A newly released DLC pack for Battlefield 3 has some gamers crying foul. "The Ultimate Shortcut Bundle" costs 3200 Microsoft Points, and unlocks almost everything in the game that you'd otherwise have to play to earn.
In American money, that's $40.00, about the price of the game itself, new, on Amazon.
It's interesting how game makers always say that their DLC plans won't hurt gamers who "put in the hours," but it's hard to see this in any other way. I mean, who wants to play BF 3 for 16 days straight only to meet some noob with money to burn sporting your same weapons?
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It's hard to know who to have sympathy for here, though. Because perhaps the person who is getting the worst part of the deal is the guy shelling out two real 20 dollar bills for the opportunity to use fake guns to shoot fake people in a fake world. Even if you buy the ultimate shortcut, there's still, apparently, content you don't get.
From EA's message board:
I just bought the ultimate shortcut bundle for £31.99 (I work a lot and don't have much time to play). The description for this bundle is incredibly misleading, it is described in the store as 'Get all the kit and vehicle shortcuts, plus all co-op weapons in one massive shortcut bundle.' On purchasing the bundle you are not given any attachments to said weapons or even different ammo for the shotguns or m320s (buckshot, smoke, etc). Even weapons like the Saiga and USAS are still locked. I would not recommend other players who are in a similar position to purchase this bundle, and would not be surprised if people start involving trading standards if this isn't rectified soon.