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
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
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
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.