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Surprise! WildStar Free-To-Play arrives later this month

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Carl Phillips
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News
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Carbine Studios, Free to play, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, release date, WildStar

Surprise! WildStar Free-To-Play arrives later this month

After months of waiting, we finally know when everyone and their rowsdower will be able to head down to planet Nexus. This afternoon NCSOFT and Carbine Studios announced that WildStar will be making the switch to its free-to-play model on September 29th. This will coincide with a massive content update that will add a new streamlined starting experience, many quality of life improvements, and additional content throughout the game. To ensure that everything is running smoothly, a second closed beta phase will kick off tomorrow.

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Guild Wars 2 made three big announcements this weekend - Get the details here

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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ArenaNet, Free games, Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, release date

Guild Wars 2 made three big announcements this weekend - Get the details here

ArenaNet were very busy this week, delivering a trio of big announcements for its MMORPG Guild Wars 2. From a release date for the upcoming expansion Heart of Thorns, to the long-awaited reveal of raids, to the announcement that the base game is now free, we have all the details and reactions for your perusal after the jump.

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COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
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DLC, EA, funcom, Horror games, MMORPGs, PC games, Puzzle games, The Secret World

COMMENT | Why now is the time to experience The Secret World

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.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £12.96 on PC

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
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Deals
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MMORPGs, PC games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £12.96 on PC

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PC? This £12.96 deal is currently the cheapest price, although we've seen it for a bit less in recent weeks. To get a 5% discount, go to the retailer's Facebook page and click the link. You don't have to enter an email address, just enter any text and press enter for a code.

If you fancy a rare Steelbook Edition of the game on PS4 and Xbox One, check out Buzz's hot deal.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review.

Thanks to Krissto.

World of Warcraft: Legion announced at Gamescom - Watch the full presentation here!

Author:
Carl Phillips
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News
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Blizzard Entertainment, Gamescom 2015, MMORPGs, World of Warcraft, World of Warcraft: Legion

World of Warcraft: Legion announced at Gamescom - Watch the full presentation here!

Live from the show floor of the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Blizzard Entertainment pulled back the curtain on the sixth expansion for World of Warcraft, simply titled Legion. Along with a raised level cap and a new continent to explore, a new hero class will be available – the Demon Hunter. We’ve got the entire presentation embedded for you to watch should you wish to get all the details, but we’ve got a helpful summary of the highlights for you after the jump.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £30 on PS4/XO

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Xbox One Games

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £30 on PS4/XO

[Update: If you're not bothered about the Crown Edition on PS4, you can pay just £28.50 at CoolShop]

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 and Xbox One? This £30 deal is currently the cheapest price, although we've seen it for a bit less in recent weeks. On the plus side, this is the Crown Edition of the game, coming with 750 in-game crowns.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review.

Thanks to KoopaDuckie.

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited cheapest PS4 deal yet

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited cheapest PS4 deal yet

Been waiting for a hot deal for The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4? This could be the one for you as it's the best deal we've seen for the PS4 version. You can now order a new copy for just £26.31 with this voucher code.This is about £4 cheaper than the next best deal. The code could be a one-use per account one, so just create a new account if you've already used it.

Don't worry about online subscription fees, they were dropped long ago for this title. There's plenty to do in the main game, but when you're done, take a look at the Imperial City DLC. Still not sure? Take a look at Jon's console review. PC gamers can order the game for just £9.45.

Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII.

Get The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 for just £29.95

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Bethesda Softworks, MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, The Game Collection

Get The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 for just £29.95

Here's yet another chance to get hold of The Elder Scrolls Online on PS4 for under £30, saving you a few quid over the next cheapest deal elsewhere. From what I've played of it, there have been numerous improvements from its condition at launch, making it more MMO-like and more Skyrim-esque, but it still doesn't quite hit the mark of either. Still, at under £30 you can decide for yourself and fight back the forces of Molag Bal. Or spend the entire time stealing things. Either or. Thanks to oUkTuRkEyIII for the find!

Be sure to check out our The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited review for more details.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 / Xbox One falls to its lowest price yet

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
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Bethesda Softworks, MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, The Game Collection, Xbox One Games

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on PS4 / Xbox One falls to its lowest price yet

Here's yet another deal thanks to the birthday voucher code currently running over at TGC, knocking the price for TESO Unlimited on current-gen consoles below the £30 mark for the first time. Our review will finally be live later today - our last from Jon before he leaves (*sob*) - but from what I can gather TESO on consoles manages to do enough right to warrant your attention, especially now the subscription fees have been removed. From what I've played of it, there have been numerous improvements from its condition at launch, making it more MMO-like and more Skyrim-esque, but it still doesn't quite hit the mark of either. Still, at under £30 you can decide for yourself and fight back the forces of Molag Bal. Or spend the entire time stealing things. Either or. Thanks to FantasyDeals @ HUKD!

