Frustration with DLC prices and practices

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.


The original Xbox - An unappreciated classic system

A few days ago I was browsing a used book store, and while I should be looking at the books available, they have a small video game section that I'm often drawn to. I was looking for some old school games to play on my PS2, and while I was there, I spotted a copy of Dark Alliance 2 for $15 on original Xbox. I was thinking, "man, I would love to have that game, and it's kinda hard to find a PS2 version" However, I didn't own an original Xbox anymore, so I went and looked at their used systems, and I saw they had an original Xbox for $22. I was surprised at the cheap price honestly, and I really felt like I could justify it the price with the game. While I was picking up the Xbox, I grabbed the Dark Alliance 2 and a copy of Guilty Gear X2 Reload which they had for $5 as well.

Since then I have been going to many stores that sell retro video games and been browsing the Xbox section, picking up multiple titles for the system on the cheap. I feel kinda bad that I did actually end up spending close to $200, but considering all the titles I got for it, I feel happy knowing I have a lot of great game time ahead of me.

During my search for old Xbox games, I was just really starting to notice and realize recently how little love the original Xbox gets. Not only from Microsoft, who seem to keep trying to ignore it ever existed by calling their latest system Xbox One when this system was always the Xbox 1 to me. However, it seems like a lot of gamers have either forgotten, or don't care how awesome this system really was.

I admit, I kinda forgot myself until I recently picked up another Xbox again for real cheap, but a part of me always remembered how much fun I had with the system. Looking at these retro game stores recently, and seeing all the titles for the original Xbox, it's flooding back to me just how great the system was. It was like the successor to the Dreamcast for me, because a lot of obscure games that I would have gotten on Dreamcast, ended up showing up on the original Xbox. Microsoft took a lot of chances with developers, especially Japanese developers back in this era, and I actually think it is still the best system they ever put out. The games that were cross gen at the time were a significant step ahead from their previous generation counterparts, and the new games for the platform were impressive from the very start. Something I feel like this current gen of consoles has yet to do for me.

Unlike the Xbox 360, who's identity got lost thanks becoming a Netflix box, or way to push Kinect, the original Xbox was all about the games. It had beefy hardware for the time came out, and because of that I think some of the games on the system still look great today. Microsoft actively pursued relations with developers to get games on their system. They knew they had to because they were the new kid on the block with their hardware, but this was healthy for the industry, and great for the gamers.

What I find disappointing, is how it doesn't seem to go appreciated by many gamers even today. I've been going on youtube trying to find game reviews or footage of some classic Xbox games, but there is little to nothing out there by gamers. Even here on Giantbomb, there have been little to no old Xbox games played on streams (with the exception of that unarchived stream that Ryan and Dave did when Xbox Live shut down) On youtube though, you'll find some old reviews by gamespot for some, and a very few by CGR, but no one is even reviewing Xbox games, when classic game reviews is a pretty hot thing to do these days.

You can also usually tell how serious a fanbase based on prices for old games, and what the demand is, but I find that a lot of old Xbox games don't even approach the high prices that some other classic systems have. I admit that's a weird thing to complain about, I love having cheap price games to pick up now that I'm starting to collect Xbox games, but it's weird to see so many great games for so cheap. The same games will sometimes go for higher on PS2, or Gamecube, when the original Xbox often had the superior version of multi-platform games.

Maybe this is just the down period in which people are forgetting about the Xbox, and it'll have a resurgence in the coming years, I can never predict that stuff well. It just seems that that generation of consoles has already seen a steady increase in value for certain games on PS2 and Gamecube. Many games I would like to still own on the Gamecube have gotten too expensive to justify a purchase for, and some rare games on PS2 are steadily going up. I just felt like discussing this topic, because I have always felt like this system was great since it came out. It shouldn't be forgotten, and be remembered for the great platform it was.