Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide Out Now!

Warhammer: End Times – Vermintide, the epic co-operative action combat adventure set in the End Times of the iconic Warhammer world, is available today on Standard and Collector’s editions on Windows PC via Steam, Humble Store, Greenman Gaming, and Gamersgate.

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Warhammer: End Times Vermintide – Waywatcher Action Reel

Fatshark have released the second of five action reels, showcasing gameplay from each of the five playable heroes in Warhammer: End Times Vermintide!  The Waywatcher Action Reel focuses on Kerillian, the deadly and sharp sighted Wood Elf..

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Are we being exploited by DLC?

Spurred on by the debate around the Mass Effect 3 DLC, I started writing some thoughts down.. but it quickly turned into a definite TL;DR with DLC, online passes, pre-order bonuses, retailer exclusives and the fight against used games.. as well as the all-too-common cry that customers are being exploited.

So.. I’ve split it all up, with this part mainly being about DLC, in-game purchases and other bonuses, and another part to come about the fight against used games.  I’ve mentioned a few games or companies in my examples here.. either because they were the first or best example to come to mind, or because I know that product better.  I’m sure I’ve missed some great examples, and although I’ve checked my facts, I may have something wrong or out of date in here.. so feel free to let me know in the comments 🙂

The first Mass Effect 3 DLC pack appeared briefly on the Xbox Live Marketplace last week, and stirred up quite a debate about exploitation.

One complaint against DLC is that it provides an incentive for developers to withhold part of the game to charge more for it later.. or even on the same day, in the case of Day 1 or unlocks of content from the game disk itself.  You can’t return DLC if you don’t enjoy it, nor can you sell it on as it’s usually tied to your game account.  Other complaints are about price (Modern Warfare 2’s ‘Stimulus Package’: £10 for 5 maps, two of which were re-releases), or the worth of the DLC (Oblivion’s Horse Armour), and then there’s the idea that it’s only being produced to milk consumers for every last penny. (more…)

Mass Effect 3 DLC Appears Pre-Launch

The first Mass Effect 3 DLC pack appeared briefly on the Xbox Live Marketplace today, almost two weeks before the launch of the game.  The DLC is called From Ashes, and the description itself included some spoilers for the game: the DLC unearths some secrets from the past.. and adds a new character to  your squad: a Prothean.  Via VG247.

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Terraria – Exclusive Collectors’ Edition

Terraria, the adventure action sandbox game by Re-Logic, is being released on the 16th March, on retail store Merge Games as an exclusive Collectors’ Edition, with an in-game pet, physical toy pick, trading cards and a poster.

The price? £19.95.

Terraria has been available for download since May 2011, and is currently available on Steam for £5.99.