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How unlockable content has slowly died

Unlockables, they were once a thing that was in almost every game. Even early 7th gen we had unlockables but what happened?

Pre-order bonuses is what happened. What you once could get for free by unlocking it you now had to buy the game early to get the unlockable. Pre-order bonuses did not just take over right away. They slowly took over and has now become a way to rip off gamers.

Pre-order bonuses are so big that you have to pre-order at specific stores to get what you want. It is a way to get people to buy that specific game at that store. The store could be gamestop, best buy, amazon(online store), etc...

Notice how Call of Duty does NOT have pre-order bonuses. They instead have 3 different game editions with special stuff.

Example: In black ops the standard edition got nothing but the game but the hardened edition for black ops had a limited edition medal, an exclusive avatar outfit for your 360 avatar or PS Home character, as well as four extra cooperative maps.

All of those things could have been pre-order bonuses or included with the game but was left out or taken out for some cash.

Achievements are also partly to blame. If you completed story mode on hard, found all hidden objects, etc... you would get a unlockable. It could have been a costume, infinite health, paintballs instead of bullets, etc... Instead you now get numbers! Numbers sound sooo exiting compared to free in game items, right? No, they do not sound very exiting at all.

Now disc space might be to blame but not nearly as much as the other two. How you might ask? Well if they cannot fit content on one xbox 360 disc then what do they do? They use it for DLC or pre-order bonuses! Costumes, gun camo, special weapons, etc... all might get taken out because of disc space.

Devs and/or publishers are probably thinking."If we can take out content out of the game, make it a pre-order bonus and instead reward players with points then why not do it".

Games are getting ripped out of features that were once free and a reward for playing the game. Now unlockables are just a way to make easy $$$

zerocrossing4447d ago

Good old unlockable content, how I miss thee. Now in have to pay for you... :/

Gray-Fox-Type04446d ago

DLC and pre-order goodies taking the soul of of gaming.

Miss the old days were unlocking stuff was fun and rewarding experience. None of that exists , now just all about ripping gamers off.

zerocrossing4446d ago

A lot of gamers this gen don't know what its like to beat a ridiculously tough hidden boss, complete a level quickly or get enough points to get unlockables. Now instead of us earning rewards we have to pay for it... Id choose the good old unlocks over DLC, pre-orders & useless tropheis any day.

BiggCMan4446d ago

Yea this shit used to be called cheats :/ There's no cheats in games any more with a very small exception.

MidnytRain4447d ago

I don't see how pre-order incentives are a rip-off. It doesn't cost anything extra to get, you just have to choose who to buy it from. Also, I don't have a problem with DLC they didn't have room to include. It means they tried to give us as much as they could.

jessupj4447d ago

I live in Australia so I can't get any of the cool pre-order bonuses US or UK players can get.

Also I buy online anyway, so instead of paying $120, I pay close to $70.

MidnytRain4447d ago

You should move over here then! I hear Australia is wedgiefied when it comes to video games.

Brownghost4447d ago

well i cant get that 70's batman skin

jessupj4447d ago

I would, but your health care is the biggest joke of a system it's not even funny.

MidnytRain4446d ago

Well, you had your offer! No point in complaining about it anymore. Wait, were you talking about the US or the UK?

jessupj4446d ago

The US.

But seriously, watch the movie "sicko". It's very eye opening, very sad.

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SageHonor4447d ago

I miss the days when playing the games on harder levels unloocked new characters, costumes and game modes


it's quite simple, times have changed. Gaming has changed that is for sure.

there are a lot more fatcats involved in the industry who know nothing and care for nothing other then $$$ they can make. Sadly it's these guys who hold the strings limiting what the devs can do.

sadly thats the way it goes. no more hardcore boss fights, the noobs can't handle them and they don't have the time or patience to play a game and get GOOD at it. they just want a big flashing message on screen that says "press A....Y....X...RT" and watch a cutscene. boss dead, move onto next level with big flashing arrow pointing you where to go. Bright flashing Enemies so you know you are meant to shoot at them. Big bold "!" over their heads when they shoot at you..and all the rest of that crap.

Ok, maybe I am going a little OTT, but it's not far off. More and more games are becoming more and more casual. The casual guys don't care so much about DLC, and they don't even remember a time when games had unlocks because they never played those sort of hardcore games back in the day and when they did they couldn't get passed the first stage.

Anyway, I am getting old, cranky and really starting to dislike what gaming has become. time to find a new hobby I guess.

Bonobo123454445d ago

Naughty Dog still have a great sense of the good old unlockable content, all the skins that can be unlocked in single player (Doughnut drake anyone?) are great fun. also the various filters that can be added makes me remember turok on the N64.

You can play the game fast motion and slow motion, buy any gun from the bonus menu with in game currency, provided you have completed the game on that current difficulty.

My personal favorite is the flip world option.
Makes the game fresh to re play, it seems like a whole new world.

Naughty dog are the only dev's these days IMO that echo the fun things we used to be able to do to games.


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Tapani1h ago(Edited 1h ago)

I was initially interested in this as it looked externally closer to Diablo 2 than 3, but it does seem like the game is not a great single player action rpg I was hoping for. If you take all the press and whatnot hype out of it, is this really any good, for example compared to Diablo 2 or Grim Dawn? The latter has not been as addictive and interesting for me as Diablo 2, but maybe it will get better as I progress. I'm looking for a 100% single-player side of this.

Daver45m ago(Edited 42m ago)

I got the sorcerer to 82 and I thought it would be good similar to diablo 2 but the thing is it is boring. All the dungeons feel the same, the loot is uninteresting you find unique, you pick it up and you continue without looking at it because you know its probably bad and not very different from what you have. You never feel powerful unless you make The Build everyone is using on internet

Azurite44m ago

The Steam reviews will be interesting.

Knightofelemia28m ago

I thought it was all ready out on Steam when the game came out.

slate9113m ago

Here comes the review bombing


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Two negatives should make a positive

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Only true in math. In the real world its just two layers of s**t.


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CappyBlack5h ago

Very lackluster game. Had high hopes for it, but it didn't cut it. Really only for people who appreciate the art of it all. It really doesn't deliver as the Myst title with obscene imagery it was trying to be.

jznrpg5h ago

Some Xbox sites were giving it 10’s

Tacoboto4h ago

The Xbox version's highest review score on Metacritic is an 80.

One review site gave the PC version a 10. One. Not some. One. That same site gave 100s to BG3, Starfield, Horizon Burning Shores, and FFXVI as well.

oIMyersIo2h ago

Which sites?

As Tacoboto said, only one is showing a 10 and that's for the PC version. I'd also question that publications credibility given they gave Starfield and a dlc a 10 as well.