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Friday, February 8, 2008

How not to do downloadable content

Gaming blog Kotaku has this article, which makes me a bit unhappy. With the latest generation of consoles able to access the net, downloadable content has become an easy way for companies to make a few bucks. Some examples of this were downright awful (*cough* horse armor), but others, like Rock Band's downloadable songs, really add value to a game.

Mass Effect may be Bioware's first console title where downloadable content has been an option, and the way they're going about it is a bit odd. If you've already completed the game, the add on resets your character back to the beginning, forcing you to play through the first planet, and paying your first visit to the Citadel, before you get access to your ship. Only then can you access the new content.

How hard would it have been to simply drop you back in your ship, with the new missions listed on the map? Granted, I've not finished playing the game, for all I know, the galaxy is destroyed by the end of it, and so Bioware had to do this to keep their timeline making sense. But that's still a pain. I may save buying this till I get the urge to play through the game a second time.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

I'm so fracking irritated about this. AAAARG.

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