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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 8:38PM FrostPaw said

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"The Season Pass grants players a 30% discount on all cash shop items for six months."


Wait....surely the season pass does something else...because thats paying for a discount? which makes the discount....pointless.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 8:48PM Callagan said

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@FrostPaw

I know some stores that do this, selling you a member's card that gives you a discount on anything you buy in the store for a certain time. Although I do think 99$ is far, far too expensive for one.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 9:11PM jmerriex said

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@FrostPaw After further investigation, what is actually happening here is that the pass gets you ALL the premium content for the next six months for $99. Or something close to that. It's 30% off compared to you buying everything individually. NOT $99 for 30% off premium content.

Confusing yes, overprices, not so much.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 9:23PM Nandini said

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@FrostPaw Yes, the Season Pass does something else entirely. The season pass provides access to both current premium civilizations ($20 each), the current booster pack ($10), and the 4 empire extras ($5 each). These would normally cost $70 if purchased separately.

Plus, the Season Pass gives access to every premium civilization, pro civilization (if they are ever implemented), booster pack, and extra released in the next 6 months. If pricing remains the same, at least $70 of additional content is planned in the next 6 months.

The Season Pass provides at least $140 of value, and possibly more. If a player is already committed to buying everything the game has to offer, it represents approximately a 30% discount compared to the price of individual purchases. (It does not offer a flat 30% discount on each individual purchase.)

This is just another instance of Massively regurgitating another story from a secondary source whose primary source is an unofficial forum post.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 9:13PM Misq2k said

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.The Season Pass gives the buyer all content that is currently out and all the content that will be comming out in thoose 6 months.

The funny thing with MS is screwing players a little here with theese packs. People from beta got head starts and so could buy the greek and egyptian packs. Now at that point the discountpack where you got the defence pack for free wasnt there yet. Mind you this is still all in the 7 day head start. Then 3 or 4 days into the headstart all of a sudden they come out with the discount pack so all the people that bought the 1 greek or egyptian pack or both got screwed even befor the game came out.

In my view all players that bought the packs in the headstart befor MS came with a on the fly pack should get a refund or the amount the paid to much back in MS points to spend later.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 9:38PM Keen and Graev said

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Paying $99 in a free to play game feels like an oxymoron. :(

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 9:45PM Wrade said

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What a deal. Release a free stripped down version of the game and then charge the consumer $99.00+ dollars for a game that you could have bought for $50.00 from a box a few years ago.

Something about this setup just turns me off from these types of games. I've enjoyed Age of Empires in the past, but I'll pass on this.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 6:15AM Dumac said

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@Wrade
This post needs more than 3 "stars"

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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 5:15PM SocksForYou said

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@Wrade Summed up perfectly.

I'd rather just pay $50 for a new AoE game that's loaded to the gills with content and features and not deal with this stupid piecemeal pricing.

The whole goal of F2P seems to be getting people to pay more cash for less game. The truly free and unrestricted content basically equates to what you'd find in a demo or MMO trial and yet we keep going gaga over every stupid F2P announcement.
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Posted: Aug 16th 2011 10:33PM smg77 said

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Everything about this game screams "CASH GRAB"

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 10:41PM (Unverified) said

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FTP should be FTL as in Free to Lose. They say money doesnt help you win etc but that is just a lie. In all these games if you dont spend you have no real chance.

I agree with the comment above, 99 bucks to play a game for 6 months? are you kidding me? These games arent even that feature or content rich.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 10:50PM (Unverified) said

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i could have sworn i read that heres an option to turn off premium content in 1v1 battles so everyone is on a playing field in PvP.

Posted: Aug 16th 2011 11:25PM Keen and Graev said

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@(Unverified) Point it out if you find it. That would be a big selling point.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 12:06AM (Unverified) said

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This game is a microtransaction disaster, the game is actually built around microtransaction. HUGE let down, try the free 2 play, then promptly unistall, dear god their not even trying any more to make a good game.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 12:17AM BuyAquafina said

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While the RTS action is good, it is kind of pricey, even for F2P. At $99, that is SC2 and the price of half of the expansion. While you don't get the quests and city-building type stuff, you do get custom maps and arguably more polished content (at this time). However, once they finish putting the rest of the sp and coop and races in, this game could be worth a shot.

It's the typical thing with most f2p launches. You get 20-30% of a finished game, but the content is polished, instead of getting 80-90% of a game, with a bunch of half polished turds.

I'm going to wait for Rise of Nations or whatever the other RTS that is coming out to see what is going on. $20 a race is pretty steep, but if you only play one race (which would be most people), it's not that bad.

After I play the pvp some more, we'll see how this goes.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 4:03AM BuyAquafina said

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@BuyAquafina

Did some more thinking and it's not as overpriced as it seems, as long as they keep pumping out content, but I still feel as though I would be taking too big of a risk for content. What they have right now, isn't worth the $99, but by February of next year, should be. It's a bit like paying for a beta, except it's not a beta, and more money.
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Posted: Aug 17th 2011 2:37AM aaradun said

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I downloade this game, look at pricing and everything was 2-3x the price i was expecing in a f2p game.

So ya pass.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 4:02AM bobfish said

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Ignoring the pass mistake in the article, it still sounds incredibly expensive.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 4:37AM (Unverified) said

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Huh.

Ok, so, if I wanted to play this I would have to drop $70 every few months for new content, when I could instead just go play the Age of Empires 3 Complete Edition, which I bought for half that much, and have access to more than 3x the amount of exactly the same content?

I don't see what they're trying to do here.

Posted: Aug 17th 2011 8:42AM Valkesh said

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Actually $90 covers the next six months of content. Pricey yes, but you could get two civs and most of the important content in that six months for $50. Marketing apparently hasn't figured out it's not a great idea to call your game F2P when its really just an unlimited trial with an a la carte buy-in. End up just displeasing everyone.
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