Season passes can seem like frustrating things. Companies ask for your money upfront for DLC, often without telling you what you’re going to get. That might even seem a bit rude! Like you didn’t just already give them $60 for a full game. The developers and publishers want more?
But the thing is, sometimes these are a good idea. They can be a chance to get things at a cheaper price, perhaps with other sorts of bonuses included. Maybe they’re even the only way to get things! Some season passes can actually be good!
Dragon Quest Builders 2
Dragon Quest Builders 2 is a huge game. There’s so much to do in this action-RPG that is also a bit like Minecraft, while making Dragon Quest 2 suddenly seem like a more appealing title. Its season pass is about getting everything for a cheaper price and with a little bonus. People get two entirely cosmetic furniture packs, called Hotto Stuff and Modernist. These add traditional and modern furnishings. You also have an Aquarium Pack, which adds new questlines, an additional tool, and the ability to create aquariums filled with fish. Getting it all at once is cheaper and gives you fancy shades for your avatar!
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
A typical season pass promotion is to give people lots of stuff at a slightly less than normal price. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate pulls that. Its first Fighters Pass is $24.99 and gives people five characters. Normally, they’d be $5.99 each, which helps quite a lot. Being guaranteed Persona’ s Joker, Dragon Quest XI’ s hero, Banjo-Kazooie’ s Banjo with Kazooie, and The King of Fighters’ Terry Bogard is pretty great. Plus, people will eventually get a fifth character too!
Rocket League doesn’t have a traditional sort of season pass. It is more like Fortnite or Apex Legends , as people can pay $10 per season to access more, better rewards as they play. It gives you more and more to earn, like cars, painted items, effects, and other really cool bonuses. For example, the Rocket Pass 5 gives people the Chikara immediately and a chance to unlock the Chikara GTX and GXT by reaching certain tiers. While different cars do have different hitboxes, the other items are all cosmetic ones like animated decals, goal explosions, and wheels. Plus, you even earn painted and special edition variants. It’s about playing a lot and showing off for fun, while maintaining a level playing field.
Batman: Arkham Knight
The thing about Batman: Arkham Knight is that its season pass includes so much. Like everything you could imagine being added is brought in here. More character costumes and looks for the Batmobile? Absolutely. Extra challenge maps to test you if you were doing a little too well? You get those too. More race tracks for those who love the driving? It has it. Story missions? Follow along with Batgirl and Robin in A Matter of Family, play as Harley Quinn in her story pack, and help Red Hood fight Black Mask. This was a game that received tons of support, making its pass well worth it.
The thing about Borderlands, as a series, is that each one is very good about getting lots of extra adventures. Borderlands 2 is an exceptional example. People got Captain Scarlett and her Pirate’s Booty, Mr. Torgue’s Campaign of Carnage, Sir Hammerlock’s Big Game Hunt, Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep, and an Ultimate Vault Hunter Upgrade Pack. It was a lot, came at a discount, and really enhanced it and its lore. It was almost like getting a whole extra game’s worth of activities.
When it comes to FPS titles like Battlefield and Call of Duty , people might worry about which systems get access to extras sooner or if certain add-ons might limit how much fun you can have with other people. You also wonder about the cost. Battlefield 4 had one of the best content-to-cost ratios with its Premium Pass, especially when EA would sometimes give it away for free. There are five expansions: China Rising, Dragon’s Teeth, Final Stand, Naval Strike, and Second Assault. You had 12 Battlepacks. Lots of extra maps, vehicles, and weapons were there. It was absolutely huge and the height of Battlefield series support.
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt was a massive game. Its two add-ons, Blood and Wine and Hearts of Stone, were gigantic expansions. I mean, together they added at least 40 extra hours of gameplay filled with new locations, quests, enemies, and even relaxation options. Add in how many free add-ons CD Projekt Red released for the action-RPG, and it almost felt like, “Well, since I’m getting all this for free, I might as well pay for an extra 40+ hour experience too.” It was the most worth your while season pass ever.