Dead Space 3
The Scary Reality of Dead Space 3's Microtransactions
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“There's a lot of players out there, especially players coming from mobile games, who are accustomed to microtransactions. They're like ‘I need this now, I want this now’. They need instant gratification.”

Last week, Visceral Games Producer John Calhoun confirmed that Dead Space 3 will include microtransactions, offering players a way to bypass the game’s scavenging system. Put simply, they will allow you to build better weapons and equipment more quickly, for a price.

Predictably, the community response has been largely negative, with many gamers responding angrily to what they feel is further nickel and dime tactics from Dead Space 3’s publisher, EA. Others pointed out that the microtransactions are optional, so you don’t have to buy them.

What nobody said, however, is that they actually want them. So why do they exist?

Addressing that very question, Calhoun said, “There are action game fans, and survival horror game fans, who are 19 and 20, and they've only played games on their smartphones, and micro-transactions are to them a standard part of gaming. It's a different generation.”

In some regards, he’s right. Microtransactions in mobile games (where they’re called in-app purchases or IAP) are indeed standard. It’s a business model that has made a lot of developers and publishers a lot of money, and EA knows this better than anyone.

In the publisher’s latest financial report it was revealed that The Simpsons: Tapped Out made $23 million net revenue in the last 3 months, entirely from IAP. And that’s just one game. Clearly, it’s a model that a lot of people are happy to invest in, despite some of free-to-play’s more questionable tactics.

So perhaps mobile consumers are accustomed to microstransactions. But what Calhoun failed to acknowledge is that by far the most successful of these games, including The Simpsons: Tapped Out, are free-to-play. They cost absolutely nothing to download. Dead Space 3, meanwhile, is a full retail release coming in at $59.99/£39.99.

For many gamers this price tag makes the presence of microtransactions hard to swallow. It may be standard in free mobile games, but the world of consoles is a different matter.

Of course, Dead Space 3 isn’t the only EA console title to include microtransactions. The publisher has been doing it for years, most recently with Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3 and Tiger Woods 13. All of these games allow players to buy in-game currency or experience with real cash in order to unlock content and items that would otherwise take hours to earn.

This type of microtransaction implementation raises the question of whether it allows players to simply “pay to win.” For Calhoun, that’s something that Dead Space 3 is trying to avoid. “We would never make a game where you have to pay to win,” he said. “There are genres of games where that is the answer, and you know what? The world has spoken, they suck. 

“We don't want to make games that suck, we want to make games that people want to hold on to, to keep on their shelves. That is our mark of success.”

Meanwhile, EA’s notion of success is slightly different. The publisher is less interested in how long titles remain on gamers’ shelves and more interested in rocketing profits and happy investors. The real reason for the inclusion of microtransactions in Dead Space 3 is rather obvious: It’s an extra revenue stream, designed to make more money.

Now, both Visceral Games and EA are businesses, so the fact that they would like to make money is hardly a shock. And, it has to be remembered that Dead Space 3’s microtransactions are optional, no matter how distasteful we find them. But there’s another problem.

From the very first game in the series, Dead Space has excelled in immersion. Unlike many other games, every piece of information - from the health displayed on your suit’s spine, to the ammo levels on your gun - exists within the world of the game. Even the menus are shown as holographic projections from your communication device. 

All of this combined makes Dead Space a believable, immersive experience unlike any other. Now, however, every time you visit a crafting bench you’ll be presented with the option to buy more scrap to make weapons or upgrade your RIG. All you have to do is hit Y, buy some Microsoft Points, confirm your purchase and it’s yours.

Suddenly, immersion goes out of the window. You’re no longer in Tau Volantis, you’re in your console’s store front, being flogged items for real cash. Immersion, the cornerstone of the entire franchise, is abandoned in the hope that you’ll spend a bit more money. In Dead Space 3, a game where survival horror chills have been abandoned in favour of populist action thrills, that’s probably the scariest thing of all.

Keep an eye out for our Dead Space 3 review early next week.


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Comment #1 by Ethereal Reaver
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:20:29 PM
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Just play the game how it was intended.
Survival, not buy your way through...

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Comment #2 by XxStuartxX 1990
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:22:44 PM
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er no, I'm 22 and I've never played a game on a smart phone so don't blame the different generation, its just simple money grubbing, this is what tipped my purchase from a maybe to go fuck yourself.

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Comment #3 by I X I Shock I
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:23:22 PM
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Honestly, it's optional. If players want to take a shortcut, they now can. If those hardcore fans want to experience the game without hand holding, they still can.

Microtransactions aren't even noticeable to gamers who don't use them.

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Comment #4 by EMP
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:29:55 PM
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God I hate this shit. Fuck microtransactions.

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Comment #5 by blurbia
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:30:45 PM
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The problem, #3, is that inventory from a currency/exp unlock system takes longer to fill/complete than if there was no microtransaction system. Did you play Mass Effect 3's MP? Especially with all the DLC, it takes 200-400 hours (based on luck and skill) to get all the rares, and 600-1000 hours to get all the ultra rares, assuming no in-game purchases.

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Comment #6 by Rivercurse
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:31:28 PM
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In 2 generations time, all games will be freemium.

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Comment #7 by LOKIkillsALL
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:33:59 PM
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I think the real issue here is that this is a very slippery slope and no one is surprised that EA is at the head of this. I've been scared of this from the first time DLC was discussed on the original XBOX. Developers now leave items off the disk to make you pay additional for it when 7-8 years ago, it was all put in the original game. Why does EA make us pay $60 for a Tiger Wood's game then put 8 more courses on sale for another $30 the day the game releases? Because they're money grubbing whores.

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Comment #8 by Mace Windy
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:38:26 PM
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I know it won't happen, but if people really object to microtransactions then don't buy the game day 1 (or don't buy it at all). Hit them in the pocket.

To be honest, it is optional, so don't see the issue. I think EXP in games is used to keep gamers addicted to one game, rather than play another game/competitors product.

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Comment #9 by Total Shinobi
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:40:50 PM
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In a coop game I could give less fucks, but when this shit starts happening in competitive multiplayer games is the day we should start worrying.

We all knew the people who would make this cycle of Microtransactions in our games begin would be EA.

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Comment #10 by tripleb2k
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:42:14 PM
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Remember when this stuff was unlocked with CHEAT CODES? Now we're paying to win instead of entering A X Y B B RB A

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Comment #11 by Neohawk
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:43:43 PM
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The game should be 69p.

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Comment #12 by Syn360
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:45:00 PM
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“We don't want to make games that suck, we want to make games that people want to hold on to, to keep on their shelves. That is our mark of success.”

Funny, because of this it will NEVER be on my shelf

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Comment #13 by eeeen
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:47:29 PM
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"In Dead Space 3, a game where survival horror chills have been abandoned in favour of populist action thrills, that’s probably the scariest thing of all"

Boom! The DS3-issue has been summed up well in this article.... and screw all the hip firing morons claiming DS3 is "still DS" ... The shift in tone EA talked about is present all over, EA has taken control, and is pulling all the strings.

Steve P. has failed to accurately convey what DS3 is bringing to the table.

Steve P. let me down.

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Comment #14 by Riphade 1
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:49:21 PM
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I have no problem with microtransactions if and only IF its content thats actually available in-game. Like BF3. I have no problem unlocking stuff. But when they start charing for shit that's supposed to be free as part of an unlocking system (fuck you epic) then its bull.

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Comment #15 by DarqStalker
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:49:47 PM
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Well there's $60 I will be saving for something else. Hope they make enough in micro transactions to cover the costs they'll lose from gamers that are against this sort of thing. Mobile gamers and console gamers are 2 entirely separate breeds. Those that game on mobile devices don't always game on consoles, so you can't hide the fact you want to include micro transactions in a console game b/c that is what the younger generation is used to. Maybe the mobile gaming generation is used to it. That doesn't mean the console generation is used to it. It's obviously a ploy by EA, yet again, to milk more money out of us.

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Comment #16 by MEMANIAsama
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:50:46 PM
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Your final paragraph sums up this atrocity perfectly. Throwing out immersion and artistic integrity for extra bucks. It's total bullshit.

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Comment #17 by Agent Mantis
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:55:09 PM
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The mass effect 3 weapon pack micro-transactions put my friend £300 in debt. His credit card is linked to xbox live so he kept spending and spending to get the top tier weapons. He's decent at the game and could of unlocked them with time but had to have them immediatly to "level the playing field". He refuses to accept that this is essentially gambling however.

Sadly I think micro-transactions are here to stay, but Microsoft need to look into exactly how they operate.

