Blade & Soul, the upcoming martial arts inspired MMORPG from NCSOFT, will be launching in Europe on January 19th 2016, but ahead of that they will be running a closed beta test weekend between Friday 18th December (from 6pm GMT) to Monday 21st December. It's the last chance to sample the game before it goes live, and the kind folks at NCSOFT have handed us a bunch of beta keys for the upcoming test. You can learn more about the game, and how to claim your key, by hitting the jump.Click here to read more...
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 >>
The Elder Scrolls Online is a contradiction in terms. Even its title makes no sense. Massive multiplayer tacked on to the singleplayer RPG gold standard, a confused compromise between two radically different genres.
Last year it didn't work. Now, after a major rethink and a new pricing model, it does.
Tamriel Unlimited has no subscription and a massive amount of improved content, but just as importantly it's available on PS4 and Xbox One. Though it pales next to the biggest MMORPGs on PC, it feels revolutionary on consoles.
Set hundreds of years before Skyrim, Tamriel Unlimited takes place in the middle of a huge war. Three implausible factions vie to put their emperor on the throne of Cyrodiil, all while the sinister Daedric prince Molag Bal attempts to take over the entire plane of existence. As a victim of his sinister plot, you'll escape the chilling Coldharbour dimension and attempt to save the world while exploring Tamriel itself.Click here to read more...
The Secret World is celebrating another year of being the best MMORPG on the market. In my opinion. My correct, objectively flawless opinion.
To mark the event, they're rolling out a huge suite of bonuses, extra events and massive golems to hunt down. It's a bit like a party bag, only somewhat more macabre and Lovecraftian.Click here to read more...
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited works brilliantly on consoles, but more importantly, it's custom-designed to feel unique and fresh outside of its PC comfort zone. Zenimax Online have put a huge amount of work into the way the combat and adventuring works in first-person mode while fleshing out the world and stamping down the rough edges, resulting in an enjoyable experience that feels a lot more like the traditional Elder Scrolls games.
With no subscriptions, of course. You can now pick it up with change for £31 on PS4, though unfortunately there's a ludicrous patch to download before you can get involved. Thanks and credit to KoopaDuckie @ HUKD!
Our full review is in the pipeline, but be sure to check out Buzz' first impressions for a detailed look at this much-improved MMO. He'll have more for you over the weekend.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward releases today, bringing a host of new content to Square's impressive MMORPG. We've got the new launch trailer and full details below, but first things first, you can currently grab a PC copy for an insanely cheap price.
You'll need to redeem the code on Square Enix Mog Station and remember that players will need to complete the Before the Dawn quest, introduced in patch 2.55, in order to gain immediate access to the new quest line. Check out the trailer and details after the break!Click here to read more...
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited works brilliantly on consoles. Zenimax Online have put a huge amount of work into the way the combat and adventuring works in first-person mode while fleshing out the world and stamping down the rough edges, resulting in a revolutionary console MMORPG with no subscription fees. You can now pick it up with change for £33 on PS4 - Thanks and credit to KoopaDuckie @ HUKD!
Our full review will take some time, but be sure to check out Buzz' first impressions for a detailed look at this much-improved MMO.
The Secret World is my favourite MMORPG of all time. Last April I wrote a call to arms entitled The Secret World Is The Secret MMORPG Revolution, explaining how it's the most unique and forward-thinking example of the genre we've seen in years, followed by a gushing article about the superb new gameplay tweaks designed to make it more enjoyable for new players.
You've never had it so good, because Funcom have now unleashed the Ultimate Edition.
This huge new edition includes the base game and every single expansion, all of which are superbly-written, unique and utterly excellent. As you can see in our Issue #9 review and Issue #11 guided tour. We're talking about £103 worth of content... and better yet, it's now 30% off on the official store and Steam.Click here to read more...
We love a bit of Skyrim, Dragon Age: Inquisition and Witcher III, but they can be such lonely affairs. So we can't wait to band together with our friends and explore the huge world of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Today's new trailer leans heavily on the multiplayer angle with talks of guilds, factions and exploring with friends.
Don't forget, Tamriel Unlimited has dropped subscription fees, so you'll not have to pay a monthly fee to play online. Also, rumours that you won't be able to play a preowned copy on consoles turned out to be false, so you can always trade it in down the line if it's not for you. Anyway, enjoy the trailer and we've rounded up the cheapest prices on all formats below too for the June 9th console release and PC version, which is out now.Click here to see the trailer and cheap prices.
Guild Wars 2 is fantastic. An enormous world with numerous factions, great PVP, a strong personal story that can be soloed right up until the final boss, but encouraging you to organically meet up with other players with hundreds of dynamic events and enormous collaborative world vs world battles. Make sure to read Carl's recent article: Why I've returned to Guild Wars 2 - and why you should give it a chance
Better yet, you can now buy its Heroic Edition for £12.02 delivered on Amazon! It's one of the cheapest prices we've seen, ArenaNet sales included.
Remember that you can get free delivery on orders of over £20. Here are the details.
The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has taken its sweet time getting to consoles, so much so we'd almost forgotten about it. But on June 9th the online RPG will finally arrive on Xbox One and PS4 and this new trailer has certainly rekindled our interest here at Dealspwn.
