Season Passes have become the scourge of games in recent years. We're not opposed to additional content for games, far from it. But when the cost of a Season Pass matches that of a full game, our alarm bells start to ring. What's worse, so many of these passes offer a paltry amount of content that simply doesn't justify the price. Consider that Season Passes often stick to their high price long after the main game can be bought for a fraction of the original cost a few months after release and the farce becomes even more laughable.
There are signs of encouragement though. Signs that a balance can be struck for developers and publishers making extra dough and so gamers can come away with good value for money. Right now, we're looking at CD Projekt Red (The Witcher III: Wild Hunt) and Bethesda (Fallout 4) as high-profile candidates to show the rest how it's done.
That's a big claim, especially as their Season Pass content hasn't even been released yet. But it's pretty damn easy to see why I'm able to write about yet more season pass updates, but in a positive light rather than a rant about publisher greed. It's all about the price.Click here to read more...
Last week I finally revisited The Secret World. After reviewing it at launch, calling it “a brave new world worth spending time in,” I gradually had less and less time to play it. This was despite former colleague Jon falling head over heels for it, proclaiming his love it again, and again, and again. I could only watch from the sidelines as the intrigue and mystery of its storyline evolved, new systems added to its class-free combat, and new dungeons opened, filled with brutal bosses to beat.
Last week, Funcom released Issue #12: To The Dark Tower Below. The new patch not only added in a new dungeon and open world content, but included new social features, a revamped currency system and daily rewards program. It’s not ground-breaking for the genre, but it’s an important step for The Secret World. You see, it not only gives former players a reason to return, but provides newcomers with the more accessible way to experience the game, as well as catch up with the rest of the community.
Basically, with Issue #12 live on the servers, now is the time to experience one of the most unique MMO properties on the market, and I’m going to explain why.Click here to read more...
Street Fighter V is coming to Playstation 4 and PC early in 2016 with the newly released big news coming from Capcom having now introduced a 'new way to play', a brand new approach hitting the Street Fighter franchise for the first time in the series.
We just announced some big Street Fighter V news today at the Capcom panel here at EVO 2015. There is quite a lot of information to take in, so buckle down and read carefully!
First and foremost, Street Fighter V will feature a brand new service-based approach with regards to post-launch content. With this approach come several key changes to our content strategy:
1. The initial release is the only disc you will ever need to own
2. All balance and system adjustments will be available for free
I love The Secret World.
If you're a regular, chances are you already know that. I've written article after article, update after update, in an attempt to shine the spotlight on what I'd consider to be the best MMORPG on the market and an exceptional game that dared to do something revolutionary. After three years of waiting, the very last piece of the puzzle has released and the first major story arc has come to a close.
So it's fitting that my final review for Dealspwn.com is the final DLC pack for one of my favourite games. And immensely pleasing that Issue #11: Reaping The Whirlwind is one of the most extraordinary MMO expansions I've ever played.
Issue #9 introduced us to Tokyo and its sinister filthy inhabitants. Issue #10 let us meet the cult and the man behind the bomb that changed everything. Issue #11 finally lets us assault the Orochi Tower to put an end to... her... schemes and get some answers. Of course, seeing as this is The Secret World, there'll be a few questions too.
Just in case you're interested, Funcom gave us a guided tour of Issue 11 before launch, which contains sweet flowing wisdom and major spoilers.My wisdom flows so sweet. Taste and see >>
Warner Bros have revealed the first trailer for Batgirl: A Matter Of Family, the first season pass DLC coming to Batman: Arkham Knight.
Within you will see kicking, punching and Mark Hamill being amazing. Seriously, we hope that Cock Knocker is the star of the next DLC.Click here to read more...
Helldivers has graced our best PS4 games and best Vita games of 2015 so far lists, so this bombastic cross-buy gem really ought to be on your radar. Halfway between Magicka and Starship Troopers, it offers the most fun and OTT co-op in the business and a persistent MMO-style galactic war to fight in.
Now there's a big free DLC pack. Would you like to know more?Click here to read more...
Mortal Kombat X may be about to receive yet another premium DLC pack today, but Warner Bros are giving freebies away too.Click here to read more...
