Are Season Passes just a game of diminishing returns for gamers? We look at DOOM, Fallout 4, Battlefront and more to see if Season Passes are still fair.
For me because Doom's base experience is so stellar, the Season Pass is absolutely worth it because it keeps that great line of awesome content coming. If it's not as good of a game, like Homefront, then a Season Pass to me would feel more salty. Starts with the base for me.
the base multiplayer is 'stellar' to you? Not an accusation, it's only that i'm on the exact opposite ground on the exact same game...Doom is a perfect example of a game i'm glad I skipped the season pass so far. The single player is beyond stellar, imo, and snapmap has great potential...but the multiplayer is merely ok to me...no where close to as bad as the 'media' made it out to be, but not exactly fantastic either. The free updates coming to both snapmap and mp are welcome, though...and i'll admit the first DLC pack looks interesting. I'm just waiting to see where it goes community wise. The risk of buying DLC up front for something no one is playing by the time it releases is not worth the $5 saving or w/e it is buying them individually...if they're good, and people are playing it, i'll bite...
I will just leave this comic image here as it shows my view on this matter perfectly i am sure many will agree to this comic aswell. http://imgur.com/WU980WH
Fantastic image lmao sums it up perfectly
Perfect summary of exactly how I feel. If this continues gaming will be dead. Just for the devs out there, I don't buy ANY game that does this. In fact I wait...and wait...and wait.. until the game is 20 bucks or less and then I will grab it...with all of the content that should have been in the core game. So you may get some fools money, but you are not getting mine. For those that must have the newest shiny thing as soon as it hits the market...well you are the reason this is going on. Props to the few developers that DO DLC properly, Rockstar (single player DLC, not the multiplayer crap), and CD Projekt Red. Oh and FU EA. I cannot wait for your next Battlefront to crap the bed. It will....just watch.
Glad you all enjoyed it @nodoze I never touched battlefront and now that the player count drop by over 80% i will never touch it. Now that the msrp in canada is $80 for a new game i do more bin buying then new game buying i just got fc4 for $12 thats my kind of deal.
All I bought the game for was SP and snapmap so the season pass wasn't even on my radar.
I don't mind a season pass as long as the game is good
Its a slippery slope of wallet-gouging. I long for the days pre-internet when developers had to put the entire game on a disc, rather than slice of pieces and resell them
Thank you, is true I miss game developers/publishers selling a full game with mini games, map editors, freeeeeeeeeee unlockables, etc.
Couldn't agree more. It's saddening to see kids defending this practice. To play a game now is to beat it till the end, then 6 months later get shipped a 40 dollar DLC which PAINFULLY shows you exactly where they ripped that level out of the game... Hell, if you understand DLC in the industry these days, you can often SEE where part of the game was ripped out without even knowing when/where the dlc will take place just because of complete pacing drop. Uncharted 4 Snow level, Chloe, ending remark the guy makes about calling Nathan a legend, anyone? Calling it now.
@jessionpc I assume the snow level you're talking about Scotland? Yeah the pacing did definitely drop. But I think hopefully with what ND did for the Last of Us Left Behind DLC that UC4's single player DLC is a sizeable one which feels like a new game, imo want it to be a Chloe and Cutter adventure but with HUGE action sequences, and keeping the story relevant to the main storyline in UC4.
I remember early arena shooters on PC would get maps for free from devs + user made ones, other games like C&C had expansions that were basically full games for $40-$50, new campaigns/stories, MP/Skirmish maps, units ect, now it's primary just map packs & most of those maps aren't even that good.
Its probably the the only reason games are still only $60 that and DLC in general.
I can remember paying $72 for Street Fighter 2: Turbo for my SNES. You are definitely right about game prices/inflation. That was a lot of money for me, and I was just a kid. Now gamers are often adults or working age. Then again, I think we only had 4 TV channels lol.
My issue is they almost never go on sale, old cod games still want full price for DLC and other games are the same. If the battlefront pass went on sale I'd buy it.
