Up For Debate - How Much Is Too Much For A Game

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Mar 7, 2015 6:00 PM
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The other day I was having a browse around the Star Citizen store and I stumbled upon ‘The Completionist’ package. This digital pledge contains all of the spaceships announced up to 2014, as well as a couple of future ones. Oh, and it doesn’t come with the Javelin Destroyer, which was announced on November 27th. All the ultra rare ships come with a spare should you get get a flat tyre, and you also get a bunch of Hangar decorations.

The price for such an immense hangar of goods you ask? $18,000. Eighteen. Thousand. US. Dollars. That $18K nets you 45 different ships, alongside a few duplicates, at an average cost of $400 per ship. It’s a lot of money, and it easily makes Star Citizen one of the most expensive games ever released. Of course you gain to Star Citizen for just $54 if you want, but the option’s there if you’re feeling extravagant.

Konami also announced this week Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain would be costing £59.99 digitally on PC in the UK, making it one of the most expensive RRPs for a game yet. MGS sits comfortably in my top five game series of all time, but handing over £60 for the privilege is still a galling proposition. Unfortunately Konami knows its got its fans exactly where it wants them. 

My point being with these meandering thoughts is that games can be an expensive business, and people out there are surely paying the high-end prices somewhere. This isn't just applicable to special editions of games either, but the cost of buying games on day one. With that in mind, how much do you think is too much to pay for a single game? And if you don’t me prying, what would you say the most you’ve ever spent on a single game is?

The most I’ve probably ever spent is on Star Wars: Galaxies back in the day. I’d guess my two year subscription along with the game and the first expansion pack probably set me back about £300. Although I might have to shamefully throw Rock Band into the equation. I have no idea how much I spent there but I have an awful feeling it might dwarf SWG. Now, it’s over to you!

What is the most you have spent on a single game?

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00:55 Mar-09-2015

It all depends on what you get for what you pay. If I find a game I really want then it doesn't bother me much to pay for it. Obviously the cheaper I can get something the better, but generally if I want something enough I'll buy it.


I don't really play subscription based games, single-purchase is usually it. I'll go for DLC too if I want it/feel it's a good buy. I've spent 100+ on a few games & DLC over the years, and I'm ok with it.

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01:05 Mar-09-2015

An incomplete list would include; Final Fantasy XII Collectors Edition w/tin case (120$), Persona 3 Collector's Edition original NA release (145$), Diablo III standard & Reaper of Souls digital deluxe (110$ total), XenoBlade Chronicles (95$), Dragon Age Inquisition & Digital Deluxe upgrade (105$).


Basically I'm good with price as long as I enjoy the game enough.

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23:18 Mar-08-2015

I'm really dissapointed to say the only game I've ever pre-ordered at full price is MoH: Warfigher. Great game but it was 50% off the weekend after release :/

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16:54 Mar-08-2015

Some games i spend $120-$130 to get the nice little collectors edition with the extra stuff. However if i miss that chance ill wait til it hits a steam sale and buy it for no more than $30.

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16:31 Mar-08-2015

I myself pay up to £40 sometimes little more if its a game iam in to but not like the idea of paying £40 plus then having to pay to play online was into world of warcraft up to last expantion .

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16:13 Mar-08-2015

accidently clicked 300+, ummmmm
i was actually meant to click 30, if i spent 300 on a game i'd immediately say to myself "why didn't i buy a 970?"
but yeah most i've spent on a game is £30

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14:52 Mar-08-2015

I think the 60$ range is fine, but now, instead of just 60$, we have day one DLC, most of the time for 10$, unless you preorder. Then the season pass for upwards of 30$ to 40$. And then the rest of the DLC that is not on the season pass, thank you GearBox...cough, cough...

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13:41 Mar-08-2015

I rarely pay 60$ for a game anymore. 20$ is what I'm comfortable with. Early Access on steam has spoiled me.

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12:05 Mar-08-2015

I don't think I'd spend more than £20 nowadays. I'd wait until the game was released, read reviews, see how optimised it is for PC then wait a few months until it's cheaper on key websites or goes on sale on Steam.

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11:10 Mar-08-2015

Last time I bought a full price game was when the Xbox 360 came out, the game being Burnout Revenge, costing £35, RRP being £40. Since, I haven't spent more than 20 quid on a single game, though I think GTA5 will be the first.

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10:27 Mar-08-2015

I payed only once for BO1 45 euros at my local store,now i have every cod,GTA V for free on steam.

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09:45 Mar-08-2015

I wouldn't pay more than £50 for a game, here in the UK, which pretty much rules out any new console release and PC releases feel like they are catching up fast - I mostly have to wait for sales these days

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09:21 Mar-08-2015

1) I never but full priced games, so everything is >$40
2) Except Assassin's Creed Black Flag, which I bough for $20 and then spent >$150 on the DLC and multiplayer "special currency" :c

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09:08 Mar-08-2015

35€ was my limit, on Battlefield 4 Premium

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07:41 Mar-08-2015

Honestly I think that even the AAA games shouldnt cost more than 20-30 dollars. Thats why I am not buying them on release. Its just too expensive and I dont feel like my 60 dollars would be worth it even if i played it for 100 hours+

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07:44 Mar-08-2015

On the other hand, I would say that because I'm a student of High School and I dont have a job that it affects my opinion.

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08:40 Mar-08-2015

I'm working and earning and I and others who are also earning would agree with you about the price... No way in hell I would pay USD 60 for any game normally... Hell I would not pay even one third that if it had a bland and short story/campaign even if it had good multiplayer... I bought Crysis 3 for example, months after it released for half the release price...

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07:36 Mar-08-2015

I only buy a $60 game if i 1. have someone to play it with, or 2 its an Elder Scrolls game, i didn't get ESO because of that stupid monthly thing... but $50 is my limit besides very special occasions!

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07:12 Mar-08-2015

I have never ever paid more than USD 60 equivalent for a game... Most I ever paid for a game was INR 3200 for Halo 4 back in December 2012...

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07:03 Mar-08-2015

Around 450$ On APB reloaded , considering i played the game for well over 1800 hours and still enjoy it .

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07:04 Mar-08-2015

Ofcourse the 450$ where spent on APB reloaded from 2011 until to 2014

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06:50 Mar-08-2015

who spends a 1000 $ on a video game ?
$60 is the final limit

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06:34 Mar-08-2015

i never bought any game which exceed over 30$ . In india Price of games reduce substantially if you wait for few months :D. You just have to sit for awhile and you will get it in less cost :D

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05:42 Mar-08-2015

here in australia it's pretty standard to have to pay $99-110, it's appalling in my opinion, going digital has helped alot though, sales are great. thats about $76-85 us dollars equivalent. before people talk about that not being too much extra, in australia everything costs more and our living cost are astronomical due to our low population, so we dont have much spending money compared to other countries, I think Switzerland, Norway and Sweden are in similar circumstances in regards to costs vs living standard.

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12:26 Mar-08-2015

All that region-based pricing is a huge scam... I'm so surprised no one throughout the world sued Steam on this issue yet. Heck, I'm surprised I did not sue them myself. Where are all the opportunistic lawyers when you need them...

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21:18 Mar-08-2015

Better call Saul...

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09:45 Mar-09-2015

I feel I'm missing something here. a google search shows breaking bad, is this a breaking bad reference, I'm afraid I dont get it.

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11:51 Mar-09-2015

Sorry! it was intended for Kristijonsz.

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