A while back, Bethesda made the wise decision to drop monthly subscription fees which could be a mega boost for sales on consoles and we've already seen it prove to be a popular move with the PC version. This new trailer is a newbie-friendly introduction to some of the things you'll be able to do in the game. It's one hell of an appetiser really. Fantasy RPG fans are enjoying a great flow of titles lately with Dragon Age: Inquisition over Christmas, The Witcher III soon and now an online title to get stuck into with friends. Take a look at the trailer and let us know if you're tempted. We'd love to hear from those of your already playing the PC game too. You'll also find links to the best prices after the break.
Every decision we've made, every sanity-shredding revelation we've uncovered, every terrifying monster we've slain and augmented reality puzzle we've solved over over the last two years has led to this. The Orochi Tower is open, chuck, and promises to bring the first season of The Secret World's story arc to a breathtaking conclusion.
There's a lot riding on Issue #11, then, and I'm delighted to report that it's potentially one of the most astonishing pieces of content to have ever graced an MMORPG.
I don't say that lightly. Armed with questions and concerns, I delved into the newly-released content pack (available today for subscribers and those who bought the Fall Of Tokyo bundle) with The Secret World's lead designer Romain Amiel and Communications Manager Tor Egil Andersen, who were kind enough to lead me on a guided tour of a huge swathe of the Orochi Tower on a test server. Not only does Issue #11 represent a completely unique venture for an MMO, 21 different stories assembled into a staggeringly replayable tower, but it's also set to bring back our previous decisions in an awe-inspiring if unexpected way. Plus a hint at what's to come in The Secret World's future.
All the screenshots you see here were captured directly from the guided tour. Click to enlarge.
My wisdom flows so sweet. Taste and see >>
The Secret World is currently £8.49 on Steam, a 66% saving, and I'd wholeheartedly recommend getting involved. In fact, I constantly recommend it to anyone who'll listen.
Last April I wrote a call to arms entitled The Secret World Is The Secret MMORPG Revolution, explaining how it's the most unique and forward-thinking example of the genre we've seen in years.Click here to read more...
Pick up a digital copy of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited for just £21.84. Use the facebook discount code by clicking the banner at the top of their page for the 5% discount.
Recently rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, you'll struggle to find this for less than £35-£49 at most sites today. That's because the series has dropped its monthly subscriptions fees, which we think is an excellent move. So, if you want to get into The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, this is your cheapest option by £15.
Thanks to dragosani.
The Secret World is still the most unique MMORPG on the market, and in my personal opinion, the best. Thanks to a massive recent update that makes early-game progression smoother, there's never been a better time to get involved in this atmospheric, dark, Lovecraftian and richly evocative experience that prioritises brainpower, teamwork and exploration.
If you've already chosen your faction and are exploring the darkest recesses of The Secret World, or have been waiting for an opportunity to return, this weekend might be a good start. A promotional Power Weekend is now running until Monday the 20th of April, which confers some boosts and bonuses that late-game players will find absolutely essential. You'll find me in Tokyo.Click here to read more...
We're edging closer to the release of Guild Wars 2's first major expansion, Heart Of Thorns, which will include loads of new content, skills and PvP. To celebrate, ArenaNet will soon be rolling out the new PvP Stronghold game mode for all players to freely test, along with a massive Twitch stream and in-game events.
Want to get involved? You're in luck, because there's also going to be a massive discount running this weekend. The sale starts at 18:00 BST tomorrow, Friday 10th April, and runs until 07:59 BST on Monday, 14th April. During this time, the game’s Standard Edition will be £8.75 and the Digital Deluxe edition will be £12.49 when purchased on the official site.
Subscription fees? What subscription fees? Buy once, play forever.Click here to read more...
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will receive its first major expansion -- Heavensward -- in June. Square Enix are preparing for the change with a new patch and some cheap deals around the internet.Click here to read more...
Pick up a copy of The Elder Scrolls Online for just £29.75, while stocks last.
Recently rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, you'll struggle to find this for less than £39 at most sites today. That's because the series has dropped its monthly subscriptions fees, which we think is an excellent move. As a result, prices of any remaining copies of the original base game shot up overnight. So, if you want to get into The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, this is your cheapest option by £10.
The Elder Scrolls: Tamriel Unlimited has abandoned monthly subsciptions, so once you buy it, you're in forever. Get involved for £26.59!
Use the Facebook voucher code for the extra discount via the widget at the top of the store page.
The price shot up from next to nothing following the buy-to-play announcement, but this is handily the cheapest price around by a Tamriel mile.
The Secret World is my favourite MMORPG of all time and I make no secret of it. Last April I wrote a call to arms entitled The Secret World Is The Secret MMORPG Revolution, explaining how it's the most unique and forward-thinking example of the genre we've seen in years.
Breaking from World Of Warcraft's template, it's an experience that puts the focus on storytelling, on detective work, on brainpower and fourth-wall breaking alternate reality, a classless and peerless adventure that takes you from New York to Egypt and dark dimensions beyond. A game that slows down to let you engage with its lore, to find the macabre and the terrible behind modern life, where every myth, legend and Lovecraft short story has a basis in fact and is probably hiding down the next dark alley. Its atmosphere is palpable, its pacing perfect. Also, Tuvok and The Reanimator are in it, so there's that.
However, there's also no denying that The Secret World had a few flaws; a handful of gripes holding veterans back from returning and newcomers from finding their feet.
Bugbears that have now been either fixed, removed or mitigated by one of the most important updates that The Secret World has ever received: the Enhanced Player Experience.
Meaning that it's time you finally got involved... or returned to take on the fantastic Toyko content.Click here to read more...