Weekend Open Forum: Do you buy DLC for your games?

By Jos · 51 replies
Sep 2, 2011
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  1. dgoodchild

    dgoodchild TS Member

    I make the decision to buy DLC on a case-by-case basis. The DLC for Red Dead Redemption was very worthwhile and I'm happy to pay for content of that quality but I wouldn't pay for the über sword of the week or other such silliness.

    On the topic of developers holding back content in order to sell it separately later, I think that's inappropriate. Any content ready at the time the game is released should be included. On the other hand, if the developer continues to create content after the game is released then selling it separately is totally acceptable.

    On a related note, I'm looking forward to the free DLC release for Portal 2 this month. I think it was great of them to offer the extras for free and was a contributing factor to my decision to buy the game two weeks ago.
  2. Gamers have been suckers to fall for the DLC scheme, oh well, at least they're piratable :D
  3. Breech

    Breech TS Member Posts: 76

    Last one I bought was a week ago or so. Minerva's Den for Bioshock 2. I thought it was excellent although I wasn't happy about having to pay $10 to get it. As many others here, I usually wait for GOTY editions and get it all at once at a significant cost savings. There hasn't been many titles that, if any, that I feel I have to have immediately. When we stop getting shoddy ports maybe I'll consider sending the devs a few more of my hard earned dollars. Not holding my breath though.
  4. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,473   +379

    If the DLC is akin to expansions like say, Red Alert (with Counterstrike and aftermath) or Diablo 2 (with LoD), I'd be happy to pay for them. They add significant changes or additions to gameplay and an expanded storyline. Of course if it ends up being only small changes overall one might feel cheated, but at least it might extend the replayability for some.

    If the DLC is like the CoD example... I'd rather not, unless there is some nostalgia thing going on. Maps, reskins and even new weapons are easy to make for those who have any idea how to, and considering the prices some charge it is nearly highway robbery. For instance, Supreme Commander 2 Infinite War adds new units, new maps, and adjusts some research paths, but what actually got me to buy it was the nostalgia of one unit being brought back: The Monkeylord. Sure, now I've gotten to enjoy the other units that were added, but they were insubstantial when I bought the DLC, and some additions (especially the maps) are still insubstantial.

    I guess the point being made in this instance is, [the developers] freely made balance adjustments and even added units in the original Supreme Commander and did so at no additional cost to the player, and it's becoming common place for devs to charge for these changes now. =(

    So to answer the WoF: Sometimes. Depends on the DLC and if there's any nostalgia involved. I have no problem not owning a DLC for a game if I don't ultimately get something worthwhile out of it.
  5. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 215   +32

    I think they should advertise the games differently now. Like, "Buy part of the game" today! for 59.99

    Yes I bought download content for Civilization V because I really enjoy the game. But I also waited until Civilization was dropped in price with the Steam deals. These "new" games coming out should be starting out at 19.99 because after all the download content it's going to be 59.99
  6. Not even once. And if I do it... I'll do it only for Battlefield 3 and IF is something even more spectacular. Hardly still.
  7. IvanAwfulitch

    IvanAwfulitch TS Booster Posts: 218   +11

    I can only remember buying a single DLC package in the entire time I have been a gamer. And that was one of the expansions for Borderlands, and only because a friend begged me to get it and go co-op with him. Any other content I've gotten has been a result of pre-ordering the game and getting stuff just for ordering it early.

    I just never normally pursue downloadable content because I normally don't think it's worth it. Why didn't you include this in the game and let me pay the regular price? Was it an after-thought? Was it a plan of extorting more money for the content that it should have had to begin with? Why is the extra content so short and unsatisfying? Screw that and screw you. Just take the time to make the game like you were supposed to instead of debuting the game early, and don't stiff me on content just because you wanted more money.
  8. MrAnderson

    MrAnderson TS Maniac Posts: 488   +10

    I hardly ever buy DLC... DLC is just expansions that we have to download. And they can be a hit or miss. So I wait for game of the year additions if I did not get teh game initially.
  9. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,340   +1,438

  10. NEVER!!!
    i pay for a game ~60 euro !!!nothing else!!
    buying DLC is cheating!!!
  11. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Guru Posts: 382   +89

    Spoken like a true publisher shill! From a true consumer perspective, it IS about the money as well as the content.
  12. Ithryl

    Ithryl TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Depends on the company's DLC policy. When the company does what 2K did to Mafia II for example, then I don't even bother - not releasing the game with the features that have been promised beforehand and instead releasing them separately as a DLC later. Same goes for Bioware and their DLC's (for DAII) that you can buy right when the game is released. They oughta fist that up their a*s.

    I did buy several DLC's when I found them good enough based on reviews and mainly when they added something to the story line or expanded it in some manner. Wouldn't buy a DLC that just gives a new set of armor or what not.

