More Tomb Raider microtransactions revealed

Gamers can now spend $1 to purchase accuracy-boosting headshot reticle for single-player campaign.

Crystal Dynamics has added additional microtransaction items for Tomb Raider. Available now is a $1 headshot reticle for the game's single-player campaign. As its name suggests, this item helps players be more accurate with Lara's weapons.

The headshot reticle is not the first of Tomb Raider's single-player microtransaction offerings. Gamers can also spend $1 on attribute boosts like Agility--which lets Lara climb mountains faster and endure damage from higher falls--and Animal Instinct, a skill that allows Lara to see XP-laden animals while in Instinct Mode.

Players can also purchase various multiplayer-specific items like an assortment of weapons and additional playable characters for $1 each. These were all made available at launch on March 5.

Tomb Raider is the latest full-priced console game to offer in-game purchases to customers, joining the likes of Gears of War: Judgment, Dead Space 3, and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.

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rocketsatdawn
rocketsatdawn

I don't have a problem with micro-transactions in free to play games, but this is just ridiculous. It's a kick in the teeth to anyone who buys these at the start and then discovers they could have unlocked them all for free within the first hour. Shameful practice.  

XspidervenomX
XspidervenomX

To spend 65$ on a game and then have to pay $ to get the dang Bow and Arrow to shoot straight is criminal... This is leading to a nightmare for gamers.When I heard Micro's would be in this game I decided to pass.....

petez34
petez34

MT's are a great way for the industry to generate money from stupid people! personally, i find these intrusive money hocking schemes, 'in game' no less to be quite cheap and tasteless attempts at money grubbing. Any one other than industry exec's that support these schemes should be sterilized as not to pollute the world any further.

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

This is really stupid...the game is complete as it is


thorn3000
thorn3000

microtransactions, the future.........

jeremy-
jeremy-

Reddit AMA:

Crystal: "we dont do day 1 dlc we're pretty cool like that".

Reddit User 1: "Yeh these guys are pretty cool".

Reddit User 2: "I agree".

***Next day.... Single player microtransactions***

Reddit User 3: "trollface.gif"


enoslives7
enoslives7

Any idiots who pay for DLC, are ruining gaming for true gamers....BOTTOM LINE

As long as dipsh1ts are willing to pay for a game 9 times, the greedy publishers will keep making DLC (ie...pay to play).

thegroveman
thegroveman

How long until our gameplay experience is affected if we don't participate in microtransactions?  I bought a $60 game, not a damn storefront.  Is it wrong to just want to buy a complete experience?

nayce54
nayce54

WE NEED SEXY TERA COSTUMES! HARDER DIFFICULTY! WE NEED LONGER INTRICATE TOMBS! WE NEED WAYS TO FREE ROAM THE UNEXPLORED PARTS OF THE ISLAND. ACCESS NEW BEACHES, EVEN A WAY TO RACK UP SALVAGE TO MAKE A SALVAGE BOAT TO GET TO NEIGHBORING ISLANDS. BUT GIVE US SEXY TERA COSTUMES OR AT LEAST SOME SHORT PANTS!

leo316r
leo316r

lol good thing im  not a perfectionist gamer. i just well~~~~ play the game 

still its a good game.

Nancyboy560
Nancyboy560

I absolutely suck at gaming.  I need to play on the easiest of levels and even then I die a lot!  (I am, after all, a 68 year-old grama who just started playing a few years ago).  But I still LOVE action/adventure video games and their challenges.  Even though I am an awful player, I refuse to buy anything that gives me a crutch because a big part of the fun for me is the satisfaction of finally getting through a tough spot after trying time and time again.  If this pay-for DLC continues, where will it end--will it be like the bingo parlors where if you pay twice as much for a machine it will automatically mark the numbers and the only thing you have to do is watch for the big red letters on the screen that say "yell bingo"? 

sir_inverno
sir_inverno

I hate being harassed for money, and I won't accept that games I paid for doing so.

guahiatt
guahiatt

I wanted to buy this game, but now I'll have to say no. I hate any kind of DLC within the first months after release. There are really very few games with decent DLC in my opinion. But micro transactions  Really? To level up? To buy stats? Imagine demon souls doing that...christ.

If you buy any of this BS you deserve to die painfully, surrounded by those you love spitting on you as you feel four life fading away slowly, miserable in sadness.

OK, maybe that was a bit harsh. But really, if you call yourself a gamer you can't support this kind of behavior. I feel it is disrespectful.

CTruluck1324132
CTruluck1324132

Why are people getting so mad about this? Are they putting a gun to your head forcing you to pay for these micro transactions? If you don't want them its really not that big of a deal. just don't buy any of it. Tomb Raider was a very good and complete game. Its not like they held anything back from the campaign to try and sell to us later.     I welcome them to try to make as much of a profit as possible. This was a very good game and they deserve to cash in. 

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

can we get a bikini for her to wear during the game?

rantingraj
rantingraj

ok what i find acceptable is that at least it wasnt in from day1 meaning no content was held back or even difficulty in acquiring these items increased (not even remotely lol)

Techn1c4l
Techn1c4l

They are selling in-game attributes for single player game? This is really, really bad.

AlexFili
AlexFili

Sounds like a buyable 'easy' mode to me

Sunuva22
Sunuva22

very very very easy to upgrade all the way but whoever wants to skip past it and buy the abilities go ahead as long as you have fun : D



MrDouglas
MrDouglas

How about actually playing the game and eventually becoming better and more skilled and accurate with using the game's weapons? Guess that was old days.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

These big publishers and stupid developers make it extremely easy these days to stop giving shits about them and not buy any games from them, it's like they're all competing for EA's #1 most hated / worst company position.