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Comment #18 by XEN610
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:58:43 PM
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Maybe there will be an options from the game menu to turn this off, so it does not pop up in the store or at the bench. Time to finish DS1 one last time!

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Comment #19 by Crims0nPenguin
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 12:59:51 PM
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This is just the first step towards pay-to-progress model in games.

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Comment #20 by Stoko
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:00:23 PM
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"There are action game fans, and survival horror game fans, who are 19 and 20, and they've only played games on their smartphones."

Seriously, how many 19 and 20 year olds have ONLY played games on their smartphones? And I mean, not non-gamers who've really got into Farmville, I mean "action game fans" and "survival horror game fans", as he mentioned. I'd be amazed if there was anyone in the world that called themselves an action game or survival horror game fan that had only ever played smartphone games, and not console.

And let's say it's true, and there are a large enough percentage of people out there like that to justify putting microtransactions in the game "as standard". Does he really forsee enough of them buying a 360 just to play Dead Space 3? It's all just PR excuses.

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Comment #21 by ENVY021
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:04:35 PM
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A 19-20 year old is apparently a different generation from us 22 year olds?

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Comment #22 by Truejim1023
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:08:12 PM
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Mass Effect 3 has micro transactions in multiplayer... Who cares, dont lilke it, dont use it.

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Comment #23 by ADTR TOM
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:12:01 PM
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Where's BOONE at? Clearly now there's proof that nobody wants them, you need facts over common sense I get it

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Comment #24 by deluxnugs
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:14:00 PM
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Im glad I chose not to buy this game after the demo. I wonder how easy the most dificulty achievements will be when you can buy everything you need with msp?
I cant Imagine it being very good any way seeing that half of visceral's talent is working on another Army OF Two game.

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Comment #25 by chach7171
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:15:10 PM
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Loved DS1 Meh DS2 no way i'm touching this game the beta sucked hate coop for survival horror games and this game doesn't look survival horror at all.

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Comment #26 by bLaKgRaVy
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:15:26 PM
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The thing that failed to make this article is while apps do have microtransactions, they usually don't as much as this DLC will (of course, if you jailbreak your phone, you can potentially get them for free). Most of this DLC is going to be an average of $5.00 each. If I got all 11, I'd basically be buying a complete game on top of the $60 I've already spent. I have no desire to purchase this game anyway, and luckily you can unlock all the DLC items in-game (it will just take longer), so you don't *have* to buy anything. Yes, its a cheap tactic to make more money, but if people speak with their wallet and not buy this shit, publishers will be forced to stop offering it.

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Comment #27 by pined5551
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:16:04 PM
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Comment #28 by HxC 740 DxP
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:18:29 PM
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I see the only people paying are just spoiled children or people who just want to rush to beat the game. I'll keep my money in my wallet, thank you.

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Comment #29 by ADTR TOM
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:20:09 PM
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@9 it already has happened, BF3 lets 10 year olds with mum's credit credit card buy all upgrades for vehicles, buy all weapons and unlock the co-op weapons for MP, thanks for that EA

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Comment #30 by paul saint
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:30:21 PM
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@17 clearly your friend is an idiot then lol i thought the demo was pretty average so ill just lovefilm this tbh

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Comment #31 by Snowed
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:31:44 PM
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This is just worthless complaining. Microtransactions don't ruin the gameplay - at least they haven't yet and until they do there's no reason to worry about it. They take you out of the immersion? Well here's a thought - don't use them and you are never taken out of the game world. Who'd have thought...

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Comment #32 by PluralAces
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:47:15 PM
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microtransactions in the Simpsons game is completely different than what they are talking about in Dead Space. Microtransactions in the simpsons game are for things that you cant get anywhere else. You cant get them by just playing the game. In order to get these exclusive items you HAVE to spend money. It seems like the microtransactions in Dead Space are just a faster way to get things that you can get by just playing the gam regularly, Mass Effect 3 has this too, I dont think they are the same. Microtransactions shouldnt be in these retail games if they are going to provide the same thing you can get by just playing the game.

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Comment #33 by Bajan Elite
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:47:46 PM
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I don't get it. Look I'm no fan of micro transactions either, but if I ever play this game. I won't be using them because they are an option. I don't care if it is there and it attracts the casual crowd. As long as I enjoy the game and others regardless being hardcore or casual then great.

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Comment #34 by izzy702
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:51:27 PM
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This always make in game items harder to obtain. Lately I've been playing fun run with a few friends on the phone and the cost of items is high. The amount of coins you receive for winning actually went down lately.

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Comment #35 by dirge
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:51:53 PM
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Loved the previous games, but all this is really putting me off the third.

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Comment #36 by specularblinky
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:56:36 PM
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Its crap and taking advantage of people who use it. stuff like this used to be completely free, its called using a cheat code! they are just showing that EA are so desperate for money they're willing to exploit there customers and rip them off.

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Comment #37 by D1Matman
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 01:59:16 PM
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I think I'm definitely starting to be more excited about Aliens: Colonial Marines

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Comment #38 by Zacry072
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:00:13 PM
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I personally won't be touching the microtransactions. If a person HAS to have them, then fine whatever. However, I would like to say that anyone who beats the game on Pure Survivalist or Hardcore and uses microtransactions to help them should have a proverbial asterisk next to their "achievement."

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Comment #39 by mjc0961
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:00:52 PM
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"But what Calhoun failed to acknowledge is that by far the most successful of these games, including The Simpsons: Tapped Out, are free-to-play. They cost absolutely nothing to download. Dead Space 3, meanwhile, is a full retail release coming in at $59.99/£39.99."

Exactly. Most games are either pay to play OR pay to win (AKA "free to play"). NOT BOTH.

And he can deny that his game isn't pay to win all he wants, but that's what microtransactions like this are: paying to win. You know damn well those weapon parts are going to be rare as fuck in the game if you try to get them that way. To anyone who actually wants to 100% the game, they will either have to put in an insanely long amount of time grinding OR just pay for the parts... Just like every other pay to win game.

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Comment #40 by asilent boom
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:03:18 PM
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@23 ABTR TIM - How does this prove that? They actually talked to every gamer alive for the article? Plus, what I said was that there are casual gamers who might want this, you know the people who don't game every day because they have a family, job, friends, etc. and don't have a lot of time to search for resources and instead would just like to enjoy the game.

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Comment #41 by Cinderkin
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:05:31 PM
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I'll be renting this game for sure. I bought 1 and 2, but I don't support what this game has become. I do however want to see how the story goes.

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Comment #42 by hotdogenigma
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:07:01 PM
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When I first saw the option to buy weapon packs in ME3's MP I never had the urge to give in, mostly because of how boring that mode got. I also recently downloaded the Simpsons Tapped Out and will never pay money for their microtransactions as I just play to pass a few minutes here and there. Then I started to wonder what idiots would actually fall for these ploys and pay money for said transactions, a number of you people gave me my answer.

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Comment #43 by Direwolf
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:09:56 PM
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I understand the whole optional thing in a way, but does anyone have reason to believe companies aren't or won't start reducing item availability while playing normally just to push microtransaction purchases? That's my fear and really has me on the fence with buying this game. Future seems a little scary for games right now.

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Comment #44 by seven43861
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:16:30 PM
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I just can't bring myself to picking up another EA game after the Warfighter debacle, they don't give a fuck about their customer base anymore, they don't give a shit about their IPs and developing practices, they only want your money. I'm not naive into thinking that companies don't want money, can't survive in this industry without some sort of profit, but when it starts to become the only driving force behind a company, there's a detachment from your customers and you begin to alienate yourself. This isn't the first time EA is guilty of this and I'm sure they will run into it again, but they will only change if customers (gamers) speak to them in the only way that they'll listen, your money.

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Comment #45 by thisispreston
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:17:29 PM
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people saying "it's optional" or "it doesn't affect gameplay" are missing the point. yes, it's optional and it doesn't effect gameplay but the fact is that people still buying the game are basically giving an OK to companies like EA that it's fine for them to do this. which only increases the chances that more and more companies will do it and becomes more and more standard to the point where it WILL start to ruin gameplay and we WILL have to pay to get stuff that isn't in the game etc. they will just push it further and further, we know they will, especially people like EA. so to people saying "it doesn't ruin gameplay" - why should we sit around and wait until it does before we complain? why shouldn't we speak up now and say "this is bullshit, i'm not supporting it by buying your game"? you have to think of how it affects the future of gaming, not just one upcoming release.

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Comment #46 by lord verh
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:20:45 PM
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I really do hope you can fully switch the 'buy resources' pop up off. Immersion is a pretty big deal in horror games, if not the most important part.

