I have been following Tales of Vesperia a bit more recently, and this most recent news is just funny beyond explanation. Apparently Vesperia’s Japanese DLC (downloadable content) will actually allow players to power up without playing the game. That’s right, you can trade cold hard cash (aka Microsoft Points) for in-game rewards. I don’t even know what to think. This is either the lamest thing ever or capitalism at its very finest (or maybe both). Here is a list of what I have seen in the screenshots on this Japanese site:
- Level Up +10 300 Points
- Level Up +5 200 Points
- Character Skill Sets 80 Points Each
- 300,000 Gald 300 Points
- Synthesis Materia Set Lv 1 100 Points
- Gummi Set 100 Points
- Camp Set 100 Points
- HP Recovery Recipe Cooking Set 100 Points
- Parameter Up Recipe Cooking Set 100 Points
This could usher in a new era of gaming – laziness beyond description. However, since gamers don’t tend to be the wealthiest individuals in the world, I could certainly imagine this having mixed success. Plus I like to think that most people would probably want to play the game that they’ve bought, instead of paying to have it played for them… In the end, it’s up to individual users whether they take advantage of the DLC. I won’t be, at least as long as I can still have everything in the game without it. I’m fine with DLC, my issue is when things that should have been in the game from the start are sold to me later. So far, I don’t feel like that’s what’s happening here, so we shall see.
EDIT: It should probably be mentioned that nothing like this has been announced for the NA/EU versions YET. However, given the emphasis on international releases for Vesperia, I expect that we’ll see similar DLC for the international versions at some point.