Step 1 - Take a once good IP / franchise to ride on that name for added media and fan exposure
Step 2 - Develop a casual, for the "broad audience accessible" fully linear, medicore (at best) sequel with no replayability value and no mod support
Step 3 - Cut out all the non crucial content and slice them up into DLC packages for post release milking
Step 4 - Spend all the money on false advertising and hype campaigns
Step 5 - Release broken game with annoying DRM and ignore all fan feedback
Step 6 - Forget about Singleplayer, only concentrate on Multiplayer
Step 7 - Sell cheats, features and recolored content as microtransactions
Step 8 - Sell as much DLC as possible
Step 9 - Lie to customers or completely ignore them and don't offer any support
Step 10 - Repeat

For some strange reason there seem to be people out there that put up with that shit, otherwise these publishers would be out of business already.

Haven't bought this new Tomb Raider yet and never will - They've shot themselves in the foot multiple times with their stupidity.
This means I'll have more money to spend on indie games and developers which arent't full of shit, which is a good thing because I can better support them this way.

Arcturuss
Arcturuss

You know..  Cheat codes used to be free....

JohnnyDelRay
JohnnyDelRay

You bastards. I was so freaking close to buying this game last weekend, but didn't because I couldn't part with the cash (car needed a fix). Now I'm going to have to say no, out of principle =(

PlusFour
PlusFour

Well done guys! Fantastic job on making a great game. 

Now then, how can we rape it into the ground with microtransactions? Any ideas?

nurnberg
nurnberg

I miss the not-so-old days, at the beginning of current-gen (circa 2006-2009) when it was still possible to buy a quality, full game that didn't contain any DLC or micro-transaction.  Sadly, I think those days are over.

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

wow lol this is a ripoff if i ever seen one. they are taking cheat codes and they are selling them

nurnberg
nurnberg

Gaming is dead people.  They managed to make the characters level up using real money.

banana23man
banana23man

You know there are people who are getting their credit card ready for this BS. And it is these morons that keep eating up DLCs that signal to game companies, saying "hey! we don't want complete games. We will buy whatever you deliberately omitted from the game and sell as DLCs! Here, let me wipe your ass with my $100 bills"

JSusie
JSusie

I'm just glad I was finished and done with this game by the time this nonsense was released.  It at least makes me feel somewhat better about myself.

shnelle
shnelle

ok so instead of playing the game to level up you spend money to level up, that's just great...not

zbarfbag
zbarfbag

people are paying for cheats hahaha

Colekern
Colekern

Have you guys ever heard of a facedesk? It's like facepalm, only you smack your head into a desk instead.


FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK FACEDESK 

FlameBoyBen
FlameBoyBen

There is a difference between pure unadulterated greed and making money

Guess which one this incident is :P

tetrim
tetrim

Sooo... Pay to win?

deathwatch28
deathwatch28

microtransactions are just for the weak with too much money! If you want to waste a couple of quid, paypal it too me instead as i'm broke :(

jagcivtec
jagcivtec

Several years back this would have been a cheat code.  This will catch up to them, the Industry will eventually crash, and we will all suffer.

hastati4
hastati4

It's very easy to get every single skill over the course of the game. DO NOT pay extra to have single player skills early.


It's not like the game is too hard as it is or something.

ChristysXmas
ChristysXmas

There are already some Tier 3 skills in game that unlock headshot reticle, why would people spend $1 to get one?

RustedTruck650
RustedTruck650

This is OMFG kind of bullshit. I was going to buy the game but after reading this im definetly out of that camp.

Raditz5
Raditz5

Here is the answer, stop buying from EA unless it is an epic title. Pirate the rest. You don't have to support them you know. In fact most pirated versions of EA games come with less B.S. They are punishing the people who pay for the game. You can play Sim City offline if you get the pirated version. Show them that the consumer has the power. Not the mighty corporation of greed. I didnt buy this game. Support companies like ubisoft who are looking to improve PC gamer relations. Far Cry 3 was epic and has no real DRM and no day 1 DLC or micro transactions. They deserve my money.


VarHyid
VarHyid

Soon to come:

- Faster loading time on your console = $0.50 per loaded game

- Activation of all buttons on your controller = $0.99 per button

- Colors on your screen: RED = $0.99 per pixel, GREEN = $0.99 per pixel, BLUE = $0.99 per pixel. NEW! Special discount for WHITE = only $2.49 per pixel!

xeoneex66
xeoneex66

"Gamers can now spend $1 to purchase accuracy-boosting headshot reticle for single-player campaign"

What next, $.50 to shit in your own house?

hadlee73
hadlee73

I don't mind single-player micro transactions like these. They are optional, they aren't needed to enjoy (or complete) the game, and they have no effect on the storyline. And the gamers that are making the game easier for themselves have to pay for the privilege. I'm not a big fan of micro transactions for multiplayer though, especially if it gives an advantage over someone who has less real world money.

JoiLambell
JoiLambell

What a load of BS, even if it was freaking hard.. wish it isn´t, it´s completly the opposite on any level, Hard dificulty just isnt what it used to be... anyways, i never have and never will buy a DLC, but this one goes to my top 10 DLC ridiculous list. They make a game and then want to take away the whole experience thing with fast easy win DLC, and i´m not only talking about this DLC. DLCs needs to die, give us a freaking game and stop seazing every opportunity to ripp off people.

If you are testing the water it´s a really bad timing !

Biggs613
Biggs613

I'm pretty sure all these things are unlockable in-game without having to pay for them...