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Comment #47 by reaper527
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:22:13 PM
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i'm actually not bothered by this idea, with one important caveat. i don't care if ea wants to offer people the ability to pay money to unlock items in game immediate, so long as these items are also unlockable without paying (via collecting game currency or completing certain tasks etc.)

if some people are allowed to pay to take a shortcut to great items, i couldn't care less so long as i can still get those same items by playing the game legitimately.

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Comment #48 by Hurricane Of 87
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:22:30 PM
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#39: How can a non-competitive game be "Pay to win" you daft cunt?
People have already completed this just fine without any purchased add-ons.

Gonna speak with my wallet on this one by paying full price, then not spending anything on microtransactions. That'll let 'em know. Right?

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Comment #49 by simmshady22
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:25:20 PM
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It's a bit of a piss off though.. You work so hard for hours and hours on these achievements then some spoiled player just buys his way through the game. It makes the achievements less of an accomplishment and kind of pointless if you ask me.

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Comment #50 by soonerfanmatt
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 02:39:04 PM
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i'm starting to think people are over reacting to this. Yes, it is a dick way to make money but i don't think people should base their purchase decision over something so meager.

"Hmmm, i really enjoy the dead space series. Loved deadspace 1 and 2 soo much they were great games"

*includes microtransactions that are completely optional*

"Fuck deadspace, i hate that piece of shit game and anything like!! Despite my love for the series i'm not going to purchase the game becuase of this stupid option"

I get that people don't like it, but think about what's more important: A survival horror game that i have been looking forward to for a long time and will love the SP or some back-menu option that i will never have to touch

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Comment #51 by Chuppernicus
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:04:25 PM
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Let the bitching begin- so angry.

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Comment #52 by ModernSith2010
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:13:21 PM
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I only have one thing to say to this, BULLSHIT!

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Comment #53 by Spanish Assault
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:16:02 PM
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I would rather this then a online pass...

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Comment #54 by DavidAnGhaeilge
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:16:54 PM
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There should be a menu option to turn off the micro transactions so that you wouldn't see them in your game.

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Comment #55 by Tridenter
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:20:12 PM
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#1 - I'm just so glad at least SOMEBODY gets it. At least SOMEONE can be this intelligent... which is sad because it shouldn't be that high of a standard. Maybe politicians are right about the gaming community...

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Comment #56 by DeepInfern0
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:20:57 PM
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Old news.

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Comment #57 by I ARKLIGHT I
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:30:30 PM
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I got absolutely nothing agains gen Y. But I'm a gen X. I don't like the business model of my on-disc games being dictated by the cellphone games users. I know I can still play the game as it was intended without the money grubing but I know it will iritate me to get to a in-game console and be asked for more real money.


A special playtrough without the non-sensical corporate scumbaggery. You know... something that will disable from the start the option to pay more cash so that it won't even be shown in the in-game graphics.

-Normal mode
-Hardcore mode
-Cool NO BS mode for true players and lovers of the game virtual god of justice as intended you play from the start.

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Comment #58 by Jay Leon Hart
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:42:30 PM
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Well, I *was* looking forward to this game, then I played the demo. I've spent hours (no, really, literal hours) messing around with the weapon bench, that part is fantastic.

As far as gameplay goes, it still has pointless QTEs and any game where aiming negates any environmental movement impairment is a sign of lazy coding. Microtransactions on-top of this is the final straw. Pre-order cancelled, I'll pick it up for £20 in March TYVM. Shame, I was even looking forward to the co-op...

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Comment #59 by linktriforce007
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:42:34 PM
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@53 DS3 has an online pass.

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Comment #60 by iTz WaffleS v2
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:45:01 PM
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Fuck that shit, if you can't play the game and earn shit the right way, don't play it at all, what's the point in getting an overpowered gun in the beginning, only to blow through the enemies, and not be able to enjoy the story and beauty of Dead Space.

Fuck these "new generation" IAP crap. Just more wallet warrior bullshit.

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Comment #61 by CenozoicZombie
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:47:48 PM
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It's safe to say that I will NOT be using the microtransaction function. That whole concept kills any game for me. I remember when games just had cheat codes to get better equipment or whatnot. If I wanted to play a game like that, I'd go back and play GTA3. Did I need those cheat codes? No. I only used them after I had played through the whole game and just wanted to screw around in the world. But I sure as hell wouldn't have paid for them if Rockstar decided to use microtransaction (I know it was on PS2 and they didn't have the capability). Money-grubbing EA, dammit, stop being so damn greedy.

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Comment #62 by NINJANUT
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:50:40 PM
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I agree totally, however on a flip side view, if a fantastic franchise like Dead Space doesn't have copies flying out the door like Cod or Fifa due to it being survival or too scary, then yeah I am fine with it if it generates additional income to keep the series profitable and more games being made, I have always worried Ea would pull the pin on this series after the whining they did about Dead Space 2 sales

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Comment #63 by PledgedZebra4
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:53:57 PM
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“We would never make a game where you have to pay to win,”

Bullshit. For this guy to lie to us like this is just disrespectful. Dead Space 2's Hardcore Mode was nearly impossible. But if you buy the "DLC" which was in fact on the disc all along it became quite easy. i.e. You had to PAY TO WIN.

That being said, I don't blame him for trying to get rich. That's what corporate douchebags do. I blame the idiots that buy the in game items with real world money. If nobody paid, the publishers would stop pulling this crap.

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Comment #64 by MonoxideMike
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 03:56:36 PM
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I don't know. Personally I don't care, people will play anyway they please.
Me personally I would probably buy stuff but only if I want health or part of a weapon
I need but nothing to go overboard on, I'll be playing with a friend so I can always trade the old fashioned way.

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Comment #65 by acourchaine
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:04:40 PM
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Fuck EA all they do is ruin shit and milk as much money as they can

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Comment #66 by odionthemesiah
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:18:13 PM
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EA ruin everything money grabbing j**s

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Comment #67 by SmarmySmurf
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:21:50 PM
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I don't mind the MT, but the excuse they are peddling is the dumbest PR quote in a long line of dumb PR quotes coming out of EA studios. They are including MT fora non-existant audience, who loves the function of MT, and never plays or owns consoles. Right. They should man up and admit they want extra revenue streams to prop up modern AAA development, which includes in this case a pay-to-make-easier option for some more casual players. Simple and honest.

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Comment #68 by Blueballs88
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:31:01 PM
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At least Hardcore will be easier. It's all optional after all.

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Comment #69 by HalfEVILmonkey
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:44:32 PM
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Won't affect me since this game looks sh*tty anyway. But typical EA!

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Comment #70 by RollaJedi
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 04:46:09 PM
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Hmm, back in the 80's and 90's playing old school games on my NES, i dont recall ever having to buy anything additional to make it easier on you. What? you cant take the heat? gamers today are just like kids today. pussified. we had a set amount of lives and a few continues back then. you didnt make it, FUCK YOU, start over. you want to save your game? here, right down this giant passcode instead. Thats the way it was and we liked it! pussies!

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Comment #71 by quidyg
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 05:04:56 PM
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@1 the things they have a survival mode you can unlock after you complete the game that make ammo etc. rarer. so its not like they dont know poeple want that in a survival game

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Comment #72 by strawberry
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 05:10:42 PM
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I will not be buying gears of space. I'll just replay Dead Space 1 and 2 instead.

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Comment #73 by Mr Snict
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 05:24:41 PM
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Wasnt planning to buy it anyway. At least not until the price has drop significantly.

Might replay DeadSpace 1&2 though..

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Comment #74 by dAFKave813
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 05:55:06 PM
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I personally don't see a problem with adding the microtransactions IF the content is obtainable in another manner as well. I would personally work for my items if given the option between either buying items or earning them.

On the other hand I can see why this is pissing people off if they pay $64 for a game they should not have to pay more for content for that game. I can see DLC addons and such but just to buy items or upgrades that are already in the game anyways is absurd.

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Comment #75 by Tai_MT
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 05:56:14 PM
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Really, the ONLY place I'm in favor of "micro transactions" is in MMORPGs. Even then, I'm only in favor of them there if they DO NOT give you a leg up. If they offer you cosmetic changes (like League of Legends), then they're good Microtransactions. You are paying to look different, not pay different.

Other good Microtransactions include things like "more character slots". Perhaps 2 character slots isn't enough, perhaps you enjoy the game so much that you want more characters in it.

Another good one would be "unlock cosmetic weapons". Or, rather, weapon skins that do nothing, but simply look nice.

Once Microtransactions start to affect gameplay... Well, they're a bad thing. They become "pay to win" instead of ACTUAL microtransactions. By definition the "pay to win" formula is being able to purchase anything with in-game money that you wouldn't otherwise have in order to gain an advantage you wouldn't normally have or in order to circumvent normal gameplay that would be required had you not purchased something. Buying resources is by definition "pay to win". While it seems innocuous in a game like Dead Space 3 which has no competative mode... It's still a scary portent of things to come.

