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Company of Heroes 2

By on February 12, 2014 at 4:19 pm

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’re bringing you a new regular segment once a week that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet.

In this week’s issue, GamersGate are flogging some more obscure titles, while GOG.com have some great deals on Red Faction games.

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Star Wars: The Old Republic

By on February 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

That’s right — free-to-play is not better than a sub. Never will be. Never really was. Why? Well, there are a few reasons.

In my opinion, the best F2P games out there currently are RIFT and Lord of the Rings Online. Why is this? Because both games have ways for you to not have to pay a cent — even when buying from the ‘real money’ shops. They both do things a bit differently, so we will start with LOTRO.

LOTRO was one of the first MMOs to change from a subscription model to F2P. And they did it to great success, with the game’s profits doubling in three months. The reason they pulled this off, though, was not simply because the game was now free — it was because they treated their playerbase with respect. How did they do this? With money, my dear friend, with money…

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Civilization V

By on February 5, 2014 at 9:15 am

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’re bringing you a new regular segment once a week that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet.

In this week’s issue, there are some amazing deals going on with Sid Meier games at the Humble Store, and Lara Croft’s entire back catalogue is up for grabs over at GamersGate.

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Legend of Crouching Dragon

By on January 30, 2014 at 3:34 pm

Heard of Legend of Crouching Dragon? Made in China, it’s the uncanny valley version of Blizzard’s Hearthstone collectable card game. Just replace “version” with “exact rip off” and you’re there. Blizzard just sued its creators for 1.65 million in the Chinese courts.

This comes after we discussed Battlefield 4′s banning in my “write about China” month. It’s interesting, because I don’t remember Chinese shenanigans ever making the news so much as they are now. Previously, publishers were content to treat China as a gaming black hole, without making serious efforts to crack the market. And why bother? Games would either be censored by the State, or pirated up the yin yang.

However, times are changing. China is striding into the global economy (okay, rolling), making trade deals with America and other western nations. A decade-long ban on mainstream consoles has just been lifted. In this light, Blizzard’s lawsuit is significant as part of efforts to make the Chinese games market profitable for publishers.

The question is… will it work, or is China’s piracy problem too far gone? And is it even relevant to us in Australia?

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Total War: Shogun 2

By on January 29, 2014 at 3:57 pm

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’re bringing you a new regular segment once a week that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet.

In this week’s issue, GOG.com are taking prices back to the past in their Time Machine Sale, while Bundlestars are doling out the FPS savings, and there’s a heap of classic Creative Assembly goodness to be had over at GamersGate.

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Skeletor

By on January 29, 2014 at 11:52 am

I like shooters very much a lot, but they could stand to learn a thing or two about the A to B. Let us be Steve for a moment about the beloved: Very few of them care as much about narrative as they care about your muzzle flash illuminating the panties of male power fantasies left, right, centre. There are, of course, exceptions (IN BEFORE HALF-LIFE I KNOW I KNOW GOD KEEP IT DOWN), but for the most part I do not remember what just transpired between the killing and the more killing – and I certainly don’t recall the bittersweet taste of the bad guy at the end’s blood, ie. A Very Important Impetus.

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bioshockinfinite

By on January 28, 2014 at 6:42 pm

BioShock Infinite has just been crowned Game of the Year (both by games.on.net staff and by readers), and I cannot say I agree with the decision. A GotY should be awarded to only the best of the best, not a game with as many gaping holes in gameplay, story and design as BioShock Infinite has. I originally played through this title on Hard so some of my criticism may be screwed differently than someone who played on the lower settings. Without further ado, let us jump right in!

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NVIDIA GTX Titan

By on January 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Nvidia’s upcoming GTX Titan Black Edition and GTX 790, Valve’s excitement for VR, and NZXT’s next mechanical keyboard designed in collaboration with Ducky.

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Necromancer

By on January 22, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I went to play Thief recently, where I bumped into games.on.net regent Tim Colwill who was also there to see Thief. Do you know that when Tim goes to things like this he wears a branded games.on.net polo shirt with his name on it? Oh my god it’s hilarious. Anyway so I can’t write about Thief because Tim is presumably going to write about Thief. But there was something else I realised on the day, and unlike most of my waking thoughts it did not feature an army of sentient donut men come to claim us all.

Instead it was the realisation that Square Enix are necromancers. I am quite normal, I assure you.

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Just Cause 2

By on January 22, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’re bringing you a new regular segment once a week that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet.

In this week’s issue, Amazon offer some good prices on EA’s titles, GamersGate mount up with Mount & Blade, and Steam are putting Hitman on the market.

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Battlefield 4 China Flag

By on January 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm

I have many bullets to spare. At the risk of sounding insensitive, that is my gamer’s impression of the Chinese military, care of Electronic Arts. Which I guess is why China’s Ministry of Culture recently banned Battlefield 4 –clueless westerners might think the game is actually real. But here’s the specific reason given by China:

Battlefield 4 is an illegal video game, with content that endangers national security. It is an aggressive attack on our culture.

Now, the idea that a video game could endanger national security is laughable. Clearly, this statement needs fleshing out.

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The Secret World

By on January 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm

Here at games.on.net we know exactly what it’s like to have to suffer under the Australia Tax, and so we’re bringing you a new regular segment once a week that rounds up some of the best bargains from across the internet.

In this week’s issue, Amazon offer some good prices on The Secret World and Alice, while Bundlestars offer some neat bundles including titles like Syberia and Stealth Bastard. There’s also some great prices on Darksiders on Steam, too.

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Miasmata and Bear Grylls

By on January 15, 2014 at 10:51 am

The fact there are insane mods that make the optional survival aspects of Fallout: New Vegas totally harrowing made me wonder why Bear Grylls has not licensed his likeness and habit of guzzling his own urine to a video game. It sounds silly but it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. What are games good for but escapism and fantasy, even if said escapist fantasy is not what most people would think of as either?

I’ve seen peeps on YouTube who will play Skyrim like some kind of outdoorsman sim. They’ll pick somewhere remote to live and treat each day like man vs. wild rather than an epic quest to yell goats into submission. It’s interesting, but it’s usually peripheral; players skirting the framework of a flexible world. Someone must tap the emergent genre of Gryllscore and- o hai, Miasmata.

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NVIDIA Tegra K1

By on January 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details from CES 2014: Nvidia’s new system-on-a-chip that can run Unreal Engine 4, Dell’s super-cheap 4K desktop monitor, and a new advanced Oculus Rift prototype.

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Alien: Isolation

By on January 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

There are certain combinations of things that fill the hearts of men with a nameless dread: The end of the month and bills. Testicles and fences. Sega and Aliens games. Because that worked out so well last year, they’re at it again. Inexplicably, most might think. This time they’ve given Creative Assembly the keys to the ransacked city. Good boys, but dare I say that while the concept at the guts of Aliens: Isolation seems promising, so too did the signed, sealed and under-delivered fanboygasm that gripped Colonial Marines’ FUBAR.

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