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Was It a Good Idea for Bethesda to Make DOOM’s DLC Free?

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DOOM’s latest patch, Update 6.66 (I see what you did there Bethesda) brought a ton of changes and improvements to the game’s Multiplayer and SnapMap modes, but the biggest change of all involved the multiplayer DLC. No, the update didn’t add any new DLC, but instead it made all DLC free for everyone to enjoy, and this has divided the player base. Some gamers love the DLC’s new price of $0, while others are pissed that the content they paid good money for is now bundled with the base game. Given the divisiveness of Bethesda’s decision, I can’t help but wonder whether or not the company should have rethought its decision to make the DLC freely available to all DOOM players.

As I previously stated, many players are more than overjoyed that DOOM’s DLC is now free. Originally, these DLC packs were only available at relatively high prices, approximately $15 per pack or $40 for all three, and they gave players unfair advantages in multiplayer matches. For example, before the patch, the only way to wield a weapon such as the Grenade Launcher was to purchase its respective DLC pack, because players couldn’t (and still can’t) pick up weapons enemies drop thanks to the multiplayer’s loadout system. Furthermore, each pack only included three new multiplayer maps, one new weapon, one demon transformation, and several new customization items; this is a paltry amount of content for $15. Compare this to The Witcher 3’s DLC packs, which have literally hundreds of hours worth of content for roughly the same price, give or take $5, and you quickly see why people are overjoyed they don’t have to pay for DOOM’s DLC anymore — because it’s overpriced. However, we probably should address the elephant in the room, i.e., those who already paid for the DLC.

The gamers who paid for DOOM’s DLC are absolutely livid, almost as livid as those who are complaining about the update’s whopping 35 GB worth of data (yes, some people are actually upset over that). Many players feel cheated that they paid for something that’s now free, which is completely understandable. Normally, game companies give these people some form of rebate or consolation prize, such as increased experience gains or special items, but what will Bethesda give the people who have already bought DOOM’s DLC? According to the Update 6.66 FAQ and Patch Notes page: bupkis. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Nothing. These gamers don’t even get to keep their multiplayer level. Sure, gamers who bought the DLC now have a nice shiny in-game badge, but so does everyone else who played the DOOM multiplayer before the update. Personally, if I had bought the game’s DLC, I would demand a refund. I’m sorry Bethesda, but while you are well within your rights to determine the price of your products, not giving so much as a special thank you to players who spent money on DOOM’s DLC is a bad business move and a good way to lose customers.

So, now that I’ve covered both sides of the argument, it’s time to finally answer the question: should Bethesda have kept the DLC behind a paywall? No, definitely not. The DLC packs included so little content they should have been free from the beginning; asking gamers to spend money on what most other multiplayer games include in free updates is borderline insulting.

Since all of DOOM’s multiplayer DLC is now free, gamers can start working towards weapons and armor sets previously exclusive to paid DLC this weekend thanks to a free gameplay weekend. Furthermore, the game is currently at a steal of only $15, ironically the previous price of its DLC, so anyone who enjoys the game can purchase it at its lowest price ever.

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Metallica takes center stage on the battle arena of the Fortnite Festival, showcasing their musical prowess in an epic PVP showdown

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Metallica will be headlining the Battle Stage at the Fortnite Festival, and fans can look forward to an epic performance later today, on the 13th of June. The entire lineup of the legendary heavy metal band has been transformed into digital avatars for the ever-growing gaming platform. Fans can now enjoy their greatest hits and even engage in a thrilling musical player-versus-player game mode.

The collaboration between Metallica and Fortnite marks the start of Fortnite Festival Season 4, featuring an exciting lineup of six Metallica songs, such as “Enter Sandman,”  “Fuel,”  and “Ride the Lightning.”. Additional songs will be introduced as the season progresses. By choosing Epic’s premium Festival Pass, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock all four Metallica band members as playable skins. How about a showdown between Lars Ulrich and Goku?

The aspect that captures our attention is the 16-player musical battle royale. The Battle Stage offers a challenging experience that pushes players to their limits, requiring both physical stamina and a captivating stage presence. Players will find themselves immersed in the intense energy of the four tracks playing simultaneously. Perform with skill, and you can unleash powerful bursts of musical energy, causing less talented individuals to falter and be defeated, with the ultimate victor being crowned the Master of Puppets (most likely).

In addition to that, Metallica will be making an appearance at the Rocket Racing tent, complete with a specially designed track, car, and LEGO replicas of the band members. Is there anything more intense than that?

Do you enjoy Metallica’s music? Could anyone have predicted that the band would rise to prominence in a video game primarily aimed at a younger audience who may not be familiar with their music? And now, let’s turn our attention to the comments section below.

 

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Star Wars Outlaws PS5 Demo Falls Short of Delivering the Full Experience, According to Critic

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Star Wars Outlaws, although it appeared visually stunning during Ubisoft’s livestream earlier this week, has received some criticism for feeling somewhat outdated. A preview unfavorably compared the release to Uncharted: Golden Abyss, the PS Vita exclusive spin-off that was launched in 2011. However, according to the creative director, the sampler is merely a small taste of what the full experience has to offer.

“When entering a show of this nature, where you’re finalizing a game’s production, you’re faced with numerous decisions. Our producer limited us to just one demo for all the shows we would attend throughout the year, such as Gamescom and Comic-Con,” Julian Gerighty explained in an interview with VGC.

He explained that the events are designed to cater to both consumers and journalists. To ensure an engaging experience, they opted for a 20-minute format that offers a diverse range of content and showcases different game systems. However, they intentionally avoided showcasing the open-world experience at this particular event, as they plan to unveil it during the studio tour and preview event. This will be a brief overview, more of an appetizer than a full meal when it comes to the game.

According to Gerighty, the developer Massive Entertainment has crafted a highly engaging game, with only a portion of its greatness showcased here.

Admittedly, the comments do make sense. It’s common knowledge that creating demos requires a significant amount of the team’s focus. If a game plans to showcase itself at consumer conventions, it can’t just offer a short gameplay experience of two or three hours. That simply won’t suffice when attendees are patiently waiting in line. This seems to be just a subpar demo, which is unfortunate. However, it may not be something to worry too much about in the end.

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The Sky Breaker Pierce DLC for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora comes out in July for PS5

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Ubisoft has given us our first look at The Sky Breaker, the first DLC story pack for Avatar: Frontiers of Pandora. In it, a strange shadow will appear in the sky and threaten the Na’vi clans, who just can’t seem to get a break. It comes out next month on PS5, on July 16th.

A new part of the Upper Plains called “The Heart of the Plains” can be reached by taking the Sky Breaker. Some well-known biomes have changed into new types, and there are also many new ones. Of course, the RDA has also sent out new types of enemies, so you need to be careful. The good news is that not everything is bad. During the Na’vi Festival of Games, players can look forward to timed tasks that are a little less scary. Secrets of the Spires, another story pack, is still planned to be added to the game at some point.

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