Seems like subscription fees are becoming increasingly hard to swallow in the world of online videogames. Who wants to drop $50 on a game and then have to pay a third of that price per-month to continue playing it?
To possibly bolster interest in its fledgling MMORPG, Funcom has announced a free-to-play weekend for The Secret World. During the weekend of Aug. 3, curious gamers will have the chance to try the game before deciding to commit their hard earned money.
With the release of the free-to-play Guild Wars 2 on the horizon and Star Wars: The Old Republic’s subscription numbers starting to dwindle, it might be safe to assume The Secret World will have more free-to-play weekends in the future.
For everyone who ever wondered what would happen if Devil May Cry’s Dante and Metal Gear Solid’s Raiden threw down, now we may finally have our answer.
Over the weekend, Shoryuken, courtesy of Redditor 696Ly had revealed supposed leaked images of Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royale which show off several new characters and stages.
I have to say, they are intriguing to say the least. These images, while not an official confirmation of anything, do whet the appetite for more Battle Royale fan service.
On July 25, 2012 I had the stupendous pleasure of having attended the orchestral extravaganza of The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, held at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia.
The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses is a joint effort by Jason Michael Paul Productions and Nintendo to bring the series’ music in a full, live orchestral form to the world. Prior to this, there had never been a long series of live orchestra events dedicated solely to Zelda music, so you could imagine the excitement me and my fellow Zelda fans had going into this one.
The performance was done by the Pittsburgh Symphony in tandem with the Philadelphia Singers, and was led by Eímear Noone, a familiar name for many memorable Zelda concerts.
I was seated in left orchestra, where I had a nice view of the entire stage. As soon as the conductor set foot on stage, the audience roared with applause and we were on our way to revisit the magic of Hyrule.
We’re not going to lie – this episode got a little away from us.
Somehow in the hour-ish it took Andrew Martins, Patrick Kulikowski and Jamie Young to talk about some of the latest gaming news and such, they digressed into Uncharted 3 spoilers, went on a tangent about the Silent Hill movie, and made a dumb Snakes on a Plane joke that only one person really found funny.
There were some other things in there, though, including new releases and some good music thrown in the mix.
As always, we’re looking for your input, so feel free to comment on the show. Be sure to tell your friends about us.
(Editor’s note: Here’s hoping Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr aren’t feeling especially litigious today.)
There once was a time where videogames were not the predominant way people spent their leisurely time playing. There was a place called outside, where toys and balls were played with and at one point, we’ve all sat at a table and played a board game.
This weekend, I got the chance to sit with a group comprised of rank amateurs and a grizzled miniature war game warrior to plot out our train empires across the country in Ticket to Ride. Sure, there are versions on iOS, Android, PC and Xbox Live Arcade, but Days of Wonder’s simple yet challenging board game is best in the physical variation.
Everyone should try it.
That being said, you’re not here to read about my weekend board game shenanigans. You’re here to catch up with our news. The entire list is sitting after the break, including a story about the relatively obscure survival horror game Haunting Ground.
“Awesome, Awesome, Awesome-nauuuuuuts!” Last week, Ronimo Games promised that its hectic 2D sidescrolling action RTS would be Steam-bound for PC and Mac “within a month.” And right they were – the PC version of Awesomenauts is slated for release on next Wednesday, August 1.
The PC version of the game will come with all of the new features in the recent PSN/XBLA update for the game, including two new characters and some balancing tweaks.
Although no release date for the Mac version was specified, Ronimo has previously stated that it would come out “shortly after” the PC version.
There’s also no official price for the Steam version just yet, but I’d imagine it’d match the console version’s price tag of $9.99.
There’s always a black sheep in every alien race, right?
Joking. Sort of. So… you’re in a galaxy, doing your goofy alien Starling thing when all of a sudden, your world is sent into chaos. That black sheep? An evil Firebit bringing wrath and destruction as he travels round the universe. Thankfully, you and your Starling race are prepared. With tower defense tactics and a love of micromanagement.
Enter Galaxy Life. Sound familiar? It’s that casual Facebook game, except now it’s touch-based. Fans of the Facebook game can now tote around Galaxy Life: Pocket Adventures... in, well, their pockets.
Just when everyone has finally gotten over the train wreck that was Final Fantasy XIV Online, Square Enix goes ahead and announces a completely rebuilt version of the game.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is being touted as a massive overhaul of the critical and commercial failure of 2010′s Final Fantasy XIV Online. In a press release, producer/director Naoki Yoshida said the developers promise to include all the features they said they would.
“Since announcing our plans for the future of the title last October, we have been working tirelessly to include all of the elements that we have promised in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn,” Yoshida said. “This new title not only becomes a symbol of a completely new Final Fantasy XIV, but also marks the beginning of a new stage as the latest title in theFinal Fantasy series.”
Square Enix says the game has been “rebuilt from the ground up” and will feature a new world and retooled storyline.
After the break, you can feast your eyes on the announcement trailer, complete with campy voice over work.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is set to re-release this winter for both the PlayStation 3 and PC.
During last year’s Konami Pre-E3 press conference, the mastermind behind the Metal Gear Solid franchise, Hideo Kojima, revealed the Fox Engine. With not a whole lot of information to go on other than that it’s a new graphical engine, people have been left wondering just what that means for Kojima Productions’ future projects.
The answer to that question could be coming soon, as Kojima plans to reveal a big project currently in development that will use the Fox Engine on August 30.
Thanks to the nostalgic trance that Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy has trapped fans in, we’re continuing this week to honor another Final Fantasy title and the cosplay it inspires.
This week, we focus on the RPG that taught us about sacrifice, fighting back against destiny and most importantly – Blitzball.
Final Fantasy X‘s cast is just so overtly happy in nature, even if a massive monster-thing named Sin is wreaking havoc all over the place. Seriously, the closest anyone really gets to Squall-level brooding is Lulu, who coincidentally has similar belts to Squall. She attacks with adorable plush dolls though, nullifying any bitterness with cuteness as soon as a battle starts.
Enjoy the cast of Final Fantasy X in their beautiful cosplay forms. Be sure to check back next week for our next Final Fantasy cosplay shrine. (more…)