There was something that bugged me about yesterday's press release and, having slept on it, I now think I know what it is. Reading through Zenimax Online's announcement that The Elder Scrolls Online would be dropping the subscription and going buy-to-play, it hit me that aside from the vague allusion in the first to TESO being an "award-winning multiplayer roleplaying game" at no point to the letters MMO pop up in sequence. The whole thing reads like Bethesda are desperately trying to frame the experience as the thing many of us wanted in the first place -- a game that's basically a bigger version of Skyrim with friends.
"For the first time in history, players will explore the legendary world of Tamriel with their friends on console," reads the official blurb. "In the latest and biggest Elder Scrolls game ever made, players will be able to adventure alone, quest with friends, or join an army of hundreds in epic player vs. player battles as they explore and discover the secrets of a persistent Tamriel."
Along with the constant reiteration of phrases like "one-time purchase" (even when describing the Premium subscription, which is still an option, the language used tells of a "single monthly charge" in an attempt to soften the blow) there's a clear drive to play down the MMO-ness of TESO for its console release.
The abdication of the cancerous subscription model has been a long time coming. We were already taking bets on how long it would take Zenimax to drop the creaking infrastructure after seeing monthly payments swiftly abandoned by pretty much every new MMO in the last few years, and now we have a date of March 17th.Click here to read more...
UPDATE #2: ShopTo have gone even cheaper, taking the game down to £5.86. Click here to buy >>
UPDATE: Cheaper now at Base.com directly for £5.99. Click here to buy >>
Mass Effect 3: Special Edition -- which, much like other third-party ports such as Watch Dogs, is actually the only edition on Wii U -- can be had via either Base.com or Shop4Life over at the Rakuten marketplace. The GamePad features actually work rather nicely, with players able to direct their party about the map using the touchscreen. Cheers Turkey!
Well, there you have it folks. less than a year after launch, and it's been announced that The Elder Scrolls Online is dropping the subscription and going buy-to-play. A press release revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, will release worldwide on 9th June, 2015 for PS4 and Xbox One. Players "will no longer be required to pay a monthly game subscription for extended play. Players will make a one-time purchase of the game and can then enjoy hundreds of hours of content without the requirement of a monthly game subscription fee when The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited becomes available on console in June and beginning 17th March for PC/Mac players."
New players will "make a one-time purchase of the game and play, without restrictions, for as long as they like – without game subscription fees". However, it seems that Tamriel Unlimited will be supported with "special, optional downloadable content" and an "in-game Crown Store for convenience and customization items. Regular updates and new gameplay will be offered to all players to enjoy free of additional charges."
There'll also be a Premium subscription option called ESO Plus, "providing exclusive in-game bonuses, a monthly allotment of crowns to use in the store and access to all DLC game packs while a member."
Is this a good move? Does it make the console versions more attractive prospects? What the hell will ESO Plus mean for in-game balance? We stuck our heads together to chat about our impressions of this fairly monumental shift for TESO.Click here to read more...
Divinity: Original Sin is a stunning achievement, and one of the finest RPGs we've seen in the last ten years. In fact, we named it RPG of the year in 2014, just beating out some seriously stiff competition. It's currently super cheap over at CDKeys, who have it for £12.49. However, you can get an extra 5% off with their Facebook voucher code scheme. Simply click here and enter your email address to get a new code.
You can read our Divinity: Original Sin review here. Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates, and bookmark our games deals stream for further savings.
If you measure value in terms of game length, then this is a stunning deal. I've sunk over 100 hours into my first playthrough of Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it's proven a stunning experience -- capable of drawing in newcomers as well as delivering some exceptional closure for series fans too.
If you're looking for a route into new-gen gaming with a bundle that's going to keep you nicely occupied for at least a month, well this is it. Don't just take my word for it, read Carl's Dragon Age: Inquisition review here. Cheers boppa80.
UPDATE 2: Due to ongoing login and account creation issues, we have decided to cancel and postpone this competition, to be rescheduled once everything is back to normal. Sorry for the inconvenience!
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If you love classic RPGs and pine for the Infinity Engine days, you're going to love Avernum 2: Crystal Souls. Spiderweb Software's Jeff Vogel has been crafting quality role-playing experiences for the best part of two decades, delivering enormous worlds and compelling characters fleshed out with exceptional writing and tactical combat. Basically, they're excellent.
This massively expanded remake of Avernum 2 is set to continue that trend as you create a party and set out into a massive underground world, exploring over 100 towns and dungeons and defending your new home over the course of 40-50 hours. It released this week on Steam for £12.74, and there's a huge demo too.
We're currently working on our full review -- there's dozens of hours of gameplay here, so cut us some slack! -- but Spiderweb Software have given us three extra Steam codes for you to win. To enter, just leave us a comment in the box below! We're keeping it dead simple this time. You can tell us about yourself, wax lyrical about Avernum, reveal your favourite old-school RPG moments or make some terrible puns (go on, you know you want to), but the winners will ultimately be determined by random selection. Good luck!
Competition closes Friday 22nd January at 17:00. Winners will be randomly selected. Winners will be notified and sent their Steam code to the email address associated with their Dealspwn account, so please make sure to use a valid email address!
