I have, quite surprisingly, found out that I hate DLC.
It’s quite a new revelation for me because I thought that I liked it. Getting new maps and stuff that give a bit more longevity to a game, what could be better?
The other day (well month, actually) I booted up Mario Kart 8. Looking forward to hours of racing in the greatest Mario Kart ever (according to the reviews) and what’s the first thing I notice? Great big adverts for DLC. They’ve actually put place holders on the race menus to remind you that you don’t have it and therefore don’t have the full game. It annoys me every time I see it, but I won’t relent no matter how cool Link’s bike is. (Bye-the-bye it isn’t the best Mario Kart ever but it’s a damned good second place, best racing game I’ve played in ages).
On another the-other-day (well week, actually) I bought Company of Heroes 2 on Steam. I had played the first one but not got into it despite really liking it, so I decided this one would get some effort put into it. What’s the first thing I see plastered on the screen in 40ft tall writing? Buy this ‘ere DLC.
It reminds me of The Incredible Hulk adventure game from the ’80s where you got the tape dirt cheap but the game stopped near the beginning. Frustrating and annoying.
I suddenly remembered as I was driving that Titanfall had done the same thing but I hadn’t really clocked it. You buy the season pass and if you don’t you can’t find a server anywhere that you can play on because you don’t have the DLC.
Well those companies can get stuffed. I am going to research every game I buy and if I think it has a sniff of unfair DLC then I am not buying it. If I buy a game and pay actual real money for it I expect to receive the full game, not a partial game that I then have to fork out a fortune to get it to be the full game. Just give me the whole price up front so I know exactly what ludicrous amount of money you want to charge me before I unwittingly buy part of the game.
Join the revolution, No More DLC! No More DLC! (except the 200cc update DLC for Mario Kart 8, that’s perfectly acceptable, obviously)
On another note, my last post seems to have exorcised the Voodoo demons because I haven’t played Elite Dangerous since I wrote it!