Activision have donned the Santa suit and started delivering presents early, sitting under the tree (in the app store) waiting for gamers everywhere is the brand new Call of Duty: Heroes. Finally the world has a COD themed modern warfare (no dragons please) strategy game and it’s completely free, and it rocks. The fast paced touchy feely strategy game can of course be played on Windows devices with a mouse but it really shines when played via a touch screen interface.
Mobile game developer Machine Zone have pulled out the big guns to promote their excellent Game of War: Fire Age, welcome to the Fire Age trailer featuring Kate Upton. A trailer that shamelessly appeals to the male gamer, a new demographic for Fire Age and a risky strategy with massive rewards.
With the recent release of the Android version of the fantasy MMO both iOS and Android players can now battle it out in the same world, iOS battling Android, the strong battling the weak and all struggling to be King. There is no word on a Windows version of the game although it is possible to play the game on a Windows PC using BlueStacks.
Ouya, the little open source console that could has been making news again of late. The establishment of a new console gaming system is every bit as much about making business connections as it is gaming hardware and Ouya is working through this process as we speak.
Recently the deals have started to roll with pen being put to paper. OnLive the remote gaming company and VEVO the music video platform have both signed deals that will see them installed as standard on the Ouya desktop.
Game announcements are beginning to be made; Final Fantasy III, Human Element and Shadowrun all joining the console for its release party in March 2013.
The Rubik’s Cube sized console is building up to be the most desirable addition to the living room in years. To be released in March 2013 it should have at least a 6 month lead on the latest next generation Xbox and PlayStation, with the current generation getting a little long in the tooth the Ouya will actually be the most powerful console on the market for a short time.
In a time when role playing games were solely the territory of teenagers dressed in fantasy costumes rolling dice on their custom made game board, the 80’s, one video game changed the world, Ultima. The first video game to bring together all of the best aspects of the role playing game tradition, rolling them into electronic form.
Electronic Arts and BioWare have teamed up to bring back that legend, giving rise to Ultima Forever. The modern day free2play interpretation of Origin Software’s ‘Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar’.
Initially to be released on PC and iPad the game will be fully cross platform and multi-player, allowing PC and iPad players to mingle. The public beta is currently available on Ultima Forever’s homepage, you will need to have an EA Origins account handy to complete the sign up.
Sony Online Entertainment is planning to do battle on a monumental scale, preparing to let PlanetSide 2 loose on the world.
This latest Play4Free gem takes multi-player first person shooters to the extreme. With thousands of players involved in a single game battles are fought on a Ben Hur scale. The sequel to the ground breaking PlanetSide, the original massively multi-player first person shooter – FPS -.
Set once again on the planet Auraxis 3 factions must fight for territory and the control it brings. The three empires vying for control include the stern military empire of the Terran Republic, the loosely organised rebels of the New Conglomerate and the technology obsessed Vanu Sovereignty.
Sony will also be introducing new worlds in the future, keeping the battles fresh. The first planet Auraxis, the home planet, will be broken up into territories and sectors. Each sector is up for capture and control. Each sector also has resources available, Auraxium for example. Managing the resources and targeting sectors for invasion for their resources will be an essential part of the evolving game. As in the physical world the control of resources form the basis for many of the greatest battles, this is being emulated within the PlanetSide 2 world.
Electronic Arts look to be embracing the Play4Free gaming model. After releasing Battlefield, Need for Speed and Warhammer variations, all play for free, now it is the turn of the all time classic Real Time Strategy game Command & Conquer, it’s back, it’s better than erver, and it’s free.
C&C Tiberium Alliances has recently entered open beta, allowing anyone to sign up and get playing right now. Also adding to the excitement is the addition of Massivley Multi-player Online – MMO – to the new game. Initially battles are limited to 8 players, each Server has enourmous numbers of players in each world. Taking advantage of the web based structure of the game Electronic Arts have taken multi player to the limit, building the game from the outset to enable MMO gaming, allowing millions of players to enjoy the game online simultaneously once the game is fully released.
Developed by EA gaming studio Phenomic C&C is going back to basics, the Play4Free C&C see’s it’s players battling for resources once again, Tiberium along with Blue Crystals are the ultimate energy sources. With multiple bases and many missions to work through Tiberium Aliances will keep you fighting to expand your empire.
The world of computer gaming is going through a quiet revolution. Free2Play games – F2P – are taking over the spare time of people everywhere. It’s not just for the boys either, girls are spending enough time on Facebook F2P games that their X-Box addicted boyfriends are complaining.
You may think that as the name suggests these are free games, sadly no. While there is still a wide selection of free and fun games out there, it’s the new entrants to the market – micro-payment games – that are most interesting. Unlike traditional games you don’t pay to join or install a copy of the game. It’s very clever, since you only pay little bits, its small enough that you don’t even think about it. Generally the payment is tied to something within the game making it just blend into the action. F2P is no longer just an alternative, don’t underestimate this new sales model – revolution.