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Gears of War: Judgment micro-payments let you buy XP boosters

Monday, 18 March 2013 16:42 GMT By Dave Cook

Gears of War: Judgment offers players a wide range of vanity items, just like Gears of War 3, but the game also includes paid boosters which are new to the series.

I was going to mention the paid vanity items in my Gears of War: Judgment appraisal, but then I remembered that Gears of War 3 had them too. It’s just things like skins that make your character look like they’ve been splattered with paintballs guns, and other weird camos.

However, CVG has discovered paid XP boosters on the Xbox Live store that are completely new to me, as they weren’t included among the in-game menus.

The site reports that you can buy double XP for ten multiplayer matches for 80 Microsoft Points , which works out at £0.69 or $1.00 depending on where you are.

Double XP for 50 matches will run you 320 points (£2.74 / $4.00), 100 matches at 560 points (£4.80 / $7.00)and 200 matches at 800 points (£6.85 / $10.00).

Or you can buy a Gears of War: Judgment season pass and get permanent double XP and all DLC for 1600 MSP (£13.71 / $20).

Is this nudging dangerously close to the line between vanity items and ‘pay-to-win’ items?

I get that Gears of War: Judgment’s XP doesn’t give players an advantage as such, but still, we want to know what you think about the way things are going.

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30 Comments

  1. KineticCalvaria

    The end is nigh!

    Can’t believe gaming has come to this.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mreko3230

    Its really close. I think the only thing that keeps it from “pay2win” is that XP is availible to everyone that plays long enough. If it was a matter of purchasing a gun or armor or something that would give you a an unfair advantage over those people not buying then I would say “yes”.

    I guess it gives you an advantage for a short burst of time, but eventually everyone that plays long enough will hit the level cap. And players that are really good at the game could probably care less about a noob getting double XP- those players buying XP to get ahead are still going to be dominated by the better players.

    Also, there have been games that offered double XP for a limited time when you pre-ordered the game. Don’t see where its much different.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Bashtee

    I’m shocked. Back in my days, we called that cheating. Games… have changed.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Ballisticon

    Does this game have unlocks (like BF3 or CoD)? GoW had leveling, but it was useless like Halo. The only way this could even be remotely considered PTW is if there are unlocks that XP levels will provide. Maybe I need to read up on the game but after playing the previous ones, it just looks like more of the same with a fresh coat of paint.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Francis O

    Really? Then the whole multiplayer is tainted. Somebody can just purchase their way to victory?

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Hcw87

    Can you purchase guns or anything with XP? If so, it’s pay2win and a travesty, but if not, who cares.

    People raged on Dead Space 3′s microtransactions too, but it turns out you got more than enough cash just by playing the game normally. Didn’t matter in that game, probably not here either.

    I dislike microtransactions, but aslong as you can’t buy anything that gives you an advantage over other people, then it doesn’t bother me at all.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Dave Cook

    Guys, I’m not saying it’s pay to win, but my question to everyone is, does XP boosting take things one step closer to ‘pay to win’?

    I know XP doesn’t give people an advantage in Gears, but how long before a game does offer pay to win? Developers are starting to get confident and in EA’s case, downright cocky about what they can charge you for.

    Seriously, how long before we’re being charged to skip ads on Gaikai?

    #7 2 years ago
  8. OlderGamer

    A slippery slope is slippery.

    The industry has to get people used to this type of thing before it goes all out with P2W Dave. Just itty bitty baby steps that seem and feel harmless enough. More people will likly defend this then notice anything alarmist.

    Just keep in mind even a journey of a thousand miles begins with just one small step.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Dave Cook

    @8 that’s what I’m thinking.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. Hcw87

    Pretty sure they won’t risk anything after the massive backlash they’re getting every time they add in microtransactions. They’re very well aware of people not liking it, so it doesn’t really matter what we think. If they want to add microtransactions to every game next-gen for example, there’s nothing we as consumers can do about it.

    But it won’t happen ofcourse.

