Regular visitors to TheSixthAxis will know that – on a personal level – this generation of consoles is really starting to tick me off, and next gen is only going to get worse. Why? A few reasons, but the main one is the increasing levels of greed of some publishers and the hugely frustrating notion that we’re only getting half a game when we hand over our £50 (or so).
The latest? Forza Horizon, a game I was massively excited about and now feel like just swerving clear of, sadly – because it comes with a $50 (or 4,000 Microsoft Points) Season Pass. Depending on where you buy the game, that’s basically doubling the cost of the racer straight off the bat, and that’s on top of any silly so-called Collectors Editions.
I dislike the notion of Season Passes hugely, not least because – like with Borderlands 2 – they don’t even cover all the DLC, just some already planned content that – yes – should be on the damned disk to start with. Forza 4 was already pretty light on content (and more was and still is being drip fed on a regular basis) and it looks like Horizon will be the same deal.
What does that $50 Season Pass get you? Six cars, six future car packs and a “major” expansion pack planned for December. It’s apparently a good deal, too, with a 17% saving if you were to buy all the DLC individually. But we don’t know what all that stuff is yet – we’re being asked to take a gamble on something we can’t see.
Someone on a message board said it’s basically a Kickstarter for DLC.
As far as I’m concerned (and again, this is just my personal opinion blah blah) this is starting to get out of control. When I spend a big chunk of cash on a game I want that game to be the full game. I don’t want to buy it knowing that unless I then throw more money at it (and in this case it’s quite a bit) I’m going to miss out on another large bit of the game in two months time.
Forza Horizon is out in October.