Let me start by saying, I’m all for downloadable content (DLC). It’s added hours upon hours to my playtime with Rock Band and Rock Band 2. It’s smart for gamers and game companies alike.
But there comes a point when you realize you’re no longer getting a full game when you buy it in your local game retailer. Recently, we reviewed The Beatles: Rock Band (full review). It wasn’t necessarily life altering, as playing the original Rock Band was for some people, but it was a solid addition to the Rock Band family.
My problem stems from the fact that the game released with a meager 45 songs.
“Meager list, Bryan? Really?!” you may well ask me.
When you consider the fact that Rock Band 2 was released with 84 songs, it really doesn’t compare. Then, to top it all off, on the day of release, they already have their first downloadable track on sale. “All You Need is Love” is an iconic song, but it gets relegated to the realm of DLC? Not to mention releasing it on the day of the game’s release is almost a slap in the face to your customers.
“Oh, thanks for purchasing our game today, dear, dear customer,” Harmonix said. “By the way, if you want to play one of your favorite Beatles songs, please pay 160 credits.”
To reiterate, I’m all for DLC. In fact, I’m a big fan.