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Francis O

    Dave, this is BS and you know it. It’s basically is pay to win. Everybody knows this is how the industry is going. It’s ok though cause I’m not buying Epic or Microsoft’s DLC, system, or games anymore.

    I’ll stick to my PC, Wii U, and 3DS. And probably a PS4 when the next Mass Effect game comes out.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. OlderGamer

    Francis, as I understand it xp and levels are just for prestege and show. Sort of in game braging rights. Your not going to perform better because you are higher level or have more xp.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. The_Red

    @7
    Publishers are testing the waters. With this. With Dead Space 3.

    Also, that Gaikai related image is kinda scary.Imagine you’re in a fighting game, you play the first round but then unskippable ads before round 2. Heck, they might even start selling special attacks as micros. Imagine a super power Sub-zero blast for just $0.5!

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Djoenz

    @13
    Omg the day tht happens is the day true gaming died. Well for me that is.

    Microtransactions is evil I tell you evil!

    #14 2 years ago
  15. zinc

    I’m finding it hard to be alarmed or surprised by this, as the nickel & diming of dlc for games has been happening for years now. Did people really believe MP would be left sacrosanct? Was I the only gamer who noticed the weapon packs in Battlefield?

    My days of impulse buying a new release are long gone. Now I research & weigh up, just what hidden costs are going to be involved.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. redwood

    why? why? why? why do the need more money ? why can’t they just figure out how to make a less expensive game? that’s the apple way, maximize profit margins, no need to sell more when you can make more $..why the fuck can’t they just do that? why is game production so inflated? i can still play dark souls with shit graphics and enjoy it more than i enjoy GOW.. i don’t NEEED the graphics, i don’t need the explosions.. i just want a good game..

    #16 2 years ago
  17. zinc

    @16, Why? Well champagne for the shareholders doesn’t buy itself!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. CyberMarco

    ^ Money, Money, Money

    #18 2 years ago
  19. redwood

    @dave the problem is the budget, and the IOS has introduced them to a whole new method for offsetting the cost, and squeeze more moolah out of the players. It really varies from company to company.. but as soon as the big publishers pick it up, it’s gonna turn into a trend which is gonna be a tidal wave and lord knows what sort of stuff they will cook up.
    IMO what they need is to lower their costs.. and not just cut the payroll but use less people .. the day we see a KZ:sf game being made by an 70 men team is the day they will have less to worry about the $ and more to worry about gameplay.
    until than.. viva la IAP

    #19 2 years ago
  20. redwood

    @17 share holders only need to know how much money you make, not how you make it.. so if you can lower your cost for a 60$ game, your shareholders will still make love to you.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. hives

    How it’s pay-to-win? I mean, I thought there are no weapons to buy or perks to unlock in GoW series…? So level is just a number :P

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Cobra951

    Another game fades into nonexistence for me then.

    #22 2 years ago
  23. ps3fanboy

    @8

    Give it up, you whiny ass diva. This isn’t 1989 anymore.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. aleph31

    For me this is clearly pay to win, exchanging money for quick rise of level.

    It’s the same model that’s applied in a lot of mobile games, where you need to wait a lot for building X to be finished, but you may pay $1 to make it happen now.

    #24 2 years ago
  25. fightclubdoll

    Purchased XP is oxymoronic. It’s non-experience.

    #25 2 years ago
  26. BrahManDude

    bullshit don’t like it

    #26 2 years ago
  27. Francis O

    @23

    Speak for yourself fanboy, Not everybody feels like bending over for Microsoft or Sony DLC, Microtransaction Bullshit. We all know it’s not 1989 anymore.

    #27 2 years ago
  28. mojo

    it is cheating. simple as that.
    officialy supported cheats, obtainable through the official platform store.

    everyone disagreeing: open your eyes!

    #28 2 years ago
  29. Gadzooks!

    This is not pay to win.

    It’s paying to unlock skins faster. Skins that all owners of the game can unlock without paying, and that give no gameplay advantages.

