Thoughts on DLC: Should it Even Be a Thing?

DLC or downloadable content can be a good thing, it can add new quests to explore, new characters or stages to try out, or a whole new section to a game, all for a price. Is Dlc a bad thing? it can be, although it depends on the context of the DLC. Some games release DLC as soon as the next week after launch, and charge $10 for it. May I ask why? Why do I have to shell out $60 for a game, and then another $10 a week later? Especially when this $10 add-on leads to a better ending, or fixes something in-game, which should have been addressed BEFORE release.

Another way I absolutely hate DLC is when it is used for microtransactions. For an example, I’ll use every Iphone Game ever. Every-time you go to play a “free” game on your phone, you have to use a small (or large) amount of money to purchase points to make in game purchases. You can usually get along without doing so, but it makes it much more difficult, as is the case with console games that have the same approach.

So when is DLC appropriate? It is appropriate when you purchase a completed game, and then at some point down the road have the OPTION to purchase some extra content.  Especially since this setup usually leads to a GOTY (Game of the Year) edition, having all the extra content on the Disk, which is fantastic for those who waited for the game.

What’s your opinion on DLC? Let me know in the comments!

James

Persona 4 Golden Goes on Sale!

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For the first time since it’s famous release, Persona 4 Golden is on sale at participating retailers for $29.99, $10 off. This seems to be part of a Persona sale by Atlus, as all of the Persona games on PSN are also discounted. Thanks for making me really regret not having a vita yet, Atlus. One thing I’m more interested in, however, is that Persona 5 seems to be a heavy focus for Atlus, and I know fans of the series want that game, like last year. I believe the sale is set to last two weeks, but as always, that’s up to the retailers. Participants vary depending on where you live, but Gamestop is one of them. Sorry, you’ll have to check your local store. Online is an option too. That’s right, the internet exists.

Not much to comment on but it never hurts!

James

Fire Emblem Awakening: Review

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Resetting over and over again has never been so worth it.

This new and worthy addition to the Fire Emblem family puts you through a wonderful story with beautiful cut scenes, memorable and “real” characters, and an intense gameplay style. Continue reading

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate: 3DS or Wii-U?

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Monster Hunter 3 Releases tomorrow, and the one question I personally wonder is:”What console will I buy it for if at all?” I will look at it from three different angles: price, control, and multiplayer ability. Also keep in mind that I’m assuming you have both consoles to play them on, unless you think this game is worth a console purchase.

Price: We all know that the 3ds game is cheaper, at $39.99 over the Wii-U’s $59.99. However, the 3ds also has the option of getting the circle pad pro for improved controls, a $25 difference (at least in local stores, online may be cheaper, sorry i haven’t checked). As far as gameplay goes, the two are identical, so the price per content stays the same here.

Control: So according to several sources, and also trying the demos of both versions myself, controls take some getting used to on both consoles, but especially in need of help on the 3ds. However, apparently the 3Ds version supports the circle pad pro, which could be very helpful with the camera controls as the demo was awful hard to orient. In this case, it almost seems a little extra cash will make the 3ds versions controls more enjoyable, but then the fact that it’s cheaper on the 3ds is rendered moot. On the Wii-U version, i believe the camera is oriented by the touchpad, but I get the two mixed up easily enough. Personal preference is your biggest factor here.

Multiplayer ability: This one made me completely reconsider purchasing the game for the 3ds. The 3ds version does NOT support online multiplayer, but the Wii-U version does. Seeing as the game is designed for a multiplayer experience, this kinda hurts, Capcom. 3Ds is capable of local multiplayer though, with the Wii-U version acting as the host.

In conclusion, I personally will probably hold out until I get a Wii-U and get that version, as I would really prefer to have online capabilities.

Just as a side note, you can transfer your data across the two versions just in-case you need to play on the go as well as at home.

What version are you looking at, if at all? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks, James.