you get VERY LITTLE bang for your buck for Entrenchment/Diplomacy. A few new units, a bit more tech.
How do you figure THAT?!! Thats pure BS!
I got tons of bang for my buck with Entrenchment. Hours & hours of additional play for that measly 10 bucks. Entrenchment was/is like a whole new game! Very worthwhile!
I also expect Diplomacy will be equally worth the meager $10. I can't believe you are even bitching about it.
I bought entrenchment because I got Sins for around $25. Yeah, I like entrenchment. But if I hadn't gotten sins for so cheap, I never would have bought it. It wasn't that game-changing overall. Defense became a lot easier, and you had to be more careful when assaulting.
But overall, the game didn't change much. And I paid nearly half as much for Entrenchment as I did for Sins itself.
In any case, it's not "BS." I might feel that way, clearly you don't. We have different opinions. It's not "BS" at all that I feel this way, same as you.
You forget the BIGGEST PART OF ENTRENCHMENT- the GIANORMOUS NEW MODDING OPTIONS!!!!!
Which should have been in Sins to begin with. Or put in a patch.
First, you don't even know exactly what is in the Diplomatic expansion, so don't prejudge. Second, Entrenchment changed the way the game played. They made game engine changes to support the new features. A lot of expansion just tack a few things on to the game, which is fairly easy by comparison, you just have to worry about balance. I'm not sure what you consider a minor gameplay tweak because you neglected to give examples of your wonderful free content. If you play one game of Sins and say, "Well, I just saw starbases and mines, I'm done" then maybe the game isn't for you...people who love the replay value of Sins get a lot of bang for their buck for $10 to have features added to the game..
If you've read my posts, you'll see that I've been saying, "Based on what we've seen," not "It is going to be this way." They haven't given us much, so I've been going by what I've seen, and I'm not impressed. Sure, that might change. It also might not.
Yeah, Entrenchment is pretty much Starbases and Mines. Don't get me wrong, it's cool and all, but it didn't break up the formula.
Lots of (PC) games have gotten free DLC. Lots of franchises have released free map packs, sometimes new features. All free. The UT franchise is a good example. The new Batman game is getting free DLC. I could get into specifics, but this isn't about free DLC, it's about paid DLC, and getting your money's worth.
Take the Starcraft: Brood War expansion... it added quite a few new units, which changed the way people strategized dramatically.
Sins didn't change much with Entrenchment, except maybe for people who do a ton of micro-ing, which I don't. Basic formula: colonise to get more resources, build up big fleet, crush enemy.
The only real change starbases introduced was slowing it down a bit, or making it much easier to defend areas. By the time I'm building starbases, I can build one anywhere and max it out and usually have plenty of cash left over. So it becomes a lazy way for me to build defense on a place.
And I just build bigger fleets to compensate for starbases, or if they aren't the kind that move around, attempt to just avoid the bases.