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Top Ten Microtransactions Of 2006

This list was compiled by Gamersfeast using data from Microsoft's website.

1. Need for Speed Carbon - $35.73 - Electronic Arts
2. The Godfather - $30.80 - Electronic Arts
3. Test Drive Unlimited - $30.61 - Atari
4. Oblivion - $24.11 - Bethesda
5. Chromehounds - $23.74 - Sega
6. Call of Duty 2 - $14.99 - Activision
7. Tiger Woods 07 - $14.24 - Electronic Arts
8. Ridge Racer 6 - $11.99 - Namco
9. Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell - $11.24 - Ubisoft
10. Eragon - $10.00 - Vivendi Games
10. Kameo - $10.00 - Microsoft
10. PGR 3 - $10.00 - Microsoft (Call of Duty 2, Chromehounds, Eragon, Need for Speed Carbon, Ridge Racer 6, Test Drive Unlimited, Xbox 360)

Yo Wassap  +   2757d ago
And i was almost expecting EA to hold the top three, as it turns out they only got the top 2; pitiful really.

No surprises though with NFS:C, why anybody would get the game in the first place however is a mystery to me.
G_CodeMonkey  +   2757d ago
Four points...
1) It didn't say what was just gamer pics versus actual content (unlockable cars, new levels), and how much of that content wasn't available except through payment.
2) I will (and I'm sure not myself only) boycotting any product that has content that you must pay additional for, instead of unlocking through progress. That includes the games I'm waiting for: C&C, Bioshock, Kane & Lynch. I'm personally boycotting Madden and NCAA unless they have actual significant gameplay additions.
3) Reviewers need to add unlockable content to their reviews, how much is there, and how its unlocked--via payment only or through game progress. Capitalism works: I'll pay attention to the most complete reviews that include this.
Reviewers, keep your target audience (us) in mind versus your advertisers.
4) Notice Ghost Recon wasn't on that list, despite having new levels (somewhat).
gCM
OblivionMon  +   2757d ago
Microtransactions are a way to prolong a game....
You can't simply say something as pointless as that if you understood that compainies must make money and this is a way for the fans to not get board with an overplayed game.
G_CodeMonkey  +   2757d ago
One more point
Not sure if #3 was directed at me, but I failed to differentiate added levels/maps versus unlockable cars, etc. I bought the GRAW extra pack and will be first in line to buy any expansion to GoW (which Epic said will be free--yeah!). The companies shouldn't be shorting customers on levels just so they can sell them to them later--or risk reviewers ripping them on short missions/multi-player (ala GoW, which I still love). In Epic's case, I believe they were trying to meet the deadline imposed by M$ and planned to add more content later (again, for free). And yes, I'll be buying the next two editions of GoW--I can't help it, I'm addicted. gCM
MicroGamer  +   2757d ago
If people would stop using microtransactions
they would put the content back into the game for free where it belongs.
calderra  +   2756d ago
The top 3 games on this list mostly have unlocks for items already available in-game, but you can download unlocks to make them easier to obtain if you choose.

New business model, lazy gamers, or a ripoff?
According to gamers, all of the above to some degree.

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