It’s been about a month since Rockstar Games officially announced Max Payne 3, the third installment of the acclaimed, noir detective shooter. Most gamers remember Max Payne (originally by Remedy Entertainment) for its dark atmosphere and humor, its pulpy comic narrative, and its action-movie gun play. In fact, its hard to find a game that hasn’t borrowed from it, especially one feature: bullet time. Like most noir, detective dramas, the first two Max Paynes have been set in the dark streets of New York City and run heavy with themes of love, betrayal and revenge. Like all things, however, change is inevitable, and Rockstar has already said that they’re going to be mixing things up a bit for number 3. So, what does this mean for our smarmy protagonist? Hit the jump to see Rockstar’s killer formula in action.
I don’t know if you know this, but I like to get down with some Dungeons and Dragons. I’ve also been known to get down with its digital counterpart, Dungeons and Dragons Online: Stormreach. DDO is an MMO. This means that I have to fork over money every month to play this game. That being said, I have no problem forking over money every month to play this game. The real problem is that my friends (and due to this, I use the term loosely) fail to see the value and inherently leave me to brave the hazards of Stormreach alone. I had all but given up hope on my dreams of high level raids and loot runs with my friends when I heard the news of some…changes being made to DDO. The newest content module, number 9, will bring with it a slew of new feats, enhancements, spells, a new class, an increased level cap to the natural 20, and an entirely new payment structure. That’s right, DDO will become a free to play MMO, pioneering the realms of a micro-transaction based economy. Free players have access to most everything, though be it in limited form. From the DDO Store, players can purchase special classes and races, such as monks and Drow Elves as well as weapons, and even entire quest lines. No values have been assigned to the inevitable “point” system that is forthcoming. There will still be a monthly subscription fee ($15/month), for those players who want access to all of the features that they are used to, including: full mail, auction, voice, and tech support, as well as access to all playable races, classes, and quests.
So why am I talking about this instead of writing something worthwhile? Because I just got my invitation to the closed beta today. So instead of I’ll be spending my time coming up with something original, I’ll be exploring the dark recesses of the DDO store. Oh, are you a file-planet member? Then maybe it’s not too late to get into the beta yourself. See you in Stormreach!
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Welcome to a new segment that we plan on rolling out on occasion. SytycDM is a resource for the aspiring, improving, or constantly self-bettering Dungeon Master. While the skills that are listed are not limited to Dungeons and Dragons, most will fall within that context. So, without further ado, grab your grid paper and DM screen and follow me over the jump.
Developer: Radical Entertainment
MSRP: $49.99 (PC)
I was reluctant to play Prototype. Every video I saw had a asshole in a hoody, punching tanks and blowing shit up. Before you ask, no, I never played Hulk: Ultimate Destruction, which to some is the equivalent of admitting that you’ve never seen a Star Wars movie, eaten bacon, or peed in the shower. But from everything I saw, Prototype was just a re-skinned, mature Hulk. Maybe that wasn’t a bad thing, but it sure as shit wasn’t selling me. That being said, I’m not sure what provoked me play it. Perhaps it was my enduring masochism that drove me to the Steam download store that night. My cursor hovered over the “Purchase for Myself” button for several moments before I closed my eyes and pulled the trigger. This bullet had Resident Evil 5 written all over it.
Like any other day, I sat perched atop my fortified tower of cynicism, throwing rocks at anyone who came close enough to earn my scorn. I paused to take stock. It seemed that I had enough ammunition to last me several more days; plus, I told myself that if things got desperate I still had several copies of the 4th Edition D&D Player’s Handbooks to hurl. My moment of contemplation was interrupted by the sonorous reverberations coming from deep within the dark, stone walls of my fortress.
Someone was at the door.