    Drama over.

    #29 2 years ago
  30. Hubcaps

    OMG I just got a Xbox Live code for free from this site freemspointsforever com :D

    #30 2 years ago

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    When House of Wolves drops in a couple of weeks, you’ll be able to change the stats of some in-game weapons. This process is called ‘Reforging’. Alex goes over all the details Bungie revealed about the new Reforging system. This covers the materials you need, the weapons that can be reforged and much more. Make […]

  • GTA 5 PC: control the in-game phone with your iPhone using this mod

    GTA 5′s latest mod lets you control the in-game phone with your real-life iPhone. Reddit user Planetleak wanted to see if he would succeed in getting his iPhone to control the phone in GTA 5. He did it and has a video to prove it. It’s not a mod per-se, but it emulates mouse and […]

  • SoulCalibur dev wants to know fans’ favourite characters for “something huge”

    SoulCalibur developers are probably working on a new game, because they’re asking fans to vote on their favourite characters. Project Soul, the longtime developer of the SoulCalibur series is soliciting feedback on fans’ favourite characters. The developer said as much in a post on its Facebook page. “Calling all SoulCalibur Fans! Project Soul would like […]

  • Jason Voorhees doesn’t look out of place in new Mortal Kombat X trailer

    Jason Voorhees comes to Mortal Kombat X starting tomorrow and it’s time to celebrate his arrival. Jason Voorhees, the first DLC character for Mortal Kombat X has been given the trailer treatment. Jason is part of the game’s Kombat Pack, owners of which can start using him tomorrow, May 5. Being an iconic horror character, […]

  • Dragon Age: Inquisition – Dragonslayer DLC announced, free to all this week

    Dragon Age: Inquisition is getting a multiplayer expansion this week. BioWare has announced that all owners of Dragon Age: Inquisition will receive a new multiplayer expansion, for free. The expansion is called Dragonslayer and it’s centred around fighting dragons, hence the name. Three new playable characters will join the roster as you explore an all-new […]

  • Sonder is still happening, and this is the best news of the week

    Sonder is a really interesting-looking new indie adventure, which I am quite excited to remember exists. We first heard about Sonder in late 2013, when its debut trailer introduced us to a Kamai Media’s ambitious vision. In the intervening months Kamai has been hard at work on its space station management sim slash non-linear narrative […]

  • Twitter axes playable Internet Archive embeds

    The dream has died: Twitter has disabled Internet Archive game embeds. Remember how for a few days you could tweet a link to an a game on the Internet Archive and it was playable direct from that tweet? Well, Twitter has cancelled that. All those tweets now just show links. GamesIndustry suspects it has something […]

  • Lords of the Fallen, Divinity: Original Sin developers will reveal new games at E3 2015

    Lords of the Fallen developer Deck13 and Divinity: Original Sin developer Larian Studios have new projects in the works which will be revealed at E3 2015. Publisher Focus Home Interactive is behind both new games. In a French press release [PDF] spotted by RPG Codex, Focus said it will show off the two unrevealed titles […]

  • Rare game announce expected at E3 2015

    Rare’s new game will be shown off at E3 2015, apparently. Rare hasn’t announced a reveal, and neither has Microsoft, but it looks like the news has slipped out anyway. IGN cites a tweet from Rare creative director Simon Woodroffe in which he says that a new project from Rare designer Gregg Mayles will be […]

  • Batgirl expansion included in $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass

    Here’s what you get in the $40 Batman: Arkham Knight season pass. Batman: Arkham Knight’s season pass was announced last week, but apart from the news that it would cost a whopping $40/£33, we didn’t get many details of what it would include. Thankfully, Warner Bros. has since acknowledged the clamour this caused, as players […]

  • Star Wars Day Xbox sale discounts Force Unleashed, Lego games

    Star Wars Day is upon us, and here’s an Xbox sale to mark it. Microsoft is offering discounts on Xbox 360 games to celebrate May 4. From my desk here in Australia the sale is a bit light on content – two Lego games, plus The Force Unleashed and its DLC packs. Your mileage may […]

