As a lover of RPGs, in both table top and video game form, I have been eagerly anticipating Elder Scrolls Online for my Xbox One console.
This is because my computer lacks the right equipment to run PC games and also because in my youth, I kind of sucked at dual wielding a keyboard and a mouse.
My lacklustre PC gaming history aside, naturally I have been super psyched up about ESO, only to discover last month that not only will I have to pay £45 for the game but in order to play I will also need to adhere to a monthly subscription charge of £15!
Why should I have to pay an additional £15 on top of the price of a game?
Not only that, I’m also an Xbox Live Gold member so I already pay for online gaming services. I understand that ESO is an MMO like World of Warcraft and I understand subscription fees but what really twists the dagger already buried deep within my flesh is fact that Playstation Network members do not have to pay the subscription charge.
|I was as angry as these guys…|
The Gods of Tamriel must be shining down on me however, as more recent announcements have stated that the subscription fee plans have been ditched and despite being a huge sigh of relief I still feel the pain in my side from the betrayal because there still exists an optional subscription fee where players are able to reap the benefits of 10% bonus to experience point gain, cheaper items, extra gold acquisition and any additional content.
|Oblivion: Pimp My Horse Edition|
Of course, players were less than impressed and Bethesda received mass complaints, to which they responded with later releasing extra quests and characters for the same price. That was back in 2006, when most companies were beginning to trial DLC, so they can be forgiven…if they don’t announce Fallout 4 though, I don’t think I’ll be quite so forgiving.
“Players and other items are acquired in the form of cards, which are obtained through buying packs… packs can be purchased with coins, which are earned through playing FIFA Ultimate Team matches or with FIFA points, which must be purchased with real world money.”
The EA store is so kind that it even let’s you buy 12,000 FIFA points for the completely reasonable and not at all insane price of £71.99! You only need to look on YouTube to find a whole barrage of videos featuring screaming nutbags freaking out over what they’ve received in a digital card game that they’ve paid hard-earned money for – WHERE ARE MY BLUE CARDS?!