Posted on April 3, 2008,

Horse Armor All Over Again: Crystal Chronicles on WiiWare

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While most of us outside of Japan are still awaiting the launch of WiiWare, Japan has been playing games like Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King from the service. With a $15 price tag, many might be turned off immediately, but those that do choose to purchase the game will then also have a second decision to make and do I buy any of the game’s downloadable content offerings?

It’s impressive that a WiiWare launch title already offers the options, but the specifics are anything but pleasing. The content that is currently available includes:

  • Three Races Pack (800 points): All three new races in one slightly discounted set.
  • Lilty House, Selkie House, Yuke House (300 points each): Houses that produce new adventurers of the other three races in the Crystal Chronicles world.
  • King’s Change of Clothes (100 points): Crazy eyepatch pirate outfit for the King.
  • Chime’s Dress-Up (100 points): A new outfit for your assistant Chime.
  • Sacred Shrine (200 points): A shrine that lets warriors temporarily buff themselves up.
  • Gorgeous House (100 points): A big house that many different people can live in.

In case you only skimmed over that, I’ll repeat: “King’s Change of Clothes (100 points): Crazy eyepatch pirate outfit for the King; Chime’s Dress-Up (100 points): A new outfit for your assistant Chime” In other words, fork over $2, and you’ll get new clothes for your character and his assistant. ,sup, Oblivion?

If you opt to purchase everything that’s currently available (presumably there’s more to come), the total will come to $13 and on a $15 game. Game|Life’s Chris Kohler summed up my thoughts fairly nicely: “The bad news is that Square Enix’s pricing on this stuff is s***house crazy. No way am I going to basically pay what the game cost in the first place, all over again, for some tiny bits of trivial extra content. A $13 expansion pack to a $15 game should double the content, at minimum.”

I thought everyone had already learned their lesson on Horse Armor? I guess not. Let’s hope too many people aren’t suckered into this so that publishers get the message loud and clear.

image courtesy of Game|Life

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1 Comment on Horse Armor All Over Again: Crystal Chronicles on WiiWare

used cisco

On April 3, 2008 at 2:26 pm

I didn’t understand the flap over the horse armor and I don’t understand the problem here. If you don’t like something, or think it’s overpriced, don’t buy it. It’s pretty simple. If people don’t buy it, then the developer will realize the mistake. If they DO buy it, then they were right. Let the market speak. It’s all that matters when it comes to price.