The Witcher 2 is now free to download for Xbox Live Gold Members. Click here to download! >>
Or don't, because the Xbox.com listing has mysteriously disappeared at the time of writing. You should still be able to get it from the Xbox 360 storefront, though. Matt describes this painstakingly ported sequel as "fit for a king" in our The Witcher 2: Enhanced Edition Xbox 360 review.
If you've played Divinity: Original Sin and want to know more about the lore the series is built on, you can grab Larian's quirky classic for less than 50p on GameKeysNow. It's an odd game in a number of ways, but a satisfying slice of old-school action that allows for an impressive amount of gameplay freedom. Thanks BuzzDuraband!
One of the best games of last-gen, if not the best, Fallout 3 is an astonishingly fine game. An ambitious and expansive title, its stuffed with hard choices, morally questionable scenarios, super mutants to blast into chunky kibbles, and the joys of romping about the Capital Wasteland with Liam Neeson as your Dad.
You need it in your life, and it's super cheap pre-owned. Cheers Biboboy.
A cracking strategically-minded RPG, Blackguards: Special Edition is well under £10 at GOG today, and you'll get £1.60 to spend on a future purchase if you snap it up. The Special Edition comes with a bunch of wallpapers, a dev interview video, and the game's soundtrack.
GOG's weekly staff picks are live, and this week's sale is all about Japanese roleplaying:
The eagle-eyed amongst you will have no doubt spotted that buying Generations of War and the Collector's Upgrade is actually a penny cheaper than buying the Collector's Edition outright. Definitely pick up Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky if you like your JRPGs -- it's an underrated gem. You can read my full review here.
The End of Year / New Year sale over at Gamersgate continues today with reductions on the divisive series that loves to make you suffer. The listing for Dark Souls PTD Edition will save you a fiver over the next best deal, but the real saving is with Dark Souls II as there is a saving of around £8 over the next cheapest offer elsewhere. So, in short, the money-to-cruelty ration is strong with this deal.
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If you didn't pick up Avernum in the Spiderweb RPG bundle GOG were running a couple of months back, now might be the chance. It's gone slightly cheaper than this in the past, but £3.19 is still a cracking discounted price for Avernum, especially if you like your isometric, old-school RPGs.
Check out our 8/10 Avernum review here.
Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch has gone much lower than this on the PSN, but if you're someone who prefers physical media, appreciates having something to trade in, or maybe just doesn't want to fill up masses of hard drive space, nabbing the Essentials version for a tenner at Amazon or GAME might be worth a look.
You can read our Ni No Kuni review by clicking here. Cheers to ukanalyst for the tip.
That's an awful lot of game for very little money! Fallout 3 remains one of our favourite RPGs of all time, letting you recreate a bizarre nuclear adaptation of Taken in the Capital Wasteland. Seriously, is there anything better than romping around killing abusive Super Mutants with Liam Neeson as your dad? No, no there isn't.
Child Of Light is a thing of beauty -- a poetic blend of gorgeous visuals, exploration and hardcore JRPG combat that's best enjoyed on higher difficulties. Plus it's under a fiver on Steam right now. Cheers Rens11.
There were many tears when it was announced that The Witcher 3 would be pushed back into 2015 (and subsequently delayed even further), but quite frankly, CD Projekt's postponement has been our gain allowing a slew of outstanding RPGs to enjoy the limelight instead this year. Probably the most difficult category to judge, in all honesty.If any of these turn up in the sales to come, do yourself a favour and snap them up.
Child of Light
What we said:Child of Light proves that cheap downloadable RPGs can be done right after all. Visually enchanting and featuring a clever twist on classic turn-based combat, this puts many full-sized RPGs to shame. Even with painful rhyming dialogue and generic story, you'll find yourself hooked to the end.
Dark Souls II
What we said: It won’t convert those who despise the Souls series, but the journey through the stunning lands of Drangleic is, for the most part, everything fans could have hoped for in a sequel. With fresh challenges, dastardly traps, and murderous invaders waiting at every corner, the sense of discovery and accomplishment is there for the taking… providing you’re patient and brave enough to overcome it. The Iron Price of gaming is back, and it demands that you die.
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition on PC is now just £5.43 with voucher code over at Green Man Gaming - Click here to buy!
Here's yet another example of Bethesda's own sale being out-done by GMG and its voucher code WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE. It ends up beating GAME's recent deal as well, and for the price it's some seriously good value for money if you're after an RPG to dive into over Christmas.
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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Legendary Edition on PC is now just £6.89 - Click here to buy
In today's Advent Countdown sale from GAME we have The Legendary Edition of Skyrim, includes every single piece of DLC released for the game. There's a saving of around £3 compared to the next best deal elsewhere. There's a chance we might see this fall to a fiver in the Steam sale that is starting later today, but this is still a good price considering the amount of content here.
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I loved Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I mean, boss battles and that rubbish ending aside, it was a damn fine game that really delivered in terms of giving players options. We're big on that sort of thing here.
The Director's Cut reworks the offending parts of the original game to make for a somewhat smoother experience, integrating the Missing Link DLC, freeing up certain augmentations, and adding in 8 hours of developer commentary and a 45-minute documentary. Thanks mugglesquop!