When Downloadable Content Loses Control

In Japan, one company has embraced the DLC business model more than any other: Namco Bandai. To anyone who has ever thought a piece of DLC was a bit pricey would be screaming in rage if the Japanese prices for Namco Bandai DLC were to become the norm. Click through the gallery to see some of the most egregious offenders. (Prices in yen have been converted to US dollars.)

Tales Of Xillia (PS3)

Retail Price: $US105.36

Type of DLC: Costumes, items, gold

Most Expensive Piece of DLC: $US6.29 (Star Driver costume)

Total Price for All DLC: $US214.39

Most Egregious Offense: Selling in-game gold and levels

Gundam UC (PS3)

Retail Price: $US100.34

Type of DLC: Mobile suits, characters, stages

Most Expensive Piece of DLC: $US6.29 (various mobile suits)

Total Price for All DLC: $US79.22

Most Egregious Offense: $US6.29 for a new Gundam is getting a bit steep...

One Piece Pirate Musou (PS3)

Retail Price: $US102.98

Type of DLC: Costumes, stages

Most Expensive Piece of DLC: $US4.40 (various costumes)

Total Price for All DLC: $US50.30

Most Egregious Offense: $US4.40 for a costume

The [email protected] 2 (PS3)

Retail Price: $US100.34

Type of DLC: Songs, costumes, accessories, money

Most Expensive Piece of DLC: $US22.63 (various songs)

Total Price for All DLC: $US895.02

Most Egregious Offense: $US31.18 for a pack of in-game emails from the idols


Comments

    wow.... I lol'd.
    "Shut up and take my money!" isn't so funny now huh.. lol.

    Nippon Ichi are also pretty horrible offenders. All the DLC for Disgaea 3 cost over $100 for us, or $80 if you got the pack, and it was all on the disc already. Disgaea 4 avoids that scam, but it's still seriously overpriced. I can't remember the exact figures but there's about $80 of DLC on the US store, and we have about a third of that for over $40.

    try some of EVE-onlines DLC, a T-shirt $25US, the most expensive item is the monocle at $75US. and CCP wondered what all the rage was about last jun/jul

    USD? We're in Australia numbskull! =P

      So double it to include the Australia tax :P

        Or play Xbox, where you can buy the Idolmaster DLC directly with yen like I did.

    This just in: eating every dish on the menu costs exponentially more than just the one you want!!

      +1 why buy everything if you're not going to use it all? Seriously who would pay $895 for added content???

        I would rather you say "The rest of the content" not "The added content"

        That implies that they have added more things to the game after release rather than just locking pieces of the disc.

          Also I would like to point out for the last one that assume they had about 20 people working on that title for a year, with the price of all the DLC that assumes they had 180 people hired just for DLC to justify the price and it also took those 180 people the same year to make the content.

    Question, how low is the minimum wage in Japan, in USbux?

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