I picked up Battlefield 4 with all DLC last Christmas for like 20 bucks. It does, but you have to watch for it.
the only season pass i ever bought was for Driveclub and it was glorious.
I'm the exact same. Never bought a single piece of DLC either. The problem is almost all of the season passes aren't worth it, specially here in Australia where a lot of them are $50.
The only DLC I've ever bought was for Bloodborne and Driveclub again.
I don't buy Season passes...but shouldve bought it for Witcher 3. That being said I don't mind paying for the content if its good or makes sense for the game.
For some games that add substantial content for a reasonable price, sure. I've really enjoyed the expansions for Just Cause 3, they change the game drastically. I thought the Arkham Knight pass was a rip off though. Very short addons, then mostly cosmetic changes. Give us the Batwing or something! Edit-I agree that The Witcher 3 is one of the best. I'll support developers who put in that much effort.
I've never bought a season pass. I've bought some DLC, but yet dared to give money upfront. I need to know what I'm getting.
Yes if your cd project red. No if you are any other devolpers trying to rip gamers off! The witcher 3 was the only season pass it brought.
They are OK for the right games and if done right but never a day one for me majority of content isn't normally ready and by the time it is the season pass is being offered for up to half off.
there are only a few games where I'll buy the season pass anymore - I used to think they were a decent thing, but they've all pretty much just turned into MP skins, and useless weapons, and because I avoid MP like the plague most times, the value is no longer there for me.
I am generally not fazed by season passes and play just the base game (unless it's a really awesome game I want to play more of Iike the Witcher 3). But one game I really felt the season pass was dicking me over was Star Wars Battlefront. Ive always been on the lookout for it to be on sale. Nope, they refuse to budge below the $50 asking price even though the base game reguraly gets discounted.
It depends on the DLC, what game it's for, and the price. It's different quite often. The Witcher 3 had two expansions in their DLC Season Pass, both of which added 20-30hrs each. Then you look at Destiny's DLC that added about 10hrs of additional gameplay that included 3 expansions, and cost more than The Witcher 3's DLC. I have a hard time spending $40 on DLC when the base game costs $60 and there isn't enough content to justify the price. I never played The Taken King, but from what I've read, it's not like a full game. I ended up taking that $40 and buying a full game, Fallout 4, and I wasn't disappointed with my decision.
Depends,dark souls 2 3 dlc's have the strongest level design and bosses in the series imo.Some games give quality season passes.It's mainly the multiplayer ones that suck.
Not for me. They take so long sometimes. The last one I bought was bioshock infinite and by the last few DLCs came out I was done with it. I couldn't even bother downloading them. Now I just buy dlc as they come. I didn't even buy the season pass for witcher 3 as much as I like that game. I just bought all the dlc separately.
Gamers do not want to hurt the itty bitty multibillion dollar corporations. They love DLC and microtransactions in their $60.00 games
The Battlefield premium pass is usually worth it.
In general, I think season passes are for kiddy fanboys. They make a great accompanying gift for wide eyed present openers. In that scenario, they are worth every penny.
No. Battlefront was ruined because of it.
i feel bad for anyone who shelled out $50 for Fallout 4 Expansion Pass. $30 was pretty good though. im just waiting for the GOTY edition. ill buy that day 1
Nope, I am avoiding them unless it is a company that releases story DLC only (Souls Borne).
I only dislike season passes as it often splits the multiplayer community and hastens the games demise. Rainbow 6 Siege has had a good approach by giving all the maps and new operators away for free to all, only Season pass owners don't need to save up for the new characters. That way we all play the same servers and maps, and the communiy shares the same space.
I would rather pay $60 for a game and $40 for a season pass I want than pay $100 for a game. At least with season passes I have the option of not paying for content I don't care about. The price of games has been consistent (factoring for inflation) for 30 years now, despite the increased cost to make them. Paid DLC is how the industry is keeping the games at $60. Seriously, NES games were $29.99 in 1988. That was equivalent to $60.60 in 2015. So games are actually slightly cheaper than they were three decades ago.
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