Kingdoms of Amalur (or KoA as I'll be referring to it as) has been recently put under fire for it's online pass that locks out 7 of the game's quests. To many people, this has been a problem. However, I see nothing to be mad about.
So let me give my stance. In both of Jim's front page posts, he expressed distaste for the pass. However, to me it seems inconsequential to the main game, and isn't likely to be more than a small quest line that would be swallowed up in what is presumed to be a large game. In my eyes, this type of an online pass is a good thing.
RAGE did something similar. They locked out a few small side areas, that had no consequence on the main game, and gave new buyers a code that would unlock them. This code had nothing to do with the multiplayer and, only took out a small piece of the game. This instance of an online pass was applauded by almost every one. This was because it had no huge impact on the game and rewarded new buyers rather than punishing used ones. That is exactly what I feel KoA is doing.
If these quests are a big portion of the game, then there's a problem. However, the biggest that I could see being locked out would be something comparable to Oblivion's Knights of the Nine DLC.This took me an hour and a half to complete, and a good portion of that time was spent walking to locations. This was offered for 10 dollars to all consumers. That is not a huge piece of gameplay for that price. Now KoA would be offering the same for free to half of it's consumers, and at a 10$ rate for the used buyers. To me, that's not bad at all.
Let's be honest here. If Fallout: New Vegas or Skyrim was missing 7 quests, would it feel incomplete. No, they wouldn't. I don't think Amalur would either.
At the end of the day this is simply an issue of the pass being inadequately named. If it was called something other th an those cursed words, I doubt that much would have happened. All in all, this going to blow over and, I hope, prove to be something that will be thought well of after the fact. Because if 7 quests is considered enough to change your opinion of a game, then you should probably stop looking into new games and go back to Skyrim ;)
P.S. This isn't an attack on Jim or a praise of EA. I love and hate those things respectively.
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