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  1. Marcus Estrada

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  2. Marcus Estrada

    Fear Free to Play with F.E.A.R. Online

    The game with the terrible/ingenious acronym F.E.A.R.: First Encounter Assault Recon launched in 2005. Since then, it has seen some expansions as well as two sequels. A while back, the original game's online component was even made free with F.E.A.R. Combat. Regardless of that fact, we are now about to see the resurgence of the franchise with F.E.A.R. Online. Free-to-play baron Aeria Games are the ones behind it. There will be ten maps to play across in a handful of multiplayer modes. The "pay" portions of the game were not discussed. Right now the title is in closed beta. You can just head over to Aeria's site to register for a place if you're interested. Of course, with such a wealth of F2P choices out it doesn't seem like there is much hurry to jump into a closed beta of one. Here is the trailer promoting F.E.A.R. Online: http://youtu.be/r0yvByEMHkE
  3. It was revealed last week at an investor & analyst presentation that Nintendo had plans to develop their first free-to-play title, but that it wouldn't be based on the Mario or Pokemon franchises. Instead, it looks as if Nintendo is trying this out on newer IP as Shigeru Miyamoto told IGN that the free-to-play title will be based on the Steel Diver franchise. No platform has been announced just yet for the title, and Miyamoto reassured that this wouldn't be a quick port of the 3DS game. Rather, he mentioned that the free-to-play model would change the game's design. "There is something we“re doing with the Steel Diver idea that I think is going to open things up with that game... It“s going to be very fun. We“re exploring from a perspective of where we can take that from a multiplayer standpoint - it's going to have this four-player battle mode that I think is going to be very interesting," Miyamoto said to IGN. Expect to hear more about the free-to-play Steel Diver game before the year's end as Miyamoto mentioned that he's hoping to show it off relatively soon, possibly in an upcoming Nintendo Direct.
  4. Marcus Estrada

    Tekken Revolution is a Free to Play PS3 Fighter

    Is the future of fighting games situated around the free to play market? It very well might be if these few latest ventures prove successful. Just this week it was announced that Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate was getting a free version via Core Fighters and now we're hearing of another big series getting similar treatment. This time around the game getting the F2P treatment is Tekken. Tekken Revolution was announced as part of a longer GameSpot E3 preview video. Because it was just a very short reveal, we don't know much about the game yet. The Tekken series has already experimented with the F2P market via Tekken Card Tournament but this appears to be an actual fighting game. Tekken Revolution is coming to PS3 exclusively next week on June 11th.
  5. If you're a gamer who is strapped for cash then this modern era of gaming is a very interesting one. It's easy enough to get titles entirely for free thanks to market shift toward free-to-play, but often the amount of what you get for "free" is limited. Because of this, the term "pay to win" was born which is attributed to F2P games that will give players overpowered goods if they simply pay real world cash. Some games have attempted to shirk that description, including the newly launched Jagged Alliance Online. In case you were wondering, this is not the browser game of the same name. Instead it is a Steam title which has a focus on multiplayer action where every item and upgrade is available without spending real money. How are they hoping to fund the game, then? The whole realm of multiplayer goodies are free but if you want to play a single player campaign then you buy "DLC" in the form of the Shadow or Ivan Edition. Jagged Alliance Online is certainly trying something a bit unorthodox but players may support it. Both the Shadow and Ivan DLC are currently $27, which is 10% off full price.
  6. Marcus Estrada

    Warframe is a PS4 Launch Title

    As of right now, Warframe is a PC exclusive free-to-play multiplayer shooter. It takes place in a futuristic world with humanoids in strange suits who exhibit ninja-like finesse. It's weird, but pretty cool looking too. Despite being a F2P title, it still offers enough core gameplay that makes it quite playable without ever spending money. IGN spoke with developer Digital Extremes to share the news that Warframe is making its console launch exclusively on the upcoming PlayStation 4. This is news that is likely to be parroted during Sony's E3 press event. Between the three big companies, it seems Sony is the one most willing to tread F2P territory. Although they would not discuss how, it was also noted that the game will make use of the PS4 controller's touch pad. According to Warframe creative director Steve Sinclair, it will actually play a big role. We'll have to see if Sony or Digital Extremes discusses this further next week. Have you played Warframe on PC? How is it?
  7. Marcus Estrada