    And as stated above, kudos to Valve for releasing DLC for Portal II for free. I'm pretty sure it helps them much more (in a long run esp.) than selling the DLC.
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,150   +916

    Well personally I have never actualy purchased DLC before as I either buy the "elite" version of the gam that comes with all the "goodies". Or I simply purchase Valve games which Valve update with free DLC for FREE! You hear that very other developer! FREE!

    Even Angry Birds is being updated for FREE with new levels!

    What i'm saying is, I would purchase DLC if I felt it was worth, I'm yet to find a single game that justifies the price tag for the DLC.

    Although Expansion Packs are a different thing altogether, i bought plenty of those in my lifetime! :)
  14. I hardly buy DLC content for my games, as most of the time the price for the DLC is ridiculous: too expensive for a couple of little things which should be free in the first place. And it piss*s me off when you buy the game and the DLC is already on the disc, and all that you are buying is a code to unlock the content (BioShock 2, for example). The games are already expensive, if you buy all the DLC for a given game you might end up wasting more 20€ or so.

    However, I have bought some DLC in the past, which was really worth my money. Episodes From Liberty City for GTA IV, for instance, are well worth the money (I bought the retail edition for 20€). I also bought some cars for DiRT 3, even though the prices were a bit higher, but well, the passion for some of the cars was stronger hehe. I also bought the Track Packs (2 of them). In the end I spent about 15€ for everything, plus the 35€ the game itself costed. A bit expensive, but it was worth. I also bought Joe's Adventures for MAFIA II because I really like the DLC, even though it doesn't add much, just new missions (7€ on STEAM). Jimmy's Vendetta DLC I won't buy, unless they do a promotion and sell if for 3€ or 4€.

    Other than that, I don't buy DLC, as most companies just sell you little things for a high price, and that's just a way of making easy money with little effort.
  15. DLC is a scam. Studios constantly hold back content to later release on the market. Gougers.
  16. zillion

    zillion TS Rookie Posts: 51

    I bought all the dlc for black ops, partially because my clan reguires it and also because i do like this game, it suits my current needs so perfectly atm.

    And despite so many deny that they have bought these dlc i do belive there are lots of others in this very community that has too, and i think the sales numbers would make u think aswell tbh.

    If the price/value ratio is bad or good i think is for every man to decide for himself.

    And yes i have bought other dlc which i have found not so good, but the answer to the question is yes i do and i think the current dlc model is what i would define as the limit of how much u can greed out of the gaming community.

    ....and a merry christmas to u all :p
  17. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 529   +7

    Usually wait for whole game to be released together in goy pack. I did buy fallout new Vegas and DLCs on sale on steam ( 70% ) off. Got some decent content for $3 each.
  18. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +102

    DLC's aren't too bad for most games as some of them are a bit cheap. I don't want to wast my money on a DLC I'll probably use just a few times and be done with it. That seems a bit counterproductive to me.
  19. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +12

    What's it like paying $100 for one videogame every year?
  20. StrayEagle

    StrayEagle TS Rookie

    I avoid DLC like the plauge that it is....

    I understand that it 'can' add more into a game if its gone stagnate, but most of the time the reason that DLC is introduced is to make more cash for the developers....If you make a good game and people like it, you shouldn't have to pump out more DLC. Incude it in the game when it ships, or make it free when you release it afterward.
  21. Kraemepoo

    Kraemepoo TS Enthusiast Posts: 44   +20

    Rarely, I never buy DLCs for a few new weapons, or another civ in Civ 5. If Civ 5 needed another race, then they should have shipped with it, or released a free patch. I'm not paying for something a developer team could make in day. But when DLC packs like Borderlands comes along, I don't think twice. Borderlands was a complete and well made game... The DLCs are so complete and fresh, they're more like Borderlands 2 than just a DLC, and that I'll pay for.
  22. With the exception of GTA IV: Episodes from liberty city. (Bought retail) I've never bought a DLC. But they were more like expansions, not DLC.

    If the studios wants us to purchase DLC's for the price they are asking, they need to ensure we also get some value. It feels mostly like a ripoff scheme. I remember I was appalled when a friend showed me what he got for his money when he bought Joe's adventure for Mafia 2. And needless to say, he wasn't too happy either.

    But overall I'd have to say it feels like the studios have decided that the modding community showed them people wanted more, and then they took over the modding community from the modders. I mean how often are modding tools even included with games these days. I can't remember when I last saw a level editor shipping with a game. With the exception of Starcraft II.
  23. Route44

    Route44 TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 11,984   +72

    In a word: No.
  24. zillion

    zillion TS Rookie Posts: 51

    ....doesnt feel bad at all, considering i only play that game atm, so spending 100$ a year on games that, as i said, fits my current needs perfectly right now is a good deal for me. How much do u spend a year on games?
  25. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    I bought all the DLC for Dragon Age Origins and the sequel as well as both Mass Effect games. So yes, I buy DLC.

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