The fires have died down and the last of the hamburgers has been devoured so that could only mean it’s back to the daily grind here at Pixels and Grids. One of the biggest bits of news to hit the tubes today is that Bioshock 2 got a release date. You can expect to lay down $60 of your cold hard cash come November 3rd. That’s just eight short days sooner than Modern Warfare 2. Whatever happened to staggering the release of big hits so gamers don’t have to live on ramen for 2 months out of the year?
There’s always good news for frugal PC gamers though. EA announced that BattleForge, the electronic CCG real time strategy game, is joining Battlefield: Heroes as a “Play4Free” title. I really enjoyed the demo of BattleForge, but I couldn’t understand how EA thought it was cool to charge $40 for the game and then make you buy electronic cards for said game to actually be worth playing. To be honest, I think any game that requires you to pay a monthly fee or require micro-transactions to be enjoyable shouldn’t cost you a dime up front if you download it electronically. Downloading the “Play4Free” version of the game will grab you 32 free cards to give you a taste of that digital crack. Getting more cards will eventually cost you your wife, kids, house, and soul. So what are you waiting for, go grab it here!
Lastly, if you happen to miss the last free weekend of Unreal Tournament 3 for PC via Steam, you’ll be tickled pink to know that there’s another UT 3 free play weekend coming up. You can pre-load the game now so that you’re ready to play come 10am PST on Thursday, May 28th.
Today is all about stuff you most likely probably definitely need, starting with the DSi. Giant Bomb has a list of the games launching with the handheld this weekend here. Wario Ware has become a staple to any Nintendo system that has come out since the GBA for good reason, it’s just good clean frantic fun. The rest of the list I could probably take or leave. If Dave’s earlier post about the Nintendo GDC keynote is correct, you should be able to pick up Wario with your free 1,000 DSi points.
Tabletop Gaming News put up a post yesterday that should have probably made in on the Daily then. Catalyst games released a free PDF as an April fools joke that combines their two popular tabletop RPG’s, Battletech and Shadowrun. Battlerun has apparently been 45 years in the making and promises to take you to an eighth world that is far more awesome then the sixth!
Steam put up a trailer for Ubisoft’s R.U.S.E. If you recall, I talked about it a bit on a previous podcast and was completely excited about the card based trickery that would ensue in the game. The trailer sows some pretty graphics and the basic gist of the game. Definitely worth a look. It’s just too bad a table like that doesn’t exist.
Speaking of card based RTS’s, Kotaku has a review up of BattleForge that is luring me with it’s siren song. I miss playing collectable card games like Magic and UFS, so some of the press on this is really breaking my will. Do it up!
I’m going to end this Daily on a classy note. MTV Multiplayer has a post up about a new instant kill feature for male characters only in Nexon’s free multiplayer FPS called Combat Arms. One can assume that there are now quite a few female avatars running around in that game.
Look for my Wheelman review in a bit along with the podcast going up tomorrow morning, until then…