Often you will have to spend an amount of over 1 million to own your favorite AAA game. But after that, you still have to pay more to get an experience called complete, although it should have been available in the game right from the start.
This is also a type of business, so it is not wrong for the game company to take care of the profit. It’s fine to do it in a subtle way, but if you want to cash out a gamer’s money (or worse, a loyal fan base) through giving pre-orders, selling expansion packs (DLC & season) pass), and buying in-game items (microtransaction) is not very good.
The following is a list of 10 titles that show how much money the publisher has paid for gamers.
Mario Kart Tour (2019)
When the Mario Kart series launched the Mario Kart Tour version for phones, the fans of this series in particular and mobile gamers in general were very excited and excited. Instead of exclusively on the Nintendo platform, gamers can now enjoy this famous racing game right on their phones and show off their “silk handlebar” anytime and anywhere.
However, life is not like a dream, the game does not have a multiplayer mode, as Mario Kart Tour lost its soul. Simultaneously, Nintendo also urged players to spend real money to buy “Gold Pass”.
This “Gold Pass” package allows players to collect additional items, characters, and special racing cars in the game. But more frustrating is that “Gold Pass” is the only ticket for players to participate in the 200cc race class – the highest rank in Mario Kart Tour.
In addition, in the game there is a store for you to buy Rubies, and you use this currency to buy the best gear and participate in the “rush rush” mode to get more coins (coins). Although the game doesn’t require you to play this way to get extra money, this is the direction that Nintendo wants players to follow.
Sonic the Hedgehog (2006)
With the resounding success of Sonic 1, 2, and 3, SEGA constantly proves itself to be a formidable rival of Nintendo with the legendary Mario series.
However, when it came to Shadow the Hedgehog, the Sonic series began to show signs of decline, culminating in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006). When the game came out, it had a lot of bugs, the plot was boring, the lines were rough. In general, buying to show enough collections is okay but can’t play if you play.
The reason for this failure is because SEGA wants the game to be released in time for Christmas to increase sales. So the game did not have enough time to complete, and the result was a product that had not arrived yet, which affected Sonic’s name.
GTA V (2013)
When it was launched in 2013, GTA V immediately proved itself worthy of the legendary Grand Theft Auto name.
One of the new activities and attracts a lot of gamers in this section is heist. Players can form a team and discuss plans, split roles to carry out a bank robbery trot. However, at the time of the game’s launch, there was no such activity.
While waiting for the heist mode to be completed, Rockstar decided to add “Shark Cards” to the game. This is an in-game currency and can be purchased for real money. This is not a big deal because buying or not is your right. It is worth mentioning that if you do not buy, it takes a lot of effort to plow money in the usual way.
Therefore, gamers fall into a stalemate, only one way is to recharge the game, but plowing that kind of life very much. The good news is that after a while, the heist mode was added, and the gamer’s heart was happy again.
Dead or Alive 6 (2019)
Dead or Alive is a 3D fighting game series also famous for a diverse range of characters from eccentric billionaires to famous figures of the Ninja Gaiden series. But the attraction that most gamers come to Dead or Alive is that the female fighter has a “fiery” body and the curve must be very sexy.
In addition, these female characters also have clothes to say that they look like they don’t wear clothes. Of course, there are still other more discreet outfits for gamers to choose.
Seeing the potential to “exploit” more money, the Team Ninja developer has launched expansion packs (DLC) with prices from 500,000 VND to more than 2,000,000 VND. These DLC packages are mostly beautiful extras, only some are extra gladiators with their own character sets.
Fortunately, it is only for beauty but no other features at all. But if the pay-to-win style is sometimes the player throwing rocks mercilessly.
The Elder Scrolls: Blades (2020)
This is a mobile game by Bethesda Softworks that allows gamers to enjoy The Elder Scrolls series anywhere. This has made gamers very excited, but when the game came out, players were disillusioned.
The combat mechanism is boring, so it makes gamers have to wait a long time for something that should have finished within 1 note (such as opening the inventory box for example). Bethesda’s reputation is thus affected.
Although the game still has many interesting features, such as building a town, that fun will quickly be extinguished when the game keeps you waiting, unless you agree to spend money to Shorten this time again. As a result, a free-to-play game like The Elder Scrolls: Blades feels like pay-to-win.
Due to the intense protest from the fans, Bethesda also had to “go into the water”, reducing the waiting time and allowing the player to open the inventory earlier.
