Oh, I'll freely admit it. I won't attempt to make any reasonable, rational, or legitimate argument. It's stupid .

Every time I hear about extra downloadable content for a game I love, I always go- "Oh yeah, I should definitely get that." And then I never do. The bottom line is that by the time I look at such an option, I'm almost always done with a game and when I've completed an adventure, I say it's over . I don't need it to keep expanding and growing; I don't need extra little quests that don't mean anything; I don't need costumes and avatars and themes and other stuff that really doesn't mean anything.

And it's not a matter of cost. I'm not avoiding DLC because I don't want to pay a few bucks; I'm avoiding it because I just can't bring myself to do it. It doesn't matter if extra content is free because I just won't download it. Maybe it's some sort of tic; a subconscious or barely slightly conscious psychological aversion to the concept. I certainly don't advise others to avoid DLC, though, and that's because I'm fully aware that I'm in the minority. Why wouldn't someone want more content for a game they enjoy? Why wouldn't they want an excuse to keep playing?

Like I said, my bizarre philosophy is stupid . Even if I say most of the bonus DLC is worthless, it isn't all worthless and some people really love it. I was this close to getting the DLC for Assassin's Creed II because I adore the game, but it never happened. And besides this strange outlook, I can't really explain why I refuse to grab more content for games that have impressed me. But am I the only one who believes that when a game is done, it's done ? I guess that's an old-fashioned idea but I can't get past it.

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duomaxwell007
duomaxwell007
9 years ago

Ok and do that I say this… lets say you like modern warfare a LOT and it only has 5 multiplayer maps.. eventually I dont care how much you like the game seeing those same 5 maps for week or months is gonna get boring/old. Thus you stop playing and move on to something else…. now wouldnt the inclusion of new maps bring you back/give you a reason to go back and play the game you love again in fresh new settings?

Just like MMORPGs.. you think those people that play those for 4+ years would stick around half that time if new things to fight werent added and new areas to explore find and conquer didnt exist? things like that is what makes DLC (or expansion packs) good.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
9 years ago

he isn't going to be playing any game for months. Neither am I, there's just too much goodness out there.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

i rather buy a new game than buy a map pack. i went cod, uncharted, battlefield, crysis, socom, medal of honor. i just cant justify buying a map pack over a completely new game. i know map packs are most likely way cheaper than a new game but i'd still go for a new game.

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

@Johnld

Can't blame you, with Call of Duty map packs going for $15 I would rather buy a new PSN game. Most are in the $9-$15 range.

Castle Crashers, Deathspank, Dead Nation and Plants vs. Zombies are $15 also and are pretty good.

Stabs88
Stabs88
9 years ago

I agree to a point. If the DLC comes while i'm still playing the game then by all means if i see its worth it. (not just avatars, themes..i don't care for those at all)
Most of the time when a game gets DLC its after I've beating the game, its kinda just sitting around (unless its a shooter, aka new maps) and if it's free DLC i'll almost always pick the game back up and check out what they are offering.

SixSpeedKing
SixSpeedKing
9 years ago

I agree almost whole heartedly but with a couple of exceptions when I purchased and dl'ed an extra mission or some extra levels for my favourite games. I have only done this a couple of times as I also believe once I complete a game it is done.

As well, if it is free I most likely will get it but only if it is for a game I really like and it adds something worthwhile.


Last edited by SixSpeedKing on 9/2/2011 12:09:03 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

I'm in between. I have a number of platinum trophies that also used to say "100%". Now I go back, and all of a sudden, I'm only 76% done or something… of course, I can't get 100% unless I pay… For most of those, I'll never pay for the DLC.

But as Duomaxwell said, sometimes it's almost necessary for games that are designed for long term enjoyment.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

yeah, i hate that too. i manage to platinum a game like killzone or uncharted, beating it with the hardest setting but then all i see is a meter under 80%

maxpontiac
maxpontiac
9 years ago

Well Ben, at least you admit it's 'stupid'.

