September 21, 2011
In the News…..
We here at ATheGamersBlog like to do things a bit different and put out original content instead of post after post of the same regurgitated headlines strewn throughout the interwebs, but in case you miss anything here’s some headlines that have us stoked. Don’t hate the picture, it was made with love. Sorry I am not a artist.
Battlefield 3 beta FINALLY gets a date.
The BF3 beta is almost upon us. DICE always hinted at a September release for the beta and it will still make it albeit at the end of the month. The beta will officially begin on September 29th. Anyone still holding on to their Limited Edition Medal of Honor or has a pre-order from Origin will be given early access with the beta beginning on September 27th for those lucky people. Here are the rest of the details from the BF3 blog.
- “Battlefield 3 beta will run from September 29 to October 10.
- There is no player level limit on the beta and no limit on how much you can unlock.
- One game mode, Rush, and one map, Operation Metro will be available.
- The Operation Metro map has undergone changes since the alpha.
- The beta is limited to 32 players on PC, 24 on console.
- Beta size will be around 2-3 GB.
- The netcode has been re-written from the alpha trial.
- Owners of Medal of Honor do not need the disc to play the beta
- EA Origin pre-orders and Medal of Honor owners get access to the beta 48h earlier, on Sep 27.
- If you want early access, you have to pre-order on Origin before Sep 25.
- Asia has now been added to the open beta.
- Origin is required to play the beta on PC.
- Stats and ranks will not carry over into the final game.
- PC beta system requirements can be found here.
- The beta won’t include all the graphics features which will make it in the final version.”
DC Universe goes free to play starting next month.
Finally, SOE has heard my cries. After not even a full year on the market, DCU will be free to play starting in October. There will be several tiers to how the new free to play model. This is a great time to dust the game off and head back into Gotham or Metropolis and beat up some hero’s or villains. A fast paced, real time combat MMO that is free to play and carrying the DC branding along with it, who wouldn’t want to jump in and give it a try. Both the PS3 and PC versions will be free to play, grab the press release below.
“Beginning late October, players will be able to download and access DCUO for free on both the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC. As part of this transition, SOE is introducing three new access levels to the game: Free, Premium and Legendary. All three levels will provide access to open world gameplay and missions, general game updates and fixes to the game, with each level offering different game options and benefits.
“When we launched DC Universe Online, we introduced a very different brand of massive online game driven by fast action combat to PC and PS3™gamers and with that, we discovered a new type of online gamer,” said John Smedley, President, Sony Online Entertainment. “We’ve listened to our community, and we’ve determined that the free-to-play model is the best fit for DC Universe Online.”
Smedley added, “Our philosophy embraces learning from our experience and as a pioneer in the free-to-play space with proven successful games likeFree Realms and Clone Wars Adventures, we believe this new model will expand the DCUO experience and offer more options that cater to every type of player so they can play the game in a way that fits them.”
All three levels provide access to the current game, but allow differing tiers of convenience and flexibility. The levels are:
· Free: New players will now have access to the current gameplay inDC Universe Online (including Gotham City, Metropolis, and all current raids and alerts), with the ability to create two characters, join a league and many other benefits. Free level players will be able to purchase downloadable game packs/updates, additional character slots, powers and more through microtransactions.
· Premium: Any player who has spent at least $5 USD (including former paid subscribers and new players who have purchased $5 of in-game items) will qualify for the Premium access level. Premium level players will have more benefits available to them than the Free level player, including additional character slots, additional inventory slots, and higher cash limits. Downloadable adventure packs, additional character slots, and more can be purchased in-game.
· Legendary: Maximum features and benefits are included at this level. Loaded with enhanced additional features, Legendary access will be available for a $14.99 USD monthly fee and includes all DLC packs at no cost, more than 15 character slots, more than 80 inventory slots, the ability to form unrestricted-sized leagues, and many other benefits.”
Free Zelda for all! Well at least some of you…..
Nintendo announced during the Tokyo Game show that on September 28th and will be available to all DSI and 3DS owners via DSIWARE. The game is free in celebration of Zelda’s 25th anniversary. The game supports up to four players plus a new single player feature. The download will be only for a limited time so any one with a DSI, DSI XL, or 3DS; I implore you to jump on this great offer. More details are in the press release below.
“To get you in the mood for The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, Nintendo is giving you a unique opportunity to re-live or experience for the very first time on your Nintendo DSiTM, Nintendo DSiTMXL or your Nintendo 3DSTM <http://www.nintendo3ds.co.uk/> system a classic multiplayer Zelda adventure. Download and experience the original classic Game Boy AdvanceTM game, but this time with additional new areas to play and a single player option to enjoy, which were not in the original game as The Legend of ZeldaTM: Four Swords Anniversary Edition becomes available to download for free and for a limited time* only on 28th September, on Nintendo DSiWareTM.
Fans of the original game or newcomers alike can expect classic 2D multiplayer adventure as two to four players wirelessly connect their Nintendo DSi, Nintendo DSi XL or Nintendo 3DS systems as they work together to rescue Princess Zelda after Link splits into four with the help of the Four Sword. You and up to three of your friends will each don a different coloured tunic as you all take on the role of Link. Ensure you work together as you discover and play across four themed areas, solve numerous puzzles and defeat bosses along the way. Make sure you collect more Rupees than your friends if you want to be the overall winner after completing one of the themed areas.
However, unlike the original Game Boy Advance version, it is now possible to play the game in a brand new way as a single player. When you go solo you won’t be totally alone though as an additional Link will appear beside the one you control to help you along during your adventure. It is even possible to independently control “each” Link by selecting either of them using the L or R Buttons.
What’s more, there are 2 exclusive new areas to play each containing 3 new levels to complete which have been specifically made for this edition of the game. By completing the new areas, each Link will be able to unlock additional special skills. Fans of the franchise will be familiar with the Hurricane Spin and Master Sword and both return to help you on your quest.
Mastering the challenging new area ‘Hero’s Trial’ which contains elements from other levels as well as 3 new maps will allow you to unlock the Hurricane Spin, whilst tackling the new area
‘Realm of Memories’ made up of famous locations from selected titles in The Legend of Zelda series, unlocks the Master Sword.
The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition also includes new control options including “whistle” functionality on the X Button, allowing players to call for attention, alert each other of their location on the map, as well as making use of the lower screen to show your inventory and place on the map.
Visit the Nintendo DSi Shop on your Nintendo DSi / Nintendo DSi XL, or the Nintendo eShop <http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/nintendo_eshop_33104.html> on your Nintendo 3DS system to download The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Anniversary Edition as it becomes available across Europe for a limited time only as a free download in celebration of The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary from 28th September 2011. “