I recently bought Civilization 5 with a group of friends at full price (I point out full price because a week later it went on sell on steam at i believe 66% off, I wasnt to upset about that) because after a night of our group watching this game be played we thought it would be a fun investment. Our first attempt at multiplayer failed horribly when we recieved the error for a 12 player game that said unsupported amount of players! We tried several times and we couldnt believe that a game made for 12 players wouldnt support 12 players.
I'm going to step away from that, this post isnt about the horrid time we had with multiplayer, its about your DLC. Now being as we are all different individuals, we have different tastes. One friend likes vikings, another one likes the incas, and I like the way Korea and bablyon play. We each bought our generals and tried to play with eachother. As you know this did not work! At first we choc'd it up to the list of problems we were having with multiplayer. I took the time to google this problem online and see if there was a patch coming out to fix this or if it was some error on our part. I found that everyone playing needs the DLC. Now I ask you, why is that?
A marketing scheme to sell more DLC? As far as our group goes it just made everyone aggrivated!
Despite this, I thought well made their marketing ploy worked for people online, so I went to play a game of multiplayer. Two days I spent trying to gather people online to play a quick game of civ. TWO DAYS, im not talking like five minutes of trying, no im talking hours of waiting online just to try my new army against real people not pc's.
I know that it is possible to play against factions you dont own in a video games. Many successful games have this as an options. One is League of Legends, the fun filled Arena style RTS, another is Dawn of War 2 which is and exciting and thrilling action RTS.
Now Greg, I don't exactly know what power you have but am I wrong to have expectations for a game I paid full price for to have the features it says it says it has in working condition? How long as this game been out? Almost a year? I've tried to defend you to people I really have but as your 5th game, you should have all of these features down!
What I'm asking is with all these problems shouldn't we atleast as a consolation be able to play with our DLC against players that don't have our DLC.