Downloadable content material is such a typical a part of trendy gaming life it’s rote. A couple of ranges right here, just a few skins or characters there—DLC is just about a given, particularly on AAA titles, which nowadays you may virtually guess can have at the very least two paid bits of bonus content material that embody solely new missions. And, hey, for a very long time they made sense. Video sport corporations like them as a result of they’re sure-fire income turbines; gamers (discovered to) like them as a result of they’ll lengthen time in a beloved sport, a digital amuse-bouche of their favourite dish. But simply because one thing is sensible, doesn’t imply I’ve to play it. Frankly, I’m over DLC.
This may not be for the explanation you are pondering of. Downloadable content material has been round for greater than a decade—it went hand-in-hand with built-in web connectivity on consoles—and over time, the idea has had a number of controversies. Mass Effect 3 had a number of squabbles all by itself. Like, for instance, the From Ashes DLC, which shipped the identical day that the sport launched, value 10 bucks, and was arguably so essential to understanding the trilogy’s full story folks bought fairly upset that it wasn’t included with the unique sport. The Extended Cut DLC, in the meantime, was free however was solely launched as an try to “fix” the sport’s ending after mass outcry over the unique wrap-up (I used to be not not an enormous fan of Mass Effect 3’s unique ending, however I additionally am of the opinion that by responding on this approach EA/BioWare nurtured a form of fan entitlement that has turn out to be extremely poisonous).
Yet none of this has something to do with my distaste for DLC; my disdain is way extra easy: I’m simply performed. I’m performed dropping money and spending an inordinate period of time on a sport I completed six months in the past simply to play yet one more mission. I’m performed relearning methods to play an outdated sport once I could possibly be coaching up on a wholly new one. I’m performed.
How did I attain this drastic conclusion? Well, I wanted one thing to tide me over till Mass Effect: Legendary Edition releases in a few weeks and consumes my life, so I made a decision to begin the DLC I by no means performed on The Outer Worlds. I actually loved this sport on my first play via; it didn’t fairly fill the Mass Effect-shaped gap in my coronary heart, however I liked the house journey and the mechanics of the sport had been stable. I anticipated loving the DLC. I decidedly didn’t.
To be clear, the DLC is okay! There’s nothing improper with it! Peril on Gorgon and Murder on Eridanos are effectively made, properly put collectively, and have good tales. But the truth that the developer did all the pieces proper doesn’t change the truth that I’d moderately undergo one other day of Covid-19 vaccination side-effects than decide up the controller to play them. It’s too irritating. My studying curve for any sport, particularly any sport during which I’ve to shoot issues or interact in fight, is lengthy. I’m not nice at something past button-mashing, so it takes me some time to get used to new controls. Doing so for this DLC felt like a waste of time.
It’s not simply relearning the controls, although. This DLC can also be geared towards leveled-up gamers, so I discovered myself within the unenviable place of continually grinding-while-rusty simply to play a sport. This isn’t The Outer Worlds’ fault, after all, it’s simply that my enjoying model and talent degree are turning one thing meant to be a enjoyable distraction into loads of work, and I’m undecided I’ve the persistence for it. Perhaps if I had tackled the DLC similtaneously I used to be enjoying The Outer Limits issues can be completely different (hey, it labored for Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey)—however I didn’t.
I’m not a completionist. I don’t really feel compelled to complete missions I hate simply to say I did it. Muddling my approach via additional content material supplies extra frustration than enjoyable—particularly when my gaming time is already severely restricted and I’d a lot moderately begin one thing new. (Seriously, Mass Effect: Legendary Edition can not get right here quickly sufficient.) Sometimes, DLC can fill a void, however proper now, I simply wish to throw it into one.
More Great WIRED Stories