Electronic Arts ditches Online Pass finally.


At long last Electronic Arts has seen the light, they have listened to the scathing fans, they have reached some form of common sense in their corporate minds. The Online Pass a.k.a. Project Ten Dollar is finally being scrapped, no seriously, it’s over. The witch is dead. She can’t get you nor your little dog now.

After 3 ridiculous years of budget minded shoppers getting the shaft on buying used games, EA will no longer shove those stupid little codes inside each new copy of their blockbuster titles. Originally envisioned as ”an effort to package a full menu of online content and services,” otherwise none as “OP Jack the Consumer” the program morphed into a way to cut used games out of the system. Instead “many players didn’t respond to the format.” And rightly so. Some people can’t drop $60 bucks down for every title and either have to wait for a sale (in which a significant time passes and often rendered the Online Pass invalid) or buy used.

“We’ve listened to the feedback and decided to do away with it moving forward.” Say what? You guys listened? I guess being named “The Worst Company in America” will do that to you, just maybe. Although let’s be real here, there are far worse companies here than Electronic Arts. Of course now we have to sit back and wonder how they’re going to gouge us. $70 games? $30 map packs? It boggles the mind!

So what you geeks think? About time or too little too late?

Dead Space 3 has over $50 worth of DLC and micro-transactions

If you’re thinking of picking up Dead Space 3 next week for $59.99 (or even $160), that’s by no means the end of the sale as far as EA is concerned. It has been revealed that the game will ship with over $50 worth of DLC spread over 11 packs for you to purchase if you so desire.

The DLC packs breakdown as follows:

  • Online Pass – $9.99
  • Bot Capacity Upgrade – $4.99
  • Bot Personality Pack – $4.99
  • Bot Accelerator – $4.99
  • Marauder Pack – $4.99
  • Sharpshooter Pack – $4.99
  • Tundra Recon Pack – $4.99
  • Witness the Truth Pack – $4.99
  • Epic Weapon & Resource Pack – $2.99
  • Ultra Weapon & Resource Pack – $1.99
  • Resource Pack – $0.99
  • First Contact Pack – Free

The most expensive option, the Online Pass, is only for gamers who buy Dead Space 3 used and want to unlock online play. The rest are a mix of bot upgrades, weapons, and suit packs you can choose to purchase.

None of these are essential to playing the game, but some are quite useful. For example, spending the $15 to upgrade the scavenger bots (Capacity, Personality, and Accelerator packs) will have a big impact on the game because it will allow them to find and collect better weapon parts and resources for you.

Even if you decide all the DLC is worth the cost, EA has found another way to entice you to spend even more money: micro-transactions.

Dead Space 3 has a crafting system built in which players can use to get better weapons. But you need the resources to do this and in some case you or your bots may not have found what you need. If that’s the case EA will let you spend real-world money to buy the resources and complete the weapon. The one thing we don’t know yet is how much you will have to spend, but EA has suggested there will be in-game currency packs available to purchase.

I’m not a fan of this type of DLC or micro-transaction in a game you are paying full price to play. DLC that offers new content is fine, but as a way of improving your chances in-game or getting ahead? It feels a bit like cheating to me.

EA has every right to try and get gamers to spend more money beyond buying the game, but I would hope most gamers will choose to play the game as is and only pay for extra content. If they don’t, then this will become a more common inclusion in a growing number of titles.

via Eurogamer.net