Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord And Monster Microtransactions

By Spencer . June 30, 2009 . 1:32am

ffdlcOf course, Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a Darklord has microtransactions! Remember, My Life as a King, Chime’s bikini, and the useful dungeon pack?


My Life as a Darklord came out in Japan today and before purchasing it players are warned the game has downloadable content. The complete list varies more than My Life as a King. Players can purchase items like a Shock Whip, spells like Firaga, monsters such as Ogres and Sahagins, artifacts, and dresses for Mira.


So far the total amount of downloadable content is 1,200 Wii Points ($12), which is more than the base game. My Life as a Darklord costs 1,000 Wii Points ($10). Monsters, items, and trap treasure chests are 100 Wii Points ($1). New clothes for Mira cost 200 Wii Points ($2) a piece.

  • What a rip-off… >_>;

    Seriously…you have to pay for standard RPG spells now?

    • I didn’t buy the game since I’m waist deep in other games, but things like Firaga and the Shock Whip are consumable. You don’t have to buy Firaga each time, but I think they might act like helper items to get players out of a bind.

      • That’s…even worse. ><

        So, we're at a point where a publisher could potentially make a game too hard and then monetize items that would help a player get past the hard bits? That's actually pretty disgusting. It's as if you were being asked to pay for the jutsu power-ups from Shinobi 3 or additional heart containers in Zelda.

        Seriously, shame on Square for this. I can understanding wanting to prolong a game's lifespan and expand its means of income via DLC, but there are better and more creative ways to do it. All it takes is a little effort.

      • I was going to state that the game could of been a retail game but now that you stated it’s consumable items, I just cannot find this a fun idea other than for Square-Enix gaining money. >_< I may down the line play this but I have to be wary as to what I have to buy in DLC.

  • squall3031

    Yeah, that is just too ridiculous. What a greed pig square-enix has become -_-;

  • Advent

    I like the idea of costumes being DLC. Everything else should come with the game IMO.

    • MadMirko

      I probably wouldn’t buy a costume, though. Game-enhancing additions I would / will buy if I like the game enough.

    • Actually, the Light Dress and Dark Dress alter Mira’s stats! So these costumes aren’t just cosmetic.

  • Malek86

    Looks like one doesn’t have to grind levels anymore. Just whip out the credit card, and boom, there is your Firaga spell. I bet it will make disc one a walk in the park.

  • As much as I dislike the additional downloads and their prices, I’m still planning on getting My Life as a Darklord. I’d probably only buy an extra monster or two or one new outfit to go with it.

  • Oh look, you have to pay now =)

    You know, you have to kind of feel bad for Square because it just shows they’re desperate enough to do this. Either that, or someone decided to make the decision while drunk.

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