Stay tuned for our full review later today, but in the mean time you can check out our launch impressions for more details.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited PS4 Impressions | The Console MMORPG Revolution Starts Here

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BuzzDuraband
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Features
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MMORPGs, PS4 games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Xbox One Games

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited PS4 Impressions | The Console MMORPG Revolution Starts Here

Console MMOs are almost always written off before they have even had a chance to begin, take for example DC Universe Online, Defiance and to an extent Destiny. The first from my view point is almost never spoken of, Defiance dropped like a hard stone in water and Destiny has a marmite love or hate take on it.

So why is it that a gaming genre that is so well received on the PC with titles like World of Warcraft, Guild Wars 2 and EVE Online hard for us to even start to imagine enjoying using a PS4 or a Xbox One controller from the comfort of our own sofa?

I have been a fan of MMOs since taking up the Microsoft Games title Freelancer back in 2003/2004 before moving on to the ever popular World of Warcraft in 2005. It's the whole sense of seeing other players around you whilst you happily carry on doing your thing in whichever mystical and magical world you currently reside in.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited PS4 Impressions | The Console MMORPG Revolution Starts Here

After playing, spending and absolutely cherishing countless hours on Skyrim back in 2012 over two platforms (PC and PS3) I decided to try my hand at the The Elder Scrolls Online beta for the PC, and the end result was that I absolutely hated it. It wasn't Skyrim and it most certainly didn't give me any reminiscence of my time with World of Warcraft.

2015 and I decided that an MMO for the Playstation 4 was just what I needed and with the current market The Elder Scrolls Online was the obvious choice despite my previous PC impressions. I'm thrilled that a lot has changed since early 2014.

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Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has never been cheaper on PS4/XO

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
MMORPGs, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Xbox One Games

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited has never been cheaper on PS4/XO

Preorder a copy up  of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on Xbox One and PS4 for just £32.95. Scroll down the retailer's page a little and you'll see this cheaper option listed as 'like new'. If you want a brand new one, it'll only cost you £2 more at the same site. That's £3-£9 cheaper than rival sites.

Recently rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, you'll struggle to find this for less than £38-£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 best option.

Free to be Wild at last – Why WildStar’s shift to F2P is the best thing for everyone

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, F2P, free-to-play games, MMORPGs, NCsoft, PC games, WildStar

Well, it’s now official – WildStar will be going Free-To-Play later this year. It was only a few weeks ago that we were were speculating on such a thing, but it appears that Carbine have been listening and are ready to start making their move. Best of all, the information we have been given so far has fallen in line with expectations and avoided the dreaded “pay to win” tag.

So, in case you haven’t seen the news, here’s what is happening. This Autumn, WildStar will be going Free-to-play with all current content – which includes all 50 levels, dungeons, adventures, raids, and PvP – available to everyone who downloads the game. Meanwhile, those who subscribe as a 'Signature' player will be given bonus XP and reputation gains, additional character slots, more costume slots, and extra bank tabs. This is on top of a microtransaction store that will deal in NCoins, allowing players to buy customisation pieces and consumable convenience items similar to subscriber perks.

Admittedly there’s still plenty of work to be done before then, and it’s a shame we will have to wait until autumn for this switch to happen, but I’m just glad more people will be able to experience WildStar for themselves. It is, after all, a fun and colourful theme park MMO.

Free to be Wild at last – Why WildStar’s shift to F2P is the best thing for everyone

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Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £34.99 on XO/PS4

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Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
MMORPGs, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, Xbox One Games

Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited only £34.99 on XO/PS4

Preorder a copy up  of The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited on Xbox One and PS4 for just £34.99. That's £3-£9 cheaper than rival sites.

Recently rebranded as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, you'll struggle to find this for less than £38-£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 best option.

Thanks to GrannyMurray.

Nexus or bust: Why WildStar should tear down its subscription barrier

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
Carbine Studios, MMORPGs, NCsoft, Subscriptions, WildStar

Nexus or bust: Why WildStar should tear down its subscription barrier

These days, going down the subscription route is a dangerous road to take when you’re a theme park style MMO. After all, it’s all about getting good mileage from your monthly investment. This means regular content updates, ensuring there is entertaining and challenging encounters, and avoiding a repetitive grind. This is on top of providing balanced class abilities and PvP matches, ensuring competitive play is fair and fun, and hosting it all in an interesting and engaging world. During its first few months, WildStar managed just that, which is why I gave it 9/10 in our review last year.

Its combat was fast paced and required skill, its lore rather deep (if you went with the Scientist path), and its world filled with colour & character. However, I ended my assessment on an important point – “Providing the same level of quality & regularity continues with its content updates, there will be more than enough reason to stay on Nexus.”The sad truth is that after its first content drop finally went live it became clear that something was up. Content updates were pushed back to focus on fixes and balance issues, and when the much-touted World Story instance did arrive much later than expected it felt incredibly shallow in comparison to what we were expecting.

By December it was clear that large numbers of players had given up, but that didn’t stop Carbine from issuing those fixes and slowly delivering new content for the faithful that stuck with it. Today has finally seen the long awaited Invasion: Nexus patch, adding an arkship-load of content and a huge number of changes (too many to list here, so head over to the official website for details.) However, the monthly subscription fee had ultimately been found wanting, and a year on from its launch it’s clear a change is needed for WildStar. With last month’s reports of retailers sending back their unsold copies of WildStar (and a number of digital retailers no longer selling keys) the winds of change appear to be in the air, so we’re going to look at some of the routes WildStar could take.

