Is this what it has come to? Are we that juvenile in our gaming tastes that we will all rush over the the PlayStation Store and pay £2 for some lame toilet humour pranks? Killzone Shadowfall takes the expression ‘milking the cow’ to new lows.
Ask any gamer what they want to see in their most loved game, and to a man, ( or woman. – Ed. ), they will put on a united front as they cry in unison, “ more content “ Thus the age of downloadable content was born to quench this thirst for more play time in gamers favourite digital worlds.
Regardless of whether or not charging for this content is right or wrong is not what we wish to discuss, that debate has raged long and hard ever since the Age of DLC was launched. No, our question is more about the depth of content and the quality of the additional experiences offered. That, dear readers, ‘that’ is where we are at today.
Consider another title which has, this very day, released the first of a planned trilogy of top notch additional DLC. FromSoftware’s outstanding Dark Souls II has launched the opening salvo in a triple blast of blistering bonus content with the Crown of the Sunken King being available for gamers to purchase via their chosen platforms, either the PS Store or XBL Marketplace. Now when you consider that this DLC offers up a massive 90% of the original title when fully completed is it not fair to say that FromSoftware are currently leading by example in their approach to delivering to their loyal fan base a gaming experience quite unlike anything else currently on the market?
And all of this beautiful bonus bliss comes at a mere £14.99 a hit.
Now some may argue that this s a tad steep when you consider that players have already shelled out an average £40 on the game itself, but we would now ask you to divert your gaze across the PlayStation Store menu, ( Killzone being a Sony exclusive of course ), to the Killzone Shadowfall downloadable content that was launched recently.
How any gamer with half a brain can cry about getting a staggering amount of content, and lets face it with Dark Souls II it is quite simply the ‘best’ quality content of its kind bar none, when Killzone Shadowfall wants to charge their install base a mind-boggling “”£2 for the ability to ‘fart’ in-game, well, that is just beyond us here at GmP.
Yes, you read that correctly, you can now ‘fart’ at the foe you have just ‘offed’, or partake in a little planking if that is what takes your fancy?
Now some players will try and justify this travesty by telling you that it is a ‘reward’ for the best player of the match, and that the gamer who tops the leaderboard in any particular round will then have the chucklefest ability to b produce flatulence from the rear of their Helghast warrior. Or should that be Hell-gassed?
Is this what we have to look forward to from developers? Is this the future of DLC? Have we really become so passive that we will quite literally swallow any old tripe that the studio’s try to sell to us?
This is one step too far, in our opinion, of an industry currently under fire for its purchasing of favourable reviews and promotions via the Youtube route, ( nothing new there then ). This constant nickel and diming of gamers has to stop. This never ending pursuit of every pound in your pocket seems to be the only goal in a studio’s mind these days.
Remember when they all just wanted to make the best game that they could? And said game would sink or swim on the strength and depth of its quality and content? Remember when additional content, multiplayer, cheats, new weapons an skins would just be added extra’s that developers used to grant you…well….just because they could?
Now don’t misunderstand us here, we know that the cost of making videogames has risen exorbitantly, and that with hacks, cracks, piracy and used games market affecting sales like never before that the developers have every right to try and secure a return on their investment, but what about the consumers investment? Is this really all we can hope for? The ability to make our soldier ‘step on a frog’?
This has to stop, gamers have to come together as one and speak with their wallets. Who cares if its your ‘bestest franchise in the whole wide world….EVER’? Who cares if it is your ‘fave game’? Without cohesion and total abstinence from these pathetic purchases then we can expect to see more and more of this disgusting behaviour from publishers and developers alike.
Do NOT buy this DLC. Do not support this rubbish.
Do yourself a favour, if you must purchase one DLC this year then give your hard-earned shekels to a developer who deserves them! Go out and grab your ‘new’ copy of Dark Souls II and then download the Crown of the Sunken King and be reminded of what the videogame industry used to represent.