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  • Ridge Racer Goes Free-To-Play with Driftopia

    Next Ridge Racer is F2P

    It's not strange to see a free-to-play PC or mobile title, however free-to-play on the console is something you'll rarely see, especially when the game is part of a previously successful franchise. However, Namco Bandai has recently announced that Ridge Racer Driftopia, a new Ridge Racer game, will in fact be a free to play title for the PC and PlayStation 3.
    The launch is currently slated for 'later in 2013,' and although the vague date means the game could be out anywhere between next month and December, the announcement focused on the choice for free to play, and a few questions have been answered about the type of free to play model found within Ridge Racer Driftopia.

     

    As with most free to play or 'freemium' game models, players of Ridge Racer Driftopia will be able to pay for in-game items via micro transactions, although details on the depth of the micro transactional items and the effect they have on gameplay are currently unknown.

     

    Senior Vice President of Namco Bandai, Olivier Comte has given a little insight into why the free to play model was chosen for the new Ridge Racer title, and it feels as if it will play out like an arcade game instead of a fully-fledged retail game.

     

    "Free-to-play is playing an increasingly important role, so it's very exciting to be bringing one of our most successful franchises to the free-to-play space for everyone to enjoy," he said.

     

    Olivier has also mentioned in the past that a developed free to play title "can't be high quality," and it'd be surprising to see Ridge Racer Driftopia breaking that rule, mainly because the game could end up leaning towards 'pay-to-win' and the transactional aspects of the game could make Ridge Racer Driftopia feel unbalanced and restrictive to non-paying players.

     

    Whether the game itself will be worth it is currently unknown, but if it is developed well enough, it could make itself a great experience for paying and non-paying customers, despite the controversy surrounding the free to play model.

  • 343 Industries Drops Some info on Competitive Skill Rank

    New Halo Ranking System

    Competitive Skill Rank will be making its way to Halo 4 this week, and to help players get to grips with the new ranking system, 343 Industries has given some insight on Competitive Skill Rank and how it works.

     

    The Halo 4 Competitive Skill Rank (CSR) will rank players from 1 to 50 based on the player's performance in multiplayer matches, as well as the rank of those you play with.

     

    Everybody will start out with a rank of zero, and will be able to achieve higher ranks based on their performance. The CSR is also based individually on each playlist, similar to Halo 3's matchmaking system, meaning if you had a high rank in Team Slayer, you wouldn't have it in any other playlists.

     

    As some playlists are based on different rules, the CSR score will be calculated differently, however most playlists will rely mainly on your overall win/loss and kill/death record.

  • Dynasty Warriors 8 Coming to Western Markets

    Dynasty Warriors 8

    Dynasty Warriors 8 is a game that is usually released first to the Asian market, and if it sells well it is then brought to western markets, and it seems DW8 has now done well enough to deem itself a release over in Europe, the United States and other parts of the world.

     

    Tecmo Koei has just officially announced that it will launch Dynasty Warriors 8 for PlayStation and Xbox 360 in North America on July 16th, 2013, and in Europe on July 12th, 2013.

     

    Surprisingly, each region has had its region specific voice overs added to the game, and although Japanese with English subtitles is a choice for gamers, subtitles have been added for English, French, and German.

     

    The game was first released in Japan in February this year, so by the time it reaches release over in the western markets, it's likely most of the game issues will have been ironed out, which will include the story mode that involves itself around the kingdoms of Wei, Wu, Shu and Jin, with a slight twist to military and political history similar to what would have been witnessed during the golden age of the three kingdoms of China

     

    There will also be plenty of additional content in Dynasty Warriors 8, including 40 repeatable stages, more than 70 characters, and different scenarios varying on the character the player chooses to play as.

     

     

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  • Battlefield 4 release date on German EA page a "placeholder"

    Battlefield 4 Release October

    Excitement arouse when EA's German Facebook page made a post to let its fans know that the release date for Battlefield 4 will be on October 31st for PC, Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3.