    Review: DLC Quest

    Developer: Going Loud Studios Publisher: Going Loud Studios Platform: PC (Desura, Steam), XBLA, iOS Release Date: March 18, 2013 ESRB: N/A (E suggested) This review is based on the PC version of the game If you“ve heard of DLC Quest before then it may be because the game initially hit the Xbox 360 back in 2011. At that time it even managed to win the Official Xbox Magazine“s award for Xbox Live Indie Game of the Year. More recently, the game took up a spot on Steam Greenlight where it charmed users and got voted through. Now that it“s out on Steam, PC gamers can see whether or not it was worth the wait. First, it must be explained what this game is and what it is not. In regards to the PC version, there is no actual DLC required to play the game. Despite the name, the original DLC Quest, as well as the sequel, Live Freemium or Die, are included as one pack. The naming of the game is due to what Going Loud Studios was going for with their games - satire of the modern gaming world. It“s easy to make jokes about gamers, but what of developers and publishers who continue to parcel DLC out to any and all franchises capable of sustaining it? As long as you“ve been playing games in the current generation, then you“re probably well aware of DLC and the sometimes silly nature of it. This is where the inspiration, and much of the content, in DLC Quest comes from. The first of the two games“ main focus is actually this digital content over serious gameplay mechanics. The original DLC Quest plops you into a 2D cartoony world as a simple hero. At this point, you are informed that your character cannot go left or even jump. All that can be done is to progress right until running into a shopkeeper. What is this guy selling? Of course, it“s the aforementioned DLC of the title. As stated earlier, this is not DLC paid for with real funds, but in game coins only. Regardless, we are ushered into a game world where DLC is depicted as the norm and required for getting much of anything accomplished. This is certainly a strong message and is handled primarily with humor. It feels less threatening that way! Although the game takes on a simple platforming control scheme, you“re mostly focused on finding as many coins as possible to return and get more DLC. Little interesting gameplay is informed by this design choice, although it“s obvious what the intention in doing so was. It takes around an hour to complete, thanks to a small helping of “Awardments” to unlock. Although the original game was actually kind of lacking in compelling play, it did have a neat spark about it. This spark was harnessed and molded into what I feel is a much better game with Live Freemium or Die. In this game, the world is expanded, leaving a much larger map to explore. Thankfully, DLC from the Shopkeeper is different from before, and pokes even more amusingly at game companies. For example, the “HD textures” pack turns the world a shade of brown. Then, of course, are the necessary gameplay features locked away until players collect enough coins. As there are more areas, the game itself manages to last longer. Granted it still is sub-two hours, but it is an improvement in this regard over the first. Live Freemium or Die then manages to be superior with more dialog, actually engaging platforming, and better hidden secret coin caches. Overall, the quest is more compelling and humorous, although it“s a shame the game couldn“t be even longer. Perhaps at that point the DLC humor would overstay its welcome. After all, no one really wants to be completely beholden to game mechanics for too long. You might think that a set of games that only lasts a couple hours isn“t worth a purchase, but then one must also consider the price. DLC Quest is on Steam for $3. At that price point, there“s not really much to be expected, so most will probably find their bucks well spent, and if not, there“s little room to complain since the price point is entirely fair. If you are staunchly opposed to DLC or buy into it begrudgingly, then you“ll find DLC Quest to be an enjoyable game. Pros: + Humorous satire of DLC and free-to-play business models + Freemium or Die is a competent platformer + Turns video game tropes on their head Cons: - Neither game is much longer than an hour - DLQ Quest is not particularly exciting to play Overall Score: 6.5 (out of 10) Decent DLC Quest delivers a good dose of satire to gamers overrun with DLC but doesn“t quite stand up in the actual gameplay department.
  8. The third-person tower defense game Dungeon Defenders first launched a while back as a smartphone exclusive back in 2010. At that point, few gamers were in the know about this game though, so Trendy Entertainment decided to bring it to PSN, XBLA, and PC the next year. It managed to become a hit with tower defense fans and its success has helped propel Trendy toward a sequel. The announcement for Dungeon Defenders II was posted to their official blog on Monday and lets us in on some interesting changes. Biggest of all announcements is the shift to free-to-play, which is detailed by this paragraph: "Oh, and did we mention Dungeon Defenders II will be FREE! And yes, by that we mean free-to-play. No, it will not be pay to win. The exact details are in flux, but we“ll have several opportunities for you to provide feedback both in and outside the beta. Our goal is to provide the same amount of content at around the same price as the original game." Also, a new competitive mode is being added which is a MOBA. In this mode, five players join a team and attempt to protect their towers against an opposing team. If you'd like to get a shot at this new mode, then apply for the beta through their sign-up form. Apparently cross-platform play is also in the works but they're not ready to detail that information yet. Did you enjoy Dungeon Defenders? Are you looking forward to a sequel?
  9. Yesterday, fans of Diablo-styled action RPGs and free-to-play titles rushed to attack a game that just entered open beta. That game, Path of Exile, felt the result of so many eager players as their servers struggled to accommodate everyone. Although many are still milling in, the game has cooled down a bit since. As of this writing, it seems users are flaring up again, causing the website to be inaccessible. Why would anyone want to play a free-to-play game of this genre? The implication is that dungeons would be harder/closed off and maybe even warps or respawns would be limited. As it turns out, none of that is the case. Developer Grinding Gear Games has made it their mission to provide a game where the only purchasable items are purely aesthetic and offer no gameplay benefits. Everyone has access to the complete gameplay available at no cost. This may change down the road, but as of right now, it seems to be working well for them. The developer has already generated a fair bit of money and, as more users flood in, probably continue to do so. If you need something to play after tiring of Diablo 3 or Torchlight 2, then Path of Exile might be worth downloading. Here's the official open beta trailer:
  10. Nintendo has only recently started dabbling in the world of downloadable content with the release of the DLC packs for New Super Mario Bros. 2 (which contain various new coin rush modes), so what exactly does the company's president think about the "free-to-play" concept that's been gaining influence in the industry over the last year? In a recent interview with Japanese publication Nikkei (via Polygon), Iwata made it known that he believes the free-to-play model works, but at the same time shot down any hope of it being a business model for Nintendo. At least, not for the big franchise games that people have traditionally paid for up until this point. "If we were to talk about Nintendo [adopting the model], I do not have much inclination to do that with Nintendo's established well-known products, where people trust their reputation and fun," he said. "For example, for people who are used to Mario games costing 4,800 or 5,800 yen, we will not have a proverbial door to full enjoyment that can only be unlocked via payment." Iwata was quick to distinguish what he said from Nintendo's current philosophy on DLC, which is to say that any DLC that is released later is always developed after the core game is finished and shipped to the market and is made for people who want additional content to play (without withholding any content that should have been in the main game). In the end, Iwata stated that while free-to-play is not even in the cards for something like Mario or Pokemon, it may actually be considered for some brand new franchises if it makes sense. "If we were to release something like that, it is not a betrayal [of our paid model] but the birth of an interesting idea through our new found freedom, that's all," he said. Time will tell when and if Nintendo will ever develop and support free-to-play games, but if the market for that specific type of game keeps increasing, you can bet that we'll see Nintendo jump onboard with some games sometime down the road. Would you want to see Nintendo release a free-to-play game?
  11. Out of nowhere, just like Phantom R, it appears that Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure will be ported to iOS sometime this winter. The announcement comes from Sega's Japanese website under the upcoming releases section. This iOS port of Rhythm Thief will apparently be free-to-play (which is a pretty much a steal, considering how good it is). However, according to the website for the game, there will be some unknown parts of the game that will require microtransactions. Also mentioned are new unknown modes and social features, no doubt to cater to the smartphone gaming crowd. While this iOS release of Rhythm Thief is Japanese-only so far, there's no doubt Sega will want to bring it to North American shores as well. We'll see! Would you play this free-to-play version of Rhythm Thief?
  12. Marshall Henderson

