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Call of Duty: MW3 Free Weekend Starts April 26

COD: MW3 Free Weekend Starts April 26

This weekend Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 PC is free-to-play. The F2P offer includes multiplayer. The event starts at 1PM Eastern (10AM Pacific) on Thursday the 26th of April. You can begin pre-loading the game on Steam from here. You can purchase the game as a PC download for $40.19 from Gamestop or $35 from Amazon.

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Recently: 0x10c, EA’s Poo Award, Aion F2P

Mojang's 0x10c, EA's Poo Award, Aion F2P

On April 11th Aion will be free-to-play and you can download the client now to get ready. We will be streaming Aion live at our Twitch.TV on the 11th. Vanguard will be going free-to-play this summer.

Those with an active subscription of Star Wars: The Old Republic are now able to invite 25 of their friends for a seven day trial. TOR offered up another free-to-play weekend for new players. That trial period ends at 5:00PM AEST April 9.

Mojang and Notch’s newly announced possibly-to-be online (with monthly charge) space travel game called 0x10c is slightly reminiscent of Eve Online. Their may be seamless space-to-planet transitions. Seamless transitions are relatively new to games but have been done before (Evochron Mercenary and Infinity Universe). That doesn’t mean they’re not awesome!

Check out Infinity Universe’s seamless transitions:

Minecraft 1.2.5 is officially released. Check here for the change log. Changes include: shift-click support for furnaces, fixes for chat crashes and changes to cat behavior.

Electronic Arts has received the 2012 Golden Poo award from Consumerist for being the Worst Company in America. Rightfully so! Well, I wouldn’t say the worst company ever but they have a bad reputation in gaming for valid reasons. Back in 2004 EA was sued by employees for unpaid overtime. Read Forbe’s Paul Tassi’s thoughts on the pre-win and Erik Kain’s post-win thoughts.

Secret World is now accepting pre-orders.

Trailers and Videos:
The Shotguns of Max Payne 3
Dungeons and Dragons: Neverwinter trailer
Destructoid: New Aliens Colonial Marines gameplay & Borderlands 2 Hands-On
Megaman X Fan Video
Far Cry 3: First in-game multiplayer footage
Borderlands 2 New Gameplay + PC Co-op Hands on Impressions
Witcher 2 Assassins of Kings: Enhanced Edition New Elements
Starhawk: Ride, Drive and Fly

Articles:
Starcraft II World Championship Series details
Borderlands 2 Exclusive Hands-On: Returning to Pandora never looked so good


Recently in Gaming: F2P List, Foo Fighters

Recently in Gaming: F2P List, Foo Fighters

I will give you at least one great reason to attend Blizzcon. Foo Fighters will be performing. But Blizzard says don’t expect a Titan discussion. It’s likely that we won’t be seeing Blizzard’s new MMO anytime soon.

EA held a 1.6 million dollar Battlefield 3 tournament and excluded PC gamers. Yes, they actually excluded the main and original fan base of the series. Have we come to expect more from EA? Not really.

Check out this video interview where Felicia Day talks about Dragon Age: Redemption and Mark of the Assassin.

Take On Helicopters is a simulator from Bohemia Interactive. Pre-order now and play the beta.

Supposedly there’s a Battlefield 3 reality show starring NFL athletes. Do what?

Looking for a free-to-play title? Here’s a list:
Team Fortress 2
Lord of the Rings Online
League of Legends
Need for Speed World
The Hunter
Arma 2 Free
Quake Live
Bloodline Champions
World of Warcraft (Up to level 20)
Warhammer Online (Up to level 10)
Black Prophecy
World of Tanks
Age of Conan
Age of Empires Online

Upcoming free-to-play titles:
Planetside 2
Star Trek Online
DC Universe Online
F1 Online
World of Planes
World of Warplanes
World of Battleships
Fallen Earth

Rage Gameplay Trailer / Review List

Star Wars The Old Republic:
Sept 30 Friday Update: 3D Galaxy Map
Wondering if you got a beta invite? Check this link.
Confirmed: RP-PVP Servers
Video: Jedi Sentinel PVP
Articles: A Trip to Bioware Ireland / Before They Were Superstars: Bioware

Video:
YouTube: Batman Arkham City Gliding Gameplay

Links:
Gameinformer: List of Skyrim Achievements
Battlefield 3 Beta Video: Jet and Heli / Caspian Border
Battlefield 3 Review: Eurogamer Expo Hands-on Impression
Godisageek: Batman Arkham City: Hands-On Preview


F2P Review: All Points Bulletin: Reloaded

F2P Review: All Points Bulletin: ReloadedImagine Grand Theft Auto with 100 or less players running around (with more across multiple instances). Now you have a pretty accurate image of what All Points Bulletin looks and plays like.

