Gaming Intelligence Dispatch 2017.1

My Week In Gaming News

I probably browse the internet most on my phone. That’s largely because of Twitter. Whenever I find something interesting, I leave the page open in Chrome. I do this so that I can mention it later while I’m streaming. As I do, I swipe it away. Feels like kind of a waste though to mention something once, so I’ve decided to try something more along the lines of my last gaming news mashup. I’ve also tried to name it something in keeping with the theme of ‘Constant Warfare’.

Eternal Crusade goes F2P

The 3rd person shooter Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade has gone fully free to play. The launch weekend saw a lot of downtime due to the influx of new players. That sucked for the weekenders, but for the long term it looks to have boosted the playerbase.  You can check out my review of Eternal Crusade, but the short version is I recommend it. If you’re going to check out the game, I also have a welcome guide for both new players, and those utilizing the F2P transition. If you need a referral code for Eternal Crusade to get some free in game currency (for both of us), here’s mine: EC-TT99IHB9YYA5M

Bundle Stars Lightspeed Bundle

There’s always a new bundle on Bundle Stars. Most I pass on, but sometimes there are interesting ones. For the next couple of weeks, you can pick up the Lightspeed Bundle for $2.49 and get 10 games. Two I think are very interesting, and a third is kind of a cool coincidence. First up is Project Lounge. For those that love to create and explore open worlds, this one is for you. Why it’s in a sci-fi themed bundle, I don’t know. The gist is you create a world, and invite people to check it out. It appears to be a purely social game. No combat, just roaming around and taking in the sights. The second game, and the one I am most interested in, is called Artificial Defense. It’s a tower defense with a very cool top down shooter element included. The third game of happenstance mentioning is Lew Pulsipher’s Doomstar. I got a key from the devs to play the game when it first game out! It’s a strategy game that’s like chess. You can check it out in the video below. I’m tempted to buy it for Artificial Defense alone, but I don’t know if i’ll find the time to play it.

Starfighter Inc Kickstarter

One of my goals this year has been to help crowdfund a game. I don’t know why I like crowdfunding as much as I do, but at the very least it gives me something to write about on this website now and again. From the makers of the Crysis series of games comes something not-like-Crysis-at-all. Starfighter Inc is billed by it’s would-be developers as the ‘spiritual successor to X-Wing vs TIE fighter. I loved the X-wing games, I love(d) the GSF portion of SWTOR, so this really seems like a natural fit. Full digital game copy pledges start at $25, which I find pretty reasonable. That includes any unlocked stretch goals too! It does need some help, but it has over 1/3 of it’s goal, and about two weeks left.

Steel Division: Normandy 44

A new strategy game coming from Paradox has begun releasing steady news. I managed to get into the beta and played a bit this past weekend. It is covered by an NDA so I can’t report on my experiences. On a totally unrelated note I plan on buying this game when it comes out, funds and other gaming conflicts notwithstanding of course. It’s a WWII strategy game with no base building. They’ve started posting articles on their blog about game features and information. I definitely recommend checking it out, and signing up for the beta when it comes around again.

Gloria Victis Adds Keeps

I haven’t played this game, but I am very interested in it. I saw that they added player housing. Gloria Victis is a buy-and-play low fantasy MMORPG, meaning no subscription fees. It’s actually pretty cheap at $19.99 I just haven’t had funds and time align to check it out yet. It’s pretty PvP focused, which is what interests me most about it.

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