A further DLC rant

Today I opened up my sealed copy of Assassin’s Creed III Join or Die Edition.  Yes, I know it’s been out for a while but I have such a huge number of games to play, I haven’t got to it till now.

See what's included? Anger and disappointment!

See what’s included? Anger and disappointment!

As I pawed over the extra bits that came with it (a suede pouch with a metal emblem, and a cool journal and bookmark), I felt excited to play this next installment despite my annoyance at the changing of Desmond’s/Ezio’s face in the previous game (little did I know this was just foreshadowing of further horrors soon to be revealed!)

And I thought this change was bad enough. Five seconds in to AC3 and Desmond has been replaced with a skinny Adam Sandler...

And I thought this change was bad enough. Five seconds into AC3 and Desmond has been replaced with a skinny Adam Sandler…

I thought I’d redeem the DLC codes before I loaded the game, given I’d probably need to download a bunch of updates, as that is usually the PSN’s wont.  I opened up the PSN store and went to the Redeem Codes section, happily entering my code for the anticipated PS3 Exclusive Edition which Includes 60 Minutes of Exclusive Gameplay!!!11!eleventy!

“Code entered is invalid or has expired.”

Whatwaht?!

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!

I look at the tiny print underneath and see it says “expires 31 March 2013”.  Well, that’s just great. The game had only been out for six months prior to that date!  And people PAID more money for this edition so they would get that extra content.  And now it’s expired and can’t be redeemed?  But wait, that’s not actually true is it – because if you go onto the PSN store, there is the Benedict Arnold DLC in all its glory for the cool price of $7.45.

So riddle me this – why does a voucher for DLC expire when you have already bought it by getting the special edition of the game?  Especially when the DLC is still available for purchase.  Oh, and the other codes that came with the game, for extra weapons and outfits and even a couple of other missions… they don’t have an expiry date.

Irony level 10 (Benedict Arnold was the original turncoat of the war, and I'm making a parallel between how BETRAYED I feel by this whole experience and yes, perhaps I'm overreacting but #firstworldproblems !!!)

Irony level 10
(Benedict Arnold was the original turncoat of the war, and I’m making a parallel between how BETRAYED I feel by this whole experience and yes, perhaps I’m overreacting but #firstworldproblems !!!)

All this just leaves a bad taste in my mouth.  Whilst I acknowledge most people wouldn’t have this problem, as they generally play games as soon as they buy them, I am not most people and I want to be able to redeem my fricking codes if you can STILL BUY THE CONTENT IN STORE.

So I am feeling very irked by this experience and it has taken me another step towards the solidification of my ever-burgeoning hatred of special editions.

*mug is not full of cement.

*mug is not full of cement.

 

2 Comments on "A further DLC rant"

  1. Lesson – open your games straight away to redeem your codes! Very cheeky of them!!!

  2. I just checked and I got it for Xmas 2012 – which means the DLC expired 3 MONTHS afterwards! What a load of crap!

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