We've joked around about the amount of and how crazy expensive Ace Combat 6's downloadable content is, but never really pulled out our calculators to get the full picture. But the crew at 1UP did and their findings will make AC6 fanboys' jaws fall to the floor.
Let's get to it. The grand total of all of AC6's DLC (including new jets, skins, new missions and multiplayer modes) equals an astonishing $121.83 or 9,750 Microsoft points. Add to that the cost of the game itself and you've got a $181 "complete" AC6 experience. Outrageous! After doing the math, 1UP was able to ask NAMCO about the numerous / crazy expensive DLC and were given the standard we "pay very close attention to user feedback and comments", blah, blah, blah marketing runaround. But most interesting is the fact that NAMCO refused to answer 1UP's questions about certain items' pricing, what was up with the Beautiful Katamari paid unlocks and how they'll treat Soul Calibur IV DLC. On second thought, maybe NAMCO has taken the crown from EA for being most evil DLC developer.
Reader Comments (Page 1 of 2)
5-02-2008 @ 1:24PM
Pay what you wan to pay...
Japanese developers and consumers are used to it.
5-02-2008 @ 2:26PM
How much do you think the entire catalogue of Rockband is going to cost by this time next year?
5-02-2008 @ 1:34PM
As video games begin to eclipse summer blockbusters in terms of profit, we as consumers need to NOT buy into this crap and show them what we will and wont put up with. The only other game I know of that was 200 bucks was that giant mech game which came with the most epic of controllers...
5-02-2008 @ 4:42PM
Bryan T said...
Steel Battalion...and after playing it, it wasn't worth $200...you couldn't use half the buttons half the time.
But, it did look pretty sweet.
5-02-2008 @ 1:40PM
That just sucks, make sure not to buy that game.
5-02-2008 @ 1:45PM
Anytihng and everything is worth what you can get for it. Me, I'll pass, 10 dollar map packs maybe, but I will never by a game twice on the back end. The free Halo map packs looks better everyday.
5-02-2008 @ 1:54PM
Don't forget the cost of the flightstick, and we're up in the $300's
5-03-2008 @ 8:09AM
Gemini Ace said...
I think the point that us that don't like overpriced DLC try to make is this. We've already paid $60 for the game (which used to cost $50 last-gen). Now we're supposed to buy additional content for that game, some of which releases day and date with the actual retail disc.
It is true, no one is putting a gun to your head. That's a valid argument, but the point is that we're standing on a slippery slope here. All it will take is a company like Namco or EA to notice that we'll pay for extras that were developed with the game and released on the marketplace just so they can charge extra. We've already heard it happening in the new Mercenaries game. They have the DLC up and running on dev kits at the same time that they're working on rest of the game. That's a bad precedent to set. Very bad.
5-02-2008 @ 2:44PM
Knight Marquise said...
If you don't like the additional DLC: DON'T BUY IT!
I, personally, love it, as it extends my enjoyment of a game, and I don't mind paying a little to keep the enjoyment up.
This stuff didn't come with the game, why the hell should it be free???
Lastly, why isn't anyone bitching about the Rock Band DLC??? It's the same thing. It doesn't hurt anyone who doesn't like it nor wish to buy it, but it extends the game for those who do enjoy it. I don't like Rock Band, but sure don't begrudge them putting out song packs, nor hate on the people that purchase those song packs.
Jeezus, who would have thought folks who can afford a "nex gen console" could be so damn cheap and narrow minded.
5-02-2008 @ 8:34PM
I second that.
5-03-2008 @ 8:25AM
Gemini Ace said...
My reply up there to Xenocidic was meant for you. I'm a tard.
5-02-2008 @ 3:26PM
D Boy Flex said...
Wow. I hope the GTA content does not cost that much. Actually, that might not be a bad thing. Instead of releasing new 'expansion' packs, make them downloadable and that way, you could play all of the GTAs via the same game disk. That would be cool. Also, Rockstar says they won't rip us off (hopefully) and with that in mind, whatever the cost of the DLC, it will actually be well worth it. As for this Ace game, sorry, no relevant comment other than I hope it is worth it. I didn't care for the demo, but I am not a huge fan of flying games though.
5-02-2008 @ 3:42PM
I own this game ... but won't pay a penny for the bullshit DLC.
If they had some forethought and decided not to rape consumers ... maybe. But 800 points for one fucking plane? Are you kidding me?
5-02-2008 @ 8:24PM
you own the game???you obviously never looked at the DLC since the most expensive thing is 400 points.sure...you own the game.
5-02-2008 @ 5:28PM
if ace combat were done in the same way forza2 does their DLC, than that would be acceptable.
i may be way off base, but from a game programmer's point of view, i assume making a game car is not a lot different from making a game plane.
i got no probs paying 5 bucks for 8 or 9 cars, but 10 bucks for A plane is way not cool.
5-02-2008 @ 8:26PM
agreed....quit bitching.....buy it or dont.....whinny bastards....i was thinking they released all those rock band song and they could have included them with the game.....quit bitching.
5-03-2008 @ 6:15PM
There's a difference though, they have to license the songs which costs money. Adding in new models for a plane is different, and only is a little bit of time.
5-03-2008 @ 7:03PM
so your a game developer and know what goes into making this stuff.....cool......
5-02-2008 @ 8:44PM
Just an observation here, but maybe the DLC for this game is kinda pricey because it's a bit of a niche game? I personally don't know too many (one actually) flight sim enthusiasts, I can't imagine this game moved nearly as many copies as halo 3... hell it probably didn't sell as many as Area 51. And considering that only a fraction of the people who buy the retail title will ever look into the DLC... well... I'm guessing the prices are higher to cover the development costs of said DLC; since there's a smaller base to aggregate that cost among, the price is higher.
I don't own the game myself, but if I were a flight sim fan, I imagine i'd be pretty happy that Namco's supporting the game with as much content as they are.
And... you all seem to be missing the key point here. Now owners of the game feel free to correct me if i am wrong, but when you buy the game, Namco doesn't send a thug to your house to put a gun to your head to force you to buy all the DLC for the game. It seems very rockband like, where you get the planes, etc. that you want to play with and leave the rest.
Dustin with all this in mind, please explain to me how it is that Namco is evil? Or is that just a statement borne from a lack of understanding of basic economics?
5-02-2008 @ 8:58PM
Knight Marquise said...