It’s tricky to get refunds on games you’ve bought – whether at retail or through digital distribution. It’s especially tricky when the store you’ve bought it from doesn’t provide a method for refund. EA’s Origin doesn’t. At least everywhere other than Australia. They’ve been forced to change their policies by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
You know what’s better than playing games? Many, many other things but I’m contractually obligated not to mention them. Still playing games that you’ve bought with funds that are going straight to charity on the other hand, is an easy feel-good experience! And EA has teamed up with Humble Bundle for a sequel Origin special. Here’s what a whole dollar (or more) will get you.
Star Citizen is the game with the accolade of being the highest funded game in the history of crowd-funding. It does mean, naturally, that there’s a great big deal of hope and anticipation attached to the project – especially by fans who’ve bought in to Cloud Imperium’s wild and ambitious promises.
We’ve known about Steam Machines for well over a year now, and there has already been a rather enthusiastic uptake by some of the biggest names in PC hardware. During GDC this week Gabe Newell announced that the first wave of console PCs would be arriving in stores come November, and now we have a good look at what each of them will be.
Can your PC handle Battlefield Hardline? You have the right to remain silent if you do not wish to answer that question. Back when Battlefield Hardline was announced last year, developer Visceral explained that the game would have PC specs that were more or less in line with the previous Battlefield release. And those specs most certainly are. But there’s just one catch here: You’re going to need to be running a 64 bit version of your favourite Windows operating system before you can jump on into the game.
Comic book movies are big business these days. After all, if a cosmic space opera starring a space raccoon and a semi-literate tree can rake in over $772 million worldwide, then just about any comic book property can be successful if a studio takes a chance on it. The next film to get that spotlight? Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. On the surface, Ant-Man sounds like a terrible superhero. But he’s actually more awesome than you’d realise.
Steam proved an important point - there are tons of PC gamers and they like to buy their games digitally, preferably at a discount. There is an army of PC gamers, and with the launch of new generation consoles, it seems that even more gamers converted to the PC master race. But now Ubisoft is changing the game with Steam, just like EA did.
Whether or not you're changing platforms for Dragon Age: Inquisition, you will need to recreate the world changing decisions that you made in the first two games. Those decisions will be kept in the Dragon Age Keep, which you can now go dive into.
Origin is having fun with their On The House program. With such an enormous catalogue to choose from, they seem to be enjoying giving a range of games away for free. It certainly helps boost their image with gamers, and the latest freebie is apparently awesome.
Dragon Age: Inquisition is almost here; only about a month to go until we get our hands on possibly one of the best experiences ever created by Bioware. But not everyone has played the game that started the franchise, and now you can - at absolutely no cost.
EA keeps offering games in their On the House program. Previously, they've given out copies of Plants vs Zombies and Battlefield 3 for limited periods to anyone who wanted them. Now, they are going old school and helping to get you off of Facebook gaming.
Review embargoes are sometimes a good indication about whether a studio is confident in the quality of their game or not. Most of the time when a game is embargoed until after release, it's not a good sign. Call of Duty on the Vita is one of the best example of this, and now Sims 4 could join that growing list.
Battlefield 4 had a rather tumultuous launch, causing EA's stock to take a tumble and even get investigated by shareholder to see if they knew the game was going to be such a problem. Fans of the franchise say the game is excellent, and now you can find out for yourself, risk free.
Last week I told you how The Sims 2 was losing support from EA, but that everyone who owned a copy of The Sims 2 would get upgraded to the Ultimate Collection. Well, now EA is sweetening the deal, just in time to get you excited for The Sims 4.
It was to be expected. EA and Valve don't like each other anymore, so any games from EA will be distributed via Origin instead of Steam. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Dragon Age: Inquisition will be the same - but does that affect your purchasing decision?