EA Releases $260 Of DLC Before Game Comes Out

March 30, 2011 Written by Sebastian Moss

Most gamers have a love-hate relationship with downloadable content – we love when a new map pack comes out for our favorite game, but hate when content is removed by publishers so that it can be sold at a premium price. With development costs soaring, release date DLC is often seen as a necessary evil, however, for the latest Tiger Woods game, it’s hard to argue that EA is justified.

With the game releasing tomorrow in Europe and on Friday in the UK, EA has released an incredible 189.48€/$267.16 worth of DLC for Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters, with 52 different items:

Adidas Proshop Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
Banff Springs Golf Course (£3.19/€3.99)
Birdie Pack (£11.99/€14.99)
Bridgestone Proshop Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
Callaway Proshop Pack (£3.19/€3.99)
Callaway Sponsorship (£3.19/€3.99)
Cleveland Proshop Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
Cleveland Sponsorship (£2.39/€2.99)
Cobra Proshop Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
EA Sports Proshop Pack 1 (£0.79/€0.99)
EA Sports Proshop Pack 2 (£0.79/€0.99)
EA Sports Proshop Pack 3 (£0.79/€0.99)
EA Sports Sponsorship (£2.39/€2.99)
Eagle Pack (£19.99/€24.99)
Emerald Dragon (£3.19/€3.99)
Footjoy Proshop Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
Greek Isles (£5.49/€6.99)
Grip Item Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
Harbour Town Golf Links (£3.19/€3.99)
Hazeltine National Golf Club (£3.19/€3.99)
The Highlands (£3.19/€3.99)
Loudmouth Golf Proshop Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
Mizuno Proshop Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
Nike Clothing Pack 1 (£0.79/€0.99)
Nike Clothing Pack 2 (£0.79/€0.99)
Nike Proshop Pack 1 (£2.39/€2.99)
Nike Proshop Pack 2 (£2.39/€2.99)
Nike Proshop Pack 3 (£2.39/€2.99)
Nike Proshop Pack 4 (£2.39/€2.99)
Nike Sponsorship (£5.49/€6.99)
Oakley Proshop Pack 1 (£0.79/€0.99)
Oakley Proshop Pack 2 (£0.79/€0.99)
Oakmont Country Club (£3.19/€3.99)
Pinehurst (£3.19/€3.99)
Ping Proshop Pack (£2.39/€2.99)
Ping Sponsorship (£2.39/€2.99)
Prototype Starter Suit (£3.99/€4.99)
Quagmire Golf Proshop Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
River Course At Blackwolf Run (£3.19/€3.99)
Riviera Cc Golf Course (£3.19/€3.99)
Shaft Item Pack (£1.59/€1.99)
Sheshan Golf Club (£3.19/€3.99)
Spyglass Hill Golf Course (£3.19/€3.99)
Sundog Proshop Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
Taylormade Proshop Pack (£0.79/€0.99)
Taylormade Sponsorship (£2.39/€2.99)
The Els Club (£5.49/€6.99)
The Predator (£3.19/€3.99)
The TPC Blue Monster At Doral (£3.19/€3.99)
Torrey Pines Golf Course (£3.19/€3.99)
TPC Boston (£3.19/€3.99)
Wolf Creek, Nv (£3.19/€3.99)

That doesn’t even include EA’s Online Pass (£6.29/€7.99).

Some of the DLC simply unlocks portions of the game that you would otherwise have to play to unlock – a welcome addition for those with less time or gaming prowess, but, with all the DLC nearly costing $300, the price of unlocking all the game, and owning all the extras does seem exorbitantly expensive.

Have EA gone too far, or are they perfectly justified with the amount of DLC they have released? Let us know in the comments below.