Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Spending money on DLC

I don't have a moral objection to DLC but as a general rule I don't buy it. I don't go for cosmetic enhancements and I already have  too many games and too little time to play them so mission packs don't make sense. Furthermore the modern trend is for DLC to retain its price even after the base game has been heavily discounted. "Game of the Year" bundles with all DLC included used to be a thing but that practise seems to be dying out. The net affect of all of these things is that I don't buy DLC ...

Except ....

Occasionally I enjoy a game so much that I just want more of it and in those rare cases I am happy to spend the money. Two cases in particular come to mind. Several years ago I did a marathon play through of  the Mass effect trilogy and I got so sucked in that I really wanted the additional story line DLC. I spent far more on DLC missions than I did on the games themselves but I didn't regret it at all. I even felt happy to give a bit more money to Bioware for making such a wonderful trilogy once I had gotten over the awful awful Bioware points system they force you to use to buy the stuff. More recently I have spend more on DLC for Total War: Warhammer than I spent on the base game and again I don't regret it. I really love this game and I am happy to spend a few more euros on it. I even bought the much criticised blood and gore effects add on just to have the complete package. To be fair to Creative Assembly they were quite generous with the base game and gave several free DLC updates including the magnificent Brettonia campaign. 

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