Comments on: DLC and Tiered Gaming: A Scourge of Modern Gaming? http://www.manapool.co.uk/dlc-and-tiered-gaming-a-scourge-of-modern-gaming/ Independent PC Game Reviews & Guides Mon, 14 Aug 2017 03:31:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Zack http://www.manapool.co.uk/dlc-and-tiered-gaming-a-scourge-of-modern-gaming/#comment-150 Sat, 20 Aug 2011 04:34:56 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=795#comment-150 It’s just sad to remember a time when game companies would actively continue making map packs for games and releasing them for free. Westwood was excellent about this with Red Alert/Red Alert 2, Epic released all sorts of goodies for UT…

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By: Ben http://www.manapool.co.uk/dlc-and-tiered-gaming-a-scourge-of-modern-gaming/#comment-149 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 21:50:55 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=795#comment-149 I just read up on Mass Effect 3 and they have managed to make things worse. Apparently the start of Mass Effect 3 is based on the end of one of the missions from the DLC from Mass Effect 2..

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By: Nick V http://www.manapool.co.uk/dlc-and-tiered-gaming-a-scourge-of-modern-gaming/#comment-148 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 23:14:05 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=795#comment-148 I should point out that amidst all the DLC problems mentioned in Dragon Age Origins, BioWare did a commendable job of releasing a great (IMHO) traditional full expansion pack (DAO Awakening).

I think we’d all agree that we’d like to see more content of that scale and less of it in small DLC packs.

Also, it’s hard to count The Stone Prisoner DLC for DAO against BioWare because it was massively integrated into DAO (contrast that with Katsumi and Zaeed in ME2 who have little outside of their loyalty missions) and you get it free when you buy a new copy anyway (same with Zaeed, btw). (Also, Shale is awesome.)

So to grade BioWare’s first-party post-release support for their games:
DAO: B+
ME2: C+
ME1: C
KoTOR: Nothing (AFAIK)
Baldur’s Gate 2: A
Baldur’s Gate 1: (before my time)

Compare to Valve (on the PC all their DLC is free):
L4D2: A+
L4D: A+
Team Fortress 2: A++
Portal: N/A
Half Life 1/2/Episodes: ? (Depends on how you slice it)

Post your own grades below. :-)

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By: Jarik http://www.manapool.co.uk/dlc-and-tiered-gaming-a-scourge-of-modern-gaming/#comment-147 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 05:08:36 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=795#comment-147 And this is why, these days, you wait at least a year before purchasing a high-profile game from a major studio. It seems like every fucking thing they release is unfinished in one way or another, and refusing to buy the game until you can get the entire game, the way it was supposed to be in the first place, will save you both money and frustration.

Civ 5, I’m looking at you in particular.

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By: Dirac http://www.manapool.co.uk/dlc-and-tiered-gaming-a-scourge-of-modern-gaming/#comment-146 Fri, 07 Jan 2011 00:36:23 +0000 http://www.manapool.co.uk/?p=795#comment-146 Given how successful the model is, I’m pretty sure it can only get worse…

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