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Do you like to use DLC items when you play a game (e.g., more powerful weapons and/or armour) that look cooler and have better stats than the basic stuff you often get at the start of a game? Or do you prefer to play plain vanilla and work your way up?

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I find these DLC items often upset the balance a little and break the sense of progression in the early game. But it's hard to say no the them. I'm finding that at the moment with Dragon Age Inquisition Game of the Year Edition, where my party is kitted out mostly with DLC gear at level 5. Although I know it'll become obsolete before too long.


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I'll almost always stick with the normal/basic starting stuff for the first play through, unless there's some major issue with them that had to be fixed to make it playable (can't think of any specific examples of this, though).

DLC and mods and such (including cheat codes) will get used for repeat plays, or at least in a separate save file.
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I occasionally take advantage of those DLC items, though I'm often motivated more by the aesthetics of them than any sort of utility or advantage they offer. I rarely buy DLC, so in these cases, it's probably something that came with a GOTY or "Day One" edition of the game. That said, it typically has to be something really cool for me to even bother with it. I'm often too lazy to go enter the code in the PlayStation store,

Most recently, I think I got some sort of bonus for picking up a Day One edition of Red Dead Redemption II, but I never used it. I've probably missed out on some cool stuff by ignoring a lot of that stuff. Now that Simon has asked the question, perhaps I'll pay more attention to the DLC items that come with the games I buy.
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Vanilla the first time through, OP DLC gear the second time, mostly to take revenge on obnoxious bosses.
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That kind of DLC is new to me. In the strategy games I play, DLC is typically a game upgrade/expansion that (to me and most players) is indispensable. So, if I'm playing Civilization IV, of course it's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword. And if I'm playing Age of Wonders III, of course it's with everything including the latest expansion, Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords.

An exception, so far, for me is Darkest Dungeon. I haven't bought either of the DLC packages for it, as the vanilla game is plenty challenging and interesting for me.
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Patrick Carroll wrote:
That kind of DLC is new to me. In the strategy games I play, DLC is typically a game upgrade/expansion that (to me and most players) is indispensable. So, if I'm playing Civilization IV, of course it's Civilization IV: Beyond the Sword. And if I'm playing Age of Wonders III, of course it's with everything including the latest expansion, Age of Wonders III: Eternal Lords.

An exception, so far, for me is Darkest Dungeon. I haven't bought either of the DLC packages for it, as the vanilla game is plenty challenging and interesting for me.
Yes it's usually third-person RPGs made by Bioware that does this, quite a niche genre
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VanillaCokeMule wrote:
Vanilla the first time through, OP DLC gear the second time, mostly to take revenge on obnoxious bosses.

Good motivation!

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I occasionally take advantage of those DLC items, though I'm often motivated more by the aesthetics of them than any sort of utility or advantage they offer.

I don't know many games that I play that have this. I do occasionally play the Sims 3 since that's what my girlfriend mostly wants to play, and there I care more about the aesthetics rather than the stats of the item. So I'm gonna go with Gabe here on this.

In multiplayer games you always go with the best gear possible. There is no point in playing vanilla when everyone is running around one-shotting you to death.
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VanillaCokeMule wrote:
Vanilla the first time through, OP DLC gear the second time, mostly to take revenge on obnoxious bosses.



This. Though I don't do it out of revenge so much as to even out upping the difficulty level from normal or hard to hard or nightmare.
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Gets more and more blurred every year.

I tend to use whatever comes with the game. But I frequently buy "complete" or "GotY" editions that were compiled a year or more after the original release, and include all of the DLC content. I don't bother trying to sort out what was originally an add-on. I was 20 hours into the Royal Edition of Final Fantasy XV before I realized that it had removed all sorts of nuisances from the original release, often using gear as the means to do so.

Honestly, I don't think the developers always have a clear idea, either.

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The measure is totally arbitrary, but I will wait until I "earn" DLC gear before letting myself equip it. If it has no stat boosts, fine, It is part of the starting kit. But if there is any bonus, I try to wait until it seems to fit in with the other stuff the game is giving me.

If it is purely cosmetic, I typically wait until the game gives me that "go on, buddy, have some fun" nod indicating it's side quest time and I don't have to worry about my character being dressed up like a superhero in what should be an emotional cutscene.
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I generally dislike the presence of DLC gear and try to avoid using things when they affect the game.
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I try out DLC items if they come with the game, but usually not on my first playthrough. For example, I played through Resident Evil 2 remake with the regular original outfit, then started playing it more with some of the DLC/bonus costumes.

I rarely buy cosmetic DLC. If I ever do, it's moreso because I want to support the company and the game, so they'll make more games in the series. For example, I've bought every Disgaea DLC item they've ever released, no matter how goofy it is. Usually they aren't cosmetic things for Disgaea, but additional characters or items.

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I will wear a DLC costume if I like it, but starting out with an overpowered weapon or armor seems like it would make the game less fun.
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The preorder DLC stuff that you can get at the start mostly seems like a punishment for people who didn't preorder.
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I'm a vanilla guy. I will download DLC to add content and to improve graphics. Bit I cannot recall ever downloading DLC just for the extra loot or equipment. I prefer to work my way up.
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I don't buy DLC, but if it's something that came packaged with the game, I may or may not use it (I don't remember any games I got where this was the case).
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