Originally Posted by thebigCUBE
The live gameplay in this is so fun! but the fact that you have to pay EXTRA just to play it is so dumb..
That's only if you buy second hand. More and more devs are doing this now since they don't make profits from used copies sales. EA have it for FIFA (and I assume all other EA Sports titles). DICE implemented it with Battlefield (although that was just to get free map packs etc, not to play online) and THQ/Kaos have done it with this but at least you get to play up to rank 5 instead of nothing at all.
When you buy any of these games brand new you get a code either with or on the manual which you redeem to allow your pass to online play. It's a way of fighting profit loss for the devs via second hand sales since they otherwise see nothing from the sales of that game second hand. So they make a quick $10 by charging you to play online. Big whoop. It's what you saved by buying second hand anyway...