How much does it cost to buy EVERYTHING for your favourite games?

The Sims 3 (PlayStation 3)

The Sims is obviously perfectly set up for microtransactions so, to be honest, we're surprised there isn't more for the PS3 version. But does this stuff really sell? There's one pack that asks you to part with £7.99/$9.99 in exchance for some hairstyles. Real money for not-in-the-slightest-bit-real hairstyles.

And then, just in case lounge-based DLC is the next logical step in your immediate future happiness, there's the 'Ultra Lounge' set which consists of three packs. There's the standard Ultra Lounge set for another £7.99/$9.99, then there's the Ultra Lounge 'Teens' set for the same amount again, before capping it all off with an Ultra Lounge Kids' Bedroom set for – you guessed it – another £7.99/$9.99.

Above: Burning money from microtransactions is perfect for toasting marshmallows

Throw in some interior décor themes for the rest of your abodes (which you know full well are immediately going to be sealed up by removing the doors, forcing your poor Sims to wet themselves to death) and you've got your magic number of £56.33/$80.42… which doesn't even include the game because for some reason it isn't available as a digital download on PS3. The RRP was an incredible £49.99/$59.99, which means the resulting magic number is:

Surely that's a winner? Oh, wait… what's this pulling up next to us in a car that looks like Superman's butt with a nuke in it?

ModNation Racers (PlayStation 3)

It's ironic that DLC should even be available for a game that's supposed to let you make anything you want in the first place. El Snake-O, anyone? Backburn mod and kart? These are over a pound each! These aside, there are also various themed packs full of parts to add variety to your tracks and mods to make them stand out online, as well as career mode extensions and the like. 

Above: £1.39? Why not just make him yourself? It's the entire point of the game!

You can buy the game for £19.99 on PSN, which is a decent price for a great game. But if you wanted to buy the game and all of the DLC with it at the original RRP of £49.99/$59.99, your total outlay would be… no, this can't be right…

But wait… that's not even the most expensive one! How about another Play Create Share game? Or should I say 'Play, Create, Purchase'? Eh?

LittleBigPlanet 2 (PlayStation 3)

LittleBigPlanet 2's DLC list is so long, the costumes alone need to be divided into sub-categories within a split halfway through the alphabet. No, I'm not suggesting that's what 'needs doing' - that's actually what you find when you search through the PS Store. This is craziness and will not be tolerated. Especially when most of the content is duplicated for your confusion. What if you bought the Ico costume and then realised the very next item is an Ico & Shadow of the Colossus pack? Exactly - you'd be angry.

This is worst in the UK store. So we went through the entire list and crossed out every duplicate we could find, in order to give you the cheapest, most value-tastic option for buying everything. This resulted in physical pain because we're used to computer keyboards now and pens are hard.

Above: The beginning of a blister actually appeared from having to use a pen for this long

To confuse things still further, LittleBigPlanet 2 is 100% compatible with DLC for the original LittleBigPlanet. This means the DLC list is even longer than it would be. So let's put some numbers on this, shall we?

The UK store is split up into sections. First-up is costumes. The cost of costumes for LBP2 is £85.30 (although some more appear in level packs, but we'll come to those. On top of that, LBP costumes rack up £112.13 alone. That's a cool £197.43 on pretend costumes for a small woolen character that doesn't actually exist.

Moving on, we've got level kits and creator kits, although there does appear to be some duplication between the two. According to our calculations, there's £9.58 worth of level kits for LBP2 and £23.63 for LBP, totalling £33.21. The 'creator kits' add a further £17.53 in total.

But wait! Don't start complaining that there are too many numbers already and leave - you still need to buy the game! That was £49.99 as an RRP. Oh, and you might want PS Move support, which is another £6.49. Are you happy with that lot? Need a hand carrying it all? OK, let's hit the checkout.

With the tiny caveat that there still might be the occasional duplicated item in our workings due to the mess the store is in, that's a total of £126.15/$190.61 for LittleBigPlanet 2 and all of its DLC. But seeing as all of the original LittleBigPlanet's DLC is also compatible, we should really add that to the total that the completist would be looking to spend. So the final, final total for LBP2 and all its available DLC is:

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner. And, just to illustrate the crap we Brits still have to put up with when it comes to buying game stuff, a quick Google currency conversion shows that the GBP figure there equates to $478.33 - over $100 saved just by being American, while the US total converts to £239.58 - more than £60 cheaper than we're expected to pay. But that's for another article, so for now, we're off to put a plaster on our writing hands.



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  • dwrk-dwrk-dwrk-dwrk - June 27, 2013 8:57 a.m.

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  • AuthorityFigure - June 26, 2012 3:41 a.m.