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Comment #76 by kinmad4it
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 06:15:33 PM
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So EA find another way to exploit it's consumer base and we're all supposed to just sit back and accept it. Think I'll wait till I see this pre owned and then get it. That way I'll still play the game and EA wont receive any of my money.
EA you are total and utter scum!!!

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Comment #77 by treo9
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 06:30:36 PM
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Dead Space 3 now having $5 cheat codes to play on the minds of gamers everytime they go to a work bench in game, so immersive lol. And people saying "why are you complaining if you don't like it don't buy it" are clearly missing the point, it's a horrible distraction to have in the game and a lot of people will fall victim to it..just what the suits at EA wanted all along, full retail price just isn't enough for them anymore, now they are playing mind tricks with people in game to get them to part with more money.
It's sad really, EA has become so greedy with it's customers, this is a very slippery slope we are on, next stop... secret achievement 50g 80MP or buy the full 1000g for 4400MP, you no it's comming, maybe Tiger Woods 14/15 because that doesn't have enough microtransactions in it already...what a joke.

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Comment #78 by RDrules
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 06:32:53 PM
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microtransactions should not be accepted in games that you have to pay for in the first place, its just stupid

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Comment #79 by bedroom
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 06:35:09 PM
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I couldnt give a poo about dead space 3 but I'm 20 and I hate microtransactions IN FuLl retail games GTFO

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Comment #80 by Hoborg
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 06:40:11 PM
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People think this DOESNT affect the overall quality of the game. It clearly does. DS3 is shaping up to be a giant disappointment. Tacked on co-op, Michael Bay-type action, microtransctions = all working together to kill the horror.

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Comment #81 by WEBHEAD 7
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 06:50:06 PM
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Calhoun said, “There are action game fans, and survival horror game fans, who are 19 and 20, and they've only played games on their smartphones, and micro-transactions are to them a standard part of gaming. It's a different generation.”

i'm still going to get the game, and will ignore the microtransactions... but fuck this guy. how does this statement even make sense?? you're 19 or 20, you've only ever played games on your fuckin cell phone,, yet you're a fan of action games and survival horror?! how does that work?!?

EA, you disgust me

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Comment #82 by Treflipin
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:03:33 PM
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@70 LOL I by no means liked writing down giant passcodes to save my game

There is no reason to get all upset about this honestly... its a single player game minus the coop of course and all i mean by that it 100% does not affect you if you choose not to use it....

however i would never use anything like this because that takes all the fun out of it. most games these days are too easy as is...ill search for my parts as im sure there will be plenty anyway

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Comment #83 by Vindicator51
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:12:15 PM
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Very well written, Lee. The interview i saw about this was cringe worthy. It's sad to see that Dead Space took this route as well.

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Comment #84 by Jerric
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:28:49 PM
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You guys aught to have sone cheese with all that whine. I never paid money in ME3, and while I did think unlocking gear normally was way too slow, it was one of the lesser issues I had with that game. If you play this game and feel like you have to pay the extra money to 100% that's your problem. If they want to milk the tweeners who are taking a break from CoD and can't handle the difficulty, go for it.

I personally need horror games to stay hard, or else they're not scary. I didn't feel like hard core required me to buy those gear packs to ease up the pressure, and infill this game comes out and prooves me otherwise, ill trust in visceral to deliver another great game. And as far as immersion goes, il not the first to say it, but if you don't buy in, your not leaving the game menus. That logic is no less retarded than the guy saying there are "hard core gamers" who never played a console.

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Comment #85 by Luis Ownz
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:37:27 PM
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Is pausing the game free or do we have to pay for that too?

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Comment #86 by Mr Jinxed
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 07:55:55 PM
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Yeah... there's no way I'll be paying through micro transactions. At this point I'm not even sure it's worth investing money in. This is such a douchy move on their part.

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Comment #87 by E10phoenix
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:15:29 PM
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Well EA, you've just lost yourself a purchase! I'm buying this in a month or two instead when it's cheap and PREOWNED! =D

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Comment #88 by The Elite Elite
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:15:31 PM
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I'm not seeing what's worthy of outrage here. This is just saying for those who are too impatient to actually earn the items by playing the game they can throw their money away and get those items now. What exactly am I missing that makes this a horrible thing?

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Comment #89 by Sundowner
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:18:45 PM
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This hardly matters in the overall scheme of things but it is that proverbial straw. It invalidates any difficulty achievements and is just annoying. The line has to be drawn somewhere with all this money grubbing crap...and with that... I'm out of DS3.

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Comment #90 by darkboy1200
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:24:14 PM
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I have no problem with companies giving the option, just as long as it's an option. If it's not, then I won't buy the game. Simple as that. Business is business and I see no issues with companies trying to convince people to buy some extra stuff so they can make some extra cash. As long as it doesn't interfere with my enjoyment of said game, then I'm gonna be perfectly fine.

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Comment #91 by Sgt Scyther
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:38:30 PM
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Fuck EA and fuck their business practices. Online passes were already bullshit and it's even more bullshit in a game like Dead Space 3 where the online pass is for co-op which is a HUGE part of the game.

This is just the final straw. Yeah, it's optional, but it's still nickel and diming you. I wouldn't be surprised if they make the items they charge far absurdly hard to obtain just to push people into buying them. And unlike those iPad games that use microtransactions, Dead Space 3 isn't free.

I'm getting Dead Space 3 but that's mostly because I had an Amazon gift card and getting it on Amazon got me $20 credit to use on my next purchase but after this I'm done with EA.

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Comment #92 by Tsukasa117
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:40:05 PM
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Whats sad is this isn't even the worst example of EA using the 'pay to win' philosophy look at BF3 all those upgrade packs that should make you have to work for something absolutely meaningless. BF3 is still a great game but what fun is there when every dick and harry has all the same unlocks you do an vehicle combat becomes who bought the DLC as apposed to those who played the game and earned the attachments.

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Comment #93 by humveebear
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:47:40 PM
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I won't be paying either, but I guess some kids with more money than ability or patience will, and give EA a green light to do this in more games. Sad. I think the first time they did this was the Godfather game? Also, the first Dead Space game had a very diluted form of this, by making better armor DLC (Scorpion armor, ect.) which made zealot mode easier. Not easy, but still easier and therefore tempting to anyone trying to 100% it. The first DS game guide I read said it was practically essential for getting through that difficulty.

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Comment #94 by DROoOPPY360
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:56:09 PM
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What happened to buying games at a solid price then boom there you have it your complete game. Not this day 1 dlc crap or on disk content you have to pay for and now these "micro-transactions". I put it in parentheses because if you read the post where it shows the prices of the packs for DS3 I highly doubt 5 bucks counts as a micro-transaction. The gaming industry has really disappointed me in the past years with companies milking their games or making them add multiplayer and putting these god awful "online passes" (Looking at you EA). Sure right now these micro-transaction might seem completely optional but this worries me for the future of gaming because when people buy this crap that just gives EA and other companies the greenlight to do it more often. I also worry that it'll get to the point where you need to buy all this stuff to get the full experience. I can go on and on but just saying if EA and Activision are still gonna be top dogs in the coming years, fear for the worst.

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Comment #95 by TigerII
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 08:59:55 PM
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Once again American greed has ruined something great. Activision and EA have absolutely ruined gaming.

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Comment #96 by Grummy
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:05:00 PM
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I know, it's shocking, a leading company in a competitive business where costs are high is looking for new streams of revenue. God forbid.

I'm loving this rage on display over this issue, it reminds me of me a year ago, before I stopped to think about it.

Out of choice, I'd prefer it to not be here as well, but I'm not going to throw a hissy fit just because EA want to utilize a new revenue stream that doesn't affect me. Sure, you could argue that in the future, if this trend continues that it WILL affect everyone, but that's just speculation following the 'worst case scenario' path. EA have got where they are today by exploiting revenue options without pushing too far, they're not stupid, they're not likely to go too far and make Micro transactions compulsory for paid-for titles.

I don't like that these MT's seem to break the immersion, but the again, it sounds like you have to look for and choose to acquire credits to open up the MS points purchase window. If that is the case, then that option is well disguised and fits the game, meaning no break with immersion.

I'm also reserving judgement until I know how easy/difficult it is to acquire things with normal gameplay.

I'm OK with the MT practice in theory, but I'm not stupid, EA still have to prove themselves here, prove that they can add in MT's for those who want them without hurting the game or the 'hardcore' players in the process. Either way, I'm not getting my panties in a twist like a lot of you are just because EA have provided an option to make life easier for people.

