Thursday, May 08, 2008

Costly costumes

The good news is that Ninja Gaiden II will have three downloadable costumes for Ryu in July. The bad news is each will cost 200 MS points ($2.50). I’m kind of stunned. That’s a lot of money per outfit. This will suck even more if there aren’t any “free” costumes in the game to unlock.

Although I’ve been a big Ninja Gaiden fan, there are aspects of II that I’m not looking forward to. One is the massive amounts of gore, Two - the lackluster Sonia designs, Three – the game doesn’t look significantly better than Sigma for PS3, Four – there doesn’t appear to be another playable character in the game, Five – and now it appears we’ll be gouged for extras costumes that used to be free.

Previously Team Ninja charged for unlocking costumes already in the game for folks who didn’t have 100 hours to accomplish those tasks. The prices were sky high if you wanted to buy everything (I think it was like $300+), but it wasn’t that bad if you purchased items for just one or two characters.

This development with NGII makes me dread what will happen to extra costumes in a new Dead or Alive fighting game or DOA Xtreme.

5 comments:

Ariel said...

Actually there will be 3 Costume packs, each with 5 costumes. So It´s about 0,5 per costume
Anyway i would like to gain them by doing missions, and just buy them only to save time.

Bilstein said...

This packs aren´t a time saving thing. Downloading them doesn´t gives you instant access to the extra content.

I think they´ll stay locked when you download ´em to hard disk. You´ll must pass the game or some conditions will be required to unlock them anyways. Same thing as the Hurricane pack for first Ninja Gaiden.

I hope the basic game will come with its own extra content. To pay for it has become a common practice for Xbox and Team Ninja games, but I don´t like it so much.

Wataru Maruyama said...

Ariel, do you have the link that says that each pack has 5 costumes? I keep seeing conflicting reports.

Ariel said...

Here dear Wataru
http://gamerscoreblog.com/team/archive/2008/05/08/559028.aspx

This is almost official news since Gamerscoreblog is made by Microsoft Games Employees

Anonymous said...

Maruyama-san, you're going to be INCREDIBLY disappointed by the final game.

Reading between the lines of the last few press releases, it looks like even the developers hate the game...