    Rip. Off.
  • pr0tostar - July 6, 2012 4:39 p.m.

    Nippon Ichi Software (Playstation 3 and PSP) some games (with sub-amateur production quality being sold at full MSRP) DLC alone adds up to ~$70USD. Granted they have great freebies, all the content you've potentially paid for is about $130 after tax, and it literally doesn't meet the standards of a $5-$15 downloadable title.Half the NPCs are disembodied voices, the plot aggressively villifies piracy to the point of turning the otherwise enjoyable cast into soulless propaganda tools... I could go on and on about how this game doesn't deserve more than 5 bucks... but shamelessly bends your will into accepting the solem reality that the game industry is comfortably rooted in withholding significant portions of games to be offered as additional purchases. Portions that you already rightfully own. It's as to say "we're really the thieves, but we're allowed to be. And don't forget to never ever thieve from us!" Oh and this game is a ps3 exclusive mind you. PS3 has the absolute lowest threshold of piracy... And this game would have been possible on the PSone if not for hires textures. I hate to be so nerdragey, but seriously, if anyone thinks XIII-2 or anything that made this list is highway robbery, humor yourself and look into HyperDimension Neptunia MkII. And before anyone thinks to call me a weeabo, remember this game is about personifications of vg consoles. I loved the concept... a shame it was executed so tastelessly.
  • scrotumhat - June 25, 2012 5:39 p.m.

    Something tells me that not many people have been paying much attention to Railworks 3: Train Simulator 2012. The game including all of the DLC comes out to $2062.96 on steam. just, fucking why? It's TRAINS!!!!
  • rxb - June 25, 2012 4:50 a.m.

    From what I hear, Idol Master and Ace Combat 6 are pretty bad too.
  • tailsjacks - June 25, 2012 2:53 a.m.

    I'd buy that for a dollar!
  • PRIMETIME21xx - June 24, 2012 6:16 p.m.

    Can we throw in a PC game? Perhaps *cough cough* LEAGUE OF LEGENDS. Around 90 champs at about $3-$8 a piece with anywhere from 1-7 skins of around the same price. Yeah... it adds up. So much for free to play
  • bigwill1221 - June 24, 2012 7:33 p.m.

    Or just go recruit a billion friends.
  • alexandre-bret - June 24, 2012 5 p.m.

    $30 for Final Fantasy 3 on SNES no bullshit DLC needed
  • Divine Paladin - June 24, 2012 9:50 p.m.

    $60 for Final Fantasy XIII-2 Shit ton of bullshit DLC added. Oh, how things have changed...
  • talleyXIV - June 24, 2012 1:52 p.m.

    I have spent at least $30 on LittleBigPlanet stuff... so pointless but Sackboy looks so cute as Kratos!
  • zak-mciver - June 24, 2012 6:58 a.m.

    What about Guitar hero/Rock band?
  • angelusdlion - June 24, 2012 3:41 p.m.

    3K songs at 2 bucks each. (assuming you buy no pro mode tracks) Granted you'll never even fit that much onto your hard drive.
  • TheFabricOfTime - June 23, 2012 8:15 p.m.

    Holy crap, who knew one of my favorite games had so much expense to it :O Great article guys.
  • lukas1051 - June 23, 2012 8:44 a.m.

    This is why people who buy DLC are the biggest idiots around. Not all DLC mind, just virtual hairstyles for £7.99 each. I genuinely know someone who bought pretty much every LBP1 costume pack, must have spent over £50 on costumes alone, which provide about 10 seconds of entertainment. *facepalm*
  • CamWalk - June 23, 2012 7:58 a.m.

    Over £100 for Oblivion DLC! I got the GOTY edition on Steam for only £5....I love Steam
  • CitizenWolfie - June 23, 2012 1:12 a.m.

    I'd guess at Street Fighter 4 being up there as well, in terms of buying the "complete" set: -Street Fighter 4 (and that's not even the collector's edition) -All associated costumes -SUPER Street Fighter 4 -All associated DLC -SUPER Street Fighter 4: Arcade edition -All associated DLC (if there is any) -SUPER Street Fighter 4: 3D I dread to think of the total price!
  • forestfire55 - June 22, 2012 10:36 p.m.

    I dont mean to be a pill (its so much fun) but the background to the price screen on lbp is the background to modracers
  • GR_JustinTowell - June 23, 2012 2:36 a.m.

    Oh how annoying. Especially as A) I'm now away from the PSD for the weekend and B) The LBP one was the best. At least the numbers are right on it! Good spot, you'd make a great sub.
  • forestfire55 - June 23, 2012 3:32 a.m.

    Thanks :D thats kind of my thing, some people call it ocd, i call it "keen"

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