Come to the Darkside….FOR FREE!

That’s right, YOU can get a free trial of the newest Star Wars MMO, “The Old Republic”. The free trial will start tomorrow at 12:01 AM and go through to Monday at 2AM.

However, this free trial is more like a demo than it is the entire game. Once you choose one of the eight classes, you will be able to do the opening story lines of those character classes. Also, they will be able to play through the PVP Warzone, The Essels and Black Talons flashpoints.

I’ve heard so much about The Old Republic and how it’s being said it’s one of the better Star Wars games out there. Doing this free trial will definitely get more plays and buys down the line.

(Source: IGN.com)

A 4th Hat in the Console Wars?

 

Valve could be very, very close to throwing their hat in the console wars.

 

In a February 19th interview with Penny Arcade, Valve cofounder Gabe Newell stated:

 

“Well, if we have to sell hardware we will. We have no reason to believe we’re any good at it, it’s more we think that we need to continue to have innovation and if the only way to get these kind of projects started is by us going and developing and selling the hardware directly then that’s what we’ll do.”

 

You know how the internet is. Once someone says that they MIGHT begin to sell something, there is already speculation. There is such a rumor surrounding Valve as the rumor is that they are already in talks about releasing the “Steam Box” system. Also, as you can see below, Valve has already sent out a patent for a new controller prototype.

 

It looks like this controller is going to have two joysticks. One of the joysticks is just like the ones you see on the PlayStation or X-Box controllers. The second joystick looks more like a twisting type. However, what I’m not seeing are buttons. Maybe it will be implemented in the twisting joystick, who knows?

 

 

It is, also, rumored that an announcement from the makers of the Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, Portal and Half-Life franchises, in relation of the “Steam Box”, could be announced in June at E3 or as soon as the Game Developers Conference THIS COMING WEEK.

 

This will be quite interesting. Valve has always made awesome games and, also, awesome software. If this rumors are true, I see Valve being the new Sega. We just have to figure out if it will be the next form of the Genesis or…dare I say…DreamCast?

 

(Source: The Verge)

GANGSTAS IN SPAAAAACE-Saints Row Space DLC Review.

“Places everyone! Let’s win me a gold statue!”

When the Saints Row the Third came out with their GenkiBowl VII DLC, I had high hopes for playing this game, as Professor Genki’s SUPER ETHICAL REALITY CLIMAX matches were one of the reasons that made Saints Row the Third one of the most entertaining games I, personally, have played. However, GenkiBowl VII failed to live up to SUPER ETHICAL REALITY CLIMAX as there were 8 missions (a pretty solid number for an open-world DLC) but out of those 8 missions, there were 4 different types of missions (Apocalypse Genki, Chauffeur Prof. Genki to PR tours, the Giant Yarn Roll, Sad Panda Skydiving) and just repeated them over and over again, kind of a letdown.

BUT HAVE NO FEAR! Because on the 21st Saints Row is taking it to another level by going. To. SPAAAAAAAAAACE (ok, it’s a movie that has a setting in space but still SPACE)!

I’m not going to spoil anything to the people who want to try it themselves, however remember that GenkiBowl comment? This is much better.

There was more of a storyline in the Gangstas in Space DLC than there was of GenkiBowl VII’s DLC. That’s what I like. Don’t get me wrong, I do like the shooting in both downloads, but where the first DLC and the latest DLC differed was the cut scenes actually made the Ganstas in Space DLC better. There was more of a connection between the main character whose bad line reading is possibly the best thing about playing this DLC, the cheesy d-bag of a director, who sounds very familiar but I can’t really put a finger on where I’ve heard him, and the horrible rookie actress who doesn’t know her lines and breaks character all the time.

Another plus of this DLC is that all of the male, female and zombie voices are used available for use in the cut scenes. I like this because during GenkiBowl, there was only one cut scene used and it was a very generic scene when your character was receiving the award in the Sad Panda suit and talking in a voice changer*.

*It doesn’t matter if you were a zombie. The voice changer changed your voice to talk like a human.

After you beat the mission, you will get all of the ray guns (including a machine gun), the hot(?) co-star, the hot aliens who are trying to kill you (including a gigantic Hulk-ish lady called “Brutina”), personal space pods and, oh yeah, A SPACESHIP. The only thing that you don’t see here is, something that I would of loved to see, is the finished product of the horrible, horrible “Space Mutiny”-like movie (but I think once you see the ending, you will know why this wouldn’t be possible).

So if you have a copy of Saints Row: The Third and a spare $6.99 for PlayStation or 560 Microsoft Points, you DEFINITELY should get this DLC pack and you can be just like me, a Gansta…in…SPAAAAAACE!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…a Copy of Mass Effect 3?!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s…a Copy of Mass Effect 3?!

In a promotion by Electronic Arts, a weather balloon filled to the brim with GPS tracked copies of the unreleased game Mass Effect 3 was shot into space. Once the weather balloon busted and all of the copies hit the Earth (a week before the release day), the battle for the copies begun…

…Kind of.

You see, the problem with the promotion EA did was that they didn’t factor in the whole “weather” aspect once the copies flew back down to Earth. Two copies hit land in the United States: One copy landed in a forest and the other one…STUCK IN A 150-FOOT TALL TREE!

After numerous attempts to get the copy down, Mass Effect’s Facebook page posted this:

“It is unfortunate, but we have to require all participants halt further investigations due to legal and safety reasons. We are floored at the support, involvement, and contribution of the ME3 community in the last 48 hours, it has been nothing short of an amazing adventure.”

In all fairness, this was a good idea gone completely wrong. The first packages (the one in the forest) were found (the tree package is still in a tree) and copies of the game that landed in Las Vegas, New York and London have been found.

However, if this game is that important that you want to risk life and limb to get it? All power to you, hope you find it. I’m just going to sit here in the comfort of my own home and wait until the drop date, like a good little boy. Let us know if you got the copy.

(Source: http://games.yahoo.com/blogs/plugged-in/mass-effect-3-descends-space-gets-stuck-tree-230218706.html )