Wednesday, 29 February 2012

New Month, New Games!

It looks like we’ll have to wait a bit longer for spring to come! As the weatherman just announced we might have some snow again next week here in Belgium, we’d better plan plenty of fun indoors activities this month. I don’t think we’ll be bored though, because March will be a great gaming month. Here’s what I look forward to:

Vessel releases on March 1st

Vessel is a puzzle platformer, made by an indie studio that I have never heard off: Strange Loop Games. As from March 1st, you can buy the game on Steam for 15$. The game is all about fluid mechanics: by manipulating different types of liquids, you have to solve puzzles. The concept makes me think about portal and its different types of gels.

According to the devs, the game’s Vessel engine allows the liquid creatures – called Fluro - to demonstrate physics not seen in other video games. Looking at the preview videos, the graphics are gorgeous, and the gameplay seems really fun. If you prefer to play platform games on console, Strange Loops is also planning to release the game on XBLA and PSN soon.

Everquest is going Free-to-Play on Its 13th Birthday
13 years after its release, the original Everquest is still going strong, which is already an amazing achievement. Last year, SOE made Everquest 2 F2P and it was so successful that they’ve decided to do the same thing with EQ2’s big sister. On the 16th of March, we’ll be able to play Everquest completely free of charge. SOE is implementing a similar model to EQ2, with a bronze (free-to-play), a silver (one time fee) and gold (subscription) option. 

Personally, I’m really looking forward to this, as I’ve never played the first Everquest but couldn’t justify the monthly cost to myself (as I’m already paying for a subscription for Everquest 2), but now I’ll get to try it out for free! I’m a lore junkie, so the part I’m looking forward to the most is seeing the EQ version of Norrath and getting to know the original lore.

And another Free-to-Play conversion… Aion!

OK, I’m really cheating on this one, because Aion went F2P today, and technical we’re still February. But if this hadn’t been a leap year, we’d be March already. So… let’s count the Aion Free-to-Play conversion as a March event.
Again, this is a game I’ve always been vaguely interested in, but I never could justify paying the sub for it. I have a deal with myself: I only pay for one sub each month. I don’t keep that deal though, at the moment I’m subbed to SWTOR and EQ2.

I’ll definitely try Aion, although I’m not sure if I’ll play it for a very long time. I keep hearing that it is extremely grindy. I’ll keep you updated on how I feel about it! Aion will work with a ‘truly’ (that’s how they call it themselves) F2P system, where’s there’s no subscriptions, just a cash shop. The game is also getting plenty of new content with its 3.0 update, so that should be fun.


Hex DSL said...

Great post : )

I love to see older games like Everquest going F2p, that's a good thing as the game has run for a while and any new life it can gain is great for the veteran players but in the case of Aion is smells like failure.

Niieh said...

Oh, here's another thing to do in March. I just found out about this deal:

The package includes Baldur's Gate 1 and 2 (and expansions), Icewind Dale 1 & 2 (and expansions), Planescape Torment (My favourite RPG ever!) and the Temple of Elemental Evil.

That's like one million hours (ok, maybe a bit less) of fun for only 7€. I can't resist a nice promotion :)

hangman said...

I have played a little bit of Aion, I found it to be pretty world with interesting creatures. Unfortunately all the quests pretty much just ask you to go and kill the creatures with very little variation.