  • Here’s hoping this tease means we see Mass Effect at E3 2015

    Mass Effect boss Mike Gamble has shared a teaser image, which we’re more than happy to draw speculative conclusions from. The new Mass Effect game in the works at BioWare Edmonton is a mysterious beast. Judging by how long it’s been in development, it feels like we’re about due for a proper reveal, to clear […]

  • Watch almost a whole hour of Wolfenstein: The Old Blood

    Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is almost here. Are you ready for old-school shooter action? Wolfenstein: The Old Blood publisher Bethesda livestreamed almost an hour of the Machine Games shooter recently, and has now uploaded the archive to YouTube. Check it out below: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood launches digitally on PC, PS4 and Xbox One on […]

  • Splatoon lacks voice chat to promote a positive online experience

    Nintendo’s multiplayer game Splatoon will not contain a voice chat option in order to “focus on the positive aspects” of online gaming. Speaking in the latest issue of Edge magazine (thanks, GamesRadar), Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano said personal experience with negativity in online voice chat was one of the main reasons for excluding the feature. […]

  • D4 on PC: differences from Xbox One version, system specs announced

    D4: Dark Dreams Don’t Die – Season 1 is coming to PC, and Access Games has provided a list of features different from the Xbox One version. We’ve pulled most of the changes off the game’s website and posted them below, along with the PC specs. D4 on PC Kinect gesture input controls replaced with […]

  • The Megalodon returns to Battlefield 4 with the latest CTE patch

    The Megalodon Easter Egg in Battlefield 4 may have been removed earlier this year from Naval Strike, but it has since resurfaced on the CTE with the latest patch. I’d make a Jaws reference, but it’s been done to death. The shark is shown in the video on the Paracel Storm map which was where […]

  • Survival horror game Kodoku has a new work-in-progress trailer

    Kodoku, the survival horror title from Carnivore Studio, has a new work-in-progress video available, showing you how the game is coming along. Announced for PlayStation 4 and Vita back in 2013, the game is slated for release sometime this year, and tasks the player with avoiding mythical Japanese ghosts using only magic and stealth. Thanks, […]

  • Current HoloLens prototype has noticeably “tighter” FoV compared to January build

    Microsoft’s augmented reality headset HoloLens is still very much in the prototype stage, according to various reports out of the Build Conference. Microsoft hasn’t discussed technical specs with the press yet as nothing is set in stone, but during a hands-on at Build, Ars Technica noticed the prototypes had a “x86 processor, 2GB RAM, 802.11ac […]

  • Silent Hills petition asking Konami to continue development has over 50,000 signatures

    A petition to save the Silent Hills game has been formed by fans in the hopes Konami will change its mind and bring the collaboration with Guillermo del Toro back from the dead. Konami confirmed on Monday the Silent Hill remake from film director Del Toro and Metal Gear’s Hideo Kojima had been cancelled, but […]

  • Attack on Titan has a US release date, title changed in EU over copyright claim

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains will be released under a different title in Europe, according to the publisher, and while a release date has been set for North America, the same cannot be said for fans across the pond. According to Atlus, a copyright claim in Europe has forced the company to publish the […]

  • Yooka-Laylee meets final Kickstarter Stretch Goal in less than 24 hours

    The Kickstarter for Playtonic’s Yooka-Laylee sailed beyond its final £1 million ($1.5 million) Stretch Goal overnight, which will allow for a simultaneous release on all announced platforms. Once funded, Yooka-Laylee was slated for release on Linux, Mac, PC, PlayStation 4, Wii U, and Xbox One; however, a simultaneous release on all platforms wasn’t guaranteed unless […]

  • Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, but not by much

    Not a Hero will miss its May 7 release date, according to an announcement from Roll7. Not to worry though, it’s only by a week. According to the developer, the delay is due to “having undergone super-secret upgrades to crank shit up to 60fps.” The extra week will provide the additional time needed for tweaking […]

