Posts Tagged ‘f2p’

Another One Bites The Dust: Transformers Universe Closing Before Launch

21 December 2014 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_canceled_refund_moba_Transformers-Universe-hammerIt’s unfortunate thatAnother One Bites The Dust exists, but necessary. This column chronicles the fateful announcements ahead of an MMOGs’ downfall, a company closure or, in some truly sad cases, both. Grab your Big Gulp and let some hit the floor for the fallen.

Way, way back in late 2011 we did an interview of a little covered game, Transformers Universe. Licensing the popular Transformer intellectual property developer Jagex was hoping to lay another hit on the online gaming universe akin to its flagship Runescape F2P MMORPG. Over a year after the early tease, of which the global PR manager Laura West expertly dodged most questions pertaining to gameplay, the game saw a radical switch from an MMORPG to the new hotness of the multiplayer online battle arena slant.

The same week the development 180 was announced the game went into closed beta testing. That was in late 2012. Jagex and Hasbro jointly announced that closed beta was as far as the title would go. Just over two years from the switch the companies jointly announced that Transformers Universe has been canceled, account creation has been closed, refunds will be issues and servers will be culled on January 31.

Jagex didn’t much of an explanation for the closure; both companies realigning “their plans and focuses for 2015” being the closest. I’d put my money on slow adoption/little interest due to the highly competitive MOBA market and a title with few discerning features or innovative ideas. Continue Reading

F2P Friday: Over 3k Gold is Burning a Hole in My Hearthstone Board

19 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_f2p_friday_MEKGINEER-THERMAPLUGG_hearthstone_goblins_gnomesF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond. The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

I began hoarding gold in Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft way, way back when Curse of Naxxramas, the first Solo Adventure, was announced. Saving up 700 Gold for each wing (except the first one since it was free at launch) meant that I had to forgo many, many classic expert packs. That self-imposed challenge has put me at a clear disadvantage when attempting to throw around my skills in Ranked play. No matter how you slice it this free-to-play title is very much one that requires those expert packs to truly compete at any kind of high level.

To date I have opened less than 20 expert packs. Again, purely a self-imposed disadvantage. But today, things will change. Today marks the first time that I will truly make a run for rares, epics and legendaries. And that run will encompass some 30+ expert packs opened and discussed live on the air during the return of F2P Friday after my recent road trip. Come join me as I assuredly redeem multiple purples and oranges and attempt to deduce which class will utilize them best and how to optimize the Goblins versus Gnomes cards into my paltry decks.

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off between 3:00 and 4:00 PM EST. Continue Reading

Warhammer 40k: Eternal Crusade Orks F2P

18 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern
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No reason to avoid this version!

There’s no need for a long, drawn out click-bait heavy countdown; Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade is my most anticipated upcoming MMORPG. I mean, come on it features the dark science fiction meets fantasy universe from Games Workshop that’s teased all of gamedom since the genre really broke onto the scene. If the universe is new to you or you’ve been unwilling to take a chance on Behaviour Interactive, a licensed IP happy developer, then you’ll be happy to hear that it won’t cost you anything anymore.

Behaviour Interactive announced a F2P version of Eternal Crusade. There are restrictions though. Chief among them that you have a strong penchant for WAAAGH! as you’ll only be able to travel to Arkhona as the stinky greenskins. Not to miss a beat the company unlocked the Pioneer Pack, a founder’s-style option that boosts the F2P experience with badges, items, RTP, and name reservation. It’s not a bad deal for a paltry $15, the subscription rate for most other titles, but does keep some locks in place, such as the lack of a full game key.

Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade won’t be disappearing from the pages of Lore Hound any time soon. That 2015 release date can’t come soon enough. Get your Founder’s Pack today to join us in game.

The LoreCation Begins December 4 (Giveaways)

4 December 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_lorecation_giveawayTimeAfter a hard year’s work it’s only fair to receive a little bonus, rest and relaxation, right? I hope you agree because we here at Lore Hound have decided to throw the bonus your way. All month we will be giving away an insane amount of prizes that we’ve collected over the year. The codes you’ll see on our Twitter, Facebook and Google+ pages will cover the gauntlet of games. We’re talking MMORPG, MOBA, F2P, subscription, FPS, the works. And this is simply in addition to our everyday giveaway love that’s provided on our right panel.

I’ll be honest. It’s not all out of the goodness of our hearts. Many of us have various functions we need to attend to. Others have children to watch. Some are roaming across the country in an automobile. That last one will be me. You can take part in the “extravagance” on my personal Twitter or my Instagram. I can’t guarantee that those accounts won’t be full of cats. But hey, at least she’s named after an X-men.

Now, don’t mistake this as “December is going to be a post void.” Oh, no, we shant leave your mind unattended. New, current, and returning writers will continue pushing out the goods and I’ll be doing my best to get items online during my expedition, including the promised lore interview with WildStar creative director Chad Moore. Unfortunately, the LoreCation will cause a ruckus on our Twitch channel.

