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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 Idolm@ster 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


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