What would £2.48 get you these days? Short answer: not a lot. Well today it will get you the Magicka Mega Bundle from Indie Gala which incredibly contains:
(Steam link - £34.99)
The fortune teller had turned white as a sheet. Josh had only visited her as a joke that day at the fairground, crossed her palm with a few coins and asked "what is the future of videogames?" He hadn't expected the convulsions, the screams, the eye-rolling, or was it just part of the act? Either way, the elderly woman across from him was shaking still but now mercifully quiet.
"DLC," she eventually whispered, a single genuine tear rolling down her cheek. "DLC without end or shame. Evolve is getting a second season pass."Click here to read more...
Pillars Of Eternity is still one of this year's very best games and we're delighted that it's getting an expansion pack. The White March will add a new story campaign as well as a host of new features that you can watch and read about below.Click here to read more...
Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate is still my personal Game Of The Year so far, especially since it keeps getting better with free DLC delivered every month. June brings us an amazing haul of new missions, gear, armour, equipment, weapons, Palico gear, companion, guild cards and items, many of which are deliciously based on fan-favourite franchises.
We've got the trailer and details below.Click here to read more...
Activision has officially announced the third Call Of Duty: Advanced Warfare map pack, entitled Supremacy. Expect four maps that focus on well-known global landmarks, including the Houses Of Parliament, alongside a new EXO Zombies stage starring Bruce Campbell.
Trailer above, details below.Click here to read more...
I love Destiny, but I have to laugh at how it relies on pompous nonsense to artificially create a sense of wonder and history. Or in simpler terms: Bungie gives things silly names to make them sound important.
House Of Wolves goes one step further by using flowery wordplay to create the illusion of meaningful content. The Prison Of Elders, Trials Of Osiris, Vestian Outpost and Skolas The Kell Of Wolves may all sound like incredible value for just £19.99, but in reality you're getting an arena horde mode, a weekend-only multiplayer event, tiny new social hub and a villain you'll only pursue for a few short recycled missions.
Indeed, most of the real 'content' comes courtesy of a few multiplayer maps, the aforementioned arena, a single new strike and the recent patch v1.20 (which is free for all, of course). So it's a good thing that House Of Wolves is so much fun, then.
The Queen is betrayed. Her pet Wolves have turned against their mistress and she is not happy. Throwing open The Reef to Guardians, she puts out an open call to arms for all those willing to pursue and break the Fallen traitors.Click here to read more...
DriveClub owners can now take the DS Survolt out for a spin for the bargain price of £0.00. This gorgeous Citroen concept car is entirely powered by electricity and is yours to download from the PlayStation Store.
Make sure to check out our cheap PlayStation + deals guide for some decent PSN wallet credit ahead of tomorrow's store update.
Season Pass content can be tricky to navigate, especially when you're not sure how a piece of paid content is going to work out. At Dealspwn we always advise waiting for some coverage or reviews before putting any extra cash down, especially for season passes. We really enjoyed Mortal Kombat X at launch and have been impressed with the variety of characters already on offer. So how about the DLC ones? Well, here's our review of the first to arrive, the infamous, Jason Voorhees.
The indestructible star of the Friday the 13th movies (yes, except the first one) initially seemed a rather odd choice for the series, as he's never been known for his pace and the idea of him performing combos seems a bit absurd. Thankfully, NetherRealm have given him a generous injection of pace and a decent skillset with linkable moves, while maintaining his sinister style.
As with all the characters in Mortal Kombat X, Jason has three different fighting styles to choose from; Slasher, Relentless and Unstoppable. Let's start with Slasher, the simplest stance to learn and the only one that sees Jason wielding his beloved machete throughout.Click here to read more...
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Tell you what, I'll leave the puns to you this time and stick to the basics: Battlefield Hardline has detailed its first DLC pack. Entitled Criminal Activity, you can expect four maps, two vehicles and plenty of unlockables including a nailgun.Click here to read more...
Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that a Bloodborne expansion is on the way.
Just when we thought it was over, Yharnam always seems to drag us back in...Click here to read more...