F2P Friday: Blue Bashing in HotS & Getting Scary in DI:E

31 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_f2p_friday_Dead-Island-EpidemicF2P Friday is our weekly showcase of the growing free-to-play market, from MMORPGs to first-person shooters and beyond. The stream team will feature the latest, greatest and just plain fun games that cost you nothing to play. Ever. Granted, you should throw the developer a bone if you enjoy a title, but you don’t have to.

There’s plenty going on in the realm of MMOGs tomorrow, but we’re not going to focus on Halloween events for this week’s F2P Friday. The early hour will be filled with blue, because, like, uh, fine, I’ll come clean. Blizzard Entertainment is hosting a Heroes of the Storm event were, potentially, they could play against other blues (that’d be community manager types). It kicks off at 1:00 PM EST, the same exact time that we kick off F2P Friday. As such, it was kind of a no brainer to give it a shot. That and our need to reup our gold collection and experience cache.

Alright, that first line is not entirely true. Scary is a theme in the second hour of F2P Friday. I’m not even sure if an event is going on, but considering our target is Dead Island: Epidemic I kind of expect something to be happening. Even if it’s simply as basic as a map reskin. I haven’t been back in the world of Dead Island in quite some time. That ain’t stopping me. I’ll be all up in Dead Island: Epidemic slapping my paddle around like there’s no tomorrow.

Also, Ebola. Score one for SEO!

Be sure to subscribe to the channel for all our streams, giveaways and shenanigans. Hit the jump for the livestream, which is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 PM EST and continue through the 3:00 PM hour. Continue Reading

MOBA Monday: Orcs Must Die! Unchained & Time for TOME (Giveaway)

20 October 2014 | No Comments » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

moba_monday_omd_unchained_halloween_tomeMOBA Monday is a weekly showcase of how to perform, eh, let’s go with adequately – we hope – in a massive online battle arena. The streaming squad features the hottest, upcoming or most interesting titles of their and the communities fancy for a few rounds of PvP shenanigans in our weekly Twitch channel staple.

Robot Entertainment put down a massive patch for its upcoming tower defense meets MOBA Orcs Must Die! Unchained. The third-person team-based shooter dealie introduced a new hero, and all-new map and a “newish map” with numerous other goodies jammed inside Patch 1.6. This definitely includes a reskin of a previous map to celebrate the “collective end-of-October-beginning-of-November holidays.” And, of course, that also brings us new vanity skins for the same exact celebration of the dead, things to die and harvest festivals et. al.

The back half of MOBA Monday will see TOME return for the thirdtime this month. The F2P MOBA from Kixeye continues to draw me in with its quick matches and deep meta system. The flip side to Robot Entertainment’s aggressive patching and largely transparent development, Kixeye has remained largely quiet since we were introduced to the game at PAX Prime 2014. Sure, there have been minor correspondences and patches, but even a major update like v7.1 to 8.0 yielded minor changes, mostly dealing with your typical balance modifications. At least these updates are coming fast and furious.

MOBA Monday will return to its famed 1:00 PM EST time slot. Hit the jump or head directly to the channel page to watch live. Don’t forget to follow for all the updates and giveaway opportunities. This is a double dip week. TOME gameplay will come complete with Diesel Orlon skin codes, so be sure to make your account now! Continue Reading

Swords: Gilded Wastelands Announced!

9 October 2014 | No Comments » | Pherephassa

SM_GW_6My favorite zones in games are deserts. I’m not sure why, but that’s always just how it works out. Whether it’s because I like deserts in the real world, or because the general tendency toward game designed deserts appeals to me … I just like desert zones and spend most of my game time in them when I’m not forced into particular zones by quests.

So seeing “Swordsman players will soon be able to venture into the rugged deserts and wild steppes with the launch of Swordsman: Gilded Wasteland on Oct. 23” just makes me giddy. Gilded Wasteland sends the players to the lands of Ping Liang, Tunhuang and the Shadow Mountain Plains, bringing new dungeons, instances, an increased level cap, new equipment, game enhancements and improvements to PvP with such additions as cross server battlefields.

And who doesn’t love a meaty expansion? Continue Reading

Multiple Paths for Endgame Gear

29 September 2014 | 1 Comment » | Patrick "iTZKooPA" Mulhern

lh_rift_nightmare_tide_itemization_gearI haven’t been paying much attention to RIFT lately. To be honest, the title, despite numerous large content patches, kind of fell off my radar. It happened rather quickly to be honest, only a few months after its launch had I let Solidkieron fall by the wayside. The poor healer didn’t even approach level cap. Granted, the swath of distractions that Trion Worlds built into RIFT – from the dynamic events to fishing and cooking – gave me plenty to do outside of level grinding.

Subscription long lapsed with another MMOG character of mine in the mothball stage, RIFT is back on my radar thanks to a new itemization mechanic. The dev/pub has announced that Nightmare Tide, the upcoming v3.0 of RIFT, will introduce a single currency for players to acquire high end gear with.

I couldn’t be more ecstatic. Continue Reading