is a sign of addiction.
It takes a ton of effort to keep somebody interested in one game. There’s so many games to play these days our attention span is so small. You can do compelling and fun at the same time.
But yeah, the way that they try to confuse the consumer with season passes, MTX, and 5 different "Digital Deluxe Editions" of a game is even worse, like you say. I don't think the $70 price of games is justified, but I'd take that if it meant no more content carving, and no more MTX. I'd take the $70 price tag if it meant we went back to good meaningful DLC ala Fallout's Broken Steel Expansion, or Witcher 3's DLC. Or Torna.
IMO $70 is warranted purely due to inflation. We have been paying $60 for over 20 years.
BTW, I do absolutely love how people try to defend cosmetic MTX as "Who cares, it's just cosmetic!" The number of free cosmetic customization options in GoW, Spiderman, and GoT is unmatched. Having different costumes to find in a game has been a staple of the industry for years. And it was all free. Now they are trying to charge you for those formerly free costumes. And the kicker is that all it takes is a dude working for $30 an hour for 4-5 hours to make a new skin or costume. And in exchange for that roughly $150 investment the company gets to sell thousands of copies of that skin for $2-$5. They could sell these skins for a nickle a pop, and still make boatloads of money. Charging $2-$5 for this cosmetic crap is just pure greed no matter the way you slice it.
Gow, Spiderman, and GoT have no multiplayer component. Please show me their competitive multiplayer. Games that require little post launch support from devs VS games with a actual multiplayer component with frequent free content updates are not the same thing.
If nothing else you listen to, listen to that. You can’t compare a single player only game to a GaaS or game with a campaign and competitive multiplayer that is supported for years after launch.
GoT received a FREE DLC for multiplayer and they still get supported until now. GoW received free upgrade for PS5... the more you know.
So did MCC, Forza Horizon 4, and Gears 5. And their free upgrades are better then what Sony did for their games.
Point stands. Games you beat once and never touch again and games with a competitive multiplayer with persistent free content drops are not comparable. Thread OP doesn’t understand this.
Xbox: Best hardware, Game Pass best value, best BC, more 1st party genres and multiplayer titles.