Downloadable content as a concept is pretty great, but publishers have been making it a dubious proposition for years now with ridiculous pricing models and a general lack of concern for what consumers are realistically willing to spend on a game. Still, nothing can quite prepare you for the outright madness of what Train Simulator 2016: Steam Edition is peddling.
The base game alone is $45, which is a fair price. Once you take a look at the paid add-on list though, things quickly get out of control. As reported by Kotaku, even with sale prices, the total cost of the game’s 230 DLC packs clocks in at a staggering US$3061.91. Without discount, it’s almost $3700. Sure, nobody’s saying you have to purchase any of it, but that doesn’t make this any less insidious.
If you’re not careful, your credit card bill could take off like a locomotive with all of that tempting virtual train goodness.