Op Ed

Shacknews.com Opinion- How DLC lost its way.
Other problems have been more subtle and pervasive. Some publishers pump out far too much DLC, or overprice it. Activision has been criticized for its regular practice of putting out four maps (three new, one revised) in each Call of Duty pack for $15. Worse yet is when the content unlocks some extra weapon or ability that makes the game a cakewalk, as Square Enix tends to do with small DLC like Tomb Raider's Adventure Pack. This is still especially problematic when it comes to pre-order DLC, which is all too happy to ease you through the first half of a game with an overpowered weapon. Meanwhile, even DLC that sounds great upon announcement sometimes fizzles in practice. BioShock Infinite had ambitious plans and a season pass, but we ended up with some combat challenges and an uneven story presentation.

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I want expanded gameplay and REALLY excellent maps. Borderlands does a pretty good job with new classes and about half of their map content is decent.

What sucks is when you get a good base game, and then a mixture of good/great and mediocre DLC. It's like they intentionally do it to earn your trust so they can exploit it with a shit DLC or two.

This is just ignoring all the bugs and imbalance that comes with the DLC/base game. I am also not a fan of a lot of aesthetic stuff being sold as CONTENT. It needs to be called something else, skin packs...something to indicate it's ONLY a reskin of something with no additional functionality or use. You have to really dig to find out if that's the case or not on some of these preorder bonuses, etc.


And all that said, mediocre base games and mediocre DLC basically forces you to wait for other people to buy it and get the "new shiny" out of their system so they can review it properly. So that's a month or more depending on the game. At that point you've lost your chance to maximize the money you're getting per unit by not keeping your content interesting and well designed. Once you fall behind the tide of new releases, it's pretty easy to get stuff on the cheap and keep yourself entertained with a lot more games at much lower prices.

This is only PC gaming, I haven't done consoles in a long long time.
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