Series Call of Duty
Agree that up to 3 developers are currently developing the series, and every year one of the 3 developers “turns”. But is it necessary to release a new Call of Duty each year? Especially when the recent Call of Duty parts have DLC packages, season passes, and even use real money to buy in-game items (microtransactions).
If developers take advantage of the time they have to make a great game, quality fans will be willing to spend money to buy each year. Modern Warfare (2019) seems to have done this, because only 6 days after its launch, Modern Warfare became The best-selling game in the US in 2019, collected 600 million USD after only 3 days of launch. In addition, it also dominates the multiplayer mode with More than 300 million battles after only 2 months. These are achievements that previous Call of Duty parts have not been able to do yet.
Anyway, the production of a new version each year is somewhat visible Activison’s pro gamer tradition.
When EA introduced the Anthem loot shooter, everyone considered it to be a heavyweight Destiny, with the potential to become a bright star in this genre.
EA has spent a lot of money on marketing to entice gamers and make them excited about this game. However, it should be noted that BioWare has only been famous for role-playing series such as Dragon Age, Mass Effect and not loot shooting games like Destiny has no experience at all. In addition, EA’s Frostbite engine has also made BioWare has to “land on land” with Mass Effect: Andromeda, so when the engine is continued to be used for Anthem … the results are already predictable.
Anthem had a really terrifying pitch: the controls were awkward, the menu was terrible, and the loot was very unbalanced.
Some of the reasons why this game is so shallow are because so many employees have resigned or are not interested in this project. In addition, there are also cases where you have to work overnight throughout the month to keep pace.
Anthem’s tragic failure has raised the question of whether EA is still interested in making games or not, or just insisting on the words “profit” all day long.
FIFA is also an annual series of games, aimed at those who love football. However, besides loyal fans, there are still gamers complaining that this year’s FIFA is no different from last year’s FIFA.
The release of each version like this makes EA easy to fall into “stigma”, because that much time is difficult to change and improve the sequel enough to convince gamers to continue to spend more million dong in their eyes, it’s not much different from the previous one.
Not only that, the Ultimate Team section also caused a lot of controversy because it was the game mode that attracted the most people. Gamers will be free to build their own squad by plowing money to open random player packages.
In addition, these packages can also be purchased with real money with prices from VND 120,000 to VND 2,450,000. The odds are that the players you opened in this section won’t be carried over to the next section, forcing you to plow from the beginning or pay extra to open a new player package.
EA really knows how to gamble gamers to not lose to Activision. Recently, EA has been accused use FIFA game to bring gamers into gambling half.
Star Wars Battlefront II (2017)
Star Wars Battlefront II is basically a “re-skin” version of the Battlefield series but with the Star Wars theme, and this has made many gamers happy. But maybe they had a moment of neglect, forgetting that behind this game is EA.
Being promised that the game will not have a season pass, gamers do not raise vigilance. However, there was still a part of fans who lost faith in EA, and they were right. Unless the player plows to face the game for up to 40 hours, or refills the game, they will never have the opportunity to incarnate in Star Wars celebrities like Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader.
The loot box mechanism is included in the game, and you have to open the chest to get some upgrade cards and unlock characters in the game. This means that if you like or need something in the game, you must recharge to have … the opportunity to own the item.
Finally, after the strong opposition from the fans, EA had to change the whole system to make the game more interesting and attractive. In addition, Star Wars Battlefront II continues to receive free DLC updates. Could it be that EA already knows how to apologize?
Fallout 76 (2018)
Perhaps this is one of the biggest disasters in gaming history. Fallout 76 should have been a Fallout series with the multiplayer mode that fans longed for, but this was a disappointment.
When Bethesda announced Fallout 76, many gamers were skeptical about the quality because it continued to use the same faulty engine as in Fallout 4. But putting that aside, this is still a full game. Promise, and Bethesda also makes gamers, especially hardcore fans, feel more anxious when introducing the Power Armor version (worth about 4,500,000 VND) with a T-51B hat in Power Armor, a cloth bag canvas Duffel Bag, and other valuable items.
But it was not until the gamer received the final product that the bag was of very bad quality and it was not even made of canvas. Instead of compensating gamers with the bag as promised, Bethesda compensated with in-game currency with the equivalent value … 150,000 VND. Not to mention the quality of the game is also very bad.
After that, the company compensated the “victim” with a canvas bag as advertised, but everything seemed too late because everything had already happened.
Source: What Culture, translated by Gearvn