Some of the DLC out there is way worth it though. You should reconsider.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

the dlcs that bother me are those unlock item dlcs. you only need to pay to unlock stuff from your game that you can unlock while playing. i understand that people have time constraints but just play the game to get them. i have to admit that sometimes game devs are at fault for this too. something like your gamesaves wont allow a backup copy and its a pain/cheap to unlock everything.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

about the only way i will play dlc is if it's included for free in a goty edition like it was in fallout 3. me 2 had some great bonus content as well but i'm not a big fan of the way ea handled it. one time code to gain access. no code and you lose out on many hrs of gameplay.

dlc is just an artificial way increasing the game's price and slow roasting the consumer. short games spammed with day1 dlc is right up there on my list of gripes about this gen along with some of the ps3 multiplats we have seen.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Yea. you have no idea how pissed off I was when I bought LBP and all the extras, then it was all free on the GOTY addition.

berserk
berserk
9 years ago

If it s a good dlc that don t feel like a rip off , i ll buy . Rip off like one that s available the same day or within a week of the game release .

People that buy those should never cry if they think a game lack content .It s part of their fault if some game companies do this after all .No reason to include everything if people will buy extra contend days after the game release .

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

You mean like paying for rehashed maps in games like CoD?

When I buy DLC, I want more than a map pack. I want a new experience.

berserk
berserk
9 years ago

That too ( it s more about the price of those tho ) but it s not as bad to me when i get the feeling that they worked on those a couple of months after release . Not something that could have easily been in the final product .


Last edited by berserk on 9/2/2011 1:21:37 PM

Underdog15
Underdog15
9 years ago

Yeah, absolutely. Excellent point.

You definitely get a bad taste in your mouth when it feels like it was cut from the final product just to be sold as DLC later.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

call of duty map packs thrive because of ignorant fanboys and the peer pressure they bring with them. seriously, 18million black ops map packs sold at $15 a pop. thats just stupid for what you get.

berserk
berserk
9 years ago

The only one of those that felt like it was worth 15 is the last one because of the zombie map .The one that feature , buffy ,dany trejo and freddy .They don t cost that much but it s definitely not cheap to get voice over from them and have character look like them .

Still did nt buy it tho .

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Being more of a transient gamer type, I also move on from one game to the next, so unless the DLC adds extraordinary value, something more than weapons, color swaps etc. I won't give it my time. The last DLC I really valued was Mass Effect 2's. At the time much of the DLC was already out and I couldn't get enough of the campaign offering, so snagging the DLC was natural because I was already settled on that game. I'm at the cross roads with Fallout 3. I'm right at the end but I have to decide if I want more with the quality DLC, or just move on to another game altogether.

Excelsior1
Excelsior1
9 years ago

i must say the dlc in fallout 3 is fantastic. some of the best dlc out there.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

Cool. Some of those expansion DLCs have a good rep.
Not that I expect anyone would care to know, but anyway, I'm contemplating what direction I want to go with the DLC. I saw the GotY Edition of Fallout 3 for PC, priced at $20. I sort of want to feel the game on PC because I know it has several graphical upgrades etc.
While I haven't checked, I suspect MS charges at least $20 on XBLM for all the DLC.
Tough decisions Temjin must endure =p

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

The Fallout 3 dlcs are almost legendary. The Borderlands dlcs are in the same league. And yeah, the Mass Effect dlc are good.

The Skate 3 packs were quite good too, especially if price is taken into consideration. They were not huge, but available at a decent price so that evens out.

If only all dlcs were on the quality level of these examples then few would question their value, I think.


Last edited by Beamboom on 9/2/2011 1:56:38 PM

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

I think that's a big part of it. The significance of the DLC. really, I feel strongly that the majority of DLC offerings are nickel and dimed efforts from the publisher. Efforts to draw in a little extra cash on the excitement of a product. I think if more DLC actually played and offered genuine game play and content, DLC wouldn't be viewed as such by myself

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

Oh I agree, I think so too.

