Thursday, September 6, 2012

It's A Zombie Invasion!

So you like killing zombies eh? Well don't we all? And what a great time to be a zombie hunter! With a flurry of games featuring zombies being released and covering all genres like horror, action/adventure and survival, it gets a little overwhelming choosing which game is right for you. Well, that's why I am writing this article. I will be going over a few of the zombie games that have already been released or will be in the near future.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Will Star Wars: Old Republic Quazi-FTP Work?

We are hitting the 9 month mark since the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic.  With subscriptions falling and paying a $15 monthly fee no longer appealing to gamers, Bioware is looking into open the game into the FTP(Free To Play) market soon.  However, The Old Republic will not give full access to the games content, players that do not pay monthly have restrictions with end game content and PvP.  With current subscriptions peaking at just under 1 million, will this be the boost Bioware needs to gain a bigger audience?

There is no doubt that The Old Republic was one of the most anticipated MMOs since World of Warcraft.  Following an identical leveling system and with the Star Wars universe at Biowares disposal, it was hard to imagine that The Old Republic would be in the position it is now.  After I leveled a bounty hunter to max level and got into the end game content, I found an unfinished game.  With only a couple of Operations available and a constant rotation of Huttball in PvP, it was the lack of content that made players lose interest.  Giving Bioware credit, they did resolve many of the issues they had at launch, but the waiting for updates and small patches wasn't worth the monthly fee in the long run.

As I mentioned before, The Old Republic isn't going fully FTP.  There will be restrictions to players as they level up characters and get into the end game content.  While the exact details have not been released, we can get a general idea of what kind of restrictions players will face with the quazi-FTP features.   Large raids or Operations will  not be available for players, nor will players have full access to the auction house (Galactic Trade Network).  See the chart below to compare the two.

Subscription Vs Free To Play
When I first heard about The Old Republic going free to play, I was really excited.  With a lot of MMOs no longer requiring a paid monthly subscription, I thought this was going to be the new plan going forward with SWTOR.  However, I was disappointed to find that it will not be fully free to play.  From my experiences playing the game, having so many restrictions doesn't make the game worth getting into again.  Being one of the most expensive games ever produced, it will be interesting to see if this new method will get SWTOR back on its feet.

Check out our original review Here.

Written by Adam Borchert

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Counter Strike: Global Offensive Review/Rant

Counter-Strike is one of the most beloved PC games of all time. That is not to say it is without its flaws. And let's be honest, most of us "believe" that CS:GO was produced to remedy those issues.  We all hoped we would receive a more balanced and enjoyable gaming experience. Sadly, I personally feel like GO is quite simply CS: 1.6 with new graphics - and made only to be thrown to the console crowd. I have never known Valve to conform to industry standard, but with some of the changes made in CS:GO, it feels as though their desire to assimilate conflicted with any desire to produce a real NEW game.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Announced

Final Fantasy XIII fans, rejoice.  Lightning isn’t done yet.  This weekend at the Final Fantasy 25th Anniversary Event Square Enix announced the third and final chapter in the Final Fantasy XIII saga - Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII.  Although this game remains shrouded in mystery, one thing is for sure: we are finally getting what we’ve been waiting for – an end to the Final Fantasy XIII story.

While only a few details are known at this time, I have done as much research into the announcement as possible, including watching the stream of the event.  Read on for details and a general breakdown of everything we know so far.

Far Cry 3 at PAX

During our time at E3 we got our hands on a demo of Far Cry 3. It was more showing off the gameplay and graphics than its open world setting.  At PAX they are showing off just a small part of the huge sandbox world where you can interact with the environment and explore different points of interests.  Though Far Cry 2 was set in an open world, it felt very linear at times and the side quests were very forgettable.  Far Cry 3 looks to improve upon the shortcomings of its predecessor.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Don't Abandon Ship!

Our Dear Readers,

I want to say that even though Sean will no longer be with Violent Gamer, we will still be releasing content each week.  Sean was the most active writer for the site and it was from his hard work and dedication that we were able to grow into the site we are today.  Though we will not be doing as many updates, we will still keep the site active and be releasing content frequently.  This site has meant a lot to us over the past two years and we want it to grow and be one of your sources for gaming news and reviews.  I want to thank Sean for all of his work he has done for our site and congratulate him on a much deserved opportunity to work for Beefjack.  I also want to thank you readers that visit our site and have given us the support over the last two years.

Violent Gamer Writers,

Adam Borchert
Cooper Sivara