Wildstar Reloaded – Part 1: The Free to Play Model

I played Sci-Fi Western style MMO Wildstar way back when it first launched last year, and whilst my impressions were mostly positive, some of the core hooks for an MMO weren’t really ready for the big time.

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A year later, Carbine Studios are releasing the biggest content update to Wildstar yet: Wildstar Reloaded (trailer). Can this new update breathe new life into the game? And more importantly, can it encourage new players to give it a try?

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Gamescom 2012 Round-Up!

Gamescom 2012 started off with Sony’s press conference, with a selection of games for the PlayStation Vita.. Little Big Planet Vita, Killzone: Mercenary, and other games previously mentioned at E3: Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified; PlayStation All-Stars; Assassin’s Creed III Liberation, featuring a new female lead, Aveline; and Need for Speed Most Wanted, a Vita game with all the same features as the PS3 version, with a huge open world to explore.

Media Molecule’s new game Tearaway was demonstrated for the first time, with a lot of use being made of the Vita’s touch features.

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GFACE – Crytek’s Cloud Gaming Service

GFACE, a new browser-based cloud gaming service from Crytek, has now entered closed beta.

GFACE combines social network and gaming elements: users can interact with friends, upload photos and post status updates, as well as stream a variety of console-quality games in their browsers.

As the system is cross-platform, players able to quickly and easily join their friends in multiplayer games.  Games available through the service range from the casual 2D and 3D games through to core games, including Crytek’s own Warface, a free-to-play online military shooter.

While in beta, the system is undergoing testing with a small amount of people.  If you want to apply for a beta spot, you can do that here.

PES 2010 Online Test

Following a few years in which players of the game have criticised the online mode, Konami have developed an online demo specifically to test this aspect of the game!
Data is gathered via the server, monitoring the games played, and from surveys filled out by those who had a chance to play the demo.  Like me 🙂

I’ve never been a huge football-game player.. I played PES in the office a few years back, but haven’t really had a lot of interest in the years between.
But this demo is a lot of fun – the first few games I played had no lag that I saw, and when it did appear, it was just a quick freeze, though I did hear some people saying they didn’t fare so well.  If this is anything to go by though, I think there’ll be more PES played in the office at lunchtimes.. that’s gotta be better than playing Bejeweled Blitz on Facebook, no? 🙂

For members of PESFan, there’s an exclusive opportunity to get in on the online demo action here.