Aerifale
Aerifale
9 years ago

There's COD DLC where you get a few overpriced multiplayer maps.

There's Mass Effect DLC where they release interesting quests at a still overpriced rate though now I think about it they are also guilty of the weapon and skin DLC packs which i find kinda ridiculous imo.

Red Dead Redemption seems to be the only game that shows DLC done right.

Can anyone think of any other GOOD DLC?

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

I love Rockstar and find their RDR to be their best work so far this gen, but some of the dlc content for RDR felt like they were ripped straight out of the game.
Like for instance, having both poker play and multiplayer already in the game and then offer multiplayer poker as a dlc? That stinks.

Was there not such a thing as DLC then multiplayer poker would have been shipped with the game, that's a given.


Last edited by Beamboom on 9/2/2011 4:15:09 PM

hadouken
hadouken
9 years ago

I hear ya. DLC should be released a bit quicker because there's almost always another game bidding for your time.

I believe Mk came out on 4-20 this year and the first dlc was released in June. Two months is a long gap. Lastly, dlc should be free or very cheap. I laugh when I see dlc over 10.00.

Temjin001
Temjin001
9 years ago

No, don't say that. Shouldn't it mean the DLC should just be bundled in with the game if it, say, was ready a week or two after game launch. Just look to Capcom. The company who will charge you for pallatte swapped colors on 12 year old fighting game, SF3 Third strike. Like what the kind crap move is that? Even the SNES SF games gave you pallet swaps.

godsdream
godsdream
9 years ago

I'm exactly the same as you Ben, just adding that the money is also important to me. The only way I could buy all that DLC -for the games I've played- is if I were a millionaire. In that case I wouldn't mind spending more money on extra -and let me add, sometimes stupid- content.

As I said before, just by thinking that they -on purpose- keep that DLC off the disc makes me angry.

Of course there are some few cases when this is not true, for example the Fury add-on for Wipeout HD that came long time before the game was released and it's almost an entirely complete game (lots of new events, modes, etc.).


Last edited by godsdream on 9/2/2011 12:39:13 PM

Russell Burrows
Russell Burrows
9 years ago

DLC???
Pass.
The only DLC I tried was the GOTY edition of Fallout 3.

I am going to avoid!! any more DLC in the future.

Beamboom
Beamboom
9 years ago

… Meaning you didnt like the fallout 3 dlcs?


Last edited by Beamboom on 9/2/2011 4:16:12 PM

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

DLC is all Microsofts doing.

Serious question, I tried googling and couldn't find the answer. How many PS3 exclusives have DLC (aside from little Big Planet)??

Ignitus
Ignitus
9 years ago

Though I don't own all of PS3's exclusives, Uncharted 2 has DLC besides LBP.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

I see. I still need to play Uncharted.

TrophyHunter
TrophyHunter
9 years ago

Killzone 3 has DLC too.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

Alot of them do

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

heavy rain has dlc, eyepet has dlc, infamous, motorstorm games have dlc, resistance games have dlc. even GT5 has dlc (in japan so far) mag has dlc as well as socom


Last edited by frylock25 on 9/2/2011 1:32:13 PM

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

can even go a little further and say that some multiplat games have ps3 only dlc. batman and AC brotherhood both have dlc you cant get on the 360. the first bioshock also had ps3 only dlc.

main_event05
main_event05
9 years ago

Alright Alright. but those were two separate ideas. I was asking because i wasn't sure not because I thought that PS3 exclusives didn't have it.

johnld
johnld
9 years ago

almost every game has dlc now. the only difference with sony's dlc is that they're reasonably priced compared to others.

