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APB £17.99 @ Coolshop [PC Games]

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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APB, Games deals, MMORPG, PC games
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Okay, let's kick things off by saying that this deal certainly isn't for everyone. Lukewarm reviews and eventual supplementary topups will make this a fairly niche offer for a niche audience... but if you're looking to buy into Realtime Worlds' cops 'n' robbers MMO, there's a serious saving to be made. Coolshop are currently charging £17.99 which will save you just under £6 compared to ShopTo (the nearest price rival).

APB is a cops and robbers online RPG that takes place in a dynamic urban setting. As a cop you'll chase down suspects and respond to crimes in progress- or as member of San Pero's criminal element you'll raise hell, commit felonies and basically do your best to run the town. Oh, and you'll shoot loads of people regardless of your alignment.

It's a great premise to be sure, but some unbalanced gunplay and surprisingly small-scale shootouts water down the experience. APB is fairly hit and miss- and it delivers moments of complete joyous carnage right along with some intense frustration. MMOs need to be dependable to survive... and at the moment, APB is quite difficult to wholeheartedly recommend.

Rather than charging a monthly fee, APB uses a points system that allows you to pay for the hours you play rather than a flat rate that might go to waste. 50 hours of game time are included with this deal, but after that you'll need to purchase RTW Points... which can then be exchanged for in game hours. It might sound confusing, but this is actually a neat little system that other MMO developers could learn from. Having said that, the jury's still out on whether it's worth the money.

Thanks to millarcat at Hot UK Deals

From Our High Expectations to Shocking Leaked Gameplay - News Roundup 3rd June 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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APB, Eye of Judgement, Games news, inFamous 2, Realtime Worlds, SCEE
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Infamous 2

Realtime Worlds: Want APB? Lower Your Expectations!

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Realtime Worlds' Cops & Robbers MMORPG has been highly anticipated- but has also been receiving some severely lukewarm review scores. According to Dave Jones (RW Dev), this is our fault for having such high expectations.

“Some people had too high expectations. The game years ago was initially tagged as GTA MMO, which we’d never said. I think that’s set huge expectations. That’s not what we were building, so I was expecting that."

Bizarrely, Jones then went on to compare APB to GTA 1- stating that reviewers were expecting a very different experience, but grew to love it after getting to know it. Apparently, we're also judging APB for what it isn't rather than reviewing the product for what it actually offers.

Well, that's us told then. By this logic, remind me not to get at all excited for Crackdown 2! We wouldn't want our high expectations to ruin our enjoyment of the game... [VG247]

Sony to Shut Down Eye of Judgement Servers

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You a fan of Sony's brave and complex Trading Card Game? Unfortunately, you'll need to squeeze the most out of your expensive and lovingly-crafted deck over the next couple of months, because Sony Europe will be dropping the hammer on the Eye of Judgement Servers. You've got until September 20th to score some wins and net the trophies, folks!

Offline play will still be available- and I can see a dedicated cult following starting up for this one. [SCEE]

Leaked inFamous 2 Gameplay Shocks Internet

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The first gameplay footage of inFamous 2 has emerged... and it might just shock you. Deplorable pun aside, the leaked video focuses on brutal physical combat, improved wall climbing/running and some seriously big explosions rather than Cole's trademark zappy powers. Actually, you might be forgiven for confusing it for Prototype from the first couple of minutes! It's well worth a watch- and by the looks of things, it's shaping up nicely. [Thanks, Gametrailers]

Video Game Release Dates July 2010

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Matt Gardner
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New Releases
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APB, Dragon Ball Z, New release, Sniper: Ghost Warrior, Tiger Woods

Video Game Release Dates July 2010

July 2010 Game Releases

Not much to say this week, only a smattering of games to usher in July...anyone would think they actually wanted us to go outside! That said, APB comes crashing onto PCs on Friday, we're pretty psyched for that, we have Sniper: Ghost Warrior in our sights and EA show the world that in spite of being a flagrant womaniser (or maybe because of it - insert holes/rough/balls/swing or other golfing double entendre here) Tiger Woods is still pretty much the only name in golf that can sell anything.

