It looks like BioShock 2′s DLC is already on the disc

Friday, 12th March 2010 14:15 GMT By Patrick Garratt


It looks as though BioShock 2′s Sinclair Solutions tester pack, paid DLC released yesterday for the shooter, may already have been on the disc.

Users over on the 2K forums have picked up on the fact the download is only 24k on the PC version and 108k on the 360 version, leading the the assumption it’s just an unlock for content that’s already there.

The content costs 400 MSP.

The pack includes:

  • Rank increase to level 50 with Rank Rewards
  • New playable characters – Louie McGraff and Oscar Calraca
  • 20 new trials (available for rank 41 or higher)
  • A third weapon upgrade for each weapon
  • Five additional masks (available for rank 41 or higher)

This won’t go down well. We’ve asked 2K for comment.

Thanks, Blerk.



  1. Blerk

    Best compression EVER! Or alternatively…. tut tut. Naughty 2K.

    #1 5 years ago
  2. pleasant_cabbage

    Blimey. I know others will argue the opposite but I feel this ‘locked out but on the disc dlc code thing’ is taking the mick a bit.

    Especially the weapon upgrades: won’t this split the users in a pretty silly way? (unless I’m mistaken – only played the mp for a bit to see if it was terrible)

    #2 5 years ago
  3. blackdreamhunk

    yea I hear his fourms are going nuts over the fact. Your dealing with pc gamers. We are so lighten we make the illumanti look bad. Yes we

    we are so elite that we even know about ashcolon lol

    One of the first things hackers are going to is mod their pc gamers.

    there is roumers that the illumnati is after us now ahahahaha

    that is how elite we are now.

    #3 5 years ago
  4. KillerDD

    Isn’t this illegal. We bought the disc right? So we own what’s on the disc?

    #4 5 years ago
  5. pleasant_cabbage

    Someone’s been blowing smoke up your ass BDH ;)

    #5 5 years ago
  6. Michael O’Connor

    Talk about slaughtering the name of an extremely respectful title. Ugh.

    #6 5 years ago
  7. blackdreamhunk

    when are people going to relise you shouldn’t lie to pc gamers. We are very smart people,hacking our games we pay for is just given.

    #7 5 years ago
  8. one million

    DLC is poison.

    #8 5 years ago
  9. blackdreamhunk

    to be honest I don’t mine dlc as long as it is worth it. However I would rather have an exspion.

    #9 5 years ago
  10. Hunam

    It was obviously done so none DLC buyers could see the skins that the DLC folks are sporting.

    #10 5 years ago
  11. cookiejar

    More rubbish Multiplayer DLC.

    #11 5 years ago
  12. absolutezero

    What difference does d-loading 200mb instead of a 100kb key make?

    Is that little bar increasing a manifestation of your money being spent?

    #12 5 years ago
  13. Blerk

    It’s not the size, it’s the fact that they’re making you pay again for something which was obviously finished and ready before launch and therefore should’ve been included in the price you paid for the main game.

    #13 5 years ago
  14. DrDamn

    Why should it have been included?

    #14 5 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Because if it’s on the disc, you should have already paid for it. If it was ready before release and they didn’t include it on the disc then that’s still a bit pissy but at least you’d have been none the wiser. Doing it this way is just rubbing the customer’s face in it.

    #15 5 years ago
  16. JonFE


    #16 5 years ago
  17. Hunam

    It’s a no win scenario though. The Xbox has a tiny patch limit and the DLC is for general multiplayer use yes? So if you bought the DLC, got your new skins and weapon upgrades you’d still play with people who don’t have them, so if they don’t have the content they’d not be able to see your skin/weapons and as such would segregate the community no? So by doing this everyone has the data.

    I think the only game that has had proper patches on the 360 was Burnout Paradise, where all the content was added in patches from the marketplace and you just bought the unlock key to unlock content in the patches.

    #17 5 years ago
  18. DrDamn

    You pay for the game as delivered – i.e. without these features, and if you do you thought this was a fair price. What’s on the disc and when it was developed is irrelevant.

    If they spent extra time on the content above and beyond what they said was available in the game and it was ready before the game ships then isn’t it in the consumers interests to have it on the disc? Doesn’t take time to download and doesn’t use up HDD space.

    #18 5 years ago
  19. Edward Cullen


    Why is it a bad thing? DO you mean that its quite reasonable charging a 7-10hrs SP game for $60. and not more for a 5hrs SP and untold hrs of MP?

    #19 5 years ago
  20. Phoenixblight

    Glad I traded that game in. I will not be buying anymore 2K Games ever again. Now Capcom, Ubisoft and 2K.

    #20 5 years ago
  21. Hunam

    It’s a tricky wording in all these EULA’s, but technically you’re not buying the disc per se, more the licence to use software and the disc is provided as a form of delivery, you don’t own everything on the disc, just what is stated in the licence you bought. It is devious though, but as I said, it’s something that is going to happen unless Microsoft changes it’s policy on patches, which isn’t going to happen because not everyone has a HDD.

    #21 5 years ago
  22. JonFE

    By the same merit, it is in the consumer’s best interest to have it free of charge. Why stop at bandwidth and HDD space issues?

    What does Microsoft’s policy on patches have to do with this?

    #22 5 years ago
  23. The Hindle

    Bioshock should have never got a sequel as the first game was a masterpiece. Its like someone trying to paint a better painting then the Mona Lisa!!!

    #23 5 years ago
  24. DrDamn

    @Edward Cullen
    Pricing and value is a separate issue. If the game as originally sold is poor value for you then don’t buy it. If the DLC is poor value then don’t buy it. These are all separate issues though.

    What I can’t understand why *when* and *how* DLC is released has any logical bearing.

    #24 5 years ago
  25. theevilaires

    I agree with Hindle 1000% even though I never played the first (I only watched it being played :D )

    #25 5 years ago
  26. Edward Cullen


    Hey man my comment was not directed at you. it was for blerk’s comment on 13 & 15.

    I actually agree with your arguments there.

    #26 5 years ago
  27. DrDamn

    Oh ok :)

    #27 5 years ago
  28. Edward Cullen


    #28 5 years ago

    There’s no law that says that if you buy a disc that you legally own all of the code or software on that disc.

    In fact, depending on the EULA, you might not even own ANY of it.

    So, I go back to my old analogy.

    If you buy Microsoft Office, you get EVERYTHING on the disc, whether you’ve paid for Student, Professional, Small Business, Standard or Enterprise, you get them all on the disc.

    So where are the hordes of moaners whinging about not getting all of the Office programs, since they’ve bought the disc??

    Nowhere! Because they’re not silly enough to believe that MS owe them every little bit of code that they ever wrote for Office, that’s why.

    #29 5 years ago
  30. wanderson75


    “yeah…we already made it…and included it on your disc…but if you want to use it you have to give us money…even though you already own it…”

    Isn’t that what we call extortion in the real world? Good job 2K!

    #30 5 years ago
  31. wanderson75

    Is there someplace where the EULA for B2 is posted? Maybe we need to do some homework.

    #31 5 years ago
  32. Xanthene

    Let’s say you buy a car, $20,000. You get home and find your key doesn’t open the truck. You call the dealership and ask what’s going on and they tell you that you bought the car to drive around in, not transport things. Even though the trunk is already there the key is going to cost you an additional $2000.

    That’s what this DLC is, you’re being forced to pay additional for something you already have.

    #32 5 years ago

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