APB has a bit of a rocky past. In September of 2010 Realtime Worlds announced the shutdown of APB. On November 11th K2 Network purchased the game. The game then saw a relaunch as All Points Bulletin: Reloaded opened during the first half of 2011 under a free-to-play model.

There aren’t a lot of first/third-person shooters out there similar to APB. Those that have existed either didn’t last long or were not received well. Remember Tabula Rasa? It was shut down on February 28th 2009. Fallen Earth is still live but not doing so well and will be free-to-play in the undetermined future.

All Points Bulletin

When creating your character you choose either an Enforcer or a Criminal. As a criminal (when not doing missions) you’re able to mug NPC civilians and steal merchandise or cars to turn in to a fence or chop shop. You accumulate money as you steal cars or mug people so you will have to be careful and launder the money before you lose it. There is a feature much like GTA’s wanted system (called notoriety) that increases as you commit criminal acts which will decrease over time. As your notoriety increases an Enforcer can witness your crime and may be able to attack you.

Missions are the real “point” of the game. There aren’t a lot of different missions available but the game manages to stay interesting with all of it’s “open world” nuances as you do them. Missions are random with multiple objectives and locations. The low number of missions available in the game isn’t as much of a turn off as you might imagine. They are still fun because you never know what’s going to happen.

All Points Bulletin

Hackers, Cheaters and Negatives

The largest problem is the rampant hacking. The problem is present with such severity (especially at higher ranks) that it could be (and probably should be) considered a game killer. Even I was recently accused of aimbotting when I was on a roll with a small kill streak. Players are so accustomed to legitimate and rampant hacking that they assume that they are facing a hacker when lag causes their shots to fall off target. All that you can really do is deal with it, not play the game or refuse to participate in missions with cheaters.

The developers claim to remove players from time to time but in reality it’s a cop-out and total bullshit. You can not combat cheaters by waiting for players to report them and then taking the time (which you don’t have resources for) to “validate” those claims when the number of cheaters is extremely high.

Another strike is the “pay to win” gaming. You can just buy the best weapons in the game which (contrary to what a lot of fans will tell you) does make the game extremely easy against those with lesser weapons. Not to mention the trash talking and immaturity far exceeds and rivals that of what you expect in World of Warcraft barrens chat.

The Redeeming Factors

There are a plethora of ways to customize your character, wardrobe and car in this game. As you play you unlock new weapons, cars, shapes, decals, tattoos and other items. Players can design decals for your cars, clothes and tattoos and sell them on the marketplace. Simply driving around and goofing off can be pretty entertaining. The combat is extremely fun when you’re not getting killed by the all too often aimbotter or wall hacker. If not for the drawbacks, this games very interesting and refreshing features and gameplay could have made it a success.

Like many games if you can manage to avoid the griefers and hackers the game is a blast. At times you will just have to log off and get away for a while and let the children play.


Today in Gaming: GamesCom, Borderlands 2, F2P

Today in Gaming: Gamescom, Borderlands, F2P

The World of Planes beta registration is live.

Pre-order Trackmania 2 for $24.99 and get access to the multiplayer beta.

Age of Conan recently went free-to-play. It’s F2P model has been touted as a success, seeing 300,000 new players and doubled profits.

Gamescom kicks off Wednesday the 17th and ends on Sunday the 21st. The event will feature over 550 exhibitors from 40 countries. Borderlands 2 will be live-streamed on UStream.

Codemasters announces free-to-play Mac and PC title F1. It is slated to release in 2012. For now you can sign up for the newsletter. Fallen Earth will also be free in the “near” future, so keep an eye out for news.

Are you a fan of Minecraft? MineCon tickets are available now.

Lord of the Rings Online: Rise of Isengard is set to release on September 27th. It will feature three new regions: Dunland, Gap of Rohan and Isengard. The level cap will be raised to 75.

Google has announced games for Google+.

Battlefield 3 will require Origin to play the retail version. It will not be available on Steam. I’m not at all happy about being forced to use Origin. What about you?


Free to Play: Kerbal Space Program and Orbiter Space Flight Simulator

I’m always on the search for neat little games to play around with especially when they are free. Today I stumbled on these two: Kerbal Space Program and Orbiter Space Flight Simulator.

Not the best video examples.


Free to Play: Black Prophecy Episode 1 Trailer

This is the Episode 1: Inferno trailer for Black Prophecy, the twitch based free-to-play MMO.

If you haven’t given this game a try. You should. The in-space twitch based PVP is top notch. At least it was during closed beta. From what I understand a lot has been added.

You will need a pretty decent system to play it and it looks incredible at high resolution on max settings.