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.




  • Radimir - June 22, 2012 4:29 a.m.

    Should have included Team Fortress 2. Could see that breaking at least $1,000.
  • Contrendo - June 22, 2012 4:38 a.m.

    Why didn't you include Rock Band 3? That would have been over $4,000!
  • Turtman - June 22, 2012 5:39 a.m.

    He's right
  • jmcgrotty - June 22, 2012 9:28 a.m.

    It was the ONLY title I knew would be in this list. I was surprised as hell it wasn't included. Just for dramatic effect, if nothing else... absolutely no justification except laziness. Or just the probably correct assumption that Rock Band isn't anyones favorite game?
  • antideus - June 22, 2012 9:54 a.m.

    I strongly agree.
  • Gameguy151 - June 23, 2012 4:34 a.m.

    It's one of my favorites. But yeah, i've spent about $500 on Rock Band over the course of two years, and i've only got about a tenth of it's DLC. There's been a new track pack released every single tuesday since November of 2007.
  • taokaka - June 22, 2012 4:43 a.m.

    I was going to calculate how much it would cost us Australians to get all of littlebigplanet's dlc and laugh at your idea of expensive but once I loaded the list of dlc on psn I just gasped at how much there was, 314 pieces of dlc not including avatars, themes and the games themselves. I'm not going to bother with the rigorous calculations but I will applaud you for figuring out the cost.
  • Hobogonigal - June 22, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    By comparing gaming products in Aus to those in England, on average I have found that Australian products are 1.38 times more expensive. If we use this on Little Big Planet, the total comes to about $650 AU (with an exchange rate of $1.55 for every £1). Expensive huh?
  • TheLeagueOfNinjaSquirrels - June 22, 2012 5:12 a.m.

    This is why I hate what DLC. Why sell a full game when you can release the rest of it for double the price.
  • CrashmanX - June 22, 2012 7:44 a.m.

    Some cases sure, other cases (Like that of LBP) it's fine. Even with it's monsterous price tag, are you honestly going to buy ALL those costumes? I mean I know I've put at least an additional $40 into my LBP experience between 1 and 2 because of Costumes and levels, and I regret none of it.
  • potpan0 - June 22, 2012 5:12 a.m.

    It's funny how people rip into COD and Activision for releasing so much DLC for money, whereas games like Oblivion and LBP, which don't have this, cost a lot more.
  • CrashmanX - June 22, 2012 7:45 a.m.

    But neither of those require that you have a specific DLC to play online. Even LBP tells you that when you join a specific level that you don't have the DLC required and will need to purchase it in the store to get access to it for your own use.
  • ihopethisisnotantistasblood - June 22, 2012 8:18 a.m.

    neither does cod, you can play online without the dlc
  • jamie5lpm - June 22, 2012 5:45 a.m.

    1st comment on here but I had to say something about this, you should have tried to include Forza motorsport 4 which me and my friend say we have "invested" in rather than paid for. After buying the limited edition for around £70, plus the season pass (over 2000ms points), plus the porsche expansion, plus the 6 more dlc packs to come this game has reached nearly £160 or more! However it must be said it is a damn fine game and I love all my cars siiting there looking pretty. Also Justin if you have any contacts please please please tell Turn10 to forget adding more cars for now and give us more Rims and Bodykits for the cars! Much love GR you all rock.
  • robertpopovic - June 22, 2012 5:46 a.m.

    It's a pity that I forgot the name, but isn't there a train simulator that has extemely expensive DLC, eventually going into the thousands for the entire thing? Oh and of course the 100 dollar racing car for a Ridge Racer game I think it was :P
  • jamie5lpm - June 22, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    What about Peter Ms game he was talking up at e3 with the 10,000dollar pickaxe lol
  • Shadow Of Death - June 22, 2012 6:04 a.m.

    There is that Train Simulator game (Railworks 3). The base game + All the DLC works out to be about $2070. Don't forget about MMOs, especially F2P MMOs, who have $0 base price, but if you got all the microtransactions and expansions (if there are any), it'll be jacked up very high. Especially since at least some items would be re-purchaseable (EXP/Money/ETC boosts).
  • KA87 - June 22, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    DLC= The worst thing to happen to gaming ever (it can be debated, but it is still in the top 3). They use to sell entire games that were well made and now they sell partial games and release the rest of the game on DLC. Let’s start a movement to end DLC before it kills video games and forces us to go back to playing High Ho the Cheerio because we can’t afford the DLC to complete the game.
  • CrashmanX - June 22, 2012 7:47 a.m.

    For certain cases DLC is a problem, for others it's not. LBP and Oblivion are both examples of it not really being an issue. Granted Oblivion has ALL that DLC, but are you really going to use/buy every piece of it? Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine sure, but everything else? At that point why didn't you get the GOTY version? As far as LBP, are you REALLY going to use all those costumes if you bought all of them? Really?
  • KA87 - June 23, 2012 5:48 a.m.

    Dude, I did not say anything about Oblivion or LBP (and for your info, I did go the GOTY route). I was trying to point out that more and more of today’s games seem to come out and within like a month or two there is quite a bit of DLC for them (add-on missions, cloths, weapons, etc….). When it comes out that fast, it kind of makes you think that they intentionally kept content out of the game just to get you to pay more so that you can get the full experience out of the game. Think about it, you just shelled out $60 bucks for a game and now they want you to pay $15-20 on DLC that could have just come with the game. More and more companies will start doing this if they are allowed to get away with it because it vastly increases their profit margin. Trust me, if you could get away with gaining $20 more per unit by simply withholding some of the content, you would do it to. If the industry continues on this course, an games actual price tag will continue to rise in price until it gets to the point where people stop buying games and switch to a new medium of entertainment. At this point, the industry will either die or shift into producing low cost and low quality games and we will be back to playing checkers with our younger sister who cheats. This will likely happen within the next 15 to 20 years because most people don’t take the time to look away from their I-phones to see the entire picture and what is coming down the road. A great example of people missing the obvious is those self checkouts in Wally World (Wal-Mart). They are just the first step in process of eliminating cashiers from the workplace. Yes, lets eliminate jobs, there is no chance that will ever come back to haunt us. As unemployment continues to rise we will likely have a civil war or a revolution. Either way, a lot of people will die and we will become a 3rd world nation.

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