Posts Tagged ‘free to play’

Clickbait! Path Of Exile: Ascendancy Expansion Today

Free-to-play action-RPG Path of Exile [official site] launches its fourth expansion today, full of new and exciting things to click on in new and exciting ways until they explode into showers of new and exciting belts, jewels, swords etc. The Ascendancy expansion brings new areas full of trials and traps, with new boss battles and, as a reward for besting all this, new character subclasses.

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PES 2016’s F2P MyClub Spin-off Arrives On PC

'Free to play? No way!' says the footballman. 'Wait, free to play or pay to win?'

Football was free when it first began in 1362, when youths had the right to play on the village common and would swipe a sturdy-looking head from the pikes by the gates on their way out, so why do we have to pay for virtual football now? It’s not even real!

Well, you won’t get the munch the eyes at half-time, but Pro Evolution Soccer 2016’s free-to-play spin-off has now launched on PC. PES 2016 myClub [official site] is its managerial, player-collecting sort of mode. Something. But free to play!

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Hex: Shards Of Fate Launches Singleplayer PvE Mode

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be wizards. Don’t let them flick wands and summon dybbuks. Make ’em be farmers and blacksmiths and such. A wizard’s life is violent, see, and they always end up fighting other wizards – folks they should trust to hold back their matted locks in the privy as they expelliarmus pints of dwarven brandy.

And yet, the youth pine for pointy hats and curly shoes. Mamas, please, at least point them towards Hex: Shards of Fate [official site]. The free-to-play card game has finally added singleplayer PvE so wizards can stop fighting each other and just kill robots.

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Snow! (Snow!) Open Beta’s Now Go-o

It’s only two years ago
The man with the suit and the face
You knew that he was there on the case
He wasn’t in love with you, not in love with you
My love is like a high prison wall
But I like to tit about in snow and fall

Snow! (Snow!)
Open beta’s now go
You’ve got the power to know: you’re free for some downhill, always believe in
Because you are Snow! (Snow!) glad that I’m done with this because I’m awful at this whole ‘song parody’ thing good grief let’s get this over with, I’m sorry, what a mess.

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Devilian Is Like An Afternoon Nap In Gaming Form

Trion Worlds have been churning out MMOs for so very long now that one seems to blur into the next. Their latest to appear on Steam, a translation of the South Korean free-to-play original, is Devilian [official site]. It said it was a Diablo-ish action RPG, so I thought – HMMMM? IS IT THOUGH? And took a look. Well, it sort of is. And it’s sort of an afternoon nap in gaming form. Here are my impressions from a few hours of somnambulistic slashing.

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Let’s Spin Again: Tribes Ascend V1.1 Released

Hi-Rez Studios gave up on Tribes Ascend [official site] for a couple of years, but a few months back made the unexpected announcement that they we working on a big ole update for their F2P jetpacking FPS. And they did release it! The ‘Out of the Blue’ update (or version 1.1, if you have no romance in your heart – if you wouldn’t pash with a plasma rifle) arrived last week, with new maps, new weapons, exploit fixes, and a whole hovershedload of balance tweaks.

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Hearthstone Tavern Brawl Brings Co-op Challenge

Kinda sorta co-op.

Blizzard gave Hearthstone [official site] a rotating lineup of special modes and altered rulesets with Tavern Brawl, and the latest brings a much-requested feature: co-op. Kinda. Ish. The ‘Unite Against Mechazod‘ brawl kicked off this afternoon, with a two-player challenge to take down a gnomish inventor. It may not be quite the co-op mode you’ve wanted, but it is an interesting addition.

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WildStar Is Free-To-Play As Of Today

After a few weeks of running on test servers, WildStar [official site] is officially free-to-play as of today. That means you can play the scifi western MMO without a subscription, though existing subscribers who keep paying will get various bonuses and extras to reward them for their loyalty. Hop below for a finely animated CG launch trailer.

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Dancing Like A: WildStar Going F2P This Month

Giorgio Moroder and Foxes’ jumpy discodance song Wildstar was probably not the inspiration for Carbine’s MMORPG WildStar [official site] (the MMO came first – but that’s the only reason this can’t be true), but Wildstar has the same bouncy, fun tone that seemed to set WildStar apart from oh-so-serious other WoW fangames. I’ve wanted to check WildStar out but don’t have the attention/inattention span to warrant buying MMORPGs. Good news, Alice! This morning you’ve managed to both wedge a fun pop song into a post and discover that you’ll get to play WildStar soon.

Its switch to free-to-play will come on September 29th, say publishers NCSoft.

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World Of Warships Weighing Anchor On The 17th

Mate, I would swim in this sea.

After two months of ships circling each other honking and making puffy smoke clouds in open beta, and probably some cannon fire too now I think about it, World of Warships [official site] is almost ready to properly launch. Developers Wargaming today announced that on September 17th they’ll smash a bottle over the free-to-play naval battler’s bow and christen it the HMS Totes Released before sending it down the digital slipway into the virtual sea.

Release it. They’ll release it. World of Warships is coming out on September 17th.

