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Submitted by electricarmada 246d ago | opinion piece

What Shin Megami Tensei 4's DLC Says About The Future of Mobile Gaming

Mobile games rely on the "freemium" model of in-app purchases to stay afloat. Low entry costs and small micro transactions rule the field, nickel and diming customers for everything from costumes to level unlocks. It's something that traditional handheld games have, for the most part, avoided. Pay $40 upfront and you get your game, no progression unlocks or stat boosters.

That is, until Shin Megami Tensei 4 shipped with pay-to-win money and EXP boosters as DLC. How did this happen and what does it say about the future of handheld gaming? (3DS, Shin Megami Tensei 4)

Abriael  +   246d ago
Nothing new. It even appeared on actual home consoles.

Pay to win is no problem when the game is offline.
Canary  +   246d ago
Exactly.

But it's still a bad thing that we've got paid DLC for boring mechanical cheating instead of free cheat codes for fun cheating these days.
DragonPs4  +   246d ago
yeah same old things
GenericNameHere  +   246d ago
I got the $30 from registering both Fire Emblem Awakening and Shin Megami Tensei IV. I personally dont mind the amoun of DLC. As for what the DLC are, they're fine if you don't want to grind. The SMT games are MUCH harder than the Persona games, so if you want to play the game without being frustrated, the option is there. The Clipped Wings DLC are pretty awesome though. The angels aren't that good, but they are fun boss battles.
Kenshin_BATT0USAI  +   246d ago
In SMT4's case. It's a damn hard game at times. Some people might not be able to tolerate it.
SegaSaturn669  +   246d ago
Fire emblem in lunatic and lunatic+ was absolutely pay2win.

It's not the end of the world, but beating games with this sort of aid takes away some sense of achievement.
Allowen  +   246d ago
I think he ment Tales of Xilia and not Shin Megame Tensei 4.
ToX that have around 20 DLCs on day one. You can buy cash, weapons etc.
I dislike that on Tales of F andthis ToX has even more DLCs.
SMTIV only have a few dlc packs that add real hard quests.
A 3DS rpg that has a lot and expensive dls is the Fire Emblem game.
klecser  +   246d ago
You all created this situation by pirating games. Companies use this to offset the money lost to pirates. If you don't like paid DLC, stop pirating.
contradictory  +   246d ago
i can't find the words for this...
this is just hilarious...
basically, you can pay to make the game less fun.
well.. that's how i view that atleast.
hard difficulty is a good thing in gaming as far as i'm concerned

cheating on the other hand is like beating a game without actually having to do anything or actually getting good at the game itself.

what's the point in even picking up a game at that point?
no, i get it. it's to have fun.
and i can relate to that... i used to have a blast in San Andreas when i was a kid...flying cars...hahaha...
but i'm not sure it works in jrpg's though.

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