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Neverwinter launches on Xbox One, download and play for free

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BuzzDuraband
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News
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MMORPGs, Neverwinter, Xbox One Games

Neverwinter launches on Xbox One, download and play for free

This is purely one of them situations where I am giving you a head up, as Neverwinter was only released on Xbox One today I haven't even had chance to download it to the console yet.

If you're a fan of MMO's, Dungeons & Dragons and free, surely you're onto a winner? Check out the launch trailer and details below.

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The Elder Scrolls Online is now buy-to-play, no subscriptions needed

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
MMORPGs, PC games, The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited

The Elder Scrolls Online has finally ditched its subscription fees once and for all, becoming The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited. Once you buy a copy of the game, it's yours to play forever without having to pay monthly for the privilege.

And about time too. The Elder Scrolls Online made a weak case for its monthly subs and we're glad that Zenimax Online have seen sense.

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World of Warcraft 60 Day Pre-Paid Card - £13.50

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
game keys, MMORPGs, PC games, World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft 60 Day Pre-Paid Card - £13.50

Need to book in 60 days of World of Warcraft action? Well, you'll want to take advantage of this brand new deal that has it flying off digital shelves for just £13.50. The next best deal we can find is at Game for £17.99. So you may as well stock up, especially as this offer went out of stock super quick last time we posted it.

Thanks to Bobbite.

Why I've returned to Guild Wars 2 - and why you should give it a chance

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
ArenaNet, Guild Wars 2, Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, MMORPGs, PC games

Towards the end of 2014 I found myself playing Guild Wars 2 again. The break I had taken from Tyria was fairly substantial thanks other MMOs appearing on the scene, but I finally had to time to give it another go and get my engineer Harry McGarnagle back into action. While I had dipped in and out throughout the year I hadn’t really appreciated the amount of content that had been added during that time. The new zones on the edges of the Maguuma Jungle, along with the second season of the Living Story, has ensured the player base have had plenty to do. See, that is exactly why I loved Guild Wars 2 so much in the first place – there is always something to do, and people to share the experience with.

But the thing that truly got me excited to play again? Beating the revamped Tequatl encounter for the first time.

For those that don't know, Tequatl the Sunless is one of the open-world bosses found throughout the gigantic world of Tyria. The original encounter against that bloody huge dragon wasn't exactly the hardest thing ever, so ArenaNet went about revamping the experience, and then some. That improved fight has been in-game for a while now, but having only witnessed it once before on a practically empty overflow server all I had seen was a bloodbath. Undead plagued the battleground, what few players were there had been defeated, and a massive bone shield was protecting the dragon that towered above it. My first true attempt at defeating him wasn’t a success either. Too many of us didn’t know what to do, especially in regards to the turrets and protecting the megalazer, and the end result was Tequatl wiping out everything with wave of mass destruction. It was both terrifying and amazing in equal measure.

Why I've returned to Guild Wars 2 - and why you should give it a chance

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World of Warcraft 60 Day Pre-Paid Card - £13.50

Author:
Brendan Griffiths
Category:
Deals
Tags:
MMORPGs, PC games, World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft 60 Day Pre-Paid Card - £13.50

Need to book in 60 days of World of Warcraft action? Well, you'll want to take advantage of this brand new deal that has it flying off digital shelves for just £13.50. The next best deal we can find is at Game for £17.99. So you may as well stock up!

Thanks to red_me765.

Looking into Crowfall – Is the War Throne Simulator worth getting excited about?

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Features
Tags:
ArtCraft Entertainment, Crowfall, Kickstarter, MMORPGs, PC games

Looking into Crowfall – Is the War Throne Simulator worth getting excited about?

The MMO scene has been shifting over the last few years. Only the truly ambitious and different titles are able to brave an industry ready to scuttle those unable to stay afloat. It’s my view that without offering tried-and-tested gameplay, or something unique by playing to specific strengths, the old subscription-based theme park MMO has run its course. New and exciting experiences are what players want because static worlds with loot grinds at the end have not only been done before, but have been finely tuned. It's why I’ve been keeping a close eye on Everquest Next and Landmark (although recent events have me worried, but that’s another story) as it is attempting to do something new in terms of its Storybricks system.

However, at the end of 2014 a new project emerged from the shadows, headed by industry veterans J. Todd Coleman and Gordon Walton. At the start of the year we found out its name – Crowfall – and over the last few months ArtCraft Entertainment have been slowly dropping bits of information, giving us a sense of what Crowfall is, and how it will do things differently. There is plenty of info to go through, but with its Kickstarter campaign now in full swing we have the whole picture in front of us for the first time. With that in mind, having gone through all of the available information, I’ve summarised what Crowfall is all about, and will be discussing exactly why you should be paying attention to it, regardless of whether you are tempted to back it or not.

Looking into Crowfall – Is the War Throne Simulator worth getting excited about?

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