BIGRED15
BIGRED15
9 years ago

Um I'm very on the fence. The games have to be insanely good for me to want any DLC. I've only ever bought like 4or five expansions out of my 30 game library. So more often then not I'm content with what the game itself has to offer

CH1N00K
CH1N00K
9 years ago

I've bought a few DLC's for the most part they haven't done a lot for me, with 3 exceptions. Magic is a solid game if you're into the genre. The Burnout DLC was a terrific add on to an already solid game, and the Socom:Confrontation add-on was a sound investment for me, but more because it was long overdue for that game.

I have bought other add-ons for games but then found I don't play the game that often afterwards. As for full DLC games, there haven't been a lot out there that I have felt the need to invest my money in, and if I do invest, I don't play it for very long…It's also another reason why I don't plan to ever invest in Playstation Plus, or on things like Clothing and accessories in Home…For the amount I would actually use it, I can't justify the price.

I did buy the DLC for Need for Speed: Most wanted and though I did enjoy the extra features, it was still something I felt should have been in the game in the first place and then I just feel ripped off….


Last edited by CH1N00K on 9/2/2011 12:46:02 PM

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
9 years ago

Well here is the double edged sword. Onside we have DLC which is irrelevant and then the otherside we get DLC which is is story related.

the 1st side is not usually a problem if they're weapons, costumes, or dungeon packs, ususally I can just ignore them but I often just get angry, feeling these things should have just been in the game in the 1st place.

Then there is story related DLC, now this IS a problem, when I buy a game full retail price, I expect the full package. Now more than ever developers are holding back content just to relase it later, Prince of Persia you have to download the epilogue! If you complete a game you should have access to the f***ing ending. What puts me off Alan Awake is the DLC apparently continues the story after the game. Well my flatmate has an XBOX360, I was considering picking up the game cheap, but to have to buy the DLC no thanks.

There are some DLC which are worth it, Fallout 3 DLC add a lot of value, but I feel kind of cheated for buying the sepcial lunchbox edition and not get acess to this content.

So there is no way around DLC in my opinion, if it really believable added content I would accept it, but that never is the case.

Fane1024
Fane1024
9 years ago

The POP Epilogue was a completely separate adventure, set in a different area. If anything, it was a superfluous addition to an already complete game rather than an ending removed from the game.

It functions more like a teaser for a sequel than a resolution for the existing story.

TheCanadianGuy
TheCanadianGuy
9 years ago

for the most part i'm old school i usually never bother with DLC. i especially hate when its nothing more than stuff like new in game close or s*** like that. my favorite DLC so far was the GTA IV expansions mainly the balled of gay tony great stuff. also loved RE5 lost in nightmares that 1 hour was more fun & creepy than the entire RE5!. oh and ben you were better off not getting the AC2 DLC it was a total ripoff! paying like 10$ for something that should have been in the game in the first place. that was lame of ubisoft.

jimmyhandsome
jimmyhandsome
9 years ago

I think it depends on the DLC but I also don't download them that frequently. I will almost NEVER pay for mappacks for FPS simply because I find most of them to be overpriced. And once I'm done with the single player….I'm done. Extra side missions, etc don't really make me want to buy it.

Only exceptions are RDR "nightmare pack" which was pretty much a standalone game, as well as inFamous 2's upcoming halloween vampire thing.

ThingsOnFire
ThingsOnFire
9 years ago

it depends upon the nature of the game really. I think I cat totally agree with you when it comes to single-player games. But when it comes to multiplayer games, you get to have opportunities to continue using DLC, like Maps and costumes and whatever, and it really adds to the experience.

KJ_313
KJ_313
9 years ago

@Ben I will say the downloadable episode for Heavy Rain enticed me to play some more and that came well after i finished the game. I was also very disappointed that they never brought out anymore DLC.

frylock25
frylock25
9 years ago

that really did piss me off, i wanted to have more content for that game. not sure why they couldnt give it to us, not like they have put anything out or shown us why they didnt.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
9 years ago

That's true. I did try Madison's DLC story and I wished they had brought out more, too.