Posts Tagged ‘free to play’

It’s Not Already Out? Firefall Officially Launching This Month

By Alice O'Connor on July 9th, 2014.

Zoosh!

You know, I’d sort of assumed that Firefall had been finished and released then quietly faded into the background noise of video games. That’s probably because it’s been in open beta testing for an entire year, and I don’t know anyone speaking about it. Come July 29, developers Red 5 will declare their free-to-play shooty jetpacking MMO finished and officially launch it. While many launches after lengthy betas seem to be the equivalent of someone yelling “That’s it! I’m done! God! Nuts to this!” and walking out, this one will be fairly substantial, bringing an update that Red 5 say will “quadruple the amount of world space.”

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Free-To-Frag: QuakeWorld’s Once-Planned Business Model

By Alice O'Connor on July 4th, 2014.

Ironically, I took these screenshots running around maps on my own.

When John Carmack started tinkering with Quake’s multiplayer code in 1996, his plans for the QuakeWorld client went deeper than TCP and UDP. Its new netcode made playing an FPS online over dialup not total garbage, sparking the multiplayer FPS explosion, but Carmack had also once intended for QW to be what we’d now consider free-to-play. Though the plans changed and this never happened, I can be endlessly fascinated by scraps of video game history like the time John Carmack thought about selling the right to have a name.

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PlanetSide 2 Update Adds Long-Awaited Swamp Continent

By Nathan Grayson on June 27th, 2014.

welcome to the jungle / we've got mud / and more mud

It’s sometimes easy to forget about poor ol’ PlanetSide 2 with all these Battleline Hardmen and Advanced Warfaces duking it out for our attention. And while the MMOFPS has still, even after nearly two years of being available in various forms, arguably not lived up to its full potential, there’s nothing else quite like it. That’s why we go there to ruthlessly bop PC Gamer’s legions on the nose so much. Come to think of it, maybe another eat/sleep/play/war-date is in order, seeing as SOE just launched a big update that includes an entire new continent, Hossin. You want swamps? Well, Yoda, you got ‘em.

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Hey, Good LoLookin': League of Legends Map Makeover

By Alice O'Connor on June 24th, 2014.

That's much better!

League of Legends, you may know, is popular. Like, really popular. Massively so. Riot boasted in January that their free-to-play Dote ‘em up had 27 million players daily, and last weekend a pro LoL tournament sold out London’s Wembley Arena. However, its growth as a game and as a digital sport is still hindered by the genre’s inherent complexity–made worse by its garish graphics.

The LoL look is overloaded with distracting details and over-saturated colours, making my eyes beg to look away and, worse, covering up important information. So riot are now giving the map and its monsters a makeover, keeping the same layout but adding lots of visual clues so spectators and new players can better understand what’s going on.

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Bread Or Alive: TF2 ‘Love And War’ Adds Bread Weapons

By Nathan Grayson on June 19th, 2014.

It’s day two of Team Fortress 2’s latest hyper-elaborate update, Love and War. Yesterday we got love in the form of dances and other taunts/expressions, but today, well, I’ll just let Futurama handle this one. This isn’t just any old regular war – the sort you might find at the bottom of the bargain bin at your local War Mart – though. No, no, this war has, um, bread. Oozing green teleporter-mutated bread, because Team Fortress 2’s sense of humor is nothing if not incredibly specific. You will find deet meats for this information sandwich below.

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TF2 Kicks Off ‘Love And War’ Update With… Dancing?

By Nathan Grayson on June 18th, 2014.

A mysterious countdown? Some teams? A fortress? I’m not sure if there’s a soul in the world who doesn’t know what this means by now: new Team Fortress 2 update. The latest multi-day reveal-stravaganza is called Love and War, and it’s kicked off its grim march not with new weapons or maps or colors other than red and blue, but rather, um, dancing. Also other expressions that will allow you to wordlessly communicate with and/or taunt your fellow players. There’s a new short film below, and it’s Valve’s longest ever, clocking in at a whopping 15 minutes. The topic? Inevitable, creeping death. Cheery!

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Not A MOBA: Bethesda Announce F2P BattleCry

By Alice O'Connor on May 28th, 2014.

Murders!

Oh splendid here comes another conventional publisher announcing a new free-to-play game, let’s all look forward to pushing some lanes and levelling up some wizar- hang on. Bethesda’s BattleCry isn’t a Dote ‘em up. No, it’s not even a FPS or TBS or RPG or CCG Dote ‘em up hybrid. BattleCry’s a melee-focused third-person multiplayer game, with up to 32 stylish soldiers murdering each other. And they are quite stylish, as the art direction is by Dishonored visual designer Viktor Antonov.

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As Open As Your Goal, Mate: FIFA World Open Beta

By Alice O'Connor on May 21st, 2014.

I tried to find the worst keeper in the Premier League to make that headline even more hilarious but, unexpectedly, it seems people disagree about this. Look, I don't know.

Association football is, in many ways, the greatest real-world PC game. It’s a squad-based real-time tactical co-op/competitive multiplayer game with over 150 years of lore and canon to obsess over. It has squillions of characters, each with their own stats, backstory, and internal lives right down to daily routines. The game is still updated, but some rules changes are controversial, and other rules are still often misunderstood. You can collect thousands of cosmetic items. That’s a Game Of The Year 10/10 PC Platinum All-Gold Classic if I ever heard of one.

All of which is to say that EA’s free-to-kick FIFA World is now in open beta.

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War Thunder Rolls Out Ground Forces Open Beta

By Alice O'Connor on May 16th, 2014.

Boom boom boom boom.

Everything I know about tanks, I learned from Brendan. My understanding is that tanks are big and made of metal and that some people like them quite a lot. So huzzah! After being in paid beta for a while, War Thunder‘s tank-adding expansion Ground Forces has launched into open beta. Watching the launch trailer, I am intrigued to discover that the pokey-out bit on a tank is actually a big gun, and that tanks are used for fighting.

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10,000 Free Neverwinter Booster Packs, Why Not

By Graham Smith on May 16th, 2014.

It certainly has ice... but fire, too!?

We’re not the world’s biggest fans of these traditionally sturctured fantasy MMOs, but Neverwinter is a rare exception. The game lured John into its embrace and cradled him there in a pleasing rhythm of free-to-play questing, levelling and monster-bashing for the length of a three-part diary series. That’s old age, in RPS-diary years.

So maybe you’re already playing it on John’s recommendation, or maybe you saw yesterday’s news about the Icewind Dale expansion and decided it was finally time to give it a try. In any case, we’ve got 10,000 free keys for an in-game booster pack, in case you needed an extra excuse to finally hit download, install and play.

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Hexing: Panzer General Online Open Beta Deployed

By Alice O'Connor on May 7th, 2014.

Nyoooom!

In the vain hope of whipping Team RPS into a lean, mean, organised video game words-writing machine, I have instituted use of collaboration software. We have a nice big virtual pinboard covered in useful notes like “Panzer General Online enters open beta,” under which we can write insightful comments such as “Is it any good? Does anyone care? I have no idea.” But is it, and do you? I genuinely don’t know. Be a pet and sign up then let us know, won’t you? (Hot insider gossip: Alec’s first post on the board was a picture of the Chuckle Brothers.)

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Not Defiant Enough: Defiance Going Free-To-Play

By Nathan Grayson on May 1st, 2014.

I defy you to name a recent-ish MMO that hasn’t gone F2P or isn’t at least trending that way. Defy you, I say! If you said Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, well… good job. I feel kind of silly about all those theatrics now. But if you said Defiance, then MWAHAHAHAHA you have fallen for my ruuuuuuuuuuuse. The only MMO with its own Syfy TV show is going free-to-play in June. That’s… exciting? I don’t actually know, as I haven’t played it save for a demo session on the film set of the TV show (a recreation of St Louis, Missouri in Toronto, Canada because uhhhhhh). Reception seemed pretty tepid when the game first launched, though. I wonder if it’s picked up the pace sense then? Oh well. Scant F2P details below.

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Rise Of Incarnates Is Soul Calibur Dev’s F2P PC Exclusive

By Nathan Grayson on April 23rd, 2014.

HNNNNNNRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHH CHECK OUT THESE BROS HNNNNNNRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGHHHHH

Oh, Rise of Incarnates, what’s in a name? The answer to that timeless question here is I HONESTLY AND CATEGORICALLY DO NOT KNOW. What is an Incarnate? Why are they rising? Do they rise in a manner akin to that of triads, or do they rise with a uniquely iconoclastic flair? Isn’t everything in the world more or less incarnate? What makes these Incarnates more incarnate than other incarnates? Who incarnates and/or incarcerates the Incarnates? Behind every door, another question.

Here, however, are the facts: Rise of the Incarnates is a free-to-play 2v2 fighter from the developers of Soul Calibur and Tekken. It’s a PC-exclusive. The times, they are a-changin’. Trailer below.

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