I was wrong about Mortal Kombat’s DLC

mortal kombat x dlcRecently I wrote a post and did a video about the Mortal Kombat DLC praising them for doing “try before you buy”. I spent a good portion of the time advocating for more DLC practices that allow players to try out content before buying them and drew on demo experiences of indie titles I had on the Xbox 360 that convinced me to buy new games. Look, if you want to expand your game and playable characters with DLC, that’s fine, and some of the extra content is packaged that way. And while the demo of DLC is certainly something that should be applauded and asked for, what has been done with Mortal Kombat’s DLC should be called out for what it is: sequestered nostalgia, hurtles and pay walls, and predatory pandering. Let’s take each of these one at a time. Continue reading

The Batman Arkham Knight DLC isn’t evil

batman arkham knight batgirlWith the anticipation of a new and next-gen Batman title on the horizon the press about the DLC and season pass is already receiving criticism. Gamers are rightly apprehensive about extra content offerings with some titles failing to deliver, leaving many feeling their season passes attached them to a boring or broken game. In this case I think many might be too quick to jump on the hate train as we don’t have lots of detail, but what little we know sounds better than what other titles have done. Basically to sum it up you can pay $40 to get 6 months of content with new content delivered each month. First, I want to address what it starting to sound like entitlement creeping into DLC criticism. Continue reading

House of Wolves is more than a DLC, it’s a step forward

Destiny House of WolvesAfter watching the reveal of House of Wolves and streaming it on my twitch with a little commentary and a short final response afterward I wanted some time to gather my thoughts (You can watch the whole reveal here). The reveal took about 50 minutes and we got to see the new social space in The Reef, new characters we will interact with, and then a good portion of the stream was dedicated to additions and improvements to the tower, the economies, factions, and gear. What was surprising was the amount of time the stream spent on updates and improvements compared to how much time they talked about the House of Wolves content. I’ll be honest, during the front half of the reveal I was really worried and pretty disappointed, but as things moved back to the tower the announcements got better and better. Continue reading

Mortal Kombat took my advice about DLC

Mortal Kombat XIt’s no secret that selling extra content for video games is here to stay, and many of us welcome it as a way to extend the experiences of the games we enjoy. Recently, however, I wrote that the DLC sales for Evolve are proof that companies need to approach selling extra content differently. One of the things I suggested in my post and video was that games should allow you to demo DLC before buying because it’s too risky and expensive to drop money on something you may not enjoy. Obviously the makers of Mortal Kombat had this plan in play before I wrote my post, but hopefully more games take my advice about demoing DLC. Continue reading

Destiny House of Wolves Trailer proves Bungie is their own worst enemy

Destiny House of WolvesThe trailer and the month of release for the next installment of Destiny, House of Wolves, has been released. May 2015 is the window given for when the next piece of DLC will be available from Bungie. Fans of the franchise will be excited to see a very dramatic and cinematically rich trailer, especially in light of the numerous cut scenes from the game that lacked the power and emotion one would hope to see in a big AAA title. As someone who has been consistently critical of Destiny because I enjoy it enough to want to see it improve, I couldn’t help but get excited at the experience teased in the almost 2 minute clip. But as I thought about the reality that the content coming in May probably should have been in the launched version of the game, the quality of the trailer and the story contained within it made me realize just how counterproductive Bungie has been with the way they have treated their title. Continue reading

The Witcher 3 devs say, “Don’t buy our DLC.”

The Witcher 3It has become incredibly commonplace for new games to place a heavy amount of emphasis on buying their DLC and season passes. I’ve actually called for all gamers to stop pre-ordering season passes due to the lack luster and consistent bad game launches. To my surprise and excitement, the developers of The Witcher 3 don’t want you to buy their extra content, “if you have any doubts“. This dramatic change of communication from a game company isn’t just refreshing, it borders on groundbreaking. I have yet to see this type of confidence and transparency from any pre-launch game communication to date. Why is this important? Continue reading

Adding depth to Destiny with almost no development

DESTINYI have written quite a bit about Destiny as well as re-purposed all that content into videos for my YouTube channel. Something I wanted to flesh out a bit more was a topic I touched on in my split identity post. I believe there are some very simple things Bungie could do right now, to add depth and replayability. While I know and readily admit this is unlikely with all the patching and tweaking going on to prepare for the House of Wolves DLC, these are things that could also be done post DLC as a way to give some depth in between House of Wolves and the big content drop known as “Comet”. And if these ideas aren’t implemented in the present version of Destiny, they could certainly be applied to Destiny 2 when it enters production if it hasn’t already. Continue reading

Evolve DLC sales prove game companies need to rethink DLC

Evolve DLCI already wrote about the disappointing and understandably frustrating DLC approach that happened with Evolve at launch. Gamers were justifiably cynical about a game launching with over $60 of additional aesthetic content, especially since many had already voiced concerns about the price point and lack of content. Evolve’s idea is definitely innovative, and the approach to “multiplayer only” is certainly admirable. Unfortunately their DLC sales numbers are where many of us could foresee them landing. Continue reading

Stop Pre-Ordering Season Passes

Watch Dogs Season PassVideo games continue to increase and add to their worlds and titles with extra downloadable content after a game launches. It can be an easy way to provide extended experiences, add more to the story, and make some relatively easy profit. However, something strange and somewhat sinister has become more common with every big release. For a while games have been offering a season pass, which is a great way for someone to snag all the extra content at a slight discount. More recently though, games have been offering the discount along with other alluring incentives and day one content when you pre-order the season pass. Continue reading

Why Borderlands Handsome Collection is Good News

borderlands handsome collectionGaming has been going through a bit of a rough patch lately. Everyone feels burned out by over-hyped titles, bad DLC practices, and buggy launches. With bigger marketing budgets and more pre-order incentives than ever before, games continue to prime the pump for disappointment and frustration. But the clouds are clearing and light is breaking through. Borderlands the Handsome Edition coming to next-gen consoles is good news for everyone, not just gamers who have the newer systems. Continue reading