#280 The Different Approaches to Costumes between the Bat and the Spider

Lets talk about costumes. This past week the Batman Arkham Origins announced the content for their season pass and it caused quite a stir online.

Batman Arkham Origins pass

As the promotional picture shows, the Season Pass for Arkham Origins, priced at 19.99, will give you; a few challenge maps, an additional plot, and 14 different outfits for the Dark Knight. I am going to refrain from talking about the gated story until more is revealed (and the idea of Day One DLC) but that does not stop me from giving my two cents about the decision to sell cosmetic goods in videogames.

Before we I go ahead with my opinion on the subject at hand I want to spin a tale about a few games I played before I seriously started playing PC games.

I think it is well established  from my past blog posts that I am a fan of comicbooks, but my favorite part of reading Superhero stories was the different and unique costumes the likes of Superman, Batman or Spider-man would wear for a certain story arc.

Thanks why I loved Scribblenauts Unmasked it had a ton of different costumes for every character.

Thanks why I loved Scribblenauts Unmasked it had a ton of different costumes for every character.

I always get a kick when games developers add homage to those stories by putting them into their products they made. The first game that introduced the idea of special costumes in games, for me, was the Spider-man game for the PlayStation 1.

This was before the rise of DLC so not only was all the costumes were unlock-able from playing the game, but some of the hidden costumes had some game changing mechanics. If I recalled correctly, there was an awesome Spider-man costume that gave you the power of sleath allowing you to bypass by any threat you might face in a level and you can even eavesdrop on idle chit-chats of the footmen, was way before Arkham City’s conversation.

Spider-man continued the trend  of delivering fan service with his multiple costumes but I did not get to experience it again until I got Spider-man Shattered Dimensions. Like before all the costumes for all the Spider-mans were also unlockable within the game, although that might have been because it was a physical disk release and not distributed on Steam.

The gmae had voice actors from the 60's, 90's, early 00's and the MTV CGI Spider-man shows The whole thing was Amazing, Spectacular, Superior.....Ultimate.

This game also brought back voice actors from the 60’s, 90’s, early 00’s and the MTV CGI Spider-man television shows to voice the four spider-men. To a Spider-man fan the whole experience was Amazing, Spectacular, Superior….um…Ultimate.

From that bit of personal history it easy to understand why I am hesitant about the costume packs for the Batman Season Pass, especially if they are only wearable after you completed the main story mode.

I have to admit that I bought the costume pack for Arkham City, back when I bought the game and all the DLC packs in the frenzy of one of the Steam Sale. I am starting to regret the purchase it mean I helped encourage the gaming companies to make this season pass. One challenge map, an additional story, and over a dozen costumes just does not feel right.

It seems that the people of Arkham Origins are forgetting what a Season Pass is supposed to be. I do not buy a Season Pass of Doctor Who from iTunes just for the special behind the scenes interviews, I buy it for the content.

Sure it is an investment into the unknown if you buy it before the show airs but if I understand the if you buy it if you love the series.

Sure it is an investment into the unknown if you buy it before the show airs but if I understand the if you buy it if you love the series. And in hindsight it is cheaper to go the path of a Season Pass rather than the pieces separately

Even if the people of Arkham Origins wants to put costumes with a DLC pack take a leaf out of the Amazing Spider-man game, they had unlockable suits in the game but Activision gave away the classic Spider-man costume with the purchase of any Spider-man DLC.

Looking back this is probably the best way to handle a cosmetic costume, have it be a bonus gift when buying another DLC for the game

Looking back this is probably the best way to handle a cosmetic costume, have it be a bonus gift when buying something else for the main game

If you have not figured it out I am not going to purchase any of  the costume packs when Arkham Origins is release, I will buy the game but I am not going to spend money to promote this sort of behavior. Especially when game develops makes season packs that give a character more outfit options than the most popular League of Legends champion.

Although I am also worried about the number of skins in the pack, that is an awful lot of outfits eating up a lot of options for any future Arkham games.

But what do you think, What is your opinion on the multiple costumes in the  Arkham Origin Season Pass? Have you or will you buy the Season Pass for the up coming Batman game? Leave a comment down below I want to know what you think.


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