Can you remember the last time Crytek made an incredible game? While some will gleefully tell you that that answer is “never,” the first Far Cry and Crysis games were pretty rad. what Crytek excels at far more than crafting good stories is crafting mind-bogglingly good graphics. They’ve sort of lost that focus, and it’s one of the reasons they’re perhaps not doing as well financially as they have in the past. Rumours have even begun circulating that the company is on the verge of bankruptcy.
Whenever someone mentions the word Free-to-play, or F2P for short, it usually sends a cold shiver down my spine. The F2P market is filled with atrocious pay-to-win and wait-to-play models that honestly make me wonder how these abominations thrive in the gaming eco system. While conceptually sound, most companies use this model to bleed gamers dry by tapping into that part of the brain that convinces us to buy ‘just one more’ premium item.
Free To Play is the film made by Valve to promote eSports and particularly Dota. The documentary follows three pro-gamers from different ends of the world as they compete in the first Dota 2 International Tournament - the tournament had a $1 million top prize and cemented Dota 2 as a top eSports game.
It’s alive, it’s alive! There’s been sparse news on Ubisoft’s free to play shooter in recent months, with some fearing that Ghost Recon Online was deader than disco. Turns out the game has been given a new lease of life, and will be known as Ghost Recon Phantoms.
Remember how we made you all play Loadout for our community play last time? We are apparently really trendy - everyone else is playing it, too. Wait, seeing as we're early, does that make us hipsters? Or are we just mainstream and doing what everyone else does?
Many people are convinced that micro-transaction riddled free-to-play games are the scourge of the gaming industry, and will result in the entire industry a crumbling mess. That may be a little extreme, but there’s certainly an inherent distrust of games bearing the “F2P” label. You may start seeing fewer games with that label.
Every generation, there comes a sperts person who can spert better than the other sperts people who want to sperts more sperts points than anyone else. Many of those athletes have become the basis for an inspirational sperts movie or two. Now, DOTA 2 is getting a chance to show the world just how good at sperting, it really is.
The best things in life are free, but you can give them to the birds and bees. I want the money! Uh huh! That’s what I want! We’re living in a new age of gaming, where some of the most profitable titles on the market are the ones that cost you zilch to adopt and plenty to master. And Evolve almost became one of those freemium games when it was being developed.
While Peter Molyneux has fallen out of favor in recent years (he is one of Darryn's many nemeses), he was the original creator of Dungeon Keeper. He checked out what EA did with his creation, and gave his usual form of constructive criticism.
When I first heard that a brand new Legacy of Kain game was cancelled, I curled up into a foetal ball and cried. Then I heard that it was being resurrected as an online multiplayer game., became a despondent sod, and gave up on the world. There’s now gameplay footage, and my sadness has turned to hate.
Free to Play games get a lot of flak - often referred to as pay to win, it's assumed that you actually need to pay money to enjoy them. While this may or may not be true, the reality is that these games rake in some big bucks, but you may be surprised which ones earn the most money.