Only time will tell if this will be OK or not though. For now, the ball is in EA's court.

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Comment #97 by chrishaney23
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:12:30 PM
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95 responses to this article and most of them say fuck this shit, i'm not buying. Most of you are liars. Why bitch about this? Seriously, why? Is a screen gonna pop up in the middle of nowhere like on facebook games to ask you if you wanna buy scrap metal, NO! Just dont hit the Y Button at the bench and you will never see it. Part of, if not most of this problem is articles like this trying to scare people, or in this case, piss people off, to get readers or web page views or some shit like that. Look... none of this is mandatory. If you think this is bad, wait til the new consoles role in. There will be so much of this shit and advertising in games, it will make this look like they are paying you to play the game! Chillax people!

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Comment #98 by Avis Cyrus
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 10:52:41 PM
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I love DS, I don't care about this at all. IT'S OPTIONAL! people are so fucking stupid, just because it's there doesn't mean you have to spend your money on it. And this isn't new anyways, EA has had microtransactions in Need For Speed for years, but just because it says I can buy this now instead of earning for free, doesn't mean I'm going to do it. Like I said, people are so fucking stupid.

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Comment #99 by Vindicator51
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 11:03:53 PM
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All of the people saying it's optional, defending it, is probably the cause of this being allowed.

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Comment #100 by BIGGA B0SS
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 11:20:57 PM
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Lol first we could get in game stuff for free with a cheat code or by effort or by beating the game now they charge us for it and call it DLC...then we could play games for free online and the they wanted to charge us for that and call it Online we get charged for extra guns, upgrades, and costumes and its called Micro Transactions...true it maybe optional but it's the principal.

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Comment #101 by BeheldBryan
Friday, February 01, 2013 @ 11:38:03 PM
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Microtransactions suck and I don't want to be a part of it.

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Comment #102 by Crazyfulla
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:20:55 AM
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At the end of the day.. its your money.. you decide how to spend it

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Comment #103 by the emcee
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:14:47 AM
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I really hope this game flops and ea realise their greedy tactics are not acceptable to most people. Iwont be buying this...not until its a score in CEX.

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Comment #104 by howler77
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:31:16 AM
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i'm still ashamed of spending money on me3 mp packs. it'll never happen again.

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Comment #105 by oDEADDOGo
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:49:12 AM
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Maybe EA will soon add that you can just buy your achievements?

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Comment #106 by marzwoody
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 02:18:09 AM
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Im 21. ive been gaming since i was i like five. ive had nearly every major console out but ive NEVER bought a game for a smartphone. this rtarded Ea business man doesent know what there talking about. these so called gamers that play games on smartphones and leave there xbox in dust must be in the 1% they need to stop lying about trying to appeal to a crowd that doesent exist its just to line there pockets with more money.

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Comment #107 by Hottub Cowboy
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 02:31:13 AM
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Its all just an excuse.

Actually you can in BFBC2 with the Specact upgrade kits. They pop the achievs as well.

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Comment #108 by Zero fox fk
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 02:59:37 AM
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Yeah, you can just earn everything the normal way and not spend money... But how do we know that they won't intentionally make certain sections extremely hard or unfair in an attempt to 'force' microtransactions?

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Comment #109 by AlienLocust
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 03:00:45 AM
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I was excited for this game before everyone started raging about this DLC, and I won't let something silly get in the way of my soon to be enjoyment. I understand where everyone is coming from... but this is getting ridiculous... I feel the writer of this even gets a little carried away... with this example.

"All you have to do is hit Y, buy some Microsoft Points, confirm your purchase and it’s yours. Suddenly, immersion goes out of the window. You’re no longer in Tau Volantis, you’re in your console’s store front, being flogged items for real cash."

So you are telling me that if I DON'T hit Y while @ the crafting bench, I won't lose the immersion. That sounds simple enough doesn't it?

Also, I see no harm in these OPTIONAL micro transactions. If you enjoy the game for what it is, what is wrong with putting money towards something you support? Happens all the time in the real world... just when video game companies do this, everyone cries... how petty people can be.

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Comment #110 by Skid Row Trash
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 03:31:59 AM
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Fuck EA. Plain and simple.

I have not supported EA since battlefield 3.

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Comment #111 by DarthTrakd
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 03:32:26 AM
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the generation that has only played games on their smartphones are actually 13-14 year olds. i.e the generation which shouldn't be playing these games as their a bit OTT for them, although the crap they can do on their phones these days is probably more than we ever could using consoles back in the 90s

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Comment #112 by BertMan666
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 03:43:44 AM
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I want this game but EA ain't getting £40 off me after this. I'll wait until it's closer to £20 or ill just trade. Microtransactions are utter bollocks in any console game, especially a horror game

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Comment #114 by DreddPirate Rob
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 05:20:16 AM
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And then EA wonders why they were voted worst company in America.

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Comment #115 by Pyro Stick
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 05:43:12 AM
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What a joke. I cant wait to see the reviews this game actually gets and i hope most of us will boycott the micro transactions or else it will send the wrong message to EA and they will make them standard in every game. Everyone saying "get over it" dont understand whats so bad about this. Microtransactions are acceptable in mobile games because mobile games are sold cheap (even free) with the assumption that they will make back their money on microtransactions. Console games are not mobile games so they are sold at £39.99 with the assumption that its the full game. If they are going to treat us like casual mobile gamers then give us the game free if you want to make your money on microtransactions. You cant have the best of both worlds and expect gamers to pay for it. I for one am waiting until i can get the game for no more than £15.

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Comment #116 by ash356
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 05:54:37 AM
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I don't think Microsoft need to look into this, as much as your friend needs to learn some self-control.
OT: Good article, and definitely true. Once you get into this habit, it breaks the immersion down by tenfold.
Couldn't help noticing this, though; "In Dead Space 3, a game where survival horror chills have been abandoned in favour of populist action thrills."
Oh dear. I know you guys have been playing it, and this isn't good news at all.

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Comment #117 by thml777
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 06:55:25 AM
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I don't mind Microtransactionsn as long as you have the option to get the same shit by playing the game normally, and in Dead Space 3 you can. There is a in game currency to buy the same shit.
In NFS games and Forza Horizon you have the option of buying cars and upgrades with in game money or with ms points, in BF3 there are packs that unlocks everything for you or you can just play the game normally and unlock the same shit.

So no problem for me. And this game is fucking great, the coop it's very good and surprisely scary sometimes.

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Comment #118 by Doc Lolly
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 07:58:41 AM
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“There are action game fans, and survival horror game fans, who are 19 and 20, and they've only played games on their smartphones, and micro-transactions are to them a standard part of gaming. It's a different generation.”

i'm 21 i guess thats why i don't get this. That damn 1992+ generation.. i feel bad for them because had they been born just a couple of months earlier they could have experienced videogames systems like Snes, genesis, n64, Gameboy, PS2, Xbox etc. but too bad they never touched videogames until smartphones games became popular in the mid-late 2000's

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Comment #119 by Swaffor
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 08:05:41 AM
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OH come on I'm 21, almost 22, and I never do shit like that. The only mobile game I played that I actually used real money to get a tiny bit further was the Tribez. Hey when I am given the opportunity to get like 300 gems for like 20 bucks.. why the hell not? Anyway I will NOT be buying random things for Dead Space 3. I like to bust my ass on console games. Oh and plus I have been playing World of Warcraft for 6 years so I understand how it is to put in effort to progress in a game.

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Comment #120 by maur1c1o
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 08:07:44 AM
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I don't have a issue with micro-transactions what worries me is the direction companies are taking in the future you'll literally have to pay to insert the disk into your console first DLC Now this soon they'll be loads more of ways to charge you greedy companies wont stop thinking of ways to take your money and for its ruining my game experience i live in low wages and cant afford to buy a game for full price then spend another 20 quid on dlc and not only that dlc is getting more and more expensive and there seems to be more and more coming out yeas you can say that i don't need to buy but that's not the case with some games like Mass effect the DLC fills in you the rest of the story. Like i like my concern is whats next soon its gonna be pointless gaming unless you can fork out 100 quid per game

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Comment #121 by VampireViking
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 08:35:36 AM
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Lol at all the bitchy people complaining about Ea. Its optional not mandatory. Are you seriously going to not buy a game because of one "fault" because if so you must have hardy any games. They have given us a choice and you are complaining about it, don't like one of the choices it's simple don't pick that one. Some of you need to get a grip and grow up!

