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Elder Scrolls Online drops subscriptions, adds consoles

Posted by Stephen del Prado On Sunday 25 January 2015Comments Off
The heroes of Tamriel prepare to head out for bruch.

The heroes of Tamriel prepare to head out for brunch.

It was only a matter of time, if recent reports are anything to go by. With EB Games and other retailers pulling copies of The Elder Scrolls Online from shelves, speculation was rife that the disappointingly received MMORPG was finally moving to a free-to-play model. Bethesda Softworks has finally revealed that The Elder Scrolls Online is not only going free-to-play, but will also be available on PS4 and Xbox One worldwide on 9 June, the console release being consistent with the current PC release, which is good news for potential buyers.

Retitled The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unleashed, the removal of a traditional MMO subscription service doesn’t mean that Bethesda haven’t included alternate revenue streams in order for the title to continue receiving support and content. While all existing PC players will transition automatically to the new F2P system, anybody wishing to play this updated release on PC or console will still be required to purchase a copy at full retail price, much like the Guild Wars series. To complement this, Bethesda is also taking a cue from the model employed by Funcom with The Secret World by including a store which will sell cosmetic and ‘convenience’ items, as well as optional add-on content whilst still providing players who elect not to spend further access to regular content and gameplay updates.

But wait! There’s still more! ESO:TU will also include an optional subscription model dubbed ESO Plus which will provide players who front up a monthly fee with “a premium membership service, 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.” PC players with active subscriptions by 17 March will automatically transition to the ESO Plus program.

With so many options to choose from, it seems as if Bethesda are catering to the widest audience possible, although how successful this move will be remains to be seen. History is encouraging however, as seen through the continued success of Lord of the Rings Online, The Old Republic, The Secret World and many other MMO’s after transitioning to a F2P model.

PlayStation TV Review

Posted by Matthew Hewson On Thursday 22 January 2015Comments Off

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REVIEW IN BRIEF > A strange entry into the hardware landscape, the PlayStation TV doesn’t have a clear purpose in life. Its ability to stream PS4 games to another location in the house is perhaps its most appealing feature, especially for a family, but is hardly a “must have”. Playing Vita games on a big screen is another touted feature but its implementation is problematic. The PlayStation TV is sure to keep a very specific niche happy but for anyone else it is waste of money. Read the rest of this entry »

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Review

Posted by Stevie McDonald On Tuesday 13 January 2015Comments Off

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Available on XBO, PS4 and PC l Published by Ubisoft l Developed by Ubisoft Montreal l Classified MA15+ l Supports 1-4 players

REVIEW IN BRIEF > There is so much potential in Assassin’s Creed: Unity but everything just falls short. How can a game have one of the most detailed digital recreations of Notre Dame ever yet still have the wrong button prompt for entering windows show up four patches after release?! This game should have been called Assassin’s Creed: Ennui. If you must try it, wait until it turns up on the discount rack. It probably won’t take long. Read the rest of this entry »

Is this our last chance to kill undead Nazis? (Probably not)

Posted by Erin Marcon On Friday 9 January 2015Comments Off

Zombies are the cannon fodder villains of choice at the moment, but it wasn’t so long ago that the Nazis were clogging up our reticles. What would happen if these two insidious forces were drawn together? That’s an easy one to answer, actually. We’d get Zombie Army Trilogy from Rebellion. This forthcoming release bundles the first two Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army titles and adds an entirely new instalment for good measure.

The developer is describing the new game as the “apocalyptic conclusion” to the series, a statement certain to be ignored if it sells well enough to justify another sequel. In addition to the new campaign, Rebellion is also promising “brutal horde mode”, because it’s 2015 and you have to have one of those.

Zombie Army Trilogy will be coming to XBO, PS4 in early 2015. It will also be coming to Steam, and owners of either of the first two games will be entitled to a discount on the new package.