Is Gamers-Association.com editor Luke alone in this idea, or does a game that requires additional purchases to unlock on-disc content smell like dirty DLC?
I don't see why this one is a big deal, honestly. The Skylanders series has always been extremely up-front about how their "DLC-Alternative" works, and anyone who buys the Starter Set should realize it's just that: a starter set. It has always been marketed as sort of the digital equivalent of card games like Yu-Gi-Oh! or Magic: The Gathering where, while you can get a starter set with a good amount of content, you are expected to go buy expansions in order to get everything you can out of the game. And, most importantly, Activision has made sure that it doesn't feel like the player is being cheated out of money. For their target audience, which are younger kids and tweens (the same type that tend to most enjoy trading card games), the physical collecting aspect is one of the game's positive aspects. It's not just a tedious cash-grab for little extra value like most DLC: it's fun. Skylanders may be extremely similar to DLC, but it's certainly not dirty. It simply wasn't designed for people who don't also want to collect the little figurines.
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