 on PS4 with the season pass when it was on sale, so I didn't feel like I was spending extra for example.
This isn't even for a lack of a money to buy the stuff, it's more about the value of what they're offering in most cases. Using MKX as another example, $20 for 4 characters just seems outrageous when you can get the whole package of ALL characters and content for $60 now. No gratitude for existing owners who had already bought the previous kombat pack, or the base game at their original price. You bought the game early? Well be prepared to pay over $100 for what is now available for $60 if you had just not giving us money at all.
One of only times I did actually buy DLC gladly though was with Resident Evil Revelations 2. The full game's campaign was only $25, and after enjoying the hell out of it and the raid mode in that game, I was actually completely happy to pay $10 more for some costume DLC because the game itself was priced so generously.
Just felt like talking about this, because I am kinda bummed that this type of stuff is still a problem, and early adopters/the one who give them the most money, are the ones who are screwed.