    Gotham City Impostors Quietly Goes Free-to-Play

    So it's been a while since we've heard about Gotham City Impostors, which means one of two things: Either it's going well and it's all smooth-sailing, or it's not doing so well and it is going free-to-play. Let's not bother with a punch-line here, we all know what happened. Gotham City Impostors takes place in that Batman universe, where a gang of amateur vigilantes called The Bats do battle against the villain gang The Jokerz. You can tell who is good and who is evil by the Jokerz using a Z instead of an S. Given the micro-transaction build and the monthly subscription, inevitably some people weren't going to be happy here, and Gotham City Impostors has some stiff competition anyway, with the likes of the comfortably well-established Team Fortress 2 sitting around. No information on what the situation is with the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions, but be patient, jerks, we'll see! Jeez! Gotham City Impostors is free-to-play right now on Steam, so go play it!
  13. This is the inevitable moment we've all been waiting for, folks. EA finally gave in and they're making Star Wars: The Old Republic free-to-play. The change will happen sometime this fall and the F2P version will give players the option of choosing from any of the eight Star Wars character storylines up to level 50. Individual purchases and subscriptions will be available for those who want an unlimited game experience and exclusive content. Here's what GM of BioWare Austin, Matthew Bromberg, had to say about this massive jump: "Players want flexibility and choice. The subscription-only model presented a major barrier for a lot of people who wanted to become part of The Old Republicâ„¢ universe." Executive Producer of Star Wars: The Old Republic, Jeff Hickman, also added this: “Since launch, we“ve been listening to feedback from our fans and adding new content and refining The Old Republic at a breakneck pace. We believe we are in a position to help improve the service even more, not only by continuing to add new content, but also by expanding the game to many more Star Wars fans, increasing the populations on worlds and the vibrancy of the community.†Star Wars: The Old Republic will also go on sale sometime this August for $15 and includes a complimentary one-month subscription. What are your thoughts on Star Wars: The Old Republic going free-to-play? Do you think it was the best decision? Will you be playing the MMORPG now, if you haven't already?
  14. As a few of us are already skiing about in Tribes: Ascend, hows about we get an official thread going to play and spark interest in the game? For those not familiar with the Tribes series, it's a fast-paced first person shooter with a strong focus on objectives. Unlike the others, though, Ascend is also a free-to-play game. Thankfully, you aren't going to be ridiculously outclassed by people who pay money, as all the equips and abilities can also be unlocked with experience earned in the game. It may take longer, but you're not going to be out of luck just because you don't want to pay for funbux. Have some more questions? Head on over to the official FAQ page and see if it's covered there. If not, feel free to ask us here. I will answer the most important question, though, that being the system requirements: With all of that out the way, feel free to discuss the game and be sure to reply with your in-game name so I can add it to the list. Maybe we can get a group going together and ski circles around some fools. The one thing I do ask is to not post referral links in this topic. In-game names: Number905 (Number 905) aihuman (zero110100) MardersheWrote (Kiwi) Ludono (Ludono)