     

    This has been previously rumored for the European launch date, but EA quickly made a statement on the post, and posted straight onto the German Facebook page.

     

    The statement on the Facebook page was made by EA and told fans-

     

    "We were contacted today about the release date of Battlefield 4, which could be seen on one of the tabs in this page. That one was merely a placeholder date, which was published by a technical defect. We apologize for this error. The correct release date will be available on the official Battlefield site."

     

    There could be two reasons that EA made this statement. Either the October 31st date really is just a placeholder date, or perhaps EA isn't quite ready to release the real date. The game will release some point this year, and as October was the release date for Battlefield 3, it would make sense for Battlefield 4 to release in October this year as well.

     

    EA may be being patient as they wait for the new Xbox to be announced and the PS4 release to be announced so that they can reveal a next gen release for Battlefield 4 alongside the current gen release.

  • Third Arkham Game, Batman Arkham Origins will Reach PS4 and Xbox 720

    New Batman Arkham Game

    The two previous Batman games for the current generation of consoles, Arkham City and Arkham Asylum, have seen great success thanks to the great gameplay and story that fit perfectly into the Batman universe.

    A lot of fans may have been led into the games by the recent Batman films, but regardless, the games have been produced at top standards with beautiful scenes and story elements involved.

    Looking forward to a new Batman game on the next gen will be exciting for many reasons, and although the gameplay itself is sure to be very enjoyable, it'll be great to see what a new Batman game could make of the next generation hardware.

    It isn't confirmed but rumors have cropped up about the new Batman, Arkham Origins, which will be announced at E3 for next gen consoles. The Arkham Origins game is expected to be a prequel of the previous two games, following in the footsteps of Batman and his actions within the comics of the 1950s-1970s era.

    Despite the great game, two key players of the previous game's development won't be involved, including the great Paul Dini, a writer of Batman stories, and Mark Hamil, the voice of Joker.

    Story elements are currently unknown, but appearances by other DC super heroes such as the Green Lantern and Superman may make it into the game.

  • Ubisoft Toronto and Ubisoft Montreal teaming up to Bring More Assassin's Creed Games

    More Assassins Creed Games Will Come

    The Assassin's Creed series has been one of the most enjoyable franchises I've played for a long time, at least for the singleplayer that is. And despite the plentiful amount of titles, I've accepted that Ubisoft has managed to keep it relatively new each time round.

    However, with the announcement of the new Black Flag game, you start to wonder how far is too far, and now Ubisoft has planned to drag the franchise out with even more Assassin's Creed games after Black Flag, and there's now no doubt that the AC series has turnt into one big cash cow.

    Apparently, after Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, the two Ubisoft developer studios will work together on a newer Assassin's Creed game, most likely filled with unneeded DLC that should have been in the game at day one, and pricy season passes to go along with it.

    More news has followed on the collaboration with Ubisoft Montreal and Ubisoft Toronto and it seems development from them won't all be groan worthy. In total 5 games will be developed, including a new Splinter Cell game, and two new unannounced IPs.

    New IPs are always exciting to look forward to, and even if they fail terribly, it will be nice to see some new content in the gaming industry.

  • God of War:Ascension PlayStation Bundle Released

    God of War PS3 Bundle

    If you haven't got your hands on God of War Ascension yet, then there may be a deal that could really appeal to you, especially if you're a fan of the series. Sony has teamed up with the devs behind the PlayStation exclusive to bring out a special limited edition PlayStation 3 with God of War skins on dual shock 3 controller included in the bundle.

    Obviously, the bundle includes a copy of God of War itself, and in fact the bundle includes the special edition version of God of War Ascension.

    The console model is a classic white super slim PS3 with a 500GB hard drive, and the controller has a design similar to the God of War Ascension boxset art. The bundle itself costs £249.99, and at the moment is only available in Europe, however translated to US dollars, it would set you back around $375 for the bundle, and also any additional shipping costs that may occur to get the bundle into the States and on your front door step.