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Comment #122 by Sanchezz4387
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 08:38:50 AM
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I made my feelings very clear on this in the last thread its a farce and dosgusting money grabbing feom publishers/developers....what sickens me the most is all the liberal idiots who say this is ok, it not essential dont like it dont buy it bull shit. Theres no justification want or need for micro transactions in console gaming period

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Comment #123 by drkltus2
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 08:45:24 AM
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Comment #124 by Lord Gothic
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 08:48:31 AM
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What do people expect its ea after all.

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Comment #125 by GhostWorlds
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 08:50:03 AM
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EA being EA. which if someone wants to buy a weapon or an upgrade let them. I personally won't be buying any, but it is just an option. EA has done this in many other games as well.

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Comment #126 by HandymanJames
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 09:07:28 AM
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DS1 and DS2 both had DLC armor/weapons which were game breaking. DS3 has DLC armor/weapons as well. However for the first time they're also offering what basically equates to a Power Node. There is no difference other than the way they're describing it.

Does this make sense? It's been in the series since the beginning, they're just offering slightly less game breaking transactions this time. Instead of instant god win for the entire game they're giving you the chance to just give yourself a little push if you so desire.

Personally I don't think I'll need it but damn if I didn't wish I could get a few extra power nodes during my Hardcore play through on Dead Space 2.

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Comment #127 by Wiihalofan
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 09:16:19 AM
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Now imagine when this starts to affect achievements.... go fuck yourself EA

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Comment #128 by francisrossi
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 09:38:18 AM
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Optional or not, EA can go fuck themselves. If they want microtransactions in their games, they can give us them for free, like mobile games.

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Comment #129 by DragonessAthena
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 09:40:50 AM
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What "pay to win"? Dead Space 3 and Mass Effect 3 are single player games with co-op. You're not paying to win as you're playing with other people, there is simply no losing.

Battlefield 3 has PvP, so yes, you can pay to win.

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Comment #130 by XxMayhemxX
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 10:21:57 AM
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just dont buy anything.. who cares if microtransactions are in a game... please ppl, do you need some cheese with that wine?

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Comment #131 by Islandweller
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 10:30:35 AM
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Well others may have said it (tl:dr) but personally, I will only be renting this title, EA gets none of my money there. I will also not be partaking in any of these crappy microtransactions, EA doesn't get any of my money there either!

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Comment #132 by kelnoker
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 10:40:52 AM
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just look at this system in The War Z on Pc....

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Comment #133 by PhoenixTemplar
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 11:59:34 AM
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Vote with your wallet. And I'm voting no.

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Comment #134 by Darkflame
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:33:01 PM
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If a person is going to start using the micro transactions I think immersion is really the last thing on their mind in this game. Hell 2/3 of this article sounds like a biased rant against EA and evil business practices.

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Comment #135 by Midnight Malice
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:33:41 PM
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Yup, pretty much said by most people, microtransactions are fine, when a game is free to play. They are basically saying hey, come try our game, if you like it, here is some cool stuff you can use in the game for a few extra bucks. In that case, sure. But when I plop down 60 bucks + tax, I don't expect to see the game asking me for more money. It is distracting, and completely ruins the immersion of the game, especially in a game like Dead Space WAS. With this news, that game is dead, and this fantastic IP has been turned into Resident Evil, canned action game made for the masses, and not the fans, and like RE5 and 6 the most I will do is throw it on my Gamefly Queue If i even do that for Dead Space3 Im guessing I will just give it a pass. Sad part is, they wouldn't be using this model if it wasn't proven to work, just like online passes, and day 1 DLC it will probably spread like herpes in the 80s.

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Comment #136 by mugginyouoff
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:35:53 PM
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No thanks then! I'll just wait another week and get Alien instead.

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Comment #137 by tg rico72
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 12:45:39 PM
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People seem to forget that both Dead Space 1 and 2 had weapons and suits you could buy day 1 to help you through the game. Dead Space 3 has a new model for crafting which works perfectly with microtransactions. It isn't something you need to buy to win. It worked fine in Mass Effect 3 multiplayer

If we are going to complain about a game with microtransactions then go for Tiger Woods. I stopped buying because of how aggressive they are with the microtransactions in that.

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Comment #138 by Wilkz07
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:08:40 PM
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of course this game has microtransactions. its EA.

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Comment #139 by Magicman10893
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:18:16 PM
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The problem with everyone boycotting Dead Space 3 is that EA won't make the connection that they are refusing to buy the game because of their shitty business practices. EA is going to see poor sales and can the franchise because, "it's not good enough to compete," or "not marketable enough." They won't see people boycotting the game, they'll just see poor sales. So if you really enjoyed Dead Space 1 or 2 and you were looking forward to Dead Space 3, the best option would be to still pick the game up, but boycott the microtransactions.

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Comment #140 by chaoschao222
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 01:40:34 PM
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Yeah, as 139 noted, boycotting the game will just tell EA that the DS franchise is failing, not that their business tactics are. It's an unfortunate spiral of "you either eat shit, or you starve," but at least this time, the shit is optional.

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Comment #141 by Exu
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 02:24:55 PM
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@127 Funny you should say that, it already has.

Crimson Dragon Side Story is now literally impossible to complete without spending at least 2400 MSP, and that's a Microsoft Game Studios title. Apparently it's acceptable because it's "only a phone game". I've explained in detail how on the forums for that game.

Luckily in versions 1.0 and 1.1 there was an exploit, I used and abused it to complete that game without spending a penny and I highly recommend any exploit found in any game that pulls this stunt is used and abused to the fullest.

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Comment #142 by soastedsoldier
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 02:30:27 PM
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I dont see why people make a big fuss about something that dosent affect how the game plays, ive played both dead space games and 100% the achievements on both, yes i bought everything i could to help me, 240msp for a wepon and suit? awesome, why all the fuss? I honestly dont see why it would affect you, its not making you buy it, its there for people who might need a little help, for example my gf's step dad is terrible and needs all the help he can get, the games are aimed at a wide audience not just you.

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Comment #143 by Social Cancer
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 04:37:07 PM
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im 19 and i dont think this is a standard part of gaming, fuck you EA

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Comment #144 by Zumato
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 06:01:06 PM
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I think it's more about the principle of the issue. A lot of people feel that they are buying 75% of a game for 100% of the price, with the other 25% coming from DLC which costs more. Now...this really isn't the case yet with Dead Space 3 because we don't know if it's a "complete" game. Another issue is that these micro transactions really ruin the spirit of games, especially games of this type. Yes, they're completely optional and can be completely ignored, but people will still buy them for various reasons. This sends a message to other developers/publishers, who will then start implementing the same thing on their future games. It seems trivial now, but in the future it will ultimately hurt consoles.

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Comment #145 by crunchb3rry
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 08:25:23 PM
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"“We don't want to make games that suck, we want to make games that people want to hold on to, to keep on their shelves. That is our mark of success.”"

Funny...every sports game I had wound up in the garbage. All of them kinda suck a little by default because you know they added as little as possible over the previous year so they could "bag" some ideas for next year. So you have an intentionally underdeveloped product on the store shelves. Not worth playing after the year it was released, not worth $1 via trade-in, not going to get a single eBay bid either. And sports games are their bread and that comment confuses me.

The real mark of their success is consumer manipulation. Has been since even before the introduction of the online pass. It's like everything "fucked up" in gaming was something brewed up in the EA cauldron. Other companies don't do that shit, but end up having to adopt it because it's mandatory in order to compete with shady-ass EA. Same company that says this "we will never do pay-to-win" but had a bigshot about a year ago saying he'd like to see the day when you have to pay $0.25 for every clip of ammo in Battlefield. I wouldn't be surprised if Dead Space 3's scrap drops are so low you would have to play through the game 4-5 times over to accumulate enough to really capitalize on the system. It's the same with cellphone games, you can play up to a point, then the game either gets too hard or literally won't let you progress until you pony up some cash.

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Comment #146 by Minarvia
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 10:13:02 PM
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Here is my option on this practice is it crap, and low handed way to make more money, and while 5 and 6 bucks might not sound like a lot, but trust me it adds up really fast, it happen to me on a FaceBook app. I wanted this game so much, that I was tempted to pre order the developer edition, but after the weapon crafting trailer I saw on YouTube I was in the middle, then playing the demo in which I felt like I was playing Mass Effect 2 and 3, not Dead Space I told myself I not buying this. If I am going to play it, I will wait for a friend of mine to be done with it and give it to me. From the people that have play it, they say that it more action based than horror based, like what happen to Resident Evil. Somebody on this forum did a review of the game and stated that this entrance in the series isn't his favorite.

