#4: Run-Away Military Spending?
By: Nick Arvites
Laugh at the title. Then take a look at the estimated price for this
game at EB or Babbages. Not laughing anymore, are we? $250 US for
one game and a custom controller is outrageous. The Xbox costs $250
US. One game that costs as much as the system? Come on. Who exactly
is asleep at the wheel of Capcomís Marketing and Sales division? I
know what theyíre thinking (if you can call it thinking). The
die-hard mech simulator fans will eat this game up and gladly and
proudly lay the money on the table. Too bad it will not work. I for
one am a die-hard mech fan. Look in my box-o-PC games under my bed
and you will find every Mechwarrior game made, every Mechcommander
game made, and almost every knockoff made. Hell, I even played
tabletop Mech RPGís. I should be (by their train of idiotic
thought) drooling for a custom controller and Steel Battalion while
ignoring the cost. I am sorry if I live on a budget and try to
balance many an expense with video games. If Iím going to spend
$250 on something video game related, I could BUY ANOTHER SYSTEM.
I might be able to see myself spending $250 if I received
something more than a game and a controller I canít use on
anything else. Maybe Iíd bite if they bundled the game with
Microsoftís upcoming Xbox installment of the Mechwarrior series.
Sadly, they expect people to be stupid enough to throw money at
this. I donít care how great the game looked at E3 and how
critically acclaimed it was at E3, the price will drive away EVERYONE.
Do you think some college kid will spend that much money on one
game? No. How about some high school kid? No. Or how about some
20-something person? No. The entire age group that video games sell
to the most all have better things to spend $250 bucks on than one
game and a custom controller. I canít be the only person that
realizes this! People in the company are supposed to realize this
and know this. There are other methods of pushing a custom part or
controller without jacking the price up. If there were more than one
game included, it would not be so bad. If there were more than one
game that USED the controller, it would not be so bad. However, the
mech genre of games has always been in a niche corner of the gaming
world at best. I do not see many mech games released over a
generation to begin with and seriously doubt more than two games
will use this controller. Capcom should know better than to try
pushing this. It will not work. People are not willing to part with
the amount of money they paid for the system for one game. They need
to make the controller optional, make it cheaper, bundle in a few
more games or watch as their great product collects dust on the
retailer shelves. It is a sad state when a critically acclaimed game
of E3 like Steel Battalion threatens to fall into obscurity before
it is released due to the hefty price tag.
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