    If you didn't know already, the special edition of God of War Ascension includes a multiplayer double XP unlock, an exclusive PS3 dynamic theme, and a PlayStation 3 avatar, as well as the audio soundtrack, all packaged in a pretty impressive steelbook case.

    There has also been news of a God of War bundle including a garnet red PS3 hitting shelves in the United States, however it seems unlikely that the controller will be included.

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  • New Dishonored DLC Gets Release Date

    New Dishonored DLC

    A new downloadable content pack for Dishonored has been announced, and its release date is slated for April 16th 2013.

     

    The new DLC has been named the Knife of Dunwall and will be the second DLC pack for Dishonored, adding more content onto the base gameplay.

     

    In the Knife of Dunwall, players will play as the fiends that made acquaintance with the protagonist earlier in the game in his quest for revenge. You'll play specifically as an assassin named Daud as he seeks forgiveness for his evil actions, taking the game to brand new locations, filled with new enemies, environments and objectives, as well as a whole host of new skills to use whilst playing as Daud.

     

    I for one am looking forward to the new DLC and I'm happy that the developers have been creative by adding a new plotline with brand new scenery, enemies and skills, instead of just adding new missions to the main story.

     

    The Knife of Dunwall will be available for around $10, or Xbox Live's equivalent in Microsoft Points on the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.

     

    The PS3 release will make it a day later than the April 16th release for the PC and Xbox version, however it will still land without missing out on any features included in the PC and 360 versions.

     

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  • New ACIII DLC Turns Connor into an Eagle

    New Assassins' Creed DLC

    Ubisoft has recently revealed a trailer that shows Assassins' Creed in all its nature.

    The new trailer shows off Ratonhnhake:ton and his new eagle abilities which will be usable in the new downloadable content pack.

     

    At first I thought it a bit strange to see the assassin character transform into a ghost bird, but it's important to remember that the world you play in in Assassins' Creed 3 is in fact a virtual reality, meaning anything is quite possible.

     

    I still personally think things like this, and the previous invisibility cloak almost ruin the immersion of the game, and I'd prefer to stick to a game that is more relatable to real life.

     

    The new DLC pack has been named The Tyranny of King Washington: The Betrayal, and currently prices for the pack haven't been announced, however the trailer does show that the new DLC is available for free to all of those who have purchased the season pass.

     

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  • Metal Gear Rising Revengeance DLC Now up for Free for 2 Weeks

    Metal Gear Rising Free DLC

    We all know the devs behind the Metal Gear games have always had a strong relationship with Sony and PlayStation, and it's only been till recently that they've given up their exclusivity and offered the game on platforms other than the PlayStation.

     

    However, a new move by Konami has shown that their bond with the PlayStation platform is strong, which sees Sony offering DLC for free for a limited period of time.

     

    The recently released VR Missions pack adds 30 missions to the game, and although it had a pretty low price before in terms of downloadable content, it is now accessible for free from the PlayStation network till April 2nd.

     

     

    The VR Missions pack is still only available as a purchase on Xbox Live, and will cost Xbox players 240 Microsoft Points.

     

    It's still cheap, but it makes you wonder what is going on behind the scenes with Sony and Konami.

     

    Two other DLC packs will also be added this April, with information straight from Konami telling us that one DLC pack will focus on Sam, whilst the other will focus on the Blade Wolf character.

     

    "The first DLC pack, Jetstream, will be a side story featuring Sam as a playable character. The second pack, Blade Wolf, will allow players to control the enigmatic Blade Wolf and will showcase his side story. Both DLC packs will feature multiple hours of gameplay including unique abilities and characteristics for each character, while also expanding on each of their storylines and origins."

     

    Do you think console exclusives should still be released? Or do you think developers should work on bringing their games to as many platforms as possible?

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