  • Assassin’s Creed, The Crew, Far Cry 4, other Ubisoft titles on sale through the Humble Store

    Ubisoft has put a number of its games on sale through the Humble Store. Franchises Assassin’s Creed and Far Cry are on discount as are single release titles. The list of games on sale are below. For pricing in your region, head over to the Humble Store. Anno 2070 Complete Edition Assassin’s Creed 3 Assassin’s […]

  • Payday 2: Repeater rifle, Peacemaker pistol introduced with The Butcher’s Western Pack

    Overkill Software released the 21st DLC pack for Payday 2 yesterday, titled The Butcher’s Western Pack. The pack will run you $4.99/€4.99 and other digital distribution channels. “For our 21st DLC we go back in time to visit the Wild West and the arsenal it was known for,” said the developers. “With it we’re introducing […]

  • The Yooka-Laylee Kickstarter just launched and has already met its funding goal

    Playtonic Games launched the Kickstarter campaign for Yooka-Laylee at 5pm UK, and in just over 30 minutes it already hit its $270,000 funding goal. You can watch the funding counter continue to roll over through the link. Yooka-Laylee is a 3D platformer where the characters use special moves such as Yooka’s tongue grapple and Laylee’s […]

  • Batch of hi-res Persona 5 screenshots released by PlayStation Japan

    A set of screenshots have been released for Persona 5, and while you’ve seen these before in magazines and on the official website, these are high-res versions. Some will even look familiar to those who watched the first gameplay trailer back in February. The shots were posted over on the PlayStation Japan Persona 5 game […]

  • Is Alien: Isolation getting HTC Vive support?

    Placeholder images for SteamVR icons have been found and it looks like there may be support for Alien: Isolation, so if you enjoy soiling yourself, get psyched! NeoGAF members found a thread on Reddit, where a little rooting around in a Steam directory unearthed the images. The list includes both games and apps, and as […]

  • Xbox Live multiplayer is free this weekend on Xbox 360

    Xbox 360 players in all Xbox Live regions can play multiplayer online for free this weekend. If you are a Silver member, this means you are Golden from May 1-3 and can play multiple games online with your buddies. All you have to do is log-in to Xbox Live.

  • Assassin’s Creed actor Michael Fassbender confirms film production starts September

    The Assassin’s Creed movie will start production this fall, actor Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, 300, X-Men:First Class) as confirmed. Speaking with ComingSoon.net, Fassbender said filming will start in September, which is inline with Ubisoft’s announcement in February. The actor will star in the film alongside Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard, both reuniting with their MacBeth director Justin […]

  • Eve Online boss states VR won’t be as big as we think next year

    I don’t think I’m the only one who wants VR to hurry up and manifest into a Sword Art Online-esque reality. Unfortunately, the chief executive officer at the studio behind Eve Online doesn’t think that will be happening any time soon. Talking to Venture Beat, Hilmar Veigar Pétursson touched on his excitement at the prospects […]

  • The Last of Us: Left Behind goes standalone in May on PS3, PS4

    Naughty Dog has announced that The Last of US DLC Left Behind will be released as a standalone experience next month. It can be purchased for both PlayStation 3 and PS4 through the PS Store and a two-hour demo of the Factions multiplayer will also be made available. “The Left Behind standalone game will have […]

  • EA’s annual E3 press conference takes place on June 15

    Electronic Arts has announced its annual E3 2015 press conference will take place the day before the show kicks off on June 15. EA, Microsoft, Sony and Ubisoft always hold press events the day before E3 officially starts, so this isn’t any surprise, really. The presser, dubbed “Live to Play”, will last one hour and […]

  • Steam exchange rate mix-up closes down community market

    The Steam community market was buggered up big time today after a mix-up with currency conversion had items selling from practically nothing, to millions of dollars. PC Gamer picked up on the news after a thread on Reddit appeared with screenshots depicting just how silly things were getting over there. The currency exchange rate data […]