NB. Game developers are notoriously flighty so be aware some of these dates may well change.

How to use: Click on the title of the video game if you would like to see the cross platform possibilities. Click on the game cover of the platform of your choice to see the price comparison for that particular game, showing you the cheapest prices from UK online retailers.

Stay tuned, folks, as we'll be updating you with all of the new releases for next week along with their cheapest prices in just a few days time.

1st to 7th July 2010:

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From Black Ops to Bungie Reaction Roundup - News Roundup 30th April 2010

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Activision, APB, Bungie, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Games news, Realtime Worlds, Treyarch
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Call of Duty: Black Ops

CoD Black Ops Revealed

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Treyarch have accidentally revealed that their next CoD title will be named "Black Ops." Whilst there's nothing on the prematurely-launched website except an empty blog and a logo, this likely means that the game will feature multiple theatres of war rather than solely Vietnam. Cold War Russia has also been tipped to appear, as well as the possibility of stealth mechanics.

After acquiring voice talent and Vietnam war period music, Treyarch has also laid hands on Russian voice actors. With the newly-revealed 'Black Ops' title, it seems that a globetrotting adventure may well be in the works. [Blackops]

APB Launches July 2nd

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APB, the upcoming MMO from Realtime Worlds (of Crackdown fame) will launch this July. A pricing structure has also been detailed: with the boxed game (RRP £34.99) providing 50 hours of play and the ability to top up £5.59 for an additional 20 hours and purchase a 30 day unlimited package for £7.99. The game will also offer RTW Points that can be exchanged for play time or in-game rewards.

"An additional benefit to this evolutionary model is the ability for you to convert your own customisations and rewards to tradable (sic) products to give to friends or clan-mates or to place on the Marketplace to earn more RTW points (convertible to game time) or in-game cash,"- APB FAQ

APB promises to be an online sandbox set in a dynamic city and will deliver GTA-style action to hundreds of players. [Realtime Worlds]

Bungie Reaction Roundup

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The dust has settled, the rubble has been cleared and the internet has finally been fixed. The industry is now coming to terms with Bungie's decision to sign on with Activision for a decade... and in fact, everyone's taking it rather well. It's roundup time!

  • Bungie is delighted by the move. They've stated that the deal will allow them to reach (no pun intended) a "larger audience" while retaining their status as an independent developer. Whilst there's still a grey area over whether they'll also be tapped to work on Activision IPs and retain any shared technology, they're definitely the real winners from this deal. And they know it.
  • Activision, as you'd expect, are equally delighted. They've gained a veteran FPS developer (replacing, you know, that other studio) and has diverted attention away from... you know, that other studio.
  • Microsoft has stated that their relationship with Bungie will remain "unchanged"- at least until Halo Reach is released. Since they still retain the rights to the Halo IP (and there's technically nothing stopping Bungie developing another Halo title down the road)...and Bungie are sure to release their next IP on the 360 due to their years of development experience... I don't think they're too worried. [MCV]
  • Sony is acting like a giddy schoolgirl with a hopeless crush.

"Congrats to Bungie. Marrying their creative minds and incredible talent to the power of PS3 will be like giving PS3 fans Halo on steroids."

Anyone else amused by this? I'd be excited too, but the language is reminiscent of acquiring a PS3 exclusive rather than the possibility of a multiplatform port. Looks like Sony has marriage on the mind. [Kotaku]

  • The fan reaction is probably the most interesting and surprising of all. With a few exceptions, Bungie fans are reacting to the news in a mature and reasoned way (rather than threatening to boycott the company, burn their copies of Halo etc etc). However, many are genuinely worried that aftersale support and multiplayer maintenance for Halo Reach will suffer when Bungie focuses its resources on its new IP. I hope that Microsoft's 343 industries will be able to take over Reach's community maintenance and prove that they can do more than direct anime shorts.

Well, you've heard the games industry's reaction- but we want to hear yours. Have your say in the comments!