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Comment #147 by therealcmurder
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 10:14:32 PM
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Although I think these micro transactions are a complete waste of money, I dont really have a problem with it in single player games. I bet that 90% of the people that pay for items you can unlock by just playing the game like normal dont work for there money. Or they suck at it and want to feel like they kick ass. Its easy to pay for something this dumb when your using mom and dads money, not money you had to bust your ass for working

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Comment #148 by cheevo360
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 10:55:46 PM
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Lol EA always want money that is right as most people mention all times. EA already ruined some of their franchises and they talked about crap now about Microtransactions. EA make no sense. Lmfao :D

EA had already ruined their franchise games:

Dead Space 3 (because of Co-op and no Survival Horror elements)
Mass Effect 2 and 3 (Full forced of Action and very rare RPG elements)
Medal of Honor (bought Medal of Honor in 2010 and 2012 for modern FPS that original series is not about!!)
Battlefield 3 (EA mention they want release it to fights with CoD for sales as well too much noobs ruined MP unlike past BF series did well in MPs)
The Sims (EA already destroyed it for some changed)
Command and Conquer (Same again as above)
Star Wars: Old Republic (There some all over google explains EA had ruined it.)
Madden NFL 13 (lots of Madden fans mention they pissed over EA to ruined this sport lovable game for reasons)
And more games with each own reasons why they destroyed them.

EA used to be great from last generation but not this generation just like Activision.

I agreed with EA 'destroying' gaming, says Minecraft creator. Creator said it last year. He is correct and he side to gamers instead of side with bullshit EA. :D

EA should go to good side for next generation when next Xbox and PS4 arrives but I don't think so so do many gamers. Lol

Nevermind EA. Look forward Dead Space 3 next week and I knew this game gonna be great but still franchise ruined for reasons. :P

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Comment #149 by Sonnenberg
Saturday, February 02, 2013 @ 11:38:53 PM
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sad day indeed

EA mutherfuckers

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Comment #150 by Monkey Wizard
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 12:46:30 AM
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I love how you pay full price for a game now on release to show your support for a title, only to find out when you load it up it's half a game and you have to part with even more money just to get the full expierence, weapons, armor, cheats, the list goes on... this shit all used to be include in the damn disc i spent my hard earned money on.

Why are people so narrow minded to think this is a good thing for gamers or gamming in general, you clearly have more dollars than sense, EA have gone money and profit fucking crazy these last couple of years setting a really bad trend for the future... Tiger Woods PGA tour is the worst of them all its almost criminal how much content they leave out of that title on release and then try and trick you into buying all there microtransactions and course packs.

If people keep supporting this company and there absurd reasoning for microtransactions in console gamming soon they'll have enough money to buy out every developer/publisher out there..then where really fucked.

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Comment #151 by tg rico72
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 01:56:32 AM
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It's not half a game!!! If any of you didn't piss and moan about this in the last 2 dead space's then you are clearly just hopping on the bandwagon for some other reason. The microtransactions are weapon and suit packs...guess what else had those. Dead Space 1 and 2! Can we get over this topic already?

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Comment #152 by TheWeasel
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 02:20:27 AM
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@145 i agree that they probably will limit the scraps you can find on a play through to try and get suckers to pay real money for the scraps to avoid playing the game 6X

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Comment #153 by sxylou123
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 03:09:27 AM
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More money grabbing EA...

Why cant they just make a game, some DLC and be done with it.

How times have changed, not only do I have to buy the game now but I also have to have a multiplayer pass to play online, a season pass for all the content and now microtransactions...bleeding the stone dry me thinks!

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Comment #154 by treo9
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 03:27:36 AM
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Cash grab cash grab read all about it, we here at EA like to finish off all our trilogy's with crazy microtransactions to send our less fortunate gamers bankrup and deliver us with some amazing salary bonuses.
Bot Capacity Upgrade - $4.99
• Bot Personality Pack - $4.99
• First Contact Pack - Free
• Marauder Pack - $4.99
• Sharpshooter Pack - $4.99
• Tundra Recon Pack - $4.99
• Witness the Truth Pack - $4.99
• Bot Accelerator - $4.99
• Epic Weapon & Resource Pack - $2.99
• Online Pass - $9.99
• Ultra Weapon & Resource Pack - $1.99
• Resource Pack - $0.99
P.S if the game is to much of a grind or you're just short for time, spend spend spend EA is here for you...for a price of course, we sure love your money, even if we dont deserve it..honestly we here at EA dont really give a shit, for we no there will be week minded individuals who will buy all this DLC on there first playthrough( we have systems in place to be constantly tempting you and drawing you away from the immersion of the game) :0

This shit is officially getting out of control, i'll be buying a pre owned copy in a month or so, just to show my support for a crappy trend that is developing.

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Comment #155 by bigmaples
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 03:57:27 AM
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fucking fuck EA they are nothing but money grabbing whores

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Comment #156 by bigmaples
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:08:05 AM
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dont forget the 10 dollar online pass just to play co-op.

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Comment #157 by OldSkoolGamer
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:28:59 AM
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Everybody seems to be forgetting that it's not just EA that are doing this. Turn 10 does it too. In Forza 4 and Horizon (can't remember if they did it in 3) every single friggin' time you go to buy a car it asks you if you want to pay with your hard earned credits from hours of gameplay or Micro$oft points.

This is just a taste of what the future will be like where every game will be download only so you can't buy pre-owned and include micro-transactions. All the traditional gamers just won't be able to compete with everyone that's payed for the best in-game stuff early, and that's if it's even an option.

I'm not liking the way the future of the game industry is heading.

@70 I agree with you, a lot of the younger gamers (mostly ones that play games on smart phones) are as you put it "pussified". I remember when games used to be a real challenge, now people start to whinge if the checkpoints are too far apart.

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Comment #158 by Minarvia
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:36:29 AM
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Here is something, if I want to eliminated an alien threat, I go play XCOM:Enemy Unknown by Firaxis and 2K Games, at least that game doesn't have micro transactions in it and it has two DLCs to it, and one of them is free. Also that game dose have cheats, but if you use them it voided out all the achievements, so it the game forces you to play it legit if you want to get the achievements.

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Comment #159 by Pakhair
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:38:28 AM
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The problem is not that they are optional or not. The problem is that it's a wrong trend, soon in no time it will corrupt all the industry and such things will be promoted e.g how micro transactions work in mobile games, Legitimately 300 hours to unlock stuff and less then an hour if you pay. A starter upgrade pack is not bad for late comers to join the fun but get every upgrade with micro-transactions is cheap stuff.

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Comment #160 by slimzy
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:58:17 AM
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you can by the packs with ration seals watch this video on how to get as many as you want for free

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Comment #161 by Miramal
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 05:00:16 AM
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DS3 is only the beginning. In a not so distant future more and more Games will offer microtransactions. This Trend makes me feeling sad ..

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Comment #162 by mksystem74
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 05:42:16 AM
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As long as they don't FORCE you to buy things to advance in the game i see no problem with microtransactions. Last time i checked they make games for a profit, as gaming is changing so is the business. This is no different than people spending money on "free-to-play" games to help them advance faster. They have a right to make money any way they can as long as its not flat out robbing people.

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Comment #163 by three15
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 05:44:24 AM
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Never brought a Dead Space game and now i never will.

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Comment #164 by OldSkoolGamer
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 06:08:29 AM
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@162 There is a big difference and you even say it yourself in your own comment, and that is that "free-to-play" games are exactly that free. The only way they make money from those sorts of games is from micro-transactions, and in that sort of game that's fine. But for a full priced retail release it is unacceptable.

And yes I agree with you that game companies need to make a profit otherwise there would be no games. But last time I checked game companies were making profits on their games way before micro-transactions and DLC were even thought of.

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Comment #165 by Iconoclast Envy
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 08:01:44 AM
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I don't see why people are upset. Just don't buy it. If i want to blow money then that's my problem. And besides if you buy a game used they can't profit from that at all so they have other stuff like DLC, Microtransactions so they can still make money. But wait here's the best's Optional!

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Comment #166 by mk80824
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 08:02:01 AM
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Unbelievable! Apparently, 19-20 year olds have only played smart phone games.. Try subtracting 10 years from that statement. I dont think kids that have only played smartphone games are even old enough to play dead space. And if they were, why the hell would they buy an xbox and get deadspace as their first game!?

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Comment #167 by OldSkoolGamer
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 08:32:21 AM
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@166 No, not all 19-20 year olds have only played smart phone games, some do, others only play facebook games, others only console or PC games, and there's others that play a combination of those.

And just because kids aren't old enough to play certain games doesn't mean they don't, don't be so naive. Just look at Call Of Duty. They just pester mummy or daddy for it and they buy it for them just to make them shut up.

