With the release of Visceral Game’s “Dead Space 3” just a few days away now, there is a lot of buzz about extra content and the revelation of “microtransactions”. On Feb.1 IGN.com posted that there will be 11 pieces of downloadable content on the day of the release. It seems that developers do not get or do not care that gamers see right through this tactic of increasing the price of a game they are already paying $60 for by holding back content.
Some of the DLC’s are already included as a part of the pre-order incentives while others will cost you. The details on the “microtransactions” are equally disappointing. It is not really forced as you can always scavenge for parts but it just seems to be getting ridiculous.
DLC’s used to be fun because it was extra content that you did not expect but now with the season passes, it is clearly just a strategy by developers to hold back content and up the price of the game. How many out there gladly paid for “Borderlands 2” and the “Borderlands 2 Season Pass” to get all of the downloadable content? Most people seemed happy to do it but what really happened was everyone paid $90 for the game. Granted that game had tons of content and many hours of play but there is just no game out there that is worth $90 with or without the DLC’s.
Now it would seem that Visceral Games is putting some of their creative juices into sucking fans dry with DLC’s and these microtransactions” as well. Still, “Dead Space 3” is going to be great and at least the game will remain completely playable without tacking on extra cost. The game will be available for pre-load today at noon, so if you pre-purchased you should be able to get your key and be ready to go Tuesday.