Okay, it’s bad enough that Turbine set up its microtransactions to be funded with something called Turbine Points, without pausing to think that “TP” might not install confidence in the minds of consumers, but instead give them the sense that they’re buying that +1 Sword of Kick Buttery with 1600 rolls of toilet paper.
But on a very fundamental level, Cryptic fails with its marketing of the “C-Store”, something that strikes me as a strained attempt to make a mundane thing (a place to purchase virtual items) into something “hip” and “johnny suave”, as we often saw in the horrid 90’s:
Anyway. The C-Store. Personally, I would have gone with the “Cryptic’s Crypt” or “Crypt-o-Zoology”, but oh well. So Cryptic has posted a new bevy of store options on their C-Store page, and I thought it worthwhile to “break it down”, as the kids say.
Costume Sets: Halloween, Cyborg Beast, Epic Samurai
Costume sets were almost a no-brainer with the Cryptic crew, seeing as how costume bundles are a staple of the City of Heroes franchise. They’re pretty nifty and not too expensive on the whole, although I’m curious if there’s any in game way to earn these (particularly the halloween pieces). For Karate Kid fans out there, you definitely want to pick up the skeleton outfit so you too can look like the Cobra Dojo on Halloween!
The upside: they’re pretty cheap (just 80 Cryptic Points for each set). The downside: they’re emblems. Who cares? I mean, who cares enough to actually pay for a whole pack of costume emblems when your character can wear just about one at a time? Pass.
4 More Character Slots
The rather meager amount of character slots (8) in a standard Champions account has been rubbing the fan base raw since the game launched, especially considering how altitis is practically a way of life for superhero MMOs. 4 more slots is good, but it comes at a whopping 1200 CP cost (1 CP is a little more than a US penny), which makes the rubbing even rawer. Nice to have, but too pricey. And what if you only want one or two more slots? Why just 4?
Ooh. Danger, Will Robinson, danger! At 1000 CP, this is neither cheap nor attractive. Unfortunately, retcons have been a sore issue with the players since day one of the game, even as Cryptic has handed out two full retcons for different issues. I expect there to be a bit of bellyaching in the forums over this one above all the others.
Pretty inexpensive to do, but then again, it’s pretty easy just to reroll a character as well. I guess it’s a demanded service, but I could never see myself ponying up for one.
2 More Costume Slots
What I like about this is that it doesn’t just add two more costume slots to one character, but to each and every character on your account. For 400 CP, that’s a pretty good deal, especially if you like making a wide variety of outfits for your hero.
Cryptic’s idea of non-combat pets are pretty lame, in my opinion. I have a couple ones that I got for free or through events, and I can’t be bothered to bring them out most of the time. They’re just a little too… I dunno. Uncompelling.