I've seen this first hand, in a game shop when GTA: San Andreas first came out. A 10-11 year old kid was asking his dad to get him GTA and the sales assistant repeatedly told the father that he thought that it wasn't appropriate for him. But the kid kept pestering and eventually he bought it for him.

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Comment #168 by Vulger Spartan
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 12:25:14 PM
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There was a Time when Soocial/Technological gaps were like 25-50 years. People had a hard time accepting & catching up to it mentally. Now it's wittled down to less than 10, er... probably less that 5 years now. That doesn't help our sadly generic human brains accept it any better, but it's always been about the $$$Money$$$.

EA/Visceral have their little demographic (19-20yr olds)idea, and I'm 6 years old than that, but when I was 20 I didn't buy any upgrade/unlock packs that I could unlock naturally through patience & progression of game play. I'll Never Compromise that even with Dead Space 3's "Micro Transactions" & I'll Throw it back in EA/Visceral's collective Faces.

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Comment #169 by Ryda34563
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 01:45:15 PM
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EA Please take note. Go fuck yourselves.

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Comment #170 by Orrest92
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 02:35:00 PM
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“There are action game fans, and survival horror game fans, who are 19 and 20, and they've only played games on their smartphones, and micro-transactions are to them a standard part of gaming. It's a different generation.”

This whole statement is just false.

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Comment #171 by Haters
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 03:03:07 PM
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I didn't hear this much bitching about Mass Effect 3's microtransactions. o_o

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Comment #172 by Slayinfool
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 03:11:27 PM
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It's an optional feature.. No going to say "fuck off" to the game just because it offers microtransactions. That's just stupid.. I will enjoy this game the way it was intended and probably play through it 3 or 4 times. People who want to take shortcuts, go right ahead.. Be stupid and spend your money. That is all.

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Comment #173 by LilGurgi
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 03:55:00 PM
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I have no problems with micro-transactions. Just keep them out of competitive multiplayer games. Also, if the micro-transactions are the wave of the future, how about they lower the prices of the games a little since the micro-transaction model is based on free-to-play games in the first place.

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Comment #174 by Gackt
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:47:22 PM
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Fuck the casual crowd who is used to phone games and bullshit instant gratification. Keep this garbage off consoles.

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Comment #175 by Iconoclast Envy
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 04:52:53 PM
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Cry all you want. The gaming industry is changing whether we like it or not. Big companies that can afford a few losses here and there control the market and can care less if you buy their games because they make so much revenue.

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Comment #176 by OldSkoolGamer
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 05:47:22 PM
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@175 They should care whether or not we buy their games, because if no-one buys their games then they won't make any money, no money means they either have to change the way they do business, or close down.

We need to speak with our wallets and stamp this sort of thing out before it becomes commonplace and no longer optional.

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Comment #177 by Zenamez
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 07:18:58 PM
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Unless we (as gamers) tell the likes of EA to go f*ck themselves, they're going to keep pulling this trick (progressively getting worse). There's also no point in using the "don't use it then" line since, knowing EA, they'll think "oh it's fine. We didn't get as much backlash as expected. Let's add it in more games...".

First was the DLC. It used to be known as extending the game's lifetime by adding new story missions etc but now it's a money grab. Current games are rife with expensive (for what you're getting) DLC on the disk. Useless costumes, reskins - the lot are all locked on the disks we pay for (I'm looking at you SR3. An utter disappointment met with rafts of on-disk DLC with useless crap). We're essentially given a half finished game and are forced to finish it ourselves by purchasing more content. It's like the whole "oh no! Pre-owned games are killing the market" so they introduced the stupid "Online pass" system (which ironically isn't netting them any more money since gamers like myself have yet to find a game with a multiplayer mode worth £10 just to use).

They don't know where the boundaries lie unless we, as consumers, tell them to backdown and by just saying "Oh don't use it" it's almost like inviting the lies of EA into your everyday lives, charging you for every menial thing you do. "Oh want to drink that coffee? That'll be £3.00. Want to watch TV? Buy an online pass now!".

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Comment #178 by ReallyRedPants
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 09:10:05 PM
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To anyone who is arguing that the microtransactions are optional and won't change the game if you don't use them, consider this.

It's a common tactic for free-to-play game designers to make their game MORE DIFFICULT or REMOVE parts from the game and then use microtransactions to get people to PAY for an easier and whole experience. I'm not against that, because their game was FREE to begin with.

Now EA is trying to implement the same tactic in video games that you are going to pay $60 retail price for, and you're okay with that? It may not seem like it will affect the game much, but did you ever think they might have changed parts of the game based around the idea that they would be using microtransactions?

You're just letting them cheat you.

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Comment #179 by Russman
Sunday, February 03, 2013 @ 09:50:07 PM
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Just like charging $15 for a map pack and lots of games having season passes, this will become the new standard once it takes off and it will. Sure it's optional, but given the choice and with MS points just sitting there it would be hard not to say I wouldn't at least be tempted to try it once.

But again if you want this to change, don't come on here or on the EA forums and complain, just protest with your wallet.

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Comment #180 by Creasy47
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 02:17:35 AM
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I'm just very confused as to why someone would want to spend $60+ on a base game such as this, and then spend even more to unlock everything and fly through the game like it's a chore. Who wouldn't want to spend the money on a game and put as much time into it as possible? Sounds like such a waste. I know I won't be getting this. Nothing has caught my eye for the next couple of months.

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Comment #181 by Loubie248
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 04:40:52 AM
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I'm getting more and more frustrated with games nowadays.
First you buy the game for say £40. Then you fork out extra for (a lot of time overpriced) DLC.
Then the game sometimes contains additional content like multiplayer - but you need a season pass to unlock it, meaning if you happened to buy a preowned game you need to pay more money to buy that.
Now this.
I HATE the microtransactions in a game. While I can understand how the companies want to make money, this will seriously affect the game. All developers will do is make the game substantially harder to you are eventually forced to pay for these microtransactions. And while they may not seem like much, they will definitely add up over time.

So to play a game:
I will pay £40 for Gold to play online, £40 for the game, an extra £15 or something to access the online multiplayer by downloading the season pass, an extra £? to access weapons/etc to allow me to stand a chance of surviving.

Unbelievable. Smartphone gaming is in no way similar to console gaming. Smartphone gaming is something you do to pass the time commuting for example. You rarely invest time in a smartphone game.

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Comment #182 by The Kingslayer
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 04:44:08 AM
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As long as it isn't mandatory and you can still enjoy the game without doing this I don't see the issue.

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Comment #183 by RDrules
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 05:46:24 AM
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@171 there was bitching about it but as it gets worse so is the feedback from users, micro transactions have been an awful downward spiral since they first reared their heads on the gaming market

we first saw them in pay to play games in the form f a few skins that were easily avoided, then in multiplayer as a quick way to get your character geared up

Now we have dead space 3 where it is NOT avoidable (sorry all you saying it is) it pops up every time you go to actually spend what you earned in game and taunts you saying haha you could have just bought that rather than play fool.

its getting beyond a joke in games that we have supposedly already payed for before playing, next... well its going to be things like loading up dragon age to get to a nice town and it saying "this is a member only area pay for membership to enter" etc. Its going to happen, its just a matter of when at this point.

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Comment #184 by icegardner9
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 07:31:56 AM
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This is something EA has alwasy done, I believe it started with need for speed where you could buy a car with MS points. Its lame and shouldnt be in the game but people still use them so they will stay.

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Comment #185 by ZingZitang
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 07:55:15 AM
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Fantastic Article! Thanks.

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Comment #186 by Rastaman20
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 10:54:19 AM
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19-20 years olds who need instant gratification? Wtf I'm 22 and I think that buying your way through a game is fuckin lame, your not getting the full experience if your buying/one shoring your way through, its like Modding a game to get every legendary/every skill maxed out without ever puting in over 10hrs into the game which is BS .I won't be purchasing Shit I CAN GET FOR FREEEin game as long as put the work in to get it lol which is simple and COST EFFECTIVE lol

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Comment #187 by Duds911
Monday, February 04, 2013 @ 10:10:30 PM
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im 23 playing xbox for 7 years and not once have I played a smartphone game (words with friends is the exception) and in addition, not once have i thought to myself, "hey i just bought a $60 game, i wish i could spend MORE money to beat the game FASTER"

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Comment #188 by SasileUchiha92
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 @ 07:20:22 PM
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This proves to me without any doubt that the golden years of gaming are behind us. All we have to look forward to now is companies trying to make as much money as possible through looking content on the disc we paid for. The sad thing is, people are stupid enough to keep buying, even though a mass moment against it could stop this. The death of the gaming industry is right around the corner, and EA is the one hammering the nails into the coffin.

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