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STR8EVIL
PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 8:33 pm  Reply with quote



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Burnout Paradise was a great game out of the box. Huge, involving, online play that truly shined. I got a ton of playing time out of this game, most of it online with friends. It got better as Criterion kept it coming with multiple free updates, including bikes. More free cars are coming that are remarkably similar to the General Lee, Ecto1, and more.

They announced some paid content, the Party Pack. It was to add another island to the game with all sorts of goodies. I was excited. I don't mind paying for content if I feel if it is worth it, and Criterion certainly had some good will with all the freebies. I almost couldn't wait to pay for this Party Pack as a way of saying "thanks" with my checkbook.

Then I read the following over at teamxbox.com:

"There’s a slight downside to the Burnout Paradise Party Pack release for the Xbox 360, however. The ability to party with the aptly-named Party Pack requires access to Marketplace, and therefore access to the internet, but the mode does not support online play. This isn’t a huge deal, but let it be known that this upgrade pack for Burnout Paradise is “party” in a wholly classic sense; as in people gathering in the same room—not in some e-lobby."

For someone like me, who nowadays plays this game exclusively online with friends, this is a deal breaker. Burnout is a game that is damn near MEANT to be played online. I don't understand their reasoning for this. I know it takes some extra work to make it function online, but that should be there from the original game structure. They should have built online function into this from the ground up.

So, to me, the Party Pack just isn't a party without all my online friends. Hell, there are nights the only way I get to talk to my local friends, those here in Des Moines, is over Xbox Live.

Sorry Criterion, I'll save my $$$ for something else.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:24 pm  Reply with quote



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Sorry Criterion, I'll save my $$$ for something else.

Your chest full of gay porn could use a few more titles.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:52 pm  Reply with quote
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Two things:

#1: The 'classic' cars coming up are not free. They'll cost MS points.

#2: I think that's the whole point: it's for people who want to play in their living room with friends. If you don't want to, don't buy it...which is why they split it off into DLC that costs money: you aren't paying for features you'll never use. Good for them focusing on core gameplay in the initial release rather than cutting features there to make room on the dev budget and schedule for a feature like this that won't do many of us any good at all.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:53 pm  Reply with quote
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PS: On the subject of 'Classic' cars for BO:P, can a brutha get a Dragula? I mean, seriously, don't we need Herman and his goggles diggin' through the ditches and burnin' through the witches? ECTO-1 is awesome, but damn if being able to do some serious damage in the original horror dragster wouldn't be fun.
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STR8EVIL
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:33 am  Reply with quote



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Mr. Dark wrote:
Two things:

#1: The 'classic' cars coming up are not free. They'll cost MS points.

#2: I think that's the whole point: it's for people who want to play in their living room with friends. If you don't want to, don't buy it...which is why they split it off into DLC that costs money: you aren't paying for features you'll never use. Good for them focusing on core gameplay in the initial release rather than cutting features there to make room on the dev budget and schedule for a feature like this that won't do many of us any good at all.


Re: #1. My mistake, I confused the classic cars with the toy car pack that was announced as a freebie for 2009.


Re: #2. Quite possbile. I just think that the updates should be available for both off and online play. If they are going to take the time to make it and charge for it, why not aim it at a broad of audience as they can?
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STR8EVIL
PostPosted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 1:34 am  Reply with quote



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ajburton29 wrote:
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Sorry Criterion, I'll save my $$$ for something else.

Your chest full of gay porn could use a few more titles.


Why bother spending the cash when I can just borrow them from you?
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