|| Mafia III - Do NOT pre-order!
Posted by Mr Robville @ 8:30pm BST on Monday 16th May 2016[8 Comment(s)]
If anyone has watched the latest storyline trailer or other videos from Mafia III, you may have noticed that at the end of these videos there's a banner telling you to pre-purchase the game in order to get the "Family Kick Back" DLC consisting of 3 weapons and 3 cars. As much as it may be tempting, DO. NOT. PRE. ORDER.
Here's why in case anyone finds this an odd thing to say;
Remember Mafia 2 when it came out? It had loads of day one DLC packages which all turned out to already be installed in the game but simply required unlocking. It was content you already owned but had to pay extra for. The exact same thing is happening with this as well. Developers have already made content, and decided to cut parts away from the game to sell for an additional profit.
"Yeah but Mr Robville, the game is not a cent more expensive than the normal retail price when it comes out, you are retarded man, get a life."
If that thought crossed your mind, then kudo's to the developer because that's exactly what they want you to think. You know what's the problem with this?
By pre-ordering/purchasing, you are giving the developers money for a product without guarantee that it is of any quality. Once you have that pre-order and the game turns out to be trash, your money is gone. At full price even. Besides, you may think you are making a smart deal, but you are simply paying for the content that should have been in the game to begin with. Developers know people are gullible enough to fall for it.
Developers shouldn't be rewarded for cutting down content and selling it as day one DLC. If you have seen the latest Driving in New Bordeaux video, you can already notice that this game is anywhere but close to the original vision of the Mafia games. They've ditched the realistic focus that the previous 2 games were known for that every Mafia fan loves about the series and decided to go for a casual Michael Bay/ Call of Duty-esque Hollywood shooter.
No one can stop you from pre-ordering, but if you do and the game is a let down, you deserve everything you get.
"So what should I do then Mr Robville?"
Wait. Simply wait. It's just 1 or 2 days before the first honest unpaid and unbiased reviews come out (so avoid IGN like the damn plague). If the game turns out bad, you have saved yourself some money. It will then only be a matter of weeks until you can find it in the budget corner. If the game turns out good, buy it then. The DLC is probably disk locked content anyways like they've done with Mafia 2 because that would be a lot easier for the developer to distribute, I can tell from experience having worked for a company that published on Steam. So it's only a matter of a few days before the first modders unlock this content without you having to buy it.
And even if it isn't disk locked content, practices like this shouldn't be rewarded to the developers so I would recommend getting it from places that doesn't involve your wallet.
Day one DLC is a disease in the gaming industry that's putting greed before gamers. Us gamers, especially as Mafia fans, shouldn't stand for this nonsense.
Still on the fence on whether or not to pre-order? I would recommend watching the next bit in This Video.
(The whole thing is worth watching, but I've skipped to the relevant bit for you)
Let's stand against corporate greed folks!
Posted on Tuesday 17th May 2016 @ 5:43pm BST
I miss the good old days when there was no such thing as DLC or this episodic structure bull****.
Posted on Tuesday 17th May 2016 @ 8:44pm BST
Although the concept of DLC was fine when developers were only making it αfter the game had released, it's completely abused nowadays and it's a testimony of the lack of respect from the developers towards the gaming community.
Episodic releases idem dito. It was fine when TellTale games was doing it considering the whole story essence. But you can start seeing it in games that are completely irrelevant to such systems such as the latest Hitman. An easy way for the developer to get money before releasing the full product. There's no guarantee if the following "episodes" are of the same quality as the first one. It's basically pre-order-extravaganza-deluxe.
Like those weekly release building kits that once were all on TV. "Buy the first kit and get this fancy part with 3 booklets and bla bla bla." The first set was always the most interesting and complicated part. After that, start saying goodbye to your money with mediocre and more expensive pieces being released afterwards. "Too far in to stop now eh?"
Posted on Saturday 21st May 2016 @ 8:39am BST
Milking profits for profits sake is what is wrong with the gaming industry these days Eventually the "Cash-Cow" will end up with engorged udders.
Posted on Thursday 2nd June 2016 @ 11:09am BST
I'm not saying that people should be pirating games or whatever, but this business model is what drives people into pirating, essentially making those so-called triple-A developers shooting themselves in the foot. It also accounts for indie developers rising to prominence in recent years, too, as they tend to offer something worthwhile to gamers without having to milk their pockets dry.
Posted on Friday 3rd June 2016 @ 6:53am BST
I miss the days when the only input 2K had on the Mafia franchise was providing the facilities for the voice acting (Mafia 1). By Mafia II they had swallowed up IS and it was awful, MIII has none of the original team and only the publisher as the common denominator, which basically means there is now no relation at all. 2K owning the franchise now is the only reason the 'Mafia' title is on Mafia III at all, and without the very forced inclusion of Vito it's essentially an unrelated game.
Posted on Tuesday 7th June 2016 @ 9:54am BST
I'm keeping an open mind and waiting to see what Mafia 3 will have to offer, but I agree with everything that you've written here guys. Especially with Asa's last sentence, cause it sure feels like Vito's presence is somehow unnatural. But I guess we can do nothing but wait and keep our fingers crossed for it to turn out that we had underestimated the game.
Posted on Saturday 23rd July 2016 @ 7:20pm BST
AsaSK: That began when developers or more frequently publishers decided to make unrelated games "sequels" to previously successful games. Rare it is, when the sequel is equal to or better than (and not more of a remake of) the original.
I always felt ambivalent about a MAFIA sequel, and when IS ceased to be a studio, I felt no one could do the game justice with an authentic sequel. Caveat emptor.
Posted on Tuesday 11th October 2016 @ 10:51pm BST
According to the "Speculation Rumour-Mill" *(doesn't exist)
Shops will be open for purchasing items, food, clothing etc.
in a BiG DLC already in the game archives but it will cost
you another £2500 to unlock... *(seriously..what!)*
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