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Watch Hearthstone Stream Reveal New Cards In 1 Hour

Hearthstone’s latest expansion The Grand Tournament [official site] is just around the corner, with a confirmed release date of some time this month. There isn’t a whole lot of month left, so a livestream tonight will reveal a heap of new cards and probably a release date. Were I a guessing man with a platform to turn that guess into news, I’d bet the coming downtime on Tuesday/Wednesday is patch-day. Watch the stream below live at 6pm Brit-Time, 10am PDT and we’ll update this post with any news that comes to light.

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Paladins: A F2P FPS From Smite Devs Hi-Rez

After starting out under ye olde subscription model with their first game, Global Agenda, Hi-Rez Studios turned it free-to-play and have stuck that way since. Over-the-shoulder MOBA Smite was the first game of theirs that seemed to really take off (poor, dear, sweet Tribes: Ascend, left to fade away). Now they’ve announced another F2P game, and another FPS – a fantasy “strategic team-based shooter” named Paladins [official site].

It sounds a bit MOBA-y to me. This being Gamescom week, they don’t have much to say about Paladins just yet but will be yammering all about and showing everyone in a few days.

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Warframe Expansion Adds Parkour And Undersea Action

Warframe [official site] already looks like a game about sealife thank to its exotic power armour designs – with hammerhead helmets, lobster armour, unspeakable many-eyed horrors from the depths, and pearly nacre coating everything. Actual underwater combat was inevitable, I suppose, or all those watery warframes would get crabby. Crabby. Like a crab. That’s a joke.

The latest expansion, Echoes of the Sentient, has added underwater action in new levels and, for land-lubbers, new parkour moves. It’s all out in the free-to-play co-op shooty dungeon crawler now.

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The Grand Tournament: Hearthstone’s Second Expansion

“Parp!” is often used as onomatopoeia for a trumpet blast, but to me it’ll always be a blow-off. Imagine this post begins with whichever textual approximation of trumpeting you prefer, a grand festive blast. Point is: Blizzard have announced the second expansion for Hearthstone [official site], and it is a cause for trumpeting.

The Grand Tournament will arrive in August with 132 new cards as man and orc, murloc knight and parrot-riding pirate, all come together to show off in front of the Argent Crusade. It’ll be free, of course, in the usual Hearthstone ways.

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Twist Twist Stick – Hex: Shards Of Fate’s Third Set Out

You'll meet an army of me.

What’s a CCG without ongoing expansions? Another stack of brightly-coloured boxes to sit beneath a big “SALE!” on a shelf behind the counter at your local tabletop games shop, waiting to surprise folks who didn’t realise so many of the were ever even made. The ’90s were a wild time, you guys. Anyway, the point is: Hex: Shards of Fate [official site] has received its third card set.

The ‘Armies of Myth’ expansion brings 250 new cards to the free-to-play virtual CCG, including several new card abilities and a new card type.

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Action-RPG-y Minecraftbut Trove Launched

If you fancy a game that’s like Minecraft but action-RPG-y, perhaps have a gander at Trove [official site]. After a stretch of open beta, Rift developers Trion Worlds released their own Minecraftbut this week. It’s like Minecraft but more of an AMMORPG (as we agreed we should refer to MMO action-RPGs), with character classes, abilities, dungeons, loot, and so on.

It’s free to play, available from its site.

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Wakey Wakey, Axe & Stakey: Path Of Exile Expansion Out

Diablo III was pretty disappointing when it arrived, but Blizzard were allowed plenty of time to fix it up into its current pleasant state because many clickfans found themselves distracted by Path of Exile [official site] anyway. Grinding Gear Games have continued to improve their free-to-play action-RPG all the while too, of course. Today (this very minute, if all goes to plan) they launch The Awakening, which they call “the biggest and most far-reaching expansion of the game to date”. Sez you, sunshine.

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Weigh Anchor: World Of Warships Plunges Into Open Beta

Blammo!

After invading land of air, World of Tanks and World of Warplanes developer Wargaming has launched the third arm of their attack against free-to-play wargames. World of Warships [official site] entered open beta today, letting all and sundry in to roam the seven years blasting the heck out of each other for funsies.

I’m still impressed that they’ve made mainstream a type of game that was once quite niche (not that they’re sims, but y’know what I mean), and even more surprised that they’ve got away with the World of Warthings naming. I suppose a gnome isn’t much match for a shell bigger than they are.

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Rise Of Incarnates Punches Out Of Early Access

Bandai Namco’s Rise of Incarnates [official site] is a 2v2 multiplayer 3D brawl-o-fighter. Don’t be put off by them calling it a “battle arena”, don’t go thinking it’s a MOBA, it’s not: it’s a game where you and a pal duff up someone else and their buddy. They’re not Heroes, Champions, or Lords, they’re Incarnates – they don’t need AI-controlled creeps to help dole out kickings.

If 2v2 manpunching sounds like a lark to you, head on over to Steam, where Rise of Incarnates has now left Early Access and is free-to-play.

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Everybody Gets A Car! RaceRoom’s Free Weekend

Vroom vroom.

Looking back, I’m surprised to discover we’ve barely mentioned free-to-play race ’em up RaceRoom [official site]. Our simulated man Tim Stone dug it way back in 2012 but since then… well then, let’s rectify that, as I’ve heard pretty good things about it.

This weekend, you can drive everything for free. Just like test drives at car showrooms, they hope you’ll be wowed and want to buy it. Just like test drives at car showrooms, I want to feel cool driving cars I can’t afford.

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