‘Soul Hackers 2’ just set a lousy precedent for the entire industry

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soul hackers 2 is the latest role-playing game under the Shin Megami Tensei Atlus umbrella. But ahead of the game’s release on August 26, Atlus announced day one paid DLC for soul hackers 2 that includes a full “bonus” story arc.

Some of the biggest reviews. soul hackers 2 has faced in reviews point to a lack of significant content or variation in gameplay. Having both ready at launch for gamers is great, but forcing gamers to pay more is a bad image for Atlus that sets a dangerous precedent for the industry as a whole.

What does the DLC include? — Day one DLC is a common occurrence. It’s mostly reserved for cosmetic add-ons or pre-order bonuses. soul hackers 2 it has some of these, but the paid DLC at launch is over the top.

Included in the DLC is a collection of costume packs for Ringo and company that put them in various outfits from previous Shin Megami Tensei Y Person games, not to mention the essential swimsuit pack that gets everyone ready for the holidays.

The biggest addition, however, is the “Lost Numbers” story arc. Follow Ringo as he investigates incidents caused by a mysterious monster. With the help of Nana, a new Devil Summoner searching for her father, they search for demons known as the Lost Numbers to solve the mystery.

In the game, the story progresses through a series of requests at Madame Ginko’s Cretaceous Club. As the main story progresses, more parts of the “Lost Numbers” arc will become available, ultimately unlocking the new Hachigaya Training Field dungeon. The bonus story arc will range from levels 19 to 99 and culminate in what the developers say will be the hardest boss in the story. soul hackers 2.

Nana is a new Devil Summoner added in the ‘Lost Numbers’ DLC.Atlus

“Lost Numbers” will be available for purchase in three different ways: The Digital Deluxe Edition of soul hackers 2 includes the bonus story arc as well as a booster item pack for $69.99. While the Premium Edition is priced at $89.99 and includes “Missing Numbers” as well as all the other costumes, bonus items, and additional demons that Day One DLC has to offer. If you just want the extra story, you can buy it for $9.99.

The solution to a problem created by Atlus: There is nothing wrong with DLC. In fact, it can be a wonderful way to keep players engaged in a single-player game longer than they normally would be otherwise. Adding new story content is an exciting prospect that often leads developers to repeat what they did in the base game. The “Minerva’s Den” DLC from bioshock 2 is one of the best stories in the franchise, and “Blood and Wine” is perhaps even better than the warlock 3The base game. But both came out months or even a year after the original title.

The fact that Atlus has additional story content ready for release seems like nothing more than a way to charge fans extra money for content that could easily have been in the base game.

Soul Hackers 2 lacks dungeon diversity or interesting secondary content, both of which the new DLC adds. Atlus

“Lost Numbers” should have been part of soul hackers 2 to help alleviate the game’s biggest problems. In our review, we said that the game “cuts too many systems and leaves only a basic experience.” Most reviewers were able to accumulate credits in less than 30 hours. Compared, person 5 and other games SMT the family can easily log more than 100 hours. soul hackers 2 it feels empty, leaving the player alone to trudge through monotonous dungeons for most of the game.

The entirety of the “Lost Numbers” DLC content makes it feel like a punishment for players who only own the base game. “Oh, you don’t have enough to do. So give me more money,” Atlus is essentially telling them. The DLC is meant to be added to a game, giving players who have searched every nook and cranny of a product something extra to explore. Instead, content like “Missing Numbers” is a dangerous example of how publishers can lock content behind a paywall that feels like an essential puzzle piece to completing an unfinished or lackluster product like soul hackers 2.

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