Welcome to another edition of the Game Ranter Banter. Five of our writers take a few minutes out of their busy schedules to give their opinions on some of the most compelling and controversial recent news stories of the game industry. This week, the Game Rant team discusses the season pass for Gears of War 3, the latest PS3 price drop, the Yakuza franchise’s continued growth, EA’s incessant needling at Activision, and the impressive scope of Batman: Arkham City.Our readers are as knowledgeable and opinionated as our own writers, so here is the place for all of you to discuss these stories as well as any others that may have piqued your interest throughout the week.–Anthony TaorminaYou Shall Not PassWhen Epic Games unveiled its version of the Season Pass for Gears of War 3 it seemed like a real turning point for the industry. With various developers, including Rockstar Games, trying out different versions of a Season Pass pricing … [Read more...] about Game Ranter Banter: Gears of War 3, Sony, Yakuza, Battlefield 3 & Batman
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Shepard and the Crew: Get to know the six different classes and the diverse squad members Priority Missions: A full walkthrough of the single player story Planet Missions: Learn how to take the fight to the Reapers and meet old allies Citadel Missions: Learn about quests and shops within the town hub Scanning List: Discover what planets to explore for bonus War Assets and Shadow Broker Intel Multiplayer: Bolster the war effort by teaming up with a few online friends What's New: April 1 2012: Version 1.6 finished the remaining missions and added more about squad members. March 28 2012: Version 1.5 new missions have been added. March 26 2012: Version 1.4 includes more missions and a completed planet scanning list. March 22 2012: Version 1.3 added multiplayer section and added info about the missing Shepard classes. March 20 2012: Version 1.2 added the class and squad section, fixed some screenshots, and added more scanning info. March 14 2012: Version 1.1 now with … [Read more...] about Mass Effect 3 Walkthrough
I spent a good chunk of this week searching zombie corpses for canned goods in DayZ. Very few games (or even basic human needs and bodily functions, for that matter) are able to tear me away from Dean Hall's excellent ArmA II mod right now, but that doesn't mean I haven't played anything else this week. The all-too-short Sleeping Dogs demo piqued my interest enough that I went out and bought myself a copy of the game, and I got into some fun betas and revisited a free-to-play MMO as well. Assuming you don't have Guild Wars 2 early access plans for the weekend, or even if you do, you'd do well to check out any of the following: Steampunk airships are conspicuously absent from most online shooters, a deficiency that hasn't gone unnoticed by developer Muse Games. In the upcoming Guns of Icarus Online, player captains with modest player crews of gunners and engineers will pit their airships against each other in team-based skirmishes and, sometime next year, against AI enemies in a … [Read more...] about Free Play Friday: Steampunk Beta Codes, Superheroes, Automobiles!
Effective immediately, Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4--one of the most widely-used development toolsets--is now available to developers everywhere for free. Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney announced the news Monday in a blog post titled "If you love something, set it free."This follow's last year's announcement of a subscription-based Unreal Engine program. Current subscribers will receive a pro-rated refund. Plus, anyone who has ever paid for an Unreal Engine 4 subscription will receive a $30 credit good in the Unreal Engine Marketplace.Starting now, anyone can download the Unreal Engine 4 engine and use it to build whatever they want. If projects are released commercially, creators must pay a 5 percent royalty on gross revenue following the first $3,000 per product, per quarter.This means, "Epic succeeds only when creators succeed," the developer said.The free version of Unreal Engine 4 now available to developers is not a trial or sample edition, Sweeney stressed. It's the full … [Read more...] about Unreal Engine 4 Now Free for Everyone
Unreal Engine 4, the latest version of the game engine developed by Epic Games, is now completely free for anyone to use, the company announced today.Epic originally launched Unreal Engine 4 in March 2014 for "early adopters" with a subscription model, charging $19 per month plus a royalty fee of 5 percent on sales. Previous iterations of the Unreal Engine had been directed at large development teams making big-budget games, with costly licensing fees associated with the technology. Epic said at the time that it wanted to open up Unreal Engine 4 to a wider audience."The state of Unreal is strong, and we've realized that as we take away barriers, more people are able to fulfill their creative visions and shape the future of the medium we love. That's why we're taking away the last barrier to entry, and going free," said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, in a post on the Unreal Engine blog today.Unreal Engine 4 is now free to download, and all future updates will also be free. … [Read more...] about Epic makes Unreal Engine 4 free