I’ve taken a few swings at DLC in the past, claiming that while I can understand its implementation after a game’s release, removing content from the main game to release later, over pricing gimmicks or making the game seem incomplete without it are practices I’m really not a fan on.
Mass Effect 3 looks like the latest game to take the DLC ball and run home with it, making available almost $900 worth of downloadable content for sale and pre-order, before the game is even released. Chris Carter over at Destructoid spotted it first, adding up everything available to find the obscene total:
Collector’s Edition (needed to obtain all content):
- $80 – N7 Collector’s Edition
- AT-12 Raider – Origin pre-order bonus
- Chakram Launcher – Play the Kingdoms of Alamur demo
- M-55 Argus – Pre-order bonus for select retailers
- N7 Weapons pack – N7 Edition bonus
- N7 Hoodie – N7 Edition bonus
- N7 Warfare Gear – Pre-order bonus for select retailers
- Reckoner Knight Armor – Play the Kingdoms of Alamur demo
- Robotic Dog – N7 Edition bonus
- Squad Outfit pack – N7 Edition bonus
- Unannounced price for the iOS game Mass Effect Infiltrator, which can affect the main game.
- $10 day one “From Dust” DLC
- $44.99 for the Liara figurine – which oddly enough now comes with multiplayer unlock DLC
- $24.99 for The Art of Mass Effect Universe – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
- $80 for four Mass Effect 3 toys – “Slightly randomized” multiplayer unlock DLC
- $59.99 for the Mass Effect 3 controller – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
- $209.99 for the Chimera 5.1 Headset – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
- $34.99 for the Mousepad – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
- $79.99 for the Messenger Bag – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
- $24.99 for the iPhone case – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
- $79.99 for the Mouse – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
- $139.99 for the Keyboard – Collector Assault Rifle unlock DLC/Powerup
Now admittedly a lot of that near $900 price tag is thanks to hardware purchases that would need to be made in order to get absolutely everything. But notice there’s a day one DLC pack in there.
I understand developers wanting to have DLC ready to go, but whenever there’s a substantial quantity of content ready to be released immediately after the main game, I can’t help but think that it could be far better if the time spent making the DLC had gone into the